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June 2016

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as 16th president of the Philippines

June 30, 2016, the Philippines ushers in a new president of the country, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. A simple, low key event took place today with Duterte and his family helping their father bring together a nation. Only state media was allowed to attend the ceremony at the Malacañang Palace. Duterte…


Baguio police arrest Italian woman who thought marijuana plants were herbs

Police have arrested an Italian was who is suspected of growing marijuana plants on her veranda in Baguio City. Authorities did not release the name of the woman but said they confiscated six potted marijuana plants after ‘concerned citizens’ tipped them off. The Italian told police that she was told that the…


Bramovich: In The Missionary Position

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down…


Singapore website founder jailed for “anti-foreign” content

A court in Singapore has sentenced the founder of a website that published “anti-foreign content” to eight months in jail after he pleaded guilty to sedition. Yang Kaiheng, aged 27, set up “The Real Singapore” website together with his Australian wife, Ai Takagi, and helped distribute accounts from visitors, some of…



President Duterte tells developers to start work on Davao coastal plan

President Duterte issued a challenge to local and regional developers to bring coastal development in Davao within a year; the challenge has now been set. The billion dollar coastal projects aimed at Davao are just what the city needs – the various regions plaguing the notorious ‘Boulevard,’ as well as…


Austria opens new consular office in Davao City to serve Mindanao

The Austrian government has opened a new honorary consular office in Davao City. Austria’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Josef Müllner, said: “We consider Davao as the Philippines’ third most important city; we already have representatives in Manila and Cebu years back, now is the time for Davao.” The move also…


The new floating bar of Lakawon Island – a Negros Occidental beauty

UPDATE: Read our most recent article about this resort, exploring the truth behind the pictures, here NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – Lakawon Island, located in the northern regions of Negros Occidental, has something pretty incredible to offer. The stunning banana-shaped island off the coast of Cadiz is often referred to as the “miniature…



Taiwan ‘to test-fire missiles in US’ as China tensions rise

Taiwan plans to test-fire its newest anti-missile system for the first time in the United States as relations with rival China deteriorate. Relations between China and Taiwan have cooled rapidly under the island’s new Beijing-sceptic president Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in May, ending an eight-year rapprochement. The test of…