METRO MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said that if the country can’t stand on its own feet, it might as well choose between becoming a territory of the United States or a province of China The statement comes after Manila has pulled out its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States. VFA allows Joint training operations of American and Filipino troops in Philippine territory. “ In the Republic

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The Foreign Affairs Department said that despite ongoing mass protests, there is no need to evacuate the more than 370,000 Filipino workers in Hong Kong. To Filipino jobs in Asia, Hong Kong is a major destination. There is a plurality of Filipinos serving as domestic assistants. The protests in Hong Kong in 2019 are an ongoing series of mass actions throughout the Chinese territory, triggered by a controversial extradition bill

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The Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III was concerned with Filipino seafarers ‘ abduction cases in Africa. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday that two more Filipino sailors were abducted by pirates in West Africa. A week after nine Philippine seafarers were abducted in the neighboring African state of Benin, the Filipinos were kidnapped in Togo. This latest incident brings the total number of Filipinos in West Africa


French drug maker Sanofi is appealing the revocation of its dengue vaccine’s registration as outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease hit parts of the country, a health official said Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration permanently revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia in February, about a year after Sanofi admitted that the drug can cause more severe symptoms among those who have not had dengue. Last week, Sanofi sent an application

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Star Cinema’s “Hello, Love, Goodbye” is off to a huge beginning with grossed P34 million on its opening day. The film, top-billed by Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards ‘ first ever team-up, focuses on the love tale of 2 foreign Filipino employees in Hong Kong. Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and written by Carmi Raymundo, “Hello, Love, Goodbye” opened 350 cinemas nationwide on Wednesday. The film nearly broke the P35-million opening


In view of latest localized confrontations, the Department of Foreign Affairs highly recommends Filipinos in Hong Kong or those who travel to the land to prevent regions where mass demonstrations and actions are taking place. Filipinos were also recommended to put their safety first and take all needed precautions. DFA’s advisory came out on Tuesday after renewed conflicts broke out previously this week between pro-democracy demonstrators and police in Hong


Singer Aicelle Santos once again made the Philippines proud after winning 2nd position in the recent ASEAN+3 Song Contest in Vietnam on July 28. Singer and manager Carlo Orosa posted the excellent news. Timmy Pavino and Steven Bedolido also participated in the competition apart from Aicelle. Aicelle sang “Kapangyarihan ng Pag-ibig” for the finals. The grand award was won by Malaysian singer Rosario Ninih Chamini Bianis. Aicelle has been busy

To draw X-Men from Pinoy comic book artist Leinil Yu

As an executive at the world’s biggest classics publisher, Filipina Elda Rotor has the chance to push for Filipino writers to be included in Penguin Classics ‘ esteemed list of authors. With the 75-year history of Penguin Classics and 1,900 titles in its backlist, Rotor, who is its vice president and publisher, faces the daunting task of overseeing the publication of the world’s greatest literary works while ensuring that the


According to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the price of harm caused by the sequence of earthquakes that struck Itbayat, Batanes on Saturday exceeded P47 million. The NDRRMC stated in its recent situation report that the damage price of the two health centres hit by the earthquakes is P40 million for Itbayat District Hospital and P7 million for Itbayat Rural Health unit. The NDRRMC said the earthquakes

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Despite Boracay’s 6 months closure, the Philippines Department of Tourism has reported that 2018 closed with a 7.68% increase in tourist arrivals. The 6 months long closure of tropical paradise Boracay, from May to October, seems to have little affect on the overall growth of the country’s tourism. Boracay was closed down last year for a ‘makeover’, mainly to tackle pollution after the Duterte described the island as a “cesspool.”