Banana workers in Malalag, Davao del Sur, are reported to have forcibly occupied a Lapanday plantation over a land dispute. The workers said the land had been awarded to them under the agrarian reform program. Some violence had been reported as well. (Click here to read a report on the state of agrarian reform in the region.)

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continues his tirade against the Americans. In this report, he mocked the Balikatan exercises scheduled in Sulu in February, calling it “just a ploy.”

And speaking of Sulu, Karen Hughes, the US’s assistant secretary of state in charge mainly of prettifying American image abroad, was reportedly mobbed in her visit there yesterday.

As Borat would say, “Nice.”

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