Tag: Philippines

In the Fight to Save the Planet, Its Defenders Are Being Killed

In an endangered world of dwindling resources, a line by Pogo, Walt Kelly’s popular newspaper-comic hero of the last century, is worth recalling: “When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.” It’s worth keeping this maxim top of mind as one reads the latest annual report from Global Witness, an independent organization that […]

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She Was Filipino Food’s Greatest Champion. Now Her Work Is Finding New Fans.

When their safe houses in Manila were no longer safe, the rebels took shelter at the airy bungalow of Doreen Gamboa Fernandez, a sugar planter’s daughter turned literature professor and food writer. It was the 1980s, and the Philippines was still in the grip of the strongman Ferdinand Marcos. In a later interview, Ms. Fernandez […]

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Burst of Violence Grips Philippine Island, and Some See Duterte’s Hand

MANILA — A wave of violence has struck the central Philippine island of Negros, where at least 20 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks that rights groups have tied to President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts to suppress critics and opponents. The latest attacks occurred on Saturday, when two people, a former town mayor […]

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Philippines Has Little Power Against China, Duterte Tells Lawmakers

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines used his annual address to Congress on Monday to defend his government’s soft stance toward China, saying he had no choice because the Asian military giant posed too big a security threat. Mr. Duterte, who took power in 2016, is halfway through a six-year term that has […]

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President Duterte’s War on Drugs Is a Pretense

MANILA — Since taking office just over three years ago, President Rodrigo Duterte has not only overseen a murderous campaign on drug users and sellers. He has also unleashed a brazen assault on the country’s democratic institutions — at times, using his so-called war on drugs as a pretense for going after his political adversaries […]

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U.N. Rights Council to Investigate Killings in Philippine Drug War

GENEVA — The United Nations’ top human rights body voted on Thursday to examine thousands of alleged extrajudicial police killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines, a campaign that rights groups around the world have denounced as a lawless atrocity. The United Nations’ 47-member Human Rights Council supported a resolution […]

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Hundreds Get Food Poisoning at Imelda Marcos’s 90th Birthday Party

MANILA — About 260 people were sent to hospitals on Wednesday after they apparently fell ill from food poisoning during the 90th birthday celebration of Imelda R. Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, health workers said. The patients “suffered from vomiting and dizziness,” said Richard Gordon, the chairman of the Philippine National Red […]

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Duterte Plays Down Chinese Ramming of Filipino Fishing Boat

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines says a government investigation has found that the recent sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel in the disputed South China Sea was an ordinary maritime mishap that should not strain ties between the two countries. His statement, made on Monday, comes amid nearly daily […]

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This Creature Eats Stone. Sand Comes Out the Other End.

Lithoredo abatanica is an organism with an unusual appetite: This creature eats stone. And when it excretes, what comes out is sand, the leftovers of a still-mysterious digestion process. The mollusk, unearthed from the bottom of a river in the Philippines, was introduced this week by an international group of scientists in Proceedings of the […]

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Recyclers Cringe as Southeast Asia Says It’s Sick of the West’s Trash

TELOK GONG, Malaysia — Black sedans with government plates raced through a town near Malaysia’s main seaport, flashing blue sirens as they approached rogue trash dumps. The raid, in the town of Telok Gong this week, was among the latest efforts by officials to shut down unlicensed dumps holding plastic scrap imported from the United […]

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‘This Is My Life!’ Why the Philippines Is a Hoops Haven.

Go to any street corner in the Philippines. Any village. Any beach. Even a church. You’re likely to see a basketball jersey. “It’s often described as a religion,” Carlo Roy Singson, the managing director of N.B.A. Philippines said in an interview. Indeed, basketball is ingrained in Filipino culture and has been for more than a […]

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Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine President, Says He Was Gay but ‘Cured’ Himself

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines said at an event in Tokyo that he had “cured” himself of homosexuality with the help of “beautiful women.” Mr. Duterte volunteered the remarks on Thursday at a speech to a Filipino crowd. In the speech, part of which was provided to reporters afterward, he also appeared to try […]

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‘Not Just a Maid’: The Ultra-Running Domestic Workers of Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Six days a week, Jaybie Pagarigan cooks, cleans and shops for her employers, a family in Hong Kong. Then on Sundays — her one day off — she hits the trails. Traversing the city’s lush and vast country parks, the 39-year-old domestic worker from the Philippines clocks in miles of running and […]

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