12 Hours of Rain, Updates on the Porn Ban + Other Things That Happened Today

Also read about Perfecto Yasay's diplomatic approach to conversing with China
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Twelve hours of rain cause three deaths, forced evacuations in Cagayan de Oro.

Metro Manila may be enjoying a pleasant mid-January but residents of CDO and Misamis Oriental last night experienced the fallout from yesterday’s torrential rain: flash floods and landslides caused at least six deaths, evacuations and property damage in flood-prone areas, and military rescues of stranded commuters. The situation has reportedly improved but the “yellow” flood warning remains in place.

Manila sends subtle reminder to Beijing.

In his interview on CNN’s The Source Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay pointed out the benefits of using a quiet, diplomatic approach with China. While President Duterte may have set aside the arbitration tribunal’s ruling, the DFA Secretary remains firmly on the task of improving relations with China without forgetting about the disputed islands. “Three or four” note verbales, a less formal way of communicating with a government, were sent by Yasay, highlighting the important role language still plays in international diplomacy.

The current state of the ban on adult websites.

With the country’s recurring number one ranking in online porn viewing incurring the public displeasure of the president, a ban on accessing several major adult websites is not a real surprise. However, while the president’s actions have once again made a splash in the international media, the ban has not yet been fully enforced across all internet providers. To stay up-to-date, keep refreshing your browser.


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