The Daily Manila Shimbun


Peace talks with Reds, what went wrong?

January 1, 2018

Eighteen months into his presidency, Rodrigo Duterte has made a complete turnaround from his earlier declaration of being a socialist and “the first Leftist president” in the country. That is according to the Communist Party of the Philippines, considered as


Duterte “very happy” meeting the Emperor

October 31, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he was happy to meet with Emperor Akihito of Japan. Duterte, accompanied by partner Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, had an audience with the Emperor and Empress Michiko before returning to the Philippines following his two-day visit to


Office of Presidential Spokesperson maintaining trolls? Abella on the way out?

October 27, 2017

Is the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson (OPS) maintaining its own trolls? During the “Mindano Hour” briefing in Malacanang, a message from apparently a troll was posted on the official website of the OPS. The message used a foul word


US medics backed gov’t troops in Marawi fighting 

October 25, 2017

The US not only provided intelligence and military expertise but also gave medical support to government troops engaged in close quarters combat with ISIS-linked gunmen during the five-month long siege in Marawi City. Video obtained by Manila Shimbun shows a


How Sandiganbayan reaches decision in granting ex-Senator Estrada’s petition for bail

September 17, 2017

The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has allowed former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who is charged for supposedly non-bailable offense, to post bail on grounds that the evidence against him was not strong and he is not a flight risk. In a vote


A “roller coaster” ride but with some pluses after Duterte’s one year in office

June 29, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte has described his first year in office as a “roller coaster” ride which should be assessed only after the end of his term. The 72-year old Duterte assumed office as the 16th President of the Philippines during


Japanese teacher pushes for youth with disabilities to have equal shot at life

June 28, 2017

The Babita House is a two-storey dormitory and a native house where young PWDs  learn math, sign languages, reading, writing, and engage in livelihood activities.   Japanese volunteer Akiko Sugiyama who was dispatched in Bohol under the Japan Overseas Cooperation


Mao Kobayashi’s blog on cancer battle “groundbreakingˮ: BBC

June 24, 2017

LONDON- Japanese newscaster Mao Kobayashi’s blog on her battle against breast cancer was “groundbreaking,” British broadcaster BBC reported Friday. Kobayashi, wife of popular kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo XI, 39, and a mother of two children, died on Thursday at the