MANILA, Philippines – Robin Padilla said he could not think of any reason why he was barred from leaving the Philippines by the Bureau of Immigration, except for his dragon tattoo. Tattoos, specifically dragon tattoos, have been in the spotlight recently due to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's claims that presidential son Paolo Duterte is a member of the triad, a notorious Asian organized crime ring. This, Trillanes said, could be proven by a dragon tattoo which, he claimed, Paolo has on his back. The tattoo is supposedly a known symbol of the triad. Paolo said that he does have a tattoo but refused to confirm what kind. (READ: 'Ano kami, uto-uto?' Paolo Duterte's lawyer hits Trillanes ) Robin, who was convicted of illegal possession of firearms in 1994 and fully pardoned by President Rodrigo Duterte late last year, took to Instagram to express his dismay over the situation. " Sa hindi maipaliwang na pangyayari ay hindi ako makakaalis ng bansa ... » Learn More about Robin Padilla claims dragon tattoo is reason he couldn’t leave the country
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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?
More doubts were raised on Thursday on the credibility of new and expanded diagrams presented by Malacañang to show links among individuals and groups led by the opposition Liberal Party (LP) after two top female athletes were included in the alleged web of conspiracy to discredit President Duterte and his administration. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo could not explain why Hidilyn Diaz, the Asian Games 2018 female weightlifting gold medalist, and star volleyball player and TV host Gretchen Ho were listed in one of six matrices presented to reporters on Wednesday. The names of Diaz and Ho were in the diagram that centered on Rodel Jayme, who had admitted creating the website metrobalita.net that showed the first of five videos on “The Real Narcolist.” Jayme is now in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation. The videos featured “Bikoy,” who surfaced on Monday and identified himself as Peter Joemel Advincula, repeating his allegations that members of the ... » Learn More about Panelo can’t explain why sportswomen on ‘matrix’
Senator Leila de Lima, who has been detained for over four years after she led a Senate investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war, has declared her bid to seek reelection in the 2022 elections. In a scathing letter addressed to Duterte ahead of his final State of the Nation Address, De Lima said she would not be cowed by the attacks from the President himself and would continue the fight in 2022 – even if that meant running a campaign from her detention cell in Camp Crame. “Marami ang nagtatanong sa akin kung sa kabila ng pagyurak na ginawa mo sa akin ay may lakas pa ako ng loob na tumakbo muli bilang senador sa 2022. Tatakbo akong muli. Hindi ako susuko. Tuloy ang laban,” said De Lima. (Many are asking if I still have the will to run for senator in 2022 even if you have trampled upon me. I am running again. I will not give up. The fight continues.) A lawyer and human rights activist, De Lima used to chair the Commission on Human ... » Learn More about ‘Tuloy ang laban’: De Lima declares bid for Senate reelection
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