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Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years

Sep. 19, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a news conference...

Filipino coast guard men convicted in Taiwan fisherman death

Sep. 18, 2019 3:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court found eight Filipino coast guard personnel guilty Wednesday of conspiring to shoot and kill a Taiwanese fisherman in a 2013 incident at sea that strained ties between the neighboring nations. Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Eduardo Ramon Reyes said in a...

More than 320 Chinese arrested in Philippines

Sep. 17, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine immigration bureau says its agents, backed by troops, have arrested 324 Chinese accused of involvement in illegal online gambling and other crimes in a raid on eight hotels and other establishments in a western province. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said...

20 dead as truck falls off cliff in southern Philippines

Sep. 17, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Twenty villagers were killed and 14 others were injured when the truck they were riding in lost control and fell off a cliff Tuesday in a remote mountain village in the southern Philippines, police and the Red Cross said. Provincial police chief Joel Limson said the truck was...

Asia Development Bank president to step down

Sep. 17, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The president of the Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, plans to step down early next year, the regional lender said Tuesday. Japan has usually headed the ADB as a top donor. Finance Minister Taro Aso said in a statement that Tokyo would soon nominate a "high-caliber candidate" as Nakao's...

Quake sends people rushing out of buildings in Philippines

Sep. 13, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake on Friday jolted areas of the northern Philippines including the capital, where office workers streamed out of buildings and train services were briefly disrupted. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Philippine Institute of...

Philippines arrests 277 Chinese accused of investment scam

Sep. 13, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine immigration agents have arrested 277 Chinese in a raid against an online investment scam syndicate that defrauded hundreds of people, officials said Friday. The arrests Wednesday in the Ortigas financial district in Pasig city in the Manila metropolis came after the...

Philippines: China wanted to restrict foreign forces at sea

Sep. 11, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine foreign secretary said Wednesday that China has sought to restrict the presence of foreign military powers in the South China Sea and foreign involvement in oil and gas projects in the disputed region under a pact it's negotiating with Southeast Asian nations....

A US priest, a Philippine village, and decades of secrecy

Sep. 9, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

TALUSTUSAN, Philippines (AP) — The American priest's voice echoed over the phone line, his sharp Midwestern accent softened over the decades by a gentle Filipino lilt. On the other end, recording the call, was a young man battered by shame but anxious to get the priest to describe exactly what had happened...

Anti-bullying and rights defenders among Magsaysay awardees

Sep. 9, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five people were honored Monday as this year's winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize, including a South Korean who helped fight suicide and bullying and a Thai housewife who became a human rights defender after losing her husband to...