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    The European Parliament passed a resolution calling on the Philippines government to drop charges against acclaimed journalist Maria Ressa during a session on Thursday. Ressa, the founder and CEO of the online news service Rappler, and Reynaldo Santos Jr., a former Rappler staffer, were found guilty of "cyber libel" by a Manila trial court in June.  Parliament...
    By Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - A new Philippine telecoms firm with Chinese state investment on Thursday described as "truly misplaced" concerns that communications equipment it will install at military camps will be used for spying. The Philippine government last week allowed DITO Telecommunity Corp, a joint venture between state-run China...
    By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is considering allowing more nurses and other medical professionals to leave for jobs abroad after banning them from travel so they can fight coronavirus at home, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said on Thursday. Thousands of the nurses, who call themselves "priso-nurses" have appealed to the government to...
    (CNN)A provincial governor in the Philippines has set his sights on a set of people who he says are hurting the fight against the pandemic: karaoke singers.In a Facebook post in the early hours of Tuesday morning, local time, the governor of Cavite province, Jonvic Remulla, urged the public to report noisy karaoke singers to...
    ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Gunmen seized a businessman in front of his wife and son Wednesday in the southern Philippines and government forces were trying to track down the abductors and their victim, police said. Rex Triplet was riding a motorcycle with his wife and son on their way home in Sirawai town in Zambonga...
    By Karen Lema and Clare Baldwin MANILA (Reuters) - From across the Philippines, they gathered to pray by Zoom. They were praying to be allowed to leave: To be allowed to take up nursing jobs in countries where the coronavirus is killing thousands in hospitals and care homes. In recent months, these care workers have...
    Supporters of the late Jennifer Laude maintain up her picture throughout a protest close to a Philippine court docket in Olongapo, north of Manila. An United States Marine who was convicted of killing a transgender girl has been pardoned and deported again to america. In keeping with the Washington Publish,...
    Supporters of the late Jennifer Laude hold up her image during a protest near a Philippine court in Olongapo, north of Manila. An United States Marine who was convicted of killing a transgender woman has been pardoned and deported back to the United States. According to the Washington Post, Joseph Scott Pemberton has...
    MANILA, Philippines -- A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a Filipino transgender woman was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed outrage over a pact governing American military presence in the Philippines.Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton said in a farewell message that he was extremely grateful'' to...
    Drug addiction impacts millions of lives. At some point, most of us will be affected by it, whether it’s a family member, a friend, or oneself that has the addiction. Although many people assume that the best way to fight back against addiction is through criminalizing drug-use, data shows otherwise. In 2001, Portugal decriminalized the...
    Getty Images: “Filipinos stage a protest against the absolute pardon granted to U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was convicted in 2014 for killing a transgender woman, on September 8, 2020 in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has drawn criticism after granting a pardon to the U.S. Lance Cpl....
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a Filipino transgender woman was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed outrage over a pact governing American military presence in the Philippines. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton said in a farewell message that he was “extremely...
    MANILA, Philippines – A U.S. Marine convicted of the murder of a Filipino transgender woman was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon reduced his jail in a case that reignited outrage at the U.S. military presence in the Philippines. Private First Officer Joseph Scott Pemberton said in a farewell message...
    MANILA, Philippines – A U.S. Marine convicted of the murder of a Filipino transgender woman was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon reduced his jail in a case that reignited outrage at the U.S. military presence in the Philippines. Private First Officer Joseph Scott Pemberton said in a farewell message...
    MANILA, Philippines – A U.S. Marine convicted of the murder of a Filipino transgender woman was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon reduced his jail in a case that reignited outrage at the U.S. military presence in the Philippines. Private First Officer Joseph Scott Pemberton said in a farewell message...
    MANILA, Philippines — A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a Filipino transgender woman was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed outrage over a pact governing American military presence in the Philippines. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton said in a farewell message that he was “extremely grateful” to...
    A U.S. Marine convicted in the Philippines of killing a transgender woman was released from prison Sunday, after receiving a pardon from President Rodrigo Duterte. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton served about half of his 10-year sentence for killing Jennifer Laude in 2014 in a Philippine motel after discovering she was a transgender woman. Pemberton...
    A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a Filipino transgender woman was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed outrage over a pact governing American military presence in the Philippines. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton said in a farewell message that he was “extremely grateful” to President Rodrigo...
    (CNN)A United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman has been released from prison and deported from the Philippines on Sunday, after President Rodrigo Duterte granted him an "absolute pardon" earlier this week.Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton had served roughly six years of a 10-year sentence for homicide when Duterte's decision to pardon him...
    MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Sunday deported a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Southeast Asian country in 2014, after he was granted an absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton left Manila's international airport at 9:14 a.m. local time (0114 GMT) aboard an American...
    MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a 165.5 billion pesos ($3.4 billion) emergency relief measure on Friday to expand healthcare and help businesses after the coronavirus pandemic plunged the economy into recession. Under the new law, the government could inject 40 billion pesos in additional capital into state-owned banks so they...
    MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will have access to potential COVID-19 vaccines being developed by U.S. firms without any strings attached, the health ministry said on Friday, after the presidential spokesman had linked the pardoning of a U.S. Marine to ensuring access. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said none of the U.S. vaccine makers the...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite the coronavirus pandemic, piracy and other crimes have surged in Asian waters in the first seven months of the year, many committed by a Philippines-based Islamist group linked to Islamic State, according to a report released on Wednesday. Especially hard hit have been the Sulu Sea and coastal areas of the...
