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Robert Harland

Sex Crimes Against Filipino Babies

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Fr. Shay Cullen, an activist Irish priest based in the Philippines, has issued a report about what he says is the widespread sexual abuse, torture and even death of Filipino children.


Fr. Shay Cullen with Manila street children

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Frankenstein Coming to Cebu

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The Philippine premier of Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the monster in Britain’s National Theatre’s Live’s production of Frankenstein takes place in Cebu at the SM Cinema on March 13.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), Frankenstein features British movie heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Prison Term for Reporter’s Murder

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MANILA: Media freedom advocates in the Philippines scored a rare victory this week when a court convicted an alleged gunman in the killing of broadcaster Miguel Belen.

Eric Vargas, 38, was given a 40-year prison sentence for the 2010 death of Belen, a field reporter for a radio station in Iriga City, some 400 km south of the capital Manila.

It was Belen himself who identified Vargas as the one driving the motorcycle with a woman pillion rider with a gun. The killer, identified as Gina Bagacina, remains at large.

Pope Francis and the Street Children

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By Robert Harland in Manila

As the historic visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines comes to an end, one of the most emotional moments for the Pontiff must surely have been his encounter with Manila street children.

After the Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Friday, the Pope, who is known to frequently deviate from his official itineraries, slipped out through a side door and went to visit ANAK-Tuloy ng Kabataan (Tnk) Foundation instead of walking to the church’s front entrance as planned.

Philippine Prisons at Breaking Point

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The Philippines judicial system is so slow and inefficient that many detainees awaiting trial spend longer behind bars in detention than the penalties they would receive for their alleged offences.

For this reason and to help unclog the country’s desperately overcrowded detention facilities, the Supreme Court of the Philippines has just ordered the release of some 286 detainees.

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