Duterte Visits Marawi for the Fifth Time

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has visited troops in Marawi for the fifth time, on the same day massive protests against him took place in Manila. The battle for Marawi began May 23 when Maute militants stormed the city and Duterte said the end of the battle is “just around the corner.” Duterte … Continued

Philippine Troops Kill 9 Communist Rebels

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine troops have killed nine communist rebels in a firefight in Carranglan town, about 150 kilometers north of Manila. A police official told reporters the firefight started on Sept. 20 when soldiers responded to reports from residents of armed men in their area. One government soldier was wounded in the fight … Continued

Thousands Protest in Metro Manila, Nationwide

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Thousands of demonstrators filled Philippine streets on the day President Rodrigo Duterte declared a “national day of protest.” Duterte closed schools and government offices nationwide on Sept. 21, seemingly in response to planned rallies to protest his violent war on drugs, among other concerns. Pro-government demonstrators gathered in Manila as well, … Continued

Filipino Dad Makes Action Figures From Old Flip Flops

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A Filipino dad turning old flip flops into action figures is gaining worldwide attention. Originally from Samar, Elmer Padilla is a construction worker in Imus, Cavite. When he’s not out building houses, he’s seen in the streets assembling detailed and colorful action figures out of old flip flops. A father to … Continued

House Panel to Restore Budget for Commission on Human Rights

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine House of Representatives will restore the proposed 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights. On Sept. 20, the House Appropriations Committee said the House decided to reconsider the ₱650 million budget for the CHR, after CHR chief Chito Gascon appealed to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Alvarez has long criticized … Continued

House Panel Junks Impeachment Complaint Against Bautista

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A House panel dismissed the impeachment complaint against Philippine elections commission chief Andres Bautista. Twenty-six of the 28-member House Justice Committee junked the impeachment complaint on Sept. 20 for being insufficient in form and substance. The panel argued the complaint was based on defective verification, which did not indicate that the complainants … Continued

‘Good Samaritan’ in Philippine Student Death Now ‘Person of Interest’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine officials have said the so-called “good samaritan” who reportedly found the body of a dead student in Manila is now a person of interest. John Paul Solano said he found Horacio Castillo III dead in the street from what authorities now suspect are hazing injuries. Castillo was a law student … Continued

Filipino Lawmakers Ask for Immunity for Traffic Violations

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Filipino Majority House Leader Rodolfo Fariñas has asked for immunity for lawmakers who commit minor traffic violations while on their way to work in Quezon City. During a House transportation hearing on Monday, Sept. 18, he said police officers should assist Congress members, not arrest them. For example, he said, if … Continued

Davao Police to Replace Caloocan City Cops

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine National Police will be replacing the more than 1,000-strong Caloocan police force with officers from Davao City. The entire Caloocan police force was relieved of duty last week after the deaths of teenagers in anti-drug operations and the warrantless raid of a house. Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela … Continued