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Duterte rules out Christmas truce with communist rebels

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has ruled out any cease-fire or resumption of long-stalled peace talks with communist guerrillas and renewed a vow to destroy the insurgents in his ...

Philippines recalls ambassador who allegedly mistreated maid

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' ambassador to Brazil has been ordered to return home to face investigation after video surfaced allegedly showing her physically mistreating her Filipino ho...

Philippines lifts ban on South China Sea energy exploration

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has approved the lifting of a ban on oil and gas exploration in or near disputed areas of the South China Sea that was imposed six years ago because...

South China Sea Watch: China holds drills amid new tensions

BEIJING (AP) — A look at developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a m...

Duterte gets rare praise for raising sea feud ruling at UN

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president got rare praises Wednesday from his key critics for invoking before the United Nations a 2016 arbitration ruling that invalidated China’s vast terri...

Duterte strongly affirms Hague ruling on China at UN

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fully and unequivocally affirmed his country's legal victory against China over the South China Sea during a speech before the Uni...

Philippines to call US for help if China attacks navy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Philippine senior official on Wednesday (Aug. 26) indicated the country would invoke its Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the U.S. if China attacked its naval vessels. ...

Philippine capital returning to lockdown as virus surges

The Philippine president has agreed to place the capital and outlying provinces back under a lockdown after medical groups warned that the country was waging “a losing battle” against the ...

Third cabinet official in Duterte administration tests positive for COVID-19

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Mark Villar, secretary of the Philippine’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), became the third Cabinet official in Duterte's administration to have ...

Duterte's four years in power — extrajudicial killings, rights abuses and terror

A review of President Rodrigo Duterte's fourth year in office included a damning UN Human Rights Council report on widespread extrajudicial killings, the passage of a widely contested anti-terrori...

Duterte's four years in power — extrajudicial killings, rights abuses and terror

A review of President Rodrigo Duterte's fourth year in office included a damning United Nations Human Rights Council report on widespread extrajudicial killings, the passage of a widely contested ...

Filipina journalist braces for verdict in 'cyber libel' case

VIENNA (AP) — An award-winning journalist who has aggressively covered Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is bracing for a verdict in a libel case and says she sees the upcoming dec...

Philippine anti-terrorism law triggers fear of massive rights abuses

The Philippine government recently approved a contentious anti-terrorism bill that critics say is aimed at curbing civil liberties and silencing the opposition. The 2020 Anti-Terrorism Bill is an u...

Philippines put hold on abrogation of military pact with US

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Philippines foreign minister Teodoro Lopez Locsin Jr claimed on Monday (June 1) that President Rodrigo Duterte plans to suspend the pending termination of the Visiting For...

Philippines says fate of caregiver up to Taiwan and China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a bizarre mixup of geography and jurisdictions, the Philippine government on Wednesday (April 29) said that the deportation of a Filipina caregiver who made controversi...