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Duterte Orders Arrest of Philippine Senator, One of His Top Critics

By Felipe Villamor/nytimes.com – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of one of his most prominent critics in the Philippine Senate, declaring that an amnesty granted to the senator years ago over his role in two military uprisings was invalid. The senator, Antonio Trillanes, a former naval officer, called Read more »

Philippines to fine Xiamen Air P33 million

By Paolo Romero/The Philippine Star – The government will demand from Xiamen Air at least P33 million in fines for the inconvenience caused by the accident involving its jet last Aug. 16 that delayed flights and stranded thousands of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Manila International Airport Read more »

Senate scraps ‘allegiance fee’ for dual citizenship

By Patricia Lourdes Viray/philstar.com – The Senate finance committee has adopted an amendment for the proposed 2019 national budget, which directs the Department of Foreign Affairs to stop collecting fees from Filipinos who want to reacquire their Philippine citizenship. During the budget hearing, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano mentioned Read more »

LIST: 2019 holidays

via CNNPhilippines – Mark your calendars as Malacañang announced on Thursday the regular and special non-working holidays for 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Proclamation No. 555, declaring those 19 red-letter days next year. REGULAR HOLIDAYS January 1 (Tuesday) – New Year’s Day April 9 (Tuesday) – Araw ng Read more »

Chinese Boeing 737 crash-lands at Manila airport

By Benjamin Zhang/businessinsider.com – A Xiamen Airlines jet crashed while landing at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday evening. “On August 16, 2018, Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8667 from Xiamen to Manila experienced a runway excursion while landing at Manila Airport at 23:55 Beijing time,” Xiamen Airlines said in a Read more »

Filipino amnesty beneficiaries fly home with memories of UAE

By Janice Ponce de Leon/gulfnews.com – Filipina Sapia Salik said goodbye to the UAE, her home for 10 years, on Wednesday with no regrets after overstaying for nine years. Her homecoming is her surprise to her family and she can’t wait to start her business back home. With luggage in Read more »