Philippines

Opinion: Climate Change and Violence

On April 1, the Philippines was shocked by violence in Kidapawan City, the capital of Cotabato Province, where police opened fire on farmers protesting and asking for rice, killing three and injuring 116. Ei...

Filipino Catholic Church Continues to Fight Family Planning

Three years since its historic passage, the Philippines’ landmark reproductive health act – which provides for family planning and sexual education, among other features – continues to face a series of contin...

Miss Universe: Western Mom or Dad Needed

The 2015 Miss Universe contest in Hollywood hit the headlines because of the bizarre manner in which the host, because of an apparent mix-up in the cue cards, gave the crown to the runner-up, Miss Colombia, bef...

Philippines Leads Coalition of Climate-Vulnerable Countries

As one of the highly vulnerable countries from climate change, the Philippines leads a coalition of developing countries aiming to boost their fight against the worsening impacts of climate change at climate ch...

Opaque Migration Report Leaves Big Gaps in Information

The Rohingya, one of Asia’s most benighted populations, who are being driven out of Myanmar and Bangladesh, often to an uncertain fate and scattered among Southeast Asian nations where they are often sold, kidn...

‘Invisible Filipinos’ Face Renewed Violence

Marginalized indigenous tribes on Mindanao Island, collectively called the lumad, are finding themselves in the thick of an armed battleground in their own ancestral lands, pushed to the fringes of the countr...
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Filipino Army Turning a Blind Eye to Murder?

Has the Philippine army been in cahoots with armed groups accused of murdering civilians in the southern region of Mindanao? That’s the focus of an investigation the government has finally agreed to undertake...
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UN Again Ignores Population Growth

As world leaders convene for the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York to reflect on the progress of the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 and adopt more goals for 2030, they ought to focus on th...
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Love Knows no Boundaries

Cross-border marriages have been steadily growing in number since the 1980s in Japan, and from the 1990s in Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. In the case of Taiwan, marriages to foreign-born wives accounted fo...
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Opinion: Hope for Slowing Climate Change in Paris

The Conference of Parties (COP) 21, a yearly summit of countries involved in tackling climate change, is to take place in Paris beginning on Nov. 30 -- fewer than 100 days. Countries are preparing for what coul...