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This file photo taken on Oct. 3, 2017 shows Nanette Castillo grieving over the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila.
This file photo taken on Oct. 3, 2017 shows Nanette Castillo grieving over the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila. `
SEAsia

Philippines' Duterte calls UN rights chief 'empty-headed'

President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a foul-mouthed attack on the UN human rights chief, calling him "empty-headed" in a row over international criticism of the Philippine leader's deadly drug war.

3 years ago
SEAsia

Duterte declares Philippines withdrawal from ICC

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC).

3 years ago
SEAsia

Abe ends Philippine visit with investment, speedboat pledge

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on his way to Australia after a two-day visit to the Philippines, during which he pledged US$8.7 billion worth of business opportunities and private investments along with speedboats and other counterterrorism equipment.

4 years ago

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Philippines' Duterte calls UN rights chief 'empty-headed'

President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a foul-mouthed attack on the UN human rights chief, calling him "empty-headed" in a row over international criticism of the Philippine leader's deadly drug war.

3 years ago
SEAsia

Holdout Philippines takes first big step to legalising divorce

The mainly Catholic Philippines, the only country apart from the Vatican to ban divorce,  took a first big step towards legalizing it on Monday when the lower house of congress passed a bill.

3 years ago
SEAsia

International Criminal Court to Philippines: Don’t quit

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday urged the Philippines not to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the ICC, as it warned that quitting the court would have no impact on ongoing proceedings.

3 years ago
SEAsia

Duterte declares Philippines withdrawal from ICC

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC).

3 years ago
SEAsia

Abe ends Philippine visit with investment, speedboat pledge

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on his way to Australia after a two-day visit to the Philippines, during which he pledged US$8.7 billion worth of business opportunities and private investments along with speedboats and other counterterrorism equipment.

4 years ago
SEAsia

Japan's Abe starts 4-nation trip with visit to Philippines

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Thursday for a two-day visit to Manila as the Philippines has boosted ties with China while taking a hostile stance toward Tokyo's main ally the United States.

4 years ago
SEAsia

Most Filipinos trust US, Japan; distrust China, Russia: Survey

Despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s “separation” from the United States and so-called pivot to its rivals, majority of Filipinos still trust the global superpower and its ally Japan, and distrust China and Russia, a recent survey by Pulse Asia showed.

4 years ago
SEAsia

Philippines won't raise legal victory vs. China at ASEAN

The Philippines' top diplomat says his country won't raise its recent international arbitration victory against China's territorial claims in the South China Sea during Asian summit talks that Manila will host this year.

4 years ago
SEAsia

Philippines to intensify drive offering free contraceptives

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has directed government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million poor women — a move expected to be opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic church and pro-life groups.

4 years ago
SEAsia

Powerful undersea quake hits south Philippines, no damage

Philippine seismologists say an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck under the Celebes Sea off the country's south but was far too deep to cause any damage and casualties or generate a tsunami.

4 years ago
SEAsia

8 fishermen killed in suspected pirate attack in Philippines

Officials say eight Filipino fishermen are dead and five others are missing after at least five suspected pirates boarded a fishing boat in southern Philippine waters and strafed the crew.

4 years ago
SEAsia

Huge Catholic procession held under heavy security in Manila

A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Roman Catholic devotees on Monday joined an annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ held under tight security due to fears of a possible attack following the killing of a suspected Islamic extremist leader.

4 years ago
SEAsia

Philippines' Duterte tours Russian warship amid warming ties

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has toured one of the two Russian warships docked in Manila in another gesture of warming ties with Moscow as he shifts his country's foreign policy away from long-time ally, the United States.

4 years ago
SEAsia

South China Sea dispute included in ASEAN summit agenda

The maritime dispute over the South China Sea will be in the priority agenda during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in the Philippines in November.

4 years ago
SEAsia

34 of 158 inmates recaptured after jailbreak in Philippines

Philippine security forces have recaptured 34 out of 158 inmates who escaped after heavily armed Muslim rebels stormed a jail in the country's south.

4 years ago
SEAsia

Leader of Philippine group sympathetic to IS group killed

A leader of suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group was killed Thursday in a clash with Philippine police after resisting arrest at a beach resort in the south, officials said.

4 years ago
SEAsia

Suspected rebels storm Philippine jail, 158 inmates escape

More than 100 suspected Muslim rebels stormed a jail in the southern Philippines before dawn Wednesday, allowing 158 inmates to escape in what officials said was the biggest jailbreak in the country.

4 years ago
SEAsia

Russia keen on joint exercises in South China Sea

Russia said it is looking into holding naval exercises in the South China Sea with the Philippines, China and Malaysia to fight terrorism and piracy, as a Russian warship arrived in Manila on a "goodwill visit".

4 years ago
SEAsia

Suspected rebels storm Philippine jail, 132 inmates escape

More than 130 inmates have escaped in one of the largest jailbreaks in recent years after suspected Muslim rebels attacked a jail in the southern Philippines before dawn on Wednesday, officials said.

4 years ago
SEAsia

US Embassy in Manila denies existence of ‘blueprint’ to oust Duterte

The US Embassy in the Philippines on Wednesday denied the existence of a “blueprint” to oust President Rodrigo Duterte from power.

4 years ago