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Manila frowns at China law on firing at sea

THE PHILIPPINES on Monday said the use of force is prohibited under international law, as China passed a law allowing its coast guard to fire at foreign vessels in the South China Sea.

General who led coup against two former presidents dies at 65

DANILO D. Lim, a general who led separate coups against former Presidents Corazon C. Aquino and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 1989 and 2007, has died. He was 65.

Manila widens travel ban amid new coronavirus strain

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday broadened a travel ban to 20 countries, where a more infectious coronavirus strain first reported in the United Kingdom is causing havoc.

4 million families went hungry in past three months — SWS...

ABOUT 4 million Filipino families went hungry at least once in the past three months, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

Almost half of Filipinos feel poor — SWS

ALMOST half of Filipino families consider themselves poor, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

Duterte invokes UN award at ASEAN summit

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said a 2016 United Nations (UN) arbitral ruling that favored the Philippines in its sea dispute with China is part of international law and should not be ignored.

At least 16 people die as Goni pummels eastern Philippines

AT LEAST 16 people died and three more went missing after the world’s strongest typhoon this year battered the Bicol region in eastern Philippines and several other provinces on Luzon island, according to the Office of Civil Defense.

Duterte approval rating rises to 91% amid COVID-19 pandemic

NINE of 10 Filipinos approved of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s performance amid a coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll by Pulse Asia Research, Inc.

Duterte’s tough stance on China may signal end of friendly ties

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte gave his most forceful defense of a 2016 United Nations (UN) ruling favoring the Philippines in a sea dispute with China, in a move that could signal the end of friendly ties with its neighbor, analysts said.

Palace: Duterte won’t give an inch of territory to other states

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte won’t give an inch of Philippine territory to other states, the presidential palace said on Monday after Manila protested alleged Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

Lawmakers lecture high-ranking officer on ‘prior restraint’

SENATORS on Monday rejected calls to regulate social media for terror activities through the rules that will enforce the country’s expanded law against terrorism.

Local execs charged for cash aid graft

MORE THAN 400 people were charged for corruption involving state subsidies to the poor — the biggest in the country’s history — amid a coronavirus pandemic, the Interior and Local Government department said on Sunday.

Regional Updates (08/20/20)

Makati sets dine-in rules MAKATI CITY councilors have approved an ordinance banning dine-in services during a strict lockdown or enhanced community quarantine, according to an...

Duterte fails to detail recovery plan

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday asked lawmakers to pass stimulus measures to revive an economy on the brink of a recession caused by a coronavirus lockdown that is one of the world’s strictest and longest.

Coronavirus disrupts end-of-life rites, forces grief at a distance

ELNA LEAH L. FONACIER, 64, lost her youngest brother last month to cardiac arrest amid a strict Philippine lockdown — one of the longest in the world — meant to contain a coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus cases near 20,000 as late results get validated

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 751 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, but said 71% of these cases were from old samples whose test results came out late.

Philippines rethinks military break-off with of US

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo R. Duterte has suspended the termination of a military agreement with the United States on the deployment of troops for war games “in light of political and other developments in the region,” according to its Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Ex-Tourism chief Jimenez dies at 64

RAMON R. Jimenez, Jr., the Tourism chief behind the “‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines” global campaign, has died. He was 64.

Virus threatens world’s most crowded jail

ADELBERTO A. SILVA, 72, has been languishing in a jail near the Philippine capital for one-and-a-half years, while being tried for illegal gun possession.

Manila allows doctors, nurses with existing contracts to leave

THE government has lifted the deployment ban for Filipino doctors and nurses with existing contracts overseas amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic after critics questioned its legality.

St. Luke’s stops admission of COVID-19 patients

ST. LUKE’S Medical Center on Tuesday said it had stopped admitting COVID-19 patients for confinement after both its branches in Quezon City and Taguig exceeded their capacities.

Outbreak exposes disparity, leaves many out of work, pay

WHAT used to be a bustling street near the Centro Escolar University in Las Piñas City was now bare, except for a cart of sorbetes being pushed by Alex H. Reales, 55.

Duterte locks down Luzon

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday ordered the lockdown of the entire Luzon island to contain a rapid novel coronavirus outbreak, suspending work and public transportation and regulating food and health services, according to his spokesman.

