MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two former Philippine officials have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court accusing Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity over his...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Wednesday that they have seized methamphetamine concealed in tea wrappers and biscuit cans in their second-largest drug haul this year in a...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday publicly named 46 government officials, including three congressmen, he said are involved in illegal drugs, and added...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — About 6.8 million people have been affected by a water shortage in and around the Philippine capital, with long lines forming for rationed water and businesses and some...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Navy flagship has sailed through the South China Sea with its commander renewing an American vow to "sail, fly and operate wherever the law allows us to" amid...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine appeals court has upheld a decision that an online news site critical of President Rodrigo Duterte violated a constitutional ban on foreign ownership of...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Three Philippine Catholic priests said Monday they and some church leaders who are critical of the president's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs have received death...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday met a Filipino Muslim rebel leader who has become a regional governor under a Malaysian-brokered peace deal, telling...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that China should define its "so-called ownership" in the disputed South China Sea so other claimant countries...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live exotic turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States is more likely to be involved in a "shooting war" in the disputed South China Sea than the Philippines but the latter would be embroiled in such a...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the United States is committed to ensuring the South China Sea remains open to all kinds of navigation and that...
Pompeo: US worried over Chinese moves threatening navigation
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he would discuss U.S. concerns about Chinese actions that threaten freedom of navigation in the disputed South China...
Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines were sworn in Friday as administrators of a new Muslim autonomous region in a delicate milestone...
Amid loss of leaders, unknown militant rises in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Unlike many of his slain comrades, the touted new leader of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines lacks the bravado, clan name or foreign...
Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears.
A massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial regions may contain the outbreak by April, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said. President Rodrigo Duterte warned in a TV message Friday of fatal complications and urged children to be immunized.
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Young Buddhist novices attend a dance festival as part of Tibetan New Year celebrations in Kathmandu, Nepal.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, South Korean high school seniors clad in traditional attire bow during a joint graduation and coming-of-age ceremony in Seoul.
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AP Interview: Philippine journalist sees threat to democracy
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The head of a Philippine online news site who was arrested on a libel complaint accused President Rodrigo Duterte's administration of acting like a dictatorship and using the law as a weapon to muzzle dissent.
Journalist and Duterte critic posts bail after libel arrest
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration was freed on bail Thursday after her arrest in a libel case.
Philippine journalist, Duterte critic arrested in libel case
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration was arrested Wednesday by government agents in a libel case.
Philippine official: Abu Sayyaf harboring suicide bomber
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Abu Sayyaf militant leader accused of plotting a recent suicide attack in a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines may be harboring a foreign would-be suicide bomber in his jungle base, a senior official said Thursday.
Philippine police: 5 church bombing suspects in custody
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants accused of involvement in a deadly suicide attack at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines have surrendered to authorities, the national police chief said Monday amid renewed terrorism fears.
Philippine troops battle Muslim militants after church blast
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops clashed with Abu Sayyaf gunmen in fierce jungle fighting that left five soldiers and three militants dead, as the military pushed forward with a fresh offensive following a deadly church bombing last weekend.
Bangladesh sues Manila-based bank in NY over heist
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's central bank has filed a lawsuit in a New York court against a Philippine bank, seeking damages and the return of $81 million stolen from its account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2016, an official said Friday.
Abu Hena Mohd. Rajee Hassan, head of Bangladesh Bank's Finance Intelligence Unit, confirmed that the case was filed in the Southern District Court of New York against Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., or RCBC.
Duterte sees bombed church, tells army to crush Abu Sayyaf
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte and his top security officials on Monday visited a Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines where suspected Islamic militants set off bombs that killed 20 people and wounded more than 100.
The Latest: Muslim leader condemns Philippines bombings
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on a bomb attack targeting a church in the southern Philippines (all times local):
The head of the world's largest body of Muslim-majority countries has strongly condemned the bombing of a Catholic church in the Philippines that killed 20 people and wounded nearly a dozen.
The general secretary of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Yousef Al-Othaimeen has also expressed his "deep indignation" at Sunday's terrorist attack.
Filipino Muslims approve new autonomous region in referendum
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines overwhelmingly approved in a referendum the creation of a new autonomous region in hopes of ending nearly half a century of unrest, election officials said.
The Commission on Elections announced late Friday that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is deemed ratified following a referendum on Monday. It says 1.5 million people voted in favor.
Philippines arrests, hands over to China corruption fugitive
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have turned over to China a former government official wanted for alleged economic crime and corruption.
