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Fear and defiance for families of Philippine drug war dead
by Cecil Morella - June 27, 2022 - 2:08pm
Official data show more than 6,200 people have died in police anti-narcotics operations since Duterte swept to power in 2016 promising to rid the country of drugs. But rights groups estimate tens of thousands of...
Duterte popularity sweeps daughter to election win
by Cecil Morella - May 11, 2022 - 9:19am
Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could face international charges over his deadly drug war, but his daughter's thumping victory in the vice presidential race shows his popularity remains sky-high.
Leni Robredo: 'Last woman standing' in Philippines' presidential race
by Cecil Morella - May 3, 2022 - 12:23pm
Leni Robredo was a neophyte congresswoman in 2016 when she came from behind to narrowly beat Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for Philippines vice president. She hopes to repeat the feat in their May 9 rematch for...
Death toll from Philippines landslides, floods hits 115
by Cecil Morella - April 14, 2022 - 2:18pm
The death toll from landslides and flooding in the Philippines triggered by tropical storm Megi hit 115 on Thursday, official figures showed, as more bodies were found in mud-caked villages.
Martial law torture victim Etta Rosales relives horror as dictator's son rises
by Cecil Morella - February 23, 2022 - 11:33am
Tortured and gang-raped by the elder Marcos' troops under martial law in the 1970s, the former history professor, now 82, told AFP she fears history will repeat itself.
'Run Sara Run': Clamor grows for Duterte daughter presidential bid
by Cecil Morella - October 10, 2021 - 3:04pm
Philippines' "First Daughter" Sara Duterte has been in lockstep with her father, following him into law and succeeding him as a city mayor. Now, she's leading the race to replace Rodrigo Duterte as president.
Duterte, infamous for deadly drug crackdown
by Cecil Morella - October 2, 2021 - 6:19pm
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who said Saturday he will retire from politics, has earned international infamy for his deadly drug war and foul-mouthed tirades, but remains hugely popular among Filipinos fed...
'Full capacity everywhere': Manila hospitals struggle as virus surges
by Cecil Morella - April 9, 2021 - 11:47am
Long queues at emergency rooms have forced people to drive from one health facility to the next in search of treatment, in a situation described by a hospital official as a "nightmare". 
Critics in firing line of anti-communist misinformation war
by Cecil Morella - February 25, 2021 - 3:18pm
The most viral posts targeting Elago, generating tens of thousands of shares, were on the official page of Duterte's National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. 
Festive Filipinos trying to save Christmas from coronavirus
by Cecil Morella - November 8, 2020 - 3:48pm
Gatherings are banned, night-time curfews are in force, church attendance is limited, and many are broke after measures to contain the virus devastated the economy and left millions jobless. 
Will trade for food: Online bartering soars in COVID-19-hit Philippines
by Cecil Morella - September 2, 2020 - 11:38am
With millions stripped of their jobs and many forced to stay home to slow the coronavirus spread, Filipinos have flocked to Facebook groups to exchange their possessions, including kitchen appliances, children's...
Ballet Philippines battles Disney, typhoons and poverty to endure
by Cecil Morella - October 18, 2019 - 4:01pm
From fierce typhoons and tight budgets to losing its dancers to cruise ships and theme parks, Ballet Philippines has weathered almost every type of storm, but as it celebrates its 50th anniversary the renowned arts...
Patients die as Manila traffic jams block ambulances
by Cecil Morella - September 9, 2019 - 11:32am
Gridlock in Manila is costing lives as ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against the clock to reach the city's hospitals, medics warn.
The deadly odds of pigeon racing in the Philippines
by Cecil Morella - May 16, 2019 - 1:36pm
It is a brutal 600-kilometre gauntlet during wherein competitors face searing heat, wild seas, vicious predators, and the threat of kidnapping. 
'Widow candidate' tradition in Philippines' deadly elections
by Cecil Morella - May 11, 2019 - 3:41pm
Dozens of people, including candidates and their supporters, routinely get killed in the fierce competition for elected posts. Sometimes their widows take over their husbands' abandoned campaign.
'Beauty boot camps' key to Philippine pageant dominance
by Cecil Morella - February 24, 2019 - 11:48am
Rodgil Flores casts a stern taskmaster's glance as grimacing young women in bikinis stride across one of the mirror-walled studios that is central to making the Philippines a beauty pageant juggernaut. 
Jeepney artists stalked by extinction
by Cecil Morella - January 28, 2019 - 11:46am
Bernardo de la Cruz casts his eyes around the nearly silent workshop where he used to toil overtime hand-painting custom decor on jeepneys, the singularly Philippine minibuses facing the scrapheap. 
Xi visits Philippines as China, US wrangle for supremacy
by Cecil Morella - November 20, 2018 - 6:55am
China won a windfall partner with the 2016 election of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has rattled the Philippines' century-old bond with the US while courting trade and investment from the rising American rival...
Philippines revs up flagging green energy engine
by Cecil Morella - October 10, 2018 - 12:00pm
Deep below the ancient volcanoes scattered around the Philippines sits a simmering stockpile of intense heat that officials hope will help revive the nation's sputtering green energy machine.
'I'll come back': Sister Patricia Fox defiant over expulsion
by Cecil Morella - May 1, 2018 - 12:08pm
She spent decades helping the Philippines' poorest people, but Australian nun Patricia Fox is fighting deportation after drawing President Rodrigo Duterte's ire -- and says she will try to return even if expell...
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