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) — 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) — 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...
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...
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 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 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.
Citing drug crime, Sri Lanka plans 1st executions since 1976
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president pledged to end the country's 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and execute condemned drug traffickers amid alarm over drug-related crimes.
The statement on the government's website said President Maithripala Sirisena would order the executions soon but did not say how the prisoners would be executed. Sri Lanka last executed a prisoner in 1976. At the time, prisoners were hanged.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Laborers stand on scaffolding while working at a construction site for a hospital near New Delhi, after such work was suspended for several days in the capital region to try to ease its severe air pollution.
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.
Mattis: War-trophy bells’ return to help US, Philippine ties
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Three war-trophy bells seized by U.S. troops over a century ago got a send-off back to the Philippines on Wednesday by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who called the controversial decision to repatriate them an important gesture of friendship between the two countries.
Some veterans and officials in the U.S. oppose returning the Bells of Balangiga, calling them memorials to American war dead. But Filipinos revere the bells as symbols of national pride.
Mattis send-off as US war-booty bells return to Philippines
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. defense secretary plans to take part in a ceremony in Wyoming marking the beginning of a process to return three disputed church bells to the Philippines.
The Defense Department says Defense Secretary James Mattis plans to travel Wednesday to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. Two of the Bells of Balangiga are at the base, and the third is with the U.S. Army in South Korea.
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.
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.
Duterte puts Customs under military control, citing drugs
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president put the Bureau of Customs temporarily under military control after two large shipments of illegal drugs slipped past the agency through the port of Manila.
President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement late Sunday in an expletives-laden speech in southern Davao city before an audience that included visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. At one point, Duterte made a rude finger gesture and uttered a profanity.
Fascist? Populist? Debate over describing Brazil’s Bolsonaro
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The front-runner in Brazil's presidential race says he wants to liberalize a largely closed economy, so why is he being called a "populist"? His speeches are laden with references to violence, but does such language deserve to be described as "far-right"?
And is Jair Bolsonaro being "fascist" when he makes derogatory comments about blacks, Indians and gays? What about when he says political opponents should be shot or waxes nostalgic about the 1964-1985 dictatorship?
Philippine court rejects Duterte bid to have critic arrested
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court on Monday rejected a petition by President Rodrigo Duterte's administration to have his fiercest critic in the Senate arrested, in a legal setback for Duterte that the senator called a victory for democracy.
Key allies quit Duterte Cabinet to run in elections
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Close allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have resigned from his Cabinet to run in elections next year that will test his popularity and could determine his future political influence.
Philippine president: Tests showed ‘I’m not yet cancerous’
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that medical tests show he doesn't have cancer, but added that he won't release a detailed report on his health.
"I'm not yet cancerous so do not be afraid to go near me. I will not contaminate you," the 73-year-old leader told a journalist in jest during a news conference. When asked if tissue samples taken from him tested negative for cancer, the president nodded.
China concerned about US drill during Xi’s Philippine visit
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China has raised concerns about a joint U.S.-Philippine military exercise that coincides with Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the country in November, a Philippine official said Tuesday.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua raised the concern in a meeting Monday with President Rodrigo Duterte, who assured the Chinese envoy that the Philippines would not take part in the military maneuvers.
Duterte should disclose health status, spokesman says
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should consider publicly disclosing the state of his health to stop speculation after revealing he underwent medical tests that may show if he has cancer, his spokesman said Friday.
Philippine’s Duterte says he may have cancer, awaiting tests
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he might have cancer and added that "I don't know where I'm now physically" as he awaited the result of recent medical tests.
Duterte said in a speech in Manila that he underwent an endoscopy and colonoscopy about three weeks ago but his doctor was advised this week to repeat the tests. Both tests aim to diagnose any abnormality in the digestive tract and colon.
Philippine military chief: Duterte critic requested amnesty
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief testified Tuesday that an opposition senator formally applied for amnesty for his involvement in past military mutinies based on an amnesty officer's account, contradicting the reason given by the president for revoking the 2011 amnesty in August.
