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Chinese visa applications to Philippines up 200%

By Christina Mendez/The Philippine Star – Following the shift in President Duterte’s foreign policy to align with China, the Philippine embassy noted a 200-percent increase in visa applications for tourism and business to the Philippines. Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta. Romana pointed out that there was a big decline in Read more »

Taiwan Gambles On Visa-Free Entry For Citizens Of The Poorer Philippines

By Ralph Jennings/forbes.com – Filipinos will be able to travel visa free to Taiwan over a trial period to be announced by September, the foreign ministry says. It’s a bold move. Most of the 138,000 Filipinos in Taiwan come for work, on contracts tightly controlled by labor brokers, in low-wage Read more »

3 Men, One Skyscraper And A Conflict-Of-Interest Concern In Foreign Policy

By Peter Overby/NPR.org – When President Trump recently invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House, it reopened questions about conflicts of interest between U.S. foreign policy and Trump’s business interests. The two presidents are connected by a Filipino businessman. Duterte last fall named Jose E.B. Antonio as Read more »

Two dead, 6 injured in Quiapo explosions

By Gerg Cahiles/CNN Philippines – Authorities are verifying the contents of another suspicious package found along Quezon Boulevard Sunday morning. Authorities deployed a bomb disposal robot at around 10:15 a.m. to see what the package contained. Two were killed and six injured in two separate blasts that rocked Quiapo, Manila Read more »

‘Hidden cell’ found in Manila Police District station

By Rey Galupo/The Philippine Star – More than a dozen detainees were found in a nearly airless cell hidden behind a shelf at the Manila Police District (MPD) Station 1 yesterday. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and MPD officials clashed over the allegedly secret cell at the station in Read more »

US fighter jet crashes off Philippines; pilot safe

By Janvic Mateo/The Philippine Star – A US Navy pilot ejected safely from his fighter jet while attempting to land on aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Celebes Sea in southern Philippines. In a statement on Friday, the US Navy said a helicopter recovered the pilot after ejecting from an Read more »

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