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Award scheme will honour dedicated household workers

Nominations are open for an award scheme to honour the unsung heroes of the Philippines — domestic workers. Ten inspirational household workers will each receive a trophy, 50,000 pesos in cash and a three-day luxury trip to Palawan. Employers will receive a plaque of appreciation. The 2017 Kasambahay, Kasambuhay Pilipinas…


Duterte (wrongly) tells soldiers they can arrest without warrants

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has disputed President Duterte’s assertion that the military can arrest people without warrants under martial law. Speaking to troops on Friday, the president said they could search homes and arrest people using arrest, search and seizure orders (Asso). However, the CHR has said that the…


Mother forced 10-year-old daughter to perform online sex shows

A mother has been arrested after forcing her teenage daughters to perform online sex shows from the age of just 10 years old. Police caught the 54-year-old woman in Mandaue City, Cebu, while she was live streaming footage of her 15-year-old daughter to a foreigner. The International Justice Mission, which…


Cirque de Soleil show inspired by Avatar coming to Manila

Cirque du Soleil is bringing a new show inspired by James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar to Manila. Toruk — The First Flight is narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and set thousands of years before the events depicted in the movie, and before any humans set foot on Pandora. The show, directed…



Duterte jokes that soldiers can rape three women

President Duterte joked that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his support in enforcing martial law in Mindanao. The president made the comments during a speech at a military base to troops tasked with tackling islamist terrorism in the south of the country. “If…




Some 250 “persons of interest” held without charge in Davao

Authorities rounded up about 250 people yesterday (Thursday, May 25) after receiving tip-offs about the presence of “suspicious-looking persons”. Joint forces of the Task Force Davao and the Davao City Police Office swooped on the barangays of Bucana and Mini-Forest in early morning raids. Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Senior…