Jan 8, 2015

Manila traffic cops to don diapers for papal visit

When Pope Francis visits the Philippines next week, traffic cops won’t leave their posts if they have to answer the call of nature. The roughly 2,000 traffic enforcers on duty during the Jan. 15-19 papal visit will be required to wear adult diapers, said ...

Jan 3, 2015

Prison sex assault of girl, 8, fuels anger in Philippines

An eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a toilet at a notorious Philippine prison, officials said Saturday, fueling a national uproar over revelations that its inmates were “living like kings” with stripper bars and jacuzzi baths. The girl, who was visiting her inmate father ...

Jan 2, 2015

Huge fire razes Philippine shanties, killing three

A huge blaze believed to have been ignited by firecrackers razed nearly a thousand shanties and killed three people in a creekside slum in the Philippine capital, one of more than a dozen fires across the country linked to raucous New Year’s celebrations. Strong ...

Dec 16, 2014

Strip bars and drugs uncovered in Philippine jail raid

A raid on the Philippines’ biggest jail on Monday uncovered drug lords “living like kings” in secret luxury cells with strip bars, sex dolls, a jacuzzi and methamphetamines, the justice secretary said. Police commandos in full battle armor and tracker dogs swooped down on ...

Marine charged with murder in Filipino transgender slaying

Dec 16, 2014

Marine charged with murder in Filipino transgender slaying

Philippine government prosecutors charged a U.S. Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino, saying the suspect acknowledged attacking the victim after he found out she was a transgender. Prosecutor Emilie de los Santos said there was “probable cause” that Marine Pfc. ...

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

Dec 12, 2014

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

by Jerome Taylor

Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist’s wife says his abductors enjoy impunity — an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely “disappearing” opponents. Sombath disappeared from the streets of the capital ...

No major damage reported in Philippine typhoon; three dead

Dec 8, 2014

No major damage reported in Philippine typhoon; three dead

Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power, left at least three people dead and sent nearly 900,000 into shelters before it weakened Sunday, sparing the central Philippines the type of massive devastation that a monster storm brought to the region last year. Shallow floods, damaged shanties ...

Powerful typhoon Hagupit slams into Philippines

Dec 7, 2014

Powerful typhoon Hagupit slams into Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit tore apart homes and sent waves crashing through coastal communities across the eastern Philippines on Sunday, creating more misery for millions following a barrage of deadly disasters. The typhoon roared in from the Pacific Ocean and into remote fishing communities on Samar ...