• Asia News Jul 30

    Philippines' First Olympic Gold Medalist Was Briefly Accused of Being Part of ‘Plot' Against Duterte

    Two years before Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the country’s first ever Olympic gold medal, she was swept up in a “plot” against President Duterte.

  • COVID-19 vaccines Jun 22

    Duterte Threatens to Arrest Filipinos Who Refuse Vaccination

    The Philippine president has threatened to order the arrest of Filipinos who refuse COVID-19 vaccination and told them to leave the country if they would not cooperate to contain the pandemic

  • Rodrigo Duterte Mar 3, 2020

    Duterte Says Philippines Can Survive Without America

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says Filipino forces can fight insurgents and Muslim extremists without American military help, in a defense of his recent decision to terminate a U.S. security pact.

  • Philippines Feb 11, 2020

    Philippines Notifies US of Intent to End Major Security Pact

    The Philippines notified the United States on Tuesday it would end a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country, in the most serious threat under President Rodrigo Duterte to their 69-year treaty alliance.

  • PRESIDENT May 13, 2019

    Millions Vote in Philippine Elections Crucial to Duterte

    Filipinos have begun voting in midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies who aim to dominate the Senate and an opposition fighting for check and balance under a leader they regard as a looming dictator. Nearly 62 million Filipinos have registered to choose among 43,500 candidates vying for about 18,000 congressional and local posts in Monday’s...

  • PRESIDENT May 12, 2019

    Duterte Allies Seek to Dominate Philippine Midterm Polls

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s name is not on the ballot but Monday’s midterm elections are seen as a crucial referendum on his rise to power with a brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, unorthodox style and contentious embrace of China. Nearly 62 million Filipinos have registered to choose among 43,500 candidates vying for about 18,000 congressional and local posts in one...

  • Canada Apr 24, 2019

    Philippine President Threatens to Return Garbage to Canada

    The Philippine president has threatened to ship containers of garbage back to Canada and dump some at the country’s embassy in Manila if Canadian officials don’t take back waste that Filipino officials say was illegally shipped to Manila years ago. More than 100 containers of household trash, including plastic bottles and bags, newspapers and used adult diapers, were shipped in...

  • Associated Press Dec 17, 2018

    Philippine Contestant Catriona Gray Named Miss Universe

    The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition concluding Monday in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home nation.

  • Governor Sep 14, 2018

    Evacuations Underway as Huge Typhoon Nears Philippines

    Philippine authorities were evacuating thousands of people from the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country’s north. More than 4 million people live in areas at most risk from the storm, which the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii categorized as a...

  • Mayor Jun 25, 2018

    Philippine President Duterte Calls God ‘Stupid' Over Original Sin

    The Philippine president, notorious for having cursed the pope and world leaders like former U.S. President Barack Obama, has sparked new outrage by calling God “stupid” in Asia’s largest Catholic country. Opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV shot back Monday by describing President Rodrigo Duterte as “one evil man” and his remarks as “very much consistent with the deceitfulness, heartlessness and...

  • United States Aug 7, 2017

    Brutish Philippine President Duterte Says He's Tillerson's ‘Humble Friend'

    Rodrigo Duterte, the brutish leader of the Philippines, said he was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s “humble friend in Southeast Asia” after the two leaders met Monday. The pair discussed the Philippines’ fight against ISIS-linked militants in one of the country’s islands, for which the U.S. is supplying resources like training, drones and military aircraft. Although Duterte has faced intense...

  • PRESIDENT Jun 4, 2017

    Philippine Police Say Casino Attacker Was Indebted Gambler

    The lone suspect behind a deadly attack on a casino and shopping complex in Manila was a heavily indebted Filipino gambling addict, police said Sunday, bolstering their claim the assault was not terrorism-related. The man’s immediate family confirmed his identity as Jessie Carlos — a married father of three and former Finance Department employee who owed more than $80,000 dollars....

  • United States Jun 1, 2017

    Philippines' Duterte Slams Chelsea Clinton for Rape Joke Criticism Two Days in a Row

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton in an expletive-laden speech for a second straight day Thursday after she criticized a comment he made about rapes committed by soldiers. Duterte, speaking Wednesday at a navy event, questioned whether Chelsea Clinton also criticized her father when he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky...

  • PRESIDENT Mar 9, 2017

    Interview: Ex-Cop Wants to Testify on Philippine Leader's Alleged Death Squads

    A retired police officer who linked the Philippine president, when he was mayor of a southern city, to hundreds of extrajudicial killings in a local anti-drug crackdown said Thursday he’s ready to testify in domestic and international courts and help authorities gather evidence of the slayings he says he and other assassins carried out. Arturo Lascanas told The Associated Press...

  • United States Sep 7, 2016

    Obama, Duterte Meet Despite Filipino Leader's Crude Language

    President Barack Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met informally on Wednesday in a holding room before attending a gala dinner at a regional summit in Laos, Philippine officials said. The brief meeting took a little sting out of the soured relations caused by Duterte’s intemperate language in referring to Obama earlier this week. That had caused Obama to cancel...

  • Donald Trump Jul 5, 2016

    Philippines' Duterte Follows Through on Drug War Promises

    Thirty “drug dealers” have been killed since Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as Philippine president on Thursday, police said, announcing the seizure of nearly $20 million worth of narcotics but sparking anger from a lawyers’ group, NBC News reported. Duterte won the election in May on a platform of crushing crime, but his incendiary rhetoric and advocacy of extrajudicial killings...

  • Donald Trump Jun 30, 2016

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Asia's ‘Trump,' Eyes Closer China Ties

    Rodrigo Duterte, a firebrand who has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump for his coarse defiance of the traditional ruling class, was sworn in as president of the Philippines on Thursday. The 71-year-old said the U.S. ally “will not be dependent on America,” while signaling his readiness to expand economic ties with Beijing, citing a Chinese offer to build a railway...

  • Mayor May 10, 2016

    Boxing Great Manny Pacquiao Close to Philippine Senate Win

    Boxing great Manny Pacquiao appears to have won a seat in the Philippine Senate, according to unofficial results. Pacquiao has garnered more than 15 million votes, with about 93 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday. That places him eighth among candidates for 12 Senate seats, and nearly 3 million votes ahead of the candidate in 13th place. Official results are days away.

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