Rights group: Police torture in Philippines rife

Dec 4, 2014

Rights group: Police torture in Philippines rife

Amnesty International said Thursday that five years after the Philippines passed a law criminalizing torture, the practice continues, with an overstretched police force resorting to “shortcuts” to extract confessions from suspects. The Philippine National Police has acknowledged violations persist but stressed they have taken ...

Powerful typhoon threatens Philippines

Dec 4, 2014

Powerful typhoon threatens Philippines

Terrified survivors of a supertyphoon that killed thousands in the Philippines last year were preparing for a powerful new storm on Wednesday as authorities scrambled to find safe evacuation centers. Typhoon Hagupit was building strength in the Pacific Ocean as it moved toward central ...

Nov 30, 2014

Philippines seeks to block Ashley Madison adultery website

The Philippine justice secretary said Sunday she is seeking to block extramarital dating site Ashley Madison in the country — under charges it facilitates crime. “The website is a platform that allows illegal acts to be eventually committed. A ban may be enforced,” Secretary ...

Nov 20, 2014

Nine convicted in Manila disco fire that killed 162

A Philippine court convicted nine people for graft Thursday over a 1996 nightclub fire that killed 162 people, mostly students celebrating the end of the school year. The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court convicted seven former city engineering officials of suburban Quezon City and two operators ...

Nov 19, 2014

Would-be witness in Philippine massacre murdered

A potential witness in the trial over the Philippines’ worst political massacre has been killed, police said Wednesday as the government struggled to secure justice for the 2009 murder of 58 people. Tuesday’s attack brings to four the number of would-be witnesses in the ...

Typhoon-shattered Philippines slowly on mend a year later

Nov 5, 2014

Typhoon-shattered Philippines slowly on mend a year later

Philippine communities shattered by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago are starting to bustle again as a huge reconstruction effort takes root, but millions of survivors still endure brutal poverty and are dangerously exposed to the next big storm. More than 7,350 people perished as ...

Oct 20, 2014

Japanese man shot dead in the Philippines; associates sought

Philippine police are investigating whether two Japanese men may have been involved in the motorcycle slaying of a 32-year-old Japanese businessman over the weekend, a police official said Monday. Police officer Rey Viloria said one of the two unnamed individuals was in a taxi ...