AT A GLANCE The Commission on Human Rights has investigated 3,101 cases of extrajudicial killings – 1,803 in police operations and 1,298 killed by unidentified assailants. It has referred 96 cases to government bodies, with 7 more on the way. Despite previous assurances of cooperation, the Philippine National Police still rejects any request for documents from the CHR. Families refuse to file complaints while witnesses refuse to come forward fearing reprisal from perpetrators. Some say they will just file a case after the Duterte administration. The possible International Criminal Court case against President Rodrigo Duterte looms over his head with two years left in his presidency. June 30, 2020 signals not just President Rodrigo Duterte’s 4th year in power, but also another year without justice for the thousands killed in his anti-illegal drugs campaign. It will be exactly 1,003 days since Nanette Castillo’s son, Aldrin, was mercilessly killed in ... » Learn More about 4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims
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COMMENTARY: "It is so, so crucial for the voices of young people to be included in the creation of a sex education programme that meets their needs. The youth have said the sex ed programme is too focused on abstinence, risk and disease." Corinna Lim, executive director of AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) and the Institute of Policy Studies' (IPS) 8th S R Nathan Fellow delivered a lecture on masculinity in Singapore and its impact on gender equality. In her lecture , titled Reset: Men, Women, Violence, she looks at how the internet and porn has affected gender relations in Singapore, calling for sexuality education in schools to promote healthy relationships. We have reproduced an excerpt from her lecture here. By Corinna Lim Pornography is now widely available on the internet. We don’t know how widely it is used in Singapore. Boys are exposed to porn from an early age But a search on SimilarWeb for the top-visited ... » Learn More about AWARE director: Is focusing on ‘abstinence before marriage’ still realistic sex ed in S’pore today?
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg "We can boost Singapore's birth rate by making it compulsory for women to serve national service alongside men," 16-year-old student Wang Lixin wrote in a Straits Times (ST) forum letter. ST forum letter: Women should serve NS The letter, titled "Voices of youth: Let women serve National Service to help raise birth rates", suggested that women should serve NS. One reason given was that it would increase the size of our defence force. Another main reason: birth rates. In the letter, Wang explained that women will interact with men during national service, and this would enable relationships to be forged. Although not explicitly stated, it is implied that these relationships would then result in marriages and offspring at some point. Wang also added that the approach of having both men and women serve NS in Israel has been "effective", with their birth rate of 20 births per 1,000 ... » Learn More about 16-year-old student writes ST forum letter saying women should do NS to boost S’pore’s birth rate
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg UPDATE on Mar. 20, 2021, 11:05am: Adding statement from West Coast Town Council For 42-year-old wheelchair-bound Facebook user Cocoanna Christian, getting to the lift is a daily struggle. In a Facebook post that has been circulating online, Cocoanna Christian shared the challenges she faces, including living on a floor with no lift access (level seven), and having to make her way to central lift lobbies which are only available at levels six and eight in her HDB block. A lengthy process Speaking to Lianhe Wanbao , Cocoanna Christian — who goes by the name Jiang Mei Ling — professed that heading out of her house at Blk 906 Jurong West Street 91 is always an obstacle-ridden task. She said: "I need to go for kidney dialysis three days a week...With no lift access on our floor, my husband has to help move my wheelchair to the sixth floor, after which I walk down the stairs to sit ... » Learn More about S’porean in wheelchair struggles to navigate HDB corridor cluttered with over 30 plants
PERSPECTIVE: Living on a high floor and getting to select a HDB unit on a high floor has become an aspiration for many. But what is it about high-rise living that makes it so coveted in Singapore? We find out more from several Singaporeans living above the 30th storey in HDB flats. Living 32 storeys above, Zheng has learnt first-hand that it can get pretty windy. In the year she has been living in the St. Georges' Towers BTO project, she realised that it's generally tough for indoor plants to grow well under windy conditions, given the breeziness in her living room. But that's a small inconvenience for Zheng and her husband to live with, considering that their home faces a glorious city view including the Sports Hub and the sea. From their bedroom, they can even see Marina Bay Sands in the distance. "We were fortunate to be given the opportunity to [select a BTO flat with] a high floor. If there was an even higher floor, we would have been keen." Zheng and her ... » Learn More about The ‘true value’ of high HDB floors, according to S’poreans living above 30 storeys
Chances are, you already know quite a bit about the cherry blossom flower, or sakura. The delicate and ephemeral flower not only represents the arrival of spring, but also the circle of life. This change in scenery also reminds the industrious Japanese to take a break from work, open picnic mats in nearby parks and just relax. A brief history of Hanami The act of gathering under sakura trees to eat, drink and socialise is called hanami , which translates to “flower viewing”. Marking the beginning of the rice planting season, hanami was initially only enjoyed by Japanese nobility . Dating back to the Nara period (710–794AD), it was ume (plum) blossoms or momo (peach) that people admired at that time. Eventually, sakura, being similar in appearance to ume blossoms, gained popularity and became synonymous with hanami . Rulers of the archipelago would eventually plant cherry blossom trees across Japan, so that sakura and hanami can be enjoyed by people of ... » Learn More about People around the world have been admiring sakura blossoms for more than 100 years. Here’s why.
