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Why can’t the Philippines solve its trash problem?

By Vernise L Tantuco/rappler.com – It’s an unfortunate but familiar sight: trash strewn all over Roxas Boulevard due to the southwest monsoon winds (hanging habagat) blowing them over from Manila Bay. The bay itself is covered in trash after a storm. This happens annually, and nobody bats an eyelash when Read more »

100-year-old Filipino WWII veteran tears up receiving U.S. medal

By Carmela Fonbuena/rappler.com – Assisted by an embassy staff, 100-year-old World War II veteran Technical Sergeant Sixto Navidad rose from his wheelchair to stand in attention when the national anthem of the Philippines and the United States were played. He wore his now-oversized black americana coat on Thursday, September 13, Read more »

Motorcycle booking app Angkas to resume operations after court grants preliminary injunction

By Alyssa Rola/CNN Philippines – Motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas is back and ready to serve commuters soon. The Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court has granted a preliminary injunction to the app-based ride-sharing service, allowing it to resume operations. The development was confirmed by Angkas in a statement Thursday. The Department of Read more »

House passes 100-day maternity leave

via CNN Philippines – The House of Representatives passed a bill expanding maternity leave to 100 days on its third and final reading on Tuesday. Both houses of Congress are expected to meet soon to reconcile House Bill 4113 and its counterpart measure Senate Bill 1305. The Senate proposal was Read more »

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 »

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