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UNICEF urges companies to protect children’s rights

The exploitation of children is mindlessly prevalent: their being sold for sex, their being trained as soldiers to maim and kill the enemy, their diving in the deep sea as muro-ami divers and scavengers for gold nuggets, their working in coffee plantations, their being household slaves to pay for their …

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Learn more about kidney problems in June

Last Tuesday, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the Maranao people for the destruction suffered by Marawi City and for declaring martial law in Mindanao in connection with the Marawi crisis. Pres. Duterte said, “Hindi pa naman natapos ang Ramadan, I would like to say to the Maranao people that I …

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Post-revolutionary

After taking the presidency without a political party, Emmanuel Macron completed his stunning political feat by winning a commanding majority in the national assembly. That majority will support the sweeping reforms the new French leader has outlined. The unprecedented political feat also establishes the 39-year-old Macron as an authoritative voice …

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Duterte ordered slay raps lowered?

WAS Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre instructed or – like “Islamic State-inspired” Mautes – simply inspired by President Rodrigo Duterte to downgrade to homicide the murder charges filed against 19 police officers who had killed a Leyte mayor linked to drug trafficking? Aguirre approved the lowering of the charges to homicide, …

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EDITORIAL – Intel leak

It was raw intel that the police was still trying to verify, that the Maute group was set to stage terrorist bombings in Metro Manila. But social media is a fountain of fake news and unverified or unreliable information, which many people find difficult to separate from reliable reports. So …

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Stories from behind the bank tellers’ counters

A few days after the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) encountered “glitches” in its internal system affecting many of its depositors, another banking institution, Banco de Oro, suffered botched attempts of “skimming” on its automatic tellering machines (ATMs). The two separate and distinct incidents, however, are enough though to …

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Fanciful whim

A rape charge is easy to make. When a woman cries rape the tendency is to sympathize and admire her for having the courage to be publicly exposed to shame in order to seek justice. But it is also important to consider the right of those accused of rape to …

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Dangerous places

VIENNA – Before leaving for this lovely Austrian capital, I left instructions at the office about some of my finances. This was in case I ran into a terrorist attack or a building fire in this city, or my plane crashed during the nearly daylong flight with a stopover in …

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Maute enticing minors as suicide attackers

The recent Manila casino arsonist who suffocated 37 persons dead then shot himself turned out to be a crazed gambling addict, but he might well have been a religious suicide attacker. The Islamic State-inspired Maute has been wanting to produce such “martyr,” thus its recruitment of pre- and teenagers. It’s …

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EDITORIAL – Jihadi magnet

The parents, sister and other relatives of brothers Omarkhayam and Abdullah Maute, founders of the terrorist group that is fighting government forces in Marawi, have been arrested. Security forces have also apprehended suspected terrorists seeking treatment in hospitals, with one of them caught reportedly with a leg recently amputated. It …

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