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Duterte's latest ailment puts new spotlight on his health

07 Oct 2019

MANILA Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte played down concern about his health on Monday after the firebrand leader announced he is suffering from a chronic neuromuscular disorder.

UPDATE 1-Philippine c.bank steps up bid to lift growth, cuts rates a 3rd time

26 Sep 2019

MANILA, Sept 26 The Philippine central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for a third time this year on Thursday, to bolster a slowing economy against the risk of weakening global growth.

Philippines risks polio problem as parents skip child vaccines - WHO

25 Sep 2019

MANILA The Philippines risks having more cases of polio unless it sharply steps up its vaccinations of children under 5 years of age, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Philippines' Duterte orders shunning of loans, grants from backers of U.N. drug war probe

20 Sep 2019

MANILA Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed all departments and state-run firms to halt negotiations and agreements on grants and loans from countries that have backed a U.N. investigation into his bloody war on drugs.

Philippines' Duterte orders shunning of loans, grants from backers of U.N. drug war probe

20 Sep 2019

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed all departments and state-run firms to halt negotiations and agreements on grants and loans from countries that have backed a U.N. investigation into his bloody war on drugs.

Philippines to vaccinate millions as polio virus resurfaces in 2 children

20 Sep 2019

MANILA The Philippines recorded its second case of polio on Friday, as it prepared to vaccinate millions of children against a disease it believed to have been eradicated two decades ago.

Philippines to vaccinate millions as polio virus resurfaces

20 Sep 2019

MANILA, Sept 20 The Philippines is preparing to vaccinate millions of children against polio to halt an outbreak of a disease it believed to have been eradicated two decades ago, a top official said on Friday.

Who let the villains out? Philippines crime-busting president red-faced

11 Sep 2019

MANILA The early release of hundreds of convicted rapists, murderers and drug criminals has acutely embarrassed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, with his justice minister saying they were ineligible to be freed because of the severity of their crimes.

Slave to sachets - How poverty worsens the plastics crisis in the Philippines

03 Sep 2019

MANILA Armed with gloves, rubber boots and a rake, "Mangrove Warrior" Willer Gualva, 68, comes to Freedom Island in the Philippines almost every day to stop it being engulfed by trash.

Philippines' Duterte to meet China's Xi over South China Sea arbitration win

06 Aug 2019

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping soon to discuss a 2016 arbitration case over the South China Sea, an aide said on Tuesday, as domestic pressure builds for the firebrand leader to stand up to Beijing.

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