Minister for Education and co-chair of the Covid-19 Multi Ministry Taskforce (MTF) Lawrence Wong has said that the pandemic may last for another four to five years. Wong was speaking at the 2021 edition of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) annual Singapore Perspectives forum on Monday (Jan. 25). "It may take four to five years" In his 30-minute opening speech, Wong emphasised the uncertainties that Singapore will have to face in the next few years. He said: "There are still tremendous uncertainties ahead of us. And the bottom line is that we live in a shared world and no one is safe until everyone is safe. Of course, no pandemic goes on forever. At some point in time that pandemic will pass, but it may take four to five years before we finally see the end of the pandemic, and the start of a post-Covid normal. What will this new post-Covid world look like? No one can tell." Three resets Wong subsequently shared his hopes about how Singapore can "reset" ... » Learn More about Lawrence Wong: It may take 4 to 5 years before Covid-19 pandemic ends
SINGAPORE: Two more staff members of Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and six patients who were in Ward 9D have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in this COVID-19 cluster to nine. They are linked to the nurse who was confirmed as a COVID-19 case on Wednesday. The two staff members who tested positive are a 30-year-old doctor and an 18-year-old healthcare assistant trainee. All the patients who tested positive are Singaporeans. Most of them are elderly, with the oldest being 94 years old. This is Singapore's first COVID-19 hospital cluster and the largest active cluster currently. In addition to Ward 9D, TTSH has now locked down Ward 7D as one of the COVID-19 cases had transferred from there. "All close contacts of the cases, including patients, visitors and staff who have been in the affected wards, will also be placed on quarantine," said the Ministry of Health (MOH). READ: Tan Tock Seng Hospital to redirect some A&E cases to ... » Learn More about Second ward in Tan Tock Seng Hospital locked down; 2 more staff members, 6 patients positive for COVID-19
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg A motorcyclist was injured after a hit-and-run accident at Indus Road on May 26. Hit-and-run accident According to SG Road Vigilante Facebook , the motorcyclist asked for help from the public to provide any photos videos of the accident so as to identify the car that supposedly collided into him. Describing the accident, the motorcyclist said that after their vehicles collided, the driver got out to help initially. The driver then told the motorcyclist that he would have to stop his car further down the road. But, instead, the driver took off. In too much pain, the motorcyclist said that he was unable to take down the driver's particulars. He only noted that it was a silver Mercedes car. In response to Mothership 's queries, the Singapore Police Force said in a statement that they were alerted of a hit-and-run accident involving a motorcycle and a car at the junction of Indus ... » Learn More about Motorcyclist injured in hit-&-run appeals for witnesses along Indus Road
Who would have thought that the Covid-19 pandemic can make its way even to the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest? The news of the virus reaching the Himalayas via overseas climbers is a blow for Datuk M. Magendran and Datuk N. Mohanadas, the first Malaysians to reach the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal in 1997. Their plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their feat in 2022 is now uncertain. “If the pandemic is about to stay for a while with no signs of recovery, then we might just call off our plans to travel to Kathmandu and find other means to celebrate our anniversary, ” Magendran said recently. Magendran and Mohanadas had initially planned to celebrate the silver jubilee of their climb together with fellow Malaysians at Everest Base Camp on the summit day of May 23, 2022. Magendran, the first Malaysian to step on the majestic Mount Everest peak at 11.55am local time – 15 minutes before teammate Mohanadas – on May 23, 1997, said preparations for the silver jubilee ... » Learn More about First Malaysian Everest conquerors re-route silver jubilee plans amid pandemic