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Duterte Aims to Wipe Out Smoking in Philippines

25% of the population smokes, but it's now illegal in public

(Newser) - Smokers in the Philippines, look out. President Rodrigo Duterte, notorious for his brutal crackdown on drug users, now wants to wipe out smoking, too. Duterte issued a nationwide executive order Thursday banning smoking in all public places, including sidewalks. CNN reports that smoking was previously banned in schools, clinics, and... More »

The Life of Lola, an American Slave

A Pulitzer Prize-winner's family had a slave for 56 years

(Newser) - When Alex Tizon's family moved to the US from the Philippines in 1964, they were seen as "model immigrants." It's unclear whether their new neighbors would have felt that way had they known Tizon's family was keeping a slave. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's final... More »

Trump, Duterte Cozying Up

Leaders want 'warm, working relationship,' in stark contrast to Obama frostiness

(Newser) - President Trump called Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte and expressed his commitment to their alliance and 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 Philippines in November to attend an East Asia... More »

Duterte on Terrorists: 'Give Me Salt, Vinegar, I'll Eat His Liver'

Philippine president's threats apparently know no bounds

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Sunday that he could be "50 times" more brutal than Muslim militants who stage beheadings and said he could even "eat" the extremists if they're captured alive by troops. Duterte raised his shock rhetoric to a new level as president when he... More »

Philippines: Militant Who Ordered Beheadings Killed

Abu Sayyaf commander was planning more kidnappings

(Newser) - Philippine troops battling militants in a central province killed a key Abu Sayyaf commander who'd been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians and a German hostage and was apparently attempting another kidnapping mission, the country's military chief says. Gen. Eduardo Ano, the military's chief of staff,... More »

Militants Behead Sailor Who Was Kidnapped Twice

Kantner survived pirate abduction in 2008

(Newser) - A German man who resumed sailing around the world after being released by Somali pirates in 2008 has been murdered by militants in the Philippines who kidnapped him a second time . The extremist group Abu Sayyaf has released video of the beheading of 70-year-old Juergen Kantner, who was kidnapped while... More »

Senator Calls Duterte 'Serial Killer,' Gets Arrested

She's accused of taking bribes from drug lords

(Newser) - A Philippine opposition senator and leading critic of 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." Sen. Leila de Lima's arrest came a... More »

People Who Saw This Fish Fear a Quake Is Coming

Multiple specimens of rarely seen sea creature turn up in Philippines

(Newser) - Every couple of years, a mysterious rare fish that resembles a serpent washes up on some beach , generating buzz about the bony sea creature and worries about earthquakes until it fades from memory again. In what National Geographic pegs as a "poorly understood phenomenon," it's happened again,... More »

France Waited 60 Years for This Miss Universe Crown

Iris Mittenaere says she'll help underprivileged kids get an education

(Newser) - A 23-year-old dental student from France won the Miss Universe crown Monday in a pageant held in the Philippines, saying her triumph will make the beauty contest more popular in Europe and help her efforts to put more underprivileged children in school. Iris Mittenaere from Lille city in northern France... More »

Philippines Suspends Drug War for War on Corrupt Cops

Move follows police murder of businessman

(Newser) - The Philippines has suspended its merciless war on drugs in order to "cleanse" police forces of corruption, officials say. The move comes after a killing seen as excessive even in a campaign that has seen at least 7,000 extrajudicial killings, the BBC reports. Officials say Jee Ick-joo, a... More »

150 Inmates Escape in Daring Jailbreak

Islamist rebel campaign has raged for 40 years in Philippines

(Newser) - More than 150 prisoners escaped in a brazen jailbreak in the southern Philippines after a shoot-out between suspected Islamist rebels and guards, Al Jazeera reports. Six inmates and one guard were killed in the firefight on the island of Mindanao, reports the BBC . More than 100 armed men stormed the... More »

As Typhoon Hits, Philippines Dangle Roast Pig to Evacuees

Locals need incentive to leave over Christmas holiday

(Newser) - A powerful typhoon blew ashore in the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day as officials struggled to divert people's attention from celebrations and travel with promises of roasted pigs, reports the AP . Typhoon Nock-Ten packed maximum sustained winds of 114 miles per hour and gusts of up to 158mph—the... More »

Duterte: I Used to Look for Confrontations 'So I Could Kill'

Filipino leader said he wanted to show police 'if I can do it, why can't you?'

(Newser) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has gone even further than supporting vigilante death squads —when he was mayor of Davao, he killed criminals himself, he said during a speech Monday night. "I'd go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just... More »

Duterte: Trump Wished Me Success in Drug Crackdown

He says he's been invited to visit White House

(Newser) - President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday Donald Trump wished his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs would succeed during a telephone call, and he assured the US president-elect the Philippines would maintain its ties with America—a departure from Duterte's hostility toward the Obama administration. Duterte called to congratulate Trump late... More »

Growing List of Nations Tied to Trump's 'Empire'

Meaning lots of potential for conflicts of interest, per 'NYT'

(Newser) - With more than 100 companies with business interests around the world , Donald Trump has attracted the attention of ethics experts, who contend his possible conflicts of interest are "unprecedented" for a modern-day US president. Now the New York Times offers a closer look at some of these global projects... More »

Couple Abducted by Pirates—Again

Sabine Merz reportedly killed, Jürgen Kantner seized in Philippines

(Newser) - A German couple who's spent four decades sailing the world has apparently been abducted by pirates for a second time, with what appears to be a fatal result. Jürgen Kantner and Sabine Merz—who were held by Somali pirates for 52 days in 2008, until a six-figure ransom... More »

Philippine Mayor Killed in Jail Cell

Man was among officials Rodrigo Duterte named on list of drug-linked officials

(Newser) - Philippine police killed a town mayor in his jail cell in a purported gunbattle, the second killing in a week of a politician linked to illegal drugs under President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal crackdown. Rolando Espinosa Sr., mayor of the town of Albuera, and a fellow inmate were shot dead... More »

Cops: Philippine Mayor Killed in Jail Cell Shootout

Duterte critics aren't buying explanation

(Newser) - Philippine police killed a town mayor in his jail cell in a purported shootout on Saturday, the second killing in a week of a politician linked to illegal drugs under President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal crackdown. Rolando Espinosa Sr., the mayor of the town of Albuera in the central province... More »

Duterte: God Threatened to Crash My Plane

Philippine president says he was warned to stop cursing

(Newser) - When God calls, it's probably wise to answer—and for Rodrigo Duterte, that means to stop swearing like a sailor. Per the BBC , the Philippines president says he was flying home to Davao from Japan when something happened to make him reconsider his infamous potty mouth. "I heard... More »

Duterte to US: I'm Leaving You for China

Filipino leader announces 'separation' from America

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is done with us. "I announce my separation from the United States," he declared Thursday on a visit to Beijing, adding that he will instead seek a military and economic alliance with China, Reuters reports. "I've realigned myself in your ideological flow,... More »

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