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Philippine Airlines Flight attendant feeds hungry infant mid-flight after mother runs out of formula

By Caitlin O’Kane/CBS NEWS – Flight attendant Patrisha Organo was just doing her job on a Philippine Airlines flight Wednesday when she received another call of duty. Organo, a new mother, switched gears from flight attendant into mom mode when she heard a crying baby mid-flight. The flight attendant, who Read more »

Philippines: Most dangerous place for journalists in Asia

By Raul Dancel/Philippines Correspondent In Manila/straitstimes.com – The Philippines was the most dangerous country in Asia for journalists last year. It has been that way in recent years, and it is unlikely to change soon, especially with a government targeting journalists criticising its policies. Four journalists were killed there last Read more »

Duterte: Military to take over Customs

By Robert Vergara/CNN Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will take over the Bureau of Customs (BOC), as all employees of the agency are on a floating status. “I’d like to put on notice, everybody in the Bureau of Customs, they Read more »

Philippines Wins New Term on U.N. Rights Council, Drawing Outrage

By Jason Gutierrez/nytimes.com – The Philippines has won another term on the United Nations Human Rights Council, a move condemned by international groups and officials as “unconscionable” but praised by Philippine officials as a “vindication” for a nation maligned around the world for President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war. The Read more »

Amid rising tensions with China, Japan just sent armored vehicles to foreign soil for the first time since World War II

By Christopher Woody/businessinsider.com – A small contingent of Japanese troops and armored vehicles engaged in military exercises with the US and the Philippines in the Philippines on Saturday, assisting in a humanitarian role during an amphibious exericse simulating recapturing territory from a terrorist group. A total of about 150 troops Read more »

Philippines plans party crackdown on reopened Boracay

via AFP – Beach boozing and smoking will be consigned to the past when Boracay, the Philippines’ top holiday island, welcomes back a capped number of tourists after its six-month shutdown, the authorities said on Wednesday (Oct 3). Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the resort shuttered to visitors in April, Read more »