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'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism'
Book on Martial Law launched: 'It is happening again'
May 05, 2019

The newly launched book 'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism' aims to remind Filipinos about the struggle for freedom during the Marcos regime.
Seeing similarities between the present and the Philippines' dark days under military rule, Martial Law survivors launched a book documenting their experiences to remind Filipinos about their past.

Majority of Filipinos think it's dangerous to publish anything critical of Duterte admin
Sofia Tomacruz August 03, 2019

A June 2019 Social Weather Stations Survey shows 51% of Filipinos agree it's dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical of the current administration even if it is the truth.
A majority of Filipinos think it is risky to publicize criticism of the Duterte administration even if it is truthful, Social Weather Stations (SWS) President Mahar Mangahas said on August 3, Saturday.

The Video: Mayroon nga ba talagang freedom of expression sa Pilipinas?
GMA Public Affairs Aug 5, 2019
Para sa nakararami, malayang maglahad ng opinyon ang mga Pilipino dahil madalas makakita ng kritisismo laban sa gobyerno lalo na sa social media. Kung tunay ngang may freedom of expression, bakit tila may nakatatanggap ng paratang mula sa Pangulo ang sinumang kumontra sa kanya?

Filipinos and the politics of acceptance
by Frankie Concepcion December 06, 2016

What I have learned from history is that often, Filipinos have been asked to accept the very tragedies which have defined us.

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Duterte: In the eyes of international media
Inquirer.net Jul 20, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte had always been under media scrutiny - not only here in the Philippines but also abroad - even before he rose to power as the country’s chief executive in the 2016 national elections.

Covering up a national sellout
Vergel O. Santos August 03, 2019

When he surrendered our sovereignty to China over some of our richest and most strategic territorial waters, he not only committed treason outright, but launched himself on a continuing crime of national betrayal.

Freud's libido and Duterte's jingoism
Senator Leila M. de Lima July 21, 2019

International relations are not built on drunken macho street-talk that Duterte has been used to all his life as a mayor in the country’s southern backwaters.
For someone supposedly so afraid of war that he gave away the Philippines’ EEZ to China, Duterte’s reckless taunting of the United States by ridiculously invoking the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) cannot be merely dismissed as a joke. Duterte is obviously toying around with our national security and international alliances.

LOOK: 'Syokoy' Duterte effigy to be burned in People’s SONA 2019
Samantha Bagayas July 22, 2019

Titled “Duterte-syokoy,” the effigy shows a likeness of the Philippine mythological creature. It depicts Duterte at the West Philippine Sea clutching a China flag, a gun, and a bag of cash.

'This is not the last': Thousands unite for People's SONA 2019
Samantha Bagayas July 22, 2019
Around 5,350 protesters march along Commonwealth Avenue to share their own version of the state of the nation

IN PHOTOS: Art means uprising at the SONA 2019 protests
July 22, 2019
Protesters got creative as they created artwork to express their opposition to the Duterte administration

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, thousands cry 'Atin ang 'Pinas!'
July 22, 2019
As President Duterte delivers his 4th Station of the Nation Address, protesters across the country call on Filipinos to fight for Philippine sovereignty

The Video: Burning of Pres. Duterte's national effigy called "Ang Shokoy ng Bayan"

The Video: Militants conduct protests along Commonwealth Avenue ahead of SONA

The Video: Rallyists hold program near CHR office before ‘People’s Sona

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Robert Swift on the legal hunt for money Martial Law victims deserve
July 12, 2019
Are there Marcos assets left to be discovered? What challenges did the human rights lawyer face in seeking compensation for the victims?

Swift is the lead counsel of victims who were recently awarded $13.75 million by a United States court after 3 decades of work. Since March, his team has been going around the Philippines to distribute checks worth $1,500 (P76,965) each to at least 6,500 victims.

No PH admin supported compensation for martial law victims
Lian Buan July 16, 2019
The legal hunt for Marcos money is tedious and long, aggravated by the non-cooperation of Philippine governments both current and past, according to lawyer Robert Swift

THE DUTERTE INSULT LIST
By Pia Ranada
Design by Jonathan Concepcion, Graphics by Raffy de Guzman
Interns: Ken Leonardo, Frances Roberto and Cecilia Pagdanganan
June 28, 2019

Three years of the Duterte presidency have come and gone and one thing is certain: Rodrigo Duterte is the country's most foul-mouthed chief executive so far. His expletive-peppered tirades are an almost daily reality. Once on a roll, he won't press the breaks for anyone, not even God. Insults are part of Duterte's performative style of governance, and even his diplomacy.

‘His word is law’: A list of Duterte’s verbal-only orders
Pia Ranada July 30, 2019
Aside from his order to stop PCSO games, President Rodrigo Duterte has made at least 6 other policy pronouncements that were not followed up by written documents defining their parameters and legal bases

5 challenges to Duterte's ‘fishing deal’ with China
Sofia Tomacruz July 30, 2019
Why President Duterte’s ‘verbal agreement’ allowing China to fish in Philippine waters is unlawful and dangerous

Applause for death, drugs, sex jokes – that is the State of the Nation
Ana P. Santos July 30, 2019
The ramifications of these will outlast the next 3 years. Our institutions are compromised and, along with it, our values as a people.

Does Duterte fulfill the dictator criteria? This book can help us find out
Pia Ranada July 20, 2019

'How Democracies Die' by Levitsky and Ziblatt identifies signs of a budding authoritarian and steps they take to subvert democracies. How does Rodrigo Duterte measure up to their criteria?

The new normal

REPORT: The Uncounted Dead of Duterte's Drug War
Sheila Coronel, Mariel Padilla, David Mora, and The Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism Aug 19, 2019

Huge numbers of deaths have gone uncounted in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. What does that mean for due process, and for the countries that emulate him?

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Duterte says safety comes at a price. Filipinos should know what that price is.
Sheila S. Coronel August 20, 2019

'I spoke with families of the dead who told me their kin were shot while watching TV at home, playing video games in a shop, dealing cards at a friend’s wake, singing karaoke on the sidewalk, or buying bananas from a stall.'

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Assessing Duterte presidency at the halfway mark
June 26, 2019

The first 3 years of President Rodrigo Duterte's term will pass on June 30. Political science associate professor Aries Arugay weighs in on the Chief Executive's popularity, gains and losses, and challenges in the next half of his term.

Duterte presidency in 5 minutes
June 26, 2019 - with Video
Here is a look at the defining moments of the first half of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration in under 5 minutes

Duterte presidency 'domineering' challenge to PH democracy
Pia Ranada June 26, 2019
While quelling dissent could be 'efficient' for a president who wants to get things done, political science expert Aries Arugay says democracy is also about checks and balance

The Halfway Mark
June 27, 2019
Assessing Rodrigo Duterte and the country at the midway point of his presidency

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The highs and lows of the Duterte presidency
June 27, 2019

June 30 marks the third year since President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office.
The past years were anything but calm in the Philippines as controversies and issues hounded the Duterte presidency. His policies, including the bloody anti-illegal drugs campaign and his stand on dealing with China in the West Philippine Sea, have been criticized both at home and abroad.
Newsbreak team sits down to discuss the highs and lows of the Duterte administration, the implications of his policies, and what can be expected in the next 3 years.

