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  • Business News

    Philippines intensifies illegal offshore gambling crackdown

    The authorities in the Philippines have intensified efforts to shut down illegal offshore gambling operations amidst growing calls for a complete ban due to alleged connections to criminal syndicates. The country’s gaming regulator revealed approximately 250 to 300 offshore gambling firms are operating without a licence, a significant increase from the 46 legitimate operators. This information was disclosed by Alejandro…

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    Philippines aims to be Asia’s next logistics hub with US support

    According to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the Philippines is positioning itself as Asia’s next manufacturing and logistics hub, leveraging its strengthening relationship with the United States. Under the leadership of Marcos, the Philippines has bolstered its defence and economic cooperation with Washington, which recently committed to accelerating investments in the nation’s transport infrastructure, clean energy, and semiconductor supply chains through the…

  • Thailand News

    Jetstar Asia soars to Krabi and Clark, Philippines

    Jetstar Asia announced two direct routes to Krabi and Clark, Philippines, promising to whisk passengers away to paradise. Starting June 7, thrill-seekers can jet off to the mesmerising shores of Krabi, with the low-cost carrier offering six weekly services to this South Thai gem. From June 16, travellers can hop aboard for a journey to the heart of the Philippines’…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand plans Philippines tie-up for 75th anniversary bash

    Thailand’s Deputy Director General for East Asian Affairs Department of the Foreign Affairs Ministry is gearing up to boost social, cultural and economic ties with the Philippines to celebrate three quarters of a century of bilateral relations. Both Thailand and the Philippines outlined a series of initiatives, including high-level visits, business-to-business collaborations, cultural showcases, and community engagements, to mark 75…

  • Thailand News

    Major drug bust in Thailand seizes 2 tonnes of meth bound for Philippines and Australia

    In a major drug bust, authorities last night apprehended 13 suspects and confiscated 2 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine from a large tugboat in Chachoengsao’s Bang Pakong district. The narcotics, believed to be headed for the Philippines and Australia, were discovered during a late-night search operation by marine and narcotics suppression police. As law enforcement officers arrived, several individuals attempted to…

  • Crime News

    Philippines: Mindanao University Sunday mass terror attack

    A peaceful Sunday mass at Mindanao State University, Marawi, Philippines, turned into a nightmare as a bomb ripped through the congregation, leaving at least three dead and seven injured. As worshippers gathered for their regular Sunday mass service at Mindanao State University’s gymnasium in Marawi, the tranquillity was shattered by a bomb blast. Regional police Chief Allan Nobleza disclosed that…

  • Thailand News

    Significant earthquake in Mindanao Philippines triggers tsunami warning but spares Thailand

    The Philippines experienced a significant earthquake near the island of Mindanao, triggering a tsunami warning. The quake, measuring 7.5 in magnitude, didn’t affect Thailand, according to the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD). Japan also issued a tsunami warning in response to the seismic activity occurring on December 3. At 9.57pm yesterday, December 2, the TMD stated the earthquake in Mindanao, Philippines.…

  • Thailand News

    Two burnt murder victims found in Philippines-originated container at Lat Krabang warehouse

    In a grisly discovery, the lifeless remains of a man and a woman were unearthed inside a container in Lat Krabang, Bangkok. This horrific crime involved the victims being brutally murdered and their bodies set ablaze within the container. The container, which originated from the Philippines, had been under storage at the ICD warehouse in Lat Krabang since September 24.…

  • World News

    Thousands evacuated as Philippines’ Mayon volcano oozes lava

    Approximately 13,000 individuals have been forced to evacuate in the north-east region of the Philippines as Mayon, the country’s most well-known volcano, continues to emit lava. Residents within the six-kilometre “permanent danger zone” have sought refuge in shelters, using lorries and buffalo-drawn carriages to evacuate. Known for its flawless conical shape, Mayon began to spew lava last week, with evacuations…

  • World News

    Philippines coast guard confronts Chinese vessels making dangerous manoeuvres in South China Sea

    A confrontation involving the Philippines Coast Guard and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea has escalated tensions between the two nations. The incident took place during a week-long patrol mission in the strategically important waterway, coinciding with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang’s visit to Manila to meet his Philippine counterpart and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. China claims a majority…

  • World News

    US granted permission to expand military presence in the Philippines: What does it mean?

