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Philippines holds referendum for Muslim autonomy in troubled south

21 Jan 2019

MANILA Minority Muslims in the Philippines cast votes on Monday in a long-awaited referendum on autonomy, the culmination of a peace process to end decades of separatist conflict in a region plagued by poverty, banditry and Islamist militancy.

Explainer: What's behind autonomy vote in the Philippines' Muslim Mindanao?

21 Jan 2019

MANILA Predominantly Muslim areas of the mainly Catholic Philippines took part in a plebiscite on Monday to decide whether power should be devolved to a locally elected administration in one of Southeast Asia's most conflict-torn regions.

Explainer: What's behind autonomy vote in the Philippines' Muslim Mindanao?

21 Jan 2019

MANILA Predominantly Muslim areas of the mainly Catholic Philippines took part in a plebiscite on Monday to decide whether power should be devolved to a locally elected administration in one of Southeast Asia's most conflict-torn regions.

Philippine leader slammed over threat to create 'Duterte death squad'

28 Nov 2018

MANILA Philippine leftists reacted with dismay on Wednesday to a threat by President Rodrigo Duterte to create a "death squad" to hunt what he said were Maoist assassins, a plan critics said could trigger a spree of killings similar to his bloody war on drugs.

China's Xi visits Philippines as Duterte pressed to take tougher line

20 Nov 2018

MANILA Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited the Philippines on Tuesday to further strategic gains made under President Rodrigo Duterte, who hailed a "new impetus" behind a relationship that his massive infrastructure ambitions could depend on. | Video

China's Xi visits Philippines as Duterte pressed to take tougher line

20 Nov 2018

MANILA, Nov 20 Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Philippines for a state visit on Tuesday, aiming to advance strategic gains made under a Manila leadership that has favoured Beijing in the hope of receiving billions of dollars of loans and investment.

Analysis: Two years after Philippines' pivot, Duterte still waiting on China dividend

19 Nov 2018

MANILA Two years after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced a divorce with old ally the United States in return for bumper business ties with China, he doesn't have much to show for it.

Low-profile Eriksson relishing new role in Filipino outpost

08 Nov 2018

MANILA When Sven-Goran Eriksson arrived to take up his new role as head coach of the Philippines at the weekend, there were no TV cameras to greet him, nor were there any fans clamouring for photos and autographs.

Soccer-Low-profile Eriksson relishing new role in Filipino outpost

08 Nov 2018

MANILA, Nov 8 When Sven-Goran Eriksson arrived to take up his new role as head coach of the Philippines at the weekend, there were no TV cameras to greet him, nor were there any fans clamouring for photos and autographs.

RPT-Philippines invites newcomer to transform its troubled telco sector

07 Nov 2018

MANILA, Nov 6 Paying some of Asia's highest telecom charges while suffering slow Internet and frequent dropped calls, Filipinos will expect better service once the government picks a new entrant to break a duopoly in a market worth $5.1 billion annually.

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