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Philippines establishes coast guard outposts in disputed sea

May. 20, 2022 04:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has established three coast guard outposts on three islands in the disputed South China Sea to monitor ship movements and promote safety, officials said Friday, amid increasing maritime tensions with China. The move reinforced the...

Activists ask top court to void Marcos Jr's presidential win

May. 17, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Human rights activists have asked the Philippine Supreme Court to block Congress from proclaiming Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as the next president, alleging that he lied when he said he had not been convicted of any crime. The Commission on Election twice...

Allies of Marcos Jr. set to dominate Philippine Congress

May. 13, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Allies of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the presumptive next president of the Philippines, appear set to dominate both chambers of Congress, further alarming activists after the late dictator son's apparent election victory restored his family to the seat of power. ...

Biden calls to congratulate presumptive Philippine president

May. 12, 2022 05:31 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden called Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday to congratulate him on his apparent landslide victory in the Philippine presidential election, Manila’s ambassador to Washington said. Biden is among the first world leaders to recognize...

Marcos Jr. declares victory, faces calls to ensure democracy

May. 11, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted Philippine dictator, declared victory Wednesday in this week’s presidential election and faced early calls to ensure respect for human rights, the rule of law and democracy. Marcos Jr. garnered more...

Marcos presidency complicates US efforts to counter China

May. 10, 2022 21:43 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s apparent landslide victory in the Philippine presidential election is raising immediate concerns about a further erosion of democracy in Asia and could complicate American efforts to blunt growing Chinese influence and power in the Pacific. ...

New generation of Marcos, Duterte set to lead Philippines

May. 10, 2022 21:01 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The powerful alliance between the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte is set to usher in six years of governance in the Philippines that are concerning to human rights activists. A look at the...

Marcos Jr. won Philippine presidency, unofficial count shows

May. 10, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The namesake son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos appeared to have been elected Philippine president by a landslide in an astonishing reversal of the 1986 “People Power” pro-democracy revolt that ousted his father. Marcos Jr. had more than...

Dictator's son far ahead in Philippine presidential vote

May. 09, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The son and namesake of ousted Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos took a commanding lead in an unofficial vote count in Monday’s presidential election in the deeply divided Asian democracy. With 80% of the votes tabulated, Marcos Jr. had 25.9 million,...

Philippine election narrows to Marcos Jr., rights defender

May. 09, 2022 01:30 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than three decades after a largely peaceful “People Power” revolt overthrew Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, his son and namesake is the top choice in most voter-preference surveys. Some of the major issues in Monday's vote: WHAT’S AT...