PH Economy Grows 7%, But Rich-Poor Divide Still Big

The Philippine economy expanded by 7.0 percent in the second quarter, official data showed, but President Rodrigo Duterte's administration said major changes were needed to fix one of Asia's biggest rich-poor divides, reports GMA News.

 

Forbes' Lists PH's 50 Richest

Billionaires Henry Sy, John Gokongwei Jr., Andrew Tan and Lucio Tan headed Forbes' list of 50 richest people in the Philippines.

UN Expels Calls Out Duterte for Rights Violations

Two United Nations (UN) human rights experts called on President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the unabated killings in his war on drugs, with one of them warning that the Philippine leader's incitement to violence is a crime under international law, reports ABS-CBN News. Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, called out Duterte for endorsing the killing of drug suspects, describing the new president's statements as a "license to kill." 

 

Arum Slams HBO for 'Abandoning' Pacquiao

Bob Arum (Source: wikipedia)

Bob Arum (Source: wikipedia)

After HBO recently declined to distribute Manny Pacquiao's Nov. 5 pay-per-view fight against Jessie Vargas, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum became incensed. In fact he's quoted in the LA Times as accusing the network of "abandoning" Pacquiao "after sucking him dry for 10 years," reports badlefthook.com.

 

 

Honest Airport Guard Returns Over $10K Despite Being Broke

Danny Namion

Danny Namion

Danny Namion, 36, of Advance Forces Security, didn’t even have money to buy lunch, but he earned praise by returning a mysterious backpack containing a staggering P.5 worth of cash or (US$10,700) plus other valuable documents and gadgets. The bag was mistakenly left inside a baggage cart by a local passenger of NAIA Terminal 1, arrival area, reports Dailypedia.com.

 

Filipina Named Best Int'l Student at UK Naval College

Philippine Navy Ensign Maycee Angga with Consul Rommel Romato in Dartmouth, England. (Source: GMA News)

Philippine Navy Ensign Maycee Angga with Consul Rommel Romato in Dartmouth, England. (Source: GMA News)

A Filipina Navy officer, Maycee Angga, has been named best international studentat the Britannia Royal Naval College, the initial officer training establishment of the British Royal Navy, in Dartmouth, United Kingdom. Philippine Navy Ensign Angga bested 131 other naval officers from the UK, Albania, the Bahamas, Egypt, Libya, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates,and Ukraine, reports GMA News.

Filipino Restaurant 2nd Best in US -- Bon Appetit

The hip dining crowd of Washington D.C. just loves the dishes at Filipino restaurant Bad Saint as it claims the second spot of Bon Appétit’s list of Best New Restaurants, reports Inquirer.net.

Fil-Am Pioneer Monty Manibog Passes Away at 86

Monty Manibog (Source: twitter.com)

Monty Manibog (Source: twitter.com)

Ilocos-born Monty Manibog, a Filipino American Olympian and pioneer, passed away over the weekend of August 13 at age 86. The former Philippine national team gymnasts, also wrestled, representing the Philippines at the 1952 games in Helsinki. One of the first Filipino American lawyers to practice in the U.S., he became one of the first Filipino Americans elected to a city council in 1972, eventually serving as mayor of Monterey Park, reports Balitang America.