Cargo ship arrives in Philippines to return Canadian trash

Asia & Pacific 05/30/19, 10:14

A cargo ship arrived in a northern Philippine port on Thursday to transport 69 containers of garbage back to Canada that officials say were shipped illegally to the Philippines, one of two Southeast Asia countries that have protested being treated like dumpsites by wealthier nations.Administrator Wilma Eisma of Subic Bay ...

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 ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 01:12

South Korean violinist Won Hyung Joon and North Korean soprano Kim Song Mi held a rare joint performance between artists from the rival countries. The concert in Shanghai was the first both Won and Kim had had with a musician from the other side of the Korean border. They agreed ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 worried over Chinese moves threatening navigation

Asia & Pacific 02/28/19, 10:03

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he will discuss U.S. concerns about Chinese actions that threaten freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea with Philippine officials during an overnight visit to Manila. Pompeo arrived late Thursday and immediately met with President Rodrigo Duterte at an air base. ...

Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal

Asia & Pacific 02/22/19, 19:26

Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines were sworn in Friday as administrators of a new Muslim autonomous region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia's longest-raging rebellions.President Rodrigo Duterte led a ceremony to name Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader Murad Ebrahim and some ...

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

Health 02/18/19, 08:18

The Philippine health secretary says 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have been sickened in an outbreak blamed partly on recent vaccination fears.Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Monday a massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial regions may ...

Interview: Philippine journalist sees threat to democracy

Asia & Pacific 02/14/19, 07:57

The head of a Philippine online news site who was arrested by government agents in a libel case accused President Rodrigo Duterte's administration on Thursday of acting like a dictatorship and using the law as a weapon to muzzle dissent."What we're seeing ... is a level of impunity that I ...

Journalist and Duterte critic posts bail after libel arrest

Business 02/14/19, 00:32

The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration has been freed on bail after her arrest in a libel case.National Bureau of Investigation agents served the warrant against Maria Ressa late Wednesday afternoon and escorted her from the Rappler Inc. office ...

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