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Amnesty: Philippines police torture with impunity
December 5, 2014
Police in the Philippines are committing torture with impunity, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. Although allegations of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment within the police force have increased year after year, AI says that no convictions have resulted from these c....... [more]

Amnesty urges accountability for torture in Philippines
November 10, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged accountability for torture in the Philippines, noting that five years after the enactment of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, there have still been no convictions. Salil Shetty, AI's Secretary General, says that the law, considered at the time a huge reform f....... [more]

Philippines draft law would create autonomous Muslim region
September 11, 2014
President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged the Philippines Congress to enact a draft law that would create an autonomous Muslim region in the south of the country. The law is to serve an important role in the peace talks between the government and Muslim rebels, which are meant to end a conflic....... [more]

Vietnam threatens legal action over South China Sea
May 22, 2014
Vietnam's prime minister announced Thursday that his country is considering legal action against China regarding its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea. Because any action will likely be fiercely opposed by China, Vietnam has thus far attempted a low-key approach to the issue of dispute....... [more]

Philippines Supreme Court approves reproductive health law
April 8, 2014
The Supreme Court of the Philippines on Tuesday unanimously approved Republic Act 10354 expanding public access to family planning and reproductive health services. The bill, which was approved by both houses of parliament and signed by President Benigno Aquino over a year ago, requires government h....... [more]

Philippines high court upholds portions of cybercrime law
February 18, 2014
The Philippines Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Act), which penalizes libel online, is constitutional, despite a number of petitions challenging the law on the grounds that it unjustly limits citizens' rights including free speech. The Act combats various online c....... [more]

Philippines and Vietnam condemn new Chinese South China Sea fishing law
January 10, 2014
The Philippines and Vietnam on Friday issued statements condemning a new Chinese law that will require foreign fisherman to obtain approval from China before fishing in large portions of the South China Sea. Both nations expressed anger over the law, claiming that it unnecessarily complicates relati....... [more]

UN urges international support for Philippines
December 22, 2013
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged the international community to provide more support for central Philippine communities devastated by powerful typhoon Haiyan last month. The rebuilding effort is based on a four-year plan, which amounts to about$ 8.17 billion, will restore the affect....... [more]

Philippines prosecutors file government corruption charges
September 17, 2013
The Philippine Justice Department on Monday filed graft charges against nearly 40 current and former government officials and a prominent businesswoman for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars in governments funds intended for the poor. Chief prosecutors assert that, between 2007 and 2009....... [more]

HRW: Philippines must take action over journalist killings
August 9, 2013
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged the Philippine government to act to bring the killers of three local journalists to justice and stop further violence. On July 30 unknown assailants shot and killed Richard Kho, 47, and Bonifacio Loreto Jr., 59, both columnists for the weekly tabloid Aksyon....... [more]

The War on Terror
July 20, 2013
In the wake of 9/11, Bush declared a "War on Terror," sparking US anti-terrorism efforts in the Philippines, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On October 7, 2001, the first military action in the War on Terror was launched against the Ta....... [more]


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