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Philippine police rescue man from loan shark amid spike in Chinese nationals kidnapping compatriots

Police say this is the 53rd case of casino-related abductions by fellow Chinese citizens since 2017, and are setting up a satellite office close to Manila’s gaming hub to better cope with the volume of kidnapping reports.

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Police say this is the 53rd case of casino-related abductions by fellow Chinese citizens since 2017, and are setting up a satellite office close to Manila’s gaming hub to better cope with the volume of kidnapping reports.

Philippine police rescue man from loan shark amid spike in Chinese nationals kidnapping compatriots
Solution to Manila’s ‘monster’ traffic jams? 24-hour schools and banks, Duterte’s spokesman says

President Rodrigo Duterte is under pressure to make good on an election promise to cut congestion, but poor public transport, politics and traffic experiments that favour the rich have made the task a tall order.

20 Aug 2019 - 9:10AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is under pressure to make good on an election promise to cut congestion, but poor public transport, politics and traffic experiments that favour the rich have made the task a tall order.

Solution to Manila’s ‘monster’ traffic jams? 24-hour schools and banks, Duterte’s spokesman says
When Xi meets Duterte: is the China-Philippines honeymoon over?

The Philippine president has gone out of his way to improve relations with Beijing but tensions in the South China Sea seem likely to cast a long shadow over his upcoming visit.

13 Aug 2019 - 10:53AM

The Philippine president has gone out of his way to improve relations with Beijing but tensions in the South China Sea seem likely to cast a long shadow over his upcoming visit.

When Xi meets Duterte: is the China-Philippines honeymoon over?
Duterte administration reels as Beijing slams Manila for undermining its cross-border gambling crackdown

China says its nationals are being targeted by gambling firms, resulting in hundreds of millions of yuan illegally flowing into the Philippines, and its citizens are being subjected to ‘modern slavery’ in the Southeast Asian nation.

8 Aug 2019 - 10:16PM

China says its nationals are being targeted by gambling firms, resulting in hundreds of millions of yuan illegally flowing into the Philippines, and its citizens are being subjected to ‘modern slavery’ in the Southeast Asian nation.

Duterte administration reels as Beijing slams Manila for undermining its cross-border gambling crackdown
Duterte Youth politician with links to US white supremacists blocked from Philippine congress ... because he’s not young enough

Ronald Cardema tried to claim a seat in the House of Representatives as the nominee of a party representing the president’s young supporters, but at 34 years old, he wasn’t legally a youth.

6 Aug 2019 - 8:50PM

Ronald Cardema tried to claim a seat in the House of Representatives as the nominee of a party representing the president’s young supporters, but at 34 years old, he wasn’t legally a youth.

Duterte Youth politician with links to US white supremacists blocked from Philippine congress ... because he’s not young enough
Duterte says he allows Chinese vessels to fish in Philippine waters to prevent war

Manila ‘owns the West Philippine Sea but China controls it’, the president said in his State of the Nation address, which also saw him ask Congress to reimpose the death penalty for drug-related crimes.

23 Jul 2019 - 10:22AM

Manila ‘owns the West Philippine Sea but China controls it’, the president said in his State of the Nation address, which also saw him ask Congress to reimpose the death penalty for drug-related crimes.

Duterte says he allows Chinese vessels to fish in Philippine waters to prevent war
Anti-China protests in the Philippines mark third anniversary of Manila’s South China Sea legal victory

Protesters staged a rally in front of the Chinese consulate, while a survey found most Filipinos want the country to take back China-controlled islands in the disputed waterway.

13 Jul 2019 - 5:08PM

Protesters staged a rally in front of the Chinese consulate, while a survey found most Filipinos want the country to take back China-controlled islands in the disputed waterway.

Anti-China protests in the Philippines mark third anniversary of Manila’s South China Sea legal victory
Chinese vessel mainly to blame for sinking of Philippine boat in South China Sea, but Filipino crew had ‘deficiencies’: leaked report

The Philippine ship did not have a proper lookout and had too many crew aboard, according to the report.

9 Jul 2019 - 12:33PM

The Philippine ship did not have a proper lookout and had too many crew aboard, according to the report.

Chinese vessel mainly to blame for sinking of Philippine boat in South China Sea, but Filipino crew had ‘deficiencies’: leaked report
Will Duterte be impeached? Not likely, but the Philippines has a rich history of trying to topple presidents

Impeachment threats recently surfaced after Duterte said he would allow Chinese fishermen to fish within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

2 Jul 2019 - 10:07PM

Impeachment threats recently surfaced after Duterte said he would allow Chinese fishermen to fish within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

Will Duterte be impeached? Not likely, but the Philippines has a rich history of trying to topple presidents
Rodrigo Duterte wants a joint Manila-Beijing probe into the South China Sea sinking. Could it be a good idea?

The Philippine president has been criticised for being too soft on China in his response to the sinking, but experts say working together could stop the investigation from turning into a squabble over jurisdiction in the waterway.

26 Jun 2019 - 11:11AM

The Philippine president has been criticised for being too soft on China in his response to the sinking, but experts say working together could stop the investigation from turning into a squabble over jurisdiction in the waterway.

Rodrigo Duterte wants a joint Manila-Beijing probe into the South China Sea sinking. Could it be a good idea?
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