Peace consultant Garama arrested — Karapatan
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Peace consultant Garama arrested — Karapatan

MANILA, Philippines — A rights group on Thursday said that authorities arrested peace consultant Renante Gamara and former priest Arturo Balagat over “trumped up charges of illegal possession…

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Duterte declares permanent termination of talks with Reds
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Duterte declares permanent termination of talks with Reds

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday announced what he described as the “permanent” termination of the peace talks with the communists days after he terminated the appointments of…

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Sotto: Congress will not rush federalism for Misuari
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Sotto: Congress will not rush federalism for Misuari

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 4:38 p.m.) — Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Thursday Congress would not be pressured to approve a proposed shift to a federal system despite…

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China to develop ‘island city’ in South China Sea — report
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China to develop ‘island city’ in South China Sea — report

MANILA, Philippines — Beijing’s southern Sansha City is planning to build an “island city” on the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, according to a report. Hong…

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Panelo’s remark on barring Filipinos from joining ICC inquiry sets ‘dangerous precedent’ — rights group
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Panelo’s remark on barring Filipinos from joining ICC inquiry sets ‘dangerous precedent’ — rights group

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s statement that Filipinos may be barred from leaving the country to participate in any inquiry conducted by the International Criminal Court…

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Bangko Sentral holds key rate as inflation eases
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Bangko Sentral holds key rate as inflation eases

MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, 5:20 p.m.) — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Thursday kept its key rate unchanged, saying prevailing monetary policy settings “remain appropriate” amid cooling…

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Ex-Philippine officials file ICC complaint vs China’s Xi Jinping
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Ex-Philippine officials file ICC complaint vs China’s Xi Jinping

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 5:19p.m.) — As Manila withdraws from the International Criminal Court, former Philippine government officials have lodged a complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping for Beijing’s…

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Court of Appeals affirms ruling clearing Junjun Binay from admin case
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Court of Appeals affirms ruling clearing Junjun Binay from admin case

MANILA, Philippines — The Court of Appeals upheld its ruling that cleared former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay from administrative charges over the alleged anomalous construction of the P2.28-billion…

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Chinese VP meets Philippine gov’t delegation
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Chinese VP meets Philippine gov’t delegation

BEIJING (Xinhua) — Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan met with a Philippine government delegation led by Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Carlos…

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Duterte told Misuari they would ‘die together’ if federalism talks fail, Palace says
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Duterte told Misuari they would ‘die together’ if federalism talks fail, Palace says

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s response to the threat of Moro National Liberation Front founding chair Nur Misuari that he would go to war if federalism will…

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