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Duterte: Can't stop China in disputed seas, won't risk clash

Jul. 22, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday there was no way to stop Chinese from fishing in his country's exclusive economic zone and he would not risk losing Filipino forces in a clash in the disputed South China Sea. "When Xi says 'I will fish,' who can prevent him?"...

Philippine police file sedition case against vice president

Jul. 18, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police filed sedition and other criminal complaints Thursday against the vice president, three opposition senators, four Roman Catholic bishops and other critics of President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly plotting to destabilize his administration. Vice President Leni...

7,800 police in Philippines punished for deadly drug raids

Jul. 18, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of Philippine police officers have received administrative punishments with more than 2,000 dismissed for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed under the president's crackdown, officials said Thursday. Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael...

Activists: Duterte in crosshairs with new law on harassment

Jul. 16, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine activists on Tuesday welcomed a new law signed by the president that prohibits a range of acts of sexual harassment, but said it puts him in its crosshairs given his history of crude sexual remarks. Philippine officials on Monday belatedly released a copy of Republic...

Duterte 'seriously considering' cutting ties with Iceland

Jul. 16, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is "seriously considering" cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. Presidential spokesman...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jul. 15, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

Duterte critics laud UN vote to scrutinize drug killings

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Critics of the Philippine president's deadly anti-drug campaign said Friday that a vote by the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects is a crucial step toward bringing perpetrators to justice and helping end the killings. President Rodrigo...

Rights group calls Duterte's drug war crime against humanity

Jul. 8, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Amnesty International urgently called for international pressure and an immediate U.N. investigation to help end what it says are possible crimes against humanity in the Philippine president's bloody anti-drug crackdown. The London-based rights watchdog said in a study released...

Philippine rights office condemns child's death in drug raid

Jul. 4, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Commission on Human Rights on Thursday condemned the killing of a 3-year-old girl in a police raid in which her father, a drug suspect, was gunned down along with another civilian and a police officer. Commission spokeswoman Jacqueline Ann De Guia said the agency...

Philippines: 1st known Filipino suicide attacker identified

Jul. 2, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities have identified as a Filipino militant one of two suicide attackers who set off bombs last week that killed five people and the bombers in a southern army camp, a Filipino general said Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told The Associated Press that the...