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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Ressa says she didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that “corrupt” journalists weren’t “exempted from assassination.” “In 2016, it was really, really laughable. And I thought, ‘Oh, doesn’t matter.’ I laughed,” said the country’s most well-known journalist and leader of the independent Rappler...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Ressa says she didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that “corrupt” journalists weren’t “exempted from assassination.” “In 2016, it was really, really laughable. And I thought, ‘Oh, doesn’t matter.’ I laughed,” said the country’s most well-known journalist and leader of the independent Rappler...
    By RYAN PEARSON, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Ressa says she didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that “corrupt” journalists weren’t “exempted from assassination.” “In 2016, it was really, really laughable. And I thought, ‘Oh, doesn’t matter.’ I laughed,” said the country’s most well-known journalist...
    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has agreed to place the capital and outlying provinces back under a lockdown after medical groups warned that the country was waging “a losing battle” against the coronavirus amid an alarming surge in infections. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Monday that metropolitan Manila, the capital region of more...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has banned joint military exercises with the United States in the South China Sea, where American officials seek to aid the Philippines in territorial disputes with China. "President Rodrigo Duterte has a standing order to us, to me, that we should not involve ourselves in naval exercises in the South...
    Chinese naval exercises off the coast of the Philippines this summer finally forced the hand of President Rodrigo Duterte, if only for six months. Despite a friendly relationship with President Trump, the Filipino president had maintained a hard line against the United States while continuing to appease China. Promised Chinese economic investments, infrastructure development,...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Questioning the world's toughest coronavirus restrictions can be a risky business in the Philippines.In mid-March, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered parts of the country to go into a quarantine that would eventually last up to 80 days, and become one of the world's longest and strictest lockdowns.Protests against job losses and food shortages...
    By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has agreed to place the capital and outlying provinces back under a lockdown after medical groups warned that the country was waging “a losing battle” against the coronavirus amid an alarming surge in infections. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Monday that metropolitan Manila,...
    The Philippines will reimpose a stricter coronavirus lockdown in and all-around the funds for two weeks from Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte declared early on Monday, as the place struggles to incorporate bacterial infections that have jumped to more than 100,000 situations. Duterte has permitted putting Metro Manila and nearby provinces these kinds of as Laguna,...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is reimposing a moderate lockdown in the capital and outlying provinces after medical groups appealed for the move as coronavirus infections surge alarmingly. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Monday that metropolitan Manila, the capital region of more than 12 million people, and five densely populated provinces will...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is reimposing a moderate lockdown in the capital and outlying provinces after medical groups appealed for the move as coronavirus infections surge alarmingly. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Monday that metropolitan Manila, the capital region of more than 12 million people, and five densely populated provinces will...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines surged past 100,000 Sunday in a troubling milestone after medical groups declared that the country was waging “a losing battle” against the virus and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. The Department of Health reported a record-high daily tally of 5,032, bringing...
    MANILA (Reuters) - More than a million Philippine doctors and nurses, saying the country was losing the fight against COVID-19, urged President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday to reimpose strict lockdown in and around Manila. In the largest call yet from medical experts to contain the virus, 80 groups representing 80,000 doctors and a million nurses,...
    PHILIPPINES’ President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered citizens to disinfect coronavirus masks with petrol if they can’t use alcohol. It’s the second time he has made the remarks but last week officials quickly moved to correct him, saying it was a joke. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Rodrigo Duterte...
    MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday told his people they should use gasoline as a disinfectant for protective face masks - and stressed that his advice was not a joke. The outspoken leader last week made a similar remark about using petrol on masks if cleaning agents were unavailable, which his spokesman...
    MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday retained coronavirus restrictions in the capital Manila until mid-August and announced free vaccines to combat a surge in infections that has overwhelmed health care workers and facilities. The Philippines this month has recorded Southeast Asia's biggest daily jump in coronavirus deaths and biggest single-day increase in...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order last Friday creating a new inter-agency committee to study ways the country may adopt the use of nuclear power, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The Nuclear Energy Program Interagency Committee will “examine the feasibility of nuclear energy as an energy source and draft regulations toward its ultimate adoption,”...
    By Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has taken a big step towards tapping nuclear power, its energy minister said on Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte created an inter-agency panel to study the adoption of a national nuclear energy policy. As power demand soars in what has for years been among the world's...
    China will grant Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for access to any coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese researchers, a senior diplomat said in an apparent effort to woo the key U.S. ally. “The Philippines is a friendly, close neighbor, and we will give priority to its needs once we succeed in developing a vaccine,” Chinese...
    In his annual “State of the Nation” address on Monday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged telecommunication companies to improve the country’s Internet service “by December” because he said he wants to “make a Zoom call with Jesus Christ himself in Bethlehem,” local news outlet Coconuts Manila reported. Duterte delivered a wide-ranging, one hour and 40...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t want the U.S. military to establish a naval base in his country, saying that he fears the site would be a target in a future nuclear war between the United States and China. “You put up a base at this time? This will ensure that a war breaks out...
    MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he had no choice but to treat disputes in the South China Sea as diplomatic endeavours because the alternative was to go to war with China. Duterte was speaking in defence of his government's decision not to press a 2016 decision by the Permanent Court...
    (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said his government's intervention policy after the country's first domestic transmissions of the coronavirus in March prevented as many as 1.3 million to 3.5 million infections. Speaking during his annual address to the nation, Duterte said the country's lockdown, which was one of the world's longest and...
    By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hundreds of protesters in the Philippine capital marched and staged motorcades Monday against a new anti-terror law and other issues despite police threats of arrests ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s annual state of the nation speech. Four suspected protesters in a passenger jeep were taken into...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hundreds of protesters in the Philippine capital marched and staged motorcades Monday against a new anti-terror law and other issues despite police threats of arrests ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s annual state of the nation speech. Four suspected protesters in a passenger jeep were taken into police custody in suburban Quezon...
