Duterte vetos ‘urgent’ worker rights bill

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a measure that would have ended companies' practice of hiring workers on short-term contracts, breaking a campaign promise....

Philippine media trial begins of Duterte critic

In the Philippines, Rappler editor Maria Ressa's libel trial has opened in a case seen as retaliation for reports on President Rodrigo Duterte. The 55-year-old...

Philippine ‘misogynist-in-chief’ signs harassment law

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is notorious for cracking gang rape “jokes” and making inappropriate remarks to female journalists, has signed a law against...

Amnesty demands UN probe into Philippine drug slaughter 

Amnesty International has called for the United Nations to investigate the deaths of thousands of mostly poor Filipinos.  Three years after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte...

Girl, 3, killed in Philippine drugs ‘bust’: HRW

A three-year-old girl has been killed in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called war on drugs.  Myka Ulpina was purportedly shot during a police raid targeting...

Top judge clashes with Duterte over fishing rights

China is allowed to fish in regions of the South China Sea where the Philippines has exclusive rights, President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman said. The pro-Beijing...

China admits sinking Philippine fishing boat 

China has confirmed that a Chinese trawler “bumped into” a Philippine fishing boat in the South China Sea but denied claims the incident was...

Philippine wrestles with giant mango surplus 

The Philippines is facing a surplus of millions of extra mangoes, with the agriculture minister, Emmanuel Piñol, saying farmers had reported an unusual increase...

‘Ex-gay’ Duterte appeals for Japanese investment 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has assured investors and donors that their money is safe in the archipelago, saying he was cracking down on corruption...

Canadian trash leaves Philippine port

A cargo ship carrying 69 sea containers filled with Canadian rubbish has left the Philippines to be returned home as Asean increasingly rejects western...

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THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has joined forces with the United States in holding maritime exercises which were aimed at preventing other...

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