Global News Briefs
Filipino writer Candy Gourlay’s newest book, the young adult (YA) novel “Bone Talk,” has been shortlisted for the 2019 Carnegie Medal, considered the most prestigious literary award for children’s and YA books published in the United Kingdom, reports Inquirer.net.
A recent Social Weather Stations survey (SWS) on Wednesday, March 13, revealed that the number of adult Filipinos who use the internet rose to 47 percent last quarter, a six-point increase from 41 percent in September 2018 (Asian Journal).
Eighty-seven percent of Filipinos assessed that they have a “very/fairly happy” life, the lowest in four years, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. However, the SWS said that the “Happiness score” of 87 percent declined by 7 points from the record-high 94 percent in December 2017, (Inquirer.net).
The Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) cannot prevent the tribunal from ordering the arrest and trying President Rodrigo Duterte for the thousands of killings in his brutal war on drugs, according to lawyer Jude Josue Sabio, reports inquirer.net.
A British Columbia news site cited Jestony Pagdunzolan, a Filipino manager of the Salmon Arm A&W, for the way the restaurant he runs treats homeless people, which has gained noticed from members of the public (Inquirer.net).
The latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey revealed that most Filipinos believed that some police officers are involved in the illegal drug trade, extrajudicial killings (EJKs), and are often planting evidence against drug suspects (Philstar.com).