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On Independence Day, artists’ group raises PH flag in West Philippine Sea

via rappler.com – Dakila, a group of activist artists, wrapped up its series of “creative and collaborative community events” here on Independence Day with members sailing to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) to plant the Philippine flag. Members of the group sang the national anthem at sunrise to Read more »

Resorts World Manila: Explosions, gunfire reported in Philippines

By Holly Yan/CNN – The popular Filipino tourist site Resorts World Manila is on lockdown after reports of gunfire and explosions. A masked gunman was on the second floor of one hotel, firing at guests, hotel employees fleeing the scene told CNN Philippines. Police, fire trucks and SWAT teams were Read more »

Australian coroner finds 2 Filipino seamen were killed

By Rod McGuirk/AP – Two Filipino seamen who died two weeks apart during a Japanese coal carrier’s voyage to Australia in 2012 were killed by one or more assailants, an Australian coroner said Wednesday. New South Wales state Deputy Coroner Sharon Freund recommended that her report on the two deaths Read more »

Duterte Suggests Martial Law Across Philippines, Citing Islamist Threat

By Felipe Villamor/nytimes.com – President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Wednesday that he may declare martial law throughout the Philippines to deal with the threat of Islamist militancy, making the remarks one day after he imposed military rule on a southern island. Mr. Duterte’s statement came after he cut short a Read more »

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

via philstar.com – President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday night in response to clashes in Marawi City that began on Tuesday afternoon. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a press conference in Moscow, said that details of martial law will be “forthcoming” and that it covers Read more »

John Raspado is first Pinoy, southeast Asian Mr. Gay World

By Aya Tantiangco/GMA News– With a message of empowerment and acceptance, John Raspado made history as the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to win the Mr. Gay World title. Aside from his international pageant title, Raspado is a proud Self-Worth Ambassador for advocacy group LoveYourself, Inc. The organization offers free Read more »

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