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World Oct 20Duterte says he accepts responsibility for killings in drug crackdown
The Philippine president has said he accepts responsibility for the thousands of killings committed during police operations in his crackdown on drugs, adding that he was even ready to go to jail.
Politics Sep 07Philippine leader pardons U.S. Marine in transgender killing
The Philippine president has pardoned a U.S. Marine in a surprise move that will free him from imprisonment in the 2014 killing of a transgender Filipino woman that sparked anger in the former American colony.
World Jun 15Philippine journalist convicted of libel and sentenced to 6 years
An award-winning journalist critical of the Philippine president was convicted of libel and sentenced to jail Monday in a decision called a major blow to press freedom in an Asian bastion of democracy.
World Jun 04Philippine anti-terror bill worrying, says U.N. rights official
A U.N. human rights official says new anti-terrorism legislation passed by the Philippine Congress that allows extended detention of suspects without warrants and relaxes human rights safeguards is "very worrying."…
World Jun 02Philippines suspends termination of key defense pact with U.S.
The Philippine president is suspending his decision to terminate a key defense pact with the United States, at least temporarily avoiding a major blow to one of America's oldest alliances in Asia.
World May 14Strong typhoon slams into pandemic-hit Philippines
A strong typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines on Thursday after authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people while trying to avoid the virus risks of overcrowding emergency shelters.
World May 05Leading TV network goes off air under Philippine government order
The leading broadcast network in the Philippines is off the air under a government order. ABS-CBN is one of the country's oldest and most influential networks.
World Feb 11Philippines intends to end major security pact with the U.S.
Locsin signed the notice on the order of Duterte, who has often criticized U.S. security policies while praising those of China and Russia despite the Philippine military's close historic ties with its American counterpart.
World Jan 30Philippine church denies human trafficking allegations after FBI raid in LA
A Philippine religious group denies allegations by American law enforcement agents that it was involved in a scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S.
World Jan 26Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands return home
Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home.