Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos poised to be Philippines president

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son of a former Philippines’ dictator, is headed for a landslide win in the country’s presidential race, according to partial and preliminary results. The 64-year-old senator has so far won 56% of the vote, compared to…

Typhoon leaves 12 dead, traps people on roofs in Philippines

A powerful typhoon that battered the central Philippines left at least 12 people dead in massive floods that trapped residents on roofs and damaged buildings including a hotel and an airport, officials said. Typhoon Rai slightly weakened after slamming ashore…

Pandemic pushes millions in Philippines into poverty

Close to four million people in the Philippines became poor in the first half of the year due to pandemic-induced lockdown measures that dried up jobs and reduced domestic demand, government officials said on Friday (Dec 17). Poverty incidence in…

Philippines church bomb attack kills 27 (BBC)

Two bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral in southern Philippines have killed 27 people and injured dozens more, local officials say. The first blast happened as Sunday Mass was being celebrated at the church on Jolo island, where Islamist militants…

Philippines seeks peace with Muslim self-rule vote (Punch)

A decades-long push to halt the violence that has claimed some 150,000 lives in the southern Philippines culminated Monday with a vote on giving the nation’s Muslim minority greater control over the region. The poll is the final step in…

Nigeria partners Philippines to enhance economic ties, fight crime

The Philippines and Nigeria have agreed to enhance the existing mechanism of economic cooperation, as well as on aquaculture and anti-drug trafficking, a senior Philippine foreign official said here Friday. Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Enrique Manalo met on Wednesday with the…

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