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Opposition: Philippines should rejoin international court

Jul. 01, 2022 08:27 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Opposition leaders asked new Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Friday to restore the country's membership in the International Criminal Court to strengthen defenses against human rights abuses. Former President Rodrigo Duterte, whose six-year...

Marcos takes helm in Philippines, silent on father’s abuses

Jun. 30, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted dictator, praised his father's legacy and glossed over its violent past as he was sworn in as Philippine president Thursday after a stunning election victory that opponents say was pulled off by whitewashing his...

Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted dictator, has been sworn in as Philippine president

Jun. 30, 2022 00:03 AM EDT
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted dictator, has been sworn in as Philippine president.

Drug killings leave agony, savage facet to Duterte's legacy

Jun. 29, 2022 20:47 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When Emily Soriano recounts how her 15-year-old son was gunned down with four friends and two other residents while partying in a Philippine slum six years ago, she weeps in grief and anger like the massacre happened yesterday. Police concluded at the...

Ressa says Philippine courts to decide Rappler closure order

Jun. 29, 2022 04:18 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa said her Rappler news website was operating “business as usual” Wednesday and would let Philippine courts decide on a government order to close the outlet critical of the outgoing Duterte administration and its deadly drug...

Explorers find WWII Navy ship, deepest wreck discovered

Jun. 28, 2022 00:47 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Navy destroyer escort that engaged a superior Japanese fleet in the largest sea battle of World War II in the Philippines has become the deepest wreck to be discovered, according to explorers. The USS Samuel B. Roberts, popularly known as the...

1 dead, 1 missing, others rescued in Philippine ferry fire

Jun. 26, 2022 06:16 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An inter-island ferry with 165 passengers and crew caught fire off a central Philippine province Sunday, leaving one dead and another missing while the rest were safely rescued, the coast guard said. The fire hit the vessel Mama Mary Chloe shortly after...

'It's terrible:' Philadelphia mayor sorry for slain Filipino

Jun. 22, 2022 21:20 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia expressed shock and sorrow over the killing of a Filipino lawyer who was shot in the city over the weekend and is offering a $20,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the shooter, a senior Philippine diplomat said...

Marcos to serve as agriculture chief amid food crisis fears

Jun. 20, 2022 09:30 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. expressed concern Monday about rising food prices caused in part by the war in Ukraine and said he will serve as secretary of agriculture when he takes office to prepare for a possible emergency. Marcos Jr....

Philippine government attorney fatally shot in Philadelphia

Jun. 20, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philippine officials on Monday were mourning a government attorney fatally shot in Philadelphia and called for the perpetrator to be brought to justice. John Albert Laylo and his mother were heading to the airport to board a flight early Saturday when someone in...