Xie Haojie (SHEE'-ye hao-JEE'-ye) was arrested on Sunday in Manila in an operation coordinated with Chinese authorities.
The 49-year-old is wanted back home on charges of corruption that amounted to $210 million.
Huge crowd of Filipino Catholics gathers amid terror fears
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A mammoth crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined a raucous procession Wednesday of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ despite terrorism fears and amid the president's attacks on the Catholic faith.
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Strong quake off Philippines prompts panic, tsunami warning
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful undersea earthquake struck off the southern Philippines on Saturday, prompting people to scramble out of shopping malls and buildings and authorities to warn villagers to stay away from beaches in case of a tsunami.
No casualties or damage were reported hours after the quake struck before noon, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted its warning for a potential tsunami that it had said could hit coastal areas of the southern Philippines and Indonesia.
Philippines: 66 alleged militants convicted in kidnappings
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court on Friday found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in 2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim militant group.
Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved a request by the president to extend martial law in the country's volatile south by a year due to continuing threats by Islamic State group-linked militants and communist insurgents.
US returns 3 disputed bells taken from Philippines in 1901
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — For over a century, the Bells of Balangiga have not rung in the Philippines, a silence that the president last year called "painful." Now, the revered bells will once again be heard in the country.
Duterte seeks martial law extension in southern Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the country's south by another year amid continuing concerns over possible militant attacks, although democracy advocates fear it could worsen human rights conditions.
US priest in Philippines arrested on charges of sex abuse
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine immigration authorities have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote central town in a case one official described as "shocking and appalling."
Philippine leader jokes he used marijuana at SE Asia meeting
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs has cost thousands of lives, says he used marijuana to keep awake at a recent regional meeting, but later disavowed his assertion as a joke.
Duterte made the comment Monday at an awards ceremony where he talked about attending last month's meeting in Singapore of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and how the schedules of such gatherings that run from morning until late at night is grueling.
Philippine journalist contesting tax charges freed on bail
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An award-winning Philippine journalist who along with the online news service she heads has been sued for tax evasion has declared her innocence and was freed on bail Monday after turning herself in for arrest.
3 Filipino police guilty of teen’s murder in brutal drug war
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court found three police officers guilty on Thursday of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer, in the first known such conviction under the president's deadly crackdown on drugs.
Philippine peace talks adviser resigns over agency graft
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the resignation of his adviser on peace talks with insurgents on Tuesday and sacked two other officials due to corruption in an anti-poverty program created for insurgency-hit areas.
Duterte said without elaborating he had accepted Secretary Jesus Dureza's resignation and fired two high officials who were implicated in the alleged corruption.
Xi: Talks on pact to avoid sea clashes could end in 3 years
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday negotiations between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations on a nonaggression pact to prevent clashes in the disputed South China Sea could be concluded in three years and promised that any differences will be dealt with peacefully.
Xi made the assurances after holding talks with President Rodrigo Duterte and other officials on a visit to the Philippines aimed at deepening relations with the American treaty ally.
Imelda Marcos posts bail for graft conviction in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos on Friday posted a $7,400 bail for provisional liberty after she was found guilty of graft and ordered imprisoned.
Hard-hitting Philippine news portal faces tax evasion charge
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine prosecutors said Sunday they will file charges of tax evasion against a news website that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Justice Department said in a statement it found probable cause to indict Rappler Holdings Corp. and its president, journalist Maria Ressa. The case could be filed later this week, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, court orders her arrest
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest Friday in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that she plans to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress.
Sven-Goran Eriksson is at the helm of another national team
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sven-Goran Eriksson is at the helm of another national team.
The 70-year-old Swede was introduced Monday as the coach of the Philippines after a famous stint with England more than a decade ago.
Eriksson has also coached Mexico and Ivory Coast, and numerous club teams including Roma, Lazio, Benfica and Manchester City.
Eriksson says "I suppose one of your questions will be why I am here? It's not easy to answer that question."
Aussie nun who angered Duterte forced to leave Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Australian nun who angered the Philippine president by joining anti-government protests used her final hours in the country to call on Filipinos to unite and fight human rights abuses.
Sister Patricia Anne Fox left the Philippines for Australia on Saturday night. The Bureau of Immigration ordered her deported in July, put her on a blacklist and then downgraded her missionary visa to a temporary visitor's visa, which expired Saturday.
4 dead, 19 missing in landslide-hit buildings in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers pulled out four bodies and four survivors but at least 19 others remained missing Wednesday after a massive typhoon-triggered landslide crashed down on two government buildings in the northern Philippines, officials said.