Philippines: will voters grant president Duterte more power?

The key battle is control of the Senate
People in the Philippines are voting in congressional and local elections seen as a referendum on president Duterte's administration. The president enjoys big support and is predicted to do well in the polls. Aries Arugay, assistant professor at the Department of Political Science University of the Philippines Diliman told BBC Newsday why the elections are so significant. 

(Picture: Filipinos at a polling station in Manila, Philippines. Credit: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
An earthquake hits the Philippines island of Luzon
A powerful earthquake has struck the main Philippines island of Luzon and was felt in Manila.

Whitening adverts 'portray fairer-skinned women as happier'

TV host Bianca says people should be able to whiten skin, but that adverts should change
A big conversation is happening in the Philippines around the way companies are advertising skin whitening products.

Many people online have been criticising adverts that appear to encourage darker-skinned people to whiten their skin.

TV host Bianca Gonzalez started the discussion using the hashtag #ProudMorena.

(Photo: Bianca Gonzalez. Credit: Bianca Gonzalez).