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VP accepts Duterte's offer for her to play role in drug war

Nov. 6, 2019 8:45 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The vice president of the Philippines on Wednesday accepted President Rodrigo Duterte's offer for her to play a lead role in his deadly crackdown against drugs, even though she's been critical of the campaign and has been warned it could be a political ploy to destroy her. Vice...

3rd strong quake this month kills 5 in southern Philippines

Oct. 31, 2019 2:09 AM EDT

KIDAPAWAN, Philippines (AP) — The third strong earthquake this month killed five people Thursday, injured several others and destroyed buildings that were already damaged by the earlier shaking in a devastated region in the southern Philippines, officials said. Several cities and towns in the quake-hit...

Spokesman: Duterte suffering from muscle spasms but can work

Oct. 24, 2019 12:56 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A medical checkup showed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is suffering from painful muscle spasms that prompted him to cut short a trip to Japan, his spokesman said Thursday. Duterte was feeling better but was advised by his doctor to rest and take painkillers to relieve him...

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...

Landslide, building damage from Philippine quake kills 5

Oct. 17, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from a strong earthquake in the southern Philippines climbed to five people, with dozens more injured, officials said Thursday. The Office of Civil Defense said two people died and 18 were injured in a landslide set off by Wednesday night's quake in Davao del Sur...

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....

Vietnam bans animated 'Abominable' over South China Sea map

Oct. 16, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has pulled "Abominable" from theaters because the U.S.-Chinese-made animated movie showed a map supporting Chinese claims to the disputed South China Sea. The image in one scene showed the so-called nine-dash line, a vague and broken outline around the resource-rich waters...

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. ___...