Filipino activists will rally both outside the United Nations headquarters and nationwide on Sept. 20 while the Philippines’ current president, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., delivers a speech. The rally is meant to demand accountability from Marcos and the Philippines’ former President Rodrigo Duterte, whose drug war policy allegedly led to some 30,000 extrajudicial killings and whose daughter, Sara Duterte, is now the Philippines’ vice president. Led by national Filipino human rights organizations such as Malaya Movement, and Anakbayan, among others, the upcoming rally is also meant to demand that the West uphold and honor human rights worldwide.
Many Filipinos will mark the day after the president’s speech as the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos Sr., whom many would call a dictator while others consider him a president. Believing that there was a communist insurgency threat, Marcos enacted martial law on Sept. 21, 1972, until his ousting in 1986 due to the People Power Revolution.
- The Philippines is facing a new COVID-19 surge, with cases concentrated in the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila.
- NCR mayors have agreed “in principle” to restrict the movement of unvaccinated constituents.
- President Rodrigo Duterte said barangay captains, or village leaders, are empowered to arrest those who refuse to stay at home.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered local officials in the National Capital Region (NCR) to arrest unvaccinated individuals who refuse to stay at home.
“I’m now giving order to the barangay captains to look for those persons who are not vaccinated and just request them — or order them if you may — to stay put,” Duterte said on Thursday, according to CNN Philippines. “And if [they] refuse and go around the community, [they] can be restrained.
Talks of renaming the Philippines have been making the rounds on local social media again after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talked about changing the country’s name during a recent speech.
“(The country was named the) Philippines because it was discovered by (Ferdinand) Magellan using the money of King Philip (of Spain). So when that nutjob arrived, he called (the country) ‘the Philippines.’ But that’s ok. One day, let’s change it,” Duterte was quoted as saying at an event in Maguindanao province on Monday.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised questions after claiming that he uses marijuana to stay up amid “killing” schedules at work.
Speaking at an awards ceremony on Monday, the 73-year-old head of state reportedly made the comment in connection to a recent summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore, the Associated Press reported.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has considered giving free guns to 42,000 village leaders, known as barangay captains to reportedly aid them in fighting drugs and crime in their respective territories.
Duterte, who has vowed to end the Philippines’ drugs and crime problem within 3-6 months of his administration, will be marking his second year of administration by the end of June.
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.
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.”
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.
Oxford University, which ranks consistently among the top five universities in the world, has recently been dismissed as a “school for stupid people” by no less than the brash-talking Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.
The 72-year-old leader’s pronouncement was reportedly a response to a study from the institution that exposed his use of “keyboard trolls” which allegedly boosted his popularity on social media.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has hit back against Chelsea Clinton after she criticized a remark he made about soldiers raping women.
He slammed Chelsea’s father, former President Bill Clinton, over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky during his time in office.
Because of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s lethal war on drugs, two Filipino immigrants in the United States will be spared from being deported back to their home country.
The unnamed Filipinos were reportedly bound for deportation due to previous drug offenses in which both have already served jail terms for, reports the Inquirer.
It has now been four days since armed insurgents, reportedly linked to the so-called Islamic State, stormed Marawi, a city in the southern part of the Philippines.
The crisis has brought such chaos that it has prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately invoke martial law not just in the city but on the entire island of Mindanao, reports RT. Since then, social media platforms have been flooded with terrifying images revealing the situation in the besieged city.