Philippines government - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Philippines government 'This is a democracy': Int'l court may be next for Duterte MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged Tuesday that allegations he induced extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs could be raised to the International Criminal Court after an impeachment case failed in the House of Representatives. "Yeah, he can go ahead. He is free to do it. This is a democracy," Duterte said in ... Tue, 16 May 2017 05:37:00 GMT 2017-05-16T05:37:00Z Nations critique Filipino leader's rights record at UN body GENEVA (AP) — A Filipino senator briskly defended the human rights record of President Rodrigo Duterte's government before a U.N. body on Monday, saying his government always "seeks to uphold the rule of law" while critical Western nations aired concerns about deadly vigilante justice and extrajudicial killings in the country. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano ... Mon, 08 May 2017 14:10:00 GMT 2017-05-08T14:10:00Z Tillerson urges SE Asia to minimize NKorea diplomatic ties WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday pressed Southeast Asian governments to ensure "leak-proof" enforcement of sanctions against North Korea and to prevent the pariah nation's diplomats from conducting business that could benefit its weapons programs. Tillerson called on foreign ministers of the 10-nation Association of Southeast... Fri, 05 May 2017 04:07:00 GMT 2017-05-05T04:07:00Z Setting aside human rights, Trump courts Asian leaders WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is prioritizing strategic interests over human rights by inviting a pair of internationally criticized leaders from Southeast Asia, where the U.S. is vying with China for influence. The White House said rights concerns in the Philippines and Thailand may be aired in private. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-05-01T21:31:00Z Thai prime minister accepts Trump's invitation to visit US BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister has accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the United States, his office said Monday, as the U.S. leader made an unexpected diplomatic initiative toward several Southeast Asian counterparts. Trump telephoned Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on S... Mon, 01 May 2017 16:47:00 GMT 2017-05-01T16:47:00Z Watchdog to Trump: Accountability not red carpet for Duterte MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S.-based human rights group says President Donald Trump should not roll out the White House red carpet for Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, whom it accused of being a "mastermind" of mass murder because of his anti-drug crackdown in which thousands have died. Human Rights Watch and other critics reacted with alarm Monday a... Mon, 01 May 2017 15:42:00 GMT 2017-05-01T15:42:00Z Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has called Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte and expressed Washington's commitment to their treaty alliance and his interest in developing "a warm, working relationship," a Filipino official said Sunday. Presidential spokesman Ernie Abella said Trump mentioned he was looking forward to visiting the Ph... Mon, 01 May 2017 00:13:00 GMT 2017-05-01T00:13:00Z Philippines goes easy on China in final ASEAN statement MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines followed up a summit of Southeast Asian leaders by releasing a final communique Sunday that removed mention of international concerns over China's "militarization" of newly built islands in the disputed South China Sea in a major concession to Beijing. The 25-page statement issued by Philippine President Rodrigo ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:54:00 GMT 2017-04-30T07:54:00Z Reporter Q&A: What to look for at Southeast Asian summit MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Leaders of 10 Asian countries are meeting this weekend to discuss topics including North Korea, territorial disputes in the South China Sea and improved economic integration of the region. The Associated Press' chief Manila correspondent, Jim Gomez, who has covered regional politics for more than two decades, weighs in on what t... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:39:00 GMT 2017-04-28T16:39:00Z Alarm over N. Korea, sea feud under ASEAN summit spotlight MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Alarm over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and its intensifying standoff with the United States, and tensions over China's assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea are under the spotlight at an annual summit of Southeast Asian nations in Manila. Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met under... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:56:00 GMT 2017-04-28T11:56:00Z Facing backlash on killings, Duterte to find solace in ASEAN MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosts a summit of Southeast Asian leaders this weekend, the spotlight will be on him. Just less than a year in power, he faces a mass murder complaint before the International Criminal Court and an impeachment bid at home as bodies continue to pile up in his war on illegal drugs. Duterte... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:17:00 GMT 2017-04-28T01:17:00Z Philippines lawyer alleges President Duterte link to deaths THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Filipino lawyer on Monday presented documents to the International Criminal Court which he said contain evidence of the alleged involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and other crime suspects. "It is a case for crimes against humanity against President Rodrigo Duterte an... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:10:00 GMT 2017-04-24T11:10:00Z Nervous about China, Southeast Asia gets Trump's attention JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Southeast Asia, a focus of past U.S. presidents, has been overlooked thus far for the Trump administration, but Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Indonesia Thursday marked a sign of change and he announced the president would follow him to the region later this year. Anxious Southeast Asian governments are looking for America'... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:07:00 GMT 2017-04-21T01:07:00Z Contrast in style as Duterte meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Regional politics makes for strange bedfellows, and at first glance, it is hard to imagine more of an odd couple than tempestuous Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his cerebral de facto Myanmar counterpart, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who met Monday in Myanmar's capital, Naypyitaw. After his arrival in Myanmar on Su... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:56:00 GMT 2017-03-21T02:56:00Z Philippines protests 'Madam Secretary' portrayal of leader MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has protested the depiction of a fictional leader of its country who makes a pass at the female U.S. Secretary of State in the CBS drama "Madam Secretary." A video teaser of the episode airing Sunday shows the middle-aged Filipino character with a bloodied nose after being punched by the titular charact... