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How Should Women Call Out Egotistic Men—In and Out of the Office

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. If Rodrigo Duterte is like your creepy uncle who makes goo-goo eyes and licks his lips with lascivious relish when he encounters a woman he deems attractive, Donald Trump is […]

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Philippine president admits he used an army of social media trolls while campaigning

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Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he paid an army of social media trolls to defend him while he was on the campaign trail last year.

The outspoken and at times controversial politician was defending himself after a University of Oxford study was published, finding that Duterte uses both automated and human trolls on social media.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Duterte said: “I spent 10 million [pesos] ($198,000)? Me? Maybe in the election…They were all during the campaign.”

He was refuting accusations that he continued to deploy a social media army, inadvertently admitting that he relied on the strategy in his 2016 presidential campaign. Read more…

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Pres. Duterte Thinks Men Have Balls If They Rape Miss Universe Candidates

Pres. Duterte’s penchant for rape jokes hasn’t died down, not one bit. After being criticized in the past, he makes another one aimed at Miss Universe candidates. “What I don’t like are kids [being raped,]” he said at a tourism event in Davao City on Friday. “You can mess with, maybe a Miss Universe. Maybe I will […]

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Oops! Pres. Trump Revealed the Location of Nuclear Submarines to Pres. Duterte

A leaked transcript of the phone call Pres. Trump made to Pres. Duterte has reached the Internet. But surprisingly, that’s not the biggest security breach made. During the phone call, Trump told our president that there are two US nuclear submarines located near the Korean peninsula. I hate to be the one manning those subs […]

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What ‘Time’ 100 Critics Have to Say About Pres. Duterte and Sen. De Lima

Time Magazine released the full list of their 100 Most Influential People, and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila De Lima are part of it. While many are celebrating Duterte’s inclusion and questioning De Lima’s, the critiques seem to say otherwise. Former Colombian President César Gaviria was tasked to write about Duterte. Right off the bat, Gaviria […]

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These Women Defended Duterte’s Catcalling, Sexist Comments, and Adultery Jokes

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, along with other government execs, ended Women’s Month yesterday with “Digong’s Day for Women.” The event was meant to honor women, and offer them educational and medical support. It’s a noble cause, but the comments weren’t on-theme. Assistant Communications Secretary Marie Banaag was asked whether Duterte’s sexist remarks and jokes about extramarital acts […]

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Watch: A Chilling Look at Duterte’s War on Drugs

There are no words for the unjust killings and unlawful actions the current administration has committed under the helm of its so-called war on drugs. Since President Duterte’s inauguration, the body count has gone up to 7,000 and still counting. How bad is bad? A 14-minute documentary under the International Times Documentaries outlines the harrowing […]

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Dick Gordon to Officially Advise President Duterte to “Not to Talk So Much”

Speaking at the end of the Senate hearings on the extrajudicial killings, Sen. Richard Gordon makes it clear that the investigation found that the deaths aren’t directly linked to the the administration. He also says that he will recommend in the report on the hearings to be submitted Monday that the President should talk less. […]

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Miss Earth Philippines Apologizes for Hitler Remark

After much social media backlash and criticism, Miss Earth Philippines Imelda Schweighart apologizes for her Hitler remark on a Facebook Live post she did earlier this week.  Bandera reports on her apology which explains how Imelda’s choice of words comes in context of her upbringing. “Because all my life I was always teased by fellow […]

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Our Politicians Are the Ones Who Need Sex Education the Most

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. If you still doubt that the Philippines is the love child of Borat and Kafka with Hitler now providing the donor sperm—you mean that photo of the President holding court […]

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Why Misogyny Is Alive and Kicking in the 21st Century

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. If there’s one thing the events of this past week showed, apart from the fact that Donald Trump is, as Bruce Springsteen tweeted, a moron and an asshole (and that […]

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WATCH: President Obama Speaks Up On Duterte’s War on Drugs

Just a few months left until President Barack Obama leaves the White House, he’s still schooling a few people on diplomacy. The POTUS commented on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, and shrugged off the latter’s “son of a b*tch” remark. Though Pres. Obama acknowledges that the war on drugs is a serious problem in […]

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WATCH: President Rodrigo Duterte Apologizes to Justice Sereno

President Rodrigo Dutere goes on camera to offer a public apology to Chief Justice Sereno for threatening to declare Martial Law if the Supreme Court stops him from taking out the drug lords. “Harsh words were never intended,” says the president. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno called out Rodrigo Duterte for naming people allegedly involved […]

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Here’s What You Need To Know About the Philippines Hosting Miss Universe 2017

Today, Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo announced that the Philippines will host the 2017. This will be the first time our country has done so in 22 years. DOT Undersecretary spread the news via her Facebook account. The pageant will be held on Jan. 17, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. The […]

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Netizens Weigh In on Brillante Mendoza’s Video Directing During SONA 2016

It’s been two days since President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address, but netizens are still talking about Brillante Mendoza’s directing during the ceremony. According to Bandera, fellow director Perci Intalan praised Brillante’s work, saying, “He was as asked to do something different. He did it differently. Whatever our opinion of how it […]

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Fashion

WATCH: Toned Down Dress Code on the SONA 2016 Red Carpet

Curious as to how the red carpet looked during the State of the Nation Address with a more somber and downplayed dress code? Still great, we think. Besides, it’s not really what they came for, right? Most of the attendees followed the implemented dress code which cut hemlines at the knee like Heart Evangelista-Escudero, Yasmin Vargas, Taguig […]

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Who Broke the Downplayed Dress Code During #SONA2016?

Just like the previous SONAs, the ladies showed up in their best fashion looks for President Rodrigo Duterte’s first address. However, this year, a downplayed dress code was implemented. “It will be business attire but you have the option of wearing Filipiniana as long as, for the ladies, it will not be more than knee length,” […]

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Duterte Takes It Back: Leni Robredo Appointed HUDCC Secretary

Last night, news broke out that President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Vice-President Leni Robredo as the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary. The announcement, confirmed by Communciation Secretary Martin Andanar, comes with a twist as the president controversially stated that he doesn’t have a cabinet post for Leni. Rather, he had one for Leni’s […]

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Get Ready: Brillante Mendoza Will Prepare ‘Real’ Videos for President Duterte’s First SONA

After getting much recognition for Ma’Rosa at Cannes, director Brillante Mendoza is faced with another challenging job—being in charge of the video presentations for President Rodrigo Duterte’s first SONA on July 27. When asked on what direction he’ll take, he says it’ll be raw and frill-free. “We want to make it very real, very sincere. The […]

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WATCH: Rodrigo Duterte Warmly Welcomes Leni Robredo to the Palace

From the mess that was campaign season to the mud-slinging during the counting of votes, it looks like we’ve reached a certain calm. President Rodrigo Duterte formally welcomed Vice-President Leni Robredo to the Malacañang Palace yesterday and it seemed to go smoothly. Inquirer.net provides the footage of the said meeting between the two most powerful […]

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