‘Strength, not violence’: Prayer rally protests killings

via The Manila Times – Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Saturday called for a culture of “active non-violence” and admonished the government not to resort to killings in fighting crime and illegal drugs, as thousands of faithful Filipinos marched at Luneta in “defense of human life.” “Lakas, hindi dahas (Strength, Read more »

Lowering age of criminality to 9 against human rights, Unicef says

By Audrey Morallo/philstar.com – The attempt of the Philippines to jail children as young as nine years old for crimes is a violation of human rights, the chief of the United Nations children’s agency in the country said, as she criticized the government for ignoring facts related to the issue. Read more »

Pinoy producer Jhett Tolentino wins first Grammy

Tony-award winning Filipino producer Jhett Tolentino has just won his first Grammy! He and The Color Purple team picked up the Best Musical Theater Album at the Grammy Awards, held Sunday night, February 12 (February 13), in Los Angeles. According to the list of nominees on grammy.com, Cynthia Erivo and Read more »

Legal experts advise illegal Filipinos in US to assert rights

via filipinotimes.ae – Amid growing tension over immigration in the US, a public information session has urged undocumented Filipino immigrants to become aware of their rights and use available resources to assert them. Representatives of the Filipino Community Center, Asian Law Caucus, Migrante SoMa/Tenderloin and National Alliance For Filipino Concerns Read more »

6 dead, dozens hurt in magnitude-6.7 Surigao quake

via CNN Philippines – Six people were reported dead and dozens injured after a strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked Surigao City on Friday night. The death toll has climbed to six while 125 were injured, PSSupt. Antony Maghari of Philippine National Police Surigao del Norte told CNN Philippines on Saturday. A Read more »

15,000 residents lose homes in Tondo fire

About 15,000 residents of a shantytown beside Manila’s port have lost their homes in a fire that raged overnight before being put out Wednesday morning, officials said. Fire department officials said 1,000 homes were gutted in the sprawling Parola Compound, where several families often share tiny houses running along narrow Read more »

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