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Exclusive: Ex-Maldives vice president's phone gallery
The phone's contents display the abuse of power that led to Ahmed Adeeb becoming the country's youngest vice president.
2268 points by Al Jazeera English | Mobile phone Text messaging Corruption Political corruption Bribery Vice President of the United States Philippines SMS
Philippines leader calls Obama ‘son of a b****,’ rejects lecturing from US on human rights
In an acid comment, Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte called Barack Obama a “son of a b****,” warning the US president against lecturing him over the Philippines’ human rights record in its brutal war on drugs at a global summit in Laos, where the two are set to meet. Read Full Article at RT.com
21711 points by Russia Today | United States Barack Obama Southeast Asia Philippines President of the United States United States presidential election 2008 ASEAN Illegal drug trade
‘I never called Obama son of a whore… and Ban ki-Moon is a fool!’ – Philippines President
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has now denied allegations that he called US President Barack “a son of a whore.” However, after the row over the insult subsided somewhat, Duterte switched to the UN’s Secretary-General, calling him a “fool.” Read Full Article at RT.com
397 points by Russia Today | Human rights Philippines Ban Ki-moon United Nations ASEAN Filipino language Law Emilio Aguinaldo
Leaving Asia, Obama predicts U.S. tilt toward region will be lasting
VIENTIANE, Laos — President Obama ended his final trip to Asia on Thursday with a brisk defense of his “Asia pivot” policy and an impatient dismissal of those who suggested his bumpy reception in the region this week augured doubts about America’s long-term role.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United States President of the United States Southeast Asia Barack Obama Philippines South China Sea Inauguration of Barack Obama George W. Bush
Duterte, Obama shake hands and chat after rift over insult
VIENTIANE (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shook hands and had a brief chat on Wednesday, officials said, easing a standoff after Duterte called Obama a "son of a bitch" ahead of a summit of Asian leaders in Laos.
743 points by Reuters | United States Philippines President of the United States Southeast Asia Barack Obama East Asia Democratic Party Asia
China's Li tells Duterte he hopes ties can get back on normal track
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte he hopes the two countries can work together to bring bilateral ties back to a normal track, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Friday.
663 points by Reuters | South China Sea Southeast Asia United States Reuters People's Republic of China Thomson Reuters Philippines China
Obama addresses Asia trip hiccups
Of President Barack Obama's dozens of foreign swings, perhaps none have brought him to more dissimilar back-to-back stops than his journey this week through China and Laos.
131 points by CNN | Southeast Asia Laos Luang Prabang Vientiane Philippines Indonesia Hillary Rodham Clinton President of the United States
Beijing talks ‘revitalized’ trade & financial ties with Philippines as Duterte spews vitriol on US
China and the Philippines, traditionally the US’ closest ally in Southeast Asia, have reportedly discussed “revitalizing” bilateral ties in such key areas as tourism and customs, amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent harsh rhetoric for US officials. Read Full Article at RT.com
2334 points by Russia Today | Southeast Asia ASEAN Philippines South China Sea United States Barack Obama East Asia Manila
A Duterte Grenade in Washington's China Strategy
Offending Obama might seem foolhardy when China’s armadas are pressing close to the Philippines, but Duterte’s rant wasn’t the first U.S. headache from an Asian ally.
3718 points by The Wall Street Journal | Philippines United States Southeast Asia Tagalog language Asia Vietnam War Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Emilio Aguinaldo
Philippines: Case of Italian kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf
Abner Muloc is accused of being involved in the abduction of a former Italian priest in the Philippines in October 2015.
218 points by Al Jazeera English | Philippines Mindanao Zamboanga Peninsula Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Provinces of the Philippines Regions of the Philippines Abu Sayyaf Davao City
Philippines positions naval blockade against Abu Sayyaf
Amy R. ConnollyZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The Philippine navy deployed its newest ship to establish a blockade around the island province of Sulu to prevent the Abu Sayyaf group from fleeing.
