Duterte warns of possible violence if poor seize houses

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has warned a pro-poor group not to take over a government housing project and said he will deploy police commandos to remove them instead of tolerat...

Philippines delays rebel talks but says 'breakthroughs' near

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says the government is delaying the proposed resumption of peace talks with communist guerrillas this month to allow public consultations. ...

Duterte to arm community leaders in bid to fight crime in the Philippines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Philippines interior ministry said that handguns will be provided to community leaders, known as "barangay captains" who are willing to confront crime throug...

Protesters heckle, disrupt Duterte's Independence day speech

KAWIT, Philippines (AP) — Several left-wing activists have heckled and disrupted a televised Independence Day speech by the Philippine president and called him a "traitor" amid criticism of his handli...

Chinese Coast Guard harassing Philippine fishermen, stealing catches in S. China Sea

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The government of the Philippines issued a formal demand to Beijing and the Chinese Coast Guard on June 11, warning them to stay away from territorial fisheries belonging ...

Philippines says China seizure of fish catch unacceptable

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president's spokesman says the Chinese coast guard's seizures of fish caught by Filipino fishermen near a disputed shoal are unacceptable. P...

New terminal in Philippines' Cebu airport to open on July 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Mactan-Cebu International Airport's (MCIA) brand new Terminal 2 in the Central Philippines will open on July 1. The new terminal hopes to meet the region&#...

Duterte may declare national emergency, promises 'radical changes' in coming days

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Wednesday to resort to emergency powers and enforce them “to the hilt” to deal with relentless criticism ov...

Duterte slammed for kissing Filipina before huge audience

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's mouth has landed him in hot water again, this time for kissing a married woman on the lips in front of thousands of his chee...

Duterte tells UN expert 'to go to hell' over criticism

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The unprecedented expulsion of the Philippine chief justice after the president lambasted her in public is an attack on judicial independence that could imperil the co...

Duterte tells UN expert 'to go to hell' over criticism

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has lashed out at another U.N. human rights expert for making critical remarks about his supposed role in the expulsion of the Supreme Court chief j...

Biographer: Animosity toward US drives Philippine president

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The author of the first biography of Rodrigo Duterte says the maverick Philippine president is gravitating toward China partly because of a personal animosity toward the Uni...

Philippine President amuses graduates with wild student stories in speech at alma mater

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recounted his days as a student of San Beda College of Law and revealed stories about his failure to attend the graduation ceremony as...

Ailing Thai beach made famous by Hollywood closes to tourism

MAYA BAY, Thailand (AP) — Once a pristine Thai paradise, the secluded bay made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach” has been exhausted by mass tourism. Now it’s ge...

US to step up South China Sea operations, Beijing unable to control sea lanes

TAIPE (Taiwan News) – Tensions in the South China Sea continue to simmer, with the U.S. military to begin taking a tougher stance on protecting freedom of navigation in the region, according to ...