[In the news] U.N. rights chief: Deaths in PH anti-drug operations a ‘most serious concern’ -RAPPLER.com

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday, June 24, expressed concern over the “extraordinarily high number of deaths” in the Philippines in the context of President Rodrigo Duterte’s continuing anti-illegal drugs campaign. “Even the officially confirmed number of 5,425 deaths would be a matter of most serious concern for any country,”…

[From the web] Kabataan, inaanyayahan sa launching ng Laudato Si Gen-Pilipinas -VERITAS846

Inaanyayahan ng Kanyang Kabunyian Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ang mga kabataan na makiisa sa paglulunsad ng Laudato Si Gen (Generation) – Pilipinas, ngayong ika-22 ng Hunyo, araw ng sabado. Ayon kay Cardinal Tagle, mahalagang matutunan ng mga kabataan kung paano maisasabuhay ang encyclical ng Kanyang Kabanalan Francisco na patungkol sa Kalikasan o ang…

[From the web] Spate of Killings of Leftist Activists Investigations Needed Into 4 Deaths Over 48 Hours -HRW

(New York, June 18, 2019) – The Philippine government should promptly and impartially investigate the recent spate of killings of leftist activists, Human Rights Watch said today. From June 15 to 17, 2019, unidentified gunmen fatally shot four members of leftist organizations. A labor organizer was also killed on June 2. During the upcoming session…

[In the news] ‘Religion is not an excuse to hate’: Catriona Gray defends support for LGBTQ+ community -CNN Philippines

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has expressed strong support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) community, shrugging off criticism that such stance betrays her Christian faith. Gray posted on Instagram on Saturday a photo promoting “Pride Month”, a month-long celebration dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community. Some Instagram users immediately threw negative comments at…

[From the web] Hong Kong suspends controversial extradition bill after mass protests -CNN Philippines

(CNN) — Hong Kong will suspend a controversial China extradition bill, its leader said Saturday, in an apparent bid to quell further unrest and mass demonstrations throughout the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Speaking after consultations with lawmakers, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said passage of the bill would be suspended and a second reading due to take…

[In the news] Militia vessel under Chinese Navy command rammed Filipino fishing boat: Carpio -ABS-CBN news

Philippines must demand compensation, SC justice says MANILA – It was an “aggressive” Chinese militia vessel under the command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that rammed a Filipino fishing boat anchored off the coast of Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea on Sunday, a senior Supreme Court justice said Friday. This is…