Philippines sends condolences over Vietnam president's death

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Sunday, September 23, sent its condolences to Vietnam over the  death of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. In a statement on Sunday, Presidential Spokesmperson Harry Roque offered the Philippines’ “deepest condolences to the government and people of Vietnam,” as well as the family … Source: Politics

IN PHOTOS: Touring the Singapore of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

SINGAPORE – By now, Crazy Rich Asians finished its theatrical run and made its impact, not only as a watershed moment for Hollywood  but as a major pop culture event, too, as it made the rounds online with such memorable catchphrases as “Bok bok, bitch” and “You will never be enough.” The … Source: Politics

3 of 5 Filipinos say 'tambay' arrests violate human rights – SWS

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Three out of 5 Filipinos agree that the arrests of tambays or loiterers violate human rights, according to a June 2018 Social Weather Stations survey released on Sunday, September 23. The survey, conducted from June 27 to 30, found that 60% of adult Filipinos agree (32% strongly … Source: Politics

Ex-Zamboanga accountant gets 23 years in jail over fake receipts

MANILA, Philippines – Former Zamboanga City accountant Sylvia Binarao was sentenced to 23 years in jail for falsifying receipts for her lodging in various official trips.  The Sandiganbayan Third Division found Binarao guilty of two counts each of graft, malversation of public funds, and falsification of public documents. … Source: Politics

Team World storms back to cut Europe's lead at Laver Cup

    CHICAGO, United States – Kevin Anderson avenged a Wimbledon finals loss to Novak Djokovic as Team World dominated the night session Saturday, September 22,  to climb back into contention at the 2018 Laver Cup. Anderson’s surprise win, combined with a doubles victory by World’s Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios over … Source: Politics

FEU blasts UP as Perasol serves suspension

      MANILA, Philippines – The FEU Tamaraws took advantage of UP coach Bo Perasol’s suspension as they routed the Fighting Maroons, 89-73, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Sunday, September 23. Prince Orizu finished with a perfect 7-of-7 clip for 15 points … Source: Politics

P5.44 million worth of shabu seized in NAIA

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 800 grams of methamphetamine or shabu with an estimated value of P5.44 million was recently seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).  The shabu was hidden in a package declared as an art table, which arrived … Source: Politics

Thai actor Tao on Manila traffic, jeepneys, and Filipino words he knows

MANILA, Philippines – Thai actor Sattaphong “Tao” Phiangphor, best known here as “Prince Ian” in the latest remake of Princess Hours, is in Manila to meet his Filipino fans. The 28-year-old actor said that he felt good as soon as he arrived in the airport on Saturday, September 22 because … Source: Politics

'Return service' up to state universities – CHED

  MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Officer-in-Charge Prospero de Vera III said it is up to state universities, not CHED, to implement a “return service” program under the free higher education law. De Vera said state universities can do so “with or without” the provision in the … Source: Politics

Indonesia kicks off presidential race as currency slumps

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Campaigning for Indonesia’s presidential election in April kicked off on Sunday, September 23, pitting incumbent Joko Widodo against a former military general in the race to lead the world’s 3rd-biggest democracy. Opinion polls show Widodo, whose down-to-earth style and ambitious infrastructure drive have made him popular with many … Source: Politics