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Duterte wins Time magazine’s poll of world’s most influential people

President Duterte has topped the annual TIME 100 Reader Poll, the magazine announced today (Monday, April 17). As we previously reported, the Punisher president took an early lead in the poll, which seeks to identify the world’s 100 most influential people. When voting closed last evening, Duterte had garnered five…


Korean American drug dealer escapes hospital custody after operation

A Korean American arrested for selling at least 140 ecstasy tablets was able to escape custody on Saturday (April 15) after undergoing surgery for appendicitis. Jun No, who was arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) on April 5, was taken to hospital on April 10 after he…


On-the-run terrorists behead “sickly” captive who was slowing them down

Abu Sayyaf terrorists have beheaded a Filipino captive, the military has revealed. Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, military commander on Jolo island, said the ship’s captain — one of four fishermen abducted in December — was executed on Thursday. Noel Besconde was kidnapped by the Islamic State-affiliated group while fishing in…


Hi mom! Foreign tourists pose for “crelfies” before Cutud Lenten Rites

Foreign tourists have sparked outrage by posing for selfies on crosses shortly before the Cutud Lenten Rites in San Fernando on Good Friday. Netizens have criticised the visitors’ actions, calling them disrespectful of their traditions. Writing on Twitter, one user said: “I can’t believe they could be so disrespectful!! This makes me…



Communists demand Facebook reinstates deleted propaganda page

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has demanded that Facebook reverse a decision to delete its propaganda page. Through a statement published on its website, the CPP condemned the takedown of its ‘Philippine Revolution Web Central’ (PRWC) Facebook page this week. “This is clearly a case of Facebook censorship…


Communists claim Abu Sayyaf Bohol raid was CIA and army conspiracy

The Communist Party of the Philippines CPP has claimed that the recent Abu Sayyaf raid on Bohol was a conspiracy cooked by the American government and Philippine military. A statement released by the CCP today read: “The news stories regarding the supposed arrival and presence of members of the Abu…


Top Abu Sayyaf terror chief offers to surrender

In a fresh blow to the Abu Sayyaf terror group, the most senior leader in its Sulu stronghold wants to hand himself in, as government forces pummel his island stronghold. Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, chief of the Western Mindanao Command, told The Philippine Star that Radulan Sahiron wants to turn himself in…


USA pledges $5.3 million to crack down on child exploitation

The Philippines and United States have signed a Child Protection Compact (CPC), to help prevent younsters being trafficked for sex and and other exploitation. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, who is also the chairman of the inter-agency council against trafficking (IACAT), signed the agreement with US Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski…