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September 2016

Getting far off the beaten track in East Timor

Sometimes it’s hard to know what the highlight of any particular holiday is until it’s all over. In the case of East Timor, I can confidently say that the best bit was not being eaten alive by a rogue saltwater crocodile. It was about half way through the trip, and…


“The Iron Lady” – Miriam Defensor Santiago, dead at 71

MANILA, Philippines – Atty. Jun Santiago, husband of Miriam Defensor Santiago reported this morning that Miriam died in her sleep at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City. Santiago succumbed to stage 4 lung cancer – a former lawmaker and beloved friend by many throughout the Philippines, Santiago twice…


Surrendered communist rebels given 700,000 pesos to rebuild lives

Fourteen members of the New People’s Army who surrendered to the Philippine Army have received 700,000 pesos in livelihood assistance from the Provincial Government of Davao del Sur. The fourteen rebels received the assistance on Monday at at a resort in Davao City – the money is part of a project…


Bramovich: There’s something missing in Malacañang

The wide boy antics of the newly elected president of the Philippines notwithstanding (it certainly is one hell of a show) there is something missing from the narrative. As much as his hard line stance on drugs is proving popular with the electorate, there is a pattern emerging, one which…


Indonesia arrests people smuggler who targeted Australia

Indonesian police have arrested an alleged key people smuggler who has targeted Australia since 1999, Indonesian and Australian authorities said on Saturday. Abraham Louhenapessy was arrested in Jakarta this week for allegedly smuggling people into and out of Indonesia, said Indonesia’s national police investigator Agus Andrianto. The Australian government said…


Soldier in Tagum City arrested for theft and sale of bullets

A Philippine soldier has been arrested after he stole 1,000 rounds of ammunition at the Army’s 10th Infantry Division in Mawab, Compostela Valley, this week. Military officials made the announcement on Saturday. They say Sergeant Jeffrey Ordona has been placed under arrest following the discovery of the theft on Friday. Ordono…





Philippines credit rating upgrade unlikely due to Duterte’s “volatility”

The Philippines is unlikely to get a Standard & Poor’s credit rating upgrade, the agency said on Wednesday, citing President Duterte’s unpredictability and uncertainty over his policies. S&P also raised the possibility it might downgrade the Philippines’ rating if the new government fails to sustain the country’s fiscal and economic…