COVID-19: The Need For Digital Inclusivity

S Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information will co-chair a new ministerial committee for digital transformation with Chan Chun Sing, the Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry.

11 July 2020

Duterte's Anti-Terrorism Law Challenged In Top Court

Critics of a new anti-terrorism law in the Philippines called on the country's highest court Monday to suspend the legislation, arguing it threatens human rights and freedom of speech. The law approved by President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday gives the security forces sweeping powers to go after terrorists, but critics fear it could be used to stifle dissent and target government opponents.Rights groups had called on Duterte to veto the law, which allows for a special council comp

7 July 2020

122 Children Killed In Philippines Drugs War

At least 122 children have been killed in the Philippines' war on drugs - often deliberately, two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) said Monday, urging the United Nations (UN) to take action.The NGOs fear that the true figure is way higher, they said in a report, as the United Nations Human Rights Council prepares to assess the situation in the Philippines.President Rodrigo Duterte's hardline anti-drugs campaign has come under fire from rights activists who say police are encour

30 June 2020

Philippines Hashtag Battle: #HijaAko Vs #AmaAko

Clothing and appearance have a long, profound, and evocative history in the Philippines. It has been influenced by a multiplicity of factors which include but not limited to class, culture, era, values, tastes, gender hierarchies, religion, customs, ideologies, and the prevailing and evolving psychology of Filipinos.

28 June 2020

Duterte's History Of Clashes With Philippine Media

Journalist Maria Ressa's libel conviction on Monday has raised fresh concerns about press freedom under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has a history of clashing with the media.Here are some notable confrontations:'Shameless' InquirerThe Philippine Daily Inquirer is one of the nation's top publications and brands itself as delivering "balanced news, fearless views".When Duterte launched his deadly crackdown on narcotics in 2016, the paper covered it ext

16 June 2020

Why The Philippines Needs An Anti-Terror Bill

It has been three years now since the tragic “Marawi Siege”, but until now, terrorist attacks continue to permeate the Philippines making it hard for the government to secure its citizens from those who persistently seek to attack the lives and the way of life of every Filipino. The Marawi Siege just like the tragic events of 11 September (9/11), the Bali bombings, and the home-grown terrorists’ attacks in London, is the quintessence of the country’s long struggle against terrorism.

14 June 2020

Filipinos Rally Against Anti-Terror Bill

Hundreds of protesters rallied in Manila Friday against anti-terrorism legislation that critics fear would give Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sweeping powers to stifle dissent. The bill, which has been approved by Congress and is expected to be signed into law by Duterte, would create a council of presidential appointees that could order warrantless arrests of people it deems are terrorists.It also allows for weeks of detention without charge. Activists fear the legis

13 June 2020

No Vaccine, No School In The Philippines

Tens of millions of children in the Philippines will not be allowed back to school until a coronavirus vaccine is available, officials announced Monday, saying they may have to broadcast lessons on TV.Nations like France and South Korea began resuming face-to-face classes as they got their outbreaks under control, but Philippine authorities see the risk as too great.President Rodrigo Duterte said last month that even if students could not graduate, they needed to stay out of school to fight t

9 June 2020

Philippines considering nuclear energy

Nuclear energy might be coming to the Philippines soon after an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts concluded an eight-day mission in December to review the country's infrastructure development for nuclear power.The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) was conducted at the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant after an invitation by the Philippines government.

8 June 2020

“Blended Learning” In Virus-Hit Philippines

One of the most affected segments of our society that has been shaken by the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS CoV-2, is the education sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of all learners in the Philippines since March. There have been many enthralling stories of learners being distressed by the spread of the deadly virus as schools across the country were closed.

7 June 2020