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S. Korean businessman 'murdered in Philippine police HQ'

Manila - A South Korean businessman kidnapped by Philippine policemen under the guise of a raid on illegal drugs was murdered at the national police headquarters in Manila, authorities said Thursday.

Philippines' Duterte taunts bishops to take drugs

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday taunted the country's Catholic priests and bishops to take highly addictive crystal methamphetamine, as he accused them of "hypocrisy" for criticising his deadly drug war.

Philippine police kidnapped and murdered S. Korean businessman

Manila - Philippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said Wednesday.

Philippine Church speaks out on drug killings

Manila - People going to mass at one of the most famous churches in the Philippine capital over Christmas were met by a disturbing sight: poster-size pictures of Filipinos dying in pools of blood.

China's sea militarisation 'troubling': Philippine defence chief

Manila - China's militarisation of the South China Sea is "very troubling" and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines' defence secretary said on Tuesday.

Confusion after Philippines' Duterte threatens martial law

Manila - Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened over the weekend to impose martial law to prosecute his deadly war on drugs.

Philippines communists warn peace unlikely soon

Manila - Philippine communist rebels waging one of Asia's longest insurgencies said Tuesday a peace pact was likely not achievable before 2019, in a blow to the government's hopes of securing a deal this year.

Japan's Abe enjoys Duterte's folksy diplomacy in Philippines

Davao - With a visit to Philipine President Rodrigo Duterte's bedroom, having one of the world's rarest birds named in his honour and guided by a sockless host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a morning to remember on Friday.

Philippine minister says Nickelodeon can't build on pristine Palawan

Manila - American children's television network Nickelodeon will not be allowed to build an underwater theme park on one of the nation's most pristine islands, the Philippine environment minister said Wednesday.

Huge crowds stage frenzied Catholic procession in Philippines

Manila - Masses of Catholic devotees in the Philippine capital braved sizzling weather and terrorist fears on Monday in a frenzied bid to touch a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ that is believed to have miraculous powers.

Op-Ed: Bob Arum likely to grant Pacquiao's $20 million guaranteed prize

While Bob Arum appears to be stunned by a reported $20 million guaranteed prize being floated by Manny Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz for a possible title fight against Terence Crawford, chances are he may grant it when he meets with Pacquiao soon.

Russian Marines in smashing Philippine charm offensive

Manila - Russian Marines shattered glass bottles with their heads and smashed burning wooden planks against each other Thursday as part of an eye-catching charm offensive in the Philippines, a traditional US ally.

Head of pro-IS Philippine militant group slain: police

Manila - Philippine security forces killed Thursday the leader of a Muslim militant group that has carried out deadly attacks on civilians to win support from Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, authorities said.

110 inmates on run after Philippines' biggest jailbreak

Kidapawan - Philippine authorities said Thursday they had captured or killed dozens of men who escaped in the nation's biggest jailbreak but more than 110 remained on the run in vast farmlands and isolated villages of the nation's strife-torn south.

Op-Ed: Why proposed Pacquiao-Horn fight won't sell

Fight fans were rejoicing with the imminent Manny Pacquiao-Terence Crawford showdown this April when all of a sudden, Pacquiao's longtime promoter Bob Arum named relatively unknown Australian boxer Jeff Horn as Pacquiao's next possible opponent.

More than 150 inmates escape in Philippine jail raid

Kidapawan - Suspected Muslim rebels staged the Philippines' biggest jailbreak Wednesday when they stormed a dilapidated jail in the violence-plagued south of the country, freeing 158 inmates and killing a guard, authorities said.

Why Manny Pacquiao needs to train early for next fight

Manny Pacquiao's training for his comeback fight last year had turned his schedules as neophyte senator upside down as he had to train before reporting for work and after attending senate sessions and committee hearings.

Russia flags war games with US ally Philippines

Manila - The Russian Navy said Tuesday it was planning to hold war games with the Philippines, as two of its ships made a rare stop in Manila following Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot from the United States.

Donaire may drop Magdaleno for title fight against Oscar Valdez

Nonito Donaire has been angling a possible rematch against his most recent tormentor and mandatory challenger Jessie Magdaleno, who snatched his WBO super bantamweight tile last Nov. 5 in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Vargas title fight in Las Vegas, Nev.

Duterte seeks 'strategic shift' from US to China: envoy

Manila - The Philippines is tilting away from its traditional ally the United States towards China in a bid to "normalise" relations following a longstanding territorial dispute, the country's incoming ambassador to Beijing said Monday.
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