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Philippine, Australian forces stage sea drill as ties deepen

SUBIC BAY, Philippines — Filipino and Australian naval forces darted across the sea and landed on a Philippine wharf in a disaster-response drill Sunday that reflects their deepening security ties in a region prone to calamities, piracy and territorial rifts. Lt. Col. Daniel Turner of the Australian Defence Force said the naval manoeuvres in Subic Bay, northwest …

Philippine teenager’s burial turns into protest vs killings

MANILA, Philippines— A Filipino teenager at the centre of the latest outcry against the president’s bloody crackdown against illegal drugs was buried Saturday, with mourners turning his funeral into a protest against thousands of drug killings. Hundreds of mourners and left-wing activists carried placards that read “Stop killing the poor” and “Justice for Kian” during a kilometres-long (miles-long) …

Filipino Catholics protest drug killings, death penalty

MANILA, Philippines –Thousands of Catholics joined a march with church leaders in Manila on Saturday in one of the largest shows of opposition against President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly crackdown against illegal drugs and attempts to revive the death penalty. Police estimated that at least 10,000 people joined the “Walk for Life” march and rally starting …

Filipino Catholics protest drug killings, death penalty

MANILA, Philippines—Thousands of Catholics joined a march with church leaders in Manila on Saturday in one of the largest shows of opposition against President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly crackdown against illegal drugs and attempts to revive the death penalty. Police estimated that at least 10,000 people joined the “Walk for Life” march and rally starting at …

Huge Catholic procession held under heavy security in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Roman Catholic devotees on Monday joined an annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ held under tight security due to fears of a possible attack following the killing of a suspected Islamic extremist leader. The U.S. and British embassies asked their citizens to …

Typhoon kills 6, spoils Christmas festivities in Philippines

BATANGAS, Philippines –A powerful typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines on Monday after killing at least six people and spoiling Christmas in several provinces, where more than 380,000 people abandoned celebrations at home to reach emergency shelters and other safer grounds. Typhoon Nock-Ten cut power to five entire provinces due to toppled electric posts and …

Duterte says he’ll consider sticking with US weapons

SUAL, Philippines—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he’ll consider continuing to acquire weapons and defence equipment from treaty ally the United States if his military recommends so, despite offers from China and Russia. Duterte made the remark in a speech in which he again railed at the U.S. with expletives for criticizing his deadly anti-drug …

Typhoon Haima leaves at least 7 dead in northern Philippines

VIGAN, Philippines—Super Typhoon Haima weakened and blew out to sea Thursday after smashing into the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain overnight. Flooding, landslides and power outages were evident, but large casualties appeared to have been averted after nearly 100,000 people fled to safer ground. Haima’s blinding winds and rain had rekindled fears of …

Super typhoon slams into northeastern Philippines

BINALONAN, Philippines—Super Typhoon Haima slammed into the northeastern Philippine coast late Wednesday with ferocious winds and rain that rekindled fears and memories from the catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Haima, which has sustained winds of 225 kilometres (140 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 315 kph (195 mph), made landfall at …

Philippine police van rams protesters in front of US Embassy

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O32l5jlHY-s?rel=0] MANILA, Philippines—A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-U.S. rally turned violent Wednesday at the American Embassy in Manila. The van’s driver, police officer Franklin Kho, told reporters he was driving the van away from the protesters because he feared they would try to seize it and use …

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