[In the news] Duterte’s sexist tirades -PHILSTAR.com

Duterte’s sexist tirades Vice President Leni Robredo says “jokes” about molesting sleeping househelp “normalize” sexual abuse. On her weekly radio show, Robredo says that telling jokes is not wrong but says in Filipino that “there are some jokes that really shouldn’t be told.” President Rodrigo Duterte reaped criticism last week for saying he had touched…

[In the news] Police intel on hunt for members of Alliance of Concerned Teachers -ABS-CBN news

Police intel on hunt for members of Alliance of Concerned Teachers Philippine National Police (PNP) intelligence operatives have been visiting schools nationwide, asking for “an inventory” of members or allies of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT),” officials of the 180,000-member association told ABS-CBN News. In an interview, ACT secretary-general Raymond Basilio said reports have…

[In the news] DENR vows to enforce environmental laws, regulations aggressively this year -Manila Bulletin

DENR vows to enforce environmental laws, regulations aggressively this year The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has vowed to be more aggressive in enforcing environmental laws and regulations in 2019 to sustain the momentum generated by the rehabilitation of Boracay Island and other accomplishments of the agency last year. “This year, I hope…

[In the news] Women’s group: With sexual assault story, Duterte says men can brutalize, rape women -GMAnews

Women’s group: With sexual assault story, Duterte says men can brutalize, rape women Women’s rights group EveryWoman on Tuesday slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for his anecdote involving the sexual abuse of a maid, saying that it defeats the purpose of celebrating Christmas. In a statement, EveryWoman lambasted Duterte’s story, which he told during a speech…

[In the news] Women’s rights advocates slam Duterte ‘bragging’ about touching maid in his teens -ABS-CBN.com

Women’s rights advocates slam Duterte ‘bragging’ about touching maid in his teens MANILA – It is disturbing and infuriating to hear President Rodrigo Duterte “brag” about attempting in his teen years to rape a housekeeper, women’s rights advocates said Sunday. Duterte recounted in a speech how he confessed to a priest of the Catholic school…

[In the news] ‘Romanticizing’ poverty? Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s winning answer draws mixed reactions -PhilStar.com

‘Romanticizing’ poverty? Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s winning answer draws mixed reactions MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ Catriona Gray made her country proud when she bagged the Miss Universe crown but her winning answer did not sit well with some. At the finale of a fierce competition Monday in the Thai capital Bangkok, Gray, 24, edged…

[In the news] Miss Spain breaking barriers as first transgender Miss Universe hopeful -Rappler.com

Miss Spain breaking barriers as first transgender Miss Universe hopeful BANGKOK, Thailand – Carrying a bold message of inclusion, transgender rights and a sharp rebuke to US President Donald Trump, Miss Spain’s Angela Ponce is blazing a trail as the first transgender contestant in Miss Universe’s 66-year history. The willowy beauty is making history since…

[In the news] De Lima urges Duterte to ratify UN treaty on enforced disappearances -Inquirer.net

De Lima urges Duterte to ratify UN treaty on enforced disappearances MANILA, Philippines — To provide stronger mechanisms against enforced disappearances in the country, opposition Senator Leila de Lima is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to ratify the United Nations (UN) treaty on enforced disappearances. De Lima has filed Senate Resolution No. 969 which urged the…

[In the news] Con-Com chair says House draft charter a ‘disaster to democracy’ -abs-cbn.com

Con-Com chair says House draft charter a ‘disaster to democracy’ MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s Consultative Committee warned the public about the “deficiencies” of a proposed federal charter drafted and approved by the House of Representatives. Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, chair of the committee, said the House’s draft charter, which he believes was “haphazardly”…

[In the news] Filipinos not informed about ‘self-serving’ draft federal charter, says Catholic prelate -news.mb.com

Filipinos not informed about ‘self-serving’ draft federal charter, says Catholic prelate “There are provisions that are self serving like the abolition of terms for Congress. It is clear that they so not have the good of the people in mind but their own self interest,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in a statement. Pabillo…

[In the news] Two Sandiganbayan justices believe Revilla is guilty of plunder -news.abs-cbn.com

Two Sandiganbayan justices believe Revilla is guilty of plunder MANILA – Sandiganbayan 1st Division Chairperson Efren De la Cruz and Associate Justice Maria Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta believe that former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is guilty of plunder and should have shared the fate of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles and his Senate staff Richard Cambe.…

[In the news] Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes thanked Duterte for being the force who untied groups in protest of his administration -PhilStar.com

Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes thanked Duterte for being the force who untied groups in protest of his administration. “He has united workers and labor groups in protest against his administration. He has united workers and labor groups against contractualization. He has united women’s groups against misogyny,” Reyes said. He added: “He has united religious…