Philippine Typhoon Evacuation Stepped Up

Philippines Typhoon

Around half a million people have evacuated their homes in coastal villages around the Philippines as a powerful tropical storm looks set to hit the area.  Typhoon Hagupit had weakened slightly on Friday night but is still due to make landfall on Saturday evening. It is currently on course to his Eastern and Northern Samar provinces as well as the city of Tacloban, where thousands were killed last year by Typhoon Haiyan.  While weakening somewhat, the typhoon is still reaching gusts of … [Read more...]

Philippine/US Tensions Increase Due to Murder


Ties between the United States and the Philippines have become strained since the death of Jennifer Laude, 26 years old, on October 11th of this year. Ms. Laude, a Pilipino citizen and resident of the city of Olongapo, was found murdered in a hotel room and authorities in the Philippines have found evidence linking American marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19 years old, to the death. The United States has had a long-standing military presence in the Philippine, which dates back to the … [Read more...]

‘Haiyan’ leaves Philippines devastated but with spirit intact


The “world’s strongest storm to hit land” may have already passed, but its full impact has yet to come to light as the Philippines continues to reel in the wake of super typhoon “Haiyan”, locally named “Yolanda”.   With the death toll feared to reach 10,000, the country is torn among mixed emotions – from grieving to feeling grateful that the worst has passed. The most terribly hit is the country’s central region, particularly the provinces of Samar and Leyte, where most of the … [Read more...]