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:30:00 GMT 2017-03-07T13:30:00Z Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug charges MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs said she won't be intimidated by a leader she called a "serial killer" after police arrested her on drug charges. Leila de Lima said the accusations against her were part of an attempt by Duterte to muzzle critics of the clam... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:51:00 GMT 2017-02-25T02:51:00Z Rights group says Philippine killings are 'extrajudicial' MANILA, Philippines (AP) — 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. The London-based human rights group urged Duterte's government to adopt an approach t... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 03:52:00 GMT 2017-02-01T03:52:00Z Ambassador says US not building arms depot in Philippines MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States is not building any weapons depot anywhere in the Philippines, the U.S. ambassador said Tuesday, denying the basis on which President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to abrogate a 2014 defense pact that allows U.S. forces to temporarily base in local camps. Ambassador Sung Kim said that nothing is being planned now ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:06:00 GMT 2017-01-31T12:06:00Z Philippine police stop anti-drug crackdown amid scandal MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine police chief stopped the use of the national police force in anti-drug operations Monday and disbanded all police anti-narcotics units after the president's brutal crackdown was used as a cover by rogue officers to kidnap and kill a South Korean man for money. Police Director-General Ronald Dela Rosa told police o... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:01:00 GMT 2017-01-30T12:01:00Z Philippines: Airstrikes killed 15 IS group-linked militants MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine airstrikes have killed 15 Muslim militants linked to the Islamic State group, including a suspected Indonesian militant, while one of Southeast Asia's top terror suspects was seriously wounded in the country's south, the military chief said Sunday. Military Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Ano said the body of the suspecte... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:44:00 GMT 2017-01-29T14:44:00Z Trump's choice for labor secretary outsourced jobs WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for labor secretary outsourced his fast-food company's technology department to the Philippines, a move that contradicts Trump's vow to keep American jobs in the U.S. Trump has blasted, threatened and tried to charm American companies that have so much as contemplated moving jobs overseas, saying he's sticki... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:27:00 GMT 2017-01-27T08:27:00Z Labor secretary nominee's company outsourced jobs WASHINGTON (AP) — The fast-food empire run by President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary outsourced its technology department to the Philippines, a move that runs counter to Trump's mantra to keep jobs in the United States A filing with the Department of Labor and Trump's criticism of outsourcing could be raised at Andrew Puzder's confirmation hear... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-01-26T22:47:00Z Philippine leader tames his words for Miss Universe hopefuls MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered a speech without sex jokes and expletives Monday, telling a gathering of Miss Universe contestants that he was told to be careful with his language. Duterte told pageant contestants at the Malacanang presidential palace he had never been in a "roomful of beautiful women," adding "I ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:19:00 GMT 2017-01-23T11:19:00Z Philippine protesters ask Duterte to stay away from Trump MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Left-wing and Muslim activists urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a noisy protest to keep his promise of charting a foreign policy independent of America by staying away from Donald Trump who after he is sworn in as president on Friday. The more than 200 protesters burned a U.S. flag near the U.S. Embassy in Manila an... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:51:00 GMT 2017-01-20T06:51:00Z Duterte orders troops to blast militants and their hostages MANILA, Philippines (AP) — 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." Duterte has previously stated that he had told his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts thei... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:33:00 GMT 2017-01-15T07:33:00Z Philippines to offer free contraceptives to 6 million women MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who cannot obtain them, officials said Wednesday, in a move expected to be opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic church. Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the intensified drive to make c... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:01:00 GMT 2017-01-11T14:01:00Z James Taylor cancels Manila concert over Duterte's drug war MANILA, Philippines (AP) — James Taylor has canceled his February concert in Manila, saying reports of summary executions of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines without judicial proceedings are "deeply concerning and unacceptable." The American singer-songwriter tweeted Wednesday that he had been looking forward to performing in Manila and that it... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:08:00 GMT 2016-12-21T06:08:00Z US says it will work with Duterte after latest outburst MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States said Sunday that it would work with the Philippine president to address any concerns after he threatened to terminate a pact that allows U.S. troops to visit the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte was enraged after a U.S. government aid agency deferred a vote on a renewal of a major development assistance p... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 19:13:00 GMT 2016-12-18T19:13:00Z Philippines' Duterte to US over aid issue: 'Bye-bye America' MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Saturday to terminate a pact that allows U.S. troops to visit the Philippines, saying "bye-bye America" as he reacted with rage to what he thought was a U.S. decision to scrap a major aid package over human rights concerns. A U.S. government aid agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, s... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 20:43:00 GMT 2016-12-17T20:43:00Z US defers Philippine aid decision, criticizes Duterte boasts WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said Thursday it is deferring a decision on a major aid package to the Philippines and is deeply troubled by a boast from the nation's leader that he used to drive around looking for criminals to kill. It's the latest sign of strain in U.S.-Philippine relations since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a crackdown on ill... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 02:21:00 GMT 2016-12-16T02:21:00Z