Official says journalist’s Nobel Prize not a slap on Duterte | Federal News Network

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration belatedly congratulated journalist Maria Ressa Monday for being one of two winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her fight for freedom of expression under grave risks. However, it rejected criticism that it was a slap on Duterte’s administration despite Ressa being a critic of the president, who opponents say veers toward authoritarianism. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said…

Boracay-based radio broadcaster runs for Aklan vice governor

News / Visayas / Boracay-based radio broadcaster runs for Aklan vice governor Share it! [mashshare] Boracay-based radio broadcaster runs for Aklan vice governor ILOILO CITY – While many candidates in Aklan province are from political clans, a radio broadcaster based at world-famous Boracay Island is running for vice governor. Jonathan Cabrera filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice governor of Aklan Friday, October 8, at the Commission on Elections…

‘Stuff the Bus’: Annual event returns to help Head Start students in Monroe County

Special to the Pocono Record  |  Pocono Record With the start of school only a couple weeks away, it’s time to “Stuff the Bus” with needed supplies for Monroe County Head Start children. On Saturday, radio station 93.5 SBG and Pocono Services for Families and Children will once again partner on this annual school supply drive to help kids in the local Head Start program. This year marks the event’s…

Bulaqueña Nurse in Arizona, USA Loses Breasts but Finds Her Voice among Kababayans

Read this in The Manila Times digital edition. “I grew up in a poor family,” said Rhia Luz, a nurse in Phoenix, Arizona, who also hosts Buhay-buhay sa Amerika online radio, midway through her interview with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO). “You see, my mother was widowed at 34, and was left with 7 mouths to feed, the youngest being me, who was but a baby of only eleven…

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…