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  • 11 establisimento ipinasara sa Boracay dahil sa kawalan ng papeles
    by ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Karamihan sa mga ito'y pag-aari umano ng mga Chinese at Korean.&nbs […]

  • Lalaki, nabundol ng SUV sa Parañaque
    by ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Kritikal ang lalaking nabundol na SUV sa Parañaque. Sa detalye, nasa linya ng telepono si Fred Cipres.&nbs […]

  • P2-M droga, nasabat sa Maynila; 17 suspek arestado
    by ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Nasabat ng mga pulis ang dalawang milyong pisong halaga ng droga sa sunud-sunod na drug operation sa Maynila.&nbs […]

  • Marawi siege inspires new course at PMA
    by besguerra on May 21, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    FORT DEL PILAR, BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — This year’s new batch of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets will pursue a national security management course to handle future crises involving homegrown terrorism and foreign naval incursions, PMA officials said here on Tuesday. The post Marawi siege inspires new course at PMA appeared first on Inquirer News. […]

  • He’s back: Duterte meets Thai envoy
    by besguerra on May 21, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    President Duterte finally made his first public appearance after a weeklong absence from the public eye, which fueled speculation that he had suffered a heart attack and was in a hospital. The post He’s back: Duterte meets Thai envoy appeared first on Inquirer News. […]

  • Charge Cardema, Palace tells DOJ
    by besguerra on May 21, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — At Malacañang’s behest, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will consider filing charges against former National Youth Commission (NYC) chair Ronald Cardema, who abruptly resigned to become a nominee of the Duterte Youth party list group. The post Charge Cardema, Palace tells DOJ appeared first on Inquirer News. […]

  • COA flags OSG’s P7.12M in foreign travel expenses
    by besguerra on May 21, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged P7.128 million in foreign travels spent by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in 2018 that lacked the required supporting documents. The post COA flags OSG’s P7.12M in foreign travel expenses appeared first on Inquirer News. […]

  • Actor Matteo Guidicelli joins ‘combat’ vs ‘terrorists’
    by besguerra on May 21, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    FORT DEL PILAR, BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — Actor Matteo Guidicelli surprised cadets and tourists at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) when he took part in a simulated rescue of hostages and a mock assault on “terrorists” at the start of a two-day Army roadshow here on Monday. The post Actor Matteo Guidicelli joins ‘combat’ vs ‘terrorists’ appeared first on Inquirer News. […]

  • Daughter of slain Batangas mayor won’t copy ‘walk of shame’
    by besguerra on May 21, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    SAN PEDRO CITY, LAGUNA, Philippines — She may be her father’s daughter in many ways, but there are just some things they disagree on. The post Daughter of slain Batangas mayor won’t copy ‘walk of shame’ appeared first on Inquirer News. […]

  • 6 dead, 18 hurt in Albay road crash
    by besguerra on May 21, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY, Philippines — Six people died while 18 others were injured when their jeepney fell into a ravine in Libon town, Albay province, on Tuesday, police said. The post 6 dead, 18 hurt in Albay road crash appeared first on Inquirer News. […]

  • 6 reps from 5 parties vie for Speaker post
    by besguerra on May 21, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The next Speaker may not necessarily come from the ranks of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), according to Majority Leader Fredenil Castro, another rumored candidate in the looming battle for House leadership. The post 6 reps from 5 parties vie for Speaker post appeared first on Inquirer News. […]

  • Fun run, dance ball to raise funds for Marinduque school
    by besguerra on May 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    The Mogpog Central School Alumni Association Inc. (MCSAAI) is holding sports and wellness activities and a dance ball in Mogpog town, Marinduque province, on May 25 to gather alumni and their families for a good cause. The post Fun run, dance ball to raise funds for Marinduque school appeared first on Inquirer News. […]

  • Palace welcomes ROTC law for Grades 11, 12
    by besguerra on May 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang described as “good news” the House of Representatives’ approval of a measure that would mandate the enrollment of senior high school students in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). The post Palace welcomes ROTC law for Grades 11, 12 appeared first on Inquirer News. […]

  • The ANC Brief: Postponed anew
    by ANC on May 21, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    The proclamation of the winners in the May 13 elections has been postponed anew. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today: […]

  • Former Ombudsman Carpio Morales on Hong Kong trip: 'I was detained'
    by Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    (UPDATED) Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales tagged as “bullying” Hong Kong’s move to deny her immediate entry into the special administrative region of China. […]

