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Stories about Philippines

26 February 2015

Your Social Media Photos Could Help Protect Whale Sharks and Other Species

Open source software solutions like Wildbook allow scientists to tag and photo-identify individual animals through photos and videos posted on platforms like Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo.

5 February 2015

Filipinos Ask ‘Where Is the President?’ After He Skips Arrival Honors for Slain Police

Forty-four policemen died in a special operation to capture the alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings. President Aquino attended a car event instead of the arrival honors.

3 February 2015

Philippines Admits Homeless Families Were Taken to a Posh Resort During Pope Francis Visit

But the government insisted that the 'family camp' for homeless families merely coincided with the papal visit.

20 January 2015

Activists Urge Pope Francis to Drop Fossil Fuel Investments During Philippines Visit

In Tacloban, during an organized luncheon with victims from Typhoon Haiyan, the pope was hand delivered a letter including a call for the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels.

17 January 2015

How the Philippines Hid Social Injustice From Pope Francis

Activists, street children, and urban poor residents were some of those who were "hidden" by authorities during the state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

15 January 2015

Philippines Evicts Small Vendors Ahead of Pope's ‘Mercy and Compassion’ Visit

The Luneta street vendors have protested the eviction notice: "We love the Pope. We will not harm him. We are not terrorists."

19 December 2014

A High-Rise Condo Tower Is Photobombing the Philippines’ National Hero

The 49-storey Torre de Manila has been dubbed the "Terror de Manila" by critics for allegedly ruining the view of the Rizal monument in Luneta Park.

17 December 2014

Southeast Asia's Public Transport Woes in Photos

Motorbike riders without helmet, overloaded jeepneys, and train passengers on roof carriages are some of the common public transport spectacles we see in the streets of Southeast Asia.

14 December 2014

They Don't Speak Spanish in the Philippines?

Some Latin Americans tend to think, based on lessons in primary school, that Spanish is spoken in the Philippines. Find out why that's not the case.

7 December 2014

Lawmakers Watching Porn, Playing Games, and Sleeping on the Job Is a Thing in Southeast Asia

Several politicians across Southeast Asia have been caught watching porn, sleeping, and playing a game on Ipad during Parliament or Congress sessions.

25 November 2014

Fighting for Climate Justice From the Front Lines of Disaster

Given that climate change is causing increasing extreme weather, better waste management actually helps to prevent events like Super Typhoon Yolanda, which killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines.

18 November 2014

Tens of Thousands Demand Justice for Typhoon Haiyan Victims in the Philippines

"They cry every time they retell their stories. And not just because they lost loved ones and what little properties they had during the storm."

29 October 2014

Understanding Southeast Asia in 19 Infographics

Global Voices looks at 19 infographics that help explain the promising future ahead for Southeast Asia, as well as the obstacles to greater regional prosperity.

17 October 2014

Outrage Over Transgender Woman's Suspected Murder by US Marine in the Philippines

The case has led some in the Philippines to call for the military agreements between their country and the United States to be scrapped.

27 September 2014

Philippine Mall Apologizes For Selling Shirts that Say Rape is a ‘Snuggle with a Struggle’

This week Internet users were also enraged after a female model on a leash was pulled by a man, while she was on all fours, at a fashion show.

9 September 2014

Forget Ice Water. Philippine Commuters Are Challenging Politicians to Ride Public Transport at Rush Hour

Senator Grace Poe took the #MRTChallenge last week while presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte and Edwin Lacierda also followed a few days after.

8 September 2014

‘Anti-Selfie Bill’ Breeds Discontent in the Philippines

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A proposed bill in the Philippines would make it illegal to photograph anyone -- even public officials -- without their permission.

27 August 2014

‘Citizen Lawmakers’ in the Philippines Are Organizing a Campaign To Do What Politicians Won't: Abolish Pork Barrel

Hundreds of organizations hailing from various sectors have united in a historic attempt to collect enough signatures for a law abolishing the corruption-tainted presidential and congressional pork barrel.

2 August 2014

The World’s First Dengue Vaccine Could Be Available in Southeast Asia Next Year

Up to 100 million people across the world are infected with dengue each year. Will the vaccine finally stop the spread of the virus?

27 July 2014

The Philippines’ ‘Anti-Corruption’ President Is Facing Impeachment Calls Over Accusations of Corruption

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who won on an anti-corruption platform, is now accused of corruption after one of his fund programs was dismissed by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

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