Philippines


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 […]


Philippines Selected To Serve On The United Nations Human Rights Council, Despite Gross Human Rights Abuses

The Philippines has been selected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council, despite committing gross human rights abuses. On October 12, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that the Philippines was voted in during the elections held in New York. Human Rights Watch (HRW) vehemently opposed the […]


Eritrea Becomes Member Of UN Human Rights Council

Despite a much condemned human rights record, Eritrea has become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council by a vote of the General Assembly on Friday. The same vote also granted membership to Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, the Philippines and Somalia, countries which have all also drawn condemnation for […]