Philippines tagged ‘significant decliner’ in global corruption index

The country has dropped two places, ranking 117th out of 180 countries, in the past year, according to the annual global corruption report

China restricts activists’ social media ahead of Olympics

For China's ever-dwindling community of activists, the imminent arrival of the world's best athletes has triggered a familiar clampdown

Green group calls for probe into alleged ‘railroading’ of Kaliwa Dam construction

The NCIP and MWSS have reportedly been holding negotiations with indigenous communities in areas affected by the project this week

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Philippines tagged ‘significant decliner’ in global corruption index

The country has dropped two places, ranking 117th out of 180 countries, in the past year, according to the annual global corruption report

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For China's ever-dwindling community of activists, the imminent arrival of the world's best athletes has triggered a familiar clampdown

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