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Philippines recalls ambassador who allegedly mistreated maid

Oct. 26, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' ambassador to Brazil has been ordered to return home to face investigation after video surfaced allegedly showing her physically mistreating her Filipino house helper, officials said Monday. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a tweet that the diplomat,...

FILE - In this Saturday Dec. 6, 2008 file photo two men kiss each other outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during a candle-lit demonstration for gay rights. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary

Mixed Philippine reaction on pope nod on gay civil unions

Oct. 22, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions drew mixed reactions Thursday in the Philippines, Asia’s bastion of Catholicism, with a retired bishop saying he was scandalized by it while an LGBT group welcomed the pontiff’s remarks with relief. President...

In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a meeting at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Monday Oct. 19, 2020. The Philippine president has said he could be held responsible for the thousands of killings under his anti-drugs crackdown and was ready to face charges, except crimes against humanity, that could land him in jail. (Robinson Ninal Jr./Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Duterte: Hold me responsible for killings in drug crackdown

Oct. 20, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has said he accepts responsibility for the thousands of killings committed during police operations in his crackdown on drugs, adding that he was even ready to go to jail. President Rodrigo Duterte’s televised remarks Monday night were typical of...

Philippines says it will defend oil search in disputed seas

Oct. 16, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is ready to defend the oil and gas exploration it has decided to resume in its internationally recognized waters in the disputed South China Sea and will not cede that right to any nation, the energy chief said Friday. The Department of Energy announced Thursday...

Philippines lifts ban on South China Sea energy exploration

Oct. 15, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has approved the lifting of a ban on oil and gas exploration in or near disputed areas of the South China Sea that was imposed six years ago because of escalating territorial tensions with China, an official said Thursday. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi...

New House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco bangs the gavel during his first day at the House of Representatives in Quezon city, Philippines on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected a new leader Monday in a tense political standoff between two allies of the president. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine Congress standoff ends as 1 of 2 speakers quits

Oct. 13, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The leader of the Philippines' House of Representatives announced his resignation Tuesday, ending a standoff with a rival speaker that has stalled the passage of next year’s budget, including funds for fighting the coronavirus pandemic. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano...

Representative Lord Allan Velasco speaks after being sworn in as the new house speaker by supporters at the Celebrity sports club in Quezon city, Philippines on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected Velasco Monday but the incumbent speaker declared the vote

Philippine Congress enters crisis over leadership standoff

Oct. 12, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected a new leader Monday, but the incumbent speaker declared the vote a “travesty” in a tense political standoff between two allies of the president. President Rodrigo Duterte warned last...

Representative Lord Allan Velasco speaks after being sworn in as the new house speaker by supporters at the Celebrity sports club in Quezon city, Philippines on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected Velasco Monday but the incumbent speaker declared the vote

Philippine Congress enters crisis over leadership standoff

Oct. 12, 2020 4:33 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected a new leader Monday, but the incumbent speaker declared the vote a “travesty” in a tense political standoff between two allies of the president. President Rodrigo Duterte warned last...

In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Thursday Oct. 8, 2020. The Philippine president warned Thursday he will intercede and resolve a leadership row in the House of Representatives if the impasse threatens to stall the passage of next year's budget during the coronavirus crisis. (Albert Alcain/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Duterte warns he’ll intercede if House squabble risks budget

Oct. 8, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president warned Thursday he will intercede and resolve a leadership row in the House of Representatives if the impasse threatens to stall the passage of next year’s budget during the coronavirus crisis. President Rodrigo Duterte did not elaborate on what he...

In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Monday Oct. 5, 2020. Duterte says that like his fierce critics, he also suspects extrajudicial killings may have happened under his drug crackdown. He said in televised remarks that he once inquired into the brutal deaths and was told some drug dealers may have been killed due to rivalry among syndicates or for stealing drug money.(Albert Alcain/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Duterte suspected extrajudicial killings in drug crackdown

Oct. 6, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that like his fierce critics, he has also suspected that extrajudicial killings may have happened under his drug crackdown that has killed thousands of people. He said in televised remarks Monday night he had once inquired into the brutal...