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US, Philippines reach 10 year deal on larger US military presence

Wikipedia photo   MANILA, Philippines— The United States and the Philippines have reached a 10-year pact that would allow a larger U.S. military presence in this Southeast Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China, according to two Philippine officials and a confidential government primer seen by The Associated Press on …

Duterte warns drug peddlers in Davao: ‘my order is shoot to kill’

  DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is adamant at protecting his city and keeping it drug-free. On Tuesday, with his shoot-to-kill order still being implemented in his territory, Duterte warned whoever is responsible for the disappearance of two bricks of cocaine from city authorities. “Do not wait that this will be …

Court orders 8 Philippine coast guard personnel arrested in killing of Taiwanese fisherman

MANILA, Philippines – A court has ordered eight Philippine coast guard personnel to be arrested on a homicide charge in the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman last year. The order by the Regional Trial Court in northernmost Batanes province was dated April 7, and it was made public Tuesday by the Department of Justice …

De Lima: Napoles ‘an open target’

  MANILA, Philippines — “She’s an open target.” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima informed the media Tuesday that alleged pork barrel scam mastermind and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles “spilled the beans on the three senators” during their meeting at the Ospital ng Makati. “She realized that the longer that she remains silent, the more her life …

Filipinos may soon enjoy ‘visa-free’ travel to Japan

  (UPDATED April 23, 2014) MANILA, Philippines – Soon, Filipinos will no longer experience the hassle of applying for a visa before going to the Land of the Rising Sun after the Japanese government is said to be leaning towards approving the “visa-free” entry privileges of Filipino nationals. According to Manolo Lopez, Philippine Ambassador to …

The Slow Sad Truth: PH has poorest internet speed in Southeast Asia

  (UPDATED) Oddly enough, the home of the “selfiest city in the world” (and also the ninth selfiest city) has the poorest internet speed in Southeast Asia. The Philippines ranked 12th out of 12 countries noted by ASEAN and 158th out of 190 countries around the world according to Ookla. The main study was conducted …

Advisory for Filipino communities in the Middle East on MERS-CoV

  The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines are advising Filipinos staying and residing in the Middle East, especially in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to take the following precautionary measures against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Corona Virus (MERS-CoV). Currently the World Health Organization …

DOH urges Etihad EY 0424 passengers to get tested for MERS CoV

  MANILA – The Department of Health recently released the names of the 418 passengers aboard Etihad Airways flight EY 0424—the same flight that carried the Filipino nurse who tested positive for MERS-CoV from Abu Dhabi to Manila on April 15. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has claimed over 200 lives in the Middle …

Cagayan mayor slain in flag ceremony attack

  GONZAGA, CAGAYAN – Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr. of Gonzaga was killed when a group of 15 armed men attacked the municipal town hall on Monday morning, April 21. According to Major Emmanuel Garcia of Northern Luzon Command 1st Civil Relations Group, the attack happened at around 7:30 a.m. during a flag raising ceremony. The …

Filipino from Abu Dhabi tests negative for MERS; scores of plane passengers sought for testing

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday. The man returned Tuesday on an Etihad Airways flight and immediately subjected himself to quarantine along with relatives and others who greeted …

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