    News the United States has been permitted by the Philippines to open four new military bases on the Southeastern Asian archipelago may have slipped under the radar of most mainstream media outlets but not this one. But what does it mean? Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos immediately went on the defensive insisting that Manila will not allow “any offensive actions” from…

  • Press Room

    Accor continues expansion in the Philippines with the signing of the country’s first MGallery Resort

    Press Release BOHOL, PHILIPPINES – Accor, the region’s largest international hotel operator, has continued its rapid expansion in the Philippines with the signing of South Palms Resort Panglao Bohol – MGallery, a locally-inspired five-star resort on the idyllic island of Panglao that will introduce this emerging destination’s unique heritage and community values to visitors from all around the world. The…

  • World News

    Suspect shot dead, three arrested in search of Philippines governor assassins (video)

    A suspect in the assassination of a Philippines governor was shot dead in a shoot-out with police yesterday while three others were arrested. The attack, which occurred in the heartland of the Philippine sugarcane industry, left 17 people injured, reported Bangkok Post. The provincial governor of Negros Oriental, Roel Degamo was brutally murdered in the early hours of Saturday morning,…

  • World News

    Philippines governor shot dead (video)

    The governor of Negros Oriental province in the central Philippines and five others were fatally shot by unidentified gunmen in the early hours of this morning. The incident marks the latest in a series of attacks against local officials. Six suspects carrying rifles and dressed in military-like uniforms entered Governor Roel Degamo’s residence in Pamplona town at about 9.36am and…

  • World News

    Philippines airport officers steal 5,100 baht from Thai tourist

    Two customs officers at Manila Airport in the Philippines were caught on video stealing 5,100 baht from a Thai tourist at a baggage check counter. The video of the two customs officers stealing money was posted on Facebook by Piyawat Gunlayaprasit on February 22. Piyawat reported that he heard another Thai tourist, identified as Kitja Tbabtim, shouting that his money…

  • World News

    Jobseekers from the Philippines urged to be cautious when considering job offers overseas

    Jobseekers from the Philippines are being urged to exercise caution when considering employment offers overseas. The Philippines government reported that illegal cross-country recruitment has been around for years with several Asian countries guilty of offering fake employment opportunities, trafficking individuals, and coercing applicants into working at fraudulent call centres. The Facebook page of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Anti-Illegal Recruitment…

  • World News

    Japanese crime ring masterminded from Thailand and Philippines

    A Japanese crime ring operated from Thailand and the Philippines is behind a string of crimes across Japan. The international crime syndicate was coordinated remotely from Thailand. The crimes being investigated include the murder of a 90 year old woman as well as cash-card fraud involving a number of elderly victims. Yuki Watanabe, 38 years old, and another senior member…

  • World News

    PIL launches weekly service to link key ports in Thailand, Philippines, Singapore

    Pacific International Lines (PIL) is set to revolutionize Southeast Asian shipping with its new weekly direct service, the Thailand Philippines Straits Service (TPS), launching on February 15, from Manila, Philippines. This service will bring the key ports of Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore closer together and enhance PIL’s connections in the region. A consortium of vessels with an average capacity…

  • World News

    US to form military alliance with Philippines to check China

    The United States is set to announce details of a new alliance with the Philippines and four new military bases on the island nation as it attempts to curb China’s expansion in the South China Sea. The US is keen to rekindle a former friendship with the Philippines, 30 years after they were told to leave, and plug a gap…

  • World News

    Philippines storms take at least 11 lives in past week

    Storms over the past week in the Philippines have reportedly taken at least 11 lives thus far with more heavy rain forecasted. According to Thai PBS World, bad weather has hit the southern and central islands since Christmas weekend. Flooding and landslides have left 52 people dead with hundreds forced to uproot and leave their homes. The Civil Defence Office…