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The Duterte wealth: Unregistered law firm, undisclosed biz interests, rice import deal for creditor
President Duterte and his children Sara and Paolo separately and together offer token or opaque data that, under the law, they are required to reveal in their SALNs

Duterte, Sara, Paolo mark big spikes in wealth, cash while in public office
How and why their fortunes are rising remain a mystery; the numbers do not seem to add up, reports PCIJ

Duterte wealth untouched by elections
PCIJ: In Sara Duterte's case, some unusual situations are apparent, in terms of sudden and sharp rise in her net worth

Dutertes mix up data on 23 business interests
The Dutertes have interests and engagements in at least 23 corporate entities, the majority involving food and catering, freight and trucking services, and education, according to a PCIJ investigation

Inconsistent declarations of Duterte relatives in gov’t
16 relatives of Duterte have worked or remain in government posts, according to a PCIJ investigation

All by Malou Mahangas and Floreen Simon, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism April 03-04-05, 2019

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Robredo on Duterte family wealth: All gov't officials must disclose assets
Mara Cepeda April 10, 2019 - with Video
Vice President Leni Robredo says all government employees, regardless of position, are expected to be honest in declaring their wealth

Duterte slams PCIJ for investigating family's wealth
Mara Cepeda April 08, 2019 - with Video
It's none of your business, President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

The Video: PCIJ to Pres. Duterte: 'Public office is a public trust'

PCIJ to Duterte: Explain wealth instead of losing your cool
April 07, 2019
'The PCIJ report was built on the Dutertes' own declarations in their SALNs and data from official government records,' says PCIJ executive director Malou Mangahas

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Duterte's 2016 net worth: P27.4M
Lian Buan May 12, 2017
The President's latest Statement of Assets and Liabilities shows his net worth at P27.4 million as of December 31, 2016, up by P3 million compared to June 2016

Trillanes on Duterte bank accounts: 'Prove me wrong'

Duterte donor Imee Marcos not in his SOCE

Duterte's SALN: P3M from extra campaign donations
Jodesz Gavilan May 13, 2017
Duterte explains the additional P3 million in his SALN, Statement of Assets and Liabilities as of December 2016, saying this came from various donors he no longer knows.

Duterte 'jokes' about mystery woman 'Vanessa'
Pia Ranada May 14, 2017
The President jokes of a wealthy single woman from Metro Manila who he brings often during foreign trips.
This woman, he at first asserted, is the source of the additional P3 million* ($60,337) he declared in his recent Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).
Duterte is also fond of women, and has not shied away from expressing admiration for beautiful women, be it a government official or his own security aide.

When a mayor-president messes with local polls
March 25, 2019

We have not seen anything like this since the fall of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986: a strongman inserting himself in the local elections by carpet-bombing his enemies

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HONESTY REQUIRED
Robredo: If you're not honest, don't run for public office
Sofia Tomacruz March 08, 2019 - with Video

'Ang honesty, napakalaking factor sa integrity ng isang tao. Kung wala kang ganoon, dapat hindi mo iniisip maglingkod kasi paano ka makakapaglingkod kung may problema ka sa sarili mo?' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Public officials legally required to be honest, says ex-ombudsman Morales
Lian Buan March 21, 2019
‘Honesty is, therefore, a matter of oath derived from legal sources, not a matter of option driven by market forces,’ says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

AboutPhilippines says very IMPORTANT to read incl. ALL the links in the articles

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Sara Duterte: All candidates lie, honesty not an issue
Pia Ranada March 06, 2019
'Walang isang kandidato diyan na hindi nagsisinungaling,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, shrugging off the criticism against senatorial bet Imee Marcos
For Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, senatorial candidate Imee Marcos' false claims about academic degrees should not be an issue, because "everyone lies anyway."

MISLEADING: Sara Duterte claims law doesn't require that senators be honest
Pia Ranada March 10, 2019 - with Video

But the 1987 Constitution, which lists down requirements for senators, also explicitly demands that public officials, including senators, to be honest

Sara insists honesty required of public officials but not of senatorial bets
Pia Ranada March 22, 2019 - with Videos
The presidential daughter and Hugpong campaign manager Sara Duterte reacts to the statement of her aunt-in-law, former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

Now AboutPhilippines have to ask: Is also Sara Duterte an Imee Marcos lapdog or just a Marcos lapdog

Nuelle Duterte takes back her name
Pia Ranada June 02, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte's niece is a full-on critic of the administration and is not afraid to take a stand, no matter what you think of her surname.

Support Free and Fearless Journalism

When Power insists, "you're either with us or against us," the space for a diversity of voices and ideas shrinks.
'The government is for all and not just those who agree with the policies of the administration'
Filipinos block online. Also the government bans - blocks in all ways for all critics!

When hate and anger are weaponized, it creates a spiral of silence.

When critical questions are simplistically equated with an anti-government agenda, it requires courage to hold decision-makers accountable.

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The Story of the Filipino: Filipino Aspirations
Published on Jul 18, 2018

The recent Pulse Asia survey listed down the top concerns of Filipinos which include poverty reduction, job creation, and fighting criminality.

A week before the President’s State of the Nation Address, we listen to ordinary Filipinos who share their aspirations - longing for a more comfortable life and a better nation.

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Senate hearing on the SOGIE equality bill
August 20, 2019
The Senate committee on women, children, family relations, and gender equality holds its first public hearing on the SOGIE equality bill on Tuesday, August 20.
The committee, shaired by Senator Risa Hontiveros, holds an organizational meeting before tackling the anti-discrimination bill.
Discussions on the SOGIE equality bill have been revived transgender woman Gretchen Diez experienced discrimination in a Quezon City mall.
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about the agenda "Federalism in the Philippines"

Selling our memory to thieves
September 24, 2018

Martial Law was here in one blow decades ago, and is here now – in increments we continue refusing to see.

We’re being robbed twice over, and we’re not doing anything about it except make noise.

Malacañang says Marcos, Enrile can't twist Martial Law history
Paterno Esmaquel II September 24, 2018 - with Video
'We are implementing the law, and the law says there should be reparations paid to victims of Martial Law'

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Economist Emmanuel de Dios on soaring inflation under Duterte
September 11, 2018

Marites Vitug sits down with Emmanuel de Dios to discuss economic issues and help make sense of the situation that Filipinos now find themselves in

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Duterte may issue EO to address inflation
Pia Ranada September 12, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte meets with his economic managers before the 29th Cabinet meeting to discuss how to contain inflation

Businessmen say inflation 'manageable,' but gov't must act now
Ralf Rivas September 11, 2018
Businessmen urge policy makers to revise certain policies, especially now that the causes of inflation are identified

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VP Leni Robredo on leading the opposition
September 13, 2018

Vice President Leni Robredo about what she thinks the government should do to address the plight of the poor and the role the opposition should play now.

