Janess Ann Ellao

Journalist based in Manila, Philippines. Graduate student at the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication. ViaNews correspondent in Philippines. Journalist contact: janessannellao@vianewsagency.com

International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague, Netherlands. Photo by: OSeveno.

Philippines: The Poor Fights Back vs. Drug-related Killings Before ICC

MANILA, Philippines (ViaNews) – Families of the victims of drug-related killings here know too well that they are lacking in both influence and resources. Still, they took up the cudgels for their loved ones as they recently sought grievance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for the widespread and cold-blooded…

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The oath of former President and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (second from the right) as new House Speaker at the House of the Representative at the Bantasan Hills in Quezon City on July 23, 2018, Philippines. Photo by: Avito C. Dalan for the Philippine News Agency.

Philippines’ ex-president accused of plunder, gross rights violations now House Speaker

MANILA, Philippines (ViaNews) – In what appears to be a dramatic political resurrection, former Philippine president turned congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been sworn in as the newest House Speaker on July 23, 2018, stealing the thunder from no less than Philippine president Rodrigo Roa Duterte whose annual public speech on the country’s affairs was…

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Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by: PCOO EDP.

Women up in Arms Over Philippine President’s Sexist Remarks, Anti-women Policies

MANILA, Philippines (ViaNews) – Despite his official spokesperson’s repeated pronouncement that the Philippine president is serious about upholding women’s rights, Rodrigo Roa Duterte continues to be under fire for his notoriety over misogynistic remarks that span from rape jokes, threats to have women guerrilla fighters shot in their vaginas, to unfounded and biased claim that…

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Labor day in Manila, Philippines.

In Philippines, Workers Demand end to Exploitative, Centuries-old Contractual Work Scheme

MANILA, Philippines (ViaNews) – Tens of thousands of protesters here were unfazed as they marched the streets of Manila under the scorching heat of the sun and the occasional drizzles and thunderstorm as they commemorate the International Labor Day with a strong clamor to put to an end on the widespread and exploitative contractualization or…

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