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VP Harris to visit front-line Philippine island in sea feud

Nov. 20, 2022 10:18 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will underscore America’s commitment to defending treaty ally the Philippines with a visit that started Sunday and involves flying to an island province facing the disputed South China Sea, where Washington has accused China of bullying...

More claims against Philippine prison chief linked to murder

Nov. 18, 2022 21:14 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top prison official, who is accused of plotting the killing of a radio journalist, also ordered a large hole dug at the country's main prison to search for rumored buried treasure, the justice secretary said Friday. Bureau of Corrections...

Philippine prisons chief charged in journalist's killing

Nov. 07, 2022 05:57 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities filed murder complaints on Monday against the top prisons official and an aide, accusing them of masterminding the killing of a radio commentator in an elaborate crime they said showed that the country's prisons system had been turned into a...

Philippines to buy US aircraft after scrapping Russia deal

Oct. 20, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday backed a decision by his predecessor to cancel a deal to buy 16 Russian military heavy-lift helicopters and said his administration has “secured an alternative supply from the United States.” ...

Rights group: 59 lawyers slain in 6 years in Philippines

Oct. 15, 2022 10:17 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 133 lawyers have been killed in the Philippines since the 1980s in work-related attacks, nearly half of them in the last six years during former President Rodrigo Duterte's turbulent term, a prominent group of lawyers said Saturday. The National...

US firepower showcased in Philippine joint combat drills

Oct. 13, 2022 03:24 AM EDT

CAPAS, Philippines (AP) — Truck-mounted launchers blasted off rockets and U.S. stealth fighter jets streaked across the northern Philippine sky on Thursday in a combat drill that marked the latest display of American firepower in a region where Washington has tried to deter what it warns as...

Calls mount for Filipino ex-senator freedom after jail riot

Oct. 10, 2022 21:12 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Human rights activists pressed their call Monday for the immediate release of a former Philippine opposition senator after she was taken hostage in a rampage by three Muslim militants in a failed attempt to escape from a maximum-security jail. Police...

Philippine ex-senator briefly held hostage in jail rampage

Oct. 09, 2022 03:56 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police killed three detained militants linked to the Islamic State group after they staged a jail rampage Sunday that saw a police officer stabbed and a former opposition senator briefly held hostage in a failed escape attempt from the maximum-security...

Marcos Jr. reaffirms US ties in first 100 days of presidency

Oct. 07, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has been reaffirming ties with the United States in a key turnaround from the often-hostile demeanor his predecessor displayed toward Manila’s treaty ally. Marcos Jr., who marks his 100th day in office Saturday,...

2021 Nobel Peace Prize winners have faced a year of battles

Oct. 06, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winning the Nobel Peace Prize often provides a boost for a grassroots activist or international group working for peace and human rights, opening doors and elevating the causes for which they fight. But it doesn't always work out that way. For the two journalists...