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Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug charges
A senator who has been a leading critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug crackdown was arrested Friday on drug charges but professed her innocence and vowed she would not be intimidated by a leader she called a "serial killer."
 
Philippines' Duterte ordered murders: former police aide
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ran a death squad that killed many people, including a journalist and a pregnant woman, when he was mayor of a southern city, a retired policeman who claimed to be part of the group said Monday.
 
At least 14 killed in Philippine bus accident
At least 14 people, most of them college students on a camping trip, were killed Monday when their rented bus lost its brakes on a downhill road then slammed into an electric post, Philippine officials said.
 
Filipinos protest drug killings, death penalty
Thousands of Catholics joined a march with church leaders in Manila on Saturday in one of the largest shows of opposition against President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown against illegal drugs and attempts to revive the death penalty.
 
6 dead after strong quake shakes southern Philippines
Rescuers dug through rubble Saturday to find survivors after a powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines, killing at least six people and sending thousands fleeing for safety.
 
15,000 Manila residents lose homes
About 15,000 residents of a shantytown beside Manila's port have lost their homes in a fire that raged overnight before being put out Wednesday morning, officials said.
 
Filipino inferno
Flames rise from a huge fire at the House Technology Industries (HTI) factory inside the Export Processing Zone Authority for more than twenty hours, Thursday, Feb. 2, in General Trias township, Cavite province south of Manila, Philippines.
 
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.
 
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