By Matikas Santos
Closely watched over by white-uniformed security guards, blue-uniformed policemen, and military personnel in camouflage, a handful of protesters raised their voices before the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Wednesday demanding justice for the slain transgender woman at the hands of a US Marine.
When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children on top of his regular work as a farmer and carpenter.
By Tarra Quismundo
When the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace agreement in March, the moment was historic twice over: it was an opening for peace after 17 years of negotiations, and a woman signed such document as chief negotiator for the first time anywhere in the world.
Call it a woman’s touch, but the recent visit to China of a group of 12 congresswomen from the Philippines apparently moved Vice Minister Chen Fengxiang of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC) to call for “more people-to-people dialogues … for the improvement of bilateral ties” between the two countries despite their competing claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
By Erika Sauler
A raid on an upscale entertainment club in Pasay City suspected of being a prostitution front led to the rescue on Tuesday night of 19 women—13 Filipinos and six others from Russia and Ukraine—believed to be victims of human trafficking.