Little-known Maute militants becoming formidable force in Philippines

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, May 24 : A tactically smart, social media savvy group eager to align with Islamic State has emerged from the glut of bandit and separatist groups in the southern Philippines, and so far has proved to be more than a match for the military. Maute guerrillas seized large parts of Marawi, […]

Philippines’ tough public smoking ban gets broad support

By Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA, May 19 : A Philippine ban on smoking in public places received broad support today, with anti-tobacco activists hailing it as a victory and some smokers saying they were now prepared to kick the habit. Even an industry lobby group, the Philippine Tobacco Institute (PTI), said it supported the regulation […]

US, Philippine troops train for typhoon as Duterte puts war games on hold

By Martin Petty FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines, May 12 : Philippine soldiers crawl through narrow pipes to save civilians and haul casualties by ropes from atop a derelict building, coached by U.S. army teams in a simulation of a rescue after a ferocious typhoon. Soldiers practice putting on protective overalls and drilling through collapsed rubble, in […]

Philippines says will review UN concerns over killings

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 11 : The Philippines said today it would review recommendations over killings in its war on drugs, but stopped short of committing to make reforms or prosecute police for excessive use of force after criticism from UN rights council members. President Rodrigo Duterte has been widely condemned in the West […]

Philippine keeps rates on hold as inflation not a threat

By Enrico Dela Cruz and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA, May 11 : The Philippine central bank left policy rates unchanged on Thursday in a widely expected move, saying inflation posed little threat even as the economy is set to sustain its strong growth momentum. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) kept its benchmark interest rate […]