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Tommy Osmeña on governing as a mayor under Duterte

Cebu City Mayor Tomas "Tommy" Osmeña speaks to Rappler on being a mayor under President Rodrigo Duterte: getting stripped of police powers, facing threats, but at the same time still being expected to locally promote key campaigns like the war on drugs and federalism.

Osmeña, police clash anew: Why a checkpoint outside Cebu mayor’s house?
Ryan Macasero April 28, 2019
City Mayor Osmeña, who is being challenged by President Duterte's bet, says his house is not even on a main thoroughfare, and the cops manning the checkpoint leave when he leaves.

Next on kill list?

Duterte warns Tommy Osmeña: Don't mess with me
Pia Ranada August 31, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte slams Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña for supposedly 'spreading false stories' about him

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Orlando Mercado on rethinking national security threats

August 6, 2018 Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talked to former defense secretary Orlando Mercado about national security and the threats the Philippines is facing

the article HERE

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Making sense of the Philippine economy
August 10, 2018

Rappler talked to AJ Montesa of the Action for Economic Reforms and Rappler columnist JC Punongbayan to understand the latest economic data

How long can Duterte wait?
Vergel O. Santos August 18, 2018

In any case, waiting in the wings are Bongbong and next to him the President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara, now undergoing crash grooming for national office – ultimately for the presidency

Is China our new America?

CHINA RELATIONSHIP UNDER DUTERTE

China's greed, Duterte’s generosity - Is Duterte a lapdog of China?

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Cases - Etc. about Baselines of the Territorial Sea of the Philippines

Duterte threatens to jail critics who says he may be impeached

Supposed fishing deal between PH, China violates Constitution

Recto Bank incident proof that Duterte is a lapdog of China

CHINA HANDS OFF PH WATERS

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Coming together
Vergel O. Santos April 07, 2018

Why the divisions between us when one fight clearly overtops all others? Is there any doubt our nation has begun its descent into authoritarianism?

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read this article, because so it is in our beloved country now!

After return of Balangiga Bells, will Duterte visit U.S.?
Paterno Esmaquel II November 15, 2018

President Duterte will not visit the US 'until the Bells of Balangiga are returned,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr recalls telling US Ambassador Nikki Haley

Duterte declared in July last year that he would never visit "lousy" America.
"There will never be a time during my term when I will be going to America or thereafter," he told reporters then.
Will the return of the Balangiga Bells help change his mind?

Militarization of government? - Democracy in decline - Etc.

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AGAIN "AboutPhilippines" may ask:
Is Duterte The Ghost of Dictator Marcos or "a Marcos lapdog"
Look also Marcos ill-gotten wealth

Duterte: 'I am ready to step down'
Pia Ranada August 15, 2018 - with Video

But President Rodrigo Duterte rejects Vice President Leni Robredo as his successor, saying, 'I do not think she can improve on anything here'.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared he is ready to leave the presidency should the military and police "find" the right successor.

Political independence
Jude Josue L. Sabio August 25, 2018
Our political party system has been in an abject state of infantile stagnation

Marcos replacing Duterte? 'Not a shocker, but #NeverAgain'
August 16, 2018
Although President Rodrigo Duterte's choice isn't unexpected, some Filipinos hope it wouldn't become reality. Look also HERE

Duterte to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins election protest
Pia Ranada August 16, 2018 - with Video
If the former senator wins his case against Vice President Leni Robredo, President Rodrigo Duterte 'will make true his word' to step down, says Malacañang

EXPLAINER: Duterte's dream resignation, 'junta' and successor scenarios
Pia Ranada August 16, 2018
What's the process for a President to resign? Can President Rodrigo Duterte choose his successor? Here's what the Constitution and a law professor say.

After Duterte tirade, Leni lets Jesse speak up for her: 'The truth will prevail'
Mara Cepeda August 15, 2018 - with Video
Vice President Leni Robredo shares an old video interview of her late husband Jesse Robredo as a reply to President Rodrigo Duterte's latest insult against her.

Duterte prefers 'the likes of Escudero, Marcos' as successor
Pia Ranada August 15, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte won't step down as long as Vice President Leni Robredo is in power to take his place, says Malacañang

Militarization of government? 'Correct!' says Duterte
Pia Ranada November 01, 2018 - with Video

President Rodrigo Duterte defends his penchant for appointing ex-military men into civilian posts, saying they rarely 'debate' with him.

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The generals' coup in 2018
Duterte breaks up with Reds
Carmela Fonbuena DECEMBER 26, 2018
The military elbows the communists out of government, and turns the President who once called himself leftist into becoming the rebels' worst enemy

LIST: Duterte's top military, police appointees
Pia Ranada December 15, 2018
Here are the former military and police generals appointed by President Duterte to key posts in government

In 2018, Duterte turns to military for (almost) everything
Pia Ranada December 12, 2018
A third of the Cabinet are now ex-military or police men. The President relies on former generals to carry out radical policies, from Boracay closure to customs bureau overhaul.

Lawmakers hit military 'takeover' of BOC: 'Martial law na ba?'
Mara Cepeda October 29, 2018
'It's an extreme response, putting a purely civilian bureaucracy under military control. It's as if President Duterte has imposed nationwide martial law,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

Soldiers in Customs? But Constitution bars civilian assignments for military
Lian Buan October 29, 2018
Section 5(4), Article XVI specifically says no member of the armed forces shall, at any time, be appointed or designated in any capacity to a civilian position

and the Video: Government’s ‘militarization’ a ‘horror story’: Liza Maza
Nov 1, 2018
The reorganization is being carried out as President Duterte acknowledged that the government is being militarized

The sound of the military's silence
Chito de la Vega September 02, 2018

It’s the stacking of retired military officers to top government posts that makes me pause and think.

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read these articles and all links and ALSO the below article, because so it is in our beloved country now!

The new normal
Jayeel Cornelio January 23, 2018

Silence is the desire of a dictatorial state that pretends to be democratic. It hides behind the tyranny of opinion, the popularity of a charismatic figure, and the spirit of unyielding legalism.

Filipinos remember Martial Law: 'Dictatorship is back'
Paterno Esmaquel II September 21, 2018 - with Videos
Thousands of protesters gather to denounce a 'creeping dictatorship' as the Philippines marks the 46th anniversary of Martial Law

Robredo: 'It’s time to take a stand because democracy is at risk again'
Mara Cepeda September 21, 2018
'Tinatawag tayo ng panahon upang umaksyon at ang pagkakataong ganito ay minsan lamang babalik sa atin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

How Duterte handles crisis, controversy during his presidency
PIA RANADA July 28, 2018
How does President Rodrigo Duterte define a crisis? How does he handle one?
Political science experts analyze how Duterte responds to major controversies.

Duterte admits being a dictator

Does Duterte fulfill the dictator criteria?

Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte, "The NEW Hitler"?

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read these above articles, because so it is in our beloved country now!

The Video: Dictatorship vs democracy
October 01, 2018
Do you think the Philippines should be under a dictatorship? Do you believe that Martial Law was a golden age for our country?
In this video, Leloy Claudio discusses the 5 reasons why democracy is better than dictatorship.

LIST: Who's been granted amnesty?
Alex Evangelista September 04, 2018

Take your pick: Administration allies Senator Gringo Honasan, MMDA boss Danilo Lim, and former customs chief Nicanor Faeldon were among those granted amnesty by previous presidents.
Previous Philippine presidents have used their power to grant amnesty to persons and groups “who may be guilty of political offenses,” often to facilitate peace processes or entice rebels to return to mainstream life.

FAST FACTS: What is amnesty?
Michael Bueza and Vernise L Tantuco September 04, 2018
Here's what you need to know about amnesty in the Philippines

Aquino, 5 other presidents delegated amnesty review to committees
Camille Elemia September 12, 2018
AFP Chief Carlito Galvez Jr and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV go through similar processes, as former president Ramos also created a committee in 1994 to decide on amnesty applications

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PH situation now similar to martial law years under Marcos
Nov 3, 2018

The present situation in the Philippines under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is no different from the martial law years of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, according to Fr. Angel Cortez, co-executive secretary of the Association of the Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines.

Military rule in Duterte's homeland
Sofia Tomacruz December 14, 2018
What has martial law in Mindanao accomplished so far?

Evolution of the Duterte Cabinet
Pia Ranada August 18, 2019

Roughly half of Duterte's original Cabinet remains at the midway point of his presidency, while the number of retired military or police in the Cabinet has tripled. Read - download the article as pdf

By 2020 elections, Comelec will be packed with Duterte appointees
August 20, 2019
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism points out the exit of seasoned poll commissioners means the appointment of newer ones who have limited experience running national automated elections

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read these articles and all links, because so it is in our beloved country now!

LIST: No to corruption? Duterte's controversial reappointees
Pia Ranada June 11, 2018

Zero tolerance for corruption? Rappler finds that President Duterte has reappointed, promoted, or retained in a different capacity 16 government officials accused of corruption or misuse of public funds.

By 2022, Supreme Court filled with Duterte appointees
Lian Buan July 30, 2018
Here's how the composition of the Philippines' top court would look like by the time President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends

Video

Reviving the anti-subversion law
August 19, 2019

How does the DILG plan to carry out the Anti-Subversion Act of 1957 should it be revived?
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año dropped a bombshell last week that instantly generated flak from activists: that he wants the anti-subversion law revived. Look also all the links in the article

Duterte is no Marcos, says DILG in defending anti-subversion law
Rambo Talabong August 19, 2019 - with Video
'This is not the authoritarian martial law which is of the Marcos period where when someone is arrested and not heard of, and then suddenly he's dead,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

DILG will drop campaign for anti-subversion law if...
...President Rodrigo Duterte decides to revive the peace talks with the Left
Rambo Talabong August 20, 2019 - with Video

Democracy in decline
December 18, 2018

Newsbreak, Rappler’s research and investigative arm, has pursued stories to track the Philippines' slow but steady descent to authoritarianism, in a bid to stem it and call attention to this worrisome trend

Where do we fall in world rankings?
Alex Evangelista December 20, 2018
Attacks against democratic values and unforeseen events situate the Philippines
in much lower rankings than the previous year in several areas

Moments when Duterte made us ask, 'Is he serious?'
Pia Ranada December 18, 2018
From shutting down an island for half a year to reviving ancient barter trade, President Rodrigo Duterte has tried to implement some crazy-sounding policies

Video

'Death of democracy'
May 10, 2019

Political analyst Doy Romero about fears of a less independent Senate after the May 13 elections.
With President Rodrigo Duterte’s senatorial bets dominating preelection surveys, many experts fear a less independent Senate after the May 13 elections.
Will this mean the death of democracy?
To help us understand this issue, Rappler talks to political analyst Doy Romero.
Watch this interview.

Duterte allies named dominant majority, minority parties
Paterno Esmaquel II May 10, 2019
'Kalokohan,' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan, adding that this decision is against democracy

Video

Is there hope for democracy after the 2019 elections?
August 08, 2019

The results of the 2019 elections, to some extent, divided the nation.
Some were satisfied as President Rodrigo Duterte had more allies in the Senate and House of Representatives who can help him with his legislative agenda, but some were "disappointed, but not surprised," as they say these lawmakers may jeopardize the independence of Congress, and ultimately, our nation's democracy.
In this special episode of Basagan ng Trip, history and literature professor Leloy Claudio sits down with First Quarter Storm activists Ed Garcia and Noel Tolentino and Akbayan's Gio Tingson as they try to make sense of the country's prospects for democracy

How a Duterte supporter fell out of love with the President
Pia Ranada June 30, 2018
'The hardest part is admitting that the man you thought he was is different from the man he is,' says a Duterte supporter who has decided to become a critic.
The sari-sari store Joseph* was buying from happened to have a small television flashing a clip of President Rodrigo Duterte calling God stupid. Something about the presidential outburst gnawed at Joseph’s brain until he got home.

The Philippine Flag - Evolution - Flag days, National Symbols - Etc.

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How to sing PH national anthem, and display symbols in proposed flag code
Mara Cepeda June 30, 2017

A House bill sets tougher penalties for improper singing of 'Lupang Hinirang,' as well as incorrect usage of the Philippine flag and other national symbols.

34 arrested for sitting out national anthem at 'The Hows of Us' screening
Rambo Talabong September 06, 2018 - with Video
UPDATED Refusing to stand up and face the flag could land you in jail during the singing of the Philippine national anthem.

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8491
AN ACT PRESCRIBING THE CODE OF THE NATIONAL FLAG, ANTHEM, MOTTO, COAT-OF-ARMS AND OTHER HERALDIC ITEMS AND DEVICES OF THE PHILIPPINES
Videos

The Philippine Flag - Evolution - Flag days - Etc.

with e.g. these albums:

What are the flag protocols and why are they important!

How to properly dispose worn out PH flags

Evolution of the Philippine Flag

What Philippine Flag Days mean

Where to find Philippines' first flag

The article HERE AND below

The Flag Days: May 28 to June 12

On May 28, 1898, the Philippine flag was first unfurled after the Philippine Revolutionary Army defeated Spanish forces in the Battle at Alapan, Imus, Cavite. The national flag was yet to be formally announced on the day of that battle. It was formally presented to the people on June 12, 1898.

The History of the Philippine Flag

download - look the poster in full size

The History of the Philippine Flag

The Evolution of the Philippine Flag

FAST FACTS: Philippine flag misconceptions and other trivia
by/Mary Gleefer Jalea June 11, 2016

May 28 to June 12 mark the Flag Days in the Philippines. How much do you know about the country's national flag?

