Kagitingan Reef may be China’s ‘intelligence hub’ in Spratlys — US think tank

Inquirer.net 02/18/2018

The Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef), the smallest of the “Big 3” artificial islands of China in the Spratlys, is likely the “Intelligence/Communications hub” of the regional superpower on its man-made islands, a US-based think tank said.…

Feds say PH-bound Quiboloy exec smuggled cash

AP 02/18/2018

HONOLULU — A woman headed for the Philippines aboard a private jet that was also carrying Kingdom of Jesus Christ leader Apollo Quiboloy lied about the amount of cash she had when inspectors found $335,000 in her…

‘Anyone who tries to bring down Duterte will face war’

Inquirer.net 02/17/2018

Bato’s warning FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City — Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), on Saturday warned critics of President Rodrigo Duterte they should be ready to face war if…

Duterte’s condom joke ‘irresponsible,’ says Human Rights Watch

Inquirer.net 02/17/2018

INTERNATIONAL rights watchdog Human Rights Watch took President Rodrigo Duterte to task for his latest off-color joke telling returning overseas Filipino workers to use birth control pills and not condoms as contraceptives because condoms “aren’t pleasurable.” In…

Coke unions demand transparency over layoff of 600 workers

Inquirer.net 02/17/2018

AMID THE decision of Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines Inc. (KOFPH) to lay off over 600 workers, leaders of local unions demanded transparency behind the supposed “restructuring” of the multinational company’s business model. At least 30 unions on Friday…

Limit to number of tourist arrivals pushed

Inquirer.net 02/15/2018

Boracay envi woes ILOILO CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has challenged the local government units governing Boracay Island to pass an ordinance to limit the influx of tourists on the island to…

Ombudsman confirms end of Duterte’s plunder probe

Inquirer.net 02/15/2018

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman finally confirmed that the probe on President Duterte for plunder had already been closed and terminated, two days after Solicitor General Jose Calida made the revelation. “The Office of the Ombudsman confirms…

59% of Filipinos want career over love life

Inquirer.net 02/13/2018

More than half of Filipinos said they would choose career over love life, a nationwide Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey taken in the last quarter of 2017 showed. In poll results bared on Tuesday, the SWS said…

Labor group: Office romances OK, but gov’t should issue guidelines

Inquirer.net 02/13/2018

ON TUESDAY, a day before Valentine’s Day, the Associated Labor Unions – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) came out with a statement assuring employees who fall in love with their bosses that no government policy…

Boracay residents welcome cleanup, lament ‘cesspool’ tag

Inquirer.net 02/11/2018

ILOILO CITY — Boracay residents and business operators welcome the six-month deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for the government to address problems plaguing the island, but some of them lamented his statement calling the country’s prime…

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