(Part 1) MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines may not be the most populated country in Southeast Asia, but its capital, Manila, is now the most densely populated city in the world. Manila has over 42,000 inhabitants per square kilometer with the city’s population estimated at 21.3 million, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority in an October 2018 report. It’s no wonder that many private companies – local and foreign – are offering reclamation as a viable solution to decongest the metropolis. But Manila is just one. There are so many other dense cities in the country and in many of these places, reclamation is also actively being pursued by various proponents. Reclamation 101 Reclamation is the process of creating new land from oceans, riverbeds, lakebeds, or other bodies of water. It’s also happening in many parts of the world, including dense places such as Hong Kong and Singapore. In the Philippines, there are at least 19 reclamation … [Read more...] about Reclamation in the Philippines: Good, bad or ugly?
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What was the role of the Carter Center in the Philippine Smartmatic elections? In his early days as Comelec chairman Andres Bautista came to the STAR to tell us that everything with be fine in the coming elections. With the assurance he personally invited me to open the new system they will use for the elections that was devised with the help of the Carter Center. Oh? Or maybe Huh? That was the first time I heard of the Carter Center (named after American President Jimmy Carter) and that it would make the Smartmatic-PCOs elections right. The question asked by almost everyone in the conference with STAR was, yes but can it be hacked? Bautista answered frankly he could not guarantee that. To me, this was the signal to warn us that there would be nothing new in the elections even if it was approved by the James Carter Center. He said to me, I am inviting you to be the one to cut the ribbon for the demonstration of this new system approved by the Carter … [Read more...] about What was the role of the Carter Center in the Philippine Smartmatic elections?
The Philippines is gripped in a new wave of killings targeting priests and local officials, adding to the fear and loathing of the government’s lethal war on drugs campaign and fueling speculation of possible state-sponsored killings Three priests and as many as 16 mayors and vice-mayors have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took over office in mid-2016. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox He has since overseen a blood-stained campaign of violence that has far exceeded the number of killings under former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ regime. Until now, there has not been a single conclusive investigation into the perpetrators or true motivations behind the targeting of clerics and officials in recent months. Harry Roque, Duterte’s spokesman, has played down the escalation of lethal violence “We’ve had this problem of extrajudicial killings since the time of GMA [Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo], so the … [Read more...] about Killing season hits new targets in the Philippines
Sharing the good news from the Philippines I am currently in San Francisco, California, having just come from Honolulu where – together with Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año – we had briefings with US Pacific Command (USPACOM) Commander Admiral Harry Harris on issues that are of mutual interest to the Philippines and the United States. California is home to the biggest population of Filipino-Americans in the US, with a big number of them residing in San Francisco. I was accompanied by Consul General Henry Bensurto Jr. to some meetings, among them a luncheon meeting with the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Northern California where I spoke before an audience of about 40 people. World Affairs of Northern California is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1947 following the San Francisco … [Read more...] about Sharing the good news from the Philippines
By Mixkaela Villalon, Abbey Pangilinan and Ica Fernandez Illustrations by AJ Bernardo, Miguel Punzalan and Josel Nicolas The barangay officials who will take office next month after winning Monday’s election will find themselves at the frontlines of the war on drugs. President Duterte has repeatedly said he needs “strong” barangay officials who will implement the anti-drug campaign. Noncompliance, he warned, is not an option. January 21, 2018. It’s fiesta time in Tondo, Manila. High-spirited marching bands compete with the trill of videoke machines on nearly every corner. It is almost impossible to navigate the winding alleys without tripping on a child. Entire families and gangs of children are out on the streets, wearing the orange, blue or red of their respective neighborhoods, each shade representing one of Tondo’s 300 barangays. Over 600,000 people live in Tondo, crammed in an area less than nine square kilometers. When Oplan Double Barrel, the … [Read more...] about News Barangay Officials Make Tough Choices in the Drug WarPart IResist ● Submit ● AdaptPart II ResistSubmitAdapt