National symbols of the Philippines National symbols of the Philippines
Breach in protocol over PH presidential flag during Xi's state visit
Jodesz Gavilan November 21, 2018

The lone presence of the Chinese flag during the welcome ceremony and review of the guards by the 2 presidents is unlike any other state visit.
The sight of the lone Chinese flag behind Presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Xi Jinping as they made their way past the honor guards in Malacañang on Tuesday, November 20, caught the eye of not a few.

‘No meaning’ in Palace displaying only Chinese flag during Xi visit, says Lorenzana
Sofia Tomacruz November 22, 2018
‘They are in our land. This is our country. Perhaps that was just a show of respect to the guest,’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

IMPORTANT: Is China our new America?

AND the Video in the album "The Flag - Evolution - Flag days - Etc.":

Explainer: What are the flag protocols and why are they important?

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines calls shoe brand out for using Philippine flag on sneakers
July 18, 2018

The red, blue, yellow and white sneaker doesn't only use elements of the flag. The shoe tongue is practically a replica of the flag.

Disrespect for the flag

PH flag used as shade from summer heat
Mary Joy Quimpo May 27, 2017
This is not the first time an incident involving disrespect for the flag has gone viral.

For those who aren’t familiar with the law regarding the proper display of the flag, here’s a quick list of some of the do’s and don’ts.

Why should we respect the PH Flag?
Jonnel Gozo May 28, 2017
According to the curator of the Aguinaldo Shrine, it's important to revisit the history of the flag and be reminded of how our heroes fought for our independence.

LOOK: PH flag gets personified for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Beatrice Go July 06, 2019

The Philippines is represented by Rizal the Warrior in the World of Flags project

Citizenship - Residence permission - Visa - Passport

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Visas, Permits Immigration for Foreigners in the Philippines
If you will not be relocating to the Philippines and wish to stay in the Philippines longer than 21 days you will most likely be required to obtain a non-immigrant (temporary) visa. Generally non-immigrant visas are issued for travel to the Philippines for a specific purpose and for a set duration. Aliens entering the Philippines may qualify for the following visa categories:

Aliens admitted as nonimmigrants cannot remain in the Philippines permanently. To obtain permanent admission, a nonimmigrant alien must depart voluntarily to some foreign country and procure from the appropriate Philippine consul the proper visa and thereafter undergo examination by the officers of the Bureau of Immigration at a Philippine port of entry for determination of his admissibility in accordance with the requirements.

Tourist Visa Extension Philippines

Treaty Investor Philippines

Provisional Permit to Work Philippines

Employment Working Visa (9G) Philippines

Alien Employment Permit (AEP) Philippines

Retirement Visa (SRRV) Philippines

Special Visas for Foreigners allowing 100% Condo Ownership Philippines

Non Quota Visa - 13A Philippines

Special Visa for Employment Generation (SVEG) Philippines

Guidelines and Requirements for Applying for Filipino Citizenship Reacquisition Under Republic Act 9225
Philippine Citizenship

Dual Citizenship
It´s possible for Filipino to hold dual citizenship or more than one citizenship at the same time.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP
A Primer on the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 - 3rd edition

Crossing The Edge Of Allegiance
Joel P. Salud discusses what one risks in dual citizenship

Duterte to study removal of 'visa on arrival' privilege for foreigners
Pia Ranada and Sofia Tomacruz August 01, 2019

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the suggestion after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr raised security concerns over the surge in the number of Chinese working in the Philippines

PH 'refining' visa on arrival for Chinese due to overstaying issues
Lian Buan August 02, 2019
Triggered by statements of concern on the influx of illegal Chinese workers, the Bureau of Immigration is also now considering the possibility of scrapping the scheme altogether

Re-Entry Permit, Special Return and Emigration Clearance Certificates
IMMIGRATION POLICIES ON VISITING AND RETURNING OVERSEAS FILIPINOS

Under R.A. 6768, a former Filipino citizen and his/her spouse and children traveling with him/her are entitled to visa-free entry to the Philippines for a period of one (1) year.

Bureau of Immigration of Philippines - BI

also with important informations for tourists

the Videos

Know about the program and services of Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, from processing to legal matters with BI Commissioner Ricardo David and BI-Spokeperson & Intelligence Chief Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang

FYI EPISODE MAY 07, 2012

District and Field Offices - Visa Fees and Taxes
also with important informations for tourists

Emigration Clearance Certificate, ECC
The passport had a stamp saying visitors whose total stay in the country is more than 6 months are required to get an ECC.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS ETC. FOR FILIPINOS also filipinos balikbayan

Immigration Administrative Circular No. SBM-2013-007
DRESS CODE POLICY
The public shall be denied access to the bureau if they fail to observe the Dress Code Policy

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PHILIPPINE IMMIGRANT VISA - ALIEN CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION - THE ACR I-CARD

The 13(A) Visa applies to the spouse or the unmarried child under 21 years of age of a Philippine citizen, if accompanying or following to join such citizen.

The 13(G) Visa applies to a former Filipino who is returning to the Philippines for permanent residence, including his/her foreign spouse and minor children.

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IMPORTANT: look much more information HERE and HERE

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Ultimate Visa Corporation

Offices in Cebu City, Makati City and Angeles City. Fast & Reliable Visa assistance services at REASONABLE rates for: Tourist Visa, Fiancee Visa, Spousal Visa, Student Visa, Immigration Visa. To most countries in the World.

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SPECIAL RESIDENT RETIREE'S VISA (SRRV) OPTIONS

and many more informations about retirement in the Philippines

Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC)
4, 13th Street, New Manila

1112 Quezon City

Manila Economic and Cultural Office

Visa & Consular services

Video

Moving to the Philippines

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the below section About "Have a "Stay" or "Live & Retire"

Department of Foreign Affairs of Philippines (DFA)

Look also HERE

Videos

Philippine Passport & Philippine ePassport

Passport Application Process
Mar 24, 2018

E-passport, may bagong disenyo, 20 July 2015

E-passport gets new look, more security features,
Jul 20, 2015

Philippine ePassport Application Procedures

Live Demonstration of ePassport, 20 July 2015

Philippine ePassport step x step

Ten Practical Tips... for your ePassport

Dual citizens: Which passport to present when traveling to the Philippines?
Philippine Retirement & Travels Apr 1, 2019
It also briefly talks about using the Philippine passport when traveling to other foreign countries.

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PH to issue new 'high-security' passports at 'faster' pace

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the new printing system for Philippine passports increases production speed by 35%.
Starting August 15, is set to issue new passports with added security features HIGH SECURITY. Added security features have been placed, such as the upgraded security feature of the microchip to capture the personal data of the applicant.

