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Peace, noble, large male organ? Jury’s out on Duterte’s plan to rename Philippines as Maharlika

Duterte seems bent on realising the dream of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and renaming the Philippines as ‘Maharlika’. But people can’t decide whether the word means ‘peace’, ‘noble’, or ‘large male organ’.

11 Mar 2019 - 2:43PM

Duterte seems bent on realising the dream of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and renaming the Philippines as ‘Maharlika’. But people can’t decide whether the word means ‘peace’, ‘noble’, or ‘large male organ’.

Peace, noble, large male organ? Jury’s out on Duterte’s plan to rename Philippines as Maharlika
In Philippine election, a reel thin line between actors and politicians

It may have misfired, but an action movie featuring Robin Padilla as Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa – the Philippine police chief and key player in Duterte’s drug war – was following a popular script: disguise an election ad as entertainment

21 Mar 2019 - 1:44PM

It may have misfired, but an action movie featuring Robin Padilla as Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa – the Philippine police chief and key player in Duterte’s drug war – was following a popular script: disguise an election ad as entertainment

In Philippine election, a reel thin line between actors and politicians
One more death in Duterte’s war on drugs: trust in Philippine police

From extrajudicial killings to kidnappings, rape and extortion, the abuses perpetrated by the PHP in the name of the drugs war grows ever longer.

19 Dec 2018 - 7:33PM

From extrajudicial killings to kidnappings, rape and extortion, the abuses perpetrated by the PHP in the name of the drugs war grows ever longer.

One more death in Duterte’s war on drugs: trust in Philippine police
If Duterte’s so proud of firing corrupt officials, why hire them?

Supporters of the Philippine president make a virtue of how many people he has fired from his administration, claiming it reflects a no-nonsense approach. Critics say the nonsense is that he hired them in the first place

19 Nov 2018 - 12:05PM

Supporters of the Philippine president make a virtue of how many people he has fired from his administration, claiming it reflects a no-nonsense approach. Critics say the nonsense is that he hired them in the first place

If Duterte’s so proud of firing corrupt officials, why hire them?
Philippines’ corrupt customs bureau makes mockery of Duterte’s war on drugs

What do shady operatives, whistle-blowers, X-ray scanners, and a US$205 million drug haul have in common? They’re part of the deceit and debacles at the Bureau of Customs that turned Duterte’s deadly war on drugs into a farce.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:20AM

What do shady operatives, whistle-blowers, X-ray scanners, and a US$205 million drug haul have in common? They’re part of the deceit and debacles at the Bureau of Customs that turned Duterte’s deadly war on drugs into a farce.

Philippines’ corrupt customs bureau makes mockery of Duterte’s war on drugs
Feuding dynasties, bloody massacres: Game of Thrones season 8 ... or Philippine politics?

In the ‘world capital’ of political dynasties, ruling families that have held power for decades trade positions like musical chairs. And when sibling or clan rivalries threaten this incestuous grip on power, things can turn deadly.

21 Oct 2018 - 8:03AM

In the ‘world capital’ of political dynasties, ruling families that have held power for decades trade positions like musical chairs. And when sibling or clan rivalries threaten this incestuous grip on power, things can turn deadly.

Feuding dynasties, bloody massacres: Game of Thrones season 8 ... or Philippine politics?
A bilateral approach will get the Philippines nowhere in its South China Sea dispute with China
Video of 'Playgirls' show at Filipino congressman's birthday party sparks outrage online
‘Superattainers’: Philippine firm hails leadership skills of Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Marcos
Beijing demands full investigation of group behind Manila bomb plot

The Chinese embassy in Manila called for a thorough investigation of an alleged bomb plot, protesting at the Philippine government's "soft attitude" towards a potential threat to Chinese citizens.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

The Chinese embassy in Manila called for a thorough investigation of an alleged bomb plot, protesting at the Philippine government's "soft attitude" towards a potential threat to Chinese citizens.

Beijing demands full investigation of group behind Manila bomb plot
Guess who came to dinner: Obama's Philippines reception featured a colourful cast
Beijing laying a trap for the Philippines in South China Sea, say experts

With tension running high between the Philippines and China because of their maritime dispute, one wrong move could see Beijing grabbing all the disputed islands, say regional experts.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

With tension running high between the Philippines and China because of their maritime dispute, one wrong move could see Beijing grabbing all the disputed islands, say regional experts.

Beijing laying a trap for the Philippines in South China Sea, say experts
Two monster transport projects in Manila spell misery for commuters
President Aquino's handling of typhoon disaster under scrutiny

Four days after the strongest storm in history ravaged the central Philippines, CNN asked President Benigno Aquino how he felt about the idea that his presidency would be defined by the way it handled the disaster.

27 Apr 2015 - 5:21PM

Four days after the strongest storm in history ravaged the central Philippines, CNN asked President Benigno Aquino how he felt about the idea that his presidency would be defined by the way it handled the disaster.

President Aquino's handling of typhoon disaster under scrutiny
If a super typhoon hit Manila, damage would be as bad or worse

Manila is no stranger to powerful typhoons, but a storm like Haiyan could bring the Philippine capital to its knees.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Manila is no stranger to powerful typhoons, but a storm like Haiyan could bring the Philippine capital to its knees.

If a super typhoon hit Manila, damage would be as bad or worse
Filipinos set to snub Hong Kong after visa threat in Manila hostage row

Filipinos have reacted with bitterness to the decision by Hong Kong lawmakers to push for the scrapping of their visa-free trips to the city and are threatening to take their cash elsewhere.

10 Nov 2013 - 6:01AM

Filipinos have reacted with bitterness to the decision by Hong Kong lawmakers to push for the scrapping of their visa-free trips to the city and are threatening to take their cash elsewhere.

Filipinos set to snub Hong Kong after visa threat in Manila hostage row
Joseph Estrada: The Philippine politician who can't stop apologising

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, 76, wants to say sorry to Hong Kong. Now that's an act he had a lot of practice in - apologising. A self-acclaimed womaniser and philanderer, "Erap", as Estrada is popularly known, in the past had to repeatedly beg forgiveness from his wife, Luisa. One time he did it in style, with flowers and accompanied by musicians playing violin.

28 Oct 2013 - 10:31AM

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, 76, wants to say sorry to Hong Kong. Now that's an act he had a lot of practice in - apologising. A self-acclaimed womaniser and philanderer, "Erap", as Estrada is popularly known, in the past had to repeatedly beg forgiveness from his wife, Luisa. One time he did it in style, with flowers and accompanied by musicians playing violin.

Joseph Estrada: The Philippine politician who can't stop apologising
Cardiac Christmas
26 Dec 2002 - 12:00AM
Cardiac Christmas
Smugglers, thieves call on president
Arroyo's war on crime netting 'foot soldiers'
A TRAIL OF DEATH IN THE PHILIPPINES
Colonial mentality
20 Feb 2003 - 12:00AM
Colonial mentality
Abu Sayyaf kidnappers behead two Christians
March madness
6 Mar 2003 - 12:00AM
March madness
Endemic fears
1 May 2003 - 12:00AM
Endemic fears
Street fighter's tactics give capital a jolt
Fools' fortune
20 Mar 2003 - 12:00AM
Fools' fortune
Popularity contest
8 May 2003 - 12:00AM
Popularity contest
Forgotten heroes
10 Apr 2003 - 12:00AM
Forgotten heroes
Driving me crazy
3 Apr 2003 - 12:00AM
Driving me crazy