Philippines

Philippines tells public to wash masks in petrol
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Philippines tells public to wash masks in petrol

And other stories from the stranger side of life
28 Jul 2020
‘Not afraid to die’: Pacquiao leads battle against virus
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is the reigning WBA super welterweight champion
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‘Not afraid to die’: Pacquiao leads battle against virus

The fighter-turned-senator has paid for 50,000 testing kits and 700,000 face masks in the Philippines
23 Mar 2020
The killing fields of the Philippines: what’s going on?
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The killing fields of the Philippines: what’s going on?

Amnesty International calls for UN investigation as thousands are killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs
8 Jul 2019
Duterte: ‘I was gay’ and his other outrageous comments
Duterte
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Duterte: ‘I was gay’ and his other outrageous comments

Philippines strongman claims he ‘cured’ himself of homosexuality
5 Jun 2019
Countries where divorce is illegal
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Countries where divorce is illegal

England and Wales introduce less strict divorce laws, but ending an unhappy marriage is still not possible everywhere in the world
9 Apr 2019
Duterte calls women ‘bitches’ at gender equality event
Duterte
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Duterte calls women ‘bitches’ at gender equality event

Philippines president rebukes audience of female police and military officers for criticising him
13 Mar 2019
More than 1,500 live turtles found in abandoned luggage
Turtles
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More than 1,500 live turtles found in abandoned luggage

Officials in the Philippines believe smuggler got cold feet after learning of harsh penalties for wildlife traffickers
4 Mar 2019

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Chinese student arrested in Philippines for throwing pudding
Mandaluyong City Police
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Chinese student arrested in Philippines for throwing pudding

Zhang Jiale, 23, was released on bail but was detained again shortly after over alleged immigration violations
14 Feb 2019
Sri Lanka hiring hangmen as drug war escalates
Noose, Hangman
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Sri Lanka hiring hangmen as drug war escalates

Executioners needed as President Maithripala Sirisena ends moratorium on capital punishment
14 Feb 2019
Philippines president backs plan to change country’s name
Rodrigo Duterte
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Philippines president backs plan to change country’s name

Rodrigo Duterte says current name is a legacy of Spanish colonisers
12 Feb 2019
Islamic State claims deadly church bombing
Islamic State has claimed a deadly church bombing in the Philippines
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Islamic State claims deadly church bombing

At least 20 killed after two bombs explode in a Philippines cathedral
28 Jan 2019
VIDEO: goat’s bizarre ‘pig-human’ baby mystifies Philippines
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VIDEO: goat’s bizarre ‘pig-human’ baby mystifies Philippines

Locals fear the mutant creature was cursed and will bring bad luck to owners
20 Nov 2018
Philippines: Imelda Marcos found guilty of corruption
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Philippines: Imelda Marcos found guilty of corruption

Former first lady of the Philippines found guilty of seven counts of graft
9 Nov 2018
Second Philippine mayor gunned down in 24 hours
A mural of Rodrigo Duterte watches over a demonstration against drug war killings
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Second Philippine mayor gunned down in 24 hours

Opposition blames ‘culture of violence’ created by President Duterte’s brutal war on drugs
4 Jul 2018
Duterte sparks anger by calling God ‘stupid son of a bitch’
Rodrigo Duterte
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Duterte sparks anger by calling God ‘stupid son of a bitch’

Outspoken Philippine president rules a largely Catholic population
26 Jun 2018
Rodrigo Duterte steps up his bloody drug war
Philippines drug war
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Rodrigo Duterte steps up his bloody drug war

Police in the Philippines shoot dead 13 people and arrest 100 more in a single day
22 Mar 2018
Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte calls for ICC mass exodus
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Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte calls for ICC mass exodus

‘Trump of the East’ has withdrawn from court after it launched an inquiry into extrajudicial killings
19 Mar 2018
Is Rodrigo Duterte the ‘Trump of the East’?
Rodrigo Duterte
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Is Rodrigo Duterte the ‘Trump of the East’?

Filipino president is also known for his ‘tough talking’, but human rights abuses separate him from US counterpart
13 Nov 2017
Marawi: The 'Mosul of the Philippines'
Marawi
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Marawi: The 'Mosul of the Philippines'

Jihadis in the south, Maoists in the east – can Duterte keep his promise to fight them all?
28 Jul 2017
Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law on island
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Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law on island

President takes action after violence breaks out between army and up to 100 armed militants
24 May 2017
Philippines President likens himself to Hitler
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Philippines President likens himself to Hitler

Leader says he would be 'happy' if his campaign against drug dealers was as effective as the Holocaust
30 Sep 2016
Pacquiao uses Bible to justify another attack on gays
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Pacquiao uses Bible to justify another attack on gays

Anger after boxing champion spoke out against same-sex marriage during television show
19 Feb 2016
Fight of the Century: who is Manny Pacquiao?
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Fight of the Century: who is Manny Pacquiao?

The humble Filipino boxer is the only man to have held titles in eight weight divisions
1 May 2015
Philippine live-streaming child abuse ring exposed by police
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Philippine live-streaming child abuse ring exposed by police

Children offered up for abuse by their own relatives as British paedophiles pay to watch over the web
16 Jan 2014
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