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Philippines' Duterte could extend rule under draft constitution

Manila - The draft of a new Philippine constitution submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday would grant him new powers and a chance to extend his stay in office by up to eight years.

Rally for equality as top Philippine court considers gay marriage

Manila - Thousands of gay pride marchers braved heavy rain in Manila on Saturday calling for the legalisation of same-sex marriage as the Philippines' top court considers a landmark legal challenge to the current ban.

Outrage after Philippines' Duterte calls God 'stupid'

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte faced growing outrage on Tuesday in his largely Catholic nation after calling God "stupid", the latest furore he has sparked with an unfiltered broadside.

Quite a mud-dle! Filipino devotees slather themselves in soil

Aliaga - They say there's nothing quite like it for cooling the blood, but for more than a thousand Filipinos at a Catholic festival on Sunday, slathering their bodies in mud was a way to show devotion and humility.

Top Philippine court hears landmark gay marriage case

Manila - The Philippines' top court heard arguments on Tuesday for the legalisation of gay marriage, a historic first in the overwhelmingly Catholic nation.

Australian gets life in Philippine child sex abuse case

Manila - An Australian man has been sentenced to life in a Philippine prison as part of a notorious child sexual abuse case in which prosecutors say he chained the victims like dogs.

Philippines demands China stop taking fishermen's catch

Manila - The Philippines on Monday demanded that China stop confiscating the catch of Filipino fishermen in the disputed South China Sea, calling the practice "unacceptable".

Philippines' Duterte defends kiss: 'We enjoyed it'

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brushed off claims of misogyny Wednesday after he kissed a Filipina woman on the lips onstage in Seoul -- saying they had both "enjoyed it".

Furore over 'disgusting' kiss by Philippines' Duterte

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte drew condemnation Monday after kissing a Filipino woman onstage during his visit to South Korea, prompting outraged activists to call it "disgusting".

Philippines' Duterte apologises to Kuwait for 'harsh' words

Seoul - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologised to Kuwait on Sunday for his "harsh" words at the height of a months-long diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic workers.

Australian nun in last-minute appeal of Manila deportation

Manila - An elderly Australian nun facing deportation after angering Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte launched a last-minute appeal against the order on Friday, the deadline for her to leave the country.

'Crazy hope' for missing kin in Philippines' Marawi

Iligan - Ten men from the same family vanished after jihadists invaded the Philippine city of Marawi a year ago -- each day since, their wives have prayed their bones do not lie in its devastated landscape.

Beijing denies 'militarisation' of South China Sea

Bejing - Beijing hit back Monday at allegations it was "militarising" the South China Sea after landing bombers at an airbase in the contested waters, accusing Washington instead of raising tensions with its own military footprint.

Philippines lifts ban for Kuwait-bound workers

Manila - The Philippines on Wednesday lifted its ban on migrant workers heading to jobs in Kuwait, capping a diplomatic row sparked when a murdered Filipina maid was found in her employer's freezer.

Sacked Philippine chief justice to appeal her ouster

Manila - The ousted top judge of the Philippines will appeal against the decision to sack her, after she battled with President Rodrigo Duterte over his deadly drug war, her spokesman said Saturday.

Ousted Philippine Supreme Court chief's fall from grace

Manila - Maria Lourdes Sereno rose to become the first woman to lead the Philippines' top court in a legal career marked by exception.

Philippines' top court ousts Duterte-critic chief justice

Manila - The Philippines' top court voted on Friday to remove its own chief justice, who faced ouster efforts after battling with President Rodrigo Duterte over human rights and his deadly war on drugs.

Philippines' top court votes to oust Duterte-critic judge

Manila - Judges of the Philippines' top court voted Friday to remove their chief justice, who faced ouster efforts after battling with President Rodrigo Duterte over his deadly war on drugs.

US, Philippine troops storm ashore in bulked-up drills

San Antonio - US and Philippine troops stormed ashore from the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday for military exercises that President Rodrigo Duterte had promised to scrap, but quietly allowed to carry on.

US-Philippine war games open under pro-China Duterte

Manila - The US and Philippine militaries launched major exercises Monday aimed at fighting global terrorism, while staying mostly quiet on Beijing's reported installation of missiles in the disputed South China Sea.

Beijing 'installs missiles' on South China Sea islands

Bejing - Beijing reasserted its right Thursday to build "defence" facilities in the disputed South China Sea, but declined to confirm reports it had installed new missiles on artificial islands it has built in the region.

Philippines names 'narco' officials ahead of elections

Manila - The Philippines on Monday released the names of over 200 local elected officials with alleged links to drugs, rejecting concerns it amounted to a "hit list" in President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly narcotics crackdown.

Kuwait seeks to calm Philippines crisis over workers

Kuwait City - A senior Kuwaiti official on Monday sought to calm a crisis with the Philippines over the treatment of domestic workers in the oil-rich Gulf state.

Philippines' Duterte says Kuwait work ban 'permanent'

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the temporary ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait is now permanent, intensifying a diplomatic standoff over the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf nation.

Philippines' Duterte calls Kuwait work ban 'permanent'

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the temporary ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait is now permanent, intensifying a diplomatic standoff over the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf nation.

Philippines demands explanation as Kuwait expels envoy

Manila - Manila demanded an explanation Thursday after its ambassador to Kuwait was expelled, shocking Philippine authorities and deepening a diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic workers in the Gulf state.

Philippines closes Boracay to tourists under high security

Balabag - The Philippines shuttered its most famous holiday island Boracay to tourists on Thursday for a six-month clean-up, which the government has imposed with a muscular show of its security forces.

Kuwait expels Philippine envoy amid tensions over domestic workers

Kuwait City - Kuwait said Wednesday it is expelling the Philippine ambassador and recalling its own envoy from Manila as tensions rise over the treatment of domestic workers.

Philippines police hold riot drills as Boracay closure challenged

Balabag - Philippine police preparing to shut down the Boracay resort island staged drills in riot gear on Wednesday, startling the laid-back beach community as workers mounted a last-ditch legal effort to halt the six-month closure.

Philippines police hold riot drills as Boracay closure challenged

Balabag - Philippine police preparing to shut down the Boracay resort island staged drills in riot gear on Wednesday, startling the laid-back beach community as workers mounted a last-ditch effort to halt the six-month closure.
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