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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president pardoned a U.S. Marine on Monday in a surprise move that will free him from imprisonment in the 2014 killing of a transgender Filipino woman that sparked anger in the former American colony.

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The spread of COVID-19 continues to be uneven in different parts of the world. One location where the number of new cases continues to rise is the Philippines. But despite that trend, restrictions are being eased in the capital.

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A disturbing pattern is emerging in several spots around the world: a location that had had been making progress in the fight against COVID-19 is forced to impose restrictions because of a surge in cases. That’s what’s happening in the Philippine this week.

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One of the many areas where cases of the coronavirus are increasing is the Philippines. As the numbers climb, the challenges are especially intense for the capital city of Manila.

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MANILA, Philippines — An award-winning journalist critical of the Philippine president was convicted of libel and sentenced to jail Monday in a decision called a major blow to press freedom in an Asian bastion of democracy.

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Communities around the state and the country are slowly re-opening after an extended shutdown. That includes one part of the Asia Pacific that has been under one of the longest lockdowns in the world.

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States are taking different approaches on slowly re-opening businesses. That’s also true for countries, where two key economies in Southeast Asia are moving into a new phase.

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Some lawmakers in the Philippines are pushing to get the country’s largest broadcaster back on the air. The station’s signal was taken down following a long-running dispute with the government, and in the middle of a continuing pandemic.

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As countries around the world deal with the novel coronavirus, governments are taking different approaches. In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has made a dramatic move involving the capital city.

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As concerns about the coronavirus continue, countries face varying challenges. In the Asia Pacific, that includes the Philippines.

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BEIJING — The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death from a new virus outside of China, where authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province and tightened quarantine measures in a city that allow only one family member to venture out to buy supplies.

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LOS ANGELES — Federal agents raided a Philippines-based church in Los Angeles Wednesday in a human trafficking investigation that led to arrests of three church leaders in what prosecutors said was a decades-long scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S.

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MANILA, Philippines — A strong typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines left at least 20 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes, devastating Christmas celebrations in the predominantly Catholic country.

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DAVAO, Philippines — A strong earthquake jolted the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least one person and causing a three-story building to collapse, setting off a search for people feared to have been trapped inside, officials said.

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MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Kammuri barreled across the Philippines with fierce winds and rain Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead, forcing hundreds of thousands of villagers to abandon high-risk communities and prompting officials to shut Manila’s international airport.

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DAVAO, Philippines — A powerful earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Tuesday, triggering landslides and loosening boulders that killed six people and injured more than 100 others in a region already damaged by a strong quake two weeks earlier, officials said.

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MANILA, Philippines — Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease.

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One of the more complicated relationships in the Asia Pacific took another turn this week. The president of the Philippines led a large delegation to Beijing, where he met with China’s president — drawing attention from much of the region.

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BEIJING  — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was in Beijing on Thursday for a meeting with counterpart Xi Jinping in which the Southeast Asian leader is expected to discuss a ruling on the disputed South China Sea.

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Another incident in the South China Sea. Yesterday, the Philippines Secretary of Defense said that a Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Philippine boat, and then left 22 crewmen to “the mercy of the elements,” as he put it.

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One of the world’s better-known jewelry collections may soon be going on sale. It’s a collection that has ties to Hawaiʻi – as well as a volatile period in part of the Asia Pacific.

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The Philippines has recalled its ambassador and all its consuls from Canada. The diplomatic flare-up doesn’t concern international politics — it’s based on a dispute over garbage.

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One of the largest cities in Southeast Asia has been suffering through a water crisis. While the worst of Manila’s water crisis is over, questions still remain.

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As you’ve probably heard, there are outbreaks of measles reported in several states and the World Health Organization reports cases up 30 percent worldwide since 2016. According to the WHO, measles killed 110,000 people in 2017, most of them children under five. Two countries in the Asia Pacific are struggling with outbreaks.

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Last week’s arrest of Philippines journalist Maria Ressa by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte shocked many. She was recently named as one of Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” for her efforts to maintain an independent voice for news in the Philippines--by way of the news website she founded Rappler.com.

A newly organized group in Hawaii is rallying to support free speech for her--and for other journalists in the Philippines.

Catherine Cruz spoke with Arcy Imasa and  Ellen-Rae Cachola about what they see as human rights violations in the Philippines.

 

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The armed forces of the Philippines launched air strikes and artillery attacks after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered “all-out war” against an Islamic group blamed for last Sunday’s bombing of a cathedral. Now two people are reported killed in a grenade attack on a mosque.

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There has been news this week about the continuing trade talks between the United States and China. Meetings in Beijing were extended for several days, and further details are likely to emerge in coming days. Meanwhile, it’s been a busy week for a different kind of trade development elsewhere in Asia.

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This holiday week is a popular one for visitors to Hawaii, and it’s also a busy vacation week for visitors to the Philippines. That’s part of the reason activities at one popular beach are coming under close watch by tourism professionals around the world.

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A C-130 named after General Douglas MacArthur carried a part of the Philippines’ history home this week. The United States returned three bells seized as war booty in 1901 in a ceremony broadcast live on Philippine television.

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