- Philippine president-elect offers bounties for drug lords Updated: May-31-16 12:46 pm
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine president-elect said Tuesday he will pay bounties to police or military officials who capture suspected drug lords "dead or alive," adding that there is enough reward money to leave "100 persons dead."
- Philippine Congress proclaims next president, vice president Updated: May-30-16 6:25 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Congress on Monday proclaimed crime-busting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as president-elect and Rep. Leni Robredo as vice president-elect of a country that has been posting high growth rates but remains saddled with poverty, corruption and insurgencies.
- Philippine military says 54 Muslim rebels killed in south Updated: May-30-16 5:03 am
MANILA, Philippines - Intense fighting between Philippine troops and a little-known Muslim group apparently inspired by the Islamic State group has killed 54 militants and two soldiers, officials said Monday.
- Philippines' Duterte apologizes to Trudeau over beheading Updated: May-26-16 1:39 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' presumptive president-elect said Thursday he apologized to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the beheading by Muslim militants of a Canadian hostage in the southern province of Sulu.
- Philippine population growth slows as contraceptives spread Updated: May-25-16 4:43 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' annual population growth rate has slowed as more people in the predominantly Roman Catholic country use contraception.
- Jaclyn Jose becomes 1st Filipino to win Cannes best actress Updated: May-23-16 1:51 am
MANILA, Philippines - Veteran actress Jaclyn Jose has become the first Filipino to win the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in "Ma' Rosa" as a mother who falls prey to corrupt police after she was forced to sell drugs to survive.
- A look at verbal U-turns by Philippines' likely next leader Updated: May-22-16 1:07 am
MANILA, Philippines - Rodrigo Duterte kept Filipinos guessing for months last year whether he would run for president. He repeatedly declared that he wouldn't, then cited different reasons when he finally did. On the campaign trail, he flipped and flopped on a number of key pronouncements. That has made it difficult to discern when the brash Duterte, who spikes his speeches with sarcasm and hyperbole for added punch, is serious or, in his own words, is "just taking you for a ride."
- San Jose man convicted on sex tourism, obstruction charges Updated: May-21-16 1:52 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal jury has found a San Jose man who traveled to Manila several times to have sex with an underage girl guilty of sex tourism.
- South Korean missionary bludgeoned to death in Philippines Updated: May-20-16 9:21 am
MANILA, Philippines - A Christian missionary from South Korea was bludgeoned to death with a spade and a cooking gas tank Friday by a robber who broke into his home southeast of the Philippine capital, police said.
- Pacquiao's Senate victory brings him closer to presidency Updated: May-19-16 7:29 am
MANILA, Philippines - Boxing great Manny Pacquiao was proclaimed Thursday as a winner of a Philippine Senate seat, bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency.
- Philippine economy grows faster than expected at 6.9 percent Updated: May-19-16 7:22 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine economy grew faster than expected at 6.9 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago, its highest quarterly growth in almost three years, officials said Thursday as the government prepares to hand over leadership to the incoming administration.
- Philippine communist rebels welcome Cabinet post offer Updated: May-18-16 8:59 am
MANILA, Philippines - Communist rebel leaders welcomed on Wednesday a possible offer from the Philippines' presumptive president-elect of four Cabinet posts, raising the prospect of a government that includes Marxist guerrillas who have long demanded an end to the U.S. military presence and the redistribution of land.
- Bloody anti-crime purge may haunt next Philippine president Updated: May-17-16 9:05 pm
MANILA, Philippines - Nine years ago, Father Amado Picardal helped bury a teenager from a slum family who was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assassins in the southern Philippine city of Davao. The death was among hundreds in the large port city blamed on an anti-crime purge some believed was secretly run by its mayor, Rodrigo Duterte.
- Policy utterances from Philippines' likely next president Updated: May-12-16 7:18 am
MANILA, Philippines - On the Philippine campaign trail, Rodrigo Duterte was alternatively seen as a looming despot with a hot temper or a hands-on administrator who could eradicate crime and corruption.
- Philippines elects first transgender politician to Congress Updated: May-11-16 7:58 am
MANILA, Philippines - The first transgender politician elected in the Philippines said Wednesday she hopes her win in a congressional race shows that people like her can contribute to nation-building in a country where LGBT people are still sometimes publicly ridiculed.
- Aquinos' legacy clouded by Duterte win, support for a Marcos Updated: May-11-16 7:38 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine leader Benigno Aquino III had called this week's election a referendum on his "straight path" style of reformist governance, but his candidate lost by millions of votes to a shoot-from-the-lip mayor.
- China hopes for progress with new Philippine government Updated: May-10-16 10:44 am
BEIJING - China said Tuesday that it hopes to work with the Philippines' new government to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea, but insisted the onus is on Manila to lower tensions.
- Marcos Jr. asks that unofficial VP vote count be halted Updated: May-10-16 7:54 am
MANILA, Philippines - The late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos' son, who is running for vice president, called Tuesday for a stop to an unofficial vote count that shows his rival has overtaken him.
- The Latest: Duterte leads unofficial Philippine vote count Updated: May-09-16 2:48 pm
MANILA, Philippines - The latest on the presidential election in the Philippines, where Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of the southern city of Davao, led pre-election polls, promising to wipe out crime and corruption if he wins (all times local):
- Over 200 Filipinos vote on disputed South China Sea island Updated: May-09-16 9:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - More than 200 Filipinos voted on a Philippine-occupied island in the disputed South China Sea on Monday, with the mayor saying the elections proved Manila has sovereignty in the far-flung off-shore area.
- A look at the candidates in Philippine presidential election Updated: May-08-16 10:56 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine voters on Monday will elect a successor to President Benigno Aquino III, choosing from among a diverse cast of candidates.
- Philippine election could cause heartburn for its US ally Updated: May-07-16 2:50 am
WASHINGTON - The upcoming Philippine presidential election could cause some heartburn in Washington. The winner of Monday's vote will be hand-maiden to the most crucial U.S. relationship in Southeast Asia, and the front-runner has not inspired confidence with his casual threats to shoot criminals and by joking about the gang rape and killing of a foreign missionary.
- Imelda Marcos on son's rise: 'Truth and justice will come' Updated: May-06-16 9:23 am
MANILA, Philippines - Imelda Marcos expressed elation over her son strong pre-election ratings in the Philippine vice presidential race, saying "at last, truth and justice will come."
- Aquino's pick for Philippine president banks on clean image Updated: May-06-16 8:26 am
MANILA, Philippines - A U.S.-educated investment banker and the richest Philippine presidential aspirant, Mar Roxas lacks the dramatic life stories of his rivals, including a tough-talking mayor with a public vow to dump criminals in Manila Bay and a foundling who made it big in politics.
- Corruption complaint filed against Philippine candidate Updated: May-05-16 6:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine senator filed a corruption complaint on Thursday alleging that the front-runner in the country's presidential race, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, hired 11,000 non-existent employees whose salaries cost the government 708 million pesos ($15 million) in 2014.