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EMBASSY WARNING: Avoid anti-American protest on Friday, January 20

US citizens in the Philippines have been advised to avoid a political demonstration in front of the US embassy in Manila on Friday, January 20. A travel advisory issued by the Department of State today (Thursday) said: “The US embassy informs US citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in front…


The human cost: One family’s experience on the frontline of the drug war

The human cost of President Duterte’s controversial war on drugs is most usually measured in stark numbers — a steadily mounting body count, ticking its way through the hundreds and thousands. However, this report by journalist Aie Balagtas See for Inquirer.net looks behind these faceless numbers to examine how one death…



UK embassy warns of Black Nazarene terror threat

The British Embassy has urged its citizens to “take particular care” due to possible terror threats during the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday (January 9). The event sees crowds numbering in the millions thronging the streets of Manila, and also other locations across the country. In an updated travel…


It’s official: Duterte seeks new ally and protector in Russia

In the clearest sign yet of Duterte’s rejection of long-standing USA-Philippine relations, the president has said he hopes Russia will become his country’s new ally and protector. His remarks came as he toured one of the two Russian warships currently moored in Manila harbour today (Friday, January 6). The president’s…



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:…