Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines | Philippine officials: Duterte OKs Muslim rebel autonomy deal

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed legislation creating a new Muslim autonomous region aimed at settling nearly half a century of Muslim unrest in the south, where troops crushed an attempt last year by Islamic State group-linked militants to turn a city into a stronghold. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque and another key … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Philippine officials: Duterte OKs Muslim rebel autonomy deal

MEXICO CITY  | Group: Land activist murders keep rising, 2017 deadliest yet

MEXICO CITY  — Killings of land and environmental activists rose in 2017 as Mexico and the Philippines registered worrying increases in such murders and Brazil saw the most ever registered in a single country, a watchdog group said Tuesday. At least 207 people who were protecting land and resources from business interests were slain last … Continue reading MEXICO CITY  | Group: Land activist murders keep rising, 2017 deadliest yet

MANILA, Philippines | Chaotic congress row delays Duterte speech, rebel deal

MANILA, Philippines — A leadership row erupted in the Philippine House of Representatives on live TV Monday, delaying President Rodrigo Duterte‘s delivery of his annual state of the nation address and passage of crucial Muslim autonomy legislation aimed at ending one of Asia‘s longest Islamic rebellions. As Duterte arrived on a helicopter in the heavily … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Chaotic congress row delays Duterte speech, rebel deal

MANILA, Philippines  | Chaotic congress row stalls Duterte speech, rebel deal

MANILA, Philippines  — A leadership row erupted in the Philippine House of Representatives on live TV Monday, delaying President Rodrigo Duterte‘s delivery of his annual state of the nation address and passage of a crucial Muslim rebel autonomy deal. As Duterte arrived on a helicopter in the heavily secured congressional complex, Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines  | Chaotic congress row stalls Duterte speech, rebel deal

Trump calls for death penalty to ‘get tough’ on drug pushers

MANCHESTER, N.H. /March 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic. The scourge has torn through the rural and working-class communities that in large numbers voted for Trump. And the president, though … Continue reading Trump calls for death penalty to ‘get tough’ on drug pushers

Heavy ash fall from Philippine volcano halts motorists

LEGAZPI, Philippines/January 30, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A heavy shroud of ash from erupting Mount Mayon in the Philippines halted vehicles in at least two towns due to poor visibility as the volcano blew more lava and columns of ash from its crater, officials said Tuesday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said one large lava eruption … Continue reading Heavy ash fall from Philippine volcano halts motorists

Rights group: Trump should seek accountability from Duterte

MANILA, Philippines/May 1, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A U.S.-based human rights group says President Donald Trump should seek accountability and not offer to roll out the White House red carpet for Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, who the group accuses of being a mass murder ‘mastermind’ amid the thousands of deaths in his anti-drug crackdown. Human Rights … Continue reading Rights group: Trump should seek accountability from Duterte