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Stories with place: Philippines
  • WWII letters capture vets' friendship, longing for home 
    Updated: May-30-16 9:48 am

    WORCESTER, Massachusetts - The lines handwritten in cursive and pecked by typewriter on onionskin stationery still resonate more than 70 years later.

  • Philippine Congress proclaims next president, vice president story has photos
    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 officials: Duterte violated law on women's rights 
    Updated: May-25-16 12:50 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday the country's presumptive president-elect violated a law protecting women's rights by making a rape joke during the election campaign.

  • 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.

  • World War II veteran, 98, tells his story 
    Updated: May-21-16 3:02 am

    MOSES LAKE, Washington - Cesar Mijares is a genuine American hero. Although he disputes that. "Never mind hero," he said.

  • 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 story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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.

  • Obama congratulates presumptive Philippine president 
    Updated: May-17-16 5:27 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama offered his congratulations Tuesday to the new presumptive president of the Philippines who has attracted controversy over his iron-fisted approach to law and order.

  • Australians in court charged with plot to take boat to Syria 
    Updated: May-16-16 2:59 am

    BRISBANE, Australia - An Australian firebrand preacher deported from the Philippines and four other suspected jihadists appeared in a northern Australian court on Monday charged with planning to head for Syria in a 7-meter (23-foot) boat to fight for the Islamic State group.

  • Policy utterances from Philippines' likely next president story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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.

  • Indonesia: 4 citizens held hostage in Philippines released 
    Updated: May-11-16 6:44 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's president said Wednesday that four citizens held hostage for nearly a month in the southern Philippines have been released.

  • China hopes for progress with new Philippine government story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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.