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Rappler barred from covering Malacañang events

via CNNPhilippines – Rappler will not be able to cover Malacañang events for now. This was confirmed by the Office of the Executive Secretary Tuesday, adding that Rappler’s accreditation will cease until the Court of Appeals issues a temporary restraining order on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) ruling Read more »

Pinoy time may be acceptable to some but not at Manila City Hall tower

By Aie Balagtas See/inquirer.net – The Manila mayors that clock setter Noli Sotelo had served may have regarded punctuality as an optional virtue, but all of them were obsessive in making sure that the four clocks on the City Hall tower told the same correct time, all the time. Sotelo, Read more »

Duterte: ‘I will close Boracay’

By Pia Ranada/rappler.com – President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to “close” popular beach island Boracay if its environmental problems are not resolved in 6 months. “I will close Boracay. Boracay is a cesspool,” Duterte said on Friday night, February 9, during the Manila Times Business Forum in Davao City. Read more »

Philippines bans workers’ deployment to Kuwait

By Aika Rey/rappler.com – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued a total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait on Monday, February 12. In Administrative Order No. 54 issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday, the Philippine government said the ban is Read more »

International Criminal Court Will Investigate Duterte Over Drug War

By Felipe Villamor/nytimes.com – The International Criminal Court said on Thursday that it was opening a preliminary investigation into accusations that President Rodrigo Duterte and other Philippine officials had committed crimes against humanity in the course of the government’s deadly crackdown on drugs. Fatou Bensouda, a prosecutor for the international Read more »

BI turns away 74 ‘rude’ foreigners from entering Philippines

By Kristine Joy Patag/philstar.com – The Bureau of Immigration has turned away 74 “rude, arrogant” foreigners who wished to enter the country in 2017. According to Immigration chief Jaime Morente, the bureau has been implementing its long-existing policy to exclude or disallow the entry of a foreigner who shows disrespect Read more »