Duterte's daughter to run for VP, ally to seek presidency
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter has registered her candidacy for vice president in next year’s elections and was chosen as the running mate of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the late dictator's son, in an alliance that has alarmed activists.
Afghan Hazaras live in fear under Taliban rule
A black and white Taliban flag flies over the blown-up statue of a revered Hazara chief at the entrance to Bamiyan in central Afghanistan. Since the radical Islamists swept to power seven weeks ago, they have repeatedly promised a more moderate, inclusive brand of rule than during their last stint, when minorities were brutally persecuted. But members of the Hazara community here don't believe them.news.yahoo.com
Manila mayor, ex-scavenger and actor, to seek presidency
The popular mayor of the Philippine capital said Wednesday he will run for president in next year’s elections, the latest aspirant in what is expected to be a crowded race to succeed controversial leader Rodrigo Duterte. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, a child scavenger before becoming an actor then entering politics, told The Associated Press that he would fight still-raging coronavirus outbreaks and long-entrenched poverty and promote democracy if he triumphs in the May 9 elections. While the 46-year-old mayor is expected to bank on his rags-to-power life story, movie star looks and widely praised projects in Manila, including cleaning up its filthy main roads and restoring order in its chaotic streets and public markets, Moreno will be up against formidable national politicians and celebrities.news.yahoo.com
Aquino, Philippine ex-leader who challenged China, is buried
Philippines Obit Aquino Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo, left, talks to actress Kris Aquino, sister of former President Benigno Aquino III during a public viewing at the Church of Gesu of Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City in Quezon City, Philippines Friday June 25, 2021. Aquino, the son of pro-democracy icons who helped topple dictator Ferdinand Marcos and had troublesome ties with China, died Thursday, a cousin and public officials said. Family and friends sang a patriotic song after a silver urn with Aquino's remains was placed beside the tomb of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino. Aquino, whose family spent years in U.S. exile during Marcos’s rule, had turbulent ties with China as president. In 2016, Duterte allowed the burial of Marcos in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony with military honors in the Heroes’ Cemetery despite protests from pro-democracy activists.wftv.com
Asia Today: Duterte extends virus calamity status by a year
Duterte first placed the country under a state of calamity in March when the number of confirmed infections was approaching 200 with about a dozen deaths. The country now has more than 291,700 confirmed cases, the highest in Southeast Asia, with more than 5,000 deaths. India announced more than 75,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday along with 1,053 more deaths, taking total fatalities to 88,935. — South Korea has added 61 coronavirus cases, its lowest daily increase since mid-August amid a downward trend in new infections. Executive power in South Korea is concentrated in the president.