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Oklahoma Rape Suspect Taken Into Custody In Philippines  News On 6

A Pawnee County rape suspect is now in custody in the Philippines.

News On 6
Google Stations opening in 50 locations in the Philippines  INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines - Google is opening Google Stations which will offer free and high quality Wi-Fi hotspots in more than 50 locations in the Philippines.

INQUIRER.net
Philippines to score higher in economic freedom index — DOF  Philippine Star

The Department of Finance (DOF) expects the Philippines to score higher in the economic freedom index of the Heritage Foundation next year, following the ...

Philippine Star
Another Chinese national arrested for bad behaviour in Philippines after alleged sexual harassment  The Straits Times

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Another Chinese national has landed in the news in the Philippines, this time for allegedly ...

The Straits Times
Duterte mulls changing name of the Philippines  ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATED) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he might one day change the name of the Philippines and that a previous proposal to name ...

ABS-CBN News
No 'shoo-ins' for Philippine volleyball squads | Philstar.com  Philippine Star

There will be no shoo-ins for the Philippine men's and women's volleyball teams for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November.

Philippine Star
Philippines' wireless leader pushes on with Huawei 5G launch  Nikkei Asian Review

MANILA -- The Philippines' leading wireless provider Globe Telecom is on track to launch its Huawei Technologies-backed 5G *service* in the next quarter.

Nikkei Asian Review
Philippines, US unveil training center seen to boost sea patrol  ABS-CBN News

The Philippines and US unveiled Monday a new maritime training facility that is expected to strengthen Manila's capability to patrol its waters.

ABS-CBN News
Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines' war on drugs  Channel NewsAsia

Criminals in Sri Lanka are regularly given death sentences for murder, rape and drug-related crimes but their punishments have been commuted to life ...

Channel NewsAsia
Philippines falls in talent competitiveness index  Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines ranked lower in a 2019 talent competitiveness report. Nonetheless, the Southeast Asian nation led the group of ...

Philippine Star
Philippines 'jeepneys' and tricycles: Game over?  gulfnews.com

High cost, no chargers are top hurdles for e-trikes, e-jeeps — but maybe not for long.

gulfnews.com
Honestbee pushes virtual grocery carts in smartphone country Philippines  ABS-CBN News

Gonzalez heads the Philippine operations of honestbee, a Southeast Asian grocery and food delivery platform where smartphone-wielding and traffic-weary ...

ABS-CBN News
Philippines to look into burning of Malaysian flag  Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government said yesterday that it does not condone the burning of a Malaysian flag by lawyer Elly Pamatong.

Philippine Star
Pudding-throwing incident stokes anti-China sentiments in the Philippines  The Straits Times

MANILA - What was supposed to be a usual incident of a foreigner throwing a tantrum at a train station has turned into a controversy in the Philippines, stoking ...

The Straits Times
Sinaloa cartel in cahoots with Chinese syndicates for Philippine ops - PDEA  ABS-CBN News

The Sinaloa cartel, a multi-billion dollar Mexican drug empire, has teamed up with Chinese syndicates to smuggle narcotics into the country, the Philippine Drug ...

ABS-CBN News
Philippines' talent edge slips in index  BusinessWorld Online

By Christine J. S. Castañeda Senior Researcher. THE PHILIPPINES led lower-middle-income economies in a 2019 talent competitiveness survey, in which the ...

BusinessWorld Online
How a Philippine regulator stymied DowDuPont's global seed launch  ABS-CBN News

A Philippine regulator poses an unexpected obstacle to DowDuPont's launch of a new line of genetically engineered soybeans in the United States as the ...

ABS-CBN News
McDonald's Philippines eyes hiring 'close to 20000' this year  ABS-CBN News

McDonald's will open “Go Hire Day” hubs in several locations where *service* crew and manager trainee applicants can go through “fast-tracked” application ...

ABS-CBN News
5.9 magnitude quake off southern Philippines  Channel NewsAsia

MANILA: A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck at sea off the southern Philippine coast late Friday (Feb 8), though there were no early reports of ...

Channel NewsAsia
Bomb blasts at cathedral in southern Philippines kill at least 20  The Washington Post

MANILA — Explosions Sunday morning at a cathedral in Jolo, in the Philippine region of Mindanao, killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens of others, just ...

The Washington Post
Philippines Holds Rate as Central Bank Cuts Inflation Forecasts  Bloomberg

The Philippines central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged for a second straight policy meeting, while cutting inflation forecasts for this year and ...

Bloomberg
Traffic-weary urban dwellers fuel Honestbee growth in Philippines  ABS-CBN News

At the height of the gridlocks in the fourth quarter, consumers found that having groceries delivered was more cost effective since they save on gas and parking ...

