Philippines

Philippines: China offers more than US

The United States (US) is projecting “strategic confusion” in the South China Sea, the Philippines’ top diplomat said, prompting the Southeast Asian nation to deepen its ties with China.

22 May 2019
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Philippine cities facing 'slow-motion disaster'

When Mary Ann San Jose moved to Sitio Pariahan more than two decades ago, she could walk to the local chapel. Today, reaching it requires a swim. 

The main culprit is catastrophic subsidence caused by groundwater being pumped out from below, often via unregulated wells for homes, factories, and farms catering to a booming population and growing economy.

21 May 2019
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ASEAN’s paedophiles are tech savvy

Southeast Asia is in the grip of a fresh surge of paedophile activity with predators orchestrating and watching abuse on live-streaming sites and via webcams, and paying for it with near-untraceable cryptocurrency, victims and children's charities warn. 

18 May 2019
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Deadly pigeon racing in the Philippines

It is a brutal 600-kilometre gauntlet during which competitors face searing heat, wild seas, vicious predators, and the threat of kidnapping. 

Only one in 10 will finish.  

This is the MacArthur competition – the Philippines' longest homing pigeon race. It's a tough challenge for the birds and a tense affair for the owners.

17 May 2019
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Duterte’s allies crush the opposition

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's allies were poised for victory in midterm polls, unofficial results showed Tuesday, signalling firm approval of his rule and clearing a path for his most controversial plans.

14 May 2019
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Philippines goes to the polls

Filipinos headed to the polls on Monday in a vote that is expected to strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte's grip on power, opening the way for him to deliver on pledges to restore the death penalty and rewrite the constitution.

13 May 2019
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Do Filipinos want more death?

Duterte Youth, a right-wing youth organisation supporting the administration of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, recently promised that it would push for the revival of the death penalty for heinous crimes if it wins a seat in the House of Representatives in the coming 2019 midterm elections.

12 May 2019
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Widows contest in deadly Philippines elections

Gertrudes Batocabe never wanted to enter the Philippines' cutthroat politics, but after her husband was shot dead, allegedly by a rival in next week's midterm election, she felt bound to take his place.

"It's not really automatic that the wife takes over, but in this case I cannot see my opponents sitting down (quitting)" she said, holding back tears.

12 May 2019
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No room for Filipinos in the Philippines?

Investigations are underway in the Philippines of establishments and other businesses that not only cater solely to Chinese nationals, but are also rejecting local Filipino customers. Just recently on 6 May, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told the press that Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III will be asked to begin a probe on the matter.

10 May 2019
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Duterte needs big win in midterm vote

Millions of Philippine voters are headed to midterm elections on 13 May to vote for new lawmakers who will determine the fate of President Rodrigo Duterte’s pitch to revamp the political and tax systems.

8 May 2019
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Porn in the Philippines

The Philippines has moved up three spots to tenth place but it isn’t immediately clear whether it’s for something the country can pride itself over. The tenth spot is for countries with the highest number of people watching porn, according to one of the most famous pornographic video sharing and pornography sites on the internet: Pornhub.

6 May 2019
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The Philippines’ fake news busters

In the Philippines – where 76 million Internet users stay online the longest in the world – just a handful of people spend a few hours each day to fight fake news about the upcoming midterm elections.

6 May 2019
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