Duterte says foreign critics can be ‘human targets’ for military 

This is another bad Duterte joke, we hope. During a visit to a military camp in Tarlac yesterday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said foreigners criticizing his deadly drug war can act like “human targets” for soldiers. He said the statement to a group of soldiers, no less. “Go ahead, one day if you run out ...

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Former Marcos defense minister says PH was ‘peaceful,’ Filipinos ‘free’ during martial law

Former Marcos defense minister says PH was ‘peaceful,’ Filipinos ‘free’ during martial law

Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, the country’s Defense Minister during the country’s martial law years, appeared yesterday on a now-viral Facebook video interview...

Senators urge education ministry to correct books that ‘whitewash’ Martial Law abuses

Senators urge education ministry to correct books that ‘whitewash’ Martial Law abuses

“Never Again” is the battle cry of people who don’t want younger generations to forget the Philippines’ dark martial law year. This is harder to achieve,...

Senator wants to change Philippine national anthem’s ‘defeatist’ lyrics

Senator wants to change Philippine national anthem’s ‘defeatist’ lyrics

With all the problems that the Philippines is facing, our lawmakers still found the time to discuss an important topic — changing the lyrics to the national anthem, Lupang...

Defeated presidential candidate offers Duterte advice on rice crisis

Defeated presidential candidate offers Duterte advice on rice crisis

Former presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II has led a quiet life since he lost to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 elections. But yesterday, he...

Pacquiao as new chairman of Senate ethics committee? No thanks, netizens say

Pacquiao as new chairman of Senate ethics committee? No thanks, netizens say

As they say in showbiz, this was a total miscast. Yesterday, neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao was elected as the new chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics. While there were...

Court defers issuing warrant of arrest for Trillanes

Court defers issuing warrant of arrest for Trillanes

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV remains free — for now. The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 today deffered issuing an arrest warrant for Trillanes, whose amnesty was...

Councilor punches colleague during city council session in Bacolod

Councilor punches colleague during city council session in Bacolod

Well, someone has anger issues. A Bacolod councilor punched a colleague at a city council session yesterday after a heated argument, reports stated — and it was caught on...

Duterte assistant accused of early campaigning during visit at gov’t hospital

Duterte assistant accused of early campaigning during visit at gov’t hospital

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s special assistant Christopher “Bong” Go is everywhere. He was...

Duterte’s odd ‘showbiz-style’ interview draws cheers, jeers, confusion

Duterte’s odd ‘showbiz-style’ interview draws cheers, jeers, confusion

Huh? What was that all about? President Rodrigo Duterte’s “showbiz-type” talk show yesterday with his Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo was certainly one of...


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