SENATOR Loren Legarda has urged government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) to continue to fight violence against women and children.

“Violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses in the country despite laws to prevent it. It has to be urgently addressed through the combined efforts of government, NGOs, academe and the private sector by raising public awareness to encourage women in the communities to disclose or report incidents of violence,” she said.

Legarda issued the statement during the recent celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Statistics from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), notes that 1 in 5 women have experienced physical violence since age 15; 6 in 100 women reported having experienced sexual violence; 4% of women experienced physical violence during pregnancy. 

However, only 3 of 10 women have sought help to stop the violence.

“Violence against women and children is preventable through strengthened awareness, government funding, strict implementation of existing laws and enhanced inter-agency coordination, both at the domestic and international level,” Legarda stressed.

Read more: Loren pushes for women’s protection

Palace reiterates protection for media workers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo ’Digong’ Duterte has vowed that his government will not stop until those behind acts of violence committed against the members of the working press are brought before the bar of justice. 

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also assured that the administration is committed to upholding the President’s promise that his government will never condone violence and repression of media.

“Rest assured that we in the government, through Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other stakeholders, will work without letup in ensuring justice for all victims of violence against…

Read more: Palace reiterates protection for media workers

Legarda urges Asean to focus on people

SENATOR Loren Legarda has stressed that the interests of the people should be the primary concern of the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) as the member-nations move forward together towards a better and stronger regional community.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, Finance and Climate Change issued the statement following the conclusion of the Asean Meeting in the country.

 

600 Million Population

“We have a population of more than 600 million, more than half of them are young people. We must capitalize on this asset but at the same time, we must ensure that our aspirations…

Read more: Legarda urges Asean to focus on people

KASALUKUYANG iniimbestigahan ng mga operatiba nang National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) ang natuklasang P8.7 billion right of way scam sa General Santos City na kinasasangkutan umano ng ilang mga matataas na opisyal noong administrasyon ni dating Pangulong Noynoy Aquino.

Nais ng NBI na mapalakas ang kaso laban sa mga sangkot na kinabibilangan umano nina dating Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson at dating Budget Sec. Florencio Abad.

Sinabi ng isang source mula sa NBI na  may hawak na silang sinumpaang salaysay ng ilang testigo na sangkot mismo sa sindikato.

Ayon sa dokumento, si Singson umano ang nag-apruba at nag-request ng release ng bayad para sa pekeng road right of way (RROW) at si Abad naman umano ang nag-apruba ng pagpapalabas ng pondo para doon. 

Maliban kay Abad at Singson, sangkot din daw sa scam sina Wilma Mamburam, Col. Chino Mamburan, Merceditas Dumlao at Nelson Ti na financier umano ng grupo.

Read more: P8.7-B right of way scam sa GenSan, nabuking

MRT-3 shutdown could disrupt Metro commerce

AS MUCH as Malacanang Palace wants to give in to the suggestion of Sen. Grace Poe to temporarily stop operations of the state-owned Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) until all technical problems are fixed, it could not do so because this would cause great inconvenience to the public.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque said that aside from great inconvenience, stopping MRT-3’s operations might disrupt economic activities in Metro Manila, which is heavily reliant on the aging mass transport system.

“While we share the concerns of everyone amid the glitches and technical issues bugging the train system, stopping the operations of the MRT-3…

Read more: MRT-3 shutdown could disrupt Metro commerce

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