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Beijing Defiant After Tribunal Rejects South Sea Claims

China plans to ignore South China Sea ruling

(Newser) - An international tribunal ruled unanimously Tuesday that there is no legal basis for China's "nine-dash line" claiming rights to much of the South China Sea. The panel of legal experts in the Hague said that any historic rights to resources that China may have had were wiped out... More »

Win for 'the Punisher': Giant $19M Meth Bust

Early victory for Rodrigo Duterte in quest to stamp out drugs, crime

(Newser) - Philippine police have seized about 400 pounds of high-grade methamphetamine worth $19.2 million, officials said Monday, in a major haul for the government of new President Rodrigo Duterte. Nicknamed "the Punisher," Duterte has bluntly promised to wipe out crime and corruption within six months. National Police chief... More »

Philippines 'Punisher' Sworn in, Vows 'I'll Kill' Criminals

Drug suspects now have 'right to remain silent—forever'

(Newser) - Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with some hoping his maverick style will energize the country, but others fearing he will undercut one of Asia's liveliest democracies amid threats to kill criminals en masse . The 71-year-old former prosecutor and longtime mayor of southern Davao... More »

Militants Behead 2nd Canadian Hostage

Captors in the Philippines demanded huge ransom

(Newser) - Philippine officials confirmed Tuesday that Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded a Canadian man, the second Canadian hostage to be killed in two months after demands for a large ransom were not met. The hostage, Robert Hall, was abducted from a marina last September along with another Canadian, a Norwegian, and a... More »

Facebook Blunder Implies Philippines Is at War

Oh, and happy Independence Day

(Newser) - The Philippines is at war—according to Facebook. The social media site accidentally posted a banner celebrating Independence Day in the Philippines on Sunday with an image of the Philippine flag upside down, per the Philippine Star . As several users pointed out, Philippine law requires that the flag be displayed... More »

Philippines' 'Punisher' Tells Public to Kill Drug Dealers

'I will kill you, don't take this as a joke,' says president-elect Rodrigo Duterte

(Newser) - The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back in their neighborhoods, reports the AP . In a televised speech Saturday, Rodrigo Duterte told a huge crowd that Filipinos... More »

Manny Pacquiao Is Now a Senator

Bid for Philippine presidency could be next

(Newser) - Boxing great Manny Pacquiao has won a seat in the Philippine Senate based on an unofficial count and is set to be proclaimed Thursday with other senatorial winners, bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency. The 37-year-old Filipino slugger has garnered more than 15.5 million votes... More »

'The Punisher' Wins Philippine Election

His campaign promises included forgetting about human rights

(Newser) - Rodrigo Duterte, the bombastic mayor of a major southern city, was heralded Tuesday as president-elect of the Philippines after an incendiary and populist campaign that projected him alternatively as an emancipator and a looming dictator, the AP reports. The 71-year-old, whose nicknames include "The Punisher" and "Asia's... More »

'Asia's Trump' Says He'll Kill Criminals, Pardon Himself

Filipino front-runner promises a bloody presidency

(Newser) - Filipino presidential front-runner Rodrigo Duterte focused on two things in a speech this week: his plan to end crime by killing tens of thousands of criminals, and his penis. The Davao City mayor, who has been nicknamed "Asia's Donald Trump," promised business leaders that his presidency "... More »

Militants Behead Canadian Hostage

He was kidnapped in the Philippines 7 months ago

(Newser) - The head of a Canadian man kidnapped by militants in the Philippines was dumped on a street Monday after a deadline to deliver an $8 million ransom expired. John Ridsdel, a 68-year-old mining consultant from Saskatchewan, was seized by Abu Sayyaf militants in a raid on an isolated resort last... More »

Prez Candidate's Popularity Surges After Rape Remarks

Rodrigo Duterte's front-runner lead before May presidential elections is widening

(Newser) - Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has made quite a name for himself both at home and abroad with his zero-tolerance approach to crime and colorful language, including a recent rape "joke" he made about a murdered Australian missionary. But the outraged response from his opponents and prominent women's... More »

Philippine Prez Candidate: Rape Comment Is 'How Men Talk'

Rodrigo Duterte (aka 'Duterte Harry') isn't sorry for shocking remarks

(Newser) - Some men talk sports and politics. But the front-runner for May's presidential election in the Philippines has different ideas about how guys shoot the breeze—and he's taking heat for it. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte made a campaign speech Sunday, and in it he referred to the... More »

Adventurer's Mummified Body Found Sitting at Yacht Desk

Manfred Fritz Bajorat's death remains a mystery

(Newser) - Fishermen spotted a yacht with a broken mast drifting near the Philippines on Feb. 26 and discovered the owner inside, but the story doesn't have a happy ending. Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was slumped beside the ship's radio telephone, long dead and apparently mummified by the ocean's... More »

Manny Pacquiao Sorry for Comparing Gays to 'Animals'

Born-again boxer-politician walks back comments ahead of Senate election

(Newser) - World champion boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao is being called a "hypocrite" and "false prophet" after inflammatory statements he made about gay couples, the BBC reports. Pacquiao, who's in the Philippines' house of representatives and is running for a senate seat in May, was talking to local... More »

Priest Suspended Over Christmas Eve Hoverboard Stunt

'That was wrong'

(Newser) - A priest rolling around his church on a "hoverboard" while singing May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You on Christmas Eve earned a round of applause from his congregation and a quick suspension from his diocese, NBC News reports. It's unknown how the birthday boy felt about... More »

US Marine Guilty of Killing Transgender Filipino

Joseph Scott Pemberton gets 6 to 12 years in prison for death of Jennifer Laude

(Newser) - A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a US Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel they had checked into while he was on a leave in the Philippines. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first... More »

The 5 Worst Places to Die in the World

'The Economist' ranks end-of-life care

(Newser) - There's no avoiding death—but some places are "better" places to die than others. The Economist looked at 80 countries and ranked them for "quality of death," looking at factors including the overall palliative care and healthcare environment, the availability and training of healthcare professionals, the... More »

Filipino Kids Risk Lives in Country's Deadly Gold Mines

Some mines are 80 feet deep, some are underwater

(Newser) - Thousands of children in the Philippines are working in the country's gold mines, where conditions are deadly and "absolutely terrifying," according to a report published Tuesday by Human Rights Watch. According to Time , the report includes interviews with 65 child miners—some of whom started working in... More »

Chris Brown Finally Leaves the Philippines

His stopover was extended 3 days over fraud complaint

(Newser) - A Philippine official says a private plane carrying Chris Brown has taken off from Manila's airport after a legal complaint stranded the singer for three days. A civil aviation authority rep says the plane left around 9:30pm local time today en route to Hong Kong. Brown performed at... More »

Philippines to Chris Brown: You Can't Leave

Event operator wants to pursue fraud claim over canceled show

(Newser) - Let's hope Chris Brown enjoys spending time in the Philippines because his trip there will last a little longer than anticipated. The singer, who played a concert in Manila last night, was to board a private jet today bound for Hong Kong, where he has another performance scheduled, reports... More »

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