Feb 25

Feb 25, 2017

Another dam warning of imminent collapse with flash flood warnings in Nevada, the event has passes but with levies breaking across California, Nevada and now dam over tops in these two states, what is happening that’s not being told to us. Summer snow in Australia, more images emerge, 24 feet of snow for Tahoe in JANUARY ALONE. Avalanches at Snowbird, people trapped.

Summer snow on coldest February day in a decade http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/vict…
Australian snows more images http://links.thredbo.mkt7619.com/serv…
NWS cancels flash flood warning for area around Nevada dam “imminent” dam break http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/wea…
Snow covered buildings collapse in west US “censored” http://www.wral.com/snow-covered-buil…
Tahoe Is Officially Buried in Snow | Over 24 FEET of Snowfall http://unofficialnetworks.com/2017/01…
Shasta Story http://unofficialnetworks.com/
Baguio coldest in 46 years http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/871976/b…

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Feb 19

Mysterious oarfish sightings stoke earthquake fears in the Philippines (PHOTOS)

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Feb 13

Huge blaze ravages slum in Philippines capital, leaves 15,000 homeless

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Jan 18

Filipino Defense Minister Changes Course, Takes Harder Line on China:

Manila — On Monday, a Philippines’ foreign minister announced his country had filed an official complaint against China — a move, as Anti-Mediareported, that actually demonstrates a strengthening diplomatic bond between the two countries rather than a weakening one. On Tuesday, the Filipino defense minister took a harder line on the issue of China’s installation of military hardware on artificial islands in the South China Sea.

“The actions of China militarizing those disputed features are very troubling,” Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement. “They do not square with the Chinese government’s rhetoric that its purpose is peaceful and friendly.”

On Monday, Filipino Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay toldCNN Philippines that “when we take action in engaging China in this dispute, we do not want to take such aggressive, proactive action that will not solve the problem.” Yasay said the filing of the official complaint, as the diplomatic process dictates, was to ensure “the interests and rights of the Philippines are properly protected.” Continue reading »

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Dec 30

Duterte Says US Ambassadors Are CIA “Spies” As Alleged US Plot To Overthrow Him Emerges:

Coming at an awkward time, just as the US accused Russia of doing (once again, without a shred of valid proof as opposed to a report which the DHS was quick to disown) what the CIA has done to other nations for decades, earlier today everyone’s favorite volatile, vulgar and outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte derided U.S. ambassadors as “spies”, responding to a media report of an alleged American plot to destabilize his government, a job he said some envoys were appointed solely to do.

Quoted by Reuters, the former mayor said though had received no intelligence reports of any U.S. plan to undermine his presidency, he believed most ambassadors were in cahoots with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which had a track record of meddling in other countries’ affairsContinue reading »

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Dec 24

Duterte: “I Will Burn Down The United Nations”:

The United Nations is making a lot of enemies.

Yesterday, when the Obama administration refused to veto a UN vote over Isreal settlements, one which provoked Israel to lash out at the Obama administration saying “friends don’t act that way”, but more importantly defied Trump who in a previous tweet urged Obama to veto the resolution, the President-elect had one message, or rather tweet, to the UN:

However, Trump is not the only one to hold a prominent grudge against the international organization, which many have accused of being nothing but an ineffective, if material, waste of taxpayer funds: taking Obama’s threat several steps further, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to “burn down” the United Nations headquarters in New York, in response to mounting international criticism over his bloody crackdown on suspected drug dealers.

“You go and file a complaint in the United Nations, I will burn down the United Nations if you want,” Duterte said, quoted by the New York Times. “I will burn it down if I go to America,” he added during a speech at an army base in the country’s southern city of Zamboanga. Continue reading »

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Dec 18

Duterte Says US Forces Must Be Prepared to Leave Following Economic Aid Halt:

The US forces must be prepared to leave Philippines as their presence in the country is not needed, President Rodrigo Duterte said. The statement comes in the wake of the US announcement to halt economic aid to Manila protesting Duterte’s anti-drug policy.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) waves next to Indonesian President Joko Widodo (lower R) during a visit to Tanah Abang market in Jakarta © AFP 2016/ BAY ISMOYO Duterte Again Threatens ‘Bye-bye, America’ Over Aid Renewal Delay MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US military forces must be prepared to leave Philippines as their presence in the country is not needed, President Rodrigo Duterte said following the US announcement to halt economic aid to Manila protesting Duterte’s anti-drug policy, which reportedly resulted in deaths of over 2,000 people at the hands of the police. Continue reading »

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Nov 29

Philippine President Duterte’s Advance Motorcade Attacked By Muslim Militants:

At least seven members of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s security team and two soldiers were injured in a roadside bombing ambush by suspected Muslim militants. The attack took place ahead of the president’s planned visit to the south of the country, AFP reported citing the president and the Armed Forces.

