Pope puts dignity, poverty at the fore in Philippines trip

Jan 16, 2015

Pope puts dignity, poverty at the fore in Philippines trip

Pope Francis began his visit to Asia’s largest Catholic nation Thursday with a provocative statement about one of Europe’s largest Catholic nations: Referring to the Paris attacks, Francis said there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. ...

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 ...