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Philippines Wins New Term on U.N. Rights Council, Drawing Outrage

By Jason Gutierrez/nytimes.com – The Philippines has won another term on the United Nations Human Rights Council, a move condemned by international groups and officials as “unconscionable” but praised by Philippine officials as a “vindication” for a nation maligned around the world for President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war. The Read more »

Amid rising tensions with China, Japan just sent armored vehicles to foreign soil for the first time since World War II

By Christopher Woody/businessinsider.com – A small contingent of Japanese troops and armored vehicles engaged in military exercises with the US and the Philippines in the Philippines on Saturday, assisting in a humanitarian role during an amphibious exericse simulating recapturing territory from a terrorist group. A total of about 150 troops Read more »

Philippines plans party crackdown on reopened Boracay

via AFP – Beach boozing and smoking will be consigned to the past when Boracay, the Philippines’ top holiday island, welcomes back a capped number of tourists after its six-month shutdown, the authorities said on Wednesday (Oct 3). Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the resort shuttered to visitors in April, Read more »

More than 4 million Pinoy staying in US: Census Bureau

By Jon Melegrito/Manila Mail – The U.S. Census Bureau announced in its latest American Community Survey (ACS) data that there are now 4,037,564 Filipinos in the United States. According to the data, there are an estimated 21,646,070 Asian Americans in the United States, and Filipino Americans make up the Read more »

ADMU, DLSU presidents tell students: Fight attempts to forget Martial Law

By Sofia Tomacruz/rappler.com – The presidents of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) said students must be vigilant against efforts to forget the dark period of Martial Law. Their joint statement signed by Ateneo president Fr Jose Ramon Villarin SJ and DLSU president Br Read more »

Why can’t the Philippines solve its trash problem?

By Vernise L Tantuco/rappler.com – It’s an unfortunate but familiar sight: trash strewn all over Roxas Boulevard due to the southwest monsoon winds (hanging habagat) blowing them over from Manila Bay. The bay itself is covered in trash after a storm. This happens annually, and nobody bats an eyelash when Read more »