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Deerhurst: Police say cell hidden behind bookcase “wasn’t a secret”

In-house police investigators have concluded that the jail cell carefully hidden behind a hinged bookcase at a Manila police station was not “secret” — and has cleared officers involved of any wrongdoing. Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo of the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said imprisoning 12 undocumented suspects in the squalid,…


The long road to bring effective birth control to the Philippines

On January 9, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order calling for universal access to modern family planning methods. The document also called for accelerated implementation of the country’s Reproductive Health Law. Popularly known as the “RH law”, the measure was passed in 2012 but was suspended by…



Trump and Duterte: A not-so-surprising political friendship

US President Donald Trump’s recent friendly phone conversation with Rodrigo Duterte, during which he invited the Philippine president to the White House, raised questions about his penchant for closeness with strongmen. Even though Duterte was noncommittal, saying he might be too busy to stop by anytime soon, this didn’t stop…