Philippines has 5th worst traffic in the world – study

By Helen Flores/The Philippine Star – The Philippines is the fifth country in the world with the worst traffic conditions, according to the online database Numbeo. The Philippines had a traffic index score of 201.31 based on Numbeo’s Traffic Index for Country 2015 Mid-Year report. Traffic Index is a Read more »

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Philippines struggles with unemployment despite economic growth

By Felipe Salvosa/Financial Times – Despite rapid economic growth in the Philippines in recent years, unemployment remains a persistent problem for the sprawling Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million people. Under President Benigno Aquino, in office since 2010, unemployment has fallen. The latest figures show the rate at Read more »

President Benigno S. Aquino III presents the medal and certificate to Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa from the Philippines as one of the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardees during the presentation ceremonies at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on Monday (August 31, 2015). Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Awards is Asia's highest honor and is widely regarded as the region's equivalent to the Nobel Prize. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau via abs-cbnnews.com)

Filipina is 2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardee

By Ron Gagalac/ABS-CBN News – A Filipina was among the 2015 awardees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s highest honor and widely regarded as the region’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. This year’s awardees came from Laos, the Philippines, Myanmar and India. Filipina Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa was recognized for her single-minded Read more »

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INC ‘super bullying’ gov’t – Saguisag

By Alex Ho/CNN Philippines – Former senator and human rights stalwart Rene Saguisag likens the recent protest action of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) to what China has been doing in the West Philippine Sea: “super bullying” the Philippine government. “I see INC super bullying us… What they’re doing is they’re Read more »

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Iglesia ni Cristo crowd blocks portion of road despite lack of permit

By Buena Bernal/rappler.com – Members of powerful homegrown church Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) gathered in an apparent street demonstration in front of Robinsons Galleria on Friday night, August 28, despite the lack of a permit to rally in the area. The crowd blocked the northbound service road in front of Read more »

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Aquino stops ‘physical’ check of balikbayan boxes

via rapper.com – President Benigno Aquino III ordered the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday evening, August 24, to stop doing physical inspections on balikbayan boxes, a statement from the Department of Finance (DOF) said. “There will be no random or arbitrary physical inspection of balikbayan boxes. Moving forward, all Read more »