Boxer Manny Pacquiao Joins Filipino Presidential Race

The country’s best-known athlete already holds a seat in the Senate and has faced tough opposition from President Rodrigo Duterte.

#boxing, #duterte-rodrigo, #manila-philippines, #pacquiao-manny, #philippines, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion

Philippines Is Defiant as Hague Court Announces Full Drug War Inquiry

The International Criminal Court will investigate the killings of thousands under President Rodrigo Duterte. His lawyer says it has no authority to do so.

#duterte-rodrigo, #hague-netherlands, #international-criminal-court, #philippines, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

President Duterte Plans to Run for the Vice Presidency

The president of the Philippines says he’ll run for the vice presidency next year. Critics see a plot to avoid prosecution for the killings in his drug war.

#duterte-rodrigo, #elections, #philippines, #politics-and-government

Ex-Mayor on Duterte’s ‘Narco Politician’ List Is Killed in the Philippines

The death came three days after the International Criminal Court’s departing chief prosecutor requested a full investigation into the bloody war on drugs in the Philippines.

#deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #duterte-rodrigo, #international-criminal-court, #mayors, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #philippines, #police

Fighting Covid Poverty in the Philippines

People in the Philippines are stepping up to help one another where the state has failed them — only to be treated like insurgents. 

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duterte-rodrigo, #manila-philippines, #parlade-antonio, #philippines

With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China Sea

After building artificial islands, China is using large fleets of ostensibly civilian boats to press other countries’ vessels out of disputed waters.

#china, #duterte-rodrigo, #international-relations, #malaysia, #philippines, #reefs, #south-china-sea, #territorial-disputes, #vietnam, #xi-jinping

Philippine Security Forces Are Accused of Killing 9 Activists

A rights group said the activists were killed in coordinated raids in four provinces. An official confirmed that nine people were dead.

#deaths-fatalities, #duterte-rodrigo, #luzon-philippines, #new-peoples-army, #philippines

Duterte’s Forces Have a New Target: University Students

The government in the Philippines has announced a decision to end a 32-year agreement barring security forces from a prestigious campus. Students say they won’t be intimidated.

#academic-freedom, #colleges-and-universities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #duterte-rodrigo, #philippines, #politics-and-government, #school-discipline-students, #security-and-warning-systems

Philippine Drug Raid Leaves 13 Dead

Officials said 12 suspects and a police officer were killed in the shootout, the bloodiest episode in years in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

#duterte-rodrigo, #maguindanao-philippines, #philippines, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

A Brazen Police Shooting Caught on Video Sparks Anger in the Philippines

The video shows a police officer shooting a woman and her son after a dispute over a noisemaker. Some activists linked the killings to a culture of violence in which the police are allowed to act with impunity.

#duterte-rodrigo, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #philippines, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #social-media

Court Finds Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity in the Philippines

The International Criminal Court has released its latest report on President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #duterte-rodrigo, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #philippines, #police, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

‘Within Seconds Everything Was Gone’: Devastating Floods Submerge the Philippines

Torrential rains and back-to-back typhoons have ripped through the country in the past two weeks, turning a once picturesque river into a sea of murky brown, killing dozens and setting off deadly landslides.

#duterte-rodrigo, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #philippines, #rescues, #typhoon-goni-2020, #typhoons, #weather

A Typhoon Spared the Philippine Capital. Will Manila Be So Lucky Next Time?

With climate change heightening the Philippines’ risk of natural disaster, the country is braced for the next catastrophe.

#abs-cbn-corp, #disasters-and-emergencies, #duterte-rodrigo, #global-warming, #luzon-philippines, #manila-philippines, #philippines, #typhoon-bopha-2012, #typhoon-haiyan-2013, #typhoon-mangkhut-2018, #typhoons

Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bolton-john-r, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #duterte-rodrigo, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #khashoggi-jamal, #kim-jong-un, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #maduro-nicolas, #may-theresa-m, #milley-mark-a, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Duterte Lashes Out at Facebook After It Takes Down Fake Accounts

The Philippine leader, who harnessed the social network as he rose to power, is now making vague threats to shut it down.

#duterte-rodrigo, #facebook-inc, #philippines, #rumors-and-misinformation

A Manila Barbershop’s Mirrors Reflect the Pain of the Pandemic

Seven months since the Philippines enacted its first lockdown, Jolog’s Barbershop exemplifies the toll the coronavirus has exacted on the country in lost lives, income and sense of community.

