Do radio commentators deserve to die?

WHEN radio blocktimer Rey Cortes was fatally shot by an unidentified suspect last July 22, I wasn’t surprised. Cortes, as I knew him, was a reckless, irresponsible hard-hitting commentator who had been playing with fire for years. He survived an attack 18 years ago, the suspect being someone Cortes allegedly had tried to blackmail. Did it make him change his ways and become more careful in his commentaries? No! In…

Manila Community Radio to mark first anniversary with Oh, Flamingo!, AHJU$$I and more

Manila Community Radio is marking its first anniversary with virtual celebrations dubbed MCR At 1: Online Anniversary Fiesta. The celebrations will take place across two days: July 31 (Saturday), and August 8 (Sunday). Listeners can tune in via the official Manila Community Radio website. The virtual celebrations will feature several of Manila Community Radio’s residents including BuwanBuwan Collective, Ikigai Radio, The Flying Lugaw and acts like Oh, Flamingo!, AHJU$$I, and…

Asia Minute: Duterte’s Long Goodbye in Manila

The president of the Philippines now has less than a year left in office. He gave a nationally televised address to the country on Monday—with a familiar tone of confrontation—and controversy. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte set a record this week for the longest annual State of the Nation Address to the Philippine Congress since Ferdinand Marcos left office in 1986. It was Duterte’s last, although he’s considering a run for…

Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood Manila, provinces

MANILA, July 24 (Reuters) – Philippine authorities moved thousands of residents in the capital, Manila, out of low-lying communities on Saturday as heavy monsoon rains, compounded by a tropical storm, flooded the city and nearby provinces. The national disaster agency said about 15,000 people, most of them from a flood-prone Manila suburb, had moved into evacuation centres. “We decided to evacuate early,” said Luzviminda Tayson, 61. “We don’t want the…

Magnitude 6.7 quake hits south of the Philippine capital

* Quake strong but not yet destructive – seismology agency chief * Residents in the capital wake up to quake * Philippines experiences frequent quakes MANILA, July 24 (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck south of the Philippine capital early on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The agency said aftershocks were expected from the tectonic earthquake, which had a depth of 116 kilometres (72.08…

Radio blocktime commentator shot dead in Cebu City

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) — A radio blocktime commentator was gunned down on Thursday morning, just after his program in Cebu City. Veteran commentator Reynante “Rey” Cortes was shot dead in front of DYRB-AM radio station along N. Bacalso Avenue in Mambaling, according to Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, who was also at the radio station hosting his own show at the time of the shooting. Cortes was…

Philippines: Asia Cannot Afford South China Sea War

Asia cannot afford to go to war over territorial rivalries in the South China Sea, the Philippines Defense Secretary said Wednesday ahead of a visit by his new U.S. counterpart to Southeast Asia next week. Delfin Lorenzana is expected to discuss South China Sea-related issues when he and American Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meet in Manila on July 29 and 30 after Austin visits Singapore and Vietnam, the first trip…

Philippine Coast Guard Challenges Chinese Warship in South China Sea

The Philippine Coast Guard said Monday it had challenged a Chinese warship that entered the country’s territorial waters in the South China Sea last week but eventually sailed away. The BRP Cabra was patrolling near Marie Louise Bank – about 147 nautical miles (87 km) off the coast of El Nido town in Palawan province – when it spotted the Chinese ship on July 13, the Coast Guard said.  The…

Philippines Hails US Resolve to Defend Manila's South China Sea Claims

The Philippines on Wednesday hailed Washington’s commitment to help defend Manila’s South China Sea claims, while it denied assertions by local fishermen that Chinese boats were preventing them from fishing in Philippine waters five years after a landmark court ruling. A July 2016 verdict by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines and against China over Beijing’s expansive claims in the contested waterway.…