Philippines Latest News

November 2016

Digging up the past: How the Marcos years can’t be laid to rest

PROTESTS and legal challenges show no signs of abating following the controversial burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos. The preserved body of the former leader was recently taken from his mausoleum in Ilocos Norte and buried at the national heroes’ cemetery in Manila. Many were angered at how the Marcos…


Just the ticket? Manila’s “corrupt” traffic enforcers fired en masse

THE Mayor of Manila has taken decisive action against the city’s corrupt traffic enforcers — by firing the entire department. At a press conference today (Monday, November 28) Joseph “Erap” Estrada announced that 600 frontline officers and 90 support staff at the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) were now…


Taking off: New routes for Clark Airport

PHILIPPINES Airlines (PAL) has responded to President Duterte’s call to ease congestion in Manila by announcing new routes from Clark International Airport (CRK). From December 16, the national carrier will make daily flights to Caticlan and Cebu, four a week to Davao and Busuanga, and three to Cagayan de Oro. Then,…


Will Filipina be lucky number 9 for UK’s most wed man?

Britain’s most married man is planning his ninth wedding after meeting a Filipina 42 years his junior. Ron Sheppard, aged 68, proposed to Cristel Marquez Lalec, 26, on New Year’s Eve last year after spending Christmas with her family in Pampanga. Miss Lalec lives with her mother and seven-month-old son…


More than 1,200 illegal Chinese workers held under guard

CLARK, PAMPANGA: More than 1200 Chinese nationals were arrested for working illegally in the Philippines on Thursday. They were all working in what was described as “a call centre-type operation” at the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Freeport, a suspected front for an illegal online gambling website. Due to the sheer number of…


“Thank you, Australia”: Duterte’s New Zealand stop-over

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – President Rodrigo Duterte stopped briefly in New Zealand this week on his return from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Peru. In an exclusive interview with the New Zealand Herald, he twice referred to the country as Australia and asked the female reporter if she was…


Coming to Manila: Five fast facts for Coldplay fans

The first batch of 8,000 preferential tickets for Coldplay’s debut concert in the Philippines sold out in just six minutes last Friday. The British rock band will take the stage at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City, Manila, on April 4. Ticket prices range from 1,800 to…



Baguio: Seeking cold comfort in the Summer Capital

Although I love the climate of the Philippines, there are times when it gets too much, and I just want to lie down under an air conditioner or sip drinks in a pool. There are even times when I actually crave the sensation of being cold, of pulling on a…


“Like a thief in the night” – Marcos buried under shroud of secrecy

By Manuel Mogato and Karen Lema for Reuters MANILA: Former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried with military honours at a heroes’ cemetery in the capital Manila on Friday, almost 30 years after his death in Hawaii, amid small protests by human rights groups and a politicians. Many in the Philippines were angered by…