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Amnesty International denounces Phillipines 'extrajudicial killings'
A majority of the thousands of killings of poor suspects under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug crackdown appear to be "extrajudicial executions," Amnesty International said Wednesday, and may constitute crimes against humanity.
 
Survey: Filipinos want their rights asserted in disputed sea
Most Filipinos want their government to assert the country's rights in the disputed South China Sea after an arbitration tribunal invalidated China's vast territorial claims and ruled the Philippines can fish and exploit resources in the contested waters, according to an opinion poll released Friday.
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Philippines apologizes to South Korea over Korean's killing
The Philippine government apologized to South Korea on Tuesday for the reported killing of a South Korean man at the country's main police camp, a crime that has tainted law enforcers carrying out the president's controversial anti-drug crackdown.
 
'Dump Trump': protesters in the Philippines
Hundreds of Filipinos converged on the U.S. embassy Friday to denounce Donald Trump ahead of his inauguration as president of the United States, accusing him of sexism, racism and xenophobia.
 
Duterte orders troops to blast militants, hostages
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered his troops to bomb extremists who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of kidnappings at sea, calling the loss of civilian lives in such an attack "collateral damage."
 
Kidnapped sailors released in Philippines
A South Korean captain and a Filipino crewman abducted by suspected Islamist militants off the southern Philippines were released on Saturday, authorities said, ending a three-month ordeal where they endured beatings and hunger.
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on his way to Australia on Friday after a visit to the Philippines where he pledged US$8.7 billion worth of business opportunities and private investments along with equipment to fight terrorism.
 
Fears of terrorism keep security tight at Manila Roman Catholic event
A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Roman Catholic devotees on Monday joined an annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ held under tight security due to fears of a possible attack following the killing of a suspected Islamic extremist leader.
 
Endangered turtle given makeover by overeager Filipino volunteers
Apparently unaware of the standard operating procedures in tagging endangered species, newbie volunteers were apprehended after they painted the carapace of a rescued sea turtle.
 
Philippine police raided an Islamic center in Manila and briefly detained scores of people as part of heightened security before a major Catholic festival, a spokeswoman said Sunday.
 
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