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Stories about Philippines

#HandsOffOurLibraries: Scholars protest removal of ‘subversive’ books from Philippine universities

"An attack on the library is an attack on the very heart of the University itself."

China-funded Kaliwa dam in the Philippines flagged for irregularities

"Indigenous Peoples should not be sacrificed on the altar of development aggression, which would just benefit big businesses and Chinese investors."

Netflix animation “Trese” brings Filipino supernatural beings to our screens

"It’s so inspiring and hopeful to think about how Trese is going to open so many doors for other local artists who are dreaming to get their works published."

Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz makes history for winning the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold medal

"A woman unfairly included in the drug matrix wins the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines. Coincidence or a foretelling? The last man standing is a woman."

Abuse of Hong Kong domestic workers by employers increased dramatically during pandemic lockdown

A survey by one rights group found that about 40,000 foreign domestic workers were given no rest days during the pandemic, and 20,000 were given only one day off per...

Green playlist: Asian short films on protecting the environment

These films feature the struggles of various communities across the Asia-Pacific region as they defend their lands, environment and cultural heritage.

Remembering Asia’s first Pride march in Manila

Two organizers of the historic 1994 Manila Pride shared their reflections about the legacy of the protest and the continuing struggle to fight for LGBT+ rights

Community pantries inspire hope amid pandemic and economic crisis in the Philippines

In a span of less than three weeks, around 800 community pantries have been set up nationwide to help those in need amidst worsening COVID-hit economy, sparking government backlash.

For this Filipina journalist, every day is a battle with fear

Rampant impunity means that accountability for attacks against activists and journalists is virtually non-existent.

Virtual exhibit commemorates 1971 ‘Diliman Commune’ protests in The Philippines

A virtual exhibit features a student-led uprising at The Philippines' top university 50 years ago that has become a symbol of resistance to dictatorial rule and oppression.

Philippines’ ‘Paradis Island’ has a message for ‘Attack on Titan’ fans

"We are an innocent island in a lake in Laguna and we have nothing to do with Titans."

Christmas in the Philippines in the time of Duterte and COVID-19

The government has discouraged family reunions, church gatherings and even prohibited the holding of Christmas parties.

Shooting of mother and son highlights institutionalized police violence in the Philippines

"This is what happens when we have leaders who consent and encourage such behavior from policemen."

Crackdown against journalist and activists mars Human Rights Day in the Philippines

"We were forced to turn our backs for one hour while evidence was being planted."

Student protests in Philippine universities hit government for bungled Typhoon disaster response

"We halt our classes and academic work to amplify our call for justice and for the ouster of Duterte."

After back-to-back typhoons, Filipinos criticize President Duterte's absence from public eye

#NasaanAngPangulo (#WhereIsThePresident) and #OustDuterteNow trended on Twitter as Filipinos criticized the absence of President Rodrigo Duterte amid the successive typhoons that hit the Philippines this month.

As typhoon causes floods in the Philippines, cellphone ‘load’ becomes disaster relief

Mobile phones are a reliable way for families to exchange information during disasters in the Philippines when power and communication services break down by strong winds and flooding.

#JusticeForZaraAlvarez: Filipino activists protest worsening impunity under President Duterte

"Saddened by Zara Alvarez's murder in Bacolod. Her daughter is now an orphan. The communities she served as a health worker and human rights advocate are orphaned too."

Amid threats of mass arrest, Filipino protesters rally during Duterte’s State of the Nation Address

Defying threats of arrests, thousands protested President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address to condemn the slow, incompetent and militarist government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tears and rage after Congress rejects franchise renewal of the Philippines’ biggest media network

"Our dreams and future, these are the things they took away from us. I’ve worked so hard for this. But it’s gone in an instant. You are inhumane!”

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