Oct 23

Philippines: Islamic State kidnaps South Korean ship captain and crewmember:

The Islamic State, because of its claim to be the new caliphate, is still able to command the allegiance of many Muslims around the world. Mainstream analysts continually underestimate its power and influence, because they ignore the role of Islamic theology in motivating and inciting the jihad terrorists.


“ISIS In Asia: Islamic State’s Abu Sayyaf Kidnaps South Korean Ship Captain And Crewmember In Philippines,” by Tom O’Connor, International Business Times, October 21, 2016:

Abu Sayyaf militants kidnapped a captain and crewmember Friday from a South Korean cargo ship in the southern Philippines, Al Jazeera reported. Continue reading »

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Oct 22

“Make A Wish List” Russia Tells Duterte, As New Asian Axis Forms:

Yesterday, when Philippine president Duterte finally took the plunge to announce his “separation”  from the US (even if his government has backtracked somewhat today), he said that not only would he “realign” himself in China’s ideological flow but, in a nuance that was missed by many, said that “I will also go to Russia to talk to (President Vladimir) Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world – China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way.”

To be sure, an offical axis between China, Russia and a nation that until recently was a core US ally in the Pacific Rim – whose loss would be a huge slap in the face of Obama and whoever replaced him as president – would be music to Putin’s ears, which is why just minutes after Philippine president announced his stunning separation from the US, Russia’s ambassador to the country promptly said Moscow is ready to provide assistance to and fully cooperate with Manila. Continue reading »

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Oct 21


Obama Admin Stunned By Duterte: “The Minute You Say Something, He Lets Loose His Barrage Of Obscenities”:

In one of the most shocking US foreign policy failures, and there have been many in the past 8 years, a long-time ally of the US, the Philippines, announced yesterday that it was seeking “separation” from the US and was looking for an alliance with Putin. As we reported yesterday, outspoken president Duterte, during his visit to Beijing for which Xi, announced his “separation” from the United States, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.

“In this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people, to applause, at a forum in the Great Hall of the People attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. “Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost.”

“I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to (President Vladimir) Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world – China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way,” Duterte told his Beijing audience. Continue reading »

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Oct 20


Philippine president announces ‘separation’ from US, wants to align with Russia and China:

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte has announced his “separation” from the United States, declaring he has realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.

Mr Duterte made his comments on Thursday in Beijing, where he is visiting with at least 200 business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with longtime ally Washington deteriorate.

“In this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” Mr Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people, to applause, at a forum in the Great Hall of the People attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. “Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost.” Continue reading »

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Oct 18

The US Just Officially Lost the Philippines to China:

Beijing — Having signaled for weeks his intent to wrest control of his country’s future away from the West, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte officially pivoted toward China this week, saying it’s “only China that can help us” in the effort to make the Philippines a regional player.

President Duterte, at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, began a four-day visit to China on Tuesday. As Anti-Media reported last week, over 200 Filipino business leaders are accompanying him on his trip, all “eager to talk with Chinese business leaders and government officials about deals in a range of sectors.”

In comments made to China’s state-run newspaper, Xinhua, and published Monday, Duterte affirmed this attitude, saying: Continue reading »

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Oct 08

‘Do not treat us like a doormat, you’ll be sorry for it’ – Philippines President Duterte to US:

Plans for joint US-Philippines patrols and naval exercises in the disputed South China Sea have been put on hold, and 107 US troops operating drones surveilling Muslim militants will also have to leave the country soon, the Philippines Defense chief said.

President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants an ongoing US-Philippine amphibious beach landing drill to be the last in his six-year presidency, with plans to halt all the 28 military exercises carried out with US forces every year.

“This year would be the last,” Duterte pledged on Friday in Davao in the southern Philippines, AP reported.

“For as long as I am there, do not treat us like a doormat because you’ll be sorry for it,” he added. “I will not speak with you. I can always go to China.” Continue reading »

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Oct 06

Duterte Dares “Son Of A Bitch” Obama To “Withdraw Assistance”, While His Popularity Soars:

It has become an almost daily tradition to flip through the news looking for the latest insult by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte hurled at US president Barack Obama.

Just this past Tuesday, Duterte outlined his disappointments with the US in his latest speech aimed at Obama whom he called “son of a bitch” several weeks ago, saying that “instead of helping us, the first to criticize is this State Department, so you can go to hell, Mr. Obama, you can go to hell,”

Fast forward to today when Duterte issued his latest verbal assault on the lame duck president, declaring he would not bow to foreign pressure over his anti-drug campaign, while his Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay declared that the US “has failed us.”

