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Court Upholds Nobel Winner's 'Cyber Libel' Conviction

Ressa was prosecuted under Philippines law that took effect after story was published

(Newser) - Update: Maria Ressa's Nobel Peace Prize wasn't enough to convince a court in the Philippines of the merits of her appeal against a "cyber libel" conviction. The court not only upheld the convictions of the Rappler news site co-founder and former staffer Reynaldo Santos Jr., it increased...

Nobel Peace Prize Winner: 'This Is Intimidation'

Maria Ressa decries ordered shutdown of Rappler in Philippines

(Newser) - Months after winning a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to "expose abuse of power, use of violence, and growing authoritarianism" in the Philippines, Maria Ressa says local authorities have ordered her Rappler news site to shut down. Ressa, a former CNN bureau chief and Time Person of the...

Philippine Gov't Attorney Killed in Uber on US Vacation

It's not clear whether he was targeted

(Newser) - A government attorney for the Philippines was fatally shot in an Uber while visiting Philadelphia, officials said Sunday. John Albert Laylo was heading to Philadelphia International Airport with his mother to board a flight and was stopped in the Uber at a red light near the University of Pennsylvania around...

7 Dead After Philippine Ferry Goes Up in Flames

120 people were rescued in Monday disaster

(Newser) - A ferry carrying more than 130 people caught fire Monday while approaching a northeastern Philippine province, killing at least seven people while most passengers and crewmembers were rescued, the coast guard said. At least seven people remained missing and 23 others were injured and brought to a hospital, including the...

Missing Picasso Spotted on Imelda Marcos' Wall

Anti-corruption officials attempted to seize it in the past

(Newser) - It’s doubtful anyone was surprised, but the appearance of a long-missing Picasso painting in footage from a recent Marcos family gathering certainly raised some eyebrows, particularly those of Ruben Carranza, who served on the Presidential Commission on Good Government, according to the Guardian. The PCGG was established in 1986...

It Looks Like a Landslide for Dictator's Son

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. way ahead in early results from the Philippines

(Newser) - The son and namesake of ousted Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos took a commanding lead in an unofficial vote count in Monday’s presidential election in the deeply divided democracy. With 80% of the votes tabulated, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had 25.9 million, far ahead of his closest challenger, current Vice...

With New Law, Philippines Creates 'Line That Adults Cannot Cross'

President Duterte signs bill raising age of consent from 12 to 16 to help prevent sex abuse, rape

(Newser) - For decades, activists in the Philippines have been lobbying to get a law passed that would raise the age of sexual consent from 12 to 16. Finally, their efforts have paid off. On Monday, the office of President Rodrigo Duterte announced he'd signed a bill into law that officially...

In 'Ring of Fire,' Deadly Typhoon Wreaks Havoc
'Complete Carnage':
Typhoon Death Toll Surges
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'Complete Carnage': Typhoon Death Toll Surges

At least 208 dead after Typhoon Rai slams into Philippines

(Newser) - Updated: The death toll in a horrific Philippines typhoon currently stands at 208, the BBC reports. At least 52 others are missing, and 239 were hurt, but it's difficult to establish exact numbers as communications remain cut off to certain areas. Landslides and flooding may have killed even more....

Dictator's Son Picks Duterte's Daughter as Running Mate

Human rights activists concerned about Ferdinand Marcos Jr./Sara Duterte ticket

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter on Saturday registered her candidacy for vice president in next year's elections and was chosen as the running mate of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the late Filipino dictator, in an alliance that has alarmed human rights activists. Sara Duterte backed out...

Duterte Makes Surprise Call on 2022 Election

Philippine president announces he's retiring, won't run for VP in next year's elections

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday announced he was retiring from politics and dropping plans to run for vice president in next year's elections when his term ends, avoiding a legal battle with opponents who question such a move. Speaking before reporters, Duterte said many Filipinos have expressed their...

Manny Pacquiao: 'I Just Heard the Final Bell'

Boxing great retires

(Newser) - Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is officially hanging up his gloves, the AP reports. The eight-division world champion and Philippines senator on Wednesday announced his retirement from the ring, “As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people for supporting...

Philippine Boxing Great to Run for President

'I am a fighter,' Manny Pacquiao says in accepting his party's nomination

(Newser) - Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao is running for president. Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party for the 2022 elections at its national convention on Sunday, saying that the Filipino people have been waiting for a change of government. "I am a fighter, and I will...

Philippine President Says He's Running for VP

But Rodrigo Duterte's daughter might not be sharing the ticket with him

(Newser) - Tough-talking Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed rumblings that he will run next year for vice president, in what critics say is an attempt at an end-run around constitutional term limits. The 76-year-old, who is notorious for his crackdown on illegal drugs that has killed thousands of mostly petty suspects,...

Soldiers Jump From Plane Before Fatal Crash

Troops were on their way to combat

(Newser) - A Philippine air force C-130 aircraft carrying combat troops assigned to fight Muslim militants crashed and exploded while landing in the south Sunday, killing at least 42 army soldiers on board and three civilians on the ground. It was one of the worst disasters in the air force's history,...

Lot of Clams: $25M Worth of Shells Seized in Philippines

Endangered giant clams worth a lot of shells

(Newser) - A raid in the Philippines saw the seizure of $25 million worth of an endangered species of giant clam. Per BBC , authorities in the ecologically protected Palawan province seized the massive haul of Tridacna gigas, the world's largest clam species, in what is being called one of the largest...

Report: COVID Curfew Violator Died After Exercise Punishment

Relatives say Filipino man was ordered to perform 300 squat-like exercises

(Newser) - Relatives of a Filipino man say he died two days after police enforcing coronavirus restrictions forced him to exercise as punishment. The BBC reports that relatives of Darren Manaog Penaredondo say guards in the city of General Trias stopped him for violating restrictions after he was seen buying drinking water...

City Bans Kissing in Public as COVID Cases Surge

Ban will be strictly enforced, police in Manila say

(Newser) - The Philippine capital placed two villages and two hotels on lockdown Thursday and police have renewed warnings against kissing, holding hands, and other public displays of affection after a new surge in coronavirus infections. Police say the ban will be strictly enforced and violators will be reprimanded. Manila Mayor Isko...

Divers Find Reef Covered in Masks

Plastic pollution has worsened during pandemic, divers in the Philippines say

(Newser) - The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the plague of plastic in the world's oceans. Divers in the Philippines say that after returning to coral reefs when a national lockdown was lifted, they were dismayed to find more plastic in the sea than they had ever seen before, including numerous surgical...

Filipinas After Duterte Remarks: 'Which Cave' Does He Live In?

Leader of the Philippines says the presidency 'is not for women' amid rumors of a run by his daughter

(Newser) - Women in the Philippines aren't terribly happy with their president after remarks made on the possibility of a female leader one day taking his place. In short, Rodrigo Duterte doesn't think it's a good idea, and Filipinas are calling him out on sexism and misogyny for saying...

It Killed Dozens in Philippines. Now It's Headed to Vietnam

Almost half a million people are preparing to evacuate as Typhoon Vamco barrels their way

(Newser) - Vietnamese authorities on Saturday ordered some 460,000 people in the country's central region to be ready for evacuation ahead of Typhoon Vamco, after the storm killed at least 42 people and left 20 others missing in the Philippines, state television reported. The typhoon, which is forecast to hit...

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