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Tit for tat? Vice president impeachment bid filed days after Duterte complaint

A lawyer who used to represent Ferdinand Marcos has slapped an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo after she publicly criticised Duterte’s war on drugs. The complaint for “violation of the constitution and betrayal of public trust” was sent by Oliver Lozano to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, a close ally…


Blood and feathers: The deadly business of cockfighting in the Philippines

While considered by many to be inexcusably cruel, the sport of cockfighting remains wildly popular throughout the Philippines. Here Benjamin Johnson takes a non-judgemental look at this controversial aspect of Filipino culture: The Philippines is a fantastic place, albeit weird, but nonetheless fantastic. Some of the best nightlife in the…


International Criminal Court? Bring it on, says defiant Duterte

President Duterte has welcomed the prospect of the International Criminal Court (ICC) trying him for crimes related to his war on drugs, saying his campaign would continue and be “brutal.” Self-confessed assassin Edgar Matobato, who claims he was a foot soldier in the former mayor’s Davao Death Squad is set…





Palace hits back at EU condemnation of Senator De Lima’s arrest

The European parliament has condemned the Philippines for arresting Senator Leila de Lima, President Duterte’s staunchest critic, for allegedly being involved in the Bilibid Prison drugs trade. A resolution passed by European Union lawmakers said they had serious concerns that the charges against Senator De Lima — who is imprisoned…