Philippines


Malaysia and the Philippines: We Are Not The “Dumping Ground Of The World”

Nations in South East Asia are returning imported plastic waste to the various countries of origin. On the 28th of May, the Malaysian environment minister announced that it would send back 3,000 tonnes of waste that was rotting, contaminated or was not actually recyclable and had been deliberately mislabelled. This […]


‘Rubbish Wars’: South-East Asia Contests Western Approach to Recycling

When we think of war, we often think of violent battles, militaries, human casualty and death. Few would consider tonnes of waste a potential catalyst for inter-state conflict. Fewer would accept environmental injustice a war crime. Yet, in the current era of mass consumption and increasing demand for single-use products, […]


Duterte Warns Of ‘Suicide Missions’ As Tensions Rise Over The South China Sea Dispute

Tensions around the South China Sea reached a new peak this week as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned of aggressive confrontation via military “suicide missions”. Duterte’s comments are in response to the mass fleet of Chinese ships seemingly surrounding the Filipino Island Pag-asa. Various islands within the South China Sea […]


Moro Muslims Vote In Referendum For A New Region With Greater Autonomy In The Philippines

On Monday, over 2.8 million residents of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) voted in a referendum on whether to form a new region called Bangsamoro. This new region would be larger than ARMM and have greater autonomy. According to ABS-CBN, apart from a few isolated incidents, voting day […]


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Delivers More Violent Threats Against Catholic Priests 1

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said that Catholic Church leaders “should be killed” in a speech this week, adding to his history of violent rhetoric. The president spoke in frustration at persistent opposition from the Catholic Church on Duterte’s ‘War On Drugs.’ The Church has asked him to tone down his […]