ABS-CBN News
Major Philippines Bank Union Bank Launches Two-Way Crypto ATM: Report  Cointelegraph

News. Major Philippines bank Union Bank is launching the country's first two-way cryptocurrency ATM, local media outlet Philstar reported Feb. 6. The move will ...

Cointelegraph
Philippines Journalist Maria Ressa Slams 'Ridiculous' New Libel Charge as Human Rights Groups Pledge Support  TIME

Maria Ressa, founder of the Philippines-based news website Rappler, is facing new libel charges — a move widely viewed as part of a crackdown on free press ...

TIME
Human rights an issue in new US funding support to the Philippines  Philippine Star

Funding from the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act cannot be used for the government's anti-drug campaign unless certain human rights standards are satisfied.

Philippine Star
The Philippines gets P23.8 million US grant for broadband project  Philippine Star

The US government has given a P23.8-million grant to the Philippines to assist the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in ...

Philippine Star
Mislatel ready to become 'best telco provider' in the Philippines  Philippine Star

The consortium of Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy and state-owned China Telecom said it is ready to be the country's best telecommunications provider ...

Philippine Star
Philippines, Japan ink P98.7-B loan deals for railway, flood control projects  Philippine Star

The Philippines and Japan on Monday signed two loan deals worth P98.7 billion for two projects that seek to improve flood control management in Metro Manila ...

Philippine Star
Airbus sees Philippines as aviation investment destination  Philippine Star

The Philippines, with its continuing economic expansion and population growth, is now seen as the best place to invest in Asia as far as the aviation industry is ...

Philippine Star
Grenade Attack on Philippine Mosque Kills Two  The New York Times

The attack in the city of Zamboanga was the second in days on a place of worship in the Philippines' restive south. A cathedral bombing on Sunday killed 21.

The New York Times
Maria Ressa, Philippine Journalist Critical of Rodrigo Duterte, Is Arrested  The New York Times

It's a scene that Maria Ressa, the head of an online news start-up critical of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, has grown accustomed to.

The New York Times
Philippine's Universal Health Care: Political gimmick?  Philippine Star

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines universal health coverage (UHC) as “ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health ...

Philippine Star
Philippines Should Take Over Shipyard to Keep It From Chinese, Officials Say  The New York Times

President Rodrigo Duterte has pursued a China-friendly policy, but it is not clear what he thinks of proposals for the government to control the shipyard at Subic ...

The New York Times
The Philippines may forego $1.5 billion remittances  Philippine Star

The Philippines stands to lose as much as $1.5 billion worth of remittances due to the projected 10 to 15 percent decrease in the deployment of overseas Filipino ...

Philippine Star
Duterte's Philippines Is Getting Less Corrupt, The Wrong Way  Forbes

The Philippines has finally begun to get less corrupt. But it's still more corrupt than in 2015.

Forbes
Movement To Find Alternative To Plastic Packaging Grows In Philippines  NPR

A young island man came to Manila for college and found a morass of plastic waste. Now he's found ways for Manila's poorest people to dig out, and shown how ...

NPR
Philippines: Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region  The Guardian

Vote seeks to solve half a century of unrest and counter new wave of extremist attacks.

The Guardian
How US ambiguity in South China Sea puts Philippines alliance at crossroads  South China Morning Post

Richard Heydarian writes that the Philippines could 'downgrade' its long-standing association with the US if Washington remains unclear on its commitments in ...

South China Morning Post
Philippines: bombs at cathedral during mass kill 20 people – video  The Guardian

Two explosions at a Roman Catholic cathedral killed 20 people and injured dozens more on the southern island of Jolo in the Philippines.

The Guardian
Philippines to protest China's maritime rescue center in WPS  Philippine Star

The Philippines will protest China's establishment of a maritime rescue center at the Kagitingan or Fiery Cross Reef once it is verified, Foreign Affairs Secretary ...

Philippine Star
Henry Sy, 94, Dies; Philippines’ Richest Man and a Shopping Mall Tycoon  The New York Times

MANILA — Henry Sy, a tycoon known as the “father of modern Philippine retail,” whose chain of super malls changed the country's retail landscape, died on ...

The New York Times
Miss Universe Vietnam visits Philippines  Philippine Star

Miss Universe Vietnam H'Hen Niê, who was one of the crowd favorites in the recently concluded Miss Universe competition, in the Philippines to visit her ...

Philippine Star
Philippine journalist released on bail after arrest causes outcry - World  The Star Online

MANILA (Reuters) - The head of a Philippine news website that has locked horns with President Rodrigo Duterte was freed on bail on Thursday, a day after her ...

