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She was the enemy of Philippine President Duterte, and her fellow judges just sacked her

By Siobhán O’Grady/washingtonpost.com – Last month, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced a warning for the chief justice of his country’s Supreme Court. “I am putting you on notice that I am now your enemy,” he said. “I will not hesitate to do what is in the best interest of my Read more »

Overlooked No More: Leticia Ramos Shahani, a Philippine Women’s Rights Pioneer

By Jennifer Jett/nytimes.com – Leticia Ramos Shahani is a name every feminist should know. Shahani, a Philippine diplomat and lawmaker, was a pioneer in the international women’s movement. At a time when few women had a place in statecraft, she became one of the highest-ranking women at the United Nations. Read more »

Beijing ‘installs missiles’ on South China Sea islands

via AFP – Beijing Thursday, May 3, reasserted its right to build “defense” facilities in the disputed South China Sea, but declined to confirm reports it had installed new missiles on artificial islands it has built in the region. The Chinese army installed anti-ship and air-to-air defenses on outposts also Read more »

Humans were in Philippines thousands of years before previously thought

By Ashley Strickland/CNN – About 709,000 years ago, someone butchered a rhinoceros using stone tools on the Philippine island of Luzon. That may not seem remarkable — except that humans weren’t supposed to be in the Philippines so long ago. Before this discovery, the earliest indicator that early humans, or Read more »

Statue honoring WWII sex slaves removed in Philippines

via AP – A statue honoring women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II has been quietly removed from a busy seaside promenade in the Philippine capital, angering women’s groups. Manila City Hall said in a statement that the bronze statue of a blindfolded Read more »

Philippines is latest foreign customer to book Trump’s D.C. hotel

via AP – First came Kuwait. Then Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Now it’s the Philippines’ turn. It is the latest foreign government to book rooms or host events at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., riling critics who say such bookings are nothing more than attempts to curry favor Read more »

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