MANILA -- The Philippines’ biggest mall operator said Tuesday it had withdrawn from its shelves a T-shirt that made fun of rape, following social media outrage.
A photo of the dark blue T-shirt with the slogan: “It’s not rape. It’s a snuggle with a struggle”, was posted by writer Karen Kunawicz on her Facebook page on Monday and quickly went viral.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Keeping his promise to fix the broken immigration system, President Barack Obama unveiled sweeping executive action on immigration Thursday night, Nov. 20, granting temporary legal status and work permits to almost five million undocumented immigrants living in the country in the largest single immigration action in modern American history.
In a primetime televised message from the White House, Obama offered relief for an estimated 4.1 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens, and about 300,000 undocumented immigrants who came to America illegally as children.
The president also said he would make it "easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy," a program that could benefit 600,000 people in the high tech industry.
MANILA – Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has emerged as the biggest defender of the PH-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) whose constitutionality is being challenged at the Supreme Court even as calls for its junking grew more strident in the aftermath of a senseless killing in Olongapo City last month involving a visiting American serviceman.
This augurs well for the Aquino government which hoped that EDCA would pass muster so that it helps improve the country’s defense capability in light of the maritime dispute with China on the West Philippine Sea. The pact was signed last April between Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg and, being an Executive-level agreement, saw no need for Senate ratification.
As oral arguments on several petitions to junk EDCA started Tuesday at SC, Sereno offered arguments herself belying the claim of petitioners that the agreement requires Senate ratification. She also dismissed as "speculative" declarations made by petitioners that EDCA violates territorial integrity and sovereignty and that it is lopsided in favor of U.S. interests.
Sereno addressed the petitioners: "The fact that we brought a (maritime dispute) before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, isn't that a fact that we must explore all means? Isn't that the greatest threat when our fishing grounds are no longer accessible to us? I see our islands in the West Philippine Sea being overtaken. What is wrong with prepositioning? How long does it take for a missile to reach Palawan?"
SAN FRANCISCO — An online petition campaign is trying to ensure the implementation of a law passed in October requiring the inclusion of the contributions of Filipino soldiers to the Allied victory in World War II.
The Bataan Legacy Historical Society (BLHS) is urging the implementation of AB199 or the World War II (WWII) Filipino Veterans in Curriculum Act, adopted by the California legislature in September 2011 and approved by Governor Jerry Brown last October.