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Duterte pleads for calm after police fatally shoot troops

Jul. 3, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president flew to the country’s volatile south on Friday to plead with military forces not to retaliate following the fatal police shootings of four soldiers, including two officers, in violence the army chief called “a rubout.” President...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, talks during his speech at the  presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. Duterte on Friday, July 3,2020, has signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act after weighing the concerns of different groups, his spokesman said. (Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

Philippine president signs widely opposed anti-terror law

Jul. 3, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president on Friday signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders and to muzzle dissent. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act after weighing the concerns of different groups, demonstrating...

Philippine army: fatal police shooting of troops a `rubout'

Jun. 30, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine army chief on Tuesday angrily called the fatal police shooting of four soldiers, including two officers, “a rubout” and demanded justice for the killings which the police said ensued from a “misencounter.” Eduardo Ano, a retired military...

Philippine police fatally shoot 4 army soldiers in south

Jun. 29, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine policemen fatally shot four army soldiers, including two officers, who were trying to locate a suicide bomber Monday but were suspected of being criminals by the police in the volatile south, officials said. Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said...

2 Philippine police killed, 2 wounded in station attack

Jun. 14, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Two men on a motorcycle opened fire on a police station in the southern Philippines, killing two officers and wounding two others in a far-flung province long plagued by terrorism, police said Sunday. Police investigator Nizar Bakun said one of the suspects armed with an M16...

Artist Leeroy New wears a face shield he made with recycled plastics during a anti-terror bill rally at the University of the Philippines as they observe Independence Day on Friday, June 12, 2020, in Manila, Philippines. Hundreds of activists in the Philippine capital staged protests Friday against a proposed anti-terror law they say could be used to quash dissent, ignoring police threats that they could be arrested for violating coronavirus restrictions against large public gatherings. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine activists protest anti-terror law despite threats

Jun. 12, 2020 3:57 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hundreds of activists in the Philippine capital staged protests Friday against a proposed anti-terror law they say could be used to quash dissent, ignoring police threats that they could be arrested for violating coronavirus restrictions against large public gatherings. The...