Philippines’ Marcos orders aid for typhoon-struck areas, five reported dead

BULACAN, PHILIPPINES – Philippine authorities rushed on Monday to distribute aid to thousands of evacuees after typhoon Noru made landfall in the capital and northern provinces, leaving at least five dead and many areas flooded. Sustained winds of 185kmh hit the main island of Luzon at the weekend, prompting authorities to shut schools, government offices […]

Philippines seeks Russian fuel as inflation bites, Marcos says

NEW YORK – The Philippines is talking to Russia about buying fuel and other key commodities because the country’s national interest overrides potential concerns over the war in Ukraine, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. Noting that the Philippines can’t be complacent in relying on traditional suppliers, Mr Marcos said […]

Biden, Philippines’ Marcos discuss tensions in South China Sea

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden and his Philippine counterpart, Ferdinand Marcos, held their first face-to-face talks on Thursday with tensions in the South China Sea high on their agenda. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Marcos, son of the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, took power in […]

Philippine activists vow to ‘never forget’ Marcos-era abuses

MANILA – Activists vowed Wednesday to “never forget” the human rights abuses under the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, as they marked 50 years since he placed the Philippines under martial rule that lasted for nearly nine years. Amnesty International estimates thousands of people were killed and tens of thousands tortured and imprisoned after Marcos imposed […]

Marcos calls out climate change ‘injustice’ in UN assembly debut

NEW YORK – Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr pushed for climate financing from developed nations in his first major speech before world leaders, urging that the “historical injustice” caused by global warming be rectified. The Philippines is among the developing nations – responsible for just a fraction of greenhouse gas emissions – that are pushing […]

President Marcos won’t follow Duterte’s bloody approach to drug war

SINGAPORE – Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr plans to pivot away from his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody approach to the country’s drug problem, but still intends to protect his ally from any investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for possible crimes against humanity. In his first sit-down interview since he won the presidency in […]

Philippines’ Marcos touts $19.7b investment pledges from ‘fruitful’ trip to Indonesia, Singapore

MANILA – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has touted his first overseas trip as a success that has secured investment pledges worth at least US$14 billion (S$19.7 billion, as he eyes economic gains to get his presidency off to a strong start. During visits this week to Indonesia and Singapore, Mr Marcos met leaders of government […]

She is loved in China, so can ex-Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos play peacemaker?

MANILA – For all her surfeit of shoes, former Philippine first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos is fondly remembered by millions of Chinese as a debonair diplomat who captivated Chairman Mao Zedong and what was then an isolated and impoverished nation with her beauty, charm and elegance when she visited in 1974. Accompanied by her only […]

Blinken reaffirms defence commitments to the Philippines amid China tensions

MANILA (AFP, REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday (Aug 6) relations between the United States and the Philippines were “quite extraordinary”, and that Washington was committed to its defence pact with Manila. Mr Blinken gave the assurance amid rising tensions in the region following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent […]

President as agri chief: Inquirer

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER) – To prove that his administration was putting the task of curing the ills plaguing the country’s beleaguered agriculture sector as a “high priority,” President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. made the surprise announcement on Monday (June 20) that he would take on the added role of agriculture secretary when he begins his […]