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Want to work in the Philippines? Your first job is the paperwork…

So, you want to work in the Philippines? There are plenty of opportunities for gainful employment here, but whatever you’re planning to do, your first job is to get yourself a visa. While the thought of dealing with Philippine bureaucrats may not be the most delightful proposition, being caught working…


Duterte blames foreigners (Mexican? Chinese?) for ‘destroying the Philippines’

President Duterte has made the astonishing claim that “foreigners are destroying the Philippines”. The President did not name which nationalities are to blame for the alleged destruction, merely saying that he has “warned their ambassadors several times”. “A lot of citizens are destroying my country and I won’t allow that. If I…


Suffering girl with grotesque neck tumour helped by kind expats

Five-year-old Graika Krisan Dael from Cebu has had a difficult life, first developing an eye tumor at the age of three, her left eye had to be removed due to the cancerous growth. The cancer returned and eventually spread to her neck with horrific ramifications, creating a gigantic tumour that…


Fifteen cops fired after testing positive for drug use in Cavite

Fifteen policemen have been dismissed from duty after they tested positive to illegal drug use last week. Eight of the fifteen are officials, while the remaining seven are officers. Authorities said that the names of the officers involved were being withheld pending the results of a pre-charge evaluation. Four of the 15 officers…


“Elephants of the ocean” disappearing from Philippine waters

A new study reveals that some of the largest fish in the waters of the Philippines have all but disappeared due to unsustainable fishing. Threatened species include the green bumphead parrotfish, the humphead wrasse, the African pompano, the giant grouper and the mangrove red snapper. The authors of the study, published this week…




World Bank grants $67 million for renewable energy projects

The World Bank has approved a total of $67 million (USD) in financial assistance for two renewable energy projects within the country. The institution announced this past week that its board of directors had approved a $44 million (USD) loan guarantee for the Philippines Renewable Energy Project. The project is…


Election observers from US, Germany, Sweden and Japan are deployed

Fifteen foreign observers will be deployed throughout four regions of the Philippines to monitor the conduct of the May 9 elections. The observers are from Japan, Sweden, Germany and the US. They will be divided into four groups and sent to the following regions: Santiago (Isabela) Dinagat Islands Bohol Autonomous Region…


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…