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Sinking of Philippine Boat Puts South China Sea Back at Issue

By Jason Gutierrez and Hannah Beech/nytimes.com – Tensions in the disputed South China Sea ratcheted up on Thursday as the Philippine government protested the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese fishing vessel, which left 22 Filipino fishermen floating at sea before they were rescued by a Vietnamese boat. Read more »

US now seeking social media details from all visa applicants

via cebudailynews.inquirer.net – The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It’s a vast expansion of the Trump administration’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. In a move that’s just taken effect after Read more »

US citizenship, immigration services to close Manila office

via ABS-CBN News – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will permanently close its field office in Manila beginning July 5, a move seen to be in line with the Trump administration’s plan to reduce its presence abroad and limit both legal and illegal immigration. In a statement, the Read more »

One word to demonstrate we need Filipino in college: Pangingialam

By Arlene Burgos/ ABS-CBN News – (I edit news in Filipino daily. Mostly, this is why I care about this issue. Here’s my take on the exclusion of Filipino from core college subjects.) Someone called it “asymmetric advice,” and defined it as advice from someone who can’t use it. “A Read more »

Pinoy teen is a step closer to sainthood

via GMA News – The Vatican has declared a Filipino teenager, Darwin Ramos, a “Servant of God,” according to a post on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website. The declaration, which was made on March 29 by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints Read more »

New Filipino Law Requires Every Student To Plant 10 Trees If They Want To Graduate

By Trevor Nace/forbes.com – The Philippines, a tropical island nation in the Pacific, will now require by law all graduating students from elementary school to college plant 10 trees each before they can graduate. The bill, called the “Graduation Legacy For the Environment Act,” was approved in the House and Read more »