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America’s Continuing Influence on the Philippines

Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface photographed by Neil Armstrong. Photograph: NASA ifty years ago, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin set foot on the lunar surface. Back in 1969, the United States was an unstoppable force. The ...

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Listen closely and Understand What Hongkongers are Telling Filipinos

Student protesters and police face off in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019. Photo: South China Morning Post f Filipinos wonder what life will be like under the supposedly “benign” rule of China—which thinks it now has de facto control ...

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Might US President Donald Trump be Part-Filipino?

US President Donald Trump. Photo: Denny Simmons/Evansville Courier & Press via Associated Press hat may sound like a silly question. However, for many Pinoys who have followed President Donald Trump for over two years now, the question might not be ...

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Will Duterte Stand with the Chinese, or with His Countrymen?

Damaged Filipino fishing boat F/B Gem-Ver ashore in Occidental Mindoro. Photo: AP/ABS-CBN/DA o matter how you try to slice it. No matter how you try to spin it. It remains extremely difficult to understand, much less justify Philippine President Rodrigo ...

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The Sinking of Fishing Boat GIM-VER and What It Means to Filipinos

The F/B GIM-VER back in 2016. Photo: Fe dela Torre/Rappler t looks like the Duerte administration has a lot of soul-searching to do. Ever since he became president, Rodrigo Duerte has cozied up to China, preferring a conciliatory approach rather ...

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Will Metro Manila Become Uninhabitable in a Few Decades?

Flooding in Metro Manila streets. Photo: Associated Press recent editorial of the Philippine Daily Inquirer titled, Metro Manila on Borrowed Time, points to the fact that some scientists predict that in a worst-case scenario, sea levels could rise by as ...

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What the 2019 Election Results Tell Filipinos About Themselves

ased on the unofficial results from CNN Philippines, and other media outlets, voters appear to have given President Rodrigo Duterte an enthusiastic “thumbs up” in this midterm election. The unofficial count for the Senate races where only the top 12 ...

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Air Pollution Is Destroying Metro Manila

Painting of the Plaza Mayor de Manila in Intramuros circa 1847. From the Vistas de las islas Filipinas y trajes de sus habitantes at the Biblioteca Nacional de Espaa. Photo: flickr.com This article was first published on 8/16/2015 uring the ...

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Are Filipinos Slowly Losing their Freedom of the Press?

2018 World Press Freedom Index. Graphic by Karte: NordNordWest, Lizenz hings have changed significantly since Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law nearly 47 years ago. Back then everyone knew what had happened: One day we Filipinos had television, radio, and newspapers; ...

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What’s at Stake in the Coming Midterm Election?

Bumoto (vote). Graphic: COMELEC/PNL idterm elections in the Philippines, like those in the United States, are seen as a referendum on the administration in power. For this year’s midterm elections in the Philippines, it is a referendum on the Rodrigo ...

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