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Former Pinoy dishwasher now owner of pizzeria in Italy

By Mye Mulingtapang/ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau – In 1999, Marvin Aguda saw a bleak future in the Philippines and went to Italy to search for a greener pasture. Just like other overseas Filipino workers, he had to work different jobs, from being a cleaner, caregiver and waiter. In Read more »

Australian coroner finds 2 Filipino seamen were killed

By Rod McGuirk/AP – Two Filipino seamen who died two weeks apart during a Japanese coal carrier’s voyage to Australia in 2012 were killed by one or more assailants, an Australian coroner said Wednesday. New South Wales state Deputy Coroner Sharon Freund recommended that her report on the two deaths Read more »

Ronaldo Valdez is KFC’s first Filipino Colonel

By Chad de Guzman/CNN Philippines – KFC has just found its KFC: Kauna-unahang Filipino Colonel. The international fast food chain unveiled on its Facebook page Monday that veteran actor Ronaldo Valdez is the first Filipino to assume the colonel role of KFC in the Philippines. In the viral video, Valdez Read more »

Duterte Suggests Martial Law Across Philippines, Citing Islamist Threat

By Felipe Villamor/nytimes.com – President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Wednesday that he may declare martial law throughout the Philippines to deal with the threat of Islamist militancy, making the remarks one day after he imposed military rule on a southern island. Mr. Duterte’s statement came after he cut short a Read more »

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

via philstar.com – President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday night in response to clashes in Marawi City that began on Tuesday afternoon. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a press conference in Moscow, said that details of martial law will be “forthcoming” and that it covers Read more »

Women’s servitude blights Philippine society

By Ninotchka Rosca/bbc.com – The final article by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Alex Tizon was controversial when it was published shortly after his death – because it revealed that his family had kept a Filipina slave in the US. Some readers were appalled, while others leapt to the author’s defence. But Read more »

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