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February 2017


Senator: Duterte’s hit man plotted to assassinate me in “an accident”

Opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV has claimed that President Duterte made plans to have him killed. Sen. Trillanes quoted self-confessed leader of the Davao Death Squad, Arturo Lascañas, who claims he suggested that the killing should be made to look like an accident. (Read more here and here.) The senator’s…



“Now he kills me”: Last words of German beheaded by Abu Sayyaf

German hostage Jurgen Kantner has been beheaded by Abu Sayyaf terrorists after the deadline for a $600,000 ransom demand passed on Saturday. The brief video was circulated on Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites It shows Mr Kantner, aged 70, sitting in a grassy clearing and…


Duterte tightens grip on power with purge of jailed De Lima’s senate allies

President Duterte has tightened his grip on power by stripping allies of jailed senator Leila de Lima of senior roles in the government. In a motion led by boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao, a close ally of the president, three senators lost their leadership of house committees and one was ousted as pro-tempore,…


Drugs back on the streets since Duterte’s war on drugs paused

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs had until three weeks ago driven the trade in crystal methamphetamine underground, according to residents and drug users in some of the slum areas of the nation’s capital city. As thousands of users and dealers were shot dead by police and vigilantes in…


Bramovich: A raucous romp through the global news

I was going on one of my trips down memory lane this morning. Once a month or so I engage in an unfettered gluttonous indulgence in the news from some of the countries I’ve lived in over the last few years. It never ceases to amaze me how cultural norms…


Pacquiao announces “super fight” against Britain’s Amir Khan

Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Britain’s Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan on April 23, in what has already been billed as a “super fight”. The 38-year-old Pacquiao, who currently sits in the Philippine Senate, had revealed earlier this week that he was in discussion with Khan’s management for the clash, despite an earlier…



Water cannons used to stop angry protesters breaking into US Embassy

Police used water cannons to prevent protesters breaking into the American Embassy in Manila today (Saturday, February 25). The clash broke out after protesters marched from Kalaw Avenue to the embassy as part of a rally to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution. At least two protesters…