Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Kidding Aside

The past week the Philippines was once again on the worldspot as CNN (which didn't bother to get Manila's side of the story at first. I really wonder where journalism is going these days) featured thousands of Filipino children sharing prison cells with adult criminals.

A UN official was more effective in defending Manila (saying that the problem is prevalent in other countries, including Brazil, and that at least Manila is a signatory to a UN Convention on the protection of the rights of children) than the Philippines' Secretary of Justice who kept on mumbling on a telephone interview.

Well, Philippine administration officials must have been very busy saving President Gloria Arroyo from impeachment charges, thereby making them inept in discussing the more pressing issues, such as juvenile delinquency.


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