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In this image made from UNTV video, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, president of the Philippines, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at UN headquarters. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

Duterte gets rare praise for raising sea feud ruling at UN

Sep. 23, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president got rare praises Wednesday from his key critics for invoking before the United Nations a 2016 arbitration ruling that invalidated China’s vast territorial claims in the South China Sea, in a surprise move that will likely pique Beijing. President...

A vendor arranges her hair behind plastic sheets to curb the spread of the coronavirus at a market in Quezon city, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Duterte extends virus calamity status by a year

Sep. 22, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order. Duterte first placed the...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, David Stilwell speaks to media as he arrives at the Narita International Airport in Narita, north of Tokyo. Stilwell accused China on Tuesday of bullying and insincerity in its dealings with Southeast Asian nations, but said Washington isn't forcing the region to choose sides between the two world powers. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

US envoy accuses China of insincerity toward Southeast Asia

Sep. 15, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. official accused China on Tuesday of bullying and insincerity in its dealings with Southeast Asian nations, but said Washington isn't forcing the region to choose sides between the two world powers. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell emphasized American...

In this handout photo provided by the Department of National Defense Public Affairs Office (PAO), Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, left, prepares to sit for a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe, right, at the Department of National Defense in Quezon city, Philippines, Friday Sept. 11, 2020. The two discussed ways in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, revisited the 2004 Philippines-China Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Defense Cooperation and also issues on the South China Sea. (Department of National Defense PAO via AP)

South China Sea Watch: More talks and more tensions

Sep. 14, 2020 12:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

In this photo provided by the Philippines' Bureau of Immigration Public Information Office, (PIO), U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, center, is escorted as he arrives at the airport before boarding a U.S. military plane in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Pemberton, a U.S. Marine convicted of killing a Filipino transgender woman, was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed outrage over a pact governing American military presence in the Philippines. (Bureau of Immigration PIO via AP)

Philippines deports US Marine in transgender killing

Sep. 13, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a Filipino transgender woman was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed outrage over a pact governing American military presence in the Philippines. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton said in a...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, students wear protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: NYC teachers union will block school reopening

Sep. 11, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK — The New York City teachers union warns it won’t let the nation’s largest school district reopen for in-person classes this month if the city doesn’t issue protective equipment, conduct testing and clean schools properly. Union leader Michael Mulgrew in a Friday video...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, Cardinal Luis Tagle smiles as he listens reporters questions during a press conference on the Synod at the Vatican. One of Pope Francis’ top collaborators and a papal contender for the next conclave, Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Vatican said Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Tagle, who heads the Holy See’s powerful office in charge of mission territories, last saw the pope in an official audience Aug. 29. He tested negative as recently as Sept. 7 but tested positive upon his arrival Thursday in Manila, the Vatican said. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Filipino cardinal and papal aide, Cardinal Tagle, has virus

Sep. 11, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — One of Pope Francis’ top collaborators and a future papal contender, Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Vatican said Friday. Tagle, who heads the Holy See’s powerful office in charge of mission territories, last saw the pope during...

In this handout photo provided by the Department of National Defense Public Affairs Office (PAO), Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, left, exchanges momento with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe during his visit at the Department of National Defense in Quezon city, Philippines, Friday Sept. 11, 2020. The two discussed ways in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, revisited the 2004 Philippines-China Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Defense Cooperation and also issues on the South China Sea. (Department of National Defense PAO via AP)

China, Philippine defense chiefs discuss territorial dispute

Sep. 11, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief told his Chinese counterpart on Friday that Manila will adhere “without any possibility of compromise” to a 2016 international arbitration ruling that invalidated most of Beijing's rival claims in the South China Sea, according to a...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2015, file photo, convicted U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton is escorted to his detention cell upon arrival at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine president pardoned the U.S. Marine on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 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. (Ted Aljibe/Pool Photo, File)

Philippine leader pardons US Marine in transgender killing

Sep. 7, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president pardoned a U.S. Marine on Monday 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. President Rodrigo Duterte said he decided to pardon Lance Cpl....

A demonstrator ties a red ribbon on a gate of the Department of Justice to symbolize their protest while holding a picture of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton during a rally in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. A Philippine court has ordered the early release for good conduct of Pemberton convicted in the 2014 killing of a transgender Filipino which sparked anger in the former American colony. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine appeals block release of US Marine in killing

Sep. 3, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine convicted in the 2014 killing of a transgender Filipino woman will remain behind bars while her family and the government appeal a Philippine court order allowing his early release for good behavior, an official said Thursday. The Regional Trial Court in Olongapo...