Tag: Philippines

Elderly man gazing fondly at his elderly date in McDonald’s inspires true relationship goals

Philippines – Love is in the air for this elderly couple who were dating at a McDonald’s outlet. Thankfully for netizens looking for romantic inspiration, a member of the public from the Philippines named Al Oliver Reyes Alonzo caught sight of a sweet moment between...

Filipino youth and other groups cry foul over midterm elections, while government-backed bets score big wins

Manila—Four days after the midterm elections on Monday, May 13, youth and other opposition groups from progressive and faith-based sectors gathered in front of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) to demand transparency from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), currently canvassing the votes. So far,...

Philippines to be a premier gaming destination, Duterte directive

Manila— Casinos are big business in the Philippines, and the industry is definitely growing. In the first quarter of this year, PAGCOR, the Philippine Amusement, and Gaming Corporation reported earnings of PHP18.27 billion (S$477 million) from gaming operations, up by over 15 percent from...

Amidst vote-buying and violence, here’s what’s really at stake in today’s midterm elections in the Philippines

Manila — Half of the seats in the Phillipines' Senate are at the crux of today's general election as over 61 million registered voters cast their votes for more than 18,000 positions. Filipinos will be electing candidates to the House of Representatives, as well as...

Philippine government accuses journalists and lawyers of plotting to oust President Rodrigo Duterte

Manila—In a press conference in Manila, Philippines, on Monday, April 22, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte accused journalists of propagating fake news for the purpose of unseating the strongman. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo referenced a matrix published in The Manila Times that showed alleged...

Protesters warn of Chinese ‘invasion’ of Philippines

Protesters descended on the Chinese embassy in Manila on Tuesday to oppose the Asian superpower's growing sway in the Philippines and as tensions rise over Beijing's presence in the disputed South China Sea. Filipino flag-waving marchers chanted "China out" and brandished a banner saying "Defend...

Philippine jounalist and Duterte critic Maria Ressa arrested again

Manila, Philippines—Maria Ressa, the executive editor of Rappler, an online news portal in the Philippines, and a known critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested when she alighted from a plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on Friday morning, March...

Dr Mahathir tells the Philippines: ‘Be very careful’ with China

Manila—Dr Tun Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s Prime Minister, issued a warning to the Philippines concerning loans from China. Drawing from Malaysia’s experience of what he termed as “unfair” infrastructure initiatives backed by China. Last year, after being re-elected in May, he canceled approximately S$30 billion worth...

Overworked and underpaid! The plight of Filipino and Indonesian maids in Hong Kong

A survey from a Chinese University's Research Centre on Migration and Mobility conducted in 2017 recently revealed the plight of more than 380,000 foreign domestic helpers in the city. The study showed that the working conditions for foreign domestic helpers were pathetic. Around 70.6% of the...

Duterte wants Philippines renamed

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he wants to rename the Philippines into “Maharlika,” in an effort to decolonize the country from its Spanish roots. The name change was pushed by the late former president and ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos to promote nationalism, to...