113 points by UPI | Philippines Mindanao United Press International International News Service News World Communications William Randolph Hearst Provinces of the Philippines United States Navy
Obama puts South China Sea back on agenda at summit
President Barack Obama put the long-simmering dispute in the South China Sea front and center on the agenda at a regional summit Thursday as it became clear that most of the other leaders gathered in the Laotian capital were going to let China off with ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Southeast Asia Philippines East Asia Summit Barack Obama United States ASEAN Laos Vietnam
Britain & Vietnam cozy up on defense amid deepening South China Sea dispute
Britain and Vietnam are building fresh ties after their respective defense ministers quietly met to discuss future cooperation. The move comes as Vietnam scopes out potential new allies to strengthen its hand against China. Read Full Article at RT.com
384 points by Russia Today | Southeast Asia Philippines South China Sea Vietnam United Kingdom Asia Suez Crisis British Empire
Philippine leader riles at Western colonial powers
Duterte took a dig at the U.S., complaining that colonizers who killed Filipinos are now raising human rights concerns        
-1 points by The Detroit News | United States Philippines President of the United States Barack Obama Southeast Asia Democratic Party Illinois Iraq War
After Obama insult, US and Clinton call for Duterte to show respect
The US State Department and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stressed the need for ties with the Philippines to be based on mutual respect, after Manila's new leader raised worries about the future of the key alliance by calling President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch".
151 points by | United States Philippines South China Sea President of the United States Southeast Asia United States Secretary of State United States Department of State Spratly Islands
Philippine President regrets slamming Obama
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte backed off strong comments directed at Obama.         
6509 points by Arizona Republic | United States President of the United States Philippines Human rights United Nations Iraq War Barack Obama Democratic Party
The Philippine obscenity flap is about so much more than Duterte’s dirty mouth
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is sorry he insulted President Barack Obama - sort of. He now "regrets" that calling Obama "son of a whore" caused so much controversy. On Monday, Duterte lashed out at the United States for raising questions about a "drug war" that has killed 2,400 Filipinos....
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Philippines Barack Obama President of the United States Iraq War Bill Clinton Democratic Party Ronald Reagan
Japan to provide Philippines with 2 large patrol vessels
Aiming to restrain China's unilateral advances in the South China Sea, Japan has decided to provide two large patrol vessels to the Philippines to help strengthen that country's maritime security capabilities. Japan will provide 90-meter (295-foot) patrol vessels, the largest that Japan has ever...
480 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Philippines South China Sea Southeast Asia Spratly Islands Barack Obama Corazon Aquino Ferdinand Marcos
Obama says work must continue to resolve disputes in South China Sea
China has claimed virtually all of the South China Sea.       
56 points by USA Today | Southeast Asia Philippines United States South China Sea President of the United States Laos Vietnam ASEAN
Why all eyes are on Southeast Asia
Not to be outdone by North Asia, which hosts major events like Art Basel every year, Southeast Asia is rapidly growing its own art fair line-up.
233 points by CNN | Thailand Art Southeast Asia Bangkok Philippines Vietnam Asia Overseas Chinese
South China Sea row tops ASEAN summit agenda
Tepid criticism in draft statement of meetings in Vientiane seen as reflection of China's economic and military clout.
549 points by Al Jazeera English | Southeast Asia Philippines ASEAN South China Sea Laos United States Barack Obama Vietnam
Is China building more islands?
Is China building more islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea?
476 points by CNN | Southeast Asia South China Sea Philippines Singapore United States Barack Obama People's Republic of China Spratly Islands
Obama wraps up nine-day Asia-Pacific trip
China has claimed virtually all of the South China Sea.         
56 points by Arizona Republic | United States President of the United States Southeast Asia Philippines South China Sea Laos United States Constitution United States presidential election
Obama, Duterte meet days after slur
President Barack Obama said he shook hands with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at a regional summit on Thursday, two days after canceling a bilateral meeting over Duterte’s use of a profane epithet while talking about Obama.
3 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Barack Obama Southeast Asia United States Philippines President of the United States South China Sea Inauguration of Barack Obama Democratic Party
Asia leaders tiptoe around South China Sea tensions
VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Asian leaders played down tensions over the South China Sea in a carefully worded summit statement on Thursday, but even before it was issued Beijing voiced frustration with countries outside the region "interfering" in tussles over the strategic waterway.
256 points by Reuters | United States Southeast Asia Philippines Barack Obama South China Sea ASEAN Democratic Party President of the United States
Obama, Philippine President Duterte exchange pleasantries after slur
Amy R. ConnollyVIENTIANE, Laos, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had in a brief exchange of pleasantries days after a formal meeting was canceled .
