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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,…


Showbiz for ugly people? How Filipino politics is one big soap opera

Ever wondered why politics in the Philippines is so melodramatic? Or how any Filipino who gets even remotely famous ends up in public office? Here Anna Cristina Pertierra of Western Sydney University discusses how the country proves the old adage that “politics is show business for ugly people”… The international press has become…


“You’re full of shit… and you smell,” Duterte’s message to church leaders

President Duterte has launched a foul-mouthed tirade against church leaders, saying that they are “full of shit” and smell. The president’s latest rant against religious leaders came yesterday (Tuesday, January 24) as he met families of 44 police commandos who died in the Mamasapano massacre. The president claimed that Catholic leaders had…




HBO Snubs Pacquiao – Vargas Boxing Match

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Home Box Office has rejected Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with Jessie Vargas and will not be showing it on their paid network. Sources say that HBO has also abandoned all contracts associated with Pacquiao’s boxing matches. Promoter Bob Arum told reporters that he is ‘shopping around…


Boxing Star Pacquiao ‘Plans to Fight Vargas in November’

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring later this year to fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, the Filipino boxing star’s manager said on Wednesday. “Retirement doesn’t suit Manny right now,” Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times. “It is amazing what training and fighting…



Mayweather – Pacquiao Meeting Not a Good One As First Reported

        Floyd Mayweather Jr. reportedly told Manny Pacquiao to “stop lying” about signing any contract related to a mega-duel between them planned sometime in May.    The two boxing superstars crossed paths Wednesday in Miami during an NBA game featuring the Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks.  …