Philippines Latest News

February 2015

Will bird spit coffee be the next big thing in the Philippines?

Chinese prize the health benefits of something they have had around for hundreds of years, bird spit – that’s right the Chinese are hoping that bird spit coffee and other various products are the next big thing around the world, including the Philippines.  The birds are said to make their…


The hunt is on for alleged child killer Scully’s accomplices

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has launched an all-out manhunt for the cohorts of arrested Australian Peter Scully, who was arrested last week for producing sex and torture videos featuring vulnerable young girls. A report posted on 24 Oras said the NBI’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division believes Scully has at least four foreign accomplices…


Philippine coastguard recovers hijacked Indonesian oil tanker off Mati City

The Philippine Coast Guard recovered an Indonesian oil tanker that was reported hijacked last January, and was found abandoned and aground off Mati City, Davao Oriental, last Monday. After receiving information from the Indonesian Consulate in Davao, the Coast Guard boarded the ship Monday to check it. Authorities found nobody…


Illegal recruiter arrested after police sting operation

An illegal recruiter was arrested in Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday night after several complaints against the woman. Leila Mae Tolentin was arrested in an entrapment scheme in Barangay Kauswagan in CDO – police set up the sting after an investigation also revealed she was fooling others with several fake…


American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin has been hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka after he allegedly received threats from Islamists. The body of Avijit Roy, founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site – which champions liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation – was…


Drunk Sudanese student arrested after trying to force his way into house

A Sudanese foreign student was arrested on Thursday after he forcibly entered the house of a former city councillor Alex de Venecia’s home in Pogo Grande, Pangasinan. A CCTV video showed the suspect running crazy after the councillor’s housemaid refused to let him inside. Police say the Sudanese student refused…



UN urges Philippines to implement food security policies

The United Nations urged the Philippine government Friday to implement food security and nutrition policies, noting that despite the country’s rise to a middle-income status in recent years, millions continue to suffer hunger and malnutrition, especially among children. “There are severe implementation gaps in almost all policies related to the…


Trial of US marine accused of killing ladyboy to begin on March 23

The trial for the murder case against US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton is scheduled to start March 23. Sources say the case will run until October as the prosecution has announced it will line up at least 37 witnesses in the murder of transgender Jennifer Laude. Both teams…