    Health officials in the Philippines rushed to offer a correction after bombastic President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos to disinfect their face masks with gasoline or diesel fuel. “At the end of the day, hang [the mask] somewhere and spray it with Lysol if you can afford it,” Duterte said during a Tuesday speech. “For...
    Philippine health officials on Wednesday swiftly corrected President Rodrigo Duterte after he wrongly advised residents to disinfect face masks with gasoline. Duterte suggested the highly flammable substance as a suitable substitute for cleaning supplies during a speech on Tuesday, Yahoo News reported. “At the end of the day, hang [the mask] somewhere and spray it with...
    Philippine health officials on Wednesday swiftly corrected President Rodrigo Duterte after he wrongly advised residents to disinfect face masks with gasoline. Duterte suggested the highly flammable substance as a suitable substitute for cleaning supplies during a speech on Tuesday, Yahoo News reported. “At the end of the day, hang [the mask] somewhere and spray it...
    U.S. naval drills in the South China Sea could “create trouble” with China, according to a top defense official in the Philippines, which is expected to benefit from the show of force. “We are not part of their activities. They do it on their own. If it creates peace and stability, then it’s also...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged police to arrest people who fail to wear sanitary masks in public during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, calling the refusal to wear a mask a “serious crime,” the Philippine Star reported on Tuesday. Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Monday, the president said that failing to wear a...
    By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Maria Ressa, a journalist who runs a Philippine news website known for its tough scrutiny of President Rodrigo Duterte, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to tax evasion charges in a case she has described as a form of harassment. Ressa, a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2018...
    MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines said on Tuesday it would ramp up testing for the novel coronavirus amid a sharp rise in infections and deaths since a lockdown was eased in June, while President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to arrest anyone not wearing a mask. The government aimed to test 32,000 to 40,000 people a day...
    The Manila Bulletin, the Philippines’ largest English-language newspaper, published remarks on Wednesday allegedly made by President Rodrigo Duterte in which he threatened to blow up any international court that tries him for human rights abuses. Since his rise to the presidency in 2016, Duterte has faced consistent challenges to his anti-drug policy, which largely consists of...
    Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has called for the anti-terrorism law in the Philippines to be repealed amid fears that the law will impede human rights, as reported by The Phil Star. The 17-year old took to Instagram Tuesday to encourage her 10.4 million followers to sign a petition calling to repeal the law,...
    Manila — After years of attacks from President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' largest broadcaster officially lost its bid to have its broadcast license renewed on Friday. A vote in the Philippine Congress means ABS-CBN's free TV and radio stations will remain off the air, as they were during former dictator Ferdinand Marcos' martial rule decades ago....
    Manila/Hong Kong (CNN Business)Lawmakers in the Philippines have voted against granting a new license to one of the country's largest and most influential broadcasting networks, a move that critics say will undermine press freedom.A legislative committee voted overwhelmingly on Friday to not renew the franchise of media company ABS-CBN, which known for its unflinching coverage...
    By Karen Lema and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine lawmakers rejected the renewal of a 25-year license for country's top broadcaster on Friday, outraging activists who saw the move to keep ABS-CBN Corp off the air as part of a political vendetta on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte. A legislative committee overwhelmingly agreed...
    By Karen Lema and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine lawmakers concluded a hearing on Thursday on the license renewal of top broadcaster ABS-CBN, paving the way for a critical vote on whether a major media group that angered President Rodrigo Duterte should be allowed back on air. The telecom regulator ordered ABS-CBN and...
    By JIM GOMEZ and AARON FAVILA, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines soared past 50,000 on Wednesday in a troubling milestone for a country that has reopened an economy on the brink of recession while still struggling to combat the pandemic. The Department of Health reported 2,539 new cases,...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines soared past 50,000 on Wednesday in a troubling milestone for a country that has reopened an economy on the brink of recession while still struggling to combat the pandemic. The Department of Health reported 2,539 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 50,359, including 1,314...
    MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday told citizens not to fear a new anti-terrorism law, addressing for the first time the controversial legislation that has unnerved rights groups over potential violations of civil liberties. The mercurial leader last week signed the anti-terrorism bill, prompting rights groups to stage protests and lawyers to...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed a controversial anti-terrorism bill into law on Friday despite international and domestic criticism of the legislation, Philippine news outlet Coconuts Manila reported. The president’s spokesman, Harry Roque, confirmed Duterte’s signing of the bill in a text message to Filipino journalists on Friday. The act comes one month after the president certified...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY KAREN LEMA AND MARTIN PETTY Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved tough anti-terrorism legislation on Friday that rights groups condemned as a weapon to target opponents and stifle free speech. The law grants security forces sweeping...
    ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president flew to the country’s volatile south on Friday to plead with military forces not to retaliate following the fatal police shootings of four soldiers, including two officers, in violence the army chief called “a rubout.” President Rodrigo Duterte pledged an impartial government investigation of Monday’s violence in southern...
    MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday signed into law a tough new anti-terrorism act, his spokesman said, pushing ahead with controversial legislation that critics fear will be used to target his opponents and stifle free speech. The law grants police and military sweeping powers to tackle security threats, but legal experts had...
    Gary M. Kramer June 21, 2020 3:00PM (UTC) Maria Ressa, the cofounder of Rappler, an independent news website in the Philippines, was convicted for "cyber libel" on June 15. She faces six years in prison. (She is currently out on bail and can take her case to the Court of Appeals and then to the Supreme...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Shortly after his election in 2016, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was asked about the murder of a crime reporter in Manila. His answer shocked a press corp that was already used to bizarre outbursts from the country's new leader."Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son...