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Duterte opposes full disclosure of deadly drug raid details

Jun. 01, 2021 07:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has rejected full public disclosure of details of his administration’s deadly anti-drug crackdown, citing national security. President Rodrigo Duterte said in televised remarks Monday night that divulging...

China, Philippines swap protests over Manila-occupied island

May. 29, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has demanded that China withdraw its ships and fishing vessels from the vicinity of a Philippine-occupied island in the South China Sea, where the Chinese military has asserted its sovereignty and vowed to “unswervingly safeguard” the disputed...

The Latest: Philippines officials warned to enforce lockdown

May. 26, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The president of the Philippines warns he will jail village leaders and police officers who don’t enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions. President Rodrigo Duterte’s comments Wednesday night were in response to swimming parties, drinking...

The Latest: Philippine president eases lockdown in capital

May. 13, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has eased a coronavirus lockdown in the bustling capital and adjacent provinces to fight economic recession and hunger but still barred public gatherings this month, when many Roman Catholic summer religious festivals are held. ...

Asia Today: Fiji sequesters hospital staff after COVID death

May. 06, 2021 04:53 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The military and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital amid concerns of a growing virus outbreak. Health authorities say they’re quarantining 400 patients, doctors, nurses and staff within...

The Latest: Fiji locks down hospital over coronavirus death

May. 05, 2021 22:24 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Soldiers and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital. Health authorities say they are quarantining 400 patients, doctors, nurses and other staff within the compound until they can determine who had...

Philippine diplomat apologizes for profanity toward China

May. 04, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' foreign secretary apologized Tuesday after tweeting an obscene phrase demanding China get out of Philippine-claimed territory in the South China Sea in an outburst that annoyed the Philippine president. Foreign Secretary...

Philippines protests `blocking' of its patrol ships by China

May. 03, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has protested the Chinese coast guard's harassment of Philippine coast guard ships patrolling a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday. It was the latest of dozens of...

The Latest: Philippines extends virus lockdown to mid-May

Apr. 29, 2021 00:37 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is extending an already monthlong lockdown by two weeks as the country’s worst coronavirus infection spike starts to ease but remains alarming. President Rodrigo Duterte said in televised remarks Thursday night that the...

Philippines weighs extending lockdown as COVID cases top 1M

Apr. 26, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Coronavirus infections surged past 1 million in the Philippines on Monday as officials assess whether to extend a monthlong lockdown in the Manila region amid a grim spike in cases or relax it to fight a recession, joblessness and hunger. The...