Philippines

Philippines Takes Step to Protect Children

House Passes Bill Increasing Age of Sexual Consent to 16 The Philippines House of Representatives took an important step this week to protect children with the passage of a bill raising the age of sexual consent from 12 years, one of the…

After back-to-back typhoons, Filipinos criticize President Duterte’s absence from public eye

A hashtag calling for Duterte’s ouster also trended on Twitter #NasaanAngPangulo (‘Where is the President?’) began trending on Twitter as Filipinos criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s absence from the public eye and a lack of government relief efforts following two successive…

Super Typhoon Goni batters Philippines

A super typhoon — the world’s strongest this year— has made landfall in the eastern Philippines. Over a million people in the typhoon’s path have been evacuated, with authorities describing “catastrophic” conditions. Super Typhoon Goni slammed into the eastern Philippines…

Facing History and Ourselves: Full Spectrum Dominance from White Supremacy to Hiroshima & Nagasaki

“If justice is indivisible, it follows that our struggles against injustice must be united” – Angela Davis. “the image of these police officers squeezing the life out of Floyd might serve as a metaphor for the way U.S. Administrations have…

Of Revolutionary Government: The Pros and Antis Gear up for Rallies on Bonifacio Day

Andres Bonifacio, Filipino hero and founder of the Katipunan which launched the Philippine Revolution to gain Philippine Independence from centuries of Spanish Rule during which time a revolutionary government was formed, is commemorated as a yearly National Holiday on his…

Catholic Church stages Prayer Power for Healing of the Philippines

It was the Sunday right after the Filipino people’s traditional visit to their beloved dead in the cemeteries along with their additional remembrance of those killed extra-judicially in the government’s bloody centerpiece war on drugs as implored by different religious…

Waiting for calm in the South China Sea

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague was the international organisation issuing the ruling concerned sovereignty and land usage, as well as maritime rights and jurisdiction issues, that hold over the South China Sea. Its foretold conclusions unleashing a…

Inaugural address of President Rodrigo Duterte

Inaugural address of President Rodrigo Duterte Oath-taking of the President of the Philippines Malacañang Palace, June 30, 2016 President Fidel Ramos, sir, salamat po sa tulong mo (thank you for your help) making me President; President Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Senate…

Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte bringing in a difference

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte or, Duterte Harry to some, is early into his run-up to real power and the China Matters blog – chinamatters@prlee.org gives some highly detailed context to what’s coming next and why it’s most interesting, given local and…

Philippines: economic outlook and election special

In a story by Norman P Aquino that appeared the November 2015 issue of Bloomberg Markets it was noted that the Philippines has notched the fastest growth since the 1970s and avoided the emerging-markets meltdown. Can the next president keep…

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