Filipinos stage a protest ahead of the expected ruling of the International Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on a case the Philippines brought in 2013 against China's claims in the South China Sea at The Hague, Netherlands on July 12, 2016. Photo via

South China Sea: Hague rules in favor of Philippines over China

By Katie Hunt/CNN – An international tribunal in the Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in a maritime dispute Tuesday, concluding that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to the bulk of the South China Sea. China rejected the decision by the Permanent Court Read more »

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‘Narconomics': Lessons for the Philippines’ war vs drugs

By Ronald U. Mendoza/ – Lowering the age of criminality in the Philippines should be reconsidered. Throwing children in jail cells with hardened criminals may actually strengthen drug lords’ ability to recruit fresh talent – hardening youth who could have otherwise been saved from a life of crime and drugs. Read more »

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VP Robredo is Duterte’s housing czar

By Pia Ranada/ – President Rodrigo Duterte offered Vice President Leni Robredo a Cabinet post, specifically the position of chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). The HUDCC was the same agency headed by Robredo’s predecessors, former Vice President Jejomar Binay and Noli de Castro. This was Read more »

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Philippines vs China: Why a South China Sea ruling may change Asia

By Ben Westcott/CNN – A panel of five experts in maritime law will soon hand down their final decision in a case that will have major, lasting implications for one of the world’s biggest potential flashpoints — the South China Sea. In 2013, the Philippines filed a case against China Read more »


Are you an OFW? Here are bad spending habits you need to break

By Don Kevin Hapal/ – Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are often considered modern-day heroes. Their cash remittances help keep not only millions of families provided for, but also the Philippine economy afloat. But despite their seemingly glittery life abroad, many OFWs still fail to manage their finances well. Some Read more »

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The Surprising Connection Between the Philippines and the Fourth of July

By Becky Little/ – The United States isn’t the only country to ever celebrate independence on July 4. In the mid-20th century, people in the Philippines also marked July 4 as the day that they broke away from a colonizing nation. But in this case, that colonizing nation was the Read more »