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Philippine ex-mayor serving 360 years in jail for rape and murder set to walk free after just 24

Antonio Sanchez, now 70, is in prison for the 1993 rape and killing of university student Eileen Sarmenta while he led the town of Calauan.

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Antonio Sanchez, now 70, is in prison for the 1993 rape and killing of university student Eileen Sarmenta while he led the town of Calauan.

Philippine ex-mayor serving 360 years in jail for rape and murder set to walk free after just 24
Duterte orders foreign ships to gain permission to sail in Philippine waters, in message aimed at China

Manila warned that non-compliance of the new rule, aimed at China, could result in an ‘unfriendly’ response by the country’s armed forces.

20 Aug 2019 - 10:28PM

Manila warned that non-compliance of the new rule, aimed at China, could result in an ‘unfriendly’ response by the country’s armed forces.

Duterte orders foreign ships to gain permission to sail in Philippine waters, in message aimed at China
Watch your kids, they might be terrorists, parents in the Philippines told

President Rodrigo Duterte’s former police chief Ronald dela Rosa says communist groups are out to brainwash the nation’s children.

12 Aug 2019 - 6:52PM

President Rodrigo Duterte’s former police chief Ronald dela Rosa says communist groups are out to brainwash the nation’s children.

Watch your kids, they might be terrorists, parents in the Philippines told
When is a gift to a Filipino cop not bribery? When it’s given with ‘gratitude’, President Duterte says

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been criticised for comments that have been interpreted as his endorsement of police accepting bribes.

11 Aug 2019 - 9:05PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been criticised for comments that have been interpreted as his endorsement of police accepting bribes.

When is a gift to a Filipino cop not bribery? When it’s given with ‘gratitude’, President Duterte says
Why the Philippine economy is trading call centres for casinos

Business process outsourcing, a little known backbone of the country’s prosperity, is under threat from Chinese online gambling, efforts to spread the wealth outside big cities, and artificial intelligence.

11 Aug 2019 - 2:04PM

Business process outsourcing, a little known backbone of the country’s prosperity, is under threat from Chinese online gambling, efforts to spread the wealth outside big cities, and artificial intelligence.

Why the Philippine economy is trading call centres for casinos
Will Duterte mention fishing deal with China in State of Nation address? No one knows for sure

The Philippines president has been unpredictable in previous year’s speeches. This year, he has said he will ‘educate’ Filipinos about his verbal agreement with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the disputed South China Sea.

21 Jul 2019 - 11:20PM

The Philippines president has been unpredictable in previous year’s speeches. This year, he has said he will ‘educate’ Filipinos about his verbal agreement with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the disputed South China Sea.

Will Duterte mention fishing deal with China in State of Nation address? No one knows for sure
Duterte and his crew of foul-mouthed Philippine officials: the new normal?

The Philippine leader’s love for making provocative remarks has resulted in copycat behaviour by his officials. But Duterte’s crassness has been welcomed by some people, who admire him for speaking his mind.

18 Jul 2019 - 7:34PM

The Philippine leader’s love for making provocative remarks has resulted in copycat behaviour by his officials. But Duterte’s crassness has been welcomed by some people, who admire him for speaking his mind.

Duterte and his crew of foul-mouthed Philippine officials: the new normal?
Duterte-Xi deal on China fishing in Philippine waters ‘not enforceable’: foreign secretary Locsin

The Philippine president claimed last month he could not go back on a verbal deal he made with the Chinese leader in 2016. But his comments appear to have been contradicted by his own foreign secretary, Teodoro Locsin Jnr

4 Jul 2019 - 11:21AM

The Philippine president claimed last month he could not go back on a verbal deal he made with the Chinese leader in 2016. But his comments appear to have been contradicted by his own foreign secretary, Teodoro Locsin Jnr

Duterte-Xi deal on China fishing in Philippine waters ‘not enforceable’: foreign secretary Locsin
Former Philippine diplomat Albert del Rosario defends using diplomatic passport to enter Hong Kong after Duterte criticism

he former foreign secretary and another Philippine official in March sued President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials for ‘atrocious actions’ in the South China Sea and Philippine territory.

27 Jun 2019 - 10:28PM

he former foreign secretary and another Philippine official in March sued President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials for ‘atrocious actions’ in the South China Sea and Philippine territory.

Former Philippine diplomat Albert del Rosario defends using diplomatic passport to enter Hong Kong after Duterte criticism
Ex-officials criticise Duterte administration’s soft approach towards China, as Philippine foreign ministry cancels diplomatic passports

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario, who was turned away from Hong Kong last week, called the move by the foreign ministry a ‘distraction’.

25 Jun 2019 - 9:36AM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario, who was turned away from Hong Kong last week, called the move by the foreign ministry a ‘distraction’.

Ex-officials criticise Duterte administration’s soft approach towards China, as Philippine foreign ministry cancels diplomatic passports
‘Duterte coward’: Filipinos’ opinions of president and Beijing government sour after South China Sea sinking

It took three days for news of the collision between a Philippine fishing boat and Chinese coastguard vessel to reach the public. But when it did, anger grew rapidly.

22 Jun 2019 - 11:04PM

It took three days for news of the collision between a Philippine fishing boat and Chinese coastguard vessel to reach the public. But when it did, anger grew rapidly.

‘Duterte coward’: Filipinos’ opinions of president and Beijing government sour after South China Sea sinking
Philippine midterm elections: Mocha Uson, ‘queen of fake news’, fails to win House seat

Mocha Uson has a varied résumé: she’s a dancer, model, sex coach and a former assistant secretary of the presidential communications office. But this week, the controversial Duterte ally failed to add ‘congresswoman’ to the list

16 May 2019 - 11:19AM

Mocha Uson has a varied résumé: she’s a dancer, model, sex coach and a former assistant secretary of the presidential communications office. But this week, the controversial Duterte ally failed to add ‘congresswoman’ to the list

Philippine midterm elections: Mocha Uson, ‘queen of fake news’, fails to win House seat
End of a dynasty? House of Estrada the biggest loser in Philippine midterm elections

Disgraced former president Joseph Estrada, 82, lost his bid for a third term as Manila mayor – a defeat that looked set to be shared by the rest of his family.

15 May 2019 - 7:29PM

Disgraced former president Joseph Estrada, 82, lost his bid for a third term as Manila mayor – a defeat that looked set to be shared by the rest of his family.

End of a dynasty? House of Estrada the biggest loser in Philippine midterm elections
Philippine midterm elections: Duterte-backed senatorial candidates leading in race, according to unofficial count

With 94 per cent of ballots counted early on Tuesday, Duterte allies were on track to take nine of 12 open seats in the upper house.

14 May 2019 - 6:41PM

With 94 per cent of ballots counted early on Tuesday, Duterte allies were on track to take nine of 12 open seats in the upper house.

Philippine midterm elections: Duterte-backed senatorial candidates leading in race, according to unofficial count
Slow start to Philippine midterm elections as 61 million voters decide whether to strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte’s hand

Duterte is not on the ballot. Nevertheless, the vote looms as a referendum on his programme three years after he was elected president.

13 May 2019 - 4:00PM

Duterte is not on the ballot. Nevertheless, the vote looms as a referendum on his programme three years after he was elected president.

Slow start to Philippine midterm elections as 61 million voters decide whether to strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte’s hand
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.

4 Nov 2018 - 8:49AM

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