Fake news: pangolin scales contain no tramadol – fact! (video)

For several years stories have circulated on the internet that pangolin scales contain Tramadol HCl, a substance binder particle found in psychotropic drugs such as methamphetamine. The first mention of pangolin scales being used in the manufacture of methamphetamine appears to have been made in a July 2015 edition of Mongabay, which cited an Indonesian […]

Philippines morning news for August 21

Philippines morning news for August 21

Congress buckles down on 2020 budget THE PROPOSED national budget for next year has entered the legislative mill, with the House of Representatives lining up hearings leading to final approval at the chamber by Oct. 4. — BusinessWorld Online House OKs tax hike on alcoholic beverages, vapes Voting 184 in favor, two against and with […]

Cambodia morning news for August 20

Cambodia morning news for August 20

Kingdom’s 2020 tax revenue collection set to rise once again Cambodia’s 2020 tax revenues are expected to continue to grow, while transparency is also set to improve as tax officials become more aware of anti-corruption laws, according to the director general of the General Department of Taxation (GDT) on Monday. — The Phnom Penh Post […]

Philippines morning news for August 20

Philippines morning news for August 20

Graft Gobbles 20% of the Philippines’ Budget Corruption eats up US$13.35 billion, or 20% of the Philippines’ budget every year, the country’s Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos said on Thursday. — OCCRP Dengue cases hit 188,000; 807 dead As the number of dengue cases hit more than 188,000 this month, the Department of Health (DOH) has […]

Cambodia morning news for August 19

Cambodia morning news for August 19

Cambodia to ban online gambling, cites threat to social order Cambodia said on Sunday it is banning online gambling, which helped propel a wave of Chinese investment in casinos in the country, saying that the industry had been used by foreign criminals to extort money. — Bangkok Post Cambodia, Japan Trade Increases by 16 Percent […]

Philippines morning news for August 19

Philippines morning news for August 19

Duterte urged to cancel China deals on 3 islands DETAINED Sen. Leila de Lima has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to call off the agreements with Chinese firms to develop three strategic islands in the country to avoid security risks posed by China’s aggressive military activities in the Asia Pacific region. — The Manila Times Philippines […]

Philippines morning news for August 16

Philippines morning news for August 16

Philippines firm in South China Sea arbitral victory vs China The Philippines remains firm in its victory against China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea and would push for talks to settle the maritime dispute, a Malacañang official said Thursday. — ABS-CBN News Gov’t urged to turn to PPP for infra program as absorptive […]

Philippines morning news for August 15

Philippines morning news for August 15

US group sees expansion of PH drug war killings to crackdown on Left Attacks on civilians in the Philippines now included the killing of members and leaders of protest groups branded as communists, aggravating the violence arising from the government’s bloody campaign against drugs and increasing risks of a free fall to authoritarian rule, according […]

Philippines hardest hit as dengue cuts a deadly path through Asean

Philippines hardest hit as dengue cuts a deadly path through Asean

The Philippines remains the hardest hit of Asean member states reporting outbreaks of the debilitating and frequently fatal mosquito born disease dengue this year, with more than 720 deaths and a further 167,000 people infected between January 1 and July 27. Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told journalists yesterday (Aug 13) that the number […]

Philippines morning news for August 14

Philippines morning news for August 14

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte seen by public as ‘selling out’ to China, deputy says Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said citizens were worried Rodrigo Duterte was “selling out” to Beijing and called on the president to take a stronger stand to protect the country’s sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea. — Gulf News FDI […]

Philippines morning news for August 13

Philippines morning news for August 13

No UNCLOS, no US-EU in South China Sea: Xi Jinping wants code of conduct finished before Duterte’s term ends After its initial reluctance, China is now urging members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to complete the code of conduct on the South China Sea before 2021, when President Rodrigo Duterte’s three year turn […]

Philippines morning news for August 12

Philippines morning news for August 12

Dengue epidemic hits 3 more regions Three more regions have breached the dengue epidemic threshold, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Sunday, bringing the total to 10 regions since the government declared a national outbreak. — Manilastandard.net PHL needs big-spending tourists to hasten GDP expansion—Neda Tourists who are big spenders will help the Philippine […]

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