Sedition cases filed against Philippine vice president, bishops

Asia Pacific / Politics Jul 19, 2019

Sedition cases filed against Philippine vice president, bishops

Philippine police filed sedition and other criminal complaints Thursday against the Vice President Leni Robredo, three opposition senators, four Roman Catholic bishops and other critics of President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly plotting to destabilize his administration. Robredo and the others have long denied the allegations ...

Runaway Philippine truck kills eight children

World Jul 19, 2019

Runaway Philippine truck kills eight children

A truck carrying more than two dozen villagers, mostly ecstatic grade schoolers on their way to a school festival, lost control Friday on a downhill road and flipped on its side, leaving eight students and an adult companion dead in the central Philippines, police ...

Philippine leader signs law punishing sexual harassment

Asia Pacific / Crime & Legal Jul 16, 2019

Philippine leader signs law punishing sexual harassment

The Philippine president has signed a bill into law penalizing a range of acts of sexual harassment, including catcalling, wolf-whistling and persistent telling of sexual jokes, which pro-women's groups have accused him of committing. Philippine officials released on Monday a copy of Republic Act 11313, ...

Asia Pacific Jul 13, 2019

5.8 quake rocks southern Philippines; 25 injured

Twenty-five people were injured and several homes, churches and other buildings damaged on Saturday when an earthquake sent terrified residents of the southern Philippines fleeing their homes before dawn, police said. The 5.8-magnitude quake struck the northeast coast of Mindanao island at 4:42 a.m. at ...

U.N. to probe Philippines drug war deaths

Asia Pacific / Crime & Legal Jul 12, 2019

U.N. to probe Philippines drug war deaths

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to set up an investigation into mass killings during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs, a step that activists said was long overdue. Duterte's government says police have killed about 6,600 people in shootouts with ...

Asia Pacific Jul 6, 2019

China denies U.S. accusations of South China Sea missile tests

China's Defense Ministry on Friday denied U.S. accusations that the Chinese military had recently carried out missile tests in the disputed South China Sea, saying instead that they had held routine drills that involved the firing of live ammunition. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the ...