On Thursday, some big news emerged regarding the rough-talking and Donald Trump-like president-elect of the Philippines, saying that Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte would like to pay Pope Benedict a visit so he can apologize for his profane remark that gained international criticism.
According to Inquirer, Duterte's spokesman Peter Lavina said, "The mayor [Duterte] repeatedly said he wants to visit the Vatican, win or lose, not only to pay homage to the pope but he really needs to explain to the pope and ask for forgiveness."
During one of his campaign speeches, Duterte, who is also called "Digong" in his hometown, recalled the time when Pope Francis visited the Philippines and the said visit caused massive traffic jams in Manila. "It took us five hours to get from the hotel to the airport. I asked who was coming. They said it was the pope. I wanted to call him: 'Pope son of a whore, go home. Don't visit anymore,'" he said. more >>
In June, the Philippines will finally declare who its next president will be, and according to the partial figures, Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte gets the spot. The tough politician has already claimed victory and his opponents have conceded.
During his campaign, the 71-year-old politics veteran has obtained a significant amount of hate from political experts around the world, mainly due to his highly controversial joke about the rape of Australian minister Jacqueline Hamill in 1989.
Both the U.S. and Australia publicly voiced out dismay over Duterte's rape joke. The countries' ambassadors criticized the long-time Davao City mayor for his brash comments and late April, Duterte shook off all the negative reactions towards his remarks. more >>
A mother's irate post became viral after complaining about a day care center that caused damages to her three year old daughter.
Recent reports via Indian Express indicate that a mother of a three year old girl posted a statement regarding the negligence of a day care center in Gurgaon. The mother, Shivani Sharma, explained that she dropped off her daughter at a day care center last Apr. 28. However, after thirty minutes of dropping her kid off, she received a call from the teacher stating that there was an emergency regarding her daughter.
Sharma then found out that her daughter had injured her thumb, which was in dire condition. According to those watching her daughter, another child pushed the door close while her daughter's finger was still inside. The doctors at the hospital told her that her daughter's thumb needed to be amputated since the top half of her thumb was crushed and torn apart. This means that her daughter will no longer have a full thumb, but a round cut finger instead. more >>
Ahead of official announcements regarding the next president of the Philippines, Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte already claimed victory as partial tallies over the past two days revealed that he will be the current president's successor.
Despite the masses' early celebrations, there is buzz among political experts about Duterte's stance on the alliance between the U.S. and the Philippines. Under soon-to-bow President Benigno Aquino III's administration, the U.S.-Philippines ties were made stronger as he tried to balance the issues involving China's economic development.
While Aquino slammed discussions with China that he considered futile, it is speculated that Duterte will change the path that the former president has trod in terms of bilateral talks. more >>
A 2-year-old boy was shot and killed by a wealthy Muslim landowner in Nazimabad, Pakistan, who was angry at his father for refusing to work at his home without pay.
Fides News Agency reported on Wednesday that the alleged murderer, Haji Rasheed, refused to pay Christian worker Samsoon Masih the money he owed him for painting his house. A dispute then arose in which Masih said he would no longer work in Rasheed's house.
Enraged, the landowner and his son, Bahsrat, then allegedly broke into the Christian man's house and started shooting indiscriminately. While Masih and his father were only injured, a bullet struck his 2-year-old son, Ayaan, killing him instantly. more >>
A Christian convert who refused to stop worshiping Jesus Christ was kidnapped, tortured and left for dead by a group of Hindu radicals in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a Christian persecution monitor has reported.
Hindu extremists in the the area of Tewardih, Varanasi kidnapped the 30-year-old Christian convert named Joginder Gold after frequently demanding that he and his family stop worshiping Christ.