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Philippines may lead Asia in protecting LGBT rights if same-sex marriage legalized — HRW

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio The Philippines would lead in terms of marriage equality should it legalize same-sex marriage, New York City-based human-advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday, June 19. The HRW’s comments were released on the same day the Supreme Court (SC) held its first oral arguments on the petition by […] The post Philippines may lead Asia in protecting LGBT rights if same-sex marriage legalized — HRW appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineJun 20th, 2018

Philippines poised to lead marriage equality in Asia, HRW reports

The Philippines would lead in terms of marriage equality should it legalize same-sex marriage, New York City-based human-advocacy group Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The HRW’s comments were released on the same day the Supreme Court (SC) held its first oral arguments on a petition by LGBT rights advocate Atty. Jesus M. Falcis III […] The post Philippines poised to lead marriage equality in Asia, HRW reports appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Voters in Taiwan backed anti-gay marriage referendums Saturday, November 24, in what LGBT activists said was a major blow to the island's reputation as a rights trailblazer. Taiwan's top court legalised same-sex marriage in May 2017, the first place in Asia to do so, and ruled that it ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

Petron closes in on duplicating historic feat

Games Tuesday: (Mall of Asia Arena) 4:15 p.m. – La Salle-Dasmarinas vs CSA 7:00 p.m. – Petron vs F2 Logistics   The deadly form that made Petron the most successful club team in the country was in full display when it crushed F2 Logistics, 25-23, 25-12, 25-17, in Game 1 of their Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference best-of-three finals series Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. But for head coach Shaq Delos Santos, the battle is still far from over. Delos Santos said celebration is not yet on their minds as they expect a furious fightback from the Cargo Movers in Game 2 of this prestigious women’s club tourney Tuesday at the same venue. He said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus is the best in the business in tweaking his gameplan so he expects Game 2 to be another thrilling showcase of high-flying attacks, great defense and nail-biting rallies from both sides. "Kami, think magandang pahinga, recovery, aral uli, pag-aralan namin sila ulit (sila). Siyempre for sure all out sila pero siyempre kami ready para dun,” said Delos Santos, whose wards moved a win shy of sweeping this tourney. Delos Santos sure knows what he’s talking about. In the Grand Prix last year, the Blaze Spikers hammered a convincing Game 1 win, thanks to the firepower of imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley as well as local stars Frances Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Mika Reyes. But the Cargo Movers refused to quit. De Jesus shocked his counterpart when he pulled veteran Cha Cruz from the bench to serve as the starting spiker while moving American Kennedy Bryan back to her original position at the opposite spot. The gamble paid a handsome reward when the Cargo Movers crawled back from a 0-2 set lead all the way to a masterful Game 2 victory. Then, they went for the kill in Game 3 to formally clinch the title of this highly competitive tourney. Delos Santos stressed that de Jesus -- an 11-time champion coach for De La Salle University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines who also has three crowns in the PSL – won’t simply give up.    "Kilala namin sila alam namin trabaho ni coach Ramil especially sa ganyang sitwasyon pero mas magtatrabaho kami this time," said Delos Santos, who drew firepower from bench player Sisi Rondina and former Far Eastern University stars Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma in Game 1. Rondina delivered 12 points while Pons and Palma chipped in 10 and nine hits, respectively, for the Blaze Spikers, who are on the verge of duplicating a golden sweep of the conference they first achieved three years ago.          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 5 min. ago

Generika-Ayala routs Cignal for PSL All-Filipino bronze

MANILA, Philippines---Generika-Ayala subdued Cignal in straight sets, 25-12, 30-28, 25-13, to claim the bronze medal in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. This is the best finish of the Lifesavers in four years or since they won the title in the 2014 All-Filipino Conference when they joined forces with Philippine Army. The Lifesavers held a slim 12-10 lead in the third but was able to quickly gain momentum going on an 8-2 run to take a 20-12 lead. Fiola Ceballos then, scored on back-to-back aces to finish off the HD Spikers. Generika-Ayala head coach Sherwin Meneses said his team has slowly turned itself around and gradually b...Keep on reading: Generika-Ayala routs Cignal for PSL All-Filipino bronze.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News20 hr. 53 min. ago

PSL Finals: Petron razes F2 Logistics in Game 1

MANILA, Philippines---Petron moved one step closer to a title repeat after dismantling rival F2 Logistics in straight sets, 25-23, 25-11, 25-17, in Game 1 of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Blaze Spikers also hiked their perfect record in the conference to 13 games with one more giving them the their fourth championship, the most in the PSL. Petron shrugged off a slow first set and started to gain offensive power in the second and third periods thanks to large part to substitute Cherry Rondina. Rondina gave the Blaze Spikers a 16-11 lead in the third set with an earth-shattering kill then followed it up with another...Keep on reading: PSL Finals: Petron razes F2 Logistics in Game 1.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News20 hr. 53 min. ago

