Philippines

Call for total gun ban up

Inquirer: “We thought these things happen only in the US. Now it’s starting to happen here.” The death of 7-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella by celebratory gunfire in Caloocan City on New Year’s Eve and the shooting rampage three days later in Kawit town in Cavite province that left eight people […]

‘Pablo’ death toll may reach 1,500

The Inquirer: The death toll from Typhoon “Pablo” will likely hit 1,500, making it the second deadliest since the country began keeping records, Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said on Saturday. Ramos said that so far, the council had counted 1,067 dead […]

Philippines typhoon death toll tops 900

Nesw.com.au THE death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has climbed above 900, with hundreds still missing, the government says. Typhoon Bopha killed 902 people mostly on the southern island of Mindanao, where floods and landslides caused major damage in nearly 2000 villages on December […]

Global aid for Philippines launched

Inquirer:   The United Nations on Monday launched a $65 million global appeal to help desperate survivors of a typhoon that killed more than 600 people, left nearly 900 missing and thousands homeless in the southern Philippines. Malacañang also appealed for help for the survivors of Typhoon “Pablo,” calling on […]

Can the Philippines stand up to China?

Philippines News: The current standoff on Scarborough Shoal between the Philippines and China only serves to highlight this country’s marked inadequacy in patrolling and defending its borders. The fact that Scarborough (Panatag to Filipinos) Shoal is on the country’s continental shelf just 124 nautical miles from Zambales—well within its 200-mile exclusive […]

4-month reprieve for OFW murder convict

GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN ARABNEWS Friday 16 November 2012 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has delayed the execution of Filipino migrant worker Joselito Zapanta by four more months, giving his family more time to raise blood money to settle the case with the family of his Sudanese victim. “The father of two children, […]

Obama skips Philippines–again

Inquirer.net:  Amanda Doronila. Fresh on the heels of the reelection of US President Barack Obama, the White House announced that he would visit  Burma (Myanmar) as his first foreign policy initiative at the start of a three-leg tour of Southeast Asia that covers Thailand and Cambodia on Nov. 17-20. The […]

HACKERS IMPERIL GOV’T RESPONSE TO EMERGENCY

Philippine News MANILA (AFP) – Hackers incensed by the Philippines’ controversial cybercrime law have attacked government sites that deliver emergency information during natural disasters, an official said Saturday. President Benigno Aquino’s spokeswoman Abigail Valte appealed for a stop to the attacks, on the websites and social media accounts of the […]

Philippine school bans the hijab, sparks controversy

Philippine News: A ban on Muslim students wearing the hijab at a Catholic-run school in the Philippines, has sparked complaints and controversy. Pilar College in Zamboanga has defended its decision to ban Muslim students from wearing thehijab. Many of the schools 3,000 pupils are Muslim.Ciibroadcasting reported the college president, Sister Maria Nina Balbas, defied the complaints the […]