FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo. MANILA, Philippines — Speculation that Vice President Leni Robredo has already given way to other potential presidential candidates in the 2022 race is “extremely premature,” her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said. According to Gutierrez, as there is no definitive announcement yet from Robredo regarding her plans for the 2022 national elections, such assumptions preempt her decision. “It is extremely premature to talk of ‘giving way’ when VP Leni has not yet made a definitive announcement regarding her candidacy for President,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. “What she has said before stands: she remains open to running for President, and will announce her decision at the appropriate time,” he added. Gutierrez was referring to statements made by former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who said that he hopes Robredo has not yet stepped aside to give way to Senator Panfilo Lacson — who has announced his intent to run for president. ... » Learn More about Robredo backing out of 2022 polls? That’s extremely premature, says OVP
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MANILA, Philippines – He’s either a shameless, well-trained prevaricator, a repentant truth-teller, or someone caught in between. 57-year-old Edgar Matobato appeared twice before partisan senators who grilled him and tried to assert that his shocking revelations about the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS) and President Rodrigo Duterte were too incredible to be true. Practically illiterate after completing only Grade 1 many decades ago, he was made to look stupid and inconsistent in his narration of what he knew. The son of a forest ranger who planted coffee and corn to support his family, the short, stocky Edgar with streaks of silver hair showed little traces of a man who had witnessed and even participated in the killing of hundreds of people – many of them criminals who were a menace to Davao. They were drug pushers, snatchers, hold-uppers, land-grabbers, and they all deserved to die, he thought. Edgar took pride in his job. He says his was among ... » Learn More about Edgar Matobato: Liar or truth-teller?
The Covid-19 pandemic has turned many lives into minor versions of the movie Groundhog Day, but for a few who are unwilling, or unable, to live in suspended animation, continued travelling has proved challenging, bizarre, scary even. When the crisis began, wayfaring translator Bruce Humes found himself close to the epicentre. "I was in Taiwan, working on a translation of a book about the Mogao Caves, in Dunhuang, on the Silk Road," he explains. Humes grew nervous as his 90-day visa-free status neared expiry, with the virus spreading around the world, but Taipei moved fast. "Measures were quickly introduced and well publicised. All tourists were given automatic 30-day extensions and the government welcomed tourists to quickly apply for a change of status to student visas or work permits. Two friends applied for the latter and obtained them easily." Humes was granted several 30-day extensions to his visa. But when the government announced these renewals would end after an ... » Learn More about Pandemic travel: 4 wanderers, including Singaporean digital nomad, discuss visas, quarantine and staying on the move during Covid-19