The Philippines

Packed prisons in the Philippines

2019 is slated to be a year of elections for the Southeast Asian region. Not only will Indonesia see its first presidential election since 2014, Thailand too has promised to hold an election this year since the military coup of 2014.

13 January 2019

Martial law in Mindanao extended

Just as martial law in Mindanao was nearing its expiration, the Philippine Congress approved on 12 December a 12-month extension of the law. The extension received an overwhelming majority in Congress with 235 lawmakers voting for it.

21 December 2018

Philippines opens cleaner, stricter Boracay

Tourists landed by the boatload Friday on the Philippines' Boracay island, which re-opened with a slew of new rules after a six-month shutdown aimed at undoing the impact of years of being loved to death by millions of holidaymakers.

27 October 2018

For Boracay 2.0’s survival

Proclaimed as a ‘paradise on earth’ in the 1970s, the Philippine island of Boracay landed on the bucket lists of western tourists seeking sun, sea and surf.

4 October 2018

Philippines feels the heat from hackers

Among all ASEAN member countries, the Philippines is said to be the most susceptible to cyberattacks. Despite the dire warnings, the republic’s media and entertainment giant ABS-CBN still fell victim to a hack recently.

22 September 2018

The return of Marcos?

Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte once again made headlines after claiming that he is willing to quit if the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos succeeds in becoming vice president and his constitutional successor.

24 August 2018