The move comes days after the Southeast Asian nation suspended a government programme to immunise hundreds of thousands of children with Dengvaxia following Sanofi’s findings released last week.
Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ is estimated to have led to more than 13,000 killings. Artists – both in the Philippines and beyond – are helping communities work through their trauma.
The announcement follows the end of the 154-day battle for Marawi city which stunned Philippine’s military inexperienced in urban combat.
Duterte enjoys a cult-like following and support from millions of Filipinos, who see him as the best hope for change.
Politicians, indigenous people, priests, businessmen, and left-wing activists held marches and church masses accusing Duterte of authoritarianism and protesting at policies including a ferocious war on drugs that has killed thousands.
“Why are you smitten with teenagers? Are you? I’m having my doubts. Are you gay or a pedophile?” he asked.
In a move criticised by rights activists, lawmakers slashed the budget of the Commission of Human Rights that has been at loggerheads with the Duterte administration.
The Quezon City jail was initially built for 262 inmates, but now has 2,975, three-quarters of them jailed for drug-related offences.
Earlier this week, 67 people were gunned down and more than 200 arrested in Manila and provinces adjoining the Philippines capital.
The president believed the benefits outweighed the potential short-term budgetary challenges, said Menardo Guevarra, senior deputy executive secretary.
Duterte wasted little time in his annual state of the nation address to defend a crackdown that has killed thousands of Filipinos.
China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.
The defence top brass is struggling to tackle the highly organised, pro-ISIS fighters who swept through Marawi City on May 23.
Four members of the Philippine presidential guard were wounded in a firefight with dozens of Maoist rebels disguised as soldiers at a checkpoint.
Six Vietnamese sailors were taken captive after Abu Sayyaf militants attacked their cargo ship in June last year, but one was rescued last month.
A wealthy political family, the Mautes started out pledging allegiance to ISIS to ‘spook and coerce’ – but since then have amped up their support to the organisation.
Families trapped in Marawi City are now resorting to texting to keep their loved ones informed as the Philippine military claims the operation is in its last stage.
The militants have apparently retreated from the primary school that had been taken hostage and not casualties have been reported.
Fighting in Marawi City has entered a fifth week and nearly 350 people have been killed.
The sailors went missing after the US Navy Destroyer was wrecked in a collison with a Philippines-flagged merchant vessel south of Tokyo Bay on Saturday.
The troops of Malawi City are determined by lacking in resources as they fight against militants using sniper rifles and molotov cocktails.
The military says that it arrested a member of the Maute group, the ISIS-backed militants it is fighting in the Marawi City region.
For long, South-EastAsian countries have protested Chinese aggressions in the naval region, while a distracted White House shows tepid commitment to back them.
In the conflict between the ISIS-allied Maute group and the Philippine authorities, many civilians were trapped or held hostage as blasts rocked Marawi City.
Omarkhayam and Abdullah Maute unleash a dangerous offensive, bringing the threat of ISIS to the Philippines.
After violating a ceasefire for the evacuation of the city’s residents, the militants have now stockpiled weapons in mosques and tunnels.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not hesitate to use ‘every power available’ to combat the terror being faced.
The former employee at the Department of Finance came in with a gun, firing shots and setting gaming tables on fire, causing many to suffocate in the casino.
Seven other soldiers were wounded when two air force SF-260 close air support planes dropped bombs on a target in the heart of Marawi City.
More than 100 people have been killed, most of them militants, according to the military, and most of the city’s residents have fled.
For the small Christian community of Marawi, however, life in the city had until recently been peaceful and prosperous.
Duterte said the presence of foreign fighters in street battles in Marawi City was proof that ISIS had gained a foothold on the restive island of Mindanao, but there was still a chance for peace.
President Duterte has been pleading with Mindanao governors and religious leaders to work with the government to keep extremists at bay.
The army sent about 100 soldiers, including US-trained special forces, to retake buildings and streets in mainly Muslim Marawi City held by ISIS militants.
Two soldiers and a policeman were killed and 12 wounded in Marawi after ISIS linked militants took over streets, bridges and buildings and set fire to some.
Philippine foreign minister Alan Cayetano insists that China’s warning against drilling for oil in the South China Sea was not a threat even as Supreme Court judge urges the government to seek help from the UN.
In a widely expected outcome, a congressional panel of Philippine lawmakers dismissed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte on the grounds of ‘insufficient substance.’
White House spokesperson Spicer stressed the right circumstances for a meeting between the two leaders do not exist right now.
A Philippine army spokesman said the downsizing of the exercises was in response to Duterte’s dislike of war games with Washington.
Among those killed was their leader, who had been involved in the kidnapping and execution of Canadian and German nationals in recent months.