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Motorcycle-riding gunmen kill Philippine radio commentator

Oct. 04, 2022 07:52 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Motorcycle-riding gunmen killed a longtime radio commentator in metropolitan Manila in the latest attack on a member of the media in the Philippines, considered one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists. Police said Percival Mabasa, 63,...

Marcos trip to watch Singapore F1 races sparks criticism

Oct. 03, 2022 23:55 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A trip by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Singapore over the weekend to watch Formula One races has come under attack from critics who described it as “utterly callous” while thousands of Filipinos remain displaced due to a recent typhoon. ...

US, Philippine forces hold combat drills to brace for crisis

Oct. 03, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 2,500 U.S. and Philippine marines joined combat exercises Monday to respond to any sudden crisis in a region long on tenterhooks over South China Sea territorial disputes and increasing tensions over Taiwan. The annual military drills are the...

Typhoon heroes: 5 Filipino rescuers drown in flooded village

Sep. 26, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

SAN MIGUEL, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Noru left a trail of destruction in northern Philippine provinces on Monday with at least eight people dead, including a group of rescuers who were scrambling to save villagers trapped in floodwaters, officials said. Five government rescuers...

The AP Interview: Marcos wants to 'reintroduce' Philippines

Sep. 24, 2022 02:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to “reintroduce the Philippines" to the world, new President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has ambitious plans for his nation on the international stage and at home — if, that is, the twin specters of pandemic and climate change can be overcome or at least managed. ...

Biden seeks closer ties with Philippines after 'rocky' past

Sep. 22, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden pledged on Thursday in his first face-to-face meeting with new Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to work to strengthen relations with the Pacific nation after what he said had been some “rocky times” in the past. Meeting on the...

Filipino victims: Justice elusive decades after martial law

Sep. 21, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Survivors of torture and other atrocities under Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Wednesday marked his martial law declaration 50 years ago by pressing their demand for justice and apology from his son — now the country’s president in a stunning reversal of...

Philippines leader: Rich countries have put poorest at risk

Sep. 20, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world’s richest people have put its poorest at risk, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. charged Tuesday at the United Nations, pushing for action on inequality, nuclear weapons and climate change. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly for the first...

Gunmen kill 3 soldiers in southern Philippine attack

Sep. 15, 2022 09:38 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Gunmen killed three soldiers in an ambush in the southern Philippines on Thursday in violence that coincided with the president's visit to the region to pledge support for a 2014 peace deal with Muslim rebels that has eased decades of fighting. There...

Philippine leader says calling his father dictator `wrong'

Sep. 14, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said it’s wrong to describe his late father as a dictator and that his brutal martial law rule in the 1970s was not meant to prolong his grip on power — comments that were immediately rejected by human rights activists. ...