MANILA – PBA chairman Ricky Vargas sees no problem of local Filipino players signing up to play basketball abroad following the top collegiate basketball star Thirdy Ravena’s decision to skip the PBA draft and play in the Japan B-League. PBA chairman Ricky Vargas in a virtual forum said it’s up to the players if they want to join a league in foreign countries despite enticing offers from PBA. According to


MANILA – The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines or ABAP is optimistic that the Tokyo Olympics will push through in July next year. ABAP president Ricky Vargas is hopeful that the Olympics would push through as this is our nation’s best chance to achieve Olympic glory. In a recent survey in Japan, half of Tokyo residents are not comfortable with hosting the Olympics in their city, Some either

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The Philippine peso withdrew from the US dollar on Tuesday, after appreciating for four consecutive trading days, on the back of strong demand for the greenback. Local currency lost 7.5 centavos to close at P51.18:$1 versus P51.105:$1. Tuesday’s session was the first time that the peso had closed softer than the US dollar since it rebounded last Wednesday, October 16. Going forward, Mapa said that the market will track trade


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) said that there was “duplicity” when Chinese submarines lately passed through Philippine waters without notice to the government and switched off with their automatic identification systems (AIS).   We did not observe anything because our radars were unable to detect them because, as we said, duplicity was accomplished because they switched off their vessel identification systems.Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo, spokesman for the


Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario said Friday the Philippine government should consider bringing its naval conflict against China to the General Assembly of the United Nations. Del Rosario said the Philippine government should seek assistance to force China to stick to its arbitral victory in the disputed waters. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague upheld Manila’s sovereign rights to its 200-nautical-mile exclusive


With intentional golden strokes, artist Taipan Lucero proudly revives an ancient script in the hope of encouraging an endangered but controversial portion of the heritage of the Philippines. Once restricted to history courses, Baybayin, a 17-character indigenous script used before Spanish colonization, makes a comeback among the nation’s millennials, young professionals, and diaspora. Even as technology makes writing by hand obsolete, internet calligraphy videos and digital fonts for the script


Isko Moreno Domagoso follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching instructions to shut down huge corruption gaming stores operated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Moreno said that he ordered the business license office of the City of Manila to cancel company licenses and permits from the mayor for all lotto, small town lottery and other gaming operations under the Manila PCSO. In accordance with this domestic policy, I order Manila’s


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

10 Pinoys from Indonesia repatriated

After the Philippine Armed Forces-Eastern Mindanao Command performed the second leg of the Philippine-Indonesian Coordinated Patrol this year, repatriates from Indonesia were carried home. Indonesian officials detained the repatriates, mostly from General Santos City, for illegal entry and fishing in Indonesian waters. They were released in Manado, Indonesia, with the help of the Foreign Affairs Department and the Philippine Liaison. Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr., commander of the Eastern Mindanao

Philippines tourism

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.”