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In this Feb. 25, 2020 photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Presidential Security Group Change of Command ceremony at the PSG Compound in Malacañang Park, Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said Filipino forces can fight insurgents and Muslim extremists without American military help in a defense of his recent move to notify the United States of his government's intent to terminate a major security pact. (Robinson Ninal Jr./Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Duterte says Philippines can survive without America

Feb. 26, 2020 11:01 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said Filipino forces can fight insurgents and Muslim extremists without American military help, in a defense of his recent decision to terminate a U.S. security pact. Duterte also said in a speech that he would stick to a decision...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the 11th Biennial National Convention and 22nd founding anniversary of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines notified the United States of its intent to terminate a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country in the most serious threat to the countries'f treaty alliance under President Rodrigo Duterte. (Toto Lozano/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Feb. 17, 2020 12:41 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, Philippine Navy commandos aboard a gunboat patrol the periphery of Lake Lanao as smoke rises from the

AP FACT CHECK: Trump didn't save the Philippines from IS

Feb. 14, 2020 1:18 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump contended this week that the United States saved the entire Philippines from Islamic State terrorism. His assertion vastly overstated both the threat IS posed to the country and what the U.S. did about it. His statement, the facts and the backstory:...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, crime scene tape is seen closing off an area around the grounds of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles. Three officials with the Philippines-based church have been charged as part of an alleged scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LA church leaders charged with marriage, immigration fraud

Feb. 14, 2020 12:37 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three officials with a Philippines-based church in Los Angeles have been charged as part of an alleged scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S. Federal agents arrested the local leaders of Kingdom of Jesus Christ church...

US admiral hopes Philippine security pact can still be saved

Feb. 13, 2020 4:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Austrralia (AP) — The move by the Philippines to end a security pact that allowed U.S. forces to train in the country potentially “challenged” future American operations with Filipino forces, a U.S. admiral said on Thursday. Adm. Philip S. Davidson, commander of the U.S....

In this Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the 11th Biennial National Convention and 22nd founding anniversary of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines on Tuesday notified the United States of its intent to terminate a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country in the most serious threat to the countriesÅf treaty alliance under President Rodrigo Duterte. (Toto Lozano/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Philippines notifies US of intent to end major security pact

Feb. 11, 2020 3:22 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines notified the United States on Tuesday it would end a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country, in the most serious threat under President Rodrigo Duterte to their 69-year treaty alliance. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a...

FILE - In this May 3, 2019, file photo, protesters rally outside the armed forces headquarters to mark World Press Freedom Day which was declared by the UN General Assembly in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government’s chief lawyer is asking the Supreme Court to shut down the country’s largest TV network by revoking its operating franchises because of alleged constitutional violations, in a move critics call an attempt to muzzle the media. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File )

Philippine gov't asks court to shut down leading TV network

Feb. 10, 2020 5:56 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government’s chief lawyer asked the Supreme Court on Monday to shut down the country’s largest TV network by revoking its operating franchises because of alleged constitutional violations, in a move critics called an attempt to muzzle the media....

Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. gestures during a senate hearing in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The Philippine foreign secretary warned Thursday that abrogating a security accord with Washington would undermine his country's security and foster aggression in the disputed South China Sea. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine official defends US pact after Duterte threat

Feb. 6, 2020 4:52 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine foreign secretary warned Thursday that abrogating a security accord with Washington would undermine his country’s security and foster aggression in the disputed South China Sea. The warning came after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened last month to give...

The Huoshenshan temporary field hospital under construction is seen as it nears completion in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death from a new virus outside of China, where authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province and tightened quarantine measures in a city that allow only one family member to venture out to buy supplies. (Chinatopix via AP)

China virus death toll rises to 425, total cases now 20,438

Feb. 3, 2020 7:17 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll in mainland China from the new type of virus has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now standing at 20,438, officials said Tuesday. The new figures come after the country opened a new hospital built in 10 days, infused cash into tumbling financial markets and further...

A woman's eyeglasses are fogged up as she wears a face mask during a snowfall in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. China's death toll from a new virus increased to 304 on Sunday amid warnings from the World Health Organization that other countries need to prepare in the event the disease spreads among their populations as more nations report local infections. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Philippines reports world's 1st virus death outside China

Feb. 2, 2020 4:52 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The first death outside China from the new coronavirus was recorded Sunday in the Philippines, as countries around the world evacuated hundreds of their citizens from the infection zone and Chinese authorities completed a new, rapidly constructed 1,000-bed hospital for victims of the...