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Philippines’ Duterte claims he ordered ambush, but palace said he ‘misspeaks’ Tagalog

The president said ‘I ambushed you, you animal’ to former Daanbantayan mayor Vicente Loot, who escaped death after the attack last year – in a speech where he also renewed his offer of big bounties for the return of mistakenly-released convicts.

18 Sep 2019 - 9:41PM

The president said ‘I ambushed you, you animal’ to former Daanbantayan mayor Vicente Loot, who escaped death after the attack last year – in a speech where he also renewed his offer of big bounties for the return of mistakenly-released convicts.

Philippines’ Duterte claims he ordered ambush, but palace said he ‘misspeaks’ Tagalog
Duterte blasts Iceland’s abortion law, hopes country will ‘freeze in time’

Philippine President says Iceland, which introduced a UN resolution to investigate his war on drugs, is concerned about human rights yet it allows abortions until the end of the 22nd week of pregnancy.

29 Aug 2019 - 11:34AM

Philippine President says Iceland, which introduced a UN resolution to investigate his war on drugs, is concerned about human rights yet it allows abortions until the end of the 22nd week of pregnancy.

Duterte blasts Iceland’s abortion law, hopes country will ‘freeze in time’
Elderly Filipino sisters return home after eight-day travel delay on China Eastern Airlines

Three elderly women whose connecting flight was diverted to Wuhan said their return to the Philippines was delayed by eight days, after a typhoon caused travel chaos.

19 Aug 2019 - 8:49PM

Three elderly women whose connecting flight was diverted to Wuhan said their return to the Philippines was delayed by eight days, after a typhoon caused travel chaos.

Elderly Filipino sisters return home after eight-day travel delay on China Eastern Airlines
‘Preposterous’: Philippine defence secretary hits out at Chinese diplomat’s claim that Filipino workers in China are spies

Delfin Lorenzana has called for online casinos operating near military camps to be relocated over fears Chinese nationals working in such firms could be tapped to gather intelligence for Beijing.

19 Aug 2019 - 4:08PM

Delfin Lorenzana has called for online casinos operating near military camps to be relocated over fears Chinese nationals working in such firms could be tapped to gather intelligence for Beijing.

‘Preposterous’: Philippine defence secretary hits out at Chinese diplomat’s claim that Filipino workers in China are spies
Philippines vows justice for handcuffed Chinese man who fell to death

Yang Kang died after escaping from a sixth floor window. It is thought he was being held captive over unpaid debts; police say they are closing in on his employer

13 Aug 2019 - 6:22PM

Yang Kang died after escaping from a sixth floor window. It is thought he was being held captive over unpaid debts; police say they are closing in on his employer

Philippines vows justice for handcuffed Chinese man who fell to death
Duterte’s China development plan for South China Sea islands ‘poses security risk’ for Philippines

The Philippine president has signed a multibillion-dollar deal with Xi Jinping to transform Fuga, Chiquita and Grande into tourism and leisure destinations, but the influx of Chinese cash could have long-term implications for national security.

6 Aug 2019 - 6:36PM

The Philippine president has signed a multibillion-dollar deal with Xi Jinping to transform Fuga, Chiquita and Grande into tourism and leisure destinations, but the influx of Chinese cash could have long-term implications for national security.

Duterte’s China development plan for South China Sea islands ‘poses security risk’ for Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte set to visit China’s Xi Jinping for fifth time since taking office

The president, who critics accuse of being too close to Beijing, is reportedly planning the trip to coincide with a basketball tournament featuring the Philippine national team.

4 Aug 2019 - 11:47PM

The president, who critics accuse of being too close to Beijing, is reportedly planning the trip to coincide with a basketball tournament featuring the Philippine national team.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte set to visit China’s Xi Jinping for fifth time since taking office
Philippines ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa to ‘independently’ probe his own drugs crackdown

Tough-talking former police chief Ronald dela Rosa, often likened to Hollywood actor The Rock, has been elected to Senate committee tasked with investigating operation Oplan Tokhang, which has left thousands dead.

