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Defense chief tells Duterte martial law in south can now end

Dec. 4, 2019 10:26 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief said Wednesday he recommended that President Rodrigo Duterte not extend martial law in the country’s south, where it was imposed in 2017 to help troops quell a bloody siege by Islamic State group-aligned jihadists in Marawi city. Defense...

Approaching storm, snafus cast pall on Southeast Asian Games

Nov. 30, 2019 10:39 PM EST

BOCAUE, Philippines (AP) — An approaching typhoon is threatening to complicate the hosting by the Philippines of the largest biennial games in Southeast Asia, already marred by logistical foul-ups that President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to investigate. Duterte on Saturday welcomed the first few thousand...

Philippines seizes huge drugs stash, arrests Chinese

Nov. 27, 2019 7:14 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police said Wednesday they have arrested a suspected Chinese drug trafficker and seized one of the largest amounts of illegal drugs this year. More than 370 kilograms (815 pounds) of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than 2.5 billion pesos ($49...

Philippine rebel spokesman arrested in Manila hospital

Nov. 26, 2019 7:30 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine military officials say a communist guerrilla leader and spokesman has been arrested while being secretly treated for high blood pressure in a hospital in an upscale residential and shopping district in suburban Manila. Military officials said Tuesday that army troops...

Duterte fires VP from anti-drug post weeks after offering it

Nov. 24, 2019 11:39 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday removed the vice president from a lead role in his anti-drug crackdown just a few weeks after she accepted the post and vowed to make the campaign that has left thousands of suspects dead less bloody. Presidential spokesman Salvador...

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...

ASEAN meet spotlights advances in trade, sea pact, and rifts

Nov. 1, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders are making last-minute efforts with wealthier neighbors led by China to conclude negotiations on one of the world's largest free-trade accords and will praise progress in talks on a nonaggression pact in disputed waters when they meet for a summit in...

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...