Tag Archives: Philippines

Philippine poor pay the price for divorce ban

Manila, March 15, 2018 (AFP) -For well-off people like politician Pantaleon Alvarez, getting out of a bad marriage in the Philippines is pricey but feasible — but for the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens it is nearly impossible. That’s because heavily Catholic Philippines and the Vatican are the last …

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Kuwait labor delegation due in Manila

MANILA, March 14, (Agencies): The Philippines is looking to put at rest the dispute with Kuwait on the employment of Filipinos which took a turn to the worse after the body of a 29-yearold Filipino maid was found in the freezer of a Kuwait apartment more than a year after …

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Philippine judges, court employees call on top justice to resign

MANILA, March 12 (Reuters) – A group of judges and four court employees’ organisations called on Monday for the Philippines’ chief justice to step down and make a “sacrifice” to restore peace and order in the judiciary, a plea she strongly rejected. Maria Lourdes Sereno, the first woman to head …

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Philippine police say Arab militant suspect won’t be freed

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An alleged former commander of the Islamic State group in Syria who was recently arrested in Manila will not be freed even after a prosecutor dropped criminal complaints of illegal possession of explosives against him, a Philippine police official said Friday. Metropolitan Manila police director Oscar …

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Philippine president needs ‘psychiatric evaluation’: UN rights chief

Geneva, March 9, 2018 (AFP) -The UN human rights chief said Friday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has launched profanity-laced diatribes against United Nations rapporteurs, needs “psychiatric evaluation”. Listing some of Manila’s actions against UN envoys, including reportedly filing terrorism charges against one, rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein …

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Philippines seeks “terrorist” tag for 600 alleged communist guerrillas

MANILA, March 8 (Reuters) – A U.N. special rapporteur, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests are among more than 600 alleged communist guerrillas the Philippines wants declared “terrorists”, according to a government petition filed in court. The justice ministry last month said it wanted a Manila court …

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Philippine Congress body backs bid to impeach chief justice

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine House committee voted overwhelmingly Thursday to proceed with an impeachment case against the Supreme Court chief justice, who has vowed to fight the attempt to remove her. The justice committee voted 38-2 to rule there was “probable cause” to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes …

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Filipino chief justice asks people to fight authoritarianism

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ embattled Supreme Court chief justice has called on Filipinos to stand up against authoritarianism and threats to human rights in an indirect criticism of the country’s volatile leader, who has long wanted her removed. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is facing two ouster attempts, …

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Manila hails US move to blacklist two pro-Islamic State groups

MANILA, Feb 28, (Agencies): The Philippines hailed on Wednesday Washington’s decision to blacklist two local pro-Islamic State groups, including one which occupied the southern city of Marawi last year, triggering a months-long battle. The US State Department and the Department of Treasury designated the Maute group and the Dawlatul Islamiyah …

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Philippines open to U.N. drugs war probe, if by ‘credible, objective’ investigator

MANILA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The Philippines will allow an investigation into alleged human rights abuses in its bloody war on drugs, but not if it is conducted by the United Nations’ current special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, a senior official said on Tuesday. More than 30 mostly Western countries …

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