28 Jul 2019 - 3:07PM

Tough-talking former police chief Ronald dela Rosa, often likened to Hollywood actor The Rock, has been elected to Senate committee tasked with investigating operation Oplan Tokhang, which has left thousands dead.

Philippines ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa to ‘independently’ probe his own drugs crackdown
Duterte slams critics as he invokes Philippine-US defence pact over South China Sea dispute

Responding to accusations he has been too soft on China, the Philippine president called for the US to ‘gather their fleet’ in the disputed waterway.

18 Jul 2019 - 6:07PM

Responding to accusations he has been too soft on China, the Philippine president called for the US to ‘gather their fleet’ in the disputed waterway.

Duterte slams critics as he invokes Philippine-US defence pact over South China Sea dispute
Philippines won’t quit UN rights council or sever ties with Iceland despite Duterte’s threat: Locsin

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said the country would stay in the UN Human Rights Council but directed scathing criticism at Iceland for moving a vote to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:19PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said the country would stay in the UN Human Rights Council but directed scathing criticism at Iceland for moving a vote to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

Philippines won’t quit UN rights council or sever ties with Iceland despite Duterte’s threat: Locsin
UN probe into Duterte’s Philippines drugs war welcomed by activists – but Manila calls move an ‘insult’

The move will help Filipinos get accountability for the ‘spate of killings’, which has claimed the lives of even toddlers, activists say.

13 Jul 2019 - 10:35PM

The move will help Filipinos get accountability for the ‘spate of killings’, which has claimed the lives of even toddlers, activists say.

UN probe into Duterte’s Philippines drugs war welcomed by activists – but Manila calls move an ‘insult’
Imelda Marcos’ 90th birthday celebration ends in tears when former Philippine first lady’s guests suffer food poisoning

It began as a jubilant affair – right up until the country’s national dish, adobo with egg, landed more than 200 guests in various hospitals.

4 Jul 2019 - 12:23PM

It began as a jubilant affair – right up until the country’s national dish, adobo with egg, landed more than 200 guests in various hospitals.

Imelda Marcos’ 90th birthday celebration ends in tears when former Philippine first lady’s guests suffer food poisoning
Rodrigo Duterte backflips on Chinese fishing in Philippine waters, insisting exclusive rights will not be waived

Earlier this week, Duterte said he would be unable to stop China fishing in his country’s exclusive waters even if he wanted. He has reversed that position after accusations his position was unconstitutional.

27 Jun 2019 - 10:28PM

Earlier this week, Duterte said he would be unable to stop China fishing in his country’s exclusive waters even if he wanted. He has reversed that position after accusations his position was unconstitutional.

Rodrigo Duterte backflips on Chinese fishing in Philippine waters, insisting exclusive rights will not be waived
Former Philippine diplomat Albert Del Rosario, who criticised China, back in Manila after Hong Kong deportation

The former foreign affairs secretary is a noted critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his detention occurred one day after he said Beijing was ‘not to be trusted’ over the sinking of a Philippine vessel in the South China Sea.

21 Jun 2019 - 11:20PM

The former foreign affairs secretary is a noted critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his detention occurred one day after he said Beijing was ‘not to be trusted’ over the sinking of a Philippine vessel in the South China Sea.

Former Philippine diplomat Albert Del Rosario, who criticised China, back in Manila after Hong Kong deportation
‘China’s not to be trusted’: Philippines’ Rosario wades into row over South China Sea sinking

In an outburst likely to dismay President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s former foreign secretary cautioned against China’s assurances over the incident saying he had ‘first hand experience’ of how ‘unreliable’ Beijing can be.

20 Jun 2019 - 6:13PM

In an outburst likely to dismay President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s former foreign secretary cautioned against China’s assurances over the incident saying he had ‘first hand experience’ of how ‘unreliable’ Beijing can be.

