Tag: Philippines

Philippine drug war critic vows end to ‘senseless’ killing

The vocal critic that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has named to a lead role in his deadly drug war called on Friday for revamping the crackdown and ending its "senseless" killing. Opposition leader Leni Robredo has regularly attacked Duterte's internationally condemned initiative, prompting the president...

Filipinos pack cemeteries to remember the dead

Filipinos poured into cemeteries by the millions on Friday for a rite to remember their dead, blending expressions of grief and faith in Catholic-majority Philippines with a party-like ambiance. Vendors hawked cartoon-themed balloons and police seized karaoke machines at graveyard checkpoints, while inside families swept...

Malaysia unhappy with Philippines’ claims on Sabah, cites UN recognition of its ownership

Malaysia rejected claims by the Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr who said Sabah belonged to the Philippines. The Malaysian Foreign Ministry said Malaysia does not recognise and will not entertain (ever) any claims by any party on Sabah, which it says is fully recognised by the UN...

Suicide bomber killed at Philippine army base

A suicide bomber dressed in a traditional Muslim woman's gown died after detonating a bomb outside a military camp in the restive southern Philippines, but no other casualties were reported, authorities said. Suicide attacks were once very rare in the Philippines, but since July 2018...

Top Philippine court refuses to legalise gay marriage

A landmark case to legalise gay marriage was rejected by the Philippines' highest court on Tuesday, but LGBT advocates in the deeply Catholic nation vowed to push their battle in the legislature. Lead plaintiff Jesus Falcis had said the current law was a violation of...

Philippine gov’t imposes new tourist rules to save El Nido, Palawan from Boracay-style closure

On Thursday (August 1), the Philippines announced that El Nido, Palawan, famed for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters and kayak-worthy lagoons and canals, will not be closing down for a Boracay-style clean-up, which took a total of six months to complete. Instead, to combat...

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...