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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Philippine court jails police officers for drug-war murder

Ruling is the first conviction for police killings in the Philippines drug crackdown that’s claimed thousands of lives. A Philippine court on Thursday sentenced three police officers to up to 49 years in jail for the murder of a 17-year-old high school student, the first to be convicted in President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial drug war. The Caloocan City regional trial […]

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Philippines: Artists protest authoritarianism through their work

Philippine artists are using their talents to fight back against a government they accuse of silencing free speech. Artists in the Philippines are using their craft to fend off what they call creeping authoritarianism. As the government tightens its grip on the media and other basic freedoms, artists are taking their fight into the realm of the abstract.   Al […]

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U.S. returns 'Bells of Balangiga' to Philippines a century after clash

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday formally returned church bells to the Philippines that were taken as war trophies over a century ago following gruesome clashes, seeking to close a contentious chapter in the two allies’ shared history. The decision to return the “Bells of Balangiga” to the Philippines ends a […]

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