  • Pampasaherong jeep nahulog sa bangin sa Albay; 9 patay
    by Thea Omelan, ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    LIBON, Albay - Siyam angkumpirmadong patay nang mahulog ang isang pampasaherong jeep sa bangin sa Barangay San Jose sa bayan ng Libon, Albay Martes ng hapon. […]

  • Winning senators, party-list groups to be proclaimed on May 22
    by The Manila Times on May 21, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    THE Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), has decided to separately hold the official proclamation of the winning senators and party-list groups on Wednesday,…READ The post Winning senators, party-list groups to be proclaimed on May 22 appeared first on The Manila Times Online. […]

  • P1-M pabuya inalok para sa ikalulutas ng pagpatay sa Italyano sa Negros Oriental
    by Martian Muyco, ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Magbibigay ng P1 milyong pabuya sa sinumang makapagbibigay ng mahalagang impormasyon ukol sa pagkakakilanlan ng mga salarin sa pagpatay sa isang Italian national sa Negros Oriental. &nbs […]

  • Comelec postpones proclamation of winning senators, party-list groups anew
    by ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    The proclamation of winners in the senatorial and party-list races is postponed anew. […]

  • Former Ombudsman Carpio Morales says her phones hacked
    by ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    MANILA—Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said she feels paranoid after learning her telephones have been hacked. […]

  • Comelec to proclaim winning senators, party-list groups Wednesday
    by Lady Vicencio, ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold the proclamation of winning senators and party-list groups on Wednesday, May 22. […]

  • Gaano kaligtas ang isang gusali sa lindol?
    by ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Isang bagong aparato ang dinevelop para malaman kung ligtas ang isang gusali bago at matapos ang lindol. […]

  • 21 pensioner nabiktima ng fixer sa Negros Occidental
    by ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Babala sa mga nais mag-loan sa SSS: Direktang makipag-transaksyon lang sa mga awtorisadong kawani ng ahensya para hindi maloko. […]

  • Umano'y kapalpakan sa halalan, pinaiimbestigahan sa Kamara
    by ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Pinaiimbestigahan ng minorya sa Kamara ang mga umano'y kapalpakan na nangyari nitong halalan, lalo't posible umanong nagkaroon ng dayaan. […]

  • SBITC acquires two new container handlers
    by The Manila Times on May 21, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Subic Freeport: Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation (SBITC) has procured two new additional empty handlers from Kalmar, an industry forerunner in terminal automation and energy-efficient container handling, as part of…READ The post SBITC acquires two new container handlers appeared first on The Manila Times Online. […]

  • Sara Duterte: Alvarez 'very dangerous, Machiavellian'
    by ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    MANILA - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday said she will not reconcile with Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, whom she described as "very dangerous" and "Machiavellian." […]

  • NEDA joint panel OKs changes to 3 projects
    by ANNA LEAH E. GONZALES on May 21, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    A National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) joint committee led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd has approved changes to three projects that the government is currently implementing. In a…READ The post NEDA joint panel OKs changes to 3 projects appeared first on The Manila Times Online. […]

  • Dating Ombudsman Carpio Morales, hindi pinayagang makapasok sa Hong Kong
    by ABS-CBN News on May 21, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Nakabalik na sa Pilipinas si dating Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales matapos siyang hindi payagang makapasok ng Hong Kong ng mga immigration authorities doon. […]

  • Huawei founder: America underestimates company
    by AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE on May 21, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    BEIJING: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday shrugged off US attempts to block his company’s global ambitions, saying America is underestimating the telecommunications giant’s strength. Ren spoke to the Chinese…READ The post Huawei founder: America underestimates company appeared first on The Manila Times Online. […]

  • PSEi up anew, grows 0.80% on third day
    by ANGELICA BALLESTEROS, TMT on May 21, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    THE stock market continued to rally for a third straight day on Tuesday as investor sentiment was reportedly boosted by the positive momentum from previous trading days after the Bangko…READ The post PSEi up anew, grows 0.80% on third day appeared first on The Manila Times Online. […]

  • Expanded PH-SKorea cooperation eyed
    by ANNA LEAH E. GONZALES on May 21, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    FINANCE Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd on Tuesday reaffirmed Manila’s desire to deepen economic ties with South Korea by adopting digital technology to improve its tax administration. In a recent meeting…READ The post Expanded PH-SKorea cooperation eyed appeared first on The Manila Times Online. […]

  • Swine, cattle supply enough for market
    by EIREENE JAIREE GOMEZ on May 21, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    The country’s production of hogs and cattle rose significantly in the first quarter of the year, indicating sufficient supply for the domestic market. Based on the latest data from the…READ The post Swine, cattle supply enough for market appeared first on The Manila Times Online. […]

