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Philippine lawmakers condemn action

US criticizes China’s continued militarization of disputed waters BEIJING, May 20, (Agencies): Th e Pentagon criticized what it called China’s “continued militarization” of island outposts in the disputed South China Sea, where the Chinese air force landed longrange bombers for the first time, putting entire Southeast Asia within their range. …

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Philippine mayor survives ambush after Duterte threat

Manila, May 13, 2018 (AFP) – A Philippine mayor accused of involvement in narcotics trafficking survived an ambush on Sunday, police said, four months after President Rodrigo Duterte publicly threatened to kill him. Retired police chief superintendent Vicente Loot, a mayor in the central province of Cebu, had been repeatedly …

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Philippines to launch 1st missile-firing assault vessels

MANILA, May 10, (AP): The Philippine navy will deploy its first-ever missile-firing assault vessels in about three months, likely for territorial defense, anti-insurgency strikes and deterrence, but it remains “centuries” behind the naval might of Asian countries such as China, the navy chief said Thursday. Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad told …

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Workers in Philippines, elsewhere rally to mark May Day

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of workers and activists marched to the Philippines’ presidential palace on Tuesday to demand the government address labor issues, as workers in the Southeast Asian country and elsewhere marked May Day. In Manila, about 5,000 people from various groups held a rally near Malacanang Palace …

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‘Narco officials’ named – A hit list: rights campaigner

MANILA, April 30, (AFP): 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. The names were made public on Duterte’s orders two weeks ahead of local …

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Philippines latest foreign country to book Trump’s DC hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) — First came Kuwait. Then Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Now it’s the Philippines’ turn. It is the latest foreign government to book rooms or host events at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., riling critics who say such bookings are nothing more than attempts to curry favor …

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Workers head home, look for other jobs as Boracay closes

BORACAY, Philippines (AP) — The cooks, hotel workers and other Filipinos who served tourists at the country’s most popular beach were heading home and looking for other work on the first day of the island’s closure to visitors. Police guarded the empty beach Thursday and once-busy stores and restaurants stood …

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Philippines gives Australian nun 30 days to leave country

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday cancelled an Australian nun’s missionary visa for engaging in political activity and gave her 30 days to leave the country, though she said she still hoped she could explain her mission and have the decision reconsidered. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered …

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‘Maximum’ security as Philippines readies Boracay shutdown

Boracay, Philippines, April 24, 2018 (AFP) – Police with assault rifles patrolled entry points to Boracay island on Tuesday just days before a six-month shutdown and clean-up of one of the Philippines’ top tourist attractions. President Rodrigo Duterte had branded the renowned white-sand resort a “cesspool” fouled by dumped sewage …

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Filipino envoy summoned in protest – Security forces identify accomplices in maid extraction

MPs VENT ANGER OVER PHILIPPINE ‘VIOLATION OF SOVEREIGNTY’ KUWAIT CITY, April 21: Kuwait on Saturday summoned the Philippines’ ambassador for the second time this week in protest over “inflammatory comments” he made to a local newspaper, said a foreign ministry source. The Filipino envoy’s remarks, along with the “inappropriate behavior” …

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