Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offers China Telecom a slot to be the country’s third telecom provider. Duterte has repeatedly said he wanted to introduce a third player into the Philippine telecom industry to spur competition and improve service.
TWIN TERRORIST THREATS inched closer to Iloilo City, a short 12-15 minute pump boat ride from Guimaras, the island province we call home. 40-50 armed rebels from the New People’s Army, NPA, a Communist insurgency group, raided the Maasin, Iloilo police station this past Sunday. On the same day a sister of the Maute brothers, a terrorist group, and two others were arrested near the Iloilo port. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has placed Iloilo City on full Red Alert status.
President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao yesterday, May 24,2017, because of incursions by suspected Maute group members in Marawi City. The Maute clan is a ragtag bunch of former petty thieves who formed an organization called Daulah Islamiyah in 2012. The local terrorist group is based in Lanao del Sur and has carried out several bombings and kidnappings, and has been active in recent months. They’re said to be ISIS wannabes. (Source: Rappler) The question for some expats living in “paradise” may be this: “Will Martial Law Affect Foreigners in the Philippines?”
I couldn’t believe my nieces and nephews in Guimaras have another holiday coming up. But I instantly guessed the reason for it. Another “Snow Day” in the Philippines.
“The City Mall Parola Expat Experience.” A retired fart like me has plenty of time to go shopping with his asawa. I enjoy checking out new places. Parola is located at Fort San Pedro Drive in Iloilo City. Guimaras, the island province we call home, is an approximately 12-15 pump boat ride away from Ortiz Wharf, minutes from Parola.
There’s a new sheriff in town: Rodrigo Duterte, the incoming President of the Philippines. Duterte has been called Asia’s Donald Trump. Like Trump, Duterte speaks his mind and doesn’t seem to care who he might offend, even if it’s Pope Francis, who he called a “son of a whore.” Love him or hate him, you have to admit the new guy does have a set of balls.