  • Higher import duty on cement sought
    by TYRONE JASPER C. PIAD on May 21, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    The Tariff Commission (TC) should hike the safeguard duty for imported cement to protect the local industry. The Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (Cemap) made the call in response…READ The post Higher import duty on cement sought appeared first on The Manila Times Online. […]

  • Financial disclosures
    by EMETERIO SD. PEREZ on May 21, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Financial filings may not be enough to inform the public when listed companies report only their consolidated financial disclosures. How about the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE)? Perhaps, as one of…READ The post Financial disclosures appeared first on The Manila Times Online. […]

  • MIAA remittance up 50% in 2018
    by LISBET K. ESMAEL on May 21, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) saw a solid fiscal performance last year as it remitted a record P3.42 billion in dividends to the national government. In a statement on…READ The post MIAA remittance up 50% in 2018 appeared first on The Manila Times Online. […]

  • COA questions OSG foreign trip expenses
    by Elizabeth Marcelo on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) over its airfare expenses for foreign trips in 2018 amounting to P7.128 million. […]

  • Cardema claims House seat ahead of Comelec ruling
    by Janvic Mateo on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Even before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruled on his petition to substitute as nominee for party-list group Duterte Youth, National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema has already claimed a seat in the incoming Congress. […]

  • Online lending apps probed for shaming delinquents
    by Janvic Mateo on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has initiated an investigation of 48 online lending applications that allegedly shamed borrowers who failed to settle their obligations on time. […]

  • US-China trade war could spill over to South China Sea
    by Jose Katigbak on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    The trade war between the United States and China is raising the possibility that tensions could extend beyond trade and affect other areas of contention between them including the South China Sea, analysts here warned. […]

  • Woman tops PMA 2019 Class Mabalasik
    by Artemio Dumlao on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    A 21-year-old native Ilocana leads the 263-strong graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 2019 on Sunday. […]

  • Magic 12 proclamation deferred
    by Mayen Jaymalin on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) deferred anew yesterday the proclamation of the 12 winning senators and party-list groups amid the delay in the transmission of certificates of canvass (CoC) from Washington. […]

  • Labor group slams compressed workweek bill
    by Mayen Jaymalin on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Compressing a workweek to just four days is anti-worker, Defend Job Philippines claimed yesterday. […]

  • Ex-ombudsman held at HK airport
    by Elizabeth Marcelo on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Hong Kong authorities yesterday held former ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales at the airport for hours for “immigration reason” and sent her back to Manila, in what her supporters believed was in retaliation for her suing Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for environmental crimes in the South China Sea. […]

  • Ex-ombudsman held at HK airport
    by Pia Lee-Brago on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Hong Kong authorities yesterday held former ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales at the airport for hours for “immigration reason” and sent her back to Manila, in what her supporters believed was in retaliation for her suing Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for environmental crimes in the South China Sea. […]

  • Pangilinan quits LP post over Otso debacle; Robredo rejects offer
    by Cecille Suerte Felipe on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan resigned yesterday as president of the Liberal Party (LP), taking full responsibility for the “complete shutout” of the opposition ticket Otso Diretso in the May 13 elections. […]

  • What the 2019 Election Results Tell Filipinos About Themselves
    on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Based on the unofficial results from CNN Philippines, and other media outlets, voters appear to have given President Rodrigo Duterte an enthusiastic “thumbs up” in this midterm election. The unofficial count for the Senate races where only the top 12 vote-getters get to become Senators, shows that not a single opposition candidate made the cut ... […]

  • Air Pollution Is Destroying Metro Manila
    on May 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    During the time of Jose Rizal, the country was known as the "Pearl of the Orient." The Spaniards, despite all their faults, built some amazingly beautiful cities in these "Islas." Clear water ran through the Pasig river and life was wholesome for all who lived here ... […]

  • Are Filipinos Slowly Losing their Freedom of the Press?
    on April 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Things have changed significantly since Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law nearly 47 years ago. Back then everyone knew what had happened: One day we Filipinos had television, radio, and newspapers; the next day, all those media outlets were shuttered. Every Filipino back then, knew what had happened. They knew that their freedom of speech had been taken away ... […]

  • What’s at Stake in the Coming Midterm Election?
    on April 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Midterm elections in the Philippines, like those in the United States, are seen as a referendum on the administration in power. For this year’s midterm elections in the Philippines, it is a referendum on the Rodrigo Duterte Administration. A victory for candidates endorsed by Duterte means most Filipinos agree with how the president is running the country ... […]