Metro placed under curfew; malls to close

By Norman P. Aquino and Gillian M. Cortez A nine-hour curfew starting at 8 p.m. on March 15 will be enforced in Manila, the capital...

‘Never before seen’:PHL braces for pandemic

A 48-YEAR-OLD Filipino worker at the Philippine office of accounting firm Deloitte was confirmed to have been infected with a novel coronavirus on March 5 after traveling to Japan in the previous month. He was the fourth case in the Philippines.

Regulators chided for late probe of ‘POGO money’

SENATORS rebuked financial regulators on Thursday for failing to promptly investigate the entry of P19.7 billion ($389.6 million) -- suspected to have been laundered by Chinese criminal syndicates -- into the Philippine financial system last year.

Manila eases Korea ban, vows not to restrict travel

THE Philippines has partially lifted its travel ban on South Korea and won’t restrict travel to other countries amid a novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the presidential palace.

‘Duterte Harry’ renews attacks on critical media

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte dislikes the press and he’s not afraid to show his disdain for it.

Senator calls for crackdown versus online gaming firms

AN OPPOSITION senator yesterday sought an immediate crackdown against offshore gaming operators in the Philippines after police rescued a Taiwanese who was forced to work for a Chinese operator.

Social-savvy nation battles coronavirus fake news

A FACEBOOK POST in the Philippines shared more than 2,000 times claimed a coronavirus strain that has killed hundreds in China and sickened thousands more is “a type of rabies.”

Duterte names new police chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would appoint officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa as his next police chief, ABS-CBN News reported.

Property owners count risks as Taal Volcano keeps rumbling

FIVE YEARS AGO, Jack, a 71-year-old retired physician, bought a two-story house worth P11 million in the upland town of Alfonso in Cavite province, 16 kilometers away from one of the world’s smallest and active volcanoes -- Taal Volcano.

Duterte drug war is Philippines’ ‘gravest human rights concern’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “murderous war on drugs” remained the Philippines’ gravest human rights concern in 2019, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Wednesday.

7 of 10 Filipinos think cops recycle illegal narcotics

MORE than seven of 10 Filipinos think some rogue cops recycle illegal drugs seized in legitimate police operations, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

More than half in Bangsamoro poor — SWS

MORE than half or 59% of families in the newly established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) think they are poor, compared with 53% in Mindanao and 42% for the entire country, according to the latest poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

US Senate committee backs de Lima’s release

A US Senate committee has passed a resolution calling on the Philippine government to release Senator Leila M. de Lima and drop criminal charges against the founder of a news website critical of the administration.

Bangsamoro vows to protect child rights

THE newly created autonomous region in Mindanao has vowed to provide funding and mechanisms to protect the rights of children there, where child poverty is the highest.

Filipinos’ trust in China fall to bad in Q3

FILIPINOS’ trust in China fell to “bad” in the third quarter, while it remained “excellent” for the United States, according to a poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Duterte to heed military, police on martial law

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will heed the recommendation of the police and military whether to extend martial law in the Mindanao region.

Claimant countries told to ‘act collectively’ vs China

COUNTRIES claiming parts of the South China Sea should assert their rights and act collectively to set China on the right path, United States Defense Secretary Mark Esper said yesterday.

Police agreed to review drug plan, says Robredo

PHILIPPINE police have agreed to review their knock-and-plead strategy against suspected drug traffickers that is linked to illegal executions, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo said yesterday.

International event to bring P700M in tourism receipts

MORE than 5,000 foreigners from 67 countries are in Manila to attend an international convention, and are expected to generate about P700 million ($14 million) in tourism receipts for the Philippines, organizers said.

Skilled labor mobility in SE Asia to ease disruptions

COUNTRIES in Southeast Asia including the Philippines should harness labor mobility to ease skill shortages caused by urbanization, technological advances and other disruptions, according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released on Wednesday.

Duterte pushes reforms, rails vs graft

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday asked lawmakers to pass more tax reforms starting with a proposal to cut corporate income tax, overhaul fiscal incentives given out to companies and further increase tobacco and alcohol excise tax rates.