#barbers-and-barbering, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #duterte-rodrigo, #manila-philippines, #philippines, #recession-and-depression

U.S. Marine Pardoned for Killing Transgender Woman Is Deported From Philippines

Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was formally deported and flown out on a U.S. military plane. His pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn anger from activists.

#duterte-rodrigo, #laude-jennifer, #pemberton-joseph-scott, #philippines, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Duterte Pardons U.S. Marine Who Killed Transgender Woman

The Philippine president made the move, which riled nationalist and gay rights groups, in the interest of maintaining an “independent foreign policy.”

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #duterte-rodrigo, #international-relations, #laude-jennifer, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pemberton-joseph-scott, #philippines, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

Philippine Network That Clashed With Duterte Ends Local Coverage

ABS-CBN lost its broadcast license, but a dozen regional operations kept covering local news through cable and the internet. On Friday, that stopped.

#abs-cbn-corp, #duterte-rodrigo, #news-and-news-media, #philippines, #shutdowns-institutional, #television

Philippine Congress Officially Shuts Down Leading Broadcaster

By voting not to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, lawmakers silenced a major network that had come under fire from President Rodrigo Duterte.

#abs-cbn-corp, #duterte-rodrigo, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #news-and-news-media, #philippines, #television

Duterte Signs Antiterrorism Bill in Philippines Despite Widespread Criticism

Human rights groups say the new law will give the police and military forces more powers to stifle dissent.

#bachelet-michelle, #duterte-rodrigo, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #philippines, #terrorism, #torture, #united-nations

Under Coronavirus Lockdown, a Philippine Priest Hits the Streets

Father Eduardo Vasquez has visited Manila’s slums to minister to the poor, and distribute food and face masks. “It is not enough to rely on faith alone,” he said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duterte-rodrigo, #eduardo-vasquez, #manila-philippines, #priests, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #roman-catholic-church

Maria Ressa Convicted of Libel

The conviction of Ms. Ressa, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, is the latest blow to press freedoms in the country.

#duterte-rodrigo, #news-and-news-media, #philippines, #politics-and-government, #rappler, #ressa-maria

Philippine Dissenters May Face Terrorist Designation

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign legislation defining terrorism so broadly that critics of the government could easily be detained without charge.

#abs-cbn-corp, #bachelet-michelle, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-lima-leila-1959, #duterte-rodrigo, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #law-and-legislation, #marcos-ferdinand-jr, #martial-law, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #philippines, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rappler, #social-media, #united-nations-human-rights-council

Trump Tests a Role He’s Long Admired: A Strongman Imposing Order

The president’s unapologetic calls for force, and his efforts to bring the military into his political line, follow a strongman’s playbook. It’s a risky move for him, and for democracy.

#cotton-tom, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #duterte-rodrigo, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump, On George Floyd Protests, Tests a Role He’s Long Admired: A Strongman

The president’s unapologetic calls for force, and his efforts to bring the military into his political line, follow a strongman’s playbook. It’s a risky move for him, and for democracy.

#cotton-tom, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #duterte-rodrigo, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Typhoon Vongfong Makes Landfall in the Philippines

The powerful storm is on a path toward hitting Luzon, the country’s largest and most populous island, on Saturday.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duterte-rodrigo, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #luzon-philippines, #manila-philippines, #pacific-ocean, #philippines, #typhoon-haiyan-2013, #typhoons, #weather

Duterte’s Shutdown of ABS-CBN Network Leaves Void in Coronavirus Crisis

Critics of the Philippine president say the move was yet more evidence of an increasingly domineering government using a crisis like the pandemic to crack down on dissent.

#abs-cbn-corp, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #duterte-rodrigo, #human-rights-watch, #news-and-news-media, #philippines, #rappler, #ressa-maria, #television

ABS-CBN, a Leading Broadcaster in the Philippines and Target of Duterte’s Ire, Signs Off

ABS-CBN has closely documented President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs that has left thousands of people dead. Such coverage has made it a target of the administration.

#abs-cbn-corp, #duterte-rodrigo, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #news-and-news-media, #philippines, #television

In a Manila Slum, Coronavirus Lockdown Hits Hard

Life was already a struggle in the crowded shanties of San Roque. Then came the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #day-laborers, #duterte-rodrigo, #luzon-philippines, #manila-philippines, #philippines, #quarantines

Batons, Tear Gas, Drones, Guns: How Far Should Police Go in Enforcing Coronavirus Lockdowns?

Around the world, police forces are testing how far to go in punishing ordinary behavior. But how should policing work when it’s not clear what is banned?

#australia, #california, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duterte-rodrigo, #epidemics, #great-britain, #kenya, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-executive-research-forum, #politics-and-government, #united-states