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 »

John Raspado is first Pinoy, southeast Asian Mr. Gay World

By Aya Tantiangco/GMA News– With a message of empowerment and acceptance, John Raspado made history as the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to win the Mr. Gay World title. Aside from his international pageant title, Raspado is a proud Self-Worth Ambassador for advocacy group LoveYourself, Inc. The organization offers free Read more »

Chinese visa applications to Philippines up 200%

By Christina Mendez/The Philippine Star – Following the shift in President Duterte’s foreign policy to align with China, the Philippine embassy noted a 200-percent increase in visa applications for tourism and business to the Philippines. Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta. Romana pointed out that there was a big decline in Read more »

Taiwan Gambles On Visa-Free Entry For Citizens Of The Poorer Philippines

By Ralph Jennings/forbes.com – Filipinos will be able to travel visa free to Taiwan over a trial period to be announced by September, the foreign ministry says. It’s a bold move. Most of the 138,000 Filipinos in Taiwan come for work, on contracts tightly controlled by labor brokers, in low-wage Read more »

3 Men, One Skyscraper And A Conflict-Of-Interest Concern In Foreign Policy

By Peter Overby/NPR.org – When President Trump recently invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House, it reopened questions about conflicts of interest between U.S. foreign policy and Trump’s business interests. The two presidents are connected by a Filipino businessman. Duterte last fall named Jose E.B. Antonio as Read more »