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Duterte points to deaths of black people in USA after drug war criticised

President Duterte lashed out at the United States on Sunday when he spoke up about the killings of African-Americans in his latest outburst against critics and his anti-illegal drug campaign in the Philippines. In his speech, Duterte threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the United Nations after its human rights…


Palawan Judge Gives Bail to Reyes Brothers in Gerry Ortega Murder

CORON, Palawan – A Palawan judge  has granted bail to former Coron, Palawan Mayor Mario Reyes and his brother who are accused in the murder of broadcaster and environmentalist Gerardo “Gerry” Ortega. Judge Angelo Arizala of the Palawan Regional Trial Court Branch 52 set bail for Mario and Joel Reyes…


Jail is no barrier to political career in Philippines: AFP report

  Walking off stage after a rock star-like performance and rapturous crowd reaction, Sajid Ampatuan oozes confidence that he will be elected mayor of a southern Philippine town despite facing charges of mass murder. Ampatuan is among a bewildering array of politicians accused or convicted of major crimes who are…


Bangladesh bank heist exposes the Philippines as dirty money destination

When hackers launched an audacious raid on Bangladesh’s foreign reserves, a plot worthy of a John le Carre spy novel was sparked in the Philippines, exposing the nation as a dirty money haven. The $81 million stolen from the Bangladesh central bank’s American accounts last month was immediately sent via…


Manila airport worker arrested for smuggling rare animals to Japan

Authorities have taken possession of 47 rare animals and birds that a NAIA airport police officer was attempting to smuggle to Japan. The animals included 11 tarsiers, 11 snakes, 11 monitor lizards, eight sailfin lizards and several breeds of owl. Police security found the animals packed in styrofoam cases which…




Guns, drugs, sex toys and even a civet cat confiscated at Bilibid Prison

  In the latest embarrassment to hit the New Bilibid Prison, a group of 18 members of the Bureau of Corrections SWAT team, along with Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency, conducted a raid on the most notorious prison in the Philippines. Confiscated in the raid were numerous gadgets, high-powered firearms, drug paraphernalia, over…


12 cops accused of selling 1,000 AK-47 rifles to communist rebels

Authorities have indicted 12 police officers over the sale of 1,004 AK-47 assault weapons which were illegally sold to the New People’s Army (NPA) from 2001 to 2013. Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, a close friend of President Aquino and touted as the Philippine’s next “top cop” is one of the…