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‘Be silent or you’re next’: Maria Ressa posts bail, but arrest ‘puts all Filipinos at risk’

The Rappler CEO is defiant after being charged with ‘cyber-libel’ over a 7-year-old report. With an election looming, many say the case is motivated by her criticisms of the Duterte government and warn of the thin end of the wedge

14 Feb 2019 - 10:55PM
‘Be silent or you’re next’: Maria Ressa posts bail, but arrest ‘puts all Filipinos at risk’

The Rappler CEO is defiant after being charged with ‘cyber-libel’ over a 7-year-old report. With an election looming, many say the case is motivated by her criticisms of the Duterte government and warn of the thin end of the wedge

Philippine Air Force to buy 16 Black Hawk helicopters because they’re not made in the US but Poland

The Air Force will buy the helicopters, said the country’s defence chief.

17 Jan 2019 - 9:52PM
Philippine Air Force to buy 16 Black Hawk helicopters because they’re not made in the US but Poland

The Air Force will buy the helicopters, said the country’s defence chief.

Philippine defence chief urges review of US treaty amid South China Sea tensions

Delfin Lorenzana has called for clarity on the countries’ responsibilities ‘when the need arises to be joined in arms’, noting current terms say the US will offer aid only if the Philippines’ metropolitan areas are attacked

21 Jan 2019 - 11:17AM
Philippine defence chief urges review of US treaty amid South China Sea tensions

Delfin Lorenzana has called for clarity on the countries’ responsibilities ‘when the need arises to be joined in arms’, noting current terms say the US will offer aid only if the Philippines’ metropolitan areas are attacked

What do Filipinos have against Chinese Filipinos? Meet the Tsinoys

Chinese migration to the Philippines has long been a divisive topic – even among a group you might find surprising

22 Dec 2018 - 7:58PM
What do Filipinos have against Chinese Filipinos? Meet the Tsinoys

Chinese migration to the Philippines has long been a divisive topic – even among a group you might find surprising

Chinese workers ‘flood’ the Philippines, yet Duterte’s officials ‘don’t know’ how many there are

A senate probe has revealed just how little the men in Manila know about the real numbers of Chinese nationals in the country, but government records show official figures are well below observers’ estimates.

22 Dec 2018 - 9:43AM
Chinese workers ‘flood’ the Philippines, yet Duterte’s officials ‘don’t know’ how many there are

A senate probe has revealed just how little the men in Manila know about the real numbers of Chinese nationals in the country, but government records show official figures are well below observers’ estimates.

Picture imperfect: did Xi and Duterte agree to a ‘Blood Compact’ in Manila?

The Philippine and Chinese presidents were photographed in front of a painting that, according to a historian, represents the start of the Philippines’ colonisation by Spain.

23 Nov 2018 - 12:35AM
Picture imperfect: did Xi and Duterte agree to a ‘Blood Compact’ in Manila?

The Philippine and Chinese presidents were photographed in front of a painting that, according to a historian, represents the start of the Philippines’ colonisation by Spain.

China, Philippines aim for details of South China Sea oil exploration deal ‘within year’

Both sides still need to agree on how exactly to work together, the Philippine foreign secretary said on local television, as he revealed parts of the ‘confidential’ memorandum of understanding

22 Nov 2018 - 10:51PM
China, Philippines aim for details of South China Sea oil exploration deal ‘within year’

Both sides still need to agree on how exactly to work together, the Philippine foreign secretary said on local television, as he revealed parts of the ‘confidential’ memorandum of understanding

How the law caught up with the Philippines’ Imelda Marcos and her stolen millions

Marcos’s conviction on seven counts of graft over her Swiss accounts is unprecedented and provides a glimpse into the gilded lives of the former Philippine first lady and her husband, Ferdinand.

18 Nov 2018 - 12:41PM
How the law caught up with the Philippines’ Imelda Marcos and her stolen millions

Marcos’s conviction on seven counts of graft over her Swiss accounts is unprecedented and provides a glimpse into the gilded lives of the former Philippine first lady and her husband, Ferdinand.

