Category Archives: Philippines

Philippines votes in election expected to deliver greater power for Duterte

Filipinos headed to the polls on Monday in a vote that is expected to strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte’s grip on power, opening the way for him to deliver on pledges to restore the death penalty and rewrite the constitution.

New species of early human found in Philippines

The human family tree has acquired a new branch with the unearthing of a previously unknown species of human that lived on an island in today’s Philippines some 50,000 years ago.

Philippines arrests journalist and Duterte critic

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, was rearrested on Friday in what press freedom advocates called retaliation for her news site’s dogged coverage of the government.

Philippines quits International Criminal Court over inquiry into Duterte’s drug war

The Philippines officially quit the International Criminal Court on Sunday, though the beleaguered UN-backed tribunal has pledged to pursue its examination of alleged extrajudicial killings in the government’s controversial drug war.

At least 21 people killed in Philippines church attack

Twin bombings during a church service in the southern Philippines killed at least 21 people and wounded 71, security officials said, days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

Deadly bombings target church in southern Philippines

Twin bombings during a church service in the southern Philippines killed at least 21 people and wounded 71, security officials said, days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

Philippine court orders arrest of ex-first lady Imelda Marcos for corruption

The Philippines’ anti-corruption court on Friday ordered the arrest of former first lady Imelda Marcos after finding her guilty on seven counts of graft during the two-decade rule of her husband and former dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.

‘Typhoon of the year’ smashes through Philippines

Super Typhoon Mangkhut — the biggest storm of the year — smashed through the Philippines on Saturday, and claimed its first death as a woman was swept out to sea off Taiwan.

Super typhoon batters China amid rising death toll

Typhoon Mangkhut rocked Hong Kong before striking mainland China on Sunday, injuring scores and sending skyscrapers swaying, after killing at least 49 people in the Philippines and ripping a swathe of destruction through its agricultural heartland.

Typhoon Mangkhut batters China as death toll rises in Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into mainland China late Sunday after leaving a trail of destruction in Hong Kong and Macau, and killing at least 59 people in the northern Philippines.

Typhoon Mangkhut batters China as death toll rises in Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into mainland China late Sunday after leaving a trail of destruction in Hong Kong and Macau, and killing at least 59 people in the northern Philippines.

Super typhoon rips through rain-soaked Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the Philippines’ northeastern coast early Saturday, its ferocious winds and blinding rain ripping off tin roof sheets and knocking out power, and plowed through the agricultural region at the start of the onslaught.

Philippines moves towards allowing divorce

The Philippines is one of only two places in the world where divorce is still illegal, the other being Vatican City. But the country is taking steps towards changing that. Despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, the lower house of parliament recently passed a divorce bill. The legislation now needs to be approved by the Senate. Our correspondents report from Manila.

Obama Aims to Shore Up Asian Allies Against Chinese Might

During a visit to Southeast Asia, the president will try to deepen diplomatic ties and push for more trade to help bolster countries in the region.


Philippines Detaining Homeless Before APEC Summit, Rights Group Says

Human Rights Watch says the Philippines is rounding up homeless people to get them off the streets during this week’s Asia-Pacific economic forum.