IMPORTANT: Locsin scraps birth certificates for passport renewals
Paterno Esmaquel II January 15, 2019 - with Video
Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says showing an old passport 'is more than sufficient' to have this travel document renewed

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RA 10928 AN ACT EXTENDING THE VALIDITY OF PHILIPPINE PASSPORTS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 10 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8239, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “PHILIPPINE PASSPORT ACT OF 1996”, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Since July 2007, the Philippine Passport is a MRP - Machine Readable Passport.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR PASSPORT

look also HERE

Philippines passport requirements

First-time issuance of passport for children born abroad to Filipino parent/s
Renewal of expired passport
Amendment of passport
Replacement for tampered or damaged passport
Replacement for lost passport

Passport requirements for children

PASSPORT TRACKING SERVICE (PTS)

The Department of Foreign Affairs Officer of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) launched the PASSPORT TRACKING SERVICE (PTS) to provide updates to the public on the status of their passport applications.

After typing and encoding the information required, applicants will receive a response to their PTS queries through SMS message or e-mail within two working days upon receipt of such online request.

To prevent child trafficking, Republic Act 7610:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN SECURING MINOR’S TRAVEL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE

Look the Video Against Child trafficking - Republic Act 7610

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How to find out if you have a damaged passport
Mar 18, 2014

MANILA - How do you know if you have a damaged passport? According to Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Fred Santos, a damaged passport would include one that has a ripped cover, detached pages or has gone through a washing machine.

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Live - Retire in the Philippines

General - nessecary to know

IMPORTANT: Look the above section Citizenship - Residence permission - Visa

and

Daily Life
Elderly Care and Laws -  Rights - etc.
Gun ownership
House - Property - Land - Architecture - Etc.
Expats Organizations, Etc.

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The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) & Bureau of Immigration (in the album Authorities)

on Expat Insights into how to come and make Philippines your home for life with the General Manager of the Philippines Retirement Authority, Mr. Vernie Atienza.

Special Resident Retiree's Visa

How Duterte endangers your retirement
JC Punongbayan May 24, 2018

All in all, the yawning gaps of the country’s social pension system require bold, comprehensive, and forward-thinking solutions like universal social pension – not simplistic, superficial, and short-sighted ones like Duterte’s pension hike.

PhilHealth benefits for foreign retirees in PH starting July
June 16, 2017

This expansion of coverage is based on a memorandum of understanding signed by PhilHealth and the Philippine Retirement Authority in 2015 that aims to 'promote the country as a retirement haven for qualified foreigners'

Kevin Sanders is a pastor, blogger, husband, and caffeine addict. He spent 11 years as a missionary in the Philippines before returning to America with Mare Cris, his wife. This includes videos on the Philippines with advice for e.g expats and other topics. Look more HERE

AboutPhilippines recommend to look all the good advices for expats

Department of Foreign Affairs of Philippines (DFA)

CIVIL REGISTRATION OF BIRTH, DEATH, MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE of a Filipino

APPLICATION FOR RETIREMENT APPLICATION FOR RETIREMENT AND OTHER SOCIAL INSURANCE BENEFITS
Planning for the big R: Retirement
by/Rienzie P. Biolena, RFP October 04, 2015

A financial expert explains the essentials of retirement planning and how inflation can make a big difference.

Think Positive: What to Look Forward to During Retirement
10 September 2018

Making a New Life in The Philippines
Angela Cato

The Philippines is a perfect location for anyone in search of a new home where the climate is great year-round and where people are friendly everywhere you go. The Filipinos living in the islands are a friendly group of people who are family oriented and very nice to newcomers.

Videos

 

Why did Jerry & Family from Hawaii, choose to retire in Cebu?
Jun 3, 2017
See his INTERVIEW

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Retiring in PH: Pros and cons

For those who are planning their financial future after retirement, one of the important things to determine is where to live. May 30, 2015

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How to prepare for retirement in PH

Registered financial planner Randell Tiongson shared effective ways to plan for retirement in the Philippines on ANC's On the Money with Edric Mendoza. Sep 22, 2015

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Monthly costs of living in Cebu City

May 6, 2016 by/Christopher Lane
Monthly costs of living for April 2016 for a family of 3 living in Cebu City

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Medical Costs in The Philippines. My Recent Experience
Feb 6, 2019
The cost of living budget should include medical expenses, doctors, insurance, prescriptions, etc. This is a summary of my recent cost with 2 doctors in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines.

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Clark Green City eyed as ‘retirement haven’ for foreigners
Rappler.com July 17, 2015
Urban planners are looking at an elevated portion of the land within the Clark Special Economic Zone as a place to develop a retirement village for foreigners.
An eco-friendly retirement community for foreigners will be one of main features of Clark Green City, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said in a statement.
Why Makati Remains the Most Ideal Place to Live and Invest In
Mai Bantog October 9, 2018

If you thrive in the hustle and bustle of city life, Makati is still the most desirable place to live and invest - and here are 10 reasons why.

Why Retiring in the Philippines is Your Best Choice
Senior Citizen Benefits and Person With Disability Privileges in the Philippines

Look the Benefits and Privileges as pdf

Filipino Elderly Week: How to take good care of the elderly

PROCLAMATION NO. 470

DECLARING THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER OF EVERY YEAR AS LINGGO NG KATANDAANG FILIPINO (ELDERLY FILIPINO WEEK)

Elderly Care - etc. in Philippines

The Foreign Service of the Philippines

Tax exemption privileges of filipinos who are permanent residents abroad and returning to the Philippines for good and former filipino citizens who have acquired citizenships of other countries and are returning to the Philippines to settle permanently.

Continue to Philippine Immigrant Visa Non Quota 13(G) or 13(A)

Returning Resident, Balikbayan Shipment

Understanding Filipino Body Language
Philippines - An Expatriate Guide
How local can a Foreigner become How local can a Foreigner become in the Philippines?
Dress codes for foreigners A Discussion about Dress codes for foreigners living in the Philippines
Videos

Living and Working in the Philippines

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Philippines Life

People in the Philippines going about their daily activities.

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LIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES

by/Global Coach Center

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Living and Working in the Philippines

Chris Ducker wrote: I get asked what it like to live and work in the Philippines, all the time...! So I thought I'd shoot this quick clip to give you a bit of an insight. Hope you enjoy it.

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Philippines Expat Survival Guide - www.expat-survival-guide.info

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F.A.C. - Foreign Assistance Center Philippines

is the first in the Philippines of its sort. The F.A.C. provide all legal residing Foreigners, Retirees, Guests and Investors with their given Rights under the Philippine Laws specifically Immigration Law

Look more about F.A.C. HERE

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Typical Philippines

Life in Province

The Pros and Cons of Retiring in the Philippines
VISAYAN FORUM FOUNDATION, INC.

is a non-profit, non-stock and tax-exempt non-government organization in the Philippines established in 1991. VF works for the welfare of marginalized migrants, especially those working in the invisible and informal sectors, like domestic workers, and trafficked women and children.

the Video

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The do's and don’ts of practical living
by/Adrianna Mejia October 07, 2015

Make practical choices everyday

goILOILO.com Crime against foreigners in the Philippines

many other good informations too about daily life in the Philippines in link on the site

TRAINING REGULATIONS DRIVING

AUTOMOTIVE AND LAND TRANSPORT SECTOR

TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Inheritance law of property - land - also about foreigners inheritance tax and law The Global Property Guide looks at inheritance from two angles: taxation, and what inheritance laws apply to foreigners leaving property in Philippines: what restrictions there are and whether making a will is advisable

Landlord and Tenant

Philippine law is generally PRO-LANDLORD in the luxury segment but it is NEUTRAL as between landlord and tenant for the rest of the market.