2 points by UPI | United States Barack Obama Democratic Party President of the United States Iraq War Philippines United Press International International News Service
Days after slur, Obama and Duterte of Philippines meet briefly
VIENTIANE, Laos — It was brief and it was only pleasantries, but President Barack Obama and President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines spoke to each other Wednesday, just two days after Mr. Duterte’s profane outburst prompted Mr. Obama to cancel their first meeting.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Southeast Asia Philippines Barack Obama South China Sea Democratic Party President of the United States United States Vietnam War
South China Sea row overshadows Asean summit
Summit gets under way in Laos as Philippines releases photos purportedly showing Chinese boats near disputed areas.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Philippines Southeast Asia South China Sea Island Barack Obama Spratly Islands President of the United States ASEAN
Duterte regrets cursing Obama

57707 points by CNN | Philippines Human rights United States Extrajudicial punishment Mindanao South China Sea Southeast Asia Drug addiction
Indonesia anti-drugs chief calls for tougher Philippine-style war against dealers
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Inspired by the Philippines "war on drugs", Indonesia's anti-narcotics chief plans to aggressively ramp up the country's fight against drugs by bolstering its police force with more personnel and heavy weaponry.
158 points by Reuters | Reuters Thomson Reuters Southeast Asia Indonesia Illegal drug trade Philippines News agency News
Meet 'the Rock,' the Philippines' new top cop
It's not uncommon for Filipinos to have nicknames: sometimes holdovers from childhood; sometimes affectionately acquired as young adults.
4331 points by CNN | Davao City Drug addiction Philippines Mindanao Davao Region Chief of police Drug Manila
Pressing Asia Agenda, Obama Treads Lightly on Human Rights
Some advocates fear the topic has fallen off the American list of priorities in the region amid Beijing’s rise as a geopolitical power.
312 points by The New York Time | Human rights United States Vietnam People's Republic of China Vietnam War Philippines Aung San Suu Kyi President of the United States
Why Washington may worry about Duterte
It's not just a runaway tongue that worries the United States about the volatile new president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. It's what else he's thinking.
6824 points by CNN | President of the United States United States George W. Bush Democratic Party Barack Obama Bill Clinton Philippines John McCain
Ahead of summit, Philippines shows images of Chinese boats at disputed shoal
VIENTIANE (Reuters) - The Philippines' defense ministry released pictures on Wednesday showing what it said were Chinese boats near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, just hours before Southeast Asian nations were due to meet China's premier at a summit in Laos.
2695 points by Reuters | Southeast Asia United States Philippines South China Sea ASEAN Barack Obama President of the United States Spratly Islands
Obama meets with Duterte despite Filipino leader's insults
Obama and Duterte met informally on the sidelines of a large regional summit despite the Filipino prez having insulted him.
215 points by Daily News | Philippines President of the United States United States Sentence Southeast Asia Emilio Aguinaldo White House Bill Clinton
Days After Slur, Obama and Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines Meet Briefly
The short exchange at a summit meeting in Laos came after Mr. Obama canceled a previous meeting because Mr. Duterte used a slur against him.
1821 points by The New York Time | Southeast Asia Philippines Hassanal Bolkiah Brunei ASEAN Al-Muhtadee Billah United States Asia
Bad Luck and Worse Manners Tarnish Obama’s Asia Trip
The trip brought progress, but it was marred by a chaotic arrival ceremony in China and an ugly personal outburst from the Philippine president.
