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5 crew remain missing after vessel sinks off Philippines

via rappler.com – Commander Armand Balilo, spokesman for the Philippine Coast Guard, adds the Emerald Star departed from Hongkong and was on its way to Indonesia when it sank. Five crew members remain missing on Friday, October 13, after their cargo ship sank in the Pacific off the Philippines as Read more »

Not-so-little act of hate at Stockton’s Little Manila

By Emil Guillermo/inquirerdotnet – Next Wednesday, October 18, I’ll be doing a special performance of my one-man show, “Amok Monologues: NPR, Harvard, Death on Mission Street,” at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, CA at 7 p.m. at the Wendell Phillips Center, Room 140. It’s free and it’s open Read more »

Classes suspended in Metro Manila on Nov. 16-17 due to 31st ASEAN Summit

By VJ Bacungan/CNN Philippines – The Metro Manila Council (MMC) on Tuesday said that classes in all levels in Metro Manila public and private schools will be suspended on November 16 and 17 due to the 31st ASEAN Summit. The MMC added that an announcement on any suspension of work Read more »

Philippines apologizes to China over wrong Taiwan logo

By JIM GOMEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS – The Philippine defense department has apologized to China for the “grievous but purely unintentional mistake” of using Taiwan’s defense ministry logo during a ceremony where the Chinese ambassador turned over thousands of assault rifles to the Filipino defense chief and top military commanders. The Read more »

Business icon Washington SyCip dies at 96

via rappler.com – Leading Filipino-Chinese business icon Washington SyCip died at the age of 96, people close to the businessman confirmed Sunday, October 8. SyCip died on Saturday, October 7, while on a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight to Vancouver. SyCip co-founded local accounting firm SGV & Co. in 1946 when Read more »

Church Offers to Protect Police Who Testify on Philippines’ Drug War

By Felipe Villamor/nytimes.com – The Roman Catholic Church has offered to protect police officers who want to come forward and testify about their participation in President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, a prominent archbishop said on Monday. The protection offer could escalate an emerging clash between the church and Read more »