Tag: Philippines

Singaporean rideshare innovator Angeline Tham: Hero or persona non grata in the Philippines?

Manila — Singapore-born Angeline Tham is a hero to thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of Filipino commuters. Unfortunately, with some leaders, she is not nearly as popular, with one Philippine senator even seeking to deport the young mother of one due to controversy...

Signs of life at ‘no-man’s land’ around Philippine volcano

A desolate landscape of ash dunes and bare trees left by the eruption of the Philippines' Taal volcano lay in contrast with a few signs of life at ground zero of the disaster on Tuesday. The island site was buried by massive deposits of ash...

Dispatch from Manila: Life in the shadow of a volcano that could erupt any time

Manila—Life has taken an almost surreal turn after Taal Volcano started spewing ashes on Sunday afternoon, January 12. Toward evening, many parts of the city began to experience ashfall, fine but gritty grey dust that easily gets into your eyes, nose, skin, and hair. We...

Philippines struggles to keep evacuees away from volcano

Philippine authorities were struggling Wednesday to keep thousands of evacuees from returning to homes in areas threatened by a feared massive eruption of Taal volcano. Some 40,000 people have taken refuge in shelters since the volcano let loose a towering burst of ash and jets...

Tens of thousands face uncertainty as Philippine volcano spews lava

by Ron Lopez with Mikhail Flores in Manila Taal volcano in the Philippines could spew lava and ash for weeks, authorities warned Tuesday, leaving tens of thousands in limbo after they fled their homes fearing a massive eruption. The crater of the volcano exploded to life...

Tropical storm ruins Christmas for thousands of Filipinos

Thousands of people in typhoon-prone central Philippines have had their Christmas plans ruined after they were told to leave their homes as a severe tropical storm approaches. Officials on Christmas Eve said residents should evacuate coastal areas, and thousands more were stranded at ports with...

Eight die in Philippines after drinking coconut wine

Eight people died and hundreds were taken to hospitals in the Philippines after drinking coconut wine believed to contain high levels of methanol, authorities said Monday. The victims all attended gatherings over the weekend in the town of Rizal, southeast of Manila, and complained of...

Masterminds of Philippines’ worst political massacre jailed

by Ron LOPEZ / Mikhail FLORES The masterminds of the Philippines' worst political massacre were found guilty Thursday of murder a decade after they led the killings of 58 people, rare convictions of powerful figures in a country notorious for its culture of impunity. However with...

Egyptian engineer claims MH370 pilot left clue in family photo

An Egyptian engineer, Ismail Hammad, claims a picture of MH370 pilot Zaharie Shah holds the clue as to where the Malaysian secretly flew the aircraft, i.e. somewhere in the Philippines. He adds that the disappearance of the plane was carefully planned and further claims that...

Rappler journalist Ressa launches defence in Philippine libel case

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa said Monday she would not be silenced as she launched her defence against a libel charge that press advocates call an attempt to curb her news site's critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte. Her site Rappler has written extensively and often...