Gunmen kill Philippine town mayor, 2 others, injure his wife
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Gunmen killed a town mayor and two other people and wounded the mayor's wife in the northern Philippines in the latest brazen attack on local officials, police said Tuesday.
Mayor Alexander Buquing, his driver and a police officer were shot and killed Monday night in an SUV in Bangar town in La Union province. Buquing's wife, who serves as his vice mayor in Sudipen town, also in La Union, received head injuries in the attack, police said.
US, Philippines increase number of joint military activities
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military said Friday its joint defense and security activities with U.S. forces, including annual combat exercises, will increase next year in a show of the treaty allies' continuing robust relations.
Critics say Duterte admitted illegal killings, aides say no
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rights activists said Friday that the Philippine president acknowledged in a speech that he permitted extrajudicial killings in his brutal drug war, but his aides argued it was a misunderstanding and stressed his repeated past denials.
Human Rights Watch said President Rodrigo Duterte's "admission should erase any doubt about the culpability of the president" and prod the International Criminal Court to hasten a review of a complaint against him for mass murder.
Arrested senator and Duterte critic: ‘Democracy lost today’
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress was arrested Tuesday after the president revoked his 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the senator called a blow to democracy.
Philippine president vents anger toward fierce critic on TV
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president vented his anger toward his fiercest political critic on a state TV talk show Tuesday, prompting opposition calls for him to focus instead on worsening inflation, rice shortages and an approaching powerful typhoon.
Philippine lawyers alarmed by Duterte moves to jail senator
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The largest lawyers' group in the Philippines asked the country's courts on Monday to resist "creeping incursions" on their independence and warned of judicial chaos after the president voided an amnesty for an opposition senator and ordered his arrest.
Duterte: Defiant senator won’t be arrested without warrant
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided not to seek the arrest of an opposition senator, who has taken refuge in the Senate, without a court warrant after the defiant lawmaker asked the Supreme Court to declare Duterte's order illegal.
The decision, however, failed to ease tensions between Duterte and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, the volatile president's fiercest critic in Congress. "This is not true," Trillanes said Friday of Duterte's assurance.
Senator asks court to declare Duterte arrest order illegal
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine senator who has taken refuge in the Senate to avoid an arrest order by President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to declare the order illegal and called on the military to defy it.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress, told the high court in a petition that Duterte's proclamation voiding his 2011 amnesty for links to failed coup attempts and ordering his arrest was baseless.
Gunmen kill drug-linked Philippine town mayor in his office
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine town mayor who was linked by the president to illegal drugs was fatally shot in his office Wednesday in the latest brazen attack on local officials.
Four gunmen barged into the Ronda municipality's town hall in Cebu province early Wednesday and repeatedly shot Mayor Mariano Blanco, who was sleeping in his office, police said. The men fled in a van.
Philippine senator defies Duterte’s arrest order in standoff
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine senator who is President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress remained holed up in the Senate on Wednesday to avoid what he considers an illegal arrest after Duterte voided his amnesty for his role in failed coup plots as a former rebel military officer.
Philippine leader praises security ties with Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been accused of widespread human rights abuses, on Tuesday praised his country's close security ties with Israel as dozens protested Israeli arms sales to his government.
At a meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Duterte said he considers Israel a key strategic partner and weapons supplier.
Duterte voids amnesty of critical senator, orders his arrest
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of his fiercest critic in Congress after revoking the senator's amnesty for involvement in unsuccessful military uprisings years ago.
Duterte calls Hitler ‘insane’ at Israeli Holocaust memorial
JERUSALEM (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who once compared himself favorably to Adolf Hitler, paid a solemn visit to Israel's national Holocaust memorial on Monday, branding the Nazi leader "insane" as he lamented the genocide of 6 million Jews.
The comments marked a dramatic turnaround for Duterte, who just two years ago had compared his anti-drug campaign to the Holocaust and said he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts. He later apologized.
Duterte in Israel for first visit by a Philippines president
JERUSALEM (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been accused of condoning human rights abuses in his deadly drug crackdown and who has made controversial comments about the Holocaust, received a warm welcome in Israel when he arrived Sunday for an official visit.