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A worker wearing protective mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus pulls a plastic container full of debris washed ashore after tropical storm Saudel, locally called Pepito, hit the country on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine weather agency said Saudel continues to move out of the Philippines and is heading towards Vietnam. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Philippines allows foreign travel to resume

Oct. 21, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure. The government has gradually eased travel restrictions to bolster the...

In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a meeting at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Monday Oct. 19, 2020. The Philippine president has said he could be held responsible for the thousands of killings under his anti-drugs crackdown and was ready to face charges, except crimes against humanity, that could land him in jail. (Robinson Ninal Jr./Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Duterte: Hold me responsible for killings in drug crackdown

Oct. 20, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — 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. President Rodrigo Duterte’s televised remarks Monday night were typical of...

Detained left-wing activist Reina Mae Nasino in handcuffs and wearing a protective suit to prevent the spread of the coronavirus looks at the coffin of her three-month-old firstborn named River during funeral rites at Manila's North Cemetery, Philippines on Friday Oct. 16, 2020. Left-wing groups on Friday decried the treatment as brutal of a detained activist, who was allowed by a Manila court to attend her baby's burial but was restrained with handcuffs, a sweltering protective suit and swarms of armed escorts as she quietly wept. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine activists say detainee's treatment was cruel

Oct. 16, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine left-wing groups on Friday criticized the treatment of a detained activist who was allowed by a Manila court to attend her baby’s burial but was forced to wear handcuffs and a sweltering protective suit and was heavily guarded by armed escorts as she quietly...

Philippines says it will defend oil search in disputed seas

Oct. 16, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is ready to defend the oil and gas exploration it has decided to resume in its internationally recognized waters in the disputed South China Sea and will not cede that right to any nation, the energy chief said Friday. The Department of Energy announced Thursday...

Philippines lifts ban on South China Sea energy exploration

Oct. 15, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has approved the lifting of a ban on oil and gas exploration in or near disputed areas of the South China Sea that was imposed six years ago because of escalating territorial tensions with China, an official said Thursday. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi...

Philippine military says no risk from China-backed towers

Oct. 13, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief said Tuesday there is virtually no risk that towers and communications equipment to be put up in military camps by a China-backed telecom firm can be used for espionage. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said installing the towers and equipment of Dito...

Philippine military says no risk from China-backed towers

Oct. 13, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief said Tuesday there is virtually no risk that towers and communications equipment to be put up in military camps by a China-backed telecom firm can be used for espionage. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said installing the towers and equipment of Dito...

New House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco bangs the gavel during his first day at the House of Representatives in Quezon city, Philippines on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected a new leader Monday in a tense political standoff between two allies of the president. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine Congress standoff ends as 1 of 2 speakers quits

Oct. 13, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The leader of the Philippines' House of Representatives announced his resignation Tuesday, ending a standoff with a rival speaker that has stalled the passage of next year’s budget, including funds for fighting the coronavirus pandemic. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano...

Representative Lord Allan Velasco speaks after being sworn in as the new house speaker by supporters at the Celebrity sports club in Quezon city, Philippines on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected Velasco Monday but the incumbent speaker declared the vote

Philippine Congress enters crisis over leadership standoff

Oct. 12, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected a new leader Monday, but the incumbent speaker declared the vote a “travesty” in a tense political standoff between two allies of the president. President Rodrigo Duterte warned last...

Representative Lord Allan Velasco speaks after being sworn in as the new house speaker by supporters at the Celebrity sports club in Quezon city, Philippines on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected Velasco Monday but the incumbent speaker declared the vote

Philippine Congress enters crisis over leadership standoff

Oct. 12, 2020 4:33 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected a new leader Monday, but the incumbent speaker declared the vote a “travesty” in a tense political standoff between two allies of the president. President Rodrigo Duterte warned last...