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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 »

US Man Saves Lives in Philippines Ferry Disaster

36 dead, 19 missing after Ormoc sinking

(Newser) - A ferry carrying 173 passengers capsized today as it left a central Philippines port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 people dead and 19 others missing, coast guard officials say. They say at least 118 passengers of the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by nearby fishing boats and coast... More »

Window's Iron Grills Trapped Workers in Blaze

Filipino workers died trapped on factory's 2nd floor

(Newser) - Police will open a criminal investigation into a Philippine factory fire that killed at least 72 people, as a relative of several of the victims said the blaze had trapped workers in the building's second floor, where iron grills on windows prevented their escape. Most of the bodies were... More »

Ex-Principal: I Paid for Sex With 12,700 Women, Girls

Yuhei Takahashi allegedly kept 147K photos in 400 albums

(Newser) - Police say they've discovered a disturbing collection of 147,600 photos of women and minors in the home of an ex-principal they arrested in Japan. Yuhei Takahashi, 64—who faces child pornography charges stemming from photos he allegedly took of sex acts involving a teen in the Philippines in... More »

KFC's New Double Down Is a Dog

Hot dog in fried chicken bun only sold in Philippines

(Newser) - Almost half a decade after it gave the world the Double Down , KFC has unveiled another sandwich that could give health advocates coronaries. Take a hot dog, slather it with cheese, put it in a bun-sized piece of fried chicken, and you have the Double Down Dog—which has now... More »

John Paul Who? Record 6M Turn Out for Francis

Philippine streets jammed for pope's final day in Asia as rain pours

(Newser) - A record 6 million people poured into Manila's rain-soaked streets and its biggest park today as Pope Francis ended his Asian pilgrimage with an appeal for Filipinos to protect their young from sin and vice so they can become missionaries of the faith. The Vatican received the figure officially... More »

Pope Dons Rain Poncho, Visits Typhoon Survivors

But Francis has to leave Philippines early because of another storm

(Newser) - Pope Francis traveled to the far eastern Philippines to comfort survivors of devastating Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, but had to cut his own trip short because of another approaching storm. In a windy and rainy morning Mass with a crowd that included Haiyan survivors, he conceded it was hard to... More »

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