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The Philippines Shuts Down Their Largest Media Network ABS-CBN

Five months after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made his third public threat to shut down local broadcaster ABS-CBN, the network was ordered to halt operations.

Off The Air

Under Philippine law, broadcasters must secure congressional franchises in order to operate. ABS-CBN’s franchise, which was approved through Republic Act No. 7966 on March 30, 1995, was up for renewal this year in the Congress. However, multiple bills calling for the franchise renewal remained pending in the House of Representatives for years. House Bill No. 4349, which seeks to renew the franchise granted to ABS-CBN for another 25 years, remained at the House committee level.

Philippine President Watches Bulldozer Destroy $5.6 Million Worth of Smuggled Supercars

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte led the “condemnation and public destruction” of smuggled vehicles consisting of 68 luxury sports cars and eight motorcycles that had been seized by the local customs agency.

The contraband vehicles, which reportedly worth a total of 298 million Philippine pesos ($5.6 million), were destroyed by the government on Monday in Sta Ana, in the northern province of Cagayan, Rappler reports.

Police Get Violent With Factory Workers on Strike at the ‘Heinz’ of the Philippines

The weeks long rally of workers from NutriAsia Inc., a highly popular condiments making company in Marilao, Bulacan Province, the Philippines reached a bl‌oo‌dy point after pr‌ote‌ster‌s and the Philippine p‌ol‌ice‌ had a vi‌ole‌nt e‌nc‌ounter during their 12th day of rally.

The bl‌o‌od‌y incident happened on Thursday, June 14, at around 1:30 p.m., according to Bulatlat.

Married Woman Kissed on the Lips By Philippine President in South Korea Is Totally Cool With It

A Filipino woman working in South Korea made international headlines over the weekend after she was kissed on the lips by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

While the incident sparked widespread controversy back in her home country, the mother of two and wife of a Korean national named Bea Kim found nothing wrong in the act, reports the Inquirer

Filipino Journalist Wins Pulitzer Prize for Reporting on ‘Duterte’s Drug War’

A comprehensive coverage of what goes behind the brutal “drug war” in the Philippines has earned a Filipino journalist and his two colleagues at Reuters a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.

Filipino journalist Manuel Mogato and two other Reuters reporters, Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall, were given the recognition for their “relentless reporting that exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.”

Thousands of Filipinos Protest Against ‘Emerging Dictator’ President Duterte

Thousands of Filipino rallyists, composed of indigenous people, students, activists, clergy, businessmen, and politicians took to the streets on Thursday to protest against the controversial, but hugely popular, President of the Philippines — Rodrigo Duterte.

The event, which marked the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by Philippine’s late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, saw citizens participating in a host of activities that warned of another emerging dictatorship under the Duterte administration, Reuters reported

Philippine President’s Son Accused of Smuggling $125 Million Drug Shipment From China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s son Paolo is being accused of having links to a crime syndicate responsible for a seized drug shipment from China worth $125 million based on his “dragon-like” tattoo.

The Duterte administration has been criticized by Sen. Antonio Trillanes, who now claims that he has evidence to support Duterte’s connection to drugs.