Philippines’ Catriona Gray is crowned Miss Universe 2018 (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Filipina-Australian television host Catriona Gray has become Miss Universe 2018, beating 93 contestants in the beauty pageant held in Thailand. To the disappointment of the Venezuelan and South African candidates, who also made it to the Top 3, 24-year-old Catriona managed to charm the judging panel, which this year for the first time boasted an […]

The economy of the Philippines wobbles

Marching rations FOR DECADES economists wondered why the Philippines was doing so badly compared with its less gifted, more tigerish neighbours. In recent years, they have wondered how it was doing so well. The economy has grown briskly, without intolerable inflation or too much borrowing from abroad. And it has done so despite stagnant investment, […]

At least 6 are dead and dozens are trapped as a strong typhoon batters the Philippines

NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images At least six people are dead and dozens are trapped as powerful Typhoon Yutu struck the northern Philippines on Tuesday.  Landslides across the region triggered by heavy rains blocked roads, challenging search and rescue missions. Over 10,000 people from vulnerable villages have been moved to emergency shelters in several northern provinces.  The […]

Flights Canceled, Waivers Issued as Super Typhoon Mangkhut Barrels Toward Philippines

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Philippines to increase supervision of Islamic schools over radicalization fears

Authorities in the Philippines will standardize teaching in both public and private Islamic schools due to concerns over radicalization in the country after last year’s terrorist siege in the city of Marawi, AP reported. The country will implement an “institutionalized madrassa system” with a standard curriculum and greater oversight from the Department of Education, Defense […]

Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte slammed the International Criminal Court as backed by a bunch of ‘white idiots’

REUTERS/Erik De Castro Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte slammed the International Criminal Court, who are leading an investigation into his bloody war on drugs, as it is part of the “white idiots in the EU.” Duterte urged other nations to “get out” of their membership with the ICC because it is a “rude” organization.  The ICC began […]

Why the LGBT Community Is Dreading a Post-ISIS Philippines

It has been five months since the Philippine military defeated the ISIS-affiliated militants that took over Marawi City in the country’s south. The more than 300,000 residents who had been displaced are slowly making their way back home to restart lives put on hold by nearly half a year of fighting. But Trixie* dreads going […]

The Philippines added a UN human rights worker to the country’s ‘terror hit list’

The Duterte administration created a 600-person terror watchlist and declared a top UN human rights investigator as an affiliate of terrorists. The UN rapporteur told Reuters that the accusation was “baseless, malicious and irresponsible.” In response the UN high commissioner for human rights said that President Duterte was in need of “some sort of psychiatric […]