  • Chinese Debt-trap Diplomacy: Can it happen in the Philippines?
    on March 30, 2019 at 12:00 am

    During the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ 17th National Convention in Iloilo City, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, raised concerns about the loan agreement the Philippines signed with the People’s Republic of China for the Kaliwa Dam project. In an ABS-CBN News article, Mike Navallo writes that Carpio “warned that the loan agreement between Philippines and China for the Kaliwa Dam project also offers patrimonial assets as collateral, which he said […]

  • Is the Philippines Better Off Having Left the ICC?
    on March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Well, it happened. The Philippines is no longer a member state of the International Criminal Court (ICC). We are only the second country to leave the ICC after first becoming one of its member states; Burundi left in October of 2017 ... […]

  • The US-PH Mutual Defense Treaty: Save It or Scrap It?
    on March 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    On August 30, 1951 the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States was signed. America at that time was the undisputed global superpower while the Philippines, its former colony, was one of its closest allies and most ardent supporter. Philippine President Elpidio Quirino and US President Harry Truman affixed their signatures to the document in the White House. The treaty was subsequently ratified by both the US and Philippine legislatures in early 1952, and it […]

  • Have We Filipinos Lost Our Moral Compass?
    on March 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    We Filipinos have always seen ourselves as devout, god-fearing, children of God, leading exemplary Christians lives. We pray a lot, go to church a lot, and occasionally practice our faith the way few Christians would. But could this professed piety be simply aspirational? Is it just a façade that hides a darker, more disturbing reality ... […]

  • Filipinos Should Demand the Best Subway System
    on March 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    On February 27, 2019, top government officials, mayors, congressmen and senators gathered in Barangay Ugong, Novaliches. With them was Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda. They were there to break ground on one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” Program: the P358.25 billion, Metro Manila Subway system. From its northern-most station on Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City, to its final stop at the Ninoy Aquino International […]

  • A Cup of Taho for Our Wounded National Pride
    on February 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Last week everyone was talking about it. From your man-on-the-street, to your top government officials, everyone seemed outraged at Jiale Zhang, a 23-year-old Chinese student studying fashion design in the Philippines. How dare this foreigner throw a cup of taho (a popular snack soft tofu and syrup) at a police officer of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) when he refused her entry. The officer was just doing his job. In response to a recent bombing incident in Mindanao, MRT authorities issued a ban […]

  • Is the Philippines Being Left behind By Its Neighbors?
    on February 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Question: Who was number one in Southeast Asia during the 1950’s? The answer most Filipinos, alive during that period, would say it was the Philippines. By most measures, the country was far ahead of the pack. PAL (Philippine Airlines) was the region’s first airlines. The PSE (Philippine Stock Exchange) opened its doors to stock trading decades before Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, or China opened theirs ... […]

  • Please Engage China at the UN, Secretary Locsin
    on February 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    A recent article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer caused us to do a double-take when we read that Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin Jr. intended to protest Communist China’s establishment of a maritime rescue center on Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). Kagitingan lies halfway between the Philippines and Vietnam and is claimed by both countries as well as Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) ... […]

  • Yes, We Can Clean Up Our Country
    on February 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Kudos to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu who, with the help of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), has managed to clean up sections of Manila Bay. The breakwaters along stretches of Roxas Boulevard have not looked this clean in decades ... […]

  • The Wrong-headed Way to Deal with Underage Crime
    on January 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The Philippine House of Representatives appears to have “railroaded” the controversial House Bill (HB) 8858 lowering the age children can be held criminally liable under Philippine law to 12 years of age. In an article in Rappler, Mara Cepeda writes that “House of Representatives approved on 2nd reading the bill that would lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from the current 15 years old ...&rdquo […]

  • Tread Carefully When Borrowing Money From China
    on January 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    With all the billion-peso projects in the planning stages by the Rodrigo Duterte administration, financed by Communist China, Filipinos might take a cue from the Maldives and warn President Duterte to slow down. That country was in the news recently because of the sad and tragic death of a newlywed Filipino couple who drowned as they honeymooned on one of their beaches ... […]

  • Distasteful Duterte: The Maid Episode
    on January 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Choosing the right candidate can be a daunting experience when candidates and their supporters barrage voters with heaven-on-earth promises and peace-and- prosperity images ... […]

  • Our Commitment to the Public for 2019
    on December 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    With 2018 winding down, we should all be thankful that we’re about to make it through to another year. Some of us have friends and loved ones who will no longer be around to ring in the new year like we will ... […]

