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Terror warnings blamed as foreign visitors cancel trips to the Philippines

Tourism companies are reporting that foreign visitors have begun cancelling trips, particularly in the Central Visayas region. The news comes after Abu Sayyaf’s foiled kidnapping raid on Bohol island last week, and numerous travel advisories from overseas governments. Among the reported cancellations were 500 tourists from Japan, who were planning…


WATCH: Russian guided-missile cruiser arrives in Manila

The flagship of Russia’s Pacific Fleet arrived in Manila today (Thursday, April 20) for a four-day goodwill visit. The arrival of the guided-missile cruiser Varyag, along with fuel tanker ship, Pechenge, is the second port call by Russian warships in three months. The move is part of President Duterte’s drive…


Mega subway planned as part of “Dutertenomics” infrastructure programme

The Philippines will have its first subway system from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the airport in Pasay City by 2024, it has been announced. The “Mega Manila Subway” project is part of a new economic programme called “Dutertenomics” which was launched yesterday (Tuesday, April 18) under the banner…


Abu Sayyaf suspected after coast guard beats off pirate attack

The Philippine coast guard have foiled an attempted pirate attack on a cargo vessel by suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists. The attempted boarding yesterday (Tuesday, April 18) of the Doña Anabelle occurred off Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte about 50 miles to the north of the Sulu archipelago, the Islamic State-affiliated group’s…


Duterte warns that he might “invade” Abu Sayyaf’s island stronghold

President Duterte warned today (Wednesday, April 19) that he might “invade” an island stronghold of Abu Sayyaf to “finish the game” following the foiled kidnapping raid on Bohol last week. The president also offered cash rewards for the capture, dead or alive, of six militants still at large following the…


Public support for Duterte’s war on drugs beginning to slip

Satisfaction with President Duterte’s war on drugs has declined among Filipinos this year, a survey has revealed today (Wednesday, April 19). Of 1,200 people surveyed by Social Weather Stations (SWS), 78 per cent said they were ‘satisfied’ by the government crackdown, down from 85 per cent in a similar poll…


Book now to bag a flight from Sydney to Manila for only $110

The Philippines could soon be giving Bali a run for its money as Australia’s favourite holiday destination with a stunning new flight deal. For bookings made before Saturday, Cebu Pacific is offering one-way tickets between Sydney and Manila for only $110 (US). The airline’s vice president for corporate affairs, Atty…



Two suspected MILF members arrested after twin bomb blasts

Two suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members have been arrested today after twin bombings in Mindanao left more than a dozen people injured. Chief Superintendent Raul Supiter, director of Sultan Kudarat Provincial Office, said the first explosion took place yesterday (Monday, April 17) at 6.40pm on the rooftop of…