Drug-resistant HIV strain discovered in Philippines could trigger new epidemic, scientists warn

By Tom Barnes/independent.co.uk – A drug-resistant strain of the HIV virus discovered in the Philippines has the potential to spark a new epidemic, scientists have warned. HIV prevalence among Filipinos has risen sharply in the past decade, at a time when infection rates across the world are beginning Read more »

Philippine president needs ‘psychiatric evaluation’ – UN rights chief

via Agence France-Presse – The UN human rights chief said Friday, March 9, that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has launched profanity-laced diatribes against United Nations rapporteurs, needs “psychiatric evaluation”. Listing some of Manila’s actions against UN envoys, including reportedly filing terrorism charges against one, rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Read more »

‘Riverdale’ stars call out PH magazine for ‘disrespectful’ photoshop editing

By Lara Tan/CNN Philippines – The reel-life Betty and Veronica are standing up against a Philippine magazine’s supposed “disrespectful” alteration of their bodies in its magazine spread. “Riverdale” stars Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes on Friday slammed Cosmopolitan Philippines for an unrealistic editing of their bodies. “It’s sad that you Read more »

Boracay: the good, bad and ugly sides to Philippine island for tourists

By Tim Pile/scmp.com The good Boracay residents must feel like they’ve won the lottery. In 2017, the Philippines’ alpha resort generated revenue in excess of US$1.08 billion, a figure predicted to spike even higher in 2018, assuming President Rodrigo Duterte allows the island to stay open (see The Bad). Last Read more »

First Female Chief Justice in Philippines Faces Impeachment

By Andreo Calonzo and Clarissa Batino/bloomberg.com – Philippine lawmakers found probable cause Thursday to impeach one of the country’s highest-ranking women. Maria Lourdes Sereno, the first female chief justice in the Southeast Asian nation, has been an outspoken critic of Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. The justice committee of the House Read more »

Man shocked after Filipino girlfriend refused entry into Krispy Kreme

via nzherald.co.nz – A Filipino woman was refused entry into a doughnut shop because she wasn’t a New Zealand resident. Hamilton man Christopher Smith and his partner left the city early to get to Auckland in time for the opening of the country’s first Krispy Kreme outlet, it’s been Read more »