Asia Pacific

'Cesspool': Philippines to close tourist island of Boracay

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the six-month closure of the popular holiday destination he says tourists turned into a 'cesspool'.

Philippines

Philippines to temporarily shut down tourist island

Boracay's closure ordered by President Duterte after he was outraged by environmental violations.

Philippines to shut down tourist island Boracay for six months

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte: If my plane explodes, you can ask the CIA

In an expletive-filled tirade, Philippine president also accuses the US government of lacking 'word of honour'.

Duterte: If my plane explodes, you can ask the CIA

Asia Pacific

Filipino communist rebels urge Duterte to resume talks

Netherlands-based leader's overture comes as Duterte labels rebels 'terrorists' following December's deadly clashes.

Philippine communist leader Jose Maria Sison 'ready' for talks

Philippines

Couple sentenced to death in Filipina maid's murder

Lebanese man and Syrian wife sentenced in absentia for killing Joanna Demafelis, who had gone missing in September 2016.

Kuwait court sentences couple to death in Filipina maid's murder

Asia Pacific

Philippines drug war victims taking refuge in faith

Some of the most vulnerable in the Philippines have turned to religion in the uncertainty of Duterte's drug war and there are signs that the Catholic church is starting to voice its opposition to the crackdown.

War & Conflict

Australia courts ASEAN amid rights controversies

Leadership accused of making 'moral compromises' in dealing with leaders of Southeast Asia at Sydney summit.

Australia courts ASEAN amid human rights controversies

Asia Pacific

Jabidah at 50: Unresolved massacre stalling peace talks

Many local leaders believe the Philippine government has failed to achieve a peace deal because historical injustices have never been acknowledged.

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte wants Philippines out of ICC

Philippine president's decision follows The Hague tribunal probe on his drug war that left as many as 20,000 dead.

Duterte announces Philippines' 'immediate' withdrawal from ICC

Asia Pacific

Philippines' chief justice defiant facing impeachment

Lourdes Sereno, who is facing impeachment complaint, says she will not resign despite calls by allies of the president.

Philippines' first female chief justice defiant, will not resign

Asia Pacific

Philippines MILF 'tired of waiting' for autonomy law

Ghazali Jaafar calls for quick passage of autonomy law in Mindanao as fresh government offensive kill 44 armed fighters.

Philippines Muslim leaders 'tired of waiting' for Bangsamoro law

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte signs police subpoena law

The law 'will add more teeth to their mandate.'

Duterte signs police subpoena law

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte slurs against rights officials stir up storm

UN human rights chief labels Philippine president's insults 'unacceptable' and calls for his 'psychiatric evaluation'.

Duterte attacks rights officials Callamard and Bensouda

Asia Pacific

Philippines: First female chief justice faces impeachment

Maria Lourdes Sereno has been accused of corruption, but supporters say she is being targeted for criticising President Rodrigo Duterte's policies.