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Duterte says buying US F-16 jets 'utterly useless'
by Jim Gomez - August 24, 2018 - 3:55pm
The Philippine president is opposing an offer by the U.S. defense chief and other top American officials to buy F-16 fighter jets, saying such an acquisition would be "utterly useless" because his country needs lighter...
Philippine mayor killed a day after another was gunned down
by Jim Gomez - July 4, 2018 - 1:03am
Another Philippine mayor was shot and killed yesterday by an unidentified man in a road attack a day after a city mayor was gunned down in brazen back-to-back killings that prompted an opposition senator to call...
Philippine senators: Supreme Court set 'dangerous precedent'
by Jim Gomez - May 18, 2018 - 1:20am
More than half of the Philippine Senate asked the Supreme Court on yesterday to review its decision to oust its chief justice, calling the ruling a "dangerous precedent" that infringed on Congress' constitutionally...
Robert Reyes to Filipinos: 'Wake up or face death of democracy'
by Jim Gomez - May 11, 2018 - 6:47pm
Roman Catholic priest and protest leader Robert Reyes said that the removal of Maria Lourdes Sereno is "more than a wake-up call" for Filipinos warning that President Duterte could soon be a "virtual dictator."
Police kill 13 drug suspects in daylong raids in Bulacan
by Jim Gomez - March 22, 2018 - 9:00pm
Police said Thursday they killed 13 drug suspects and arrested more than 100 suspected dealers and criminals in one day of raids in a province with a record of bloody crackdowns.
Slain Filipina in freezer shows risks to overseas workers
by Jim Gomez - March 3, 2018 - 10:16am
When Joanna Demafelis' indebted family needed money to fix their typhoon-battered home, she followed in the footsteps of millions of other Filipinos and left to find work overseas. And like far too many Filipinos,...
Not only to Kuwait, Duterte may expand OFW deployment ban
by Jim Gomez - February 23, 2018 - 7:15am
President Rodrigo Duterte said that a ban on the deployment of workers could be expanded to other countries where Filipino workers suffer "human degradation."
Black Nazarene procession secured tightly amid terror fears
by Jim Gomez - January 9, 2018 - 4:32pm
A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined a raucous procession of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ under extra-tight security Tuesday after the Philippines came under a disastrous terrorist...
Duterte asks Philippine Congress to extend martial law
by Jim Gomez - December 11, 2017 - 6:16pm
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress on yesterday to extend the martial law he declared in the country's south by one year to ensure the "total eradication" of pro-Islamic State group extremists ...
Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine
by Jim Gomez - December 8, 2017 - 9:21pm
The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization...
Philippine court convicts bomber in congressman's death
by Jim Gomez - November 18, 2017 - 6:10pm
A Philippine court has convicted a man for a daring 2007 motorcycle bombing that killed a Muslim rebel-turned-congressman and three other people and wounded 10, including two legislators.
Activists praise Trudeau's comments about Duterte crackdown
by Jim Gomez - November 17, 2017 - 12:30am
An international rights group praised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday for publicly expressing concerns about the Philippine president's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, saying the "quiet diplomacy"...
Philippines backs down in South China Sea after Beijing protest
by Jim Gomez - November 8, 2017 - 12:33pm
President Rodrigo Duterte stopped construction work on a newly formed sandbar in the disputed South China Sea after China protested, the defense chief said.
Philippines slams 39 countries calling for end to killings
by Jim Gomez - September 29, 2017 - 6:21pm
The Philippine government has denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug crackdown...
3 Marawi siege leaders dead, 2 still fighting
by Jim Gomez - September 18, 2017 - 12:27pm
The Philippine military chief said Monday that three leaders of Islamic State-linked militants who besieged a southern city have been killed in months of fighting but two others, including one of Asia's most wanted...
Philippine troops rescue abducted Catholic priest in battle
by Jim Gomez - September 17, 2017 - 7:10pm
Philippine troops have rescued a Roman Catholic priest and another civilian who were among dozens of people abducted in May when hundreds of militants aligned with the Islamic State group laid siege on southern Marawi...
Duterte to allow media on drug raids to disprove killings
by Jim Gomez - September 6, 2017 - 5:40am
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police on Tuesday to let journalists join raids in his crackdown on illegal drugs to disprove growing allegations of extrajudicial killings, but warned reporters they could...
Duterte visits Marawi after troops recapture mosque
by Jim Gomez - August 25, 2017 - 2:58am
President Rodrigo Duterte fired a rifle toward Islamic State-linked militants during a visit Thursday to the battle zone in southern Marawi, after troops recaptured a main mosque... ...
58 dead in 3 days in renewed Philippine anti-drug bloodshed
by Jim Gomez - August 18, 2017 - 12:26am
Philippine police killed at least 26 more drug and crime suspects in overnight gunbattles in the capital, bringing to 58 the death toll in a renewed bloody crackdown in the last three days that received...
Duterte says only empty Lumad schools would be bombed
by Jim Gomez - July 28, 2017 - 4:57am
The Philippine president said his threat to launch airstrikes against tribal schools because they allegedly teach subversion would apply only when the buildings are empty, a clarification that still raised concern...
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