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Philippines observes Good Friday with crucifixions and whippings
by Cecil Morella - March 29, 2024 - 4:44pm
Catholic zealots in the Philippines re-enacting the last moments of Jesus Christ were nailed to wooden crosses while others whipped themselves bloody in extreme displays of religious devotion on Good Friday.
'Miracle' rescue nearly 60 hours after Davao de Oro landslide
by Cecil Morella - February 9, 2024 - 11:56am
The rescue of a child on Friday nearly 60 hours after a landslide hit a gold-mining village in the southern Philippines has been hailed as a "miracle" after searchers had given up hope of finding more survivors...
Landslide at Davao de Oro gold-mining village kills seven
by Cecil Morella - February 7, 2024 - 4:23pm
At least seven people were killed and 31 injured when a rain-induced landslide hit a gold-mining village in a mountainous region of the southern Philippines, officials said Wednesday.
Marcos and Duterte clan alliance ruptures
by Cecil Morella - February 6, 2024 - 5:36pm
Less than two years after Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was swept to power, his family's alliance with his firebrand predecessor Rodrigo Duterte has been shattered.
Marcos, Duterte supporters rally as family rift deepens
by Cecil Morella - January 28, 2024 - 1:51pm
Supporters of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte were set to hold rival rallies on Sunday, as a battle over the country's Constitution highlighted a deepening rift between the...
Major aftershocks jolt Philippines after magnitude 7.6 quake
by Cecil Morella - December 3, 2023 - 8:07am
A powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, followed by four major aftershocks that sent residents fleeing from coastal areas amid...
'I try to be strong': 'Yolanda' survivors on starting again
by Cecil Morella - November 7, 2023 - 1:22pm
A decade after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines and left more than 7,000 people dead or missing, survivors are preparing to commemorate the disaster. 
Philippines, Japan announce negotiations for key defense pact
by Cecil Morella - November 4, 2023 - 9:00am
The Philippines and Japan said Friday they will start negotiations for a defense pact that would allow the countries to deploy troops on each other's territory.
Philippines vows to remove future barriers at Scarborough Shoal
by Cecil Morella - September 29, 2023 - 5:34pm
The Philippine Coast Guard vowed Friday to "do whatever it takes" to remove any more floating barriers installed by China at a disputed reef in the South China Sea.
Filipinos' 'crazy passion' for basketball survives FIBA World Cup loss
by Cecil Morella - September 1, 2023 - 1:00pm
The Philippines' failure to make it past the first round — with three straight losses — has done nothing to diminish Filipinos' passion for the sport.
Philippine director puts women at the 'heart' of drug war film
by Cecil Morella - August 12, 2023 - 9:57am
"Maria" is the first full-length documentary to compete in the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.
What's the state of Philippine human rights under Marcos?
by Cecil Morella - June 8, 2023 - 10:52am
In reality, nearly a year into Marcos's term, activists say little has changed on the ground.
Chinese, Philippine vessels in 'David and Goliath' near-crash
by Cecil Morella - April 27, 2023 - 6:31pm
A Chinese coast guard ship cut off a Philippine patrol vessel carrying journalists in the disputed South China Sea, causing a near-collision, an AFP team on board another boat saw.
Fishermen struggle as oil spill keeps them ashore
by Cecil Morella - March 29, 2023 - 11:19am
A crab covered in oil creeps across the sand as Philippine fishermen wearing white protective suits, rubber gloves, and respirator masks scrape toxic sludge from the rocks along the shore.
Fishing banned as Philippine oil spill spreads
by Cecil Morella - March 4, 2023 - 9:12am
Thousands of fishermen in the Philippines have been ordered to stay ashore as authorities struggled Friday to contain an oil spill from a sunken tanker that is threatening the region's rich marine life...
Eye-watering onion prices make Philippine staple a luxury
by Cecil Morella - January 31, 2023 - 3:03pm
Even before his onions are fully grown, Philippine farmer Luis Angeles races to harvest the crop and cash in on eye-watering prices for a vegetable that has become a luxury item in the country.
Philippine corpse-whisperer seeks justice for drug war victims
by Cecil Morella - December 21, 2022 - 12:07pm
Raquel Fortun whispers to the human skeletal remains spread out in a makeshift morgue in the Philippine capital Manila. She is seeking the truth about their violent deaths -- and justice for their families.
Feathers fly as Philippine cockfighting shakes off Covid closures
by Cecil Morella - October 25, 2022 - 7:48am
In a raucous cockpit in the Philippines, Dennis de la Cruz grins from ear to ear as he watches his roosters slash their opponents to death in a frenzy of blood and feathers.
Court of Tax Appeals cancels P2.2-B tax of Pacquiao, wife Jinkee
by Cecil Morella - October 8, 2022 - 9:28am
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Friday won a years-long court battle to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes after an appeals court dismissed the case against him.
Philippine activists vow to 'never forget' Marcos era abuses
by Cecil Morella - September 21, 2022 - 12:41pm
Philippine activists vowed Wednesday to "never forget" the human rights abuses under former dictator Ferdinand Marcos as they marked 50 years since his imposition of martial law.
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