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Stories about Philippines

15 August 2017

‘Dagdag Gastos’ Calculator Debunks Philippine Government Claim That Tax Reform Will Benefit the Poor

"Ultimately, more Filipino families will have to shoulder added expenses to their already gravely inadequate incomes."

28 July 2017

Philippines: On Facebook's Free Version, Fake News is Even Harder to Spot

Global Voices Advocacy

Free Basics' limitations leave poorer users at a loss, giving them less access to useful information -- and little capacity to determine whether news is reliable or not.

14 June 2017

Photos and Videos Show Massive Destruction of Marawi Battle Zone in the Philippines

"I weep for all the civilians who were mercilessly killed, I weep for the lost homes of my people," wrote the mayor of Marawi City.

1 June 2017

The Fake News Photos Justifying the Return of Martial Law to the Philippines

Wrong photos. Wrong countries. Some officials of the Philippines defended the martial law declaration in Mindanao by posting photos of the Vietnam War, Thailand's 2014 coup, and the Honduran police.

30 May 2017

PHOTOS: More Than 70,000 Displaced by Clashes Between Philippine Troops and Suspected ISIS-Backed Group

Thousands of families have fled their homes in Marawi City to avoid getting caught in the crossfire.

24 May 2017

A Russian University Wanted to Award Duterte an Honorary Doctorate, but He Flew Home Too Soon

RuNet Echo

One of Russia’s most prestigious universities planned to award controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte an honorary doctorate, but he left the country before the ceremony could take place, Russian media...

3 May 2017

‘Crusading’ Philippine Environment Minister Shares Her Visits to Open Pit Mines on Facebook

"I clearly saw that the mine tailings had killed the economy of the entire area," wrote the environment secretary on her Facebook page.

7 April 2017

Southeast Asian Leaders Use ‘Fake News’ to Justify Tighter Media Laws and Intimidate Their Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

Singapore plans to update its Broadcasting Act, Philippine House Speaker is proposing to regulate social media, and Cambodian officials are mimicking Donald Trump by calling unfavorable news "fake".

31 March 2017

The CIA's Online Museum Offers a Glimpse of US Military Intervention in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a region where U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War led to the expansion of the CIA’s paramilitary operations in Laos and Cambodia.

Homeless Filipino Families Occupy 6,000 Vacant Public Housing Units

"Look at those houses, they are idle. The grasses have grown tall, the houses are being invaded by soil. Why don't they let the homeless live there?"

24 March 2017

Searching for Justice, This Catholic Church Worker Documents Drug Killings in the Philippines

"As a photojournalist, always be with the poor, understand their social reality."

2 March 2017

Philippines Offers Media Credentials to Bloggers — But Some Suspect State is Trying to Control Online Content

Global Voices Advocacy

"when analyzed [in accordance with the guidelines]....it becomes clear that contrary views are unacceptable lest they be misinterpreted as provocative."

19 February 2017

Thousands Joined ‘Walk for Life’ to Protest Extrajudicial Killings and Revival of Death Penalty in the Philippines

"If the response to violence is also violence, we double the violence. We should match it with non-violence."

2 February 2017

Hundreds Still Missing After Factory Fire in Philippine Export Processing Zone

"Our hearts are crying out for justice for the workers of HTI. Not a single worker should die in the workplace, even when a fire breaks out."

23 January 2017

Filipino Farmers and Activists March for Justice and ‘La La Land Reform’

'Stop killing peasants who feed the nation,' reads one banner during the January 20 march organized by peasant groups and activists in the Philippines.

12 January 2017

Nickelodeon Won’t Get Its Underwater Theme Park in the Philippines, If Environmentalists Have Their Say

"For a channel that targets children, Nickelodeon is setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources," says one critic.

9 January 2017

A Life Outside Work for Hong Kong’s Filipino Domestic Helpers

"We have to enjoy it rather than sitting down [and being] sad," says Michelle Saluta, a domestic worker, about her day off each week.

5 December 2016

Filipino Activists Hold Solidarity Fast in Support of Political Prisoners

"They are persons caring for the marginalized sectors of the society but they were jailed for trumped up charges."

10 November 2016

After Three Years, Thousands of Haiyan Survivors in the Philippines Are Still Homeless

"Instead of lightning fast assistance to the survivors, they were made to wait, even to beg for their survival."

9 November 2016

Who Is Duterte? Into the Deep Podcast

He’s called US President Obama a son of a whore. His war on drugs has killed thousands. But that’s only half the story when it comes to Philippines President Duterte.

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