“I do not expect the human rights [groups], I do not expect Obama, I do not expect the EU to understand me,” said Duterte in a speech on Thursday. “Do not understand me. And if you think it’s high time for you guys to withdraw your assistance, go ahead. We will not beg for it.Continue reading »

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Sep 30

Philippines President Compares Himself To Hitler, One Week After Telling Brussels “F**k You”:

The world’s most entertaining, Tourette syndrome-plagued president, Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has just sparked another scandal.

As a reminder, one week ago, in his latest outburst, Duterte stunned reporters and officials when he responded to Europe’s condemnation of his government’s brutal anti-crime crackdown, when after an EU statement urged Duterte to put an end to the “extrajudicial killings” and launch an alternative campaign in line with international human rights laws, the president did not hold back in his response to Brussels and during a speech said: “I read the condemnation of the EU against me. I will tell them: ‘Fuck you.’ “You’re doing it in atonement for your sins.”

He accused the bloc of hypocrisy, saying a rudimental check of the history books showed European countries had killed thousands of people in the past.  “He added: And then the EU has the gall to condemn me. I repeat: “Fuck you.”

Fast forward one week, when Duterte compared himself to Adolf Hitler on Friday, and said he would “be happy” to exterminate three million drug users and peddlers in the country.

In yet another rambling, disjointed speech on his arrival in Davao City after a visit to Vietnam, Duterte told reporters that he had been “portrayed to be a cousin of Hitler” by critics. Explaining that Hitler had murdered millions of Jews, Duterte said: “There are three million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I’d be happy to slaughter them.

“If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have…,” he said, pausing and pointing to himself. “You know my victims. I would like (them) to be all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition.” Continue reading »

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Sep 18

We aren’t ‘little brown brothers of America,’ don’t lecture us – Philippines FM:

The Philippines foreign minister has warned that his country will not be treated like a “little brown brother” to the US, and will not be lectured on human rights. It follows inflammatory statements made by the nation’s president about US President Barack Obama.

Speaking in Washington on Thursday, Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said: “I am asking our American friends, American leaders, to look at our aspirations. We cannot forever be the little brown brothers of America…we have to develop, we have to grow and become the big brother of our own people.”

“You [have to] manage it correctly. You do not go to the Philippines and say, ‘I am going to give you something, I am going to help you grow, but this is the checklist you must comply with – we will lecture you on human rights,’” he said, as quoted by Reuters.

Yasay went on to stress, however, that the country’s president is still “firmly committed to keep and respect alliances, including that with the United States.” Continue reading »

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Sep 14

Duterte Turns Back On US, Orders Philippines To Buy Weapons From Russia And China:

In an abrupt departure from his nation’s longstanding military reliance on the U.S., Duterte said the Philippines would pursue “independent” policies separate from US interests in the region, and ordered his defense secretary to seek military gear from suppliers in China and Russia. In another dramatic shift, he also said that the Philippines would stop patrolling the South China Sea alongside the U.S. Navy, to avoid upsetting Beijing.

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Sep 12

Duterte Demands US Withdraw Special Forces From Southern Philippines: “They Have To Go”

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Sep 06

One Day After Calling Obama A “Son Of A Bitch”, Philippines’ Duterte Expresses “Regret”:

One day after causing another diplomatic fiasco, Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte said he “regrets his remarks” but stopped short of officially apologizing for calling Obama a “son of a bitch.

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Sep 05


Obama Tucks Tail, Officially Cancels Meeting With President Who Called Him “Son Of A Bitch”:

*Update – Earlier we reported that Obama was considering cancelling his meeting scheduled for tomorrow with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after being called a “son of a bitch.”  Well, the cancellation is now official.


After calling President Obama a “son of a bitch,” both Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Obama have called into question whether a meeting between the two will go ahead as planned for tomorrow.  Obama expressed doubts the two could have “constructive, productive conversations” while Duterte responded to questions on whether the meeting would go ahead as planned by simply saying “Maybe, if I feel good.”  Continue reading »

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Sep 05

Who does he think he is?  I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign country and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Son of a bitch I will swear at you in that forum.”
– Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte


“Who Is He To Confront Me?” – Philippines President Unloads On “Son Of A Bitch” Barack Obama:

What was an embarrassing weekend for president Barack Obama, whose arrival at the G-20 summit in China was a case study in diplomatic humiliation, just turned even worse when on Monday, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte warned the US president not to question him about extrajudicial killings, or “son of a bitch I will swear at you” when the two presidents meet at a summit in Laos in the coming days. Continue reading »

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Sep 02

10 Dead, 60 Wounded After Explosion In Philippines City, Duterte Dismisses Assassination Attempt:

An explosion hit a market in Davao city in Southern Philippines, at least 10 people were reportedly killed and 60 were injured. Police suspected an improvised explosive device, but there is no official confirmation of the cause. This explosion follows President Duterte’s aggressive crackdown on corruption and drugs in his nation and a thwarted assassination attempt.

