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Poverty Worsens The Plastics Crisis In The Philippines

Poverty Worsens The Plastics Crisis In The Philippines

Plastic sachets of goods give some of the poorest people in Asia access to everyday essentials in affordable small portions – but its fuelling a pollution crisis Armed with gloves, rubber boots and a rake, “Mangrove Warrior” Willer Gualva, 68, comes to Freedom Island in the Philippines almost every day to stop it being engulfed […]

Eight Killed In Quake, Aftershocks In Philippines, 60 Injured

Eight Killed In Quake, Aftershocks In Philippines, 60 Injured

The national disaster agency said it was sending medical and rescue teams to the islands, about halfway between the main Philippine island of Luzon and Taiwan An earthquake and aftershocks struck islands off the north of the Philippines on Saturday killing eight people and injuring 60, disaster officials said. An initial quake of magnitude 5.4 […]

Thirteen Escape In Latest Philippine Jailbreak

Thirteen Escape In Latest Philippine Jailbreak

Thirteen detainees facing drug charges escaped from jail on Sunday, the latest in a series of prison breaks in the Philippines, authorities said.   The 13 slipped out of the jail in a police camp in San Fernando city north of Manila before dawn, said Derrick Arnold Carreon, spokesman for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. […]

Philippine President Names Top Officials Allegedly Linked To Drug Trade

Philippine President Names Top Officials Allegedly Linked To Drug Trade

The President of the Philippines has named over 150 government officials who he says are complicit in the country’s drug trade. Among those named in a speech early Sunday in the southern city of Davao — once President Rodrigo Duterte’s mayoral stomping ground — were government officials, members of the judiciary, congressmen and police officials. […]

Philippines’ HIV Dilemma: Too Young For A Test But Old Enough For Sex

Philippines’ HIV Dilemma: Too Young For A Test But Old Enough For Sex

When Rey* first got an HIV test, his mother went with him. He was 17 and her consent was required by law. “My mum and I are pretty close. She has no issues about me being gay and is really supportive. But I know a lot of my friends wouldn’t dare bring their mums with […]