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Philippine Capital Returning to Lockdown as Virus Surges
August 03, 2020

Philippine Capital Returning to Lockdown as Virus Surges

By Associated Press
Starting Tuesday, the metro Manila area and five densely populated provinces will revert to strict quarantine regulations.

Duterte Takes Aim at ‘Oligarchs’ in Address to Nation as Philippines’ COVID-19 Cases Rise
July 28, 2020

Duterte Takes Aim at ‘Oligarchs’ in Address to Nation as Philippines’ COVID-19 Cases Rise

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippine president threatened to shut down major telecom operators and said Beijing was “in possession” of the South China Sea.
Duterte Threatens Criminals, Seeks Death Penalty for Drugs 
July 28, 2020

Duterte Threatens Criminals, Seeks Death Penalty for Drugs 

By Associated Press
The Philippine president is also seeking emergency powers and urging the return of the death penalty for drug crimes.

On Screen, Normalizing Queer Love in the Philippines
July 27, 2020

On Screen, Normalizing Queer Love in the Philippines

By Michael Beltran
A new Filipino LGBT series will push boundaries with an ordinary love story.

China Refuses to Quit on the Philippines
July 22, 2020

China Refuses to Quit on the Philippines

By Derek Grossman
China may have missed a golden opportunity to see the VFA end, but Beijing is still determined to exploit gaps between the U.S. and its ally.

Philippines Announces New Coronavirus Measures, Alarming Rights Groups
July 17, 2020

Philippines Announces New Coronavirus Measures, Alarming Rights Groups

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippines will send police door-to-door to usher COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms into government quarantine facilities.

Philippines: China Should Comply With 2017 South China Sea Ruling
July 14, 2020

Philippines: China Should Comply With 2017 South China Sea Ruling

By Associated Press
Manila emphasizes the 2016 ruling by an international tribunal.
How Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law Unleashed Public Outrage Against His Leadership
July 13, 2020

How Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law Unleashed Public Outrage Against His Leadership

By Mong Palatino
With an ongoing pandemic and economic turmoil, many in the Philippines were enraged that the government prioritized passing an anti-terror law.

Lawmakers Vote to Close Down Philippines’ Largest TV Network
July 10, 2020

Lawmakers Vote to Close Down Philippines’ Largest TV Network

By Associated Press
ABS-CBN stopped broadcasting in May. The rejection of its license renewal request this week takes it off the air for good.

Philippine Court Asked to Annul Anti-Terror Law Amid Concerns It Will Target Dissidents
July 10, 2020

Philippine Court Asked to Annul Anti-Terror Law Amid Concerns It Will Target Dissidents

By Nick Aspinwall
The new law has received sharp criticism from rights and legal groups. There’s also skepticism it will achieve its stated goal of countering terrorism in the Philippines.

Philippines Virus Cases Soar Past 50,000 as Lockdown Eases
July 09, 2020

Philippines Virus Cases Soar Past 50,000 as Lockdown Eases

By Associated Press
Finding the balance between public health and reviving the economy has been fraught with dilemmas.
The Philippines Anti-Terrorism Act: Who Guards the Guardians?
July 06, 2020

The Philippines Anti-Terrorism Act: Who Guards the Guardians?

By Ronald U. Mendoza and Dion L. Romano
The Philippines' terrorism threat is real, and growing. Will the new act change that?

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