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Gunmen abduct 2 Canadians, Norwegian and Filipino from Philippine island resort

MANILA, Philippines — Gunmen abducted two Canadians, including a former mining company executive, aFilipino woman and the Norwegian marina manager at an upscale resort complex on a southern Philippine island, sparking an air and sea search by authorities, officials said Tuesday. At least 11 men armed with pistols and two rifles arrived on two motorboats …

Philippine church accusing Chris Brown faces its own legal troubles over alleged abductions

MANILA, Philippines — A politically influential and secretive Christian church involved in a legal dispute with American R&B singer Chris Brown has been caught in a rising tide of its own troubles, including allegations of abductions and misuse of funds. The Philippine government on Friday opened an investigation into allegations that the advisory Council of Iglesia ni …

Murder complaints filed against owner and crew of capsized PH ferry that left 59 dead

MANILA, Philippines – Police in a central Philippine city said Saturday that they have filed murder complaints against the owner and the crew of a ferry that capsized shortly after pulling out of port, leaving more than 50 people dead. The complaints were filed with the local prosecutor late Friday as the M/B Kim Nirvana …

Filipino LGBT people celebrate Gay Pride, US Supreme Court recognition of same sex marriages

MANILA, Philippines — Several hundred gays, lesbians and transgender people held a Gay Pride rally Saturday in the Philippine capital to push for LGBT rights and to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriages in all U.S. states as a victory for their cause. About 500 people marched around Manila’s Rizal Park, many …

ADB: Climate change makes poor poorer in Asia-Pacific

MANILA, Philippines — Climate change has been making the poor in the Asia-Pacific region even poorer and is also setting back efforts to haul them out of poverty, the Asian Development Bank said in a report Wednesday. Combined with rising inequality, the two forces could make the more equal distribution of the fruits of economic …

Boxing loss could be Pacquiao’s political win

View image | gettyimages.com MANILA — Manny Pacquiao lost his biggest fight in the ring, but that won’t stop him from plotting a bigger comeback – in the political arena that is. In a country where elections are also entertainment and political programs secondary, candidates often win because of star power and money. Pacquaio, who …

Philippine official: Strong growth shows country is no longer ‘sick man’ of Asia

MANILA, Philippines—A Philippine official says the country no longer deserves to be branded the “sick man of Asia” after its economy grew more than 6 per cent for a third consecutive year. Hampered by natural disasters, growth of the $300 billion economy slowed to 6.1 per cent in 2014, but still outpaced most other countries in Asia, officials …

Filipino family wants US Marine held in local jail during murder trial

MANILA, Philippines — A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman he picked up in a bar was brought back Friday to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial. Relatives of Jennifer …

500,000 Filipinos evacuated as storm’s path widens

MANILA, Philippines — Half a million Filipinos fled their homes as differing forecasts about the path of a dangerously erratic typhoon – one predicting it will graze the capital, Manila – prompted a wide swath of the country to prepare for a weekend of destructive winds and rain. Typhoon Hagupit -Filipino for “smash” – was …

Wide swath of the Philippines carry out evacuations, brace for dangerously erratic typhoon

MANILA, Philippines—A wide swathe of the Philippines, including the bustling capital Manila, braced Friday as a dangerously erratic and powerful typhoon approached from the Pacific, officials said. Typhoon Hagupit—Filipino for “smash”—strengthened overnight with its sustained winds intensifying to 215 kilometres (134 miles) per hour with gusts of 250 kph (155 mph) over the Pacific, 450 …