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Manila mayor, ex-scavenger and actor, to seek presidency

Sep. 22, 2021 01:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The popular mayor of the Philippine capital said Wednesday he will run for president in next year’s elections, the latest aspirant in what is expected to be a crowded race to succeed the controversial Rodrigo Duterte. Manila Mayor Isko...

Philippines' Duterte blasts 'selfish' nations over vaccines

Sep. 21, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticized rich nations at the U.N. General Assembly for hoarding COVID-19 vaccines while much of the developing world continues to suffer shortages. “The picture is bleak. It is a man-made drought of vaccines...

Boxer-senator Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine president

Sep. 19, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president in the 2022 elections. Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party at its national convention on Sunday, saying that the Filipino people have been...

Philippines' Duterte will 'die first' before facing ICC

Sep. 16, 2021 05:57 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte would rather “die first” before facing an international tribunal, his spokesman said Thursday, the day after the International Criminal Court announced it would investigate allegations of crimes against humanity during his...

ICC judges authorize probe into Philippines' 'war on drugs'

Sep. 15, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Wednesday authorized an investigation into the Philippines’ deadly “war on drugs” campaign, saying the crackdown “cannot be seen as a legitimate law enforcement operation.” The court’s...

Duterte's party picks him as VP candidate in Philippines

Sep. 08, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' governing party nominated President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday as its vice presidential candidate in next year's elections, a maneuver widely seen as an effort to keep the popular leader near the center of power while avoiding constitutional...

Duterte confirms he'll run for Philippines VP next year

Aug. 25, 2021 05:38 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Tough-talking Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed rumblings that he will run next year for vice president, in what critics say is an attempt at an end-run around constitutional term limits. Duterte, who is notorious for his...

The Latest: China pledges 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses

Aug. 06, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged that 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines would be supplied to the world through this year, increasing China’s commitment as the largest exporter of the shots. Xi’s announcement was delivered late Thursday at a...

Thousands jam Philippine vaccination sites over false news

Aug. 06, 2021 05:19 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of people jammed coronavirus vaccination centers in the Philippine capital, defying social distancing restrictions, after false news spread that unvaccinated residents would be deprived of cash aid or barred from leaving home during a two-week lockdown...

Philippine leader retains pact allowing US war exercises

Jul. 30, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines will keep having large-scale combat exercises with the United States after President Rodrigo Duterte retracted his decision to terminate a key defense pact in a move that may antagonize an increasingly belligerent China. ...