“My advance party was ambushed a while ago. The Presidential Security Group was hit by an IED.” Duterte said. Continue reading »

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Nov 04


Two tropical systems lurking northwest of the Philippines:

Two tropical systems are currently lurking in the Northwest Pacific, north of Yap. One of them, now known as the Tropical Storm “Meari” will continue intensifying over the next three days and may threaten the Phillippines over the coming weekend, while the impact of the second system is still unknown.

H/t reader squodgy:

“Back in 2013 I recall the Philippines being devastated by two consecutive typhoons, following the uprising when the US wanted to reopen Clark AFB (previously closed due to volcanic dust).


At that time weather/seismic/HAARP watcher, Michael Janitch (Dutchsinse.com) posted that there were two distinct microwave pulse beams focused on the exact formation spots of both typhoons one day before they formed, and extrapolated the generation spot by triangulation to a US military establishment on an island between Japan & Alaska.

The result was the devastation from both typhoons forced the Philippine Gov to plead for emergency help, enabling the US to sneakily re-establish themselves. Continue reading »

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Nov 02

Philippines’ Duterte Rails Against “Son Of A Bitch” American “Monkeys” After Arms Shipment Halted:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who promised last week to stop cursing after a personal chat with god, once again slammed the United States on Wednesday for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision “fools” and “monkeys” and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead. Duterte’s tirades against the US have become a virtiually daily event, and on Wednesday he said that he once believed in Washington, but had since lost respect for what is the Philippines’ biggest ally, Reuters reported.

Which is why the US decision to halt an arms shipment to Duterte should probably not come as a major shock: the State Department halted the sale of the assault rifles to the Philippine police after U.S. Senator Ben Cardin said he would oppose it, Senate aides told Reuters on Monday. Aides said Cardin, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was reluctant for the United States to provide the weapons given concern about human rights violations in the Philippines during Duterte’s bloody, four-month-old war on drugs.

The news prompted the following outburst: “Look at these monkeys, the 26,000 firearms we wanted to buy, they don’t want to sell,” Duterte said during a televised speech. “Son of a bitch, we have many home-made guns here. These American fools.” Continue reading »

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Oct 30

H/t reader squodgy:

“The incremental erosion of the American Empire, which was built on post WWll gratitude & trust, has been gathering pace since the truth revelation wake up call of 9/11.
The PTB didn’t expect the investigative enthusiasm of the alternative media and its use of the internet, resulting in the rejection worldwide of the deception and raping of nation states.
THEY are desperate, and we are simply at their disposal, so must just sit & wait.”


The American Empire Collapses in Real Time:

The Anglo-American Axis Comes Apart at the Seams in 2016

2016 has seen the free-fall collapse of the American Empire.

The pace of the ongoing collapse is both startling and unparalleled, even to the most seasoned of geopolitical analysts.

In fact the entire Anglo-American Axis[1] is now under withering assault from forces both within and without. Continue reading »

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Oct 28

Philippines’ Duterte Says God Told Him To Stop Cursing:

The always entertaining, ever foul-mouthed Philippine president, who once called the Pope a “son of a bitch” and said Barack Obama is “son of a whore” and can “go to hell”, said God spoke to him during a flight from Japan on Thursday warning him the plane would crash if he kept using bad language, and has promised he will not spew expletives again.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s profanities have become his trademark, especially when threatening to kill drug dealers as part of his war on illegal drugs that has left thousands dead since he took office at the end of June. Duterte made the stunning pledge on arrival in his southern hometown of Davao city from a trip to Japan.

While flying home, he said “I was looking at the skies while I was coming over here … everybody was asleep, snoring, but a voice said that, ‘you know, if you don’t stop epithets, I will bring this plane down now’,” Duterte said at a news conference late on Thursday upon arrival in his home city of Davao.

“And I said, ‘who is this?’ So, of course, it’s God. OK. “So, I promise God … not to express slang, cuss words and everything.Continue reading »

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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

H/t reader squodgy:

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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