Philippines

Philippine Capital Manila Bans Unvaccinated from Public Transport

The Philippine federal government this week ordered local governments across Metro Manila to begin enforcing a public transportation ban on all people not vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus, meaning anyone who cannot provide proof of coronavirus vaccination may not board buses, trains, boats, or planes in the Philippine national capital region, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Thursday.

A health worker (L) prepares to inoculate residents with a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine inside a Catholic church turned into a vaccination centre in Manila on May 21, 2021. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP) (Photo by TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)

Coronavirus Pandemic Freezes Philippines Presidential Election

Three top candidates for the Philippines’ May 2022 presidential election, including boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao and Ferdinand Marcos Jr., announced the temporary suspension of major campaign activities on Monday due to a recent surge in Chinese coronavirus cases nationwide, the Philippine Star reported.

Gathered supporters of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao hold a banner as Pacquiao files his candidacy for the Philippines' upcoming presidential election, scheduled to be held on May 2022, outside an election office in Manila on October 1, 2021. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP) (Photo by TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty …

Five Global Elections Set to Rock the World in 2022

As the world prepares for the departure of an especially tumultuous year in global politics, some of the world’s most influential countries are preparing for elections that may dramatically shift domestic politics and foreign policy, depending on how voters swing.

France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attend a meeting on the digital economy at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Jacques Witt / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JACQUES WITT/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese Defense Ministry Wants Closer Ties to U.S. Military

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Friday that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) desires closer relations with the U.S. military – and then blamed the U.S. for taking “provocative” actions that make such a close relationship difficult.

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews a naval parade Thursday in the South China Sea.