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# philippines - Thursday 21 September, 2017

Philippine president Duterte says he'll kill his own son if he is involved in drug trafficking

Protests have erupted in the Philippines over the controversial president’s war on drugs.

# philippines - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Philippine lawmakers vote to slash annual funding for human rights commission to just €16

“This leads us on a direct path to dictatorship,” Senator Francis Pangilinan said.

# philippines - Sunday 2 July, 2017

Corpses in the slums and police corruption: A year into Duterte's bloody drugs war

“We could not win the war on drugs through killing petty criminals and addicts,” a former Colombian president wrote in a warning to President Duterte.

# philippines - Saturday 10 June, 2017

US special forces move in to help Philippines rid city of Islamic State

Philippine troops are struggling to defeat hundreds of fighters, who rampaged through Marawi.

# philippines - Wednesday 7 June, 2017

Duterte tells soldiers to 'crush enemy' as Islamic State tightens grip on city

“When I say crush them, you have to destroy everything, including lives.”

# philippines - Friday 2 June, 2017

36 bodies found in Philippines casino after gunman sets fire to gaming room

Police said it appeared to be a botched robbery rather than a terrorist attack.

# philippines - Thursday 1 June, 2017

Philippines kills 10 of its own soldiers in airstrike meant to hit ISIS

Security forces have been battling militants in Marawi, a major Muslim city in the predominantly Catholic country.

# philippines - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

'They will never come up alive unless they surrender': Filipino troops have ISIS cornered

The army says it has killed at least 89 ISIS fighters as they take back territory from the militants in Marawi.

# philippines - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Fear, confusion and rotting corpses: Inside the Philippine city besieged by IS-linked militants

Government forces have told the militants to surrender.

# philippines - Monday 29 May, 2017

IS-linked militants have taken parts of a Philippine city and have been killing women and children

There are fears for those trapped in the city of Marawi.

# philippines - Sunday 28 May, 2017

Philippine authorities ban hanging rosary beads off car dashboards

“With these religious images, drivers feel they are safer, that there is divine intervention and they are being guided and protected.”

# philippines - Saturday 27 May, 2017

Philippines' president Duterte under fire after 'sickening' rape joke

Duterte told a military camp that they were allowed to rape women because he would take the blame for it.

# philippines - Tuesday 23 May, 2017

# philippines - Tuesday 18 April, 2017

The world's first known giant shipworm wriggles into view in major scientific find

The shipworm comes from a “pretty stinky place” and doesn’t eat, despite reaching 5ft in length.

At least 26 killed as Philippines passenger bus goes off mountain road

The bus plunged about 24 metres.

# philippines - Friday 14 April, 2017

Devotees nail themselves to crosses at Philippines' annual Good Friday ceremony

Men also have their backs whipped.

# philippines - Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Five dead as militants attack Philippine tourist island

At least one policeman was confirmed killed in the fight.

# philippines - Friday 3 March, 2017

Irish nun attacked at a convent in the Philippines

The woman was taken to hospital.

# philippines - Thursday 2 March, 2017

"Inhumane and degrading": Photos of naked prisoners being searched for drugs spark outrage

The photos have triggered accusations of further rights abuses in President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.

# philippines - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

Philippines police 'being paid to kill drug dealers' says report

The Amnesty report called it a “murderous war on the poor”.

# philippines - Thursday 12 January, 2017

Philippine minister says Dora can't explore a protected UNESCO site

Nickelodeon has been banned from building an underwater theme park.

# philippines - Tuesday 10 January, 2017

7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the Philippines

No tsunami warnings have been issued.

# philippines - Saturday 24 December, 2016

Mass evacuation underway as Philippines braces itself for Christmas Day typhoon

The national weather service has warned of potentially deadly two-metre waves along the coast, as well as landslides and flash floods from heavy rains.

# philippines - Wednesday 14 December, 2016

'If I can do it, why can't you?' Filipino President now says he's personally killed people

The 71-year-old Philippines president said he used to personally kill people when mayor of Davao.

# philippines - Tuesday 13 December, 2016

China offers Philippines weapons to continue its bloody war on drugs

“We’re exploring the possibilities of providing arms,” the Chinese ambassador to Manila said.

# philippines - Monday 21 November, 2016

Philippine President meets his 'hero' Putin to give out about US "hypocrisy and bullying"

Since taking office in June, the foul-mouthed Duterte has upended the Philippines’ historical military alliance with the United States.

# philippines - Saturday 5 November, 2016

Philippine mayor on president's drug list shot dead in jail

The president of the Philippines has been waging a bloody war on drugs.

# philippines - Friday 28 October, 2016

Philippine mayor and nine bodyguards killed in police shoot-out

The incident occurred hours after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to intensify his crackdown on crime.

Philippines president who called Pope a "son of a b****" has promised God he won't curse again

Duterte’s profanities have almost become his trademark.

# philippines - Thursday 6 October, 2016

Duterte's popularity soars in Philippines amid claims of anti-crime 'death squads'

The controversial president is enjoying a high popularity rating three months into office.

# philippines - Monday 3 October, 2016

Corkman facing 12 years in Philippines jail says drugs were planted on him in airport

Éanna Ó Cochláin and his family say they have received no support from Irish authorities.

# philippines - Thursday 15 September, 2016

The president of Philippines has been accused of feeding a man alive to a crocodile

A former militia man testified under oath that he and a group of policemen and ex-communists killed about 1,000 people on Duterte’s orders.

# philippines - Tuesday 6 September, 2016

Obama cancels meeting after Philippines' president calls him 'son of a whore'

Rodrigo Duterte has since apologised, sort of.

# philippines - Monday 5 September, 2016

President of Philippines calls Obama a 'son of a whore'

Rodrigo Duterte is not impressed with the US president’s criticism of his war on drugs.

# philippines - Friday 26 August, 2016

Police in Philippines tell drug users to kill dealers and burn their homes

“You know who the drug lords are. Would you like to kill them? Go ahead.”

# philippines - Wednesday 24 August, 2016

Philippines president says threat to pull country out of UN was just a 'joke'

Rodrigo Duterte also attempted some light wordplay on genocide while talking to reporters.

# philippines - Monday 22 August, 2016

Police in Philippines kill over 700 people in crackdown on drugs

Hundreds of killings have taken place since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in June.

# philippines - Wednesday 10 August, 2016

Philippines president causes uproar after referring to US envoy as "gay ambassador"

Rodrigo Duterte made the controversial comments on live television.

# philippines - Tuesday 12 July, 2016

Defiant China says it's not backing down in wake of ruling on disputed waters

An international tribunal’s ruling over claims to the South China Sea is likely to ratchet up tensions.

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