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In this Jan. 23, 2020, photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech at the San Isidro Central School during the distribution of benefits to former rebels in Leyte province, southern Philippines. Duterte has renewed a threat to terminate an accord that allows American forces to train in the country unless Washington restored a visa of a political ally linked to human rights violations. (Karl Norman Alonzo/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Philippine leader threatens to end US pact over ally's visa

Jan. 24, 2020 3:19 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has renewed a threat to terminate an accord that allows American forces to train in the country unless Washington restored a visa of a political ally linked to human rights violations. President Rodrigo Duterte said in an expletives-laced speech Thursday...

A woman walks along a park covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Sunday Jan. 19, 2020. Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be

Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

Jan. 19, 2020 9:03 PM EST

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will no longer allow people to live on the crater-studded island that's home to the erupting Taal volcano, with officials warning that living there would be “like having a gun pointed at you." The simmering volcano has ejected smaller ash plumes...

Clouds of volcanic ash rise up from damaged trees in Laurel, Batangas province, southern Philippines on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Taal volcano is spewing lava half a mile high and trembling with earthquakes constantly as thousands of people flee villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

Jan. 14, 2020 3:38 PM EST

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — A volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava into the sky and trembled constantly Tuesday, possibly portending a bigger and more dangerous eruption, as tens of thousands of people fled villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash. Government work was suspended and schools...

A family rides their motorcycle through clouds of ash as they evacuate to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Red-hot lava is gushing from the volcano after a sudden eruption of ash and steam that forced residents to flee and shut down Manila’s airport, offices and schools. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Lava gushes from volcano near Manila; tens of thousands flee

Jan. 13, 2020 10:19 AM EST

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — Red-hot lava spewed from a volcano near the Philippine capital of Manila on Monday as tens of thousands of people fled through heavy ash and frightening tremors, and authorities made plans to evacuate hundreds of thousands more for fear of a bigger eruption. Clouds of ash from...

A crowd of Filipino Roman Catholic devotees try to climb the carriage of the Black Nazarene during a raucous procession to celebrate its feast day Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Manila, Philippines. A mammoth crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics prayed for peace in the increasingly volatile Middle East at the start Thursday of an annual procession of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ in one of Asia's biggest religious events. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Filipino Catholics pray for Mideast peace in huge gathering

Jan. 9, 2020 2:42 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A mammoth crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics prayed for peace in the Middle East on Thursday at the start of an annual procession of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ in one of Asia’s biggest religious events. The daylong procession of the wooden Black...

In this Jan. 7, 2020, photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, talks during the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government has ordered the mandatory evacuation of Filipino workers from Iraq and is sending a coast guard vessel to the Middle East to rapidly ferry its citizens to safety in case hostilities between the United States and Iran worsen, officials said Wednesday. (Alfred Frias/ Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Philippines orders evacuation of Filipinos from Iraq, Iran

Jan. 8, 2020 6:03 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has ordered the mandatory evacuation of Filipino workers from Iraq and Iran and is sending a coast guard vessel to the Middle East to ferry its citizens to safety in case hostilities between the United States and Iran worsen, officials said Wednesday....

In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, photo provided by the Office of the Vice President, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her statement in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against illegal drugs failed to substantially eradicate the menace and ensnare major drug lords and should be reformed to prevent further bloodshed, Robredo said. (Office of the Vice President via AP)

VP says Philippine president's drug campaign is a failure

Jan. 6, 2020 7:59 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs has failed to substantially eradicate the menace and ensnare major drug lords and should be reformed to prevent further bloodshed, the country’s vice president said Monday. Vice President Leni...

In this Jan. 5, 2020, handout photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, greets security officials at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. Duterte has ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships

Asian countries brace to evacuate workers in Iraq, Iran

Jan. 6, 2020 7:48 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any moment’s notice” to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers in Iraq and Iran should violence break out, reflecting Asia’s growing fears for its...

Women celebrate after hearing their relatives were acquitted following the verdict at a court in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig city,  Philippines, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. The Philippine court on Thursday found key members of a powerful political clan guilty of a 2009 massacre in a southern province that left 57 people, including 32 media workers, dead in a brazen act that horrified the world. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippines convicts key clan members in 2009 massacre

Dec. 19, 2019 6:24 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court on Thursday found key members of a powerful political clan guilty of a 2009 massacre in a southern province that left 57 people dead, including 32 media workers, in a brazen execution-style attack that horrified the world. Families of the victims and media...

Trapped flower vendors are pulled out from a collapsed wall following an earthquake that struck Padada, Davao del Sur province, southern Philippines on Sunday Dec. 15, 2019. A strong quake jolted the southern Philippines on Sunday, causing a three-story building to collapse and prompting people to rush out of shopping malls, houses and other buildings in panic, officials said. (AP Photo/John Angelo Jomao-as)

Strong quake kills 1, collapses building in Philippines

Dec. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EST

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least one person and causing a three-story building to collapse, setting off a search for people feared to have been trapped inside, officials said. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck an area about 6 kilometers...