Gilas Pilipinas falls to Iran anew, goes 0-2 at home

Gilas Pilipinas faltered when it mattered most and dropped a 70-78 decision to Iran in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers Monday night before a stunned crowd at Mall of Asia Arena. The Filipinos took an eight point lead in the fourth quarter but it only set up a spirited comeback from the Iranians led by their prolific swingman Mohammad Jamshidi. It was a heartbreaking and costly loss for the Philippines, which slipped to fourth place in Group F after going 0-2 at home following a stunning loss to Kazakhstan last Friday. Jayson Castro led Gilas Pilipinas with 19 points in just his first game back after serving a three-game suspension for his involvement ...Keep on reading: Gilas Pilipinas falls to Iran anew, goes 0-2 at home.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Kazakhstan defies odds in stunning win over Gilas Pilipinas

Not every team can push through perilous situations and Kazakhstan showed it has what it takes in a 92-88 victory over the Philippines in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Kazakhs were holding onto a 90-88 lead with less than half a minute remaining and they had a hard time setting up a shot as the Filipinos hounded their passing lanes in front of a rabid Philippine audience at Mall of Asia Arena. But Kazakh captain Alexandr Zhigulin knew how his team remained composed during that pressure-packed situation---just be totally stoic. "Of course, there was pressure but we stayed calm and we did our job without any emotions," said Zhigulin as his team i...Keep on reading: Kazakhstan defies odds in stunning win over Gilas Pilipinas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2018

PH may fall into debt trap with China funds, says firm

Turning to China for financing President Duterte's infrastructure program may lead the government to make the same mistakes made by other Asian countries that have fallen not only into a debt but also corruption trap, London-based Capital Economics said on Thursday.   "By seeking closer ties and increased investment from China, President Duterte of the Philippines risks repeating the mistakes made by other countries in the region. With the current account deficit already approaching unsustainable levels and given the corruption problems associated with Chinese investment projects elsewhere in Asia, the Philippines would be better off shunning Chinese investment," Capital Econo...Keep on reading: PH may fall into debt trap with China funds, says firm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

Tax case vs Rappler desperate attempt to silence critical voice – HRW

MANILA, Philippines – International group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday, November 10, decried the Philippine justice department's indictment of Rappler for tax evasion. In a statement on Saturday, HRW Asia Director Brad Adams called the indictment a "clear desperate attempt by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to shut down one of the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Oct. factory reading best in 10 months

FACTORY ACTIVITY in the Philippines saw the biggest improvement in 10 months in October, keeping the country in the lead in Southeast Asia, according to the latest survey which IHS Markit conducted for Nikkei, Inc. that cited “a sharp rise in demand for manufactured goods.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

ASEAN manufacturing purchasing managers’ index, October

FACTORY ACTIVITY in the Philippines saw the biggest improvement in 10 months in October, keeping the country in the lead in Southeast Asia, according to the latest survey which IHS Markit conducted for Nikkei, Inc. that cited “a sharp rise in demand for manufactured goods.” Read the full story......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

ASEAN manufacturing purchasing managers’ index, October

FACTORY ACTIVITY in the Philippines saw the biggest improvement in 10 months in October, keeping the country in the lead in Southeast Asia, according to the latest survey which IHS Markit conducted for Nikkei, Inc. that cited “a sharp rise in demand for manufactured goods.” Read the full story. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Source link link: ASEAN manufacturing purchasing managers’ index, October.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Australian nun Patricia Fox to return from Philippines after losing deportation fight

Saga puts spotlight on wider issue of expatriate involvement in human rights campaigning in Asia-Pacific The deportation saga in the Philippines of Sister Patricia Fox is to come to an end on Saturday.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

CHR: Promised internal cleansing of PNP should lead to better police force

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Monday, October 29, called on the government to make sure that the "promised internal cleansing" would lead to a better police force after a cop allegedly raped a 15-year-old in Manila . Highlighting the Philippine National Police’s mandate, CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 29th, 2018

Massive Taiwan Gay Pride parade pushes key referendum vote

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Flamboyant drag queens and horned devils rubbed shoulders with Christian pastors and supporters Saturday, October 27, as tens of thousands of people took part in Taipei's Gay Pride parade – the biggest in Asia – ahead of a landmark vote next month on LGBT rights on the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

Don t force LGBT rights on Malaysia, says Mahathir

BANGKOK, Thailand – Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday, October 25, said his country cannot accept LGBT rights such as same-sex marriage, dismissing them as "western" values. The blunt remarks come against a backdrop of what activists say is a growing intolerance towards the LGBT community in Malaysia. "At this moment, we ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Adamson vents frustration on NU, regains share of lead

