Civic leaders go to Supreme Court for a shot to void Marcos’ win

MANILA, Philippines – The legal fight has officially reached the last resort, the Supreme Court, as civic leaders backed by human rights lawyers, asked one last time to cancel the certificate of candidacy of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and declare second placer Vice President Leni Robredo as the winner. Having been denied by the Commission … Read more

US tells Southeast Asian leaders summit marks ‘new era’ for ties

WASHINGTON, USA – United States President Joe Biden said on Friday, May 13, a first summit in Washington with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marked the launch of a “new era” in the relationship between the United States and the 10-nation bloc. Addressing ASEAN leaders on the second day of a … Read more

With China in focus, Biden makes $150 million commitment to ASEAN leaders

The new financial commitment includes a $40 million investment in infrastructure to help decarbonize the region’s power supply, $60 million in maritime security, and $15 million in health funding to aid in early detection of COVID-19 and other respiratory pandemics WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Joe Biden opened a gathering of Southeast Asian leaders … Read more

Finland must apply for NATO membership ‘without delay,’ Finnish leaders say

NATO allies expect Finland and Sweden to apply to join the alliance in the coming days and will grant membership quickly, according to diplomats and officials HELSINKI, Finland – Finland must apply to join the NATO military alliance “without delay,” Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Thursday, May 12, a … Read more

Nets leaders have a lot to answer for

The second round of the NBA playoffs aren’t even finished, but the Nets have been eliminated for more than two weeks, and already are looking toward the next season. Nets general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash (yes, he’s still employed) are expected to address the media Wednesday for the first time since their … Read more

Robredo scores sweet birthday endorsement from top BARMM, MILF party leaders

BARMM Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim says Vice President Leni Robredo and the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, which he chairs, are ‘overwhelmingly compatible’ in terms of values ​​and principles MANILA, Philippines – Two weeks before the May 9 polls, presidential candidate and Vice President Leni Robredo clinched two coveted alliances in the Bangsamoro region: the … Read more

Gender spills into crucial issues next leaders must address – experts

Women and the LGBTQ+ community are uniquely affected in national issues such as poverty, militarization, and economic rights, experts say in a Rappler Talk episode MANILA, Philippines – Academic gender experts and an LGBTQ+ rights organization leader say that gender rights are not only limited to what usually comes to mind, like anti-violence against women, … Read more

Women leaders employ creative strategies to fight disinformation in the grassroots

BATANGAS, Philippines – At the start of their pandemic response, Punong Barangay Emelita Magsino noticed how some of her neighbors in Barangay Poblacion 05, a commercialized area in Lipa City, Batangas, easily fell victim to false yet easy-to-digest video content on Facebook and YouTube. She started to get worried when false information already made her … Read more

EU leaders struggle to find short-term fix for energy crunch

The European Union remains divided over whether to ban Russian oil and gas imports BRUSSELS, Belgium – European Union leaders failed on Friday, March 25, to agree a short-term solution to the energy market crunch made worse by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but did offer a compromise for Spain where spiral fuel prices have led … Read more

Wall Street powers stocks higher, oil lower as world leaders press Russia

Technology companies lift US stock indexes after a sharp fall in the previous session, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite up nearly 2% on Thursday, March 24 US stocks rose following choppy trading abroad on Thursday, March 24, and oil prices pulled back, as investors watched Western leaders present a unified front against Russia’s invasion of … Read more