    (CNN)A United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Philippines in 2014 has been granted an "absolute pardon" by President Rodrigo Duterte in a case that sparked outrage over alleged preferential treatment given to American military personnel on assignment in the country.Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton has served about six years of...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, 2019 in Beijing, China.Kenzaburo Fukuhara | Kyodo News | Getty Images SINGAPORE — After more than four years in power, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is still struggling to show that his country has benefited from a closer alliance with China. In a dramatic...
    The Philippine president pardoned a U.S. Marine on Monday in a surprise move that will free him from imprisonment in the 2014 killing of a transgender Filipino woman that sparked anger in the former American colony. President Rodrigo Duterte said he decided to pardon Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton because the Marine was not treated...
    Manila — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has granted an absolute pardon to a U.S. Marine convicted in 2015 of killing Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman in the Philippines, the president's spokesman confirmed on Monday. "It does not mean his conviction is erased," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said of Duterte's decision to pardon Lance Corporal Joseph Scott...
    The family of the late vlogger Lloyd Cadena, 26, has revealed that the YouTube star had recently tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, the Filipino comedian passed away due to a heart attack precipitated by the virus, according to a post on Cadena’s social-media accounts. “On September 4, 5 am he was...
    Manila (AFP) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has granted an absolute pardon to a US marine convicted of killing a transgender woman, officials said Monday, drawing condemnation from rights groups.Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton has been in prison since the October 2014 killing of Jennifer Laude, whom he met at a bar while on a...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pardoned a U.S. Marine on Monday after he was convicted and imprisoned for the 2014 killing of a transgender Filipino woman. Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a tweet Monday that Duterte had “granted an absolute pardon” to Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton. Duterte spokesman Harry Roque...
    ON THIS DAY IN 1931, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “New infantile paralysis cases in New York City have reached a new low in the last 24 hours, according to figures made public today by the Health Department. The total number of cases reported since yesterday is 47, the lowest since the peak of the...
    The Philippines is on track to record the highest number of births in its history by next year, the Philippine Commission on Population and Development said Monday. “UP [University of the Philippines] Population Institute has predicted a baby boom by 2021,” Philippine Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in a radio interview Monday. An estimated “751,000 unplanned pregnancies,...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to continue partnering with a Chinese state-owned construction company punished by the United States for building artificial islands in the South China Sea. And it will back other Chinese companies that want to do business in his country, a spokesman for the president said. “We are not a vassal...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly ordered the country’s top customs official to shoot and kill drug smugglers in one of his most overt threats during a deadly four-year campaign that has been the centerpiece of his presidency. Duterte has steadfastly denied authorizing extrajudicial killings but has repeatedly and openly threatened drug dealers with death. He...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly ordered the country’s top customs official to shoot and kill drug smugglers in one of his most overt threats during a deadly four-year campaign that has been the centerpiece of his presidency. Duterte has steadfastly denied authorizing extrajudicial killings but has repeatedly and openly threatened drug...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte will allow Chinese companies to participate in infrastructure projects in the Philippines even if they are blacklisted by the United States, his spokesman said Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced last week it has added 24 state-owned Chinese firms, including subsidiaries of the China Communications Construction Co.,...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Gunmen stopped a group of motorcycle riders then opened fire with assault rifles in a busy downtown area in the southern Philippines, killing nine people, police said Sunday, in the latest violence to roil the volatile region. Police officials said the attack on the victims, who were mostly farmers, at noon...
    A MENTALLY-ill woman has been found after being locked in a cage for 25 years in a remote village in the Philippines. The emaciated woman was discovered by Jedah Curacha Naquines, who hiking through Cebu province on Tuesday. 3The woman had been locked up for 25 years, locals said 3Sadly the practice is not...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ largest TV network broadcast its final newscasts Friday to millions of provincial viewers with announcers tearfully bidding goodbye after lawmakers voted to reject its license renewal. ABS-CBN Corp. said it will only be able to distribute its news programs over cable in metropolitan Manila after Friday as it scaled...
    A violent encounter between China and the Philippines would trigger a confrontation with the United States, according to an unusual warning from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. If "something happens that is beyond incursion but is, in fact, an attack on, say, a Filipino naval vessel … then I call up Washington, D.C.,” Philippine...
    A GOVERNMENT official in the Philippines is to be removed from his post after being caught having sex with his secretary during a Zoom call. Captain Jesus Estil, of the Fatima Dos village council in the province of Cavite, appeared not to know his camera was on at the time of the incident, witnessed...
    A government official was caught having sex with his secretary after accidentally joining a Zoom meeting with his colleagues in the Philippines.  Staff from the Fatima Dos Village Council in Cavite were hosting their regular conference call on Wednesday before their boss, Jesus Estil, joined the meeting.  But Estil, who is apparently not so tech-savvy,...
    MANILA (Reuters) - The United States military presence in Asia is needed as rivalry between Washington and Beijing intensifies, the Philippines' foreign minister said on Wednesday. The two powers are arguing over issues from trade to what the United States sees as aggressive moves by China's armed forces, especially in the disputed South China Sea...
    This new species of forest frog measures between 2.1 and 2.9 cm in length, is bright iridescent emerald green with small white spots of irregular shape, evenly spaced on all dorsal surfaces of the head, body and extremities. “The new species is phenotypically and ecologically more similar to members of the Tirahanulap subgenus, a group...
    MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' health ministry on Wednesday reported 5,277 additional novel coronavirus infections, the highest daily increase in 12 days, and 99 more deaths. In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had risen to 202,361, more than 60% of which were reported in the past month, while deaths had increased to...
    Two women Islamic State terrorists blew themselves up in twin suicide attacks on Monday in the southern Philippine town of Jolo in Sulu province. Authorities counted at least 14 people, including soldiers, killed in the attacks and 75 others injured. The first explosion, which accounted for the majority of Monday’s victims, occurred “near two parked...