China Telecom’s move into Philippines faces legal battle

A consortium backed by China Telecom looks likely to face a protracted legal battle after winning its bid to become the Philippines’ third telecoms provider.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM
China Telecom’s move into Philippines faces legal battle

A consortium backed by China Telecom looks likely to face a protracted legal battle after winning its bid to become the Philippines’ third telecoms provider.

As China’s Xi visits Philippines, has South China Sea oil exploration deal given him the slip?

With Xi heading to the Philippines, hopes were high for a deal on joint oil exploration in the South China Sea. But those ambitions are fading as experts spot a slip up in the fine print: it’s against the constitution.

10 Nov 2018 - 12:40PM
As China’s Xi visits Philippines, has South China Sea oil exploration deal given him the slip?

With Xi heading to the Philippines, hopes were high for a deal on joint oil exploration in the South China Sea. But those ambitions are fading as experts spot a slip up in the fine print: it’s against the constitution.

Court orders arrest of Imelda Marcos, widow of Philippine dictator, for corruption

The former first lady and incumbent lawmaker was found guilty of seven counts of graft for allegedly maintaining Swiss accounts as a cabinet member

9 Nov 2018 - 11:06PM
Court orders arrest of Imelda Marcos, widow of Philippine dictator, for corruption

The former first lady and incumbent lawmaker was found guilty of seven counts of graft for allegedly maintaining Swiss accounts as a cabinet member

Philippine policeman accused of raping drug suspect’s 15-year-old daughter

In viral video, accused officer appears to say officers committing rape is ‘nothing new’ in drug cases, although his meaning has since been disputed

30 Oct 2018 - 8:06PM
Philippine policeman accused of raping drug suspect’s 15-year-old daughter

In viral video, accused officer appears to say officers committing rape is ‘nothing new’ in drug cases, although his meaning has since been disputed

Hothead or peacemaker? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial pick for China envoy divides opinion

Broadcaster and columnist Ramon Tulfo has a reputation as a controversial firebrand but insists he’s really a ‘peacemaker’

27 Oct 2018 - 9:46PM
Hothead or peacemaker? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial pick for China envoy divides opinion

Broadcaster and columnist Ramon Tulfo has a reputation as a controversial firebrand but insists he’s really a ‘peacemaker’

Philippine Senate election: ‘Imperial Manila’ looks safe from Duterte … for now

Critics fear the president’s pledge to break the grip of the central government is just another move towards authoritarian rule. But analysts say they needn’t fear – to make good on his promise he will need an unlikely 12-0 victory.

18 Oct 2018 - 7:35AM
Philippine Senate election: ‘Imperial Manila’ looks safe from Duterte … for now

Critics fear the president’s pledge to break the grip of the central government is just another move towards authoritarian rule. But analysts say they needn’t fear – to make good on his promise he will need an unlikely 12-0 victory.

If Duterte is too ill to lead the Philippines, who is next in line for power?

Duterte has undermined his constitutional successor, Vice-President Leni Robredo, and appears to have given tacit approval instead to the idea of a junta forming to replace him.

9 Oct 2018 - 9:10PM
If Duterte is too ill to lead the Philippines, who is next in line for power?

Duterte has undermined his constitutional successor, Vice-President Leni Robredo, and appears to have given tacit approval instead to the idea of a junta forming to replace him.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits Hong Kong for weekend getaway, one day after hinting at health problems

Photos posted on Facebook by Rodrigo Duterte’s special assistant showed the leader and his family shopping and having a meal in Causeway Bay.

7 Oct 2018 - 1:52PM
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits Hong Kong for weekend getaway, one day after hinting at health problems

Photos posted on Facebook by Rodrigo Duterte’s special assistant showed the leader and his family shopping and having a meal in Causeway Bay.

Philippines plans law to give Duterte Marcos-like powers

New legislation that would grant the Philippine president powers similar to martial law comes amid claims by critics that he made up the alleged ‘Red October’ coup plot to justify a crackdown on the opposition.

3 Oct 2018 - 7:32PM
Philippines plans law to give Duterte Marcos-like powers

New legislation that would grant the Philippine president powers similar to martial law comes amid claims by critics that he made up the alleged ‘Red October’ coup plot to justify a crackdown on the opposition.

