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December 2016



The Friday Briefing: Could Christmas have been any worse for Filipinos?

Any journalists hoping for a relaxing Christmas break would have been sorely disappointed this past week. As if typhoon Nina wasn’t enough, there were bombs, shootings, rumours of nefarious American plots (see our report here) and more “provocative” statements from the president. Here’s our executive summary of the week that was:…


Roads less travelled: Exploring the wild northeast of the Hermit Kingdom

With so many truly magical places to visit around South East Asia, it may seem a perverse choice to visit the country widely regarded as the region’s most repressive regime. However, for those with a thirst for adventure and a wish to peer behind the headlines, The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea…




The food of the Philippines: Spicy adobo meatballs

Without doubt, adobo is the national dish of the Philippines with hundreds of variants — arguably there are as many types of adobo as there are mamas in the country! While usually served with chunks of meat or fish, this version draws inspiration from Italy for a fresh twist on…


“The Goldberg Plan” – Is there a secret US plot to topple Duterte?

Former US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg has been accused of writing a blueprint for a plot to topple President Duterte. The existence of a “Goldberg Plan” has been denied by the State Department in Washington and dismissed by a Malacañang spokesman as irrelevant given the president’s popularity. Details of…


Communist fighters gathered in Davao express support for Duterte

Communist rebel fighters have mustered openly in Davao today (December 26) and expressed their continuing support for President Duterte. About 300 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) massed to celebrate the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). The show of force in a rebel “camp” in the…


Bramovich: Merry Christmas Mr Duterte, you bloody hypocrite

In a very brief Christmas message to his country, “The Punisher” president shared his hopes for peace and progress as the Philippines moves into 2017. The entire “greeting” – delivered in an oddly-soporific monotone – lasted a little over 40 seconds. “My beloved countrymen, as we remember the birth of our savior Jesus Christ,…