5829 points by The New York Time | President of the United States United States Philippines South China Sea Barack Obama Bill Clinton Laos Democratic Party
Obama, Duterte meet despite Filipino leader's crude language
President Barack Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met informally on Wednesday in a holding room before attending a gala dinner at a regional summit, Philippine officials said. The brief meeting took a little sting out of the soured relations caused by Duterte's intemperate language...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Barack Obama Philippines President of the United States Democratic Party Illinois Bill Clinton United States presidential election 2008
Philippines’ Duterte blames past US inactivity for tensions in South China Sea
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has accused the US former administration of taking no action when China began building artificial islands in the South China Sea, which he said resulted in the current strained situation in the region. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | United States South China Sea Barack Obama Philippines Spratly Islands Southeast Asia President of the United States Democratic Party
South China Sea standoff: Beijing denies plans to build on disputed shoal
China has denied it is planning to build an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal, a disputed landmass it has controlled since 2012 despite objections from the Philippines. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | South China Sea Spratly Islands Philippines Luzon Manila Southeast Asia Metro Manila Scarborough Shoal
Reynaldo B. Dimapilis, 86, retired Navy veteran and 'outstanding' parent of the year

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United States Navy Philadelphia Experiment Chief Petty Officer Family Philippines Non-commissioned officer Achievement Medal Senior Chief Petty Officer
Mysterious oarfish sightings stoke earthquake fears in the Philippines (PHOTOS)
Three oarfish, which normally live deep near the ocean floor, have been found in the Philippines, sparking fears among locals that it may be a sign of an impending large earthquake. Read Full Article at RT.com
2954 points by Russia Today | Mindanao Butuan City Cagayan de Oro City Misamis Oriental Philippines Regions of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Bukidnon
Thousands march against Duterte's war on drugs
Filipino Catholics condemn a 'spreading culture of violence' as the president's anti-drug campaign kills thousands.
111 points by Al Jazeera English | Human rights Torture Ferdinand Marcos Extrajudicial punishment Human rights abuses Philippines Heroin Amnesty International
Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs
MANILA (Reuters) - Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals.
200 points by Reuters | Reuters Thomson Reuters Illegal drug trade News agency Drug Manila Philippines News
Philippines: Sins of the Father
101 East investigates sexual misconduct inside the most powerful institution in the Philippines - the Catholic Church.
6 points by Al Jazeera English | Asia Child abuse Philippines Southeast Asia First Nations Sexuality Abuse Auction
Duterte has 'millions' in hidden bank accounts, critic says
Ed AdamczykFeb. 16 (UPI) -- A Philippine senator and critic of President Rodrigo Duterte said he has bank statements showing Duterte has millions of dollars in hidden bank accounts.
3 points by UPI | Senate of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Philippines Antonio Trillanes IV Philippine general election 2007 United Press International House of Representatives of the Philippines
Marcos Jr. Wins Right to Challenge Philippine Vote
The son of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has won the right to formally protest the results of last year’s vice-presidential election, giving him another chance at achieving his political goals.
3 points by The Wall Street Journal | Ferdinand Marcos Imelda Marcos Activism Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Imee Marcos Philippines Benigno Aquino Jr. Corazon Aquino
Duterte pressed for details of $44m 'hidden deposit'
Opposition senator releases 'proof' that president and his family did not declare multiple deposits as required by law.
40 points by Al Jazeera English | President of the United States Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Senate of the Philippines Genuine Opposition Banking Davao City Antonio Trillanes IV
Philippine Catholic church abusers rarely prosecuted
Al Jazeera investigation reveals the growing problem of sexual misconduct in the Philippines' powerful Catholic church.
7807 points by Al Jazeera English | Catholic Church Philippines Bishop Pope John Paul II Catholic Church hierarchy Al Jazeera Roman Catholic Church Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal
U.S. wine exports set record; top 10 list released
Where does American wine go? The Wine Institute's California Wine Export Program breaks it down by nation. CLEVELAND, Ohio - U.S. wine exports reached a record $1.62 billion in winery revenue in 2016, according to the Wine Institute's California Wine Export Program. Revenues were up 1 percent from a year prior. Volume amounted to 45.9 million cases - the lowest since 2012, when the amount was 45 million. Ninety percent of the American vino being shipped out of country is from California. Top 10 export markets for U.S. wines: 1. European Union's 28-member countries, $685 million. 2. Canada, $431 million. 3. Hong Kong, $99 million. 4. Japan, $87 million. 5. China, $82 million. 6. Mexico, $24 million. 7. South Korea, $23 million. 8. Switzerland, $19 million. 9. Singapore, $14 million. 10. Philippines, $13 million. The Wine Export Program encompasses more than 170 wineries that export to 138 countries. The countries in the top 10 are very comparable to a year ago. The only difference is last year's No. 6, Nigeria, dropped out, and the Philippines crept into the top 10. Among the top 10 nations, only China and the Philippines showed increases in value and volume from 2015 to 2016. The revenue figures do not correlate to volume. In 2015, volume of wine in gallons exported amounted to 121.8 million. In 2016, it was 109 million. Here's last year's list
21 points by The Plain Dealer | United States South Korea Wine Cuba History of wine International trade Korea Philippines