MANILA, Philippines – After 22 Filipino fishermen aboard fishing boat Gem-Ver were sunk by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), they face another collision at home: with their own government. While the fishermen insisted that they were rammed by a Chinese vessel, President Rodrigo Duterte on June 17 dismissed their ordeal as a "maritime incident." At the same time, Duterte's men either refused to adopt the fishermen's statements or contradicted them outright. The President himself echoed China's foreign ministry, which said on June 13 that the sinking of Gem-Ver was an "ordinary maritime traffic accident." He refused to condemn China – a far cry from his outrage against the United States, the European Union, Canada, and Kuwait over perceived affronts to Filipinos. Duterte also agreed to China's offer of a joint Manila-Beijing investigation into the issue – which, according to critics, places the Philippines and China ... » Learn More about Duterte vs fishermen: Is the Philippines lawyering for China?
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WWE Live Manila. Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRER Boyhood dreams came true on Friday. Performing in front of a packed crowd at Mall of Asia Arena, WWE Live Manila promised an unforgettable event, and boy, did the stars deliver one. Professional wrestlers showcased their own brand of entertainment that kept the people standing, cheering, and wanting for more. And INQUIRER was there, one with the crowd as the WWE captivated the Filipino audience for the first time in seven years. But among the standout moments in that memorable night, we chose seven highlights which will surely be remembered by the ones in attendance, some of which even talked about in the interwebs. WWE Live Manila. Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRER Cena, Show make their own ‘pops’ There’s really quite nothing like a John Cena entrance. The 15-time world champion got the biggest pop of the night, with everyone standing up and making a noise for the leader of the Cenation. May it be “Let’s ... » Learn More about Broken ring ropes and other highlights of WWE Live Manila
Godwin's Law, coined in 1990, says that as a discussion on the internet grows longer, the likelihood of somebody being compared to Hitler or the Nazis rises inexorably towards 100%. But once in a very long while the comparison is correct. Patrick Cockburn is a well-known Irish journalist, currently writing a column for The Independent . Now that Bob Fisk is gone, he is the best foreign correspondent writing on the Middle East, but he has always covered other subjects with considerable insight as well. Last week he broke the greatest taboo in English-language journalism. Writing just after the G7 summit, he warned that "the most dangerous threat (facing the world) is the transformation of the Republican Party in the US into a fascist movement". Almost every journalist alive has toyed with this analogy -- and then avoided it because it sounds like partisan rhetoric. I have done that myself, and felt guilty about it even at the time. Now Patrick Cockburn has stood the analogy up ... » Learn More about Fascists really are coming in the United States