• World’s last legal ban on divorce doesn’t keep Philippines couples together

    By Tom Hundley and Ana P. Santos October 10 MANILA — Just because the Philippines is the last major country on Earth to refuse to allow divorce for most of its citizens, that doesn’t mean Filipinos don’t fall out of love with one another. So ...

  • Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?

    When a Filipino woman leaves her home to work overseas as a nanny, she knows that it will be years before she sees her own children again. When Filipino women leave their families to find work abroad, they view migration as a necessary sacrifice ...

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  • MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Philippines legislature’s decision to eliminate funding for contraception will fuel HIV infections, maternal deaths and teen pregnancies, particularly among poor girls and women, reproductive rights advocates said on Friday. The decision to cut the $21 million contraceptive budget surprised and infuriated legislators and advocacy groups who had struggled more...

  • By Ana P. Santos New infections in the country have skyrocketed, even as they’re declining worldwide. Cebu City, one of the hardest-hit areas, is struggling to control the drug use that’s spreading the virus. CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES—The dealer’s hands move quickly as he dispenses small vials from the waistband of his shorts, his front pockets...

  • Charlie Sheen’s recent revelation that he is living with HIV is bringing back the topic into the public conversation ANILA, Philippines – With Charlie Sheen going on TV to disclose his HIV status, HIV has become a topic of discussion again. Let me contextualize that: in the last 30 years since HIV was first detected,...