Legal experts advise illegal Filipinos in US to assert rights

via – Amid growing tension over immigration in the US, a public information session has urged undocumented Filipino immigrants to become aware of their rights and use available resources to assert them. Representatives of the Filipino Community Center, Asian Law Caucus, Migrante SoMa/Tenderloin and National Alliance For Filipino Concerns Read more »

6 dead, dozens hurt in magnitude-6.7 Surigao quake

via CNN Philippines – Six people were reported dead and dozens injured after a strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked Surigao City on Friday night. The death toll has climbed to six while 125 were injured, PSSupt. Antony Maghari of Philippine National Police Surigao del Norte told CNN Philippines on Saturday. A Read more »

15,000 residents lose homes in Tondo fire

About 15,000 residents of a shantytown beside Manila’s port have lost their homes in a fire that raged overnight before being put out Wednesday morning, officials said. Fire department officials said 1,000 homes were gutted in the sprawling Parola Compound, where several families often share tiny houses running along narrow Read more »

Why some Pinoys in US feel betrayed by Duterte

By Ron Gagalac/ABS-CBN News – Several Filipino organizations and supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte in the United States are dismayed by the Filipino’s leader’s pronouncement that he will “not lift a finger” to help troubled Filipino immigrants amid the immigration crackdown of US President Donald Trump. Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Read more »

200k overseas Filipino voters ‘deactivated’ for failing to vote

By Julie M. Aurelio/ – For failing to vote in two consecutive national elections, around 200,000 overseas absentee voters have been deactivated by the Commission on Elections after the May 2016 polls. The Comelec’s Office for Overseas Voting made the announcement as it urged Filipinos based in other countries Read more »

Philippines ‘unfit for mining’ because of nation’s unique ecosystem: minister

By Manolo Serapio Jr and John Chalmers/REUTERS – Philippine Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez will not reconsider her decision to shut down 23 of the country’s 41 mines, saying the Southeast Asian nation is “unfit for mining.” Lopez last week ordered the mines permanently shut and suspended five Read more »