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September 16, 2018 3:12 am gmt |
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The Philippines is counting the human and economic cost of Typhoon Mangkhut, which ripped through its main island with deadly consequences yesterday (Saturday). Officials say at least 14 people died but blocked roads and downed communications lines mean the true impact on rural areas is not yet clear...
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April 24, 2018 9:32 am gmt |
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Philippine security forces held security drills on the beaches of Boracay on Tuesday (April 24) to demonstrate its capability to handle threats ahead of the island’s six-month shutdown. Police, soldiers, navy and coast guard officers belonging to Boracay’s security task force showed how t...
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November 15, 2017 4:58 am gmt |
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European Council Donald Tusk expressed the European Union’s commitment to help combat violent extremism in Southeast Asia during a regional meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Tuesday (November 14). Recent attacks by pro-Islamic State fighters in the southern Phil...
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September 5, 2017 11:35 am gmt |
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The Philippine police chief on Tuesday (September 5) gave an emotional denial during a Senate hearing into President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, insisting that Duterte never told him to “kill and kill.” Duterte took office in June last year after winning an election on a vow to get ...
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June 25, 2017 9:38 am gmt |
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Muslims in the southern Philippines celebrated Eid al-Fitr on today as fighting between government troops and Islamist militants in Marawi City continued for the 35th day. Filipino Muslims bought clothes and food to prepare for Eid celebrations on today, although some shopkeepers like Fatima Fahad sa...
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January 4, 2017 5:40 am gmt |
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More than 150 inmates have escaped from a south Philippines prison after gunmen launched an attack. The authorities suspect the gunmen are linked to Islamist separatist groups. Dozens of armed men stormed the jail and engaged in a shootout with guards, as prisoners fled in the chaos. One guard was ki...
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December 29, 2016 11:32 am gmt |
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A bombing wounded 33 people during an amateur boxing match in a central Philippines province, the government said on Thursday (December 29), the second attack on a public place by unknown perpetrators in less than a week. An 81-millimeter mortar round was detonated remotely by cellphone during the am...
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October 19, 2016 8:32 am gmt |
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A rally to protest against U.S. troops in the Philippines turned violent on Wednesday (October 19) as a police van rammed into activists gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Manila. Renato Reyes, Secretary General of left-wing activist group Bayan told journalists that at least three demonstrators ha...
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June 14, 2016 11:12 am gmt |
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Philippine authorities said on Tuesday (June 14) the severed head found near a church in the southern Philippines belonged to a Canadian national who was executed by Al Qaeda-linked Islamic militants. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Toronto on Monday (June 13) that it appeared the seco...
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June 2, 2016 8:08 am gmt |
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Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte drew criticism from media groups on Thursday (June 2) after delivering a statement saying journalists were killed because they were corrupt. His comments about killing journalists have struck a nerve. About 175 journalists have been killed in the Philippines...
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May 9, 2016 9:54 am gmt |
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Voting to elect the Philippines’ next president began on Monday (May 9) after an acrimonious election campaign that revealed popular disgust with the country’s ruling elite for failing to make inroads into poverty and inequality despite years of robust economic growth. Five candidates are...
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May 6, 2016 5:59 am gmt |
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Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines on Thursday (May 5) agreed to conduct joint maritime patrols to tackle criminal threats on key sea lanes. The decision was made following a series of kidnappings by Abu Sayyaf rebels in the southern Philippines. “We agreed to strengthen cooperation and collab...
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April 28, 2016 11:00 am gmt |
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned on Monday (April 25) the execution of a Canadian hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines, calling it “an act of cold-blooded murder.” John Ridsdel, 68, a former mining executive, was captured by Islamist militants along with thre...
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January 27, 2016 10:46 am gmt |
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Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid tribute to the graves of fallen Filipino heroes in Manila on Wednesday (Jan 27). The royal pair are on a four-day official visit to the Philippines to celebrate 60 years since the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. A wr...
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December 16, 2015 1:09 pm gmt |
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At least four people have been reportedly killed by Typhoon Melor that has been hitting Philippines. More than 700,000 people had already been evacuated. Now the typhoon has left millions of people without power ahead of Christmas. On Tuesday morning, the storm unexpectedly regained force, with its m...
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December 14, 2015 7:19 am gmt |
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The Philippines has issued a red alert for Typhoon Melor, bracing itself for possible damage by extreme weather. Typhoon Melor is expected to land in the Philippines on Monday. The Philippine national meteorological bureau forecasted at 11:00 Monday that the typhoon is moving towards the country at a...
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November 18, 2015 6:47 am gmt |
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About 20 protesters rallied outside the Philippines Consulate General in Hong Kong on Wednesday (November 18) to object to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting currently underway in Manila. They carried posters decrying the grouping whilst chanting “Junk, junk APEC”. Vicky...
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November 17, 2015 9:17 am gmt |
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 Around 300 demonstrators protested in Manila on Tuesday (November 17), a day before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting. The protesters, who were blocked by riot police around 200 metres (656 feet) from the main gate of the U.S. embassy in Manila, chanted anti-imperi...
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October 17, 2015 12:11 pm gmt |
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 The Philippines is preparing for a typhoon that is forecast to dump heavy rain and cause severe flooding. On Friday President Benigno Aquino warned people living in the path of Typhoon Koppu to be ready to evacuate. In a TV address, he said the storm – which is due to hit the northern island ...