Rebels agree to oversight body

Mindanao has suffered from decades of violence. Source: Wikimedia Manila and what was once the largest Moro rebel group have agreed to increase the scope...

Duterte suspends Kuwaiti work 

The Philippines has suspended sending workers to Kuwait after President Rodrigo Duterte said abuse by employers had driven several domestic helpers to suicide. Kuwait expressed...

Duterte hails Korean triumph 

South Korea and the Philippines have purportedly signed US$4.9 billion of deals in trade and investment pledges during President Rodrigo Duterte's official visit.  There were...

Duterte not to blame for slowdown: analysts

Hong Kong is a major destination for Filipino migrants. Source: Wikimedia  The Philippine economy is suffering amid the global turndown rather than as a reaction...

Duterte yet to justify China policy 

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Manila this week has produced more deals on economic cooperation with the Philippines but analysts are sceptical about...

Activist to join Duterte cabinet

Environmentalist Gina Lopez. Source: Flickr The Philippines’ president-elect, Rodrigo Duterte, has threatened to cancel mining projects that cause environmental damage after an anti-mining activist accepted...

Philippine troops kill 10 Islamist militants from Abu Sayyaf group

The Sulu provincial capitol building on the island of Jolo. Photo: Agtillah/Wikimedia Commons. Philippine commandos yesterday killed 10 Islamist militants in a battle on the...

Australia offers Duterte military help 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been offered Australian help to train the Philippine military in its fight against Islamist extremists, according to Canberra's foreign...

Chinese-Filipino named in bank probe

Manila’s banking centre, Ayala Avenue. Source: Wikimedia Chinese-Filipino tycoon Kam Sin Wong, who is also known as Kim Wong, is suspected to have masterminded the...

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...

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