The Star Online
Philippine Law Would Make 9-Year-Olds Criminally Liable  The New York Times

MANILA — A proposed law making its way through the Philippine Congress would consider children as young as 9 criminally responsible for their actions, ...

The New York Times
Philippine Police: 5 Church Bombing Suspects in Custody  VOA News

The Philippine police chief says five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants wanted for alleged involvement in the bombing of a church have surrendered to authorities.

VOA News
How a Philippines regulator stymied DowDuPont's global seed launch  Reuters

A Philippines regulator poses an unexpected obstacle to DowDuPont's launch of a new line of genetically engineered soybeans in the United States as the ...

Reuters
$100 Helpline: Three amazing experiences in Cebu, Philippines for under $100  9Honey

You can't imagine the thrill of swimming above a tornado of millions of shiny, flickering fish as they dart around in unison, like one giant entity. Until recently, the ...

9Honey
Philippine network executive dismisses Huawei equipment concerns  UPI News

The United States is warning countries around the world against using equipment from Chinese company Huawei Technologies.

UPI News
Philippines economic growth to fall below expectations | Philstar.com  Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine economy is expected to grow way below expectations this year and next, but can still be expected to be one of the fastest ...

Philippine Star
Philippines vows to 'destroy' Islamist extremism. Here's why that won't be so easy  CNN

Less than two years after victory was declared over ISIS-aligned militants in Marawi, the threat of extremism has returned to the southern Philippines.

CNN
Philippines seen weathering potential spill-over from China's slowing growth  Philippine Star

The Philippines is somehow insulated from risks posed by a sharp slowdown in China, according to a London-based think tank, although the Southeast Asian ...

Philippine Star
Philippine referendum returns big 'yes' vote on Bangsamoro self-rule  Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - A predominantly Muslim area of the southern Philippines has returned a resounding “Yes” in this week's referendum on greater autonomy, ...

Reuters
Philippines: Mindanao tribes hope for better future in Bangasmoro  Aljazeera.com

Why the Philippines's new Muslim-majority autonomous region is getting a chance to expand.

Aljazeera.com
To the Catholic Church, Duterte is a modern-day Henry VIII  South China Morning Post

In seeking to curtail the influence of the church, the Philippine president isn't acting only upon personal and political grievances, he is reasserting the primacy of ...

South China Morning Post
Philippines rated 50th best country in the world – poll  Philippine Star

The Philippines has been rated the 50th best country in the world in a global survey of more than 21000 people regarding their assessment of what shapes a ...

Philippine Star
IN PHOTOS: Museum of Philippine Economic History opens in Iloilo  Rappler

The museum features galleries highlighting the industries, trade, and commerce in the Philippines through the years.

Rappler
Philippines begins countdown to 10th ASEAN Para Games  Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Paralympic Committee officially kicked off a year-long countdown to the 10th ASEAN Para Games on Friday at Novotel ...

Philippine Star
Muslims in the Philippines Emerge From the Fog of War to Vote on Self-Rule  The Wall Street Journal

Nearly a year and a half after Philippine forces retook the southern city of Marawi from Islamic State-linked militants, a large Muslim-majority region will vote to ...

The Wall Street Journal
December 2018 surplus trims Philippines' full-year net dollar outflows  Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — More dollars flowed into the domestic economy last December, helping pare the country's balance of payments deficit for the whole 2018 ...

Philippine Star
US NGO's remark that Philippines is a 'war zone in disguise' irks Palace  Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Friday accused a United States-based non-governmental organization of echoing allegations critical of the Duterte ...

Philippine Star
Green Finance Towards a Sustainable Philippines  GOV.UK

The UK Government in partnership with the Philippine Government is convening a Forum on “Green Finance Towards a Sustainable Philippines” on 17 January ...

GOV.UK
Philippines: Concern over extreme ideology of armed groups  Aljazeera.com

Al Jazeera speaks exclusively to a fighter from an armed group accused of bombing a cathedral in the Philippines.

Aljazeera.com
2019 Audi Q8 launched in the Philippines  AutoIndustriya.com

Audi Philippines celebrates the launch of all-new Q8 at 16th Enrique Zobel Memorial Polo Cup at the Manila Polo Club.

AutoIndustriya.com
Philippine Airlines and All Nippon Airways celebrate milestone partnership  Philippine Star

Philippine Airlines and All Nippon Airways are celebrating their new partnership which will pave the way for a new era of further growth for both flag carriers.

Philippine Star
Philippines set to pass budget on Friday after monthlong impasse  Nikkei Asian Review

MANILA -- The Philippines' 2019 budget is set to be ratified on Friday, ending a monthlong impasse and limiting the damage to one of Southeast Asia's.

