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 »

Philippines still world’s social media capital – study

By Janvic Mateo/The Philippine Star – For the third year in a row, the Philippines has emerged as the social media capital of the world. A study on the state of the internet showed that an average Filipino spent almost four hours on social media every day in 2017. Read more »

Fil-Brit brothers introduce Pinoy coffee to Londoners

By Rose Eclarinal/ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau – Coffee drinkers in London have a wide array of coffee choices from global high street chains for their caffeine fix. But many shun high street chains in favor of local coffee shops, where they can enjoy better-tasting coffee. This is the segment of Read more »

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