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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…





HBO snubs Pacquiao vs Vargas showdown

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 for a new broadcast…


Boxing legend Pacquiao plans to fight Vargas in November

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring later this year to fight WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, his 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 does for him.” In Manila, newly elected senator Pacquiao said…



Mayweather accuses Pacquiao of lying about mega-fight at basketball game

Floyd Mayweather reportedly told Manny Pacquiao to “stop lying” about signing any contract related to a mega-duel between them planned for May.  The two boxing superstars crossed paths Wednesday in Miami during an NBA game featuring the Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks. In the chance encounter that’s been widely talked about…