      MANILA, Philippines – Adamson quelled National University's comeback attempts to hack out a 69-58 victory at the start of its second-round campaign in the UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, October 17. Jerrick Ahanmisi pumped in a game-high 21 points on an impressive 3-of-4 (75%) shooting ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Catching Up with The Truth: ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera talks BuyBust experience

It’s been a while since we’ve seen ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera compete inside the ONE Championship cage. The last time Vera was in action was back in December of 2016 when he defended his title against Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine in Manila, winning via first round-TKO. And while “The Truth” hasn’t been active in mixed martial arts competition, that doesn’t mean that he’s been just sitting around, chilling. Far from it, in fact. Aside from getting married and taking care of some outside-competition matters, Vera has been quite busy on the silver screen. The 41-year old Fil-American booked his first major movie gig as part of the highly-successful action movie BuyBust, where he plays Rico Yatco, a member of an anti-narcotics squad in the Philippines. For Vera, the whole experience of being part of a movie is something that he says he looks forward to doing more in the future. “It was amazing, definitely something I look forward to doing after I’m finished with my competition side of martial arts, I absolutely loved it,” Vera shared with ABS-CBN Sports. Directed by famed Filipino movie director Erik Matti, BuyBust also features veteran actors such as Anne Curtis and Victor Neri among others. The experience, Vera says, is a ‘dream come true’ for him. “Working with Direk Erik, Ms. Anne Curtis, Victor Neri, Tito Levi [Ignacio], you know just working with that group of people and seeing the level of where I want to be, projects are coming my way now, it’s, I don’t know how to describe it, I don’t know how to explain it,” he said, “it’s beyond a dream. Most people dream to just get into a movie, I was put into a movie with all of those superstars. All I can do is thank my blessings everyday that I was able to do something like that.” Being a life-long mixed martial artist, Vera is no stranger to pressure and performing in front of large audiences. Having to “perform” so to say, for his BuyBust director and co-stars however, he admits, was a different beast altogether. “What do you think?” Vera responded with a chuckle. “First movie out? Okay, the lead is Anne Curtis. The director is Erik Matti. Then the names just kept on rolling. The pressure was definitely there, but Direk Erik said I did really good with the pressure, I just didn’t want to let the team down, that’s how I felt the whole time, I just didn’t want to let anybody down. From the directors, to the production, the cast, the crew that was working on set, I didn’t want to mess up for anyone. Definitely pressure, but I think that’s what helped us get through it,” he continued. Asked if he expected BuyBust to be as big as it was, Vera admitted that he didn’t know what to expect. “I had no idea. This was my first anything, so I had no idea. I didn’t get nervous, I wasn’t nervous for the world premiere in New York, I wasn’t nervous about that until before we left. We might have been already on the plane when I asked Anne, ‘Is this your first one?’ and she was like ‘Yeah, this is my first one.’ When she said that, it’s like it hit me in the face. ‘Oh my God, oh my God this is a big deal!’ That’s when I started getting nervous. I couldn’t believe what was going on,” he said. The experience as a whole, Vera says, was not simply a reason to be thankful, but rather a reason to keep working and keep striving to get better. “I’m just lucky, I’m lucky and blessed, that’s why I don’t complain about anything, just keep going forward and I keep training hard,” Vera added, “I keep going to Tagalog classes, I keep going to acting workshops, I have no right to complain, all I can do is get better. There’s too many people who put their faith in me for me to fail, and I just wanna keep grinding and getting better, and I realized all of this before, during, and after the shoot.” For now, however, Vera says that he’s more than excited to make his long-awaited return to the ONE Championship stage. While there’s no announcement yet with regards to his next title defense, the champ hopes to be able to do it on the upcoming ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS card in Manila on November 23rd at the Mall of Asia Arena. The card also features a highly-anticipated ONE Lightweight World Championship bout between Filipino martial arts hero Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of Team Lakay and Singaporean knockout artist Amir Khan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Gov t protecting each and every human being s rights – Cayetano

Speaking at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Sunday defended the Philippine government’s human rights record, arguing that policies instituted by President Rodrigo Duterte not only saved the country from becoming a narco-state, but also protected the rights of “every single human being living in the Philippines.” Source link link: Gov't protecting each and every human being's rights – Cayetano.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Arroyo hails late Kabayan lawmaker as champion of children s rights

MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo described the late Kabayan Representative Ciriaco Calalang as a "champion of children's rights" during a eulogy she delivered Thursday, September 27. "Congressman Acoy, you have done so much, not only in loving your children but also in protecting the rights of all children," ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018