  • World News

    Philippines offers attractive alternative to Thailand’s 10 year LTR visa

    The Philippines launched a Special Investors Resident Visa (SIRV) offering permanent residency to any foreigner who invests at least US$75,000 in business or securities. The visa reaps more rewards for a smaller investment than Thailand’s 10 year Long Term Resident (LTR) visa, which hasn’t attracted as much attention as initially hoped since its launch last month. Once a foreigner has invested…

  • World News

    China backs Philippines online gambling crackdown

    The embassy of China in Manila backed the Philippines government’s plan to crackdown on online gambling and the expulsion of Chinese nationals. A Philippines Justice Ministry official yesterday announced its decision to shut down some 175 offshore gambling companies and expel around 40,000 Chinese workers in a bid to clean up a haven of crime that envelopes the industry. Justice…

  • World News

    Tropical Storm Noru hits the Philippines, 5 rescue workers killed

    Five rescue workers have died after Tropical Storm Noru made landfall on the main island of the Philippines. Noru is the strongest storm to hit the island nation so far this year. Typhoon Noru, known as Karding in the Philippines, caused winds up to 240 kilometres per hour (149mph) on Luzon island, which is home to 64 million people. The…

  • Crime News

    Young Thai woman says Chinese scammers tortured her in the Philippines

    A young Thai woman is claiming that Chinese scammers brutally tortured her in the Philippines, Thai media reported yesterday. The woman, so far only known as 26 year old ‘Sa,’ said the scammers first recruited her via Facebook in what she thought was a job answering customers’ questions about Bitcoin. But when Sa arrived in the Philippines, she found out…

  • World News

    Three killed during graduation ceremony in the Philippines

    A former city mayor from the restive southern Filipino province of Basilan, along with her executive assistant and a university security guard, were killed in a shooting in the Philippine capital Manila. The incident occurred at the Ateneo de Manila University before a graduation ceremony that was to be presided over by the Philippines Supreme Court chief justice. Rose Furigay…

  • World News

    Philippines: Covid-19 infections spikes 39%, dengue jumps 90%

    Newly-elected President Ferdinand Marcos Jr is facing a health crisis already as a dual spike in Covid-19 and dengue fever infections threaten the well-being of the Philippines. Covid infections are steadily rising now, but concurrently, the country has seen a 90% spike in dengue fever infections. The amount of new coronavirus infections has jumped 39% week over week with the…

  • World News

    Philippines’ SEC orders news publisher Rappler to shut down

    Maria Ressa, apart from anything else, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, CEO, and owner of the news organisation Rappler in the Philippines announced that the government has ordered her to shut the company down. “The Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission had upheld its earlier ruling to revoke the news site’s operating license. The former TIME Person of the Year, Maria…

  • World News

    Fire on Philippines ferry kills 7 passengers, 120 rescued, 7 still missing

    A fire on a passenger ferry in the Philippines has left 7 people dead, with another 7 still missing. According to an AFP report, 120 have been rescued so far. The fire broke out on the Mercraft 2 at around 6.30am local time yesterday (5.30am Thai time). The ferry, which has a 186-passenger capacity, was transporting 134 passengers and crew…

  • World News

    Asia News Today | Tourists found dead in Philippines & China-Laos railway

    The crash of the Boeing 737-800 passenger plane in China’s southwest ignited a fire big enough to be seen from space. Rescuers continue today to cold through the wreckage on the rugged, remote mountainside, just outside the city of Wuzhou. Investigators admit that just two days following the crash, there appears more questions than answers. Rescue workers have resorted to…

  • World News

    Philippines to raise the minimum age of sexual consent from 12 to 16

    The age of sexual consent in the Philippines is being raised from 12 to 16 years old. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a bill raising the minimum age in an effort to protect adolescents from rape and sexual assault. The bill says statutory rape is when an adult has sexual contact with a person 16 years old or younger, unless the…