Thursday, October 21, 2021

Philippines

Philippines to review thousands more ‘drug war’ killings, says justice minister

Officially, police have killed more than 6,000 people in the crackdown, but activists say many thousands more users were killed, execution style, by mysterious gunmen.

Duterte nemesis and drug-war critic makes bid for Philippine presidency

Philippines Vice-President Leni Robredo has been under pressure from supporters and opposition groups to join the 2022 presidential race, but she has been well behind the front runners in opinion polls.

Son of late Philippines dictator Marcos to run for president

Ferdinand Marcos Jr has served as provincial governor, congressman and senator and ran unsuccessfully for the vice-presidency in 2016, a defeat he challenged in the courts.

Philippines’ Duterte to prepare defence against ICC probe in apparent U-turn

Duterte has repeatedly attacked the world's only permanent war crimes court and insisted it has no jurisdiction in the Philippines.

Duterte’s daughter running for Philippine president in 2022 election?

Sara Duterte-Carpio is currently mayor of Davao, the Philippines' third-largest city, and had previously said she would not run for national office next year.

‘It is a circus’: Philippine election season kicks off

A successor to President Rodrigo Duterte will be elected in the May ballot that is expected to draw more than 60 million voters.

Philippine economy to take 10 years to recover from virus, says official

Lockdowns and other restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus have shattered the Southeast Asian nation's economy, throwing millions out of work and leaving many poor families hungry.

Philippine superstar Manny Pacquiao says retiring from boxing

The eight-division world champion and national hero made the announcement weeks after losing his last professional fight, against Cuban Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas.

Philippines senate backs bill to raise sexual consent age from 12 to 16

The Philippines currently has the lowest minimum age of sexual consent in Southeast Asia, and one of the lowest in the world.

Philippines approves Covid jabs for kids as young as 12

Kids will be allowed to receive the jabs from next month as the vaccination drive is widened to include all adults not previously prioritised for shots.

Philippines’ Duterte vows accountability for anyone who went ‘beyond bounds’ in drug war

More than 6,100 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since he took office in June 2016.

Philippines supports Aussie nuclear sub pact to counter China

It says without an actual presence of nuclear weapons, the Aukus move would not violate a 1995 treaty to keep nuclear arms out of Southeast Asia.

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