‘Difficult for my common sense to accept’: former Philippine general slams Duterte’s move to abolish critic’s amnesty

Jose Almonte said president’s attempt to abolish amnesty for rebellious senator was ‘unjust’, since he had already served time for the crime.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
‘Difficult for my common sense to accept’: former Philippine general slams Duterte’s move to abolish critic’s amnesty

Jose Almonte said president’s attempt to abolish amnesty for rebellious senator was ‘unjust’, since he had already served time for the crime.

How to catch a mutineer: the Philippine senator spooking Duterte

Antonio Trillanes IV led a failed military siege on former leader Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003. Now a vocal critic of the firebrand president, he may find himself back behind bars sooner rather than later.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
How to catch a mutineer: the Philippine senator spooking Duterte

Antonio Trillanes IV led a failed military siege on former leader Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003. Now a vocal critic of the firebrand president, he may find himself back behind bars sooner rather than later.

Duterte’s plan for retrial of senator over failed coups ‘could split Philippine military’

Analyst suggests Philippine Armed Forces are divided over support for Antonio Trillanes, who has hidden in his office since president ordered his arrest and court martial for attempts to overthrow a previous government.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Duterte’s plan for retrial of senator over failed coups ‘could split Philippine military’

Analyst suggests Philippine Armed Forces are divided over support for Antonio Trillanes, who has hidden in his office since president ordered his arrest and court martial for attempts to overthrow a previous government.

Victims’ families ‘exploding with rage’ after accused mastermind of Philippine massacre leaves jail to attend his daughter’s wedding
Blast from the past: is Gloria Arroyo setting herself up to be Duterte’s successor?

Analysis: from seemingly nowhere, former Philippine leader has leapt back into the limelight, sparking speculation she could have her eyes on the country’s top job – again.

24 Jul 2018 - 10:45PM
Blast from the past: is Gloria Arroyo setting herself up to be Duterte’s successor?

Analysis: from seemingly nowhere, former Philippine leader has leapt back into the limelight, sparking speculation she could have her eyes on the country’s top job – again.

Duterte vows for first time to ‘defend our interest’ in South China Sea

Philippine leader’s state-of-the-nation address was delayed due to battle for House leadership, which saw return to spotlight of former president Gloria Arroyo.

23 Jul 2018 - 11:21PM
Duterte vows for first time to ‘defend our interest’ in South China Sea

Philippine leader’s state-of-the-nation address was delayed due to battle for House leadership, which saw return to spotlight of former president Gloria Arroyo.

Draft constitution proposes giving Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sweeping powers that could let him rule indefinitely

President Rodrigo Duterte has rejected suggestions that a recently concluded review of the nation’s charter is meant to prolong his stay beyond his six-year term, which ends in 2022. But not everyone is convinced.

9 Jul 2018 - 9:36PM
Draft constitution proposes giving Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sweeping powers that could let him rule indefinitely

President Rodrigo Duterte has rejected suggestions that a recently concluded review of the nation’s charter is meant to prolong his stay beyond his six-year term, which ends in 2022. But not everyone is convinced.

Explainer: the connections between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Cambridge Analytica
Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix dined with two of Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign advisers in 2015
Could Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix be probed for meddling in Philippine election?
How Cambridge Analytica’s parent company helped ‘man of action’ Rodrigo Duterte win the 2016 Philippines election

Strategic Communications Laboratories’ website said in the run up to the vote that its client was perceived as kind and honourable, but it rebranded the candidate as a strong, no-nonsense man of action to win.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
How Cambridge Analytica’s parent company helped ‘man of action’ Rodrigo Duterte win the 2016 Philippines election

Strategic Communications Laboratories’ website said in the run up to the vote that its client was perceived as kind and honourable, but it rebranded the candidate as a strong, no-nonsense man of action to win.

Philippines’ approval of Chinese research vessel in strategic Benham Rise waters triggers national security concerns

Philippine lawmakers have called for a congressional probe after a Chinese ship was given access to a strategic undersea area

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Philippines’ approval of Chinese research vessel in strategic Benham Rise waters triggers national security concerns

Philippine lawmakers have called for a congressional probe after a Chinese ship was given access to a strategic undersea area

Philippine news website Rappler says 2012 cyber libel claims are ‘political in nature’