[In the news] Green Scorecard to keep tabs on environment policies -PhilStar.com

Green Scorecard to keep tabs on environment policies A coalition of environmental groups launched Tuesday its “Green Scorecard” for the 2019 elections, aimed at raising awareness of the voting public on the proposed environmental policies of senatorial candidates. “Green Thumb Coalition’s Green Scorecard aims to bring forth environmental issues at the center stage of electoral…

[In the news] Priests recount death threats -PhilStar.com

Priests recount death threats Three priests who have received death threats allegedly for their criticism of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs declared that they are not scared. Fathers Robert Reyes, Flavie Villanueva and Albert Alejo yesterday went public and said that they have been receiving death threats and even monitored suspicious men lurking near…

[In the news] Group tells public to vote for bets who include human rights agenda in their platforms -PhilStar.com

Group tells public to vote for bets who include human rights agenda in their platforms The May midterm elections would give Filipinos an opportunity to prevent “further erosion” in the country’s democratic traditions and processes, a human rights group said Thursday. “The 2019 elections is a defining moment for the aggrieved Filipino masses, whether we…

[In the news] Bato’s ‘lips to lips’ remark ‘normalizes’ sexual harassment, Chel Diokno says -PhilStar.com

Bato’s ‘lips to lips’ remark ‘normalizes’ sexual harassment, Chel Diokno says Opposition candidate Chel Diokno rebuked fellow candidate and former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, who commented that the fastest way to learn Kapampangan was to kiss a Pampanga local “lips to lips.” “Sabi nila, ang pinakamabilis daw na paraan para matuto…

[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…

[From the web] Confidence building -PhilStar.com

EDITORIAL – Confidence building The Philippine Star March 02, 2012 What happens when a member of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front is “suspended” by its leadership? Does it include being temporarily disarmed? Will the suspended member follow the lead of MILF commander Ameril Umbra Kato and simply form a breakaway group? And who can…

[In the news] EDITORIAL – Again, impunity – PhilStar.com

EDITORIAL – Again, impunity The Philippine Star January 07, 2012  In the first week of the year, with the Christmas season not even officially over, another journalist has been murdered. Christopher Guarin, publisher of a community newspaper and a “block-timer” on radio station dxMD in General Santos City, was ambushed while driving home with his…

[In the news] Malacañang defends record in solving unexplained killings | The Philippine Star News Headlines

Malacañang defends record in solving unexplained killings | The Philippine Star News Headlines. By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) Manila, Philippines – Malacañang defended yesterday its record in solving unexplained killings and ensuring that the human rights in the country are safeguarded. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview with radio dzRB that…

[In the news] Group against sex trafficking launched | The Philippine Star News Headlines

Group against sex trafficking launched | The Philippine Star News Headlines. By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) Manila, Philippines – Various government and non-government organizations (NGOs) have joined hands in the campaign to fight sex trafficking in the country. Representatives from government, media, the business sector and NGOs gathered at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel Wednesday…

[In the news] EDITORIAL – Growth without development | The Philippine Star News Opinion

EDITORIAL – Growth without development | The Philippine Star News Opinion. Economic managers of the previous administration, who took pride in the country’s economic performance despite unending political turbulence, acknowledged that the fruits of growth did not trickle down to the masses. They also acknowledged what many quarters have often pointed out: economic growth could…