Duterte takes office as Philippine president

Jun 30, 2016

Duterte takes office as Philippine president

Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize the country but others fearing he could undercut one of Asia’s liveliest democracies amid his threats to kill criminals en masse. The 71-year-old former prosecutor ...

Jun 29, 2016

JICA completes development plan for Philippines' Bangsamoro region

A development plan for the proposed Bangsamoro region in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao has been completed despite a setback in the government’s peace process with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Japan International Cooperation Agency said Wednesday. JICA’s Philippine office said ...

Philippines' Duterte says wants death penalty for revenge

Jun 27, 2016

Philippines' Duterte says wants death penalty for revenge

Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Monday hit out at “stupid” human rights campaigners, as he defended his imminent war on crime and said the death penalty — which he wants to reinstate — is for retribution. Duterte gave a lengthy speech in his ...

Jun 24, 2016

Seven Indonesian sailors kidnapped in Philippines: Jakarta

Seven Indonesian sailors have been taken hostage in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippines, Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Friday, the latest in a string of abductions in the waters between the two Southeast Asian neighbors. “We got confirmation of an incident of ...

Indonesia leader, top execs visit Natuna isles in warship

Jun 23, 2016

Indonesia leader, top execs visit Natuna isles in warship

Indonesia’s president visited the Natuna Islands aboard a warship Thursday, making a bold move to assert sovereignty over the area in the southern reaches of the South China Sea after Beijing stated an “overlapping claim” on nearby waters. President Joko “Jokowi” Jokowi’s visit along ...