Philippines edges closer to death penalty return for serious drug offences

Philippine lower house lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the re-imposition of capital punishment for serious drug offences on Tuesday, clearing another hurdle in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drive to use death as deterrence against crime. Voting 216 to 54 with one abstention, lawmakers passed the third and final reading the bill to bring back the death penalty, but……

4 policemen killed in shootout with Philippines most wanted criminal

Four Philippine police officers were killed Tuesday in a shootout with one of the country’s most wanted criminals, who also died in the firefight, police said. Three police officers were also wounded in the clash in the town of Lubuagan in the northern province of Kalinga, 345 km north of Manila, a police report said.……

Philippines: Thousands march out in protest of Duterte’s drug war

Thousands of Philippines are protesting against the drug war embarked on by President Rodrigo Duterte which has thus far witnessed the killing of 7,080 people during the first seven months of the Duterte’s presidency. Reports say the demonstrations led by Filipino Catholics condemn the ‘spreading culture of violence’ following the president’s anti-drug policy even as…

Duterte considers imposing martial law in fight against drugs

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has warned that if his fight against drug peddlers became “very virulent”, then he’ll be forced to impose martial law. The controversial leader made the comments while speaking to members of a chamber of commerce in the southern city of Davao late on Saturday, while also noting that he…

Philippines’ Duterte gives free contraceptives to women

Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to provide free contraceptives and other reproductive health services to 6 million women, despite a temporary ban by the Supreme Court. The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country with a population of more than 100 million, and the move will likely draw strong…

Philippine’s jail break: More than 158 prisoners freed

Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte Philippine government said over a 100 armed men with links to Muslim rebels stormed a prison in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, killing a guard and freeing 158 prisoners, some of them Islamic militants. Prison Warden, Peter Bongat, said in Manila that the gunmen opened fire at guards at the North…

Suspected rebels kill guard, free 150 prisoners in Philippines

Men suspected to have links to rebels attacked a prison in the Philippines killing a guard and freeing no less than 150 prisoners. Reports say the armed men suspected to have links to the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group stormed the prison in the south of the country, in a raid unconfirmed reports say was…

13 injured in Christmas Eve blast near Catholic Church

Thirteen people were wounded on Christmas Eve, after a blast ripped through a police car outside a Catholic Church in Southern Philippines. The explosion happened as worshipers attended a series of Christmas Eve masses, at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino. “The communion was ongoing when the explosion took place,” Father Jay Virador, a priest…

Philippines braces up for massive typhoon on Christmas Day

While many around the world will be ushering in Christmas with good tidings, the Philippines will be bracing up for a major typhoon which is drawing closer and is expected to make a landfall on Christmas Day. Many are bracing up for the worse after forecasters warned that Typhoon Nock-ten, also known as Typhoon Nina…

China, US negotiate over seized underwater drone

A potential diplomatic war between two World Powers may just have been averted after Chinese authorities informed that they are in touch with US officials over a seized US Navy unmanned underwater drone. The Chinese foreign ministry squealed that much information in a one sentence comment offering no further details concerning the crux of negotiations….