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Supreme Court rules to free former President Arroyo

via CNN Philippines – The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo because of insufficient evidence and ordered her immediate release from her hospital detention. The High Court had ruled in favor of Arroyo’s demurrer to evidence in charges that she misused Read more »

Photo credit: Larry Heaney, The Field Museum. This tree-dwelling mouse, which has whiskers that reach all the way to its ankles, is one of the 28 newly discovered species unique to Luzon.

Luzon has greatest concentration of unique mammals

By Janvic Mateo/The Philippine Star – Twenty-eight unique species of mammals have been discovered in Luzon, according to a research project that touted the Philippines’ largest island as having the “greatest concentration” of unique mammals in the world. A study published recently in sthe cientific journal Frontiers of Biogeography bared Read more »

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Bench presents show at New York Fashion Week – a first for Filipino lifestyle brand

By Millet Mananquil/ – Bench presented a 27-piece spring/summer 2017 collection at the New York Fashion Week 2016, the first time for a Philippine fashion brand to gain recognition in the Big Apple’s runways. Bench was also featured at the Liberty Trade Fair. It was a Bench x Cadet collaboration, Read more »

Filipinos stage a protest ahead of the expected ruling of the International Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on a case the Philippines brought in 2013 against China's claims in the South China Sea at The Hague, Netherlands on July 12, 2016. Photo via

South China Sea: Hague rules in favor of Philippines over China

By Katie Hunt/CNN – An international tribunal in the Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in a maritime dispute Tuesday, concluding that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to the bulk of the South China Sea. China rejected the decision by the Permanent Court Read more »

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‘Narconomics': Lessons for the Philippines’ war vs drugs

By Ronald U. Mendoza/ – Lowering the age of criminality in the Philippines should be reconsidered. Throwing children in jail cells with hardened criminals may actually strengthen drug lords’ ability to recruit fresh talent – hardening youth who could have otherwise been saved from a life of crime and drugs. Read more »

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VP Robredo is Duterte’s housing czar

By Pia Ranada/ – President Rodrigo Duterte offered Vice President Leni Robredo a Cabinet post, specifically the position of chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). The HUDCC was the same agency headed by Robredo’s predecessors, former Vice President Jejomar Binay and Noli de Castro. This was Read more »