Day: March 7, 2020

Duterte admin hit over anti-UN stance

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice) delegation to the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council at Palais des Nations in Geneva on Friday slammed the Duterte administration for questioning and going against the recommendations of UN experts. In a statement, EcuVoice head, Edre […]

2 soldiers, 9 BIFF men killed in fresh clashes

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — Two soldiers and nine gunmen of the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed on Friday in air and ground assaults in two Maguindanao towns. Army Maj. Arvin John Encinas, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command, said the fighting erupted on Friday at Barangay Salman in Ampatuan town. ADVERTISEMENT […]

State of emergency: Virus cases in PH hit 6

Francisco Duque and Rabindra Abeyasinghe —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will declare a state of public health emergency after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the local transmission of the virus that causes the COVID-19 acute respiratory disease, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Saturday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III recommended the […]

Dengue cases in Central Visayas hit 5,973

CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines — Dengue continues to claim lives in Central Visayas. Dengue cases reached 5,973 with 22 deaths in January and February 2020 alone, according to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit in Central Visayas (Resu-7). ADVERTISEMENT The figures were almost 2 percent higher than the same period last year. The victims, the […]

Groups hit gov’t denials on ills of rice tariff law

MANILA, Philippines — Militant partylist groups on Saturday blasted the alleged continuing denials by top agriculture officials on the ill effects of the rice tariffication law by allegedly citing government data to conceal its negative impact on local farmers. House Deputy Minority leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate scored pronouncements by Agriculture Secretary […]

No matter the weather: Life as a solo mother

MANILA, Philippines — As a mother, the issues that exploded and reached my office early in 2020 really hit home. As we prepared for the 18th birthday party of my youngest daughter, I remembered Carina, the 15-year-old girl who was prostituted inside a Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo) sex den. ADVERTISEMENT I recalled meeting 23-year-old […]

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