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NEW ANTI-RAPE LAW GIVES MINORS PROTECTION – LOPEZ

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives said the new law raising the minimum age of sexual consent from 12 to 16 could help drastically reduce abuses against minors and provide stronger protection for them. Manila Representative Manny Lopez, one of the principal authors of Republic Act 11648, said the legislation would provide stronger protection […]

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GATCHALIAN CALLS FOR RAISE IN STATUTORY RAPE AGE

After the signing of Republic Act No. 11596 which criminalizes child marriages, Senator Win Gatchalian said that increasing the statutory rape age will be a crucial next step in safeguarding Filipino children from violence and abuse. Last year, both houses of Congress ratified the bicameral conference committee report on increasing the statutory rape age from […]

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VILLAFUERTE: STOP RISE IN CHILD PORN, ABUSE ONLINE

Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte has filed a bill seeking to strengthen  the Anti-Child Pornography Act by improving accountability of internet service providers (ISPs)  to reverse the alarming rise in online child abuse amid the COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdowns.  Villafuerte has expressed alarm over   a report  by the Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) that there has been a 264.6% rise  in […]

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ABANTE: PINOY DIPLOMATS SHOULD PROTECT WORKERS

“Philippine diplomats abroad who are duty-bound to come to the defense of abused and mistreated overseas Filipino workers in their areas of jurisdiction should be above reproach and must treat their workers in the manner by which we want our OFWs to be treated by their own employers.” This was the reaction of Manila 6th […]

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ABUSE OF ENVOY’S HELPER SHAMEFUL – VILLANUEVA

The alleged abuse and maltreatment that a Filipino domestic worker suffered from the hands of the country’s ambassador to Brazil is deplorable and conduct unbecoming a diplomatic official who should be watching out for the welfare of their countrymen in a foreign land instead of inflicting harm, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. Villanueva, chair of […]

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GATCHALIAN: MOBILIZE CHILD PROTECTION COMMITTEES VS STUDENT ABUSE

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging public and private basic education institutions to mobilize their Child Protection Committees (CPCs) against violence and abuse on learners. Gatchalian made this call over reports in social media of sexual harassment of students by teachers. The veteran legislator stressed that CPCs should stay vigilant and proactive in monitoring and handling […]

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FREEZE HIRING OF CHINESE WORKERS FOR QC POGO OPERATIONS — CASTELO

A former Quezon City representative is pushing for a moratorium on the hiring of  Chinese workers for Philippine Online Gaming Operations (POGOs) in Quezon City.Former solon and now Quezon City District 2 Councilor Winston ‘Winnie’ Castelo said that aside from opening the city to risks from the novel coronavirus, the rising number of Chinese POGO workers […]

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MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO PASS OFW DEP’T BILL — REP. NOGRALES

With potential turmoil brewing in the Middle East following the U.S. drone attack on top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, a young lawmaker highlighted the need to pass a bill creating a department for Overseas Filipino Workers soon to ensure the safety and security of Filipinos in the region. “Recent events in the Middle East and […]

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‘WANG-WANG’ IS OK AS LONG AS YOU DON’T ABUSE IT – GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon said the use of sirens by high government officials is fine as long as it is not abused in answer to Vice President Leni Robredo who earlier called on government officials to refrain from using sirens to cut through traffic. “You know yung mga yan pa-cute e (they are just trying to look cute). […]

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VILLAR GIVES ASSISTANCE TO 4 DISTRESSED OFWS

Four overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), including a survivor of the Marawi siege who experienced maltreatment while working abroad received livelihood assistance from Senator Cynthia Villar. In a meeting with Villar at the Senate, the OFWs each received a start-up kit for a sari-sari store (variety store)and financial assistance under the veteran legislator’s program for repatriated […]