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Philippines’ sinking row: former president Benigno Aquino says Chinese vessel abandoned stranded fishermen

The captain of the Chinese vessel was ‘duty bound legally and morally’ to stop and check whether the other boat’s occupants were OK, Benigno Aquino said.

22 Jun 2019 - 9:42AM

The captain of the Chinese vessel was ‘duty bound legally and morally’ to stop and check whether the other boat’s occupants were OK, Benigno Aquino said.

Philippines’ sinking row: former president Benigno Aquino says Chinese vessel abandoned stranded fishermen
Philippine election: ‘Duterte’s magic routed opposition’

A strong showing by the president’s allies in midterm elections has paved the way for him to ‘transform the political system’. But proceedings were marred by malfunctioning vote counting machines

14 May 2019 - 11:05PM

A strong showing by the president’s allies in midterm elections has paved the way for him to ‘transform the political system’. But proceedings were marred by malfunctioning vote counting machines

Philippine election: ‘Duterte’s magic routed opposition’
‘I was spat on, peed on, spanked’: as Filipino workers head for Japan, words of warning

Tokyo’s new openness to foreign workers is expected to lure more than 50,000 Filipinos to the country by 2025. But would-be expats should be cautious – not only is the work hard, experts warn flawed labour policies lead to abuse.

16 May 2019 - 3:59PM

Tokyo’s new openness to foreign workers is expected to lure more than 50,000 Filipinos to the country by 2025. But would-be expats should be cautious – not only is the work hard, experts warn flawed labour policies lead to abuse.

‘I was spat on, peed on, spanked’: as Filipino workers head for Japan, words of warning
38 dead, ‘plots’ against Rodrigo Duterte and an accused Olympic weightlifter: what’s the truth of Philippine election chaos?

A man in a hoodie claims the president’s family have links to drugs, while a female Olympian weightlifter is accused of conspiracy. Philippine authorities are doing their best to play down the chaos, but is something deeper afoot?

12 May 2019 - 9:16AM

A man in a hoodie claims the president’s family have links to drugs, while a female Olympian weightlifter is accused of conspiracy. Philippine authorities are doing their best to play down the chaos, but is something deeper afoot?

38 dead, ‘plots’ against Rodrigo Duterte and an accused Olympic weightlifter: what’s the truth of Philippine election chaos?
In Philippines, mysterious whistle-blower claiming Duterte’s family took millions in drug kickbacks unveils his identity

Peter Joemel Advincula says he’s the man seen in five YouTube videos implicating the president’s family as ‘principal’ operators in the country’s drug trade.

7 May 2019 - 7:49PM

Peter Joemel Advincula says he’s the man seen in five YouTube videos implicating the president’s family as ‘principal’ operators in the country’s drug trade.

In Philippines, mysterious whistle-blower claiming Duterte’s family took millions in drug kickbacks unveils his identity
Sara Duterte: First Daughter, Davao city mayor – and Philippine president in waiting?

Davao’s city mayor is as controversial as her father, whom she may succeed in 2022. But long before she has put her hat in the ring, her candidacy is already being scrutinised.

6 May 2019 - 1:50PM

Davao’s city mayor is as controversial as her father, whom she may succeed in 2022. But long before she has put her hat in the ring, her candidacy is already being scrutinised.

Sara Duterte: First Daughter, Davao city mayor – and Philippine president in waiting?
US-Philippine Balikatan military exercises in South China Sea ‘not a message to Beijing’, insists Manila

President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman insists that naval drills that simulate repelling a foreign power from a Philippine island are not a response to China’s deployment of a large fleet to waters near Thitu – or Pagasa – island.

16 Apr 2019 - 9:51AM

President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman insists that naval drills that simulate repelling a foreign power from a Philippine island are not a response to China’s deployment of a large fleet to waters near Thitu – or Pagasa – island.

US-Philippine Balikatan military exercises in South China Sea ‘not a message to Beijing’, insists Manila
Philippines mulls bringing South China Sea dispute to UN as Hague ruling fails to deter Beijing

Presidential spokesman says Duterte has a few options to seek resolution in conflict – one of them being to lobby support from General Assembly.

6 Apr 2019 - 1:35PM

Presidential spokesman says Duterte has a few options to seek resolution in conflict – one of them being to lobby support from General Assembly.

Philippines mulls bringing South China Sea dispute to UN as Hague ruling fails to deter Beijing
In Philippines, support mounts for South China Sea ‘crimes against humanity’ case against Xi Jinping

More than 25,000 people have signed a statement of support for two former officials who claim China’s artificial island building has blocked 320,000 Filipinos from their fishing grounds. But Beijing has no plans to respond

27 Mar 2019 - 10:54AM

More than 25,000 people have signed a statement of support for two former officials who claim China’s artificial island building has blocked 320,000 Filipinos from their fishing grounds. But Beijing has no plans to respond

In Philippines, support mounts for South China Sea ‘crimes against humanity’ case against Xi Jinping
‘David vs. Goliath’ in South China Sea: Beijing must take us seriously, say ex-Philippine officials seeking ICC probe into Xi Jinping

Beijing says the situation in the South China Sea is stable and the move won’t harm its positive relations with Manila.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:11PM

Beijing says the situation in the South China Sea is stable and the move won’t harm its positive relations with Manila.

‘David vs. Goliath’ in South China Sea: Beijing must take us seriously, say ex-Philippine officials seeking ICC probe into Xi Jinping
Philippines goes cap in hand to China as water shortage bites

A delegation from Manila is in Beijing to seek loans and unlock funds for the Chinese-backed Kaliwa dam. But critics say the Duterte government has engineered the water shortage to gain backing for the dam, which indigenous tribes oppose.

20 Mar 2019 - 12:49PM

A delegation from Manila is in Beijing to seek loans and unlock funds for the Chinese-backed Kaliwa dam. But critics say the Duterte government has engineered the water shortage to gain backing for the dam, which indigenous tribes oppose.

Philippines goes cap in hand to China as water shortage bites
US promises to defend the Philippines from ‘armed attack’ in South China Sea, as Manila mulls review of defence treaty

State Secretary Mike Pompeo’s comments were the clearest sign Washington would intervene in the contested region, and sparked anger from Beijing.

2 Mar 2019 - 7:53AM

State Secretary Mike Pompeo’s comments were the clearest sign Washington would intervene in the contested region, and sparked anger from Beijing.

US promises to defend the Philippines from ‘armed attack’ in South China Sea, as Manila mulls review of defence treaty
‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do Filipinos have against Chinese Filipinos? Meet the Tsinoys
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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

14 Nov 2018 - 9:38PM

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.

China Telecom’s move into Philippines faces legal battle
As China’s Xi heads to 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 - 2:32PM

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Philippines plans law to give Duterte Marcos-like powers
‘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.

17 Sep 2018 - 10:18PM

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

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