Philippines Muslim leaders 'tired of waiting' for Bangsamoro law

Ghazali Jaafar calls for quick passage of autonomy law in Mindanao as fresh government offensive kill 44 armed fighters. Leaders of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group have warned of a growing frustration in the southern island of Mindanao over the delay in the implementation of a 2014 peace agreement it signed with the government. Ghazali Jaafar, vice chairman of […]

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Pompeo says North Korea not clear on scope of closing Yongbyon facility

MANILA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that North Korea had asked for full sanctions lifting during a summit in Hanoi but lacked complete clarity on what it was prepared to offer on dismantling the Yongbyon nuclear facility. “They were pretty expansive with respect to what they are prepared to do at Yongbyon but there […]

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Explainer: Why is the Philippine government accused of going after media?

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine journalists planned to hold a rally on Friday in support of media freedom after the arrest of an award-winning head of a news website sparked condemnation of the government. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who is free on bail, is charged with cyber libel in the latest case against the website filed by agencies of the government, […]

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Rodrigo Duterte offers 'per head' bounty for rebels

Rights groups, rebels and indigenous activists accuse Philippine president of encouraging troops to commit war crimes. Human rights groups, rebels and indigenous activists have accused Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of inciting the military to commit war crimes after he offered a $384 bounty for each communist rebel killed. Duterte’s “incendiary rhetoric” encourages violations of conventions on armed conflicts, Carlos H […]

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Philippine Airlines seeks Saudi overfly permit for direct route to Israel

MANILA/TEL AVIV (Reuters) – The Philippines has requested permission for its flag carrier [PHL.UL] to overfly Saudi Arabia en route to Israel, the company president said, seeking to become the second airline to win such rights after a decades-long ban by Riyadh. Should Philippine Airlines get an overflight permit, which would save on flight time and costs, it could launch […]

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Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte says a 'real God would never have got himself crucified' risking outrage among Christians

Rodrigo Duterte also blasted the Holy Trinity doctrine and said if he was Jesus he would have used lightning to burn all "mother******" non-believers. The 73-year-old has repeatedly caused outrage for his public outbursts since taking power in June 2016 and has also been condemned by human rights groups for the state-sponsored killing of at least of 5,000 suspected drug […]

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Miss Philippines wins Miss Universe after Miss USA caused controversy

Miss Philippines wins trailblazing Miss Universe pageant featuring the first transgender contestant, after USA entrant apologized for criticizing her rivals ability to speak English Catriona Gray, 24, beat Miss South Africa and Miss Venezuela for the title Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers, 24, was mired in a controversy over remarks she made about her rivals’ English language skills but made […]

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Three policemen convicted of murder in deadly Philippines drug war

Three police officers have been found guilty of murder in a potentially landmark ruling for the ongoing war on drugs in the Philippines. Interested in Philippines? After a six-month trial, officers Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin Cruz were sentenced to 40 years in prison without the possibility of parole for the killing of 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos. […]

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