  • Railroading the Constitution, a Joint Statement of all 5 Ateneo Presidents on RBH 15
    on December 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The move to amend the Philippines’ 1987 Constitution has been one of the most contentious issues of 2018. According to the latest Pulse Asia survey held in June 2018, only 18% of our population support charter change, while a majority (67% of the population) do not. An additional 14% are undecided. The same poll also indicated that 62% of Filipinos are not presently in favor of a shift to a federal form of government ... […]

  • Does Año Realize What He Is Getting Us Into?
    on December 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Or is he just mouthing the talking points fed to him by Malacañang (or Beijing). The beleaguered Philippine Secretary of the Interior, Eduardo Año recently said that the security concerns raised by some lawmakers with regards to the P21-billion surveillance and monitoring project of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and China’s China International Telecommunications and Construction Corp. (CITCC), was nothing to worry about ... […]

  • The Bells of Balangiga Are Finally Back Home
    on December 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The Balangiga bells are back on Philippine soil. Taken by members of the U.S. 11th Infantry Regiment in reprisal for the surprise attack on their comrades in the 9th infantry Regiment, the bells had been gone from the town of Balangiga for 117 years ... […]

  • Filipinos Need to Remember What George H.W. Bush Stood For
    on December 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

    We remember former U.S. President George H.W. Bush who passed away on November 30 at the age of 94. A recent Houston Chronicle editorial notes that Bush’s vision, which he “was willing to risk everything to defend, and one still worth pursuing today” is what he called a “New World Order.” This was his “dream, in which world peace would be guaranteed by a cooperative international structure, where small states would not be at the mercy of their […]

  • Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr., Someone Filipinos Should Emulate
    on November 30, 2018 at 12:00 am

    On Thursday, November 29, 2018, Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr. of the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) handed down a guilty verdict against 3 Caloocan police officers for the murder of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos. A total of just 470 days separated the young man’s murder, to the day Judge Azucena rendered his verdict—lightning speed for the normally lethargic Philippine justice system ... […]

  • Can the Philippines Really Trust the People’s Republic of China?
    on November 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

    During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to the Philippines, total of 29 agreements signed between Xi and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Everything from “trade and investment, banking and finance, infrastructure, agriculture, education, culture and people-to-people exchanges,” all the way to a “memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation on oil and gas development in the West Philippine Sea” as reported by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) ... […]

  • A Salute to Filipino Veterans
    on November 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

    It seems that Filipinos, in general, refuse to be bothered with their past. We live for the present and look to the future, but seldom do we glance back at the past. Three hundred sixty-seven years of Spanish colonial policy made sure our pagan Malay culture, customs and traditions were excised from our past ... […]

  • Diesel Fuel and Polluted Air Are Killing Filipinos
    on October 26, 2018 at 12:00 am

    According to the website of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), an agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), lung cancer is “the top cause of cancer-related deaths among men, and the third cause of cancer deaths among women, outranked by breast and cervical cancer” in the country and the world ... […]

  • Working Abroad as Domestic Helpers Should Become a Thing of the Past
    on October 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    For decades the Philippine economy has been kept afloat by millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sending money back home. According to philstar.com in an article published early this year, the World Bank ranked the Philippines as the “3rd top remittance receiving country in the world” after India (first), and China (second) ... […]

  • Why Didn’t Duterte Join Other World Leaders at the UN?
    on October 3, 2018 at 12:00 am

    September is the month New York commuters dread. Their already packed city becomes even more densely packed with visitors from across the globe. Stretched limousines trailed by black SUVs appear all over Manhattan. September is the month when world leaders and their entourages from countries large and small come a-calling. The United Nations General Assembly is back in session ... […]

  • Has Duterte Finally Met His Match in Sister Patricia Fox?
    on September 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    According to a recent article in the Philippine Star “Australian nun Patricia Fox testified against the Duterte government before an international tribunal on Tuesday [September 19, 2018], narrating the political persecution she experienced.” Fox, had run afoul of the Rodrigo Duterte Administration when in April of this year, she traveled to Mindanao together with about 30 human rights representatives to look into alleged abuses by the Philippine government ... […]

  • Is Philippine Democracy Dying?
    on September 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    In their latest New York Times Bestselling book How Democracies Die, Harvard University political science professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt write about how liberal democracies like ours can turn into autocratic, totalitarian regimes. The authors, point out that democracies don’t all die the same way. Some go out with a bang; a military coup d'etat, with tanks in the streets, bombs exploding, and scores killed in raging battles ... […]