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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Japan and Philippines agree to work toward free and open Indo-Pacific

National / Politics Jun 1, 2019

Japan and Philippines agree to work toward free and open Indo-Pacific

Japan and the Philippines have agreed to work toward achieving a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific region by strengthening security cooperation. Japan will also continue to support building infrastructure and promoting the peace process in Mindanao between the Philippine government and Muslim rebels, Prime Minister ...