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Duterte cuts short Japan trip due to 'unbearable' spine pain

Oct. 22, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is cutting short his trip to Japan due to "unbearable pain" in his spinal column caused by his fall during a motorcycle ride last week, his spokesman said Tuesday. Duterte attended Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony in Tokyo on...

Australian man arrested over killing of 2 in Philippines

Oct. 21, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Australian national has been arrested for allegedly killing another Australian man and a Filipino woman in a city northwest of Manila, Philippine police said. Michael McLaren was identified by police as the gunman behind the shooting of Anthony George Wilson and Mila Bailey in...

Philippine president bruised, scratched from motorcycle fall

Oct. 17, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fell off his parked motorcycle on the palace grounds, suffering bruises and scratches, but the minor injuries won't affect his schedule, his spokesman said Thursday. "While it is true that the president roamed around with his motorcycle," he...

Strong quake leaves 1 dead, dozens injured in Philippines

Oct. 16, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — An earthquake hit the southern Philippines late Wednesday, killing a girl, and injuring more than two dozen people in collapsed houses, and sending thousands of panicked people scrambling out of homes, shopping malls and a hospital, officials and news reports said. The U.S....

U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck Mindanao, Philippines

Oct. 16, 2019 8:12 AM EDT
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck Mindanao, Philippines.

Philippine police chief resigns amid drug allegations

Oct. 14, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine national police chief resigned on Monday after he faced allegations in a Senate hearing that he intervened as a provincial police chief in 2013 to prevent his officers from being prosecuted for allegedly selling a huge quantity of illegal drugs they had seized....

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 14, 2019 2:08 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. ___...

Philippine police arrest over 500 mostly Chinese for fraud

Oct. 10, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police and immigration authorities said they have arrested more than 500 illegally working foreigners, mostly Chinese involved in telecommunications and investment scams, in one of the biggest such mass arrests this year. The 542 foreigners, who were arrested Wednesday...

US, Philippine, Japan forces hold disaster-response drills

Oct. 9, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

SUBIC, Philippines (AP) — More than 2,000 U.S. and Philippine military personnel, along with a small contingent of Japanese forces, began annual combat exercises on Wednesday aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and underscoring their commitment to keep the region "free and open."...

Philippines: Indonesia woman nabbed with drugs from Cambodia

Oct. 7, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said they arrested an Indonesian woman who was carrying 54 million pesos ($1 million) worth of illegal drugs in her carry-on bag from her flight from Cambodia on Monday, amid a crackdown on drug smuggling attempts. The Bureau of Customs said Agnes Alexandra...