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Duterte eyes changing martial law provision in Constitution

via CNN Philippines/President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he needs to change a Constitutional provision that gives Congress and the Supreme Court the power to revoke or uphold a president’s decision to declare martial law. “[K]ung mag-declare ako ng Martial Law at may invasion ngayon o giyera, I cannot Read more »

Stormy Christmas Day feared over Metro Manila, Bicol, Samar

By Frances Mangosing/inquirer.net – It may be a rainy Christmas in parts of the country due to a low pressure area (LPA) that’s expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone. The state weather bureau said the LPA was last spotted 1,800 kilometers east of Mindanao, still outside the Philippine area Read more »

Malacañang declares Dec. 26, January 2 special non-working holidays

via CNNPhilippines – Malacañang declared December 26 and January 2 as special non-working days. In Presidential Proclamation 117, the Office of the President stated that the non-working holidays “will give the people full opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families and loved ones.” December 25 and January 1 Read more »

Rappler Talk: What’s next for Leni Robredo?

via rappler.com Rappler talks to Leni Robredo, Vice-President of the Philippines. On Monday, December 5, Robredo resigned from the Cabinet after receiving a text message from Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr asking her to “desist from attending Cabinet meetings,” as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte. Robredo has opposed key policies Read more »

The ultimate 100-lb. gift box Filipinos send their relatives every Christmas

By Anne Quito/qz.com – For many Filipinos, Santa Claus looks like a uniformed delivery man schlepping a very big corrugated box. During the month of December, millions of these so-called balikbayan boxes arrive on people’s doorsteps, shipped from the faraway poles where the 10 million migrant Filipinos reside around the Read more »

‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’

Inside President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, our photojournalist documented 57 homicide victims over 35 days. By Daniel Berehulak/nytimes.com – You hear a murder scene before you see it: The desperate cries of a new widow. The piercing sirens of approaching police cars. The thud, thud, thud Read more »