Pope’s ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given”: he is the “Prince of peace.” Let us welcome him! Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! Today the Church once again experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as…

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Duterte had 5 months to end Endo but failed – labor NGO

The Duterte administration had five months to end labor contractualization or the “endo scheme” but rampant hiring of temporary workers by companies via manpower agencies continues, according to a labor nongovernment organization. The Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) said while the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)…

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James Taylor cancels Philippine concert over EJKs

(Associated Press) | Updated December 22, 2016 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – Critics of the bloody war on drugs being waged by the Duterte administration have found a friend in James Taylor. The American singer-songwriter has canceled his February concert in Manila, saying reports of summary executions of suspected drug offenders in…

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UN rights chief: Investigate Duterte for killings

By Jim Gomez (Associated Press) | Updated December 20, 2016 – 8:35pm MANILA, Philippines — The UN human rights chief asked Philippine authorities Tuesday to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people in the past and also to examine the “appalling epidemic of extra-judicial killings” committed during…

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