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2021/09/13 | Voice of America

Why China Would Give More Aid, Investment To Leery Philippines

Manila vies with Beijing over access to the disputed South China Sea and has warmed this year toward the United States.

2021/07/02 | Michael Beltran

Meet the First Medical Cannabis Party in Asia

In the Philippines, where the government has carried out a bloody war on drugs, a party has been formed to advocate for the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

2021/03/10 | Michael Beltran

The Bloodiest Sunday in the Philippines

Nine people were murdered by state forces in the Philippines. Michael Beltran spoke with two eye witnesses.

2020/12/31 | Michael Beltran

Philippines: The Tactics Behind Red-Tagging

The military and government bureaucracy will never openly admit to it, but there is a stark and disturbing trend of mobilizing state resources against civil society in the Philippines.

2020/11/05 | Voice of America

Heralding Deal With China, Philippines Restarts Offshore Oil-Gas Exploration in Disputed Sea

On October 15, the Philippine government lifted a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration. A joint energy development project may help warm up relations with China and speed up economic recovery.

2020/09/08 | Voice of America

Philippine President Pardons US Marine Convicted in Killing of Transgender Woman

The move sparked criticism from rights groups and lawyers for the woman’s family.

2020/08/31 | Coco Dollanganger

Serial Corruption Plagues Philippines National Health Insurance

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), a state healthcare insurer affiliated with the Department of Health, is embroiled in a Senate probe involving thousands of fraudulent claims and mismanagement of funds.

2020/08/26 | The Interpreter

The Killings in the Philippines Grow More Brazen

The recent murder of a well-known activist signals a turning point in the campaign to eliminate dissent.

2020/08/21 | TNL Staff

Philippine-Made Hair Product Listed Manila as ‘Province of China’

Manila's mayor ordered the closure of at least four businesses selling hair products erroneously labeling the Philippines as a province of China.

2020/08/18 | Michael Beltran

Philippines Lockdown Lifted, No Relief for Frontline Workers

The lockdown in Metro Manila may have been lifted, but neither Covid-19 nor the crisis in the healthcare system shows signs of relenting.

2020/07/21 | Coco Dollanganger

What Do Critics and Supporters of the Philippines Anti-Terrorism Bill Say?

While critics cite warrantless arrest and the stifling of free speech as the main charges against the Anti-Terrorism Bill in the Philippines, government-aligned politicians dismiss these concerns.

2020/07/21 | Deutsche Welle

Covid-19 in Philippines: Police Deployed to Implement Fresh Lockdowns

As cases continue to rise, the government has ordered police to accompany medics and transfer any infected patients to isolation facilities. Citizens have also been encouraged to report any infected neighbors in hiding.

2020/06/10 | Michael Beltran

Philippine Activists: ‘Cloned’ Facebook Account Attacks Possibly Linked to Government

The Philippine government’s efforts to stifle dissent took an absurd twist when thousands of university students, faculty, and journalists woke up on Sunday to find cloned Facebook profiles of themselves.

2020/03/09 | East Asia Forum

Philippines Bans Deployment of Filipino Workers to Kuwait Due to Mistreatment

The Philippine government restricted the amount of overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait after a series of infractions against the bilateral labor agreement.

2020/03/06 | The Interpreter

When Philippines Democracy Hit Midlife Crisis

The Philippines’ democracy turned 34 last week but continues to flirt with authoritarian fantasies.

2020/02/17 | The Interpreter

The Politics of Racism as the Philippines Struggles With Coronavirus

Rodrigo Duterte and his backers appears to be exploiting the public health crisis to wedge opponents at home.