Nikkei Asian Review
Election risks reigniting Philippines inflation  Nikkei Asian Review

What might Milton Friedman make of the Philippines today?The Nobel economist popularized the theory that inflation is "always and everywhere a monetar.

Nikkei Asian Review
Indonesia oil giant mulls $1-billion LNG project in Philippines  Philippine Star

Indonesia's second biggest crude oil producer, PT Pertamina, is looking to invest $1 billion for the development of liquefied natural gas in the Philippines ...

Philippine Star
Tropical depression to continue flood danger across the Philippines into Tuesday  AccuWeather.com

Residents of the Philippines are being put on alert for the dangers of flash flooding and mudslides as a tropical depression impacts the country.

AccuWeather.com
Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty review may provoke China — expert  Philippine Star

The proposed review of the provisions of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the United States may push China to become more ...

Philippine Star
Philippine Senators oppose president's push to lower criminal age to 9  Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - Senators in the Philippines on Tuesday joined activists and child protection groups in condemning a lower house move to reduce the age of ...

Reuters
2018 Corruption Index: Philippines improves 12 notches to 99th  Philippine Star

The Philippines' ranking has improved 12 notches in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) conducted by the global anti-corruption watchdog ...

Philippine Star
Philippines' Muslim region takes shape as headwinds blow  Nikkei Asian Review

MANILA -- As the Philippines begins the work of creating a new Muslim autonomous government in the southern island of Mindanao in 2022, the peace.

Nikkei Asian Review
WHO fears flu pandemic; Philippine vaccine shortage feared  Philippine Star

As the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of the possibility of “another influenza pandemic” within the year, an expert has revealed a shortage of flu ...

Philippine Star
Malaysia condemns burning of Jalur Gemilang in the Philippines  Free Malaysia Today

Wisma Putra says the flag is a sacred national symbol and should be treated with respect.

Free Malaysia Today
Beyond legislation: Powers, roles of Philippine lawmakers  Rappler

Congress plays a vital role in exacting accountability from other branches in government.

Rappler
Philippines better prepared for El Niño in 2019  Philippine Star

The Philippines would be able to respond better to the challenges posed by the possible occurrence of El Niño this year because of lessons learned during the ...

Philippine Star
Duterte’s legacy in God’s hands as Muslims vote on self-rule  South China Morning Post

Referendum on establishing a 'Bangsamoro' – or nation of Moros – looks likely to pass But as a recent terrorist attack in Jolo shows, the challenge has just ...

South China Morning Post
Union Bank of the Philippines Launching Cryptocurrency ATM  Bitcoin News

One of the largest banks in the Philippines is reportedly launching a two-way cryptocurrency ATM that is in compliance with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' One of ...

Bitcoin News
Celebration of 70 years of Philippines-Indonesia ties kicks off  Philippine Star

(As released) The Philippines in Jakarta, Indonesia, in collaboration with Yayasan Sukma Foundation, kicked off the year-long celebration of the 70th ...

Philippine Star
Philippines' Karen Gallman wins Miss Intercontinental crown  Philippine Star

The Philippines' Karen Gallman was crowned Miss Intercontinental after a fierce competition in the Philippine capital Manila that ended a little past midnight.

Philippine Star
Palace hopeful Philippines' ranking in global perceptions poll will improve  Philippine Star

The Philippines ranked 50th out of 80 countries in the 2019 US News & World Report Best Countries poll on how global perceptions define countries.

Philippine Star
Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Mindanao, Philippines on Friday, 8 February 2019 - information :  VolcanoDiscovery

Detailed earthquake information - overview map, magnitude, time, depth, information source, shake map, list of reports. Feature interactive map: submit / read ...

VolcanoDiscovery
Philippines – Best stock market in Asia  Philippine Star

The Philippine stock market has been one of the top markets in the world for the year 2019. In fact, it is the best stock market in Asia with a return of 7.8 percent in ...

Philippine Star
LOOK: Philippines gets first protected bike lane along national highway  Rappler

Bikers along Laguna Lake Highway now enjoy a separate lane from motor vehicles, protected by a planting strip.

Rappler
 

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The Philippines ( (listen) FIL-ə-peenz; Filipino: Pilipinas [ˌpɪlɪˈpinɐs] or Filipinas [ˌfɪlɪˈpinɐs]), officially the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.The Philippines' location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest biodiversity. The Philippines has an area of 300,000 km2 (120,000 sq mi), according to the Philippines Statistical Authority and the WorldBank and, as of 2015, had a population of at least 100 million. As