Obama Cancels Meeting With Philippines President After Outburst

U.S. President Barack Obama scrapped a meeting with his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, in Laos after Duterte unleashed an expletive-laden warning against the U.S. interfering in a war on drugs that’s led to the deaths of thousands of suspects. National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said Obama won’t go through …

Poe suspends Senate probe into proposed emergency powers

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Grace Poe on Tuesday postponed the Senate Committee on Public Services’ hearing on the proposed granting of emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to resolve traffic congestion as the panel awaits the draft bill from the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Poe, the Senate panel head, asked …

Duterte wants OFWs in Saudi repatriated

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the repatriation of stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were affected by the financial crisis in Saudi Arabia. Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said Duterte issued the directive during a Cabinet meeting last Monday in Malacañan. “The president wants to repatriate …

Muslim group supports Noynoy-Mar tandem

The Muslim Alliance for Noynoy Aquino (MANA) held its 1st general assembly in Metro Manila last Friday night with a declaration to yield at least two million votes outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the Liberal Party standard bearer and his running-mate Senator Mar Roxas. Aurora Corazon …