‘China’s not to be trusted’: Philippines’ Rosario wades into row over South China Sea sinking
Philippine drug war deaths pile up as Duterte admits losing control

Some 1,600 people have been killed in the past six months in the Philippines’ drugs crackdown, bringing the official death count to more than 6,600.

20 Jun 2019 - 11:17AM

Some 1,600 people have been killed in the past six months in the Philippines’ drugs crackdown, bringing the official death count to more than 6,600.

Philippine drug war deaths pile up as Duterte admits losing control
Filipinos burn Chinese flags in protest against Duterte’s ‘weak’ response to South China Sea sinking

Demonstration comes after the Philippine leader described the sinking of a Philippine vessel in the South China Sea as ‘just a collision’

19 Jun 2019 - 12:46PM

Demonstration comes after the Philippine leader described the sinking of a Philippine vessel in the South China Sea as ‘just a collision’

Filipinos burn Chinese flags in protest against Duterte’s ‘weak’ response to South China Sea sinking
Philippine fishing boat’s sinking in South China Sea was ‘just a collision’, Duterte says

A week after the boat was allegedly sunk by a Chinese vessel, the Philippine president has sought to play down the incident, warning officials not to make the situation worse.

18 Jun 2019 - 1:29PM

A week after the boat was allegedly sunk by a Chinese vessel, the Philippine president has sought to play down the incident, warning officials not to make the situation worse.

Philippine fishing boat’s sinking in South China Sea was ‘just a collision’, Duterte says
Philippine fishermen protest Chinese harvesting of giant clams on Scarborough Shoal in further South China Sea dispute

The fishermen’s claim that Beijing ignored a previous protest and the activities of Chinese vessels are severely damaging the environment comes a day after the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a suspected Chinese trawler.

15 Jun 2019 - 2:21AM

The fishermen’s claim that Beijing ignored a previous protest and the activities of Chinese vessels are severely damaging the environment comes a day after the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a suspected Chinese trawler.

Philippine fishermen protest Chinese harvesting of giant clams on Scarborough Shoal in further South China Sea dispute
Philippines lodges diplomatic protest with Beijing over South China Sea ‘hit and run’ that sunk fishing vessel

Philippine fishermen were left stranded at sea, prompting some analysts to criticise the Chinese conduct as ‘inappropriate’ and ‘unethical’.

13 Jun 2019 - 10:44PM

Philippine fishermen were left stranded at sea, prompting some analysts to criticise the Chinese conduct as ‘inappropriate’ and ‘unethical’.

Philippines lodges diplomatic protest with Beijing over South China Sea ‘hit and run’ that sunk fishing vessel
Philippine defence chief urges ‘diplomatic protest’ after Chinese vessel sinks fishing boat in disputed waters

A Filipino craft anchored near Recto Bank – claimed by both Manila and Beijing – sank on Sunday leaving 22 crewmen ‘to the mercy of the elements’, according to Delfin Lorenzana.

13 Jun 2019 - 12:26PM

A Filipino craft anchored near Recto Bank – claimed by both Manila and Beijing – sank on Sunday leaving 22 crewmen ‘to the mercy of the elements’, according to Delfin Lorenzana.

Philippine defence chief urges ‘diplomatic protest’ after Chinese vessel sinks fishing boat in disputed waters
Arrests of six suspects with Abu Sayyaf in Philippines fuel fears over spread of militancy

Raids on terrorist hideouts result in detention of six suspects linked to kidnappings, ambushes, bomb attacks and recruitment. Security forces have stepped up their presence in the restive south after the killing of a Dutch hostage last month, but experts fear groups affiliated with Islamic State could also be targeting Manila.

12 Jun 2019 - 3:19PM

Raids on terrorist hideouts result in detention of six suspects linked to kidnappings, ambushes, bomb attacks and recruitment. Security forces have stepped up their presence in the restive south after the killing of a Dutch hostage last month, but experts fear groups affiliated with Islamic State could also be targeting Manila.

