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Thousands rally for and against Philippines' Duterte

Manila - Thousands of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's critics and supporters held rival rallies Thursday, taking emotional national debates over his deadly drug war and martial-law threats to the streets.

Philippine lawmakers do rights backflip after outcry

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's congressional allies have restored the budget of the nation's human rights commission following an outcry over their vote last week to slash its annual funding to just $20.

Philippines' Duterte facing 'Hunger Games' protests

Manila - Critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have adopted the three-finger salute from the hit "Hunger Games" films as a sign of resistance against his rule and drug war killings.

'Strong' Philippine priest smiles after IS hostage ordeal ends

Manila - A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamic State supporters when they seized parts of a southern Philippine city nearly four months ago smiled and declared himself "strong" Monday after escaping.

Philippine army captures key pro-IS base in besieged city

Marawi - The Philippine military said Sunday it had captured the command centre of Islamic State group supporters who have besieged a southern city for nearly four months.

Philippines' Duterte likens rights chief to paedophile

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has likened the nation's human rights commissioner to a "paedophile" for expressing concern over the police killing teenagers in the leader's ongoing war on drugs.

Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law: defence chief

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law if threatened protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defence chief said Friday.

Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law: defence chief

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law if threatened massive protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defence chief said Friday.

Philippine church bells ring in drug war protest

Manila - Church bells rang across the mainly Catholic Philippines late Thursday as bishops rallied opposition to the "reign of terror" that has left thousands dead in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.

Destroy or be destroyed: Philippine senator battles Duterte

Manila - After launching his political career from a jail cell, Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes believes it could end in a grave thanks to a relentless campaign against his "hitman" president.

Philippine lawmakers attack rights commission, chief justice

Manila - Philippine lawmakers have moved to cut the budget of the nation's human rights commission to $20 and impeach the Supreme Court chief justice in what critics on Wednesday labelled part of a slide towards dictatorship under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Philippine lawmakers move to defund rights body over drug war

Manila - Philippine lawmakers have voted to slash annual funding for the nation's human rights commission to just $20 in response to its investigations into President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war, authorities said Wednesday.

Protest as family marks birthday of Philippine 'hero' Marcos

Manila - Riot police on Monday blocked hundreds of protesters trying to prevent the family of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos from celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth at the Philippines' "Heroes Cemetery".

Philippines' Duterte says dictator Marcos is a hero

Batac - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hailed late dictator Ferdinand Marcos as a hero for many Filipinos during a weekend of emotional celebrations by supporters of the former strongman ahead of his 100th birth anniversary on Monday.

Philippines' Duterte says dictator Marcos is a 'hero'

Batac - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Sunday hailed late dictator Ferdinand Marcos as a "hero" to many Filipinos, brushing aside a history of corruption and rights abuses under the former strongman.

'Winter has not come': Marcos heir goes 'Game of Thrones'

Manila - "Winter has not come" for disgraced Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, his eldest daughter defiantly declared, referencing the hit television show "Game of Thrones" as she defended her father's legacy.

Philippine cardinal condemns drug killings, orders bells rung

Manila - The Philippines' most senior Catholic Church leader on Friday denounced thousands of killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war and ordered the ringing of church bells each night to honour the dead.

Philippines' Duterte honours Marcos on 100th birthday

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte symbolically honoured Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday by declaring the late dictator's 100th birth anniversary a public holiday in the ex-leader's home province.

Duterte's son denies Philippine drug smuggling claims

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's son and son-in-law denied allegations Thursday that they belonged to a drug trafficking gang, with the explosive claims raising questions about the government's bloody anti-narcotics crackdown.

Third teen dead, Philippines seethes at Duterte drug war

Manila - A 14-year-old boy whose body was found with dozens of stab wounds is the latest atrocity in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, critics said Wednesday as outrage built at a trio of teen killings.

Slow justice in Philippines as drug war rages

Manila - Accused murderer Manuel Cerna has languished in a Philippine jail for 15 years without a verdict, one of countless inmates enduring interminable trials that are expected to get longer as an unrelenting drug war overwhelms the courts.

Philippines probes second police killing of teenager

Manila - Philippine authorities said Monday they would investigate allegations police tortured and murdered a second teenager following an earlier killing that sparked the largest street protests so far against President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

France tells Philippines' Duterte: human rights important

Manila - France on Wednesday became embroiled in a dispute with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte over his deadly war on drugs as it stressed the importance of human rights and the rule of law.

Philippines' Duterte says IS battle in 'final stages'

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday a three-month battle against Islamic State group supporters occupying parts of a southern city was in its "final stages".

Marcos kin offer gold, assets to Philippines: Duterte

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday the heirs of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos had offered to return to the government some of the family's disputed wealth, including "a few gold bars".

Australia offers to train Philippine troops in IS fight

Sydney - Australia Tuesday offered to help train the Philippines military to tackle Islamic militants terrorising parts of the country, calling the threat "deeply concerning".

Thousands at boy's burial seek end to Philippine drug war

Manila - Thousands of Filipinos Saturday called for an end to extrajudicial killings as the funeral of a boy killed by police turned into the largest single demonstration yet against President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal drug war.

Uber to resume Philippine service 'soon' after fine

Manila - Uber said Saturday it expects to resume operations in the Philippines "soon" after regulators agreed to lift a ban slapped against the American ride-sharing giant in exchange for a fine.

'Humanitarian catastrophe' in Philippines: Aid groups

Paris - Fighting in the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao has combined with extreme weather events to create a "humanitarian catastrophe", French aid groups said Wednesday.

Philippines' biggest Muslim rebel group sounds IS alarm

Yook - The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group said Wednesday it had lost 10 fighters in battles to stop a "growing force" of radical militants who support the Islamic State group.
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