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10 dead as light plane crashes in Bulacan

By Cecille Suerte Felipe/The Philippine Star – A small plane carrying five persons crashed into a house shortly after takeoff in Plaridel, Bulacan yesterday, killing everyone onboard and five others on the ground. The six-seater Piper PA-23 Apache plane was reportedly carrying three passengers aside from the pilot and a Read more »

Nursing graduate tops board exams twice

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via By CNN Philippines – He topped board exams not once, but twice. This is the story of Jerald Pelayo who landed at the top of the list of this year’s Physician Licensure Exam. Speaking to CNN Philippines Thursday, Pelayo said he was “amazed” to make it to number one Read more »

Duterte Pulls Philippines Out Of International Criminal Court

By Emily Sullivan/npr.org – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs has resulted in the deaths of over 12,000 people allegedly using and dealing drugs, has announced that the country will withdraw from the establishing treaty of the International Criminal Court. His statement comes about a month after the Read more »

The woman taking on Duterte in a press freedom fight in the Philippines

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen/theguardian.com – The warning signs were all there. But Maria Ressa says “I never saw it coming.” The founder and driving force behind the Philippines news organisation Rappler admits to surprise when President Rodrigo Duterte effectively declared war on her journalists and heralded with it the biggest Read more »

Drug-resistant HIV strain discovered in Philippines could trigger new epidemic, scientists warn

By Tom Barnes/independent.co.uk – A drug-resistant strain of the HIV virus discovered in the Philippines has the potential to spark a new epidemic, scientists have warned. HIV prevalence among Filipinos has risen sharply in the past decade, at a time when infection rates across the world are beginning Read more »

Philippine president needs ‘psychiatric evaluation’ – UN rights chief

via Agence France-Presse – The UN human rights chief said Friday, March 9, that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has launched profanity-laced diatribes against United Nations rapporteurs, needs “psychiatric evaluation”. Listing some of Manila’s actions against UN envoys, including reportedly filing terrorism charges against one, rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Read more »