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September 2014


American expats left frustrated as banks cut off services abroad

  An alarming amount of American expats and people living abroad are being cut-off by their banking institutions and brokerage firms as the United States seeks to curb money laundering and tax evasion issues. The normal challenges of expats living abroad, adapting to a foreign culture, being far from family…


Philippine government to ensure workplace equality for disabled people

  The Philippines has implemented into law Executive Order 417, better known as the Economic Independence Program for PWDs (People With Disabilities). First issued by ex-President Gloria Arroyo in 2005, the order gives people with disabilities equal opportunities within national, governmental and state-run agencies and corporations. The government funded program…


Pope Francis paves the way for easier ‘divorce’ in the Philippines

  Pope Francis has ordered a review of the Church’s procedures for annulments. The move is aimed at making the process easier for Catholics to end their marriages. A statement by the Vatican said that Pope Francis had appointed an 11-member team of canonized lawyers and theologians to propose a…


Thousands evacuated as Mount Mayon volcano glows red

  More than 12,000 people have been evacuated from around the foot of one of the Philippines most famous volcanoes, Mount Mayon near Legaspi City. Yesterday the landmark was glowing red as lava was seen pouring down its slopes. Authorities have raised the warning level to ‘three’ as an eruption looks imminent. “We…


Marcos family says former dictator deserves a hero’s burial

  The family of former president-turned-dictator Ferdinand Marcos believes the Aquino Administration has softened its stance against a hero’s burial. Senator Ferdinand ‘Bong Bong’ Marcos Jr. raised the possibility in a press conference on Wednesday. He said that the honourable burial of his father would be the ultimate reward the current administration could ever give…



Philippine authorities detain Canadian Islamist preacher In Davao City

  A Jamaican-born, Canadian Islamic preacher has been detained in the Philippines, where authorities deemed him a potential threat to national security. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, was detained in Davao City after his arrival into the country. Philips grew up in Canada but was originally born in the Caribbean. He…



11 things you might not know about Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

  Miriam Defensor-Santiago – a familiar name in the Philippine political arena. Today her Senate seat could easily lead her to being the second female president of the Philippines, after Cory Aquino. Known to many as the “Iron Lady of Asia”, the first fact about Miriam is that she considers herself the protégé of…