Water supply and sanitation in the Philippines
Electric Power supply - Etc.
Philippine Standard Time, PST, also known as Philippine Time (PHT) and informally Juan Time, is the official name for the time in the Philippines.

Look also HERE

Republic Act No. 10535 , The Philippine Standard Time (PST) Act of 2013

Filipino Time

Time Zone Converter - Time & Time Zone Conversion
World Time Zones

look list of time zones HERE

Embassies - Consulates etc. in and for the Philippines

Affidavit of Support/Letter of Invitation

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OUR FOREIGN SERVICE POSTS
Philippine Embassies - Consulates etc.

Philippine Embassy in Vatican, the Holy See Vatican City
Mercedes Arrastia Tuason, Ambassador
Via Paolo VI, 29
00193 Rome
Holy See (Vatican City)

Look more on page 148 in the document

Official link is missing. If you know an official link, please SEND a MAIL

Embassy of the Holy See (Apostolic Nunciature) in the Philippines

H. E. Archbishop Antonio Franco
Apostolic Nuncio
2140 Taft Avenue
Manila City 1004 Philippines
Tel. No.: (2) 521 0307
Fax No.: (2) 521 1235

Look "Apostolic Nunciature in PH" by/Reynaldo Santos Jr. Jan 15, 2015
The Apostolic Nunciature is home to Vatican City's representative – or nuncio
Most countries establish embassies in other countries for diplomatic purposes. But the Vatican City, for its part, installs an apostolic nunciature in select countries.

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AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT/LETTER OF INVITATION

Nessecary for visits of Philippine citizens in many countries e.g. Schengen - The host has to fill up and send such to the invited person

Look the form as doc HERE or as document template file (dot) HERE

Visa Information System (VIS)

allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. It consists of a central IT system and of a communication infrastructure that links this central system to national systems. VIS connects consulates in non-EU countries and all external border crossing points of Schengen States.

EU VIS and biometrics factsheet

Visa application guide: Getting a Schengen visa from the Italian embassy in PH
Ligaya Solera February 05, 2017
Dreaming of a trip to Europe? Start planning it now – starting with your Schengen visa application

Embassy WorldWide
Schengen Visa

The Schengen Agreement is a treaty signed between states in Europe. Visa to one of the states is valid to all members of Schengen Agreement

Schengen Information System - Terms about Schengen with links and advices

British Embassy Manila

the article and video A UK visa is just five steps away
by/Rappler.com September 28, 2015
UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) launched a new video aimed at first time visitors to the UK.
The video is a further example of the improvements to the visa service to make it quicker and easier for Filipino visitors to apply for a UK visa

ROYAL DANISH EMBASSY, Manila

HONORARY ROYAL DANISH CONSULATE GENERAL IN MANILA

HONORARY ROYAL DANISH CONSULATE IN CEBU

by contact - information and help about:

Possibilities for foreign nationals to reside in Denmark (visa)
How to apply for family reunification in Denmark
Family reunification for spouses e.g.
Family reunification for children
Family reunification with other family members

BUT

Don´t date a DANE, because here in 2017 it´s nearly impossible to get a foreign spouse comming from outside DENMARK to live with a DANE in DENMARK!

Registration of danes in Philippines recommended for tourists

DANISH

Det Filippinske Konsulat, Copenhagen, Denmark
Visum ansøgningsvejledning Requirements for visa application
Visa applicationform/Ansøgningsskema
Authentication legalization services

Philippine Consulate in Copenhagen, Denmark (English)

Consulate of The Philippines in Aarhus, Denmark (English)

Embassy of Norway in the Philippines
Netherlands Embassy in Manila
The Austrian Representations

Cebu, Davao and Manila

Embassy of the United States in Manila
I was denied a U.S. visa, and it's very personal
Lian Buan April 14, 2018

The embassy officer told me I could reapply if and when my 'circumstances change.' What circumstance has to change before we beat colonial presumptions and call ourselves worthy to travel this world freely?

AboutPhilippines says: IMPORTANT to read

U.S. starts requiring social media details for visas
Rambo Talabong June 02, 2019

The United States now requires visa applicants to disclose the social media platforms and usernames they have used in the past 5 years.
It remains unclear whether the addition to visa applications have been implemented across the world.

U.S. could ask visa applicants for social media passwords
Agence France-Presse February 08, 2017
US homeland security wants tougher visa screening procedures including the right to look into an applicant's social media account.

Embassy of Canada in the Philippines
Australian Embassy, Manila
Embassy of Japan Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
The official Representative of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the Philippines

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines

Paperwork - Registrations - Certificates - Licenses - Etc.

IMPORTANT: Look about nessecary certificates, requirements - etc.:

Au-Pair

Wedding, Marriage, Divorce, Annulment of marriage in Philippines and - or to a Filipino - Filipina

Health - etc.

Baptism

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National ID law: Here's the law, RA 11055 , plus quick summary
Pia Ranada August 08, 2018
The Philippine Identification System will record every instance you use your national ID or number in a transaction, aside from any modification of personal information

the Video: Philippine ID System
Aug 18, 2018
Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones, author of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act, discusses the information that will be available on the national ID. PSA spokesperson Lady Tuble shares how Filipinos can apply for a national ID. PSA spokesperson Lady Tuble shares how they will secure sensitive data in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

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Duterte signs national ID system law
Pia Ranada August 06, 2018 - with Video
Filipinos will soon be asked to register with the Philippine ID System in order to get their national ID. Lawmakers give assurances that privacy rights and data will be protected

Nothing to be afraid of? Other countries use their national IDs in countless ways
Loreben Tuquero June 15, 2018
While proponents of a national ID system in the Philippines argue it will improve government services, examples from other countries show the many uses of a national ID beyond government functions.

What you need to know about the proposed national ID system
Jodesz Gavilan June 07, 2018
Proponents say the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) can help improve the delivery of government services but experts worry about its implications on privacy.

'Record history' puts cloud of doubt on proposed national ID system
JODESZ GAVILAN June 12, 2018

Privacy experts warn that maintaining a record history in what could otherwise be a beneficial identification system
may pave the way for 'dataveillance'

How to apply for and secure government-issued IDs
July 04, 2019

Hassle? Nope, it's time to hustle.
Finally got the job offer? Congratulations! Now comes the next part — the documentary requirements.
Before officially starting your adulting life, you'll need to register and get identification cards or clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Social Security System (SSS), and Philhealth, to name a few.

Need documents from gov’t? Post office ‘Zip Lane’ is waiting
December 09, 2017

The ‘Zip Lane,’ based in Philippine Postal Corporation stations, can accept requests for and print NBI, SSS, PhilHealth, POEA documents in less than an hour.

