"Meanwhile, teenage pregnancy has more than doubled in the past decade. Ten percent of Filipina teenagers are now pregnant or mothers, and the adolescent birth rate in the Philippines is one of the highest in Asia--53 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 to 19. (To put that in perspective: The rate is 26 per 1,000 in the United States, and it's far lower in many other westernized countries.)"
"The pope was responding to a journalist who had said that many Filipinos believed that overpopulation was contributing to the enormous poverty in the country, and that many Filipinos disagreed with the Church’s ban on contraception."
Philippines is a VERY religious country and so many of them claim to be god fearing yet if they were truly god fearing then they wouldn't lie and steal as so many of them do ... They are only religious and god fearing when it suits them to be.
"Many people claim things that aren't so, like a successful business, for example."
Who would that be then RB ... Have you seen my business's accounts, have you seen that my business has recently spent some $2,000.00 on new bedding and other upgrades, have you seen that my business is buying a fleet of these etc. etc. etc?
I've got many admirers LR, just recently I heard a number of named expat individuals that are in awe of the, quoted, "goldmine" that I am sitting upon, some admirers identify themselves whilst others hovel in jealousy of my business mind and what I have achieved and am to further achieve!
"An Islamic State-affiliated group in the Philippines posted a video on Monday purporting to show the beheading of a 71-year-old German hostage after a deadline for his ransom had expired, a monitoring group reported.
The video shows a confused-looking JĂĽrgen Kantner surrounded by armed and masked men in camouflage. â€śThey kill me now,â€ť Kantner says before a man with a curved knife saws his head off. The severed head is displayed for the camera.
Kantner was seized by the extremists in November, sailing along the coast of the southern Philippines. His wife, Sabine Merz, was killed in the assault on their 53-foot yacht, Rockall.
In 2008, Merz and Kantner were kidnapped by Somali pirates and held for nearly two months before a ransom was paid."
Let me get this straight. A couple with a 53 foot yacht sails to Somalia and gets kidnapped and then sails to the Philippines and gets kidnapped again???? So you go gallivanting around to places with terrorist activity and think that all is OK? This is like a rich girl taking a jog in the middle of a crime infested slum. The rich girl would say that I have nothing to be concerned about where I jog. It is a free society and I can get to do as I please. Then they find your corpse on the side of the road. For someone who has so much time and money to see the world, maybe they should stick his head on a pole so others who think they can do as they please will finally get the message. Being rich does not necessarily include having a brain.
But it's OK, these terrorists will still be allowed in to USA, Filipinos are not on Trump's hit list!
Yes you're right dcguy, they only got freed off Somalia after a ransom was paid, so then they carried on sailing as if nothing had happened only to get kidnapped (one of them, the other was murdered on the boat) and I guess expected someone to fork out another ransom (PHP25m) to have him released a second time.
And chatting with my wife, the islands south of Zamboanga where these idiots went sailing their boat are notoriously dangerous.