News

The Philippines’ largest television network, which refused to air Duterte’s 2016 presidential campaign, has been forced off air, striking a blow to media freedom

On Tuesday, the Philippines’ largest television network ABS-CBN was ordered to stop broadcasting. The order didn’t come out of nowhere. President Rodrigo Duterte has been feuding with ABS-CBN since the network refused to air his 2016 presidential campaign ads. The station has also closely documented Duterte’s deadly war on drugs, […]
The Philippines’ largest television network, which refused to air Duterte’s 2016 presidential campaign, has been forced off air, striking a blow to media freedom
Tech

Facebook was once a hot startup looking to conquer the world. Today, my journalist friends in the Philippines grapple with threats and lies on the social network

Facebook was once a startup focused on convincing Wall Street that it could continue growing and making more money. They did this partly by expanding to pretty much every corner of the world – including my homeland, the Philippines. But Facebook turned into a platform used to defend Philippine President […]
Facebook was once a hot startup looking to conquer the world. Today, my journalist friends in the Philippines grapple with threats and lies on the social network
Markets

China is using debt traps to control the South China Sea

China’s One Belt One Road project and massive infrastructure loans are helping to weaken opposition to its claims in the South China Sea. The South China Sea is of critical importance to China which has created new islands through dredging for military bases, and consistently defended its claims despite protests […]
China is using debt traps to control the South China Sea
News

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte personally ordered the investigation of a 71-year-old Australian nun for being an ‘undesirable foreigner’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he ordered an Australian nun be detained and investigated. The 71-year-old nun was detained on Monday after taking part in human rights missions that the country deemed violated the country’s sovereignty. Duterte also called out Australia, saying that its citizens should should reflect on their […]
Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte personally ordered the investigation of a 71-year-old Australian nun for being an ‘undesirable foreigner’
News

The Philippines’ Duterte wants to legalise same-sex marriage but not divorce

The Philippines’ legislature has taken major steps towards legalizing divorce in the highly Catholic country. The bill would need to be supported by President Rodrigo Duterte, who has stated that he is strongly against divorce. But while the president has taken a hardline view on ending marriages, he has surprisingly […]
The Philippines’ Duterte wants to legalise same-sex marriage but not divorce