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Tag Archives: Philippines

Philippines open to U.N. drugs war probe, if by ‘credible, objective’ investigator

MANILA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The Philippines will allow an investigation into alleged human rights abuses in its bloody war on drugs, but not if it is conducted by the United Nations’ current special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, a senior official said on Tuesday. More than 30 mostly Western countries …

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Inmates escape Philippine jail after guard leaves

JOLO, Philippines (AP) — At least 29 detainees escaped from a jail in the southern Philippines on Saturday when a guard briefly left his post, but 17 of them were immediately captured when law enforcers fired warning shots, police said. The 12 detainees who managed to escape successfully from the …

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Philippine police say 10 killed in bloody night of drug busts

MANILA, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Philippine police killed 10 suspected drug peddlers and arrested 63 people in dozens of operations during the single deadliest night of the country’s ferocious war on drugs since police resumed participation in early December. Since President Rodrigo Duterte allowed police to resume operations following a …

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Clashes as IS-linked gunmen seek new Philippine base: military

Manila, Feb 23, 2018 (AFP) -Months after being routed from the southern Philippine city of Marawi, jihadists are waging a fresh and deadly bid to set up a Southeast Asian caliphate in the same region, the military warned Friday.  The gunmen have mustered a force of about 200 fighters and …

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‘Justice will come’: jailed critic of Philippines’ Duterte

Manila, Feb 22, 2018 (AFP) -A year after being jailed on charges she insists were concocted to silence her, a top critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says she believes justice is coming. Senator Leila de Lima has been pursuing Duterte for almost a decade, beginning with allegations he directed …

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Malaysia arrests 10 over links with South Philippines militants

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Malaysian police have arrested 10 people on suspicion of aiding the movement of militants between the eastern state of Sabah and the southern Philippines, a hotbed of Islamic insurgency, the second batch of arrests this year. The Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation has been on …

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Philippines gives Aussie life sentence for child trafficking

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has sentenced an Australian man to life imprisonment after finding him guilty on human trafficking and child pornography charges. Drew Frederick Shobbrook listened quietly as the verdict was read in a court in Cebu city on Tuesday. Filipina Leslie Ann Fernandez, a co-accused …

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Bangladesh to sue Manila bank over $81 million cyber-heist

DHAKA, Feb 7, (Agencies): Bangladesh’s central bank will file a lawsuit against a Philippines bank for its role in one of the world’s biggest cyber-heists two years ago, a deputy governor said on Wednesday. Unidentified hackers stole $81 million from Bangladesh Bank’s account at the New York Fed in February …

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Manila bans foreign research ships

MANILA, Feb 6, (RTRS): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has banned all foreign scientific research off the country’s Pacific coast and told the navy to chase away unauthorised vessels, despite earlier allowing Chinese oceanographers to operate there. There was no clear explanation for the about-face by the mercurial Duterte, who has …

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Looted cash, gold help IS recruit in Philippines – Militants offering salaries

MARAWI CITY, Philippines, Jan 23, (RTRS): Islamist insurgents looted cash, gold and jewellery worth tens of millions of dollars when they occupied a southern Philippines town last year, treasure one of their leaders has used to recruit around 250 fighters for fresh attacks. The military said Humam Abdul Najib escaped …

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