PHL Has Contingency Plan if NK Fires on Guam

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said it has a plan for foreign-dwelling Filipinos if North Korea fires missiles toward Guam. North Korea threatened to fire missiles toward Guam after U.S. President Donald Trump told Pyongyang it would be met with “fire and fury” if it continued to threaten the United … Continued

Two Philippine Senators Say Evidence Against Paolo Duterte Insufficient

Two Philippine senators say they think there’s not enough evidence linking President Rodrigo Duterte’s son to drug smuggling. On Aug. 15, Sen. Richard Gordon and Tito Sotto III both dismissed allegations that Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte was involved in smuggling shabu, or meth, into the country. Gordon called the allegations “hearsay.” In May, … Continued

Philippines Suspends Uber for One Month

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — You won’t be able to hail an Uber ride in the Philippines for at least a month. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board suspended Uber’s accreditation on Aug. 14, ordering the company to cease and desist operations in the Philippines for one month. Uber has been in a dispute with … Continued

Malaysian Princess Marries Dutch Developer

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Malaysia played host to a royal wedding as the daughter of one of its most powerful sultans married her Dutch fiancé. Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim is the only daughter of the sultan of Malaysia’s Johor state. She met her husband, Dennis Muhammad Abdullah, around three years ago. Born Dennis … Continued

Philippine Military Validating Chinese Ship Claim

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine military is validating claims that China is amassing vessels near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. The island, in waters also known as the South China Sea, is occupied by the Philippine military, which operates an airstrip there. On Tuesday, Aug. 15, representative Gary Alejano said China is … Continued

Philippine Police Kill 21 Drug Suspects in Record-Setting Anti-Drug Raids

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine National Police killed 21 suspected drug offenders during a single day in Bulacan province. Police say the overnight operations on Aug. 14 and 15 mark the highest single-day death toll since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte launched his war on drugs last year. Channel News Asia says the fatalities occurred … Continued

Suspected Maute Recruits Deny Charges, Argue They Were Misled

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Fifty-eight men accused of trying to join the Islamic State-aligned Maute group have denied the allegations against them. The men submitted joint statements on Monday, Aug. 14, seeking for the rebellion charges against them to be dismissed. Another man accused of being their recruiter did not submit an affidavit Monday with … Continued

Philippine Troops Kill Abu Sayyaf Commander

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine troops have killed a commander in the Abu Sayyaf group. Abu Sayyaf fighters have pledged allegiance to Islamic State and are known for carrying out kidnap-for-ransom operations. Badong Muktadil was wanted for kidnapping, murder and attacking foreign vessels and was known to operate along the maritime border between the Philippines … Continued

Avian Flu Fears Make Farm Workers ‘Run Away’ in Philippines

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Poultry culling in response to a Philippine outbreak of avian flu has been delayed by a lack of workers. On Aug. 10, authorities announced tens of thousands of birds on several farms in the Pampanga province were infected with avian flu. Officials said 200,000 birds would be slaughtered in the region … Continued

Court Denies Parojinog Siblings’ Request to Attend Funeral

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A Philippine court has denied the request of the Parojinog siblings to attend their parents’ wake and burial. Police arrested Nova Princess Parojinog-Eschavez and her brother, Reynaldo Parojinog Jr., after a police raid on their Ozamiz City family home left their parents dead. The siblings’ father, Osamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, … Continued