MANILA, Philippines – Hours after Filipinos fell for a satirical piece on Jinggoy Estrada's "arrest," the senator on Monday, November 4, felt the need to clarify the “incredible” story. “My staff just called me at 5:00 am to inform me that there is an article circulating in Facebook that I have been arrested in the US for bringing in huge amount of US$. That is absolutely NOT TRUE,” Estrada said in a text message from the US late Monday night.
MANILA, Philippines – At least 25 civilians posing as typhoon survivors and volunteers were caught looting relief goods at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, the military confirmed on Wednesday, November 27. The looting was reported by fellow volunteers, said Air Force spokesperson Colonel Miguel Ernesto Okol.
MANILA, Philippines – Responding to calls for transparency in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the government launched on Thursday, November 14, an online tracker of humanitarian aid given by foreign countries and organizations. The Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH) is "an online portal of information on calamity aid and assistance