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Philippines starts vote recount in Marcos son’s contest for vice presidency

MANILA, April 2 (Reuters) – The Philippines on Monday began a manual recount of votes in a vice presidential election after the son and namesake of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos contested the outcome, while the incumbent assured supporters her win was not in doubt. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, a former senator …

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Filipinos mark Good Friday with crucifixion, flogging

 San Fernando, Philippines, March 30, 2018 (AFP) -Filipino zealots marked Good Friday with a bloody display of religious frenzy by having themselves nailed to crosses and whipping their backs raw in Asia’s bastion of Catholicism. Though frowned upon by the Church, the gruesome re-enactments of Christ’s final moments draw …

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Filipino extremist blamed for bombings, killings surrenders

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — A senior commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group blamed for bombings and kidnappings has surrendered in the south, the defense chief said Thursday, expressing hope it would bring the “eventual collapse” of a key militant stronghold. Nurhassan Jamiri surrendered with 13 of his men to …

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Philippines says has no proof yet on rights groups links with drug lords

MANILA, March 27 (Reuters) – Philippine law enforcement agencies still have no proof yet on allegations made by two government officials that human rights groups may have become the “unwitting tools” of drug lords, police and drug enforcement agency officials said on Tuesday. Rights groups have denounced President Rodrigo Duterte’s …

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Freed Filipino priest says airstrikes routed Islamic State extremists

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino Roman Catholic priest who was held by Islamic State group-linked militants last year says airstrikes gave the military the crucial edge in crushing a siege by the extremists. The Rev. Teresito Soganub said Friday that his captors forced him and other hostages to gather …

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Philippine police say 13 killed in one day of drug busts

MANILA, March 22 (Reuters) – Philippine police killed 13 suspected drug dealers and arrested more than 100 people in dozens of anti-narcotics operations on Wednesday in a province north of the capital, its police chief said. More than 4,000 Filipinos have been killed by police during President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial …

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Philippine bus careens into ravine, killing 19, injuring 17

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A passenger bus careened off a winding, dirt road and fell into a ravine south of the Philippine capital, killing 19 people and injuring 17 others, police said Wednesday. The crash occurred Tuesday night in Sablayan town in Occidental Mindoro province as the bus was heading …

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Four killed, 19 trapped in Philippine hotel fire

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A fire that hit a hotel and casino complex in the Philippine capital on Sunday killed at least four employees, trapped two others and forced the evacuation of more than 300 guests, some by helicopter. Police said it remains unclear if the fire at the Manila …

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Small plane crashes outside Philippine capital, killing seven

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A small passenger plane carrying five people crashed into a house shortly after takeoff north of Manila on Saturday and killed all those onboard and four people on the ground, officials said. The Piper-23 Apache plane took off from the airport in Plaridel town in Bulacan …

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Philippine poor pay the price for divorce ban

Manila, March 15, 2018 (AFP) -For well-off people like politician Pantaleon Alvarez, getting out of a bad marriage in the Philippines is pricey but feasible — but for the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens it is nearly impossible. That’s because heavily Catholic Philippines and the Vatican are the last …

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