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Former Philippine president Aquino charged in $1.35 billion budget case

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

MANILA: Former Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has been indicted in a $1.35 billion criminal case over his failure to get congressional approval to use state funds to jump-start major government projects, authorities said Wednesday. The money became a source of controversy during Aquino’s term from 2010-2016, with critics claiming he used it to […]

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Philippine Supreme Court upholds expulsion of chief justice

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

MANILA, Philippines: The Philippine Supreme Court has upheld the expulsion of its chief justice, the authoritarian president’s highest-ranking critic, in a final ruling that critics warned is unconstitutional and threatens judicial independence and the country’s fragile democracy. Court spokesman Theodore Te said justices voted 8-6 Tuesday to uphold their May 11 decision to oust Maria […]

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Philippine troops clash with remnants of defeated extremist group

By   /  June 18, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

MANILA: Philippine troops have clashed with remnants of a pro-Daesh group that held a southern city for five months last year, the army said on Monday. Col. Romeo Brawner, the deputy commander of Joint Task Force Marawi, said security forces conducted air and ground assaults in the province of Lanao del Sur on Sunday in […]

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Philippine president jeered by protesters during speech

By   /  June 12, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines: Protesters briefly interrupted an Independence Day speech by President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday as they waved signs and jeered the tough-talking leader. Duterte had just started delivering his speech for the 120th commemoration of Philippine Independence in the northern province of Cavite when a small but loud group shouted “Duterte traitor!”, “Fake independence!” […]

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Sino-Philippine ties to move forward with more progress: ambassador

By   /  June 10, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

MANILA (Xinhua) — The relations between China and the Philippines will be moving forward with more progress, said Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on Saturday. Zhao made the remarks at a gala celebrating the 43rd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Philippines and the 17th China-Philippines Friendship Day. […]

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Duterte threatens to use emergency rule ‘to the hilt’

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Wednesday to resort to emergency powers and enforce them “to the hilt” to deal with relentless criticism over his human rights record, crimes and government wrongdoing. Duterte, who placed the southern third of the archipelago nation last year under martial law to battle Muslim militants, said “there’s no difference […]

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UN expert says Philippine judiciary under attack

By   /  June 2, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

MANILA: The unprecedented expulsion of the Philippine chief justice after the president lambasted her in public is an attack on judicial independence that could imperil the country’s democracy, a UN expert warned. UN Rapporteur Diego Garcia-Sayan, who looks into threats to the independence of judges and lawyers worldwide, said he has sent questions to the […]

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Philippine Abu Sayyaf militants release 2 policewomen hostage

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

MANILA, May 16 (Xinhua) — The two policewomen kidnapped last month by Abu Sayyaf militants had been released, Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Wednesday. Police Officer Bennie Rose Alvarez and Police Officer Dinah Gumahad were abducted on April 29 along with two others while on their way to Jojo town from […]

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Sacked Philippine chief justice to appeal her ouster

By   /  May 12, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

MANILA: The ousted top judge of the Philippines will appeal against the decision to sack her, after she battled with President Rodrigo Duterte over his deadly drug war, her spokesman said Saturday. Maria Lourdes Sereno’s colleagues voted on Friday to remove her as Supreme Court chief justice in an unprecedented decision that has sparked a […]

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Philippine top court votes to oust chief justice

By   /  May 11, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

MANILA: The Philippine Supreme Court spokesman says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has been ousted in a vote by fellow judges acting on a government petition, which sought her removal in a move she calls unconstitutional. Court spokesman Theodore Te says eight of 14 justices voted Friday to remove Sereno from the 15-member tribunal for […]

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