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Philippine dictator's son defeats bid vs. presidential run

Jan. 17, 2022 05:43 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The son of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos defeated on Monday a bid to disqualify him from the May 9 presidential race but still faces other petitions from human rights victims and others who have raised alarm over atrocities under his late father's rule. ...

Vaccination mandated for commuters on Manila public transit

Jan. 17, 2022 05:30 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — People who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were banned from riding public transport in the Philippine capital region Monday in a desperate move that has sparked protests from labor and human rights groups. The Philippines's vaccination campaign...

Philippine governor warns of looting without typhoon aid

Dec. 21, 2021 07:00 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The governor of a central Philippine province devastated last week by Typhoon Rai pleaded on radio Tuesday for the government to quickly send food and other aid, warning that without outside help, army troops and police would have to be deployed to prevent looting...

Typhoon deaths in Philippines top 140; mayors plead for food

Dec. 19, 2021 11:39 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The death toll in the strongest typhoon to batter the Philippines this year has reached at least 146, and the governor of an island province especially hard-hit by Typhoon Rai said there may be even greater devastation that has yet to be reported. Gov....

Typhoon leaves 31 dead, many homes roofless in Philippines

Dec. 18, 2021 07:22 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon left at least 31 people dead, knocked down power and communications in entire provinces and wrought widespread destruction mostly in the central Philippines, officials said Saturday. A governor said her island has been “leveled to the ground." ...

Typhoon leaves 19 dead, many homes roofless in Philippines

Dec. 18, 2021 05:09 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon left at least 19 people dead, knocked down power and communications in entire provinces and wrought widespread destruction mostly in the central Philippines, officials said Saturday. A governor said her island has been “leveled to the ground." ...

Typhoon leaves 12 dead, traps people on roofs in Philippines

Dec. 17, 2021 06:09 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon that battered the central Philippines left at least 12 people dead in massive floods that trapped residents on roofs and damaged buildings including a hotel and an airport, officials said. Typhoon Rai slightly weakened after slamming...

Philippine leader quits from Senate race in latest flip-flop

Dec. 14, 2021 06:27 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday withdrew his senatorial candidacy in next year’s elections in his latest change of mind over what he plans to do after his turbulent term ends, when critics say he would likely face an array of lawsuits for an anti-drugs...

Top Philippine court: Anti-terror law largely constitutional

Dec. 09, 2021 08:55 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court largely upheld on Thursday the legality of an anti-terrorism law that opponents fear could threaten democracy and muzzle dissent, but struck down a provision preventing street protests, activism and labor strikes from being branded as...

Filipino journalist shot dead while watching TV in store

Dec. 09, 2021 00:58 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A gunman shot and killed a journalist who was watching TV at a store in a central Philippine city, in a brazen attack in what has long been regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. Jesus Malabanan, a 58-year-old...