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Aug 28

Philippines Threaten ‘Bloody Confrontation’ with Beijing Over South China Sea:

The bombastic Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte moved to escalate tensions in the South China Sea knowing that the United States is under a treaty obligation to defend the Philippines.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, known as the Donald Trump of the Pacific, unleashed a fiery batch of rhetoric this week that threatens to light a match under the South China Sea powder keg threatening a “bloody confrontation” against any country that infringes on Manila’s sovereignty and suggesting that he would “happily beat up” any party that attempts to take control of the disputed Scarborough Shoals.

The relatively unhinged musings of the Filipino leader follow controversial statements made earlier this week about the country exiting the United Nations if they continue to complain about his aggressive “war on drugs” that has left over 1,900 dead over the past 8 weeks along with statements referring to US Secretary of State John Kerry as “crazy” while laughing that he should have insulted the American diplomat more so that they would give even more money.

“I guarantee to (China), if you enter here, it will be bloody, and we will not give it to them easily. It will be the bones of our soldiers, you can include mine,” said Duterte to the Associated Press. “We’ll not allow any country to bamboozle (us). We’ll not allow it.” Continue reading »

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Aug 21

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

–  ‘I don’t give a sh*t about them’: Philippine president threatens to leave ‘stupid’ UN:

The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, has threatened that the country could leave the UN, after the organization urged the Philippines to stop executing and killing people linked to drug business and threatened that “state actors” could be punished.

“I do not want to insult you, but maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,” Rodrigo Duterte told journalists on Sunday. “Why do you have to listen to this stupid?”

“I don’t give a sh*t about them,” he added. “They are the ones interfering. You do not just go out and give a sh*tting statement against a country.” Continue reading »

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Aug 14

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Monsoon swamps Metro Manila; evacuation ordered:

MANILA, Philippines – Residents living in low-lying areas and near waterways in Metro Manila were ordered evacuated yesterday as torrential rains caused by the southwest monsoon continued to affect the capital and nearby provinces.

The Quezon City government recommended emergency evacuation of residents living along Tullahan River as the La Mesa Dam neared its spilling level yesterday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Aug 10


Philippines President Calls US Ambassador “Annoying, Homosexual, Son Of A Bitch”:

It appears there are no limits to what Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte will do or say. After admiting that his government had killed 400 drug dealers in the last month alone, Duterte’s latest victim is none other than the US’ Ambassador to the Phillipines Philip Goldberg.

As reported earlier this week, Duterte met with both Goldberg and John Kerry in late July to discuss the response to Manila winning an international court case against China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague. Kerry… is “okay, but I had an argument with their ambassador, that bakla [homosexual]. Son of a bitch, he really annoys me.” There is no record of Goldberg publicly identifying as gay, indicating Duterte meant to use the word purely derisively.”

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The two seen during less turbulent times

The feud between Goldberg and Duterte stems from the time that the Philippine was still a presidential candidate. During the campaign, Duterte made a joke about a gang rape episode that took place during his time as governor. He said the rape of a young woman in Davao City, where he served as mayor for 22 years, was only a tragedy because he himself did not get to have sex with her first. “Any statements by anyone, anywhere that either degrade women or trivialize issues so serious as rape or murder, are not ones that we condone,” Goldberg said at the time. Continue reading »

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Aug 08

Meanwhile, In The Philippines…:

The killing of over 400 drug dealers in he Philippine government’s “war on narco-politics” has reportedly led to an additional 500,000 turning themselves in…

“I’ll really have you killed… My order is shoot to kill you. I don’t care about human rights, you better believe me.”

Those are the words of recently elected President Rodrigo Duterte, in reference to a fallen police officer shot by a drug dealer.

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Apr 16

US Commandos, Warplanes Deployed to Philippines:

(ANTIWARUS Secretary of Defense Ash Carter yesterday announced the US will be escalating its “regular rotations” of troops and warplanes into the Philippines, though despite a growing number of troops in the country at any given time, he insisted this was not an increased “permanent footprint.”

300 Air Force commandos, along with a number of additional US combat aircraft are heading to the Philippines this go around, with an eye on escalating tensions with China over maritime claims in the South China Sea. Continue reading »

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Feb 05


The War on Cash: A Country by Country Guide:

Corbett Reporteers will be no stranger to the war on cash. I’ve made videos discussing it, conducted interviews about it, written articles examining it and dissected it on the radio.

The war has been waged through mainstream propaganda outlets, TV advertisements and even children’s games.

We’ve heard cash is dirtied by drug dealing, tarnished by terrorism, tainted by tax evasion (heaven forbid!) and just plain dirty. Not to mention sooooo outdated. Continue reading »

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Dec 29

Philippines – Mount Pulag drops to zero degrees Celsius on Christmas Day:

The Dept of Environment and Natural Resources in Benguet has issued a warning to mountain climbers about the dangers of going to Mt. Pulag.