How to Apply for UMID Card (Unified Multi-Purpose ID Card)
March 25, 2015

UMID stands for the Unified Multi-Purpose ID card that will serve as the single ID card of all SSS, GSIS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG members.

Look also HERE, HERE

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FORMSPH
Confused about PH gov't services? There's now an app for that
Shaira Panela August 30, 2016

Out of confusion and frustration over the basics of government services, a 21-year-old political science graduate develops a mobile app that aims to help people access these services

the Video

Notary Public

How to Get a Document Notarized in the Philippines

Notary Public

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You can now apply for NBI clearance online
Mar 30, 2015

The registration and appointment system for the NBI clearance will all be done online nationwide.

How the PNP plans to replace the NBI clearance with their own
Rambo Talabong March 18, 2019
Would you rather get your clearance from the police or the NBI?

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"NBI clearances - payment kiosk system"

MANDALUYONG CITY, Owie Haplasca, executive officer of the EDP division of the National Bureau of Investigation, explains how applications for the NBI clearance will become fully automated. NBI clearances are required for individuals seeking employment locally or abroad.

Philippine Center on Transnational Crime - PCTC

The PCTC address the requirement of putting strong and intensified focus against transnational organized crime in the course of the government’s anti-crime campaign.
The Executive Director, PCTC; the Chief, PNP; and the heads of other concerned government agencies shall undertake close coordination and cooperation to insure synergy in the over-all anti-transnational crime campaign.

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Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)

"How to Change Your PRC Registered Name after Marriage"

by/Zero MD - Jan 22, 2014

For Filipino Female Professionals registered at the Professional Regulation Commission changing their registered name after getting married can be a chore. Find out how you can have a hassle-free time at the PRC. The Professional Regulation Commission is the Philippine governing body for certifying individuals as professionals in the various working groups. Renewal of PRC licenses can be done at SM Malls nowadays which makes it easy. However for women who recently got married, changing the status and registered name is a big hassle.

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Top 28 Valid ID's Required in the Philippines

Are you familiar with "NO ID, NO ENTRY' signs? Did you experience refusal from a Money Changer or from a "Kwarta Padala" institutions when you want to receive money from someone but you have no valid ID. Whether your a student, an employee, or an average Pinoy, a valid ID - Identification Card is always required when transacting business, accessing public/private institutions or opening bank accounts. So here's a list of the Top 28 Valid ID's required in the Philippines

Philippines BIR Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) card
Having a Philippines BIR Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) card can be advantageous when dealing with Filipino government officials and most financial institutions. A TIN card is handy, even if you do not pay taxes in the Philippines

Important: Look more informations HERE

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"Former" National Statistics Office (NSO) now PSA

Look about the possibility to get help from NSO

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NSO Birth Certificate Delivery - Remark videos both in English and Tagalog in the album

Have your NSO Certificates in just 2-4 days. Call NSO Birth Certificate Delivery (02) 737-1111 now! Available 24/7. Nationwide coverage.

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Civil registry: Update blank entries in birth certificate

The Manila Civil Registry reminds everyone to be alert in fixing their documents such as birth certificates.

Aug 31, 2014

Citizen Services

Need a Birth Certificate? Want a Passport - Seaman's Book - Visa or ??? Citizen Services allows for convenient access to various government services from the DFA, NSO and POEA

Many good informations and more links

MasterCitizen's Blog

A blogsite where the common citizen can find facts and guides.

Barangay Clearance or Certificate of Residency

one the Philippine government issued identification documents needed for many important business, job, or personal transactions. You might need it for the following reasons:

Barangay Clearance is required when you apply a job/employment.
It's one of the documents required when you apply or open a bank account.
It's required for business establishment.
It's required for other business or financial transactions such as lending, loan or financing.
It's required mainly to certify that you are living or residing in a certain barangay.
And it's required for any other important transactions...

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Driver License

New designs for driver's license cards out in August 2015
Ipinasilip ng LTO ang bagong disenyo ng drivers license card na i-isyu simula sa Agosto. Inaasahan ng ahensya na mapupunan ng bagong supplier ang higit sa kalahating milyong hindi pa nabibigyan ng bagong lisensya. Jul 8, 2015

LTO rolls out drivers' licenses valid for 5 years
Aika Rey August 29, 2017
The entire application process for the new driver's license cards takes about 5 minutes, the transportation secretary says.

Duterte signs laws extending passport, driver's license validity
Pia Ranada August 02, 2017
The law extending driver's license validity also imposes stricter measures on the issuance of licenses to ensure only deserving applicants get them. Look RA 10930

and HERE, HERE, HERE

example of the old design front - rear

LTO Driver's License and NBI Clearance Renewal

article and examples about renewal of driver´s license for Filipino citizens abroad HERE

Driving in the Philippines with a Foreign Driver License
April 18, 2018: Foreigners may drive for 90 days with an International Driving License, IDL or a valid license from countries reciprocating with the Philippines. After which a Philippine Drivers License is required and may be obtained at the Land Transportation office, LTO.

LTO Driver's License and NBI Clearance Renewal

PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT (PIDP)
Before hitting the road abroad, make sure that you have a Philippine International Driving Permit (PIDP) to enjoy driving privileges in more than one hundred countries all over the world.

List of countries and territories recognizing PIDP - Rev. Jun 2016

First Timer's Guide to PH International Driving Permit
9 Jun 2018

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Do you know how to apply for a driver's license?
Aika Rey August 21, 2016
Here's how to properly apply for a driver's license in the Philippines and avoid 'fixers' that help breed corruption

A disappointing story about getting a PH driver's license
Janessa Villamera July 30, 2017
Much has been said but has LTO really done anything about these?

Automation in licensing can help screen responsible drivers
April 21, 2017
Former LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador says removing the discretionary factor among employees screening applicants can help ensure that only those fit to drive are issued licenses.

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Recovering a confiscated driver's license
February 08, 2018

Be careful what you wish for
Road safety advocate Vincent Lazatin finds himself on the receiving end of traffic enforcement – his driver's license gets confiscated!
Join Vincent as he takes us through the steps he took to retrieve his license from the Mandaluyong City Hall.

What to expect in LTO's practical driving exam
Kimiko Sy August 24, 2017

To get a driver's license, applicants must pass both the written examination and the practical driving exam. The exam seeks to filter and guarantee responsible drivers on the road. Are the practical exams effective enough?
Applying for a license can take more or less one whole day. Applicants start with taking the written examination.

CHURCH RECORD CHANGES AND RECONSTRUCTION

The Chancery Department of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila is the Secretariat of the diocese. One of its functions is to receive documents and authorize changes and corrections in the registers of baptism, confirmation and marriage.

Philippine Legal Forms is the site to find the basic formats of standard and frequently used legal forms, contracts and agreements

All Philippine legal forms and contracts on this website are free for site visitors to copy and revise for single use.

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