For thousands of Filipinos who took to the streets on Sunday, December 10, the fight to uphold human rights goes beyond International Human Rights Day. Various groups called on the Filipino youth to hold President Rodrigo Duterte accountable and "fight tyranny" in the country, reports Rappler.
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Hillary Andales, an 18-year-old resident of Palo, Leyte was awarded this year’s Breakthrough Junior Challenge prize. A student in Philippine Science High School’s Eastern Visayas campus, Andales competed against more than 10,000 students from 178 countries all over the world, reports Townandcountry.ph.
The Duterte administration’s infrastructure program may not be enough to deal with the country’s transportation woes as road congestion in Metro Manila may reach “standstill levels” by 2022, according to a study by an American consulting group, reports Inquirer.net.
Vilma Bautista, 78, the elderly ex-secretary of former Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos has finally started serving 2-6 years jail time over the crooked multimillion-dollar sale of a Monet painting that belonged to her late boss — more than four years after she was convicted, reports the New York Post.
A Catholic priest, Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez, was gunned down by unidentified men in Jaen, Nueva Ecjia on Monday evening. The 72-year-old priest was a prominent human rights activist in the province, reports CBCP News.
While other kids of his age are hooked on computer games or school work, 11-year-old Fidelino Atregenio Jr. instead chooses to join his father in rallying against giant mining companies, which he described as “walang kaawa-awa” or merciless, reports Rappler.