Arrests of six suspects with Abu Sayyaf in Philippines fuel fears over spread of militancy
Philippines to auction huge cache of ill-gotten jewellery seized from Imelda Marcos, wife of former dictator Ferdinand

The items, estimated to be worth about US$19 million in 2015, include Indian diamonds, Burmese rubies and Colombian emeralds, as well as a tiara that belonged to a Russian empress.

4 Jun 2019 - 10:15PM

The items, estimated to be worth about US$19 million in 2015, include Indian diamonds, Burmese rubies and Colombian emeralds, as well as a tiara that belonged to a Russian empress.

Philippines to auction huge cache of ill-gotten jewellery seized from Imelda Marcos, wife of former dictator Ferdinand
Islamic State-linked militants kill Dutch wildlife photographer in Philippines

Elwold Horn, 59, from Holland, was captured by the Abu Sayyaf group in 2012. He was killed while trying to escape during a firefight between his captors and government troops

31 May 2019 - 10:36PM

Elwold Horn, 59, from Holland, was captured by the Abu Sayyaf group in 2012. He was killed while trying to escape during a firefight between his captors and government troops

Islamic State-linked militants kill Dutch wildlife photographer in Philippines
Philippines drug war: what’s behind sudden surge of deaths in Central Luzon?

A jailed senator has identified the region as the new ‘epicentre’ of extrajudicial killings in a deadly anti-drugs campaign that has claimed more than 5,300 lives so far.

31 May 2019 - 6:04PM

A jailed senator has identified the region as the new ‘epicentre’ of extrajudicial killings in a deadly anti-drugs campaign that has claimed more than 5,300 lives so far.

Philippines drug war: what’s behind sudden surge of deaths in Central Luzon?
Visitors from Malaysia, Indonesia attacked by Philippine rebels, eight soldiers wounded

The 11 people from indigenous communities, a delegation including Vietnamese and Myanmar nationals, were not hurt in the attack. Their convoy struck a landmine set by the rebels before a 40-minute gun battle ensued.

30 May 2019 - 9:37PM

The 11 people from indigenous communities, a delegation including Vietnamese and Myanmar nationals, were not hurt in the attack. Their convoy struck a landmine set by the rebels before a 40-minute gun battle ensued.

Visitors from Malaysia, Indonesia attacked by Philippine rebels, eight soldiers wounded
The Philippines vows to return 25 tonnes of trash dumped by Hong Kong

The crushed electronic materials arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal on January 2, but were only discovered on May 22.

31 May 2019 - 6:06PM

The crushed electronic materials arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal on January 2, but were only discovered on May 22.

The Philippines vows to return 25 tonnes of trash dumped by Hong Kong
Trump’s war on Huawei: time for Asia to panic? Don’t ask Google

The US tech behemoth’s plan to block Huawei devices from Android updates has retailers fearing they will be unable to shift their stock. But some users have put their fears on hold, saying they will wait out the US-China trade war.

24 May 2019 - 5:54PM

The US tech behemoth’s plan to block Huawei devices from Android updates has retailers fearing they will be unable to shift their stock. But some users have put their fears on hold, saying they will wait out the US-China trade war.

Trump’s war on Huawei: time for Asia to panic? Don’t ask Google
‘Raging optimism’ from Imee Marcos, as Duterte’s win in Philippine midterm elections boosts death penalty plan

Duterte now has the support of 20 of 24 senators. Among those he can count on in a push to reintroduce the death penalty and rewrite the constitution will be the daughter of late president Ferdinand Marcos.

22 May 2019 - 4:02PM

Duterte now has the support of 20 of 24 senators. Among those he can count on in a push to reintroduce the death penalty and rewrite the constitution will be the daughter of late president Ferdinand Marcos.

‘Raging optimism’ from Imee Marcos, as Duterte’s win in Philippine midterm elections boosts death penalty plan
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