8 killed in clash with suspected ISIS-linked rebels on holiday island in the Philippines

via businessinsider.com – Philippine troops killed at least five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants and suffered three fatalities during a firefight in Bohol province on Tuesday, the military said, days after Western travel warnings about visiting the holiday island. The clash took place after the United States and Canadian embassies in Read more »

Pinoy Death March survivors mark 75th anniversary

via philstar.com – Ramon Regalado was starving and sick with malaria when he slipped away from his Japanese captors during the infamous 1942 Bataan Death March, escaping a brutal trudge through steamy jungle that killed hundreds of Americans and thousands of Filipinos who fought for the US during World War Read more »

Duterte orders military to occupy South China Sea areas

By Alexis Romero/philstar.com – The Philippines will be shoring up its presence in the South China Sea as President Duterte has ordered the military to occupy at least nine Philippine-controlled islands to make a “strong point” about the country’s sovereignty over these areas. During a press briefing in Puerto Read more »

Phl Rise: Government eyes renaming of Benham

By Christina Mendez/The Philippine Star – President Duterte has ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Office of the Executive Secretary to determine how the Philippines can further assert its rights over Benham Rise by renaming it Philippine Rise. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said yesterday the DFA Read more »

Minimum pay for Filipino maids to go up May 1: Philippine embassy

By Kenneth Lim/channelnewsasia.com – From May 1, the minimum salary for domestic workers from the Philippines will be raised from S$550 to S$570, the Philippines Embassy’s Overseas Labour Office (POLO-SG) said on Friday (Mar 31). In a notice to its more than 200 accredited employment agencies, the embassy’s Labour Attache Read more »

Philippines fisherman tells of deadly two-month ordeal stranded at sea

via theguardian.com – A young fisherman flew home to the Philippines on Wednesday after being given up for dead at sea, battling hunger, thirst and despair for nearly two months on a tiny boat that drifted all the way to Papua New Guinea. Rolando Omongos, 21, recounted an astonishing Read more »