Christmas typhoon leaves 28 dead, 12 missing in Philippines

Asia & Pacific 12/26/19, 16:09

A strong typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines left at least 28 dead and 12 missing, and forced thousands to flee their homes, devastating Christmas celebrations in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. Typhoon Phanfone stranded many people in sea and airports at the peak of holiday travel, set off landslides, ...

Duterte’s allies dominate Senate race, shut out opposition

Asia & Pacific 05/22/19, 00:33

The Philippine president's allies won a majority of the 12 Senate seats at stake in the midterm elections, official results showed Wednesday, while the opposition's shutout heralds a stronger grip on power by a leader accused of massive human rights violations.Elections officials proclaimed the winners after finishing the official count ...

Philippines recalls envoys in Canada over trash shipments

Asia & Pacific 05/16/19, 00:25

The Philippine foreign secretary says the ambassador and consuls in Canada are being recalled over Ottawa's failure to take back truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago.Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted Thursday that the Philippines "shall maintain a diminished diplomatic presence ...

Unofficial tally shows Duterte allies winning big in polls

World 05/13/19, 23:15

An unofficial vote count of the Philippine midterm elections shows President Rodrigo Duterte's allies with an overwhelming lead in the race for the Senate, which the opposition regards as one of the last bulwarks against a brash populist leader accused of massive human rights violations.Preliminary Commission on Election figures seen ...

Millions vote in Philippine elections crucial to Duterte

Asia & Pacific 05/12/19, 19:33

Filipinos have begun voting in midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between President Rodrigo Duterte's allies who aim to dominate the Senate and an opposition fighting for check and balance under a leader they regard as a looming dictator.Nearly 62 million Filipinos have registered to choose among 43,500 candidates vying ...

Duterte allies seek to dominate Philippine midterm polls

Asia & Pacific 05/11/19, 21:42

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's name is not on the ballot but Monday's midterm elections are seen as a crucial referendum on his rise to power with a brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, unorthodox style and contentious embrace of China.Nearly 62 million Filipinos have registered to choose among 43,500 candidates vying ...

Update: New 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Philippines

Asia & Pacific 04/23/19, 01:09

The Latest on powerful earthquakes in the Philippines (all times local):2 p.m.The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.3 earthquake has hit the central Philippines, a day after 6.1 quake hit the country's north and killed at least 11 people.The new quake hit Tuesday afternoon and was centered 13 kilometers ...

Quake kills at least 11, 24 missing in northern Philippines

Asia & Pacific 04/22/19, 21:42

Rescuers found more bodies overnight in the rubble of a supermarket that crashed down in a powerful earthquake that damaged buildings and an airport in the northern Philippines, raising the death toll to 11, officials said Tuesday.The bodies of four victims were pulled from Chuzon Supermarket and three other villagers ...

Philippine quake knocks over building, at least 3 dead

Asia & Pacific 04/22/19, 11:35

A strong earthquake killed three people and trapped at several others Monday in a collapsed building that housed a supermarket in a northern Philippine province, where an international airport terminal was closed due to damage, officials said. Mayor Condralito dela Cruz of Porac town in Pampanga province, north of Manila, said ...

Filipinos start evacuating from Libyan capital; 1 wounded

Africa 04/18/19, 05:24

Philippine diplomats have started evacuating a small group of Filipinos from the Libyan capital after it was hit by a barrage of rocket fire that wounded one Filipino, officials said Thursday.Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Emmanuel Fernandez said in Manila that three hospital workers and four students were evacuated by ...

Filipinos plan more diggings where new human species found

Science 04/11/19, 03:52

Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that thrived more than 50,000 years ago in the northern Philippines say they plan more diggings and better protection of the popular limestone cave complex where the remains were unearthed.Filipino archaeologist Armand Salvador Mijares said Thursday the ...

Philippines: 1 hostage escapes, another drowns and 3rd shot

Asia & Pacific 04/06/19, 04:36

An Indonesian hostage held by Muslim militants in the southern Philippines swam his way to freedom but another drowned, and a Malaysian was shot in the back while escaping, officials said Saturday.The two Indonesians and the Malaysian separately escaped while Philippine marines were attempting to rescue them on Simusa island ...

Creepy cargo: Philippines seizes 757 tarantulas from Poland

Amazing 04/03/19, 03:39

Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising contraband: hundreds of live tarantulas.Bureau of Customs personnel seized the 757 tarantulas at a mail exchange center near Manila's international airport Monday and later ...

Report: Asian economies lag as trade tensions drag on growth

Asia & Pacific 04/02/19, 23:00

Trade tensions between China and the United States are putting a drag on economies in the region, with growth likely to continue to slow in the coming two years, the Asian Development Bank says in a report released Wednesday.The Manila, Philippines-based regional lender's latest economic outlook forecasts that growth in ...

Philippine Supreme Court orders release of drug war evidence

Asia & Pacific 04/02/19, 20:34

The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the release of police documents on thousands of killings of suspects in the president's anti-drug crackdown, in a ruling that human rights groups said could shed light on allegations of extrajudicial killings.Supreme Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said the court ordered the government ...

Journalist at site critical of Duterte arrested in 2nd case

Asia & Pacific 03/28/19, 21:50

The head of a Philippine online news site, among media agencies deemed critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested again Friday, this time over an alleged investment violation.Rappler Inc. reported that its CEO and executive editor, Maria Ressa, was served a warrant by the police after arriving at Manila's international ...

Philippine water shortage affects more than 6 million people

Business 03/14/19, 10:02

More than 6 million people have been affected by a water shortage in large areas of the Philippine capital and a nearby province, with long lines forming for rationed water and businesses and some hospitals struggling to cope after faucets ran dry.A spokesman for Manila Water Co. Inc., Jeric Sevilla, ...

Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

Enviroment 03/05/19, 07:22

Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport.The various types of turtles were found Sunday inside four pieces of left-behind luggage of a Filipino passenger arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hong Kong, Customs ...

Philippines: US more likely to figure in war at sea than us

Asia & Pacific 03/04/19, 23:35

The United States is more likely to be involved in a "shooting war" in the disputed South China Sea than the Philippines but the latter would be embroiled in such a conflict just the same because of its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with Washington, the Philippine defense chief said Tuesday.Defense ...

Pompeo: US to make sure China can’t blockade South China Sea

Politics 03/01/19, 05:22

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the United States is committed to ensuring the South China Sea remains open to all kinds of navigation and that "China does not pose a threat" of closing the disputed sea lanes. Pompeo assured the Philippines during a visit to Manila that ...

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