By Manuel Mogato

Philippine senators deride witness behind Duterte 'death squad' link

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine senators cast doubt on the credibility of a self-confessed hit-man on Friday after he testified to seeing the country's president kill a man and order assassinations during his two decades as mayor of the once...

Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:26 PM

Death toll in Philippines' drug war hits 2,000

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The number of drug-related killings in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte became president two months ago on a pledge to wipe out the illegal drug trade, has reached around 2,000, according to data released on...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 8:23 PM

Death toll in Philippines' drug war hits 2,000

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The number of drug-related killings in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte became president two months ago on a pledge to wipe out the illegal drug trade, has reached around 2,000, according to data released on Tuesday...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 7:52 PM

Philippines' Duterte says talks with China on sea dispute 'within the year'

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he expects talks with China on their South China Sea dispute within a year and he would not raise an international ruling rejecting China's claims there when he attends a...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 5:59 PM

Philippine communist leaders vow to return home from Norway peace talks

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Seventeen captured communist guerrilla leaders in the Philippines, granted bail by the courts to attend peace talks next week in Norway, promised on Friday to return home after the five-day negotiations rather than flee...

Friday, August 19, 2016, 3:44 PM

Philippines' Duterte says he's willing to face probe into drug killings

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday his government is willing to face any inquiry into the deaths of hundreds of suspected drug dealers and users as human rights groups express alarm over...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 3:27 PM

Japan in talks to deliver two coast guard ships to Philippines

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Japan and the Philippines have begun talks for the transfer of two large coast guard ships to Manila, to help patrol the disputed South China Sea, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Friday, as part of a deal on defense...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 6:05 PM

Japan in talks to deliver two coast guard ships to Philippines

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Japan and the Philippines have begun talks for the transfer of two large coast guard ships to Manila, to help patrol the disputed South China Sea, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Friday, as part of a deal on defense...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 12:17 PM

Dozens of Philippine officials surrender after being linked to drugs trade

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Dozens of Philippine government and police officials turned themselves in on Monday, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte linked them to the drugs trade, stepping up a war on narcotics that has killed hundreds since he took...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 2:22 PM

Philippines may still impose ceasefire with Maoist-led rebels

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines may still re-impose a ceasefire with Maoist-led guerrillas, a senior administration official said on Sunday, a day after it was withdrawn by President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte lifted the unilateral...

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 12:05 PM

New Philippine defense chief says militant threat more pressing than South China Sea

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Crushing Islamist militants in the Philippines will take precedence over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the incoming defense minister said on Wednesday, and spending on military hardware would...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 3:22 PM

Bodies pile up as Filipino police show new boss they're tough on drugs

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Monday, June 20, 2016, 12:38 PM

Filipino nationalists say flag-planting on disputed shoal halted by China

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Chinese coast guard vessels prevented a Philippine nationalist group from planting a Filipino flag on a rocky South China Sea outcrop, the group said on Monday, the latest territorial standoff between the two countries...

Monday, June 13, 2016, 2:53 PM