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  • November 10, 2014Sex traffickers prey on ‘Yolanda’ children

    Sex traffickers prey on ‘Yolanda’ children

    Text and photos by AVIGAIL M. OLARTE TACLOBAN CITY – On the bed is where she could end it, she thought. She’s 16, he’s six months old. Alyssa (not her real name) was sold for sex one night last year. On board a docked ship in Leyte, in a locked room, a Japanese repeatedly raped […]

  • November 8, 20143 faces of post- Yolanda Tacloban PNoy didn’t see

    3 faces of post- Yolanda Tacloban PNoy didn’t see

       By JOHNNA VILLAVIRAY  GIOLAGON TACLOBAN, Leyte –President Aquino marked the first anniversary of the super typhoon Yolanda (international name, Haiyan) one day earlier in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, where the typhoon made its first landfall early morning of Nov. 8, 2013. It was in Tacloban in Leyte that Yolanda wrought the most damage. Leyte..

  • October 30, 2014How AMLC found possible laundering of Revilla’s PDAF

    How AMLC found possible laundering of Revilla’s PDAF

    By YVONNE T. CHUA INVESTIGATORS of the Anti-Money Laundering Council recently concluded that bank accounts of Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. and his family, as well as those of Janet Lim-Napoles and her pseudo-NGOs, were possibly involved in a scheme to launder the controversial “pork barrel” funds. The AMLC’s 64-page inquiry report containing the..

  • October 21, 2014Leachon: 21- day exit screening for Filipinos in West Africa before coming home

    Leachon: 21- day exit screening for Filipinos in West Africa before coming home

      By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS THE Philippine College of Physicians, headed by   Dr. Anthony Leachon, is recommending that the Philippine government require returning Filipinos from West Africa, where there is a widespread outbreak of the killer disease Ebola, to undergo exit screening there before being allowed to come home. That is on top of..

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    HK journalists ban betrays Malacañang’s aversion to press freedom

    HK journalists ban betrays Malacañang’s aversion to press freedom

    November 26, 2014

    BY ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS AGER Ontog, director-general of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), who showed his lack of intelligence when he ordered the ban of Hongkong journalists who asked..


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