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Philippines rejects China's demand to remove ship from shoal

Nov. 25, 2021 06:33 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' defense chief rejected on Thursday China’s renewed demand that it remove its outpost on a disputed South China Sea shoal and said Chinese coast guard ships should leave the area and stop blocking Manila’s supply boats. ...

ICC: Philippines wants 'war on drugs' probe to be deferred

Nov. 23, 2021 12:13 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Philippines has asked the International Criminal Court to defer its crimes against humanity investigation linked to the country's deadly “war on drugs,” the court's chief prosecutor announced Tuesday. The request will delay and could even halt...

Philippine supply boats reach forces at China-guarded shoal

Nov. 23, 2021 07:32 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine navy successfully transported food supplies to Filipino forces guarding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea on Tuesday, a week after China’s coast guard used water cannons to force the supply boats to turn back, sparking outrage and warnings...

Xi says China will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia

Nov. 22, 2021 07:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday said his country will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia or bully its smaller neighbors, amid ongoing friction over the South China Sea. Xi made the remarks during a virtual conference with the members of the...

Philippine church leader charged with child sex trafficking

Nov. 19, 2021 06:42 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of a Philippines-based church was charged with having sex with women and underage girls who faced threats of abuse and “eternal damnation” unless they catered to the self-proclaimed “son of God,” federal prosecutors announced Thursday. ...

China coast guard uses water cannon against Philippine boats

Nov. 18, 2021 03:22 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese coast guard ships blocked and sprayed a powerful stream of water at two Philippine boats carrying supplies to troops at a disputed South China Sea shoal, prompting Manila to order Beijing’s ships to back off and warn that its supply vessels are covered...

Journalist Maria Ressa reflects on Nobel Peace Prize win

Nov. 17, 2021 20:53 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Maria Ressa says much still remains uncertain about her life in the month since she became the first ever Filipino and the first working journalist in more than 80 years to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Will her battle against a libel suit in the...

Filipino martial law victims challenge Marcos' election bid

Nov. 17, 2021 06:16 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipino activists who were jailed, abused and tortured during late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' martial law asked the Commission on Elections Wednesday to disqualify his son and namesake from running for president next year, saying he may “whitewash” history...

Philippine leader runs for Senate after vow to retire

Nov. 15, 2021 20:09 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday filed his candidacy for a Senate seat in next year’s elections, walking back his vow to retire from politics when his term ends and prompting rights groups to say he is working to evade accountability for his deadly...

Duterte's daughter to run for VP with ex-dictator's son

Nov. 13, 2021 09:48 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter on Saturday registered her candidacy for vice president in next year’s elections and was chosen as the running mate of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the late dictator's son, in an alliance that has alarmed human rights...