World leaders are once again coming together for the most important diplomatic stage before the United Nations. The 76th UN General Assembly (UNGA) – the main policy-making body of the organization – is happening in 2021 against the backdrop of the surging coronavirus pandemic, extreme weather conditions, and deteriorating humanitarian and security crises all over the planet. Heads of state and diplomats are expected to discuss these pressing issues during the UNGA’s General Debate, set to kick off this Tuesday, September 21, until next Monday, September 27. Due to the threat of COVID-19, about a third of the 193 UN states are sending pre-recorded messages during the debates instead. But a majority of presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers are still expected to fly to the UN’s headquarters in New York. But why should Filipinos care about these high-level meetings and events in the United Nations? Duterte joins General Debate for the ... » Learn More about From Duterte to BTS: Why Filipinos should tune in to 76th UN General Assembly
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Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Filipino boxing star and senator Manny Pacquiao is set to run for president of the Philippines in the 2022 elections, after accepting the nomination from his faction of allies in the ruling PDP-Laban Party, Reuters reported. Pacquiao reportedly accepted the nomination during the national assembly of the PDP-Laban faction led by him. The announcement is hot on the heels of the rivalling faction's decision to nominate President Rodrigo Duterte's long-time aide Christopher "Bong" Go as their presidential candidate, while Duterte will be nominated as the candidate for vice president, Bloomberg reported. According to Reuters , critics have labelled Duterte's nomination as a ploy to stay in power, as he is legally restricted from running for another six-year candidacy under the constitution. Pacquiao fell out with Duterte's camp Pacquiao's faction has yet to declare support for Duterte's ... » Learn More about Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao to run for presidency in 2022
AT A GLANCE: MANILA, Philippines – Anyone's experience of Malacañang begins with a pair of towering metal gates guarded by rifle-wielding, tight-lipped soldiers. If one is lucky enough to secure passage, the gates open to reveal a dazzlingly green lawn stretched out beside a driveway that curves around an immense balete tree, ultimate guardian of the Palace’s main entrance. Access to Malacañang, residence and office of the Philippine president, has always been granted to a select few, given the need to protect the head of state and the dignity of the presidency. Among those select few given access to the Palace are reporters accredited by government to cover the president. Such access is given in recognition of the fact that, as the highest elected official, the president, and everything he or she says and does, are matters of public interest. For much of the country’s history after the Marcos regime, this has been respected. ... » Learn More about From Cory to Rody: Presidents and their beef with Palace reporters
FILE PHOTO: A devotee of the Black Nazarene raises his hands to the air as the Holy Mass for the feast was ongoing at the Quiapo Church. (Photo by Cathrine Gonzales/INQUIRER.net) MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has reminded religious denominations and their followers to forego all impending festivities to avoid COVID-19 transmissions. Duterte made this remark during his pre-recorded Talk to the People on Thursday night, as the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) said that Metro Manila and nearby provinces or “NCR Plus bubble” would revert to general community quarantine (GCQ) from May 15-31. “Sinasabi ko lang na Mayo, maraming piyesta, but I think I’ll be more direct that what is written here: I do not attribute it to any particular religion or what, but there are many feasts because predominantly Catholic country ito, so ang hinihingi ko is that you only not tone down, but forego kasi may batas,” Duterte said. ... » Learn More about Duterte to churches, faithful: Forego all festivities for now to avoid COVID transmission
International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan has appointed human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and 16 other "eminent experts" as his special advisers. "I have no doubt that with their enormous experience and hugely impressive credentials, they will significantly contribute to the work of the Office and the cause of international criminal justice. I very much look forward to working with and learning from them," Khan said in statement released by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) on Friday, September 17. Clooney, who has appeared before the ICC, will be Khan's special adviser in Darfur, Sudan. There is an ongoing investigation of Darfur for alleged genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity committed since July 2002, when Sudan joined the ICC. Clooney has represented victims of crimes in Darfur, particularly in the case against Janjaweed leader Ali Kushayb. She also leads the international legal team of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. So ... » Learn More about ICC prosecutor appoints Amal Clooney, 16 others as special advisers
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential daughter Sara Duterte devoted the last week of February and first week of March to parading her 13 senatorial candidates around the nation’s capital of Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Rizal and Cavite. It was part of Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) planned conquest of Luzon, the first destination of their 110-event campaign caravan. But what set the Greater Metro Manila rallies apart was how Inday Sara proved willing to endorse local candidates different from those of her father’s. In 5 cities, she showed her support for local candidates from the national parties which her party, HNP, had forged alliances with . These candidates were the rivals of Duterte’s own candidates, who were running under the banner of his party, PDP-Laban. San Juan City In San Juan City, Sara raised the hands of Janella Ejercito , granddaughter of Manila Mayor and former president Joseph Estrada. Ejercito is ... » Learn More about When Sara’s politics departs from her father’s: Boon or bane?
MANILA, Philippines — We are updating this page as more reports and statements come in. February 22, 2018 explaining the decision to ban Pia Ranada from the Malacañang complex : This is the first known instance, after the Marcos regime, where the sitting president banned a news group and a journalist from setting foot in the Malacañang compound because of critical reporting. Rappler reporter Pia Ranada has been banned from entering the entire Malacañang complex , not just Malacañang Palace. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's statement : Peke na nga ang balita ng Rappler, peke pa rin ang pagiging Pilipino nila. Ayusin muna nila ang dalawang bagay na ito bago sila sumigaw ng kalayaan sa pamamahayag. No, Mr Roque. This is about press freedom. It is not the government's role to say who can cover what, and when, and where. There is a clear line between a nation's officials, and the press whose job it is to hold them accountable by ... » Learn More about Everything you need to know about Rappler’s Malacañang coverage ban