With zero visibility on Mt. Pulag 9, 593 ft) on Thursday the weather bureau could not confirm if the temperature had really plunged to zero Celsius (32 F) on the country’s second highest peak as reported by some news outlets. Continue reading »

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Dec 09

Philippines Supreme Court Confirms GMO Eggplant Ban:


Source: www.rappler.com

In denying the petitions seeking the reversal of the CA ruling, the High Court also modified the appellate court’s May 2013 decision. Continue reading »

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Nov 21

“Tokyo will consider dispatching its Self-Defense Forces to the South China Sea, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday, suggesting a possible role for Japan in patrolling those tense waters.”

South Pacific Showdown? Japan May Send Warships To China Islands:

On Tuesday, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told the press that contrary to the narrative being propagated by Washington and its allies in the South Pacific, Beijing had actually shown “great restraint” in the South China Sea.

China, Liu went on to explain, has tolerated the “occupation” of the disputed waters even as Beijing has “both the right and the ability to recover the islands and reefs illegally occupied by neighboring countries.” Essentially, Liu said China would be well within its rights to forcibly expel The Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam from the Spratlys.  Continue reading »

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Nov 13

US Navy Returns to Philippines

They’re Baaack: US Navy Returns to Philippines’ Subic Bay Amid China Fears:

After being kicked out 20 years ago, the US Navy has returned to the base at Subic Bay, Philippines, where American military personnel are being welcomed in the wake of Chinese assertiveness in the region.

The US Navy began using the base last year after the United States and the Philippines came to terms on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. The deal grew from concern in the Philippines about China’s growing presence in the South China Sea. Continue reading »

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Oct 30

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Arbitration panel OKs jurisdiction in South China Sea case:

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international tribunal ruled Thursday that it can take on a case between China and the Philippines over disputed territory in the South China Sea, overruling objections from Beijing that the arbitration body has no authority to hear the case.

The Philippine case, which was filed before the tribunal in The Hague in January 2013, contends that China’s massive territorial claims in the strategic waters do not conform with the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and should be declared invalid. The Philippines also asserts that some Chinese-occupied reefs and shoals do not generate, or create a claim to, territorial waters. Continue reading »

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Dec 09

Philippine rescuers struggle to reach villages after typhoon ‘folded homes like paper‘ (Reuters, Dec 9, 2014):

Philippine emergency workers were struggling on Tuesday to reach coastal villages on an island hardest hit by a typhoon where thousands of homes have been wrecked by powerful winds and a storm surge rising three to four meters (10 to 13 feet).

Nearly 13,000 houses were crushed and more than 22,300 damaged on the eastern island of Samar, where Typhoon Hagupit made landfall on Saturday and made slow progress across the country, officials said.

The Philippine weather bureau lifted all storm alerts after Hagupit, one of several typhoons to hit the tropical archipelago each year, was downgraded to a tropical depression and headed west towards Vietnam. Continue reading »

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Dec 06

Philippines typhoon forces millions to leave homes (PressTV, Dec 5, 2014):

Millions of people in the eastern parts of the Philippines have been forced to evacuate their homes ahead of the arrival of the massive Typhoon Hagupit.

“All resources are being mobilized,” regional civil defense director Bernardo Alejandro said, adding that evacuations began on Friday with local government and military trucks deployed to transport people to the shelters.

Authorities said more than 500,000 families with as many as 2.5 million people would be evacuated from the eastern province of Samar and sheltered in churches, schools and other makeshift evacuation centers. Continue reading »

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Jul 18


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Busted Again! Another American “Mystery Plane” (MadCow Morning News, July 15, 2014):

At the heart of the story of Australia’s current experience with the latest American-registered drug plane busted overseas is that this is not just another American “mystery plane.”

It’s a “stealth” mystery plane.


Another American “mystery plane” was busted last week, this time in Australia, at the Illawarra regional airport in the seaside city of Wollongong, an hour south of Sydney.

Police seized a cache of 35 kilos of illegal drugs found on an American-registered Swearingen Merlin twin–engine turbo-prop during an initial search, sources told ABC Australia, and said one local man, already known to police, had been arrested. 

The drug seized went unspecified, but speculation focused on heroin. 

The news sent local media in Australia into a three-day tizzy. One newspaper published seventeen separate photographs showing police swarming over the aircraft from a variety of different angles, to no particular effect. 


“Mystery plane raided: Pilot flew across Pacific, left it in Philippines” reported ABC Australia.

“Mystery surrounds THREE DAY police ‘drug’ raid on 43-year-old light plane” headlined London’s Daily Mail. 


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