Latest Philippines government News

Filipinos start evacuating from Libyan capital; 1 wounded

Apr. 18, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine diplomats have started evacuating a small group of Filipinos from the Libyan capital after it was hit by a barrage of rocket fire that wounded one Filipino, officials said Thursday. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Emmanuel Fernandez said in Manila that three...

Philippines: US DNA tests confirm death of IS-linked leader

Apr. 14, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. DNA tests have confirmed the death of a Muslim militant commander who helped lead the 2017 siege of a city in the southern Philippines and was considered a key leader of the Islamic State group in the region, officials said Sunday. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said the...

Philippines bans workers' deployment to Libya amid fighting

Apr. 10, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government on Wednesday imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Libya because of fighting between rival militias for control of the North African nation's capital, the labor chief said. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the indefinite...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Apr. 7, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

BEIJING (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 in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Duterte warns of 'revolutionary government' and arrests

Apr. 5, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president, in his latest outburst against critics, warned he would declare a "revolutionary government" and arrest his detractors if he is pushed against the wall. President Rodrigo Duterte made the threat late Thursday in a speech in which he expressed...

Duterte: few options in territorial disputes with China

Apr. 5, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has described his dilemma in dealing with a more powerful China in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, saying he has few options other than to order troops to "prepare for suicide missions" if a Philippine-occupied island comes under...

Philippines issues strongly worded rebuke vs China flotillas

Apr. 4, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government protested on Thursday the presence of large numbers of Chinese vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea as illegal and vowed to take "appropriate action." The Department of Foreign Affairs issued the...

Journalist critical of Duterte arraigned on tax charges

Apr. 3, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The head of a Philippine online news site that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte pleaded not guilty Wednesday to tax violation charges, among the legal issues she says are part of government moves to muzzle critical media. Rappler Inc. reported that its CEO and...

Philippine Supreme Court orders release of drug war evidence

Apr. 2, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the release of police documents on thousands of killings of suspects in the president's anti-drug crackdown, in a ruling that human rights groups said could shed light on allegations of extrajudicial killings. Supreme Court...

Philippines protests 'swarming' of Chinese boats near island

Apr. 1, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has protested the presence of more than 200 Chinese vessels that were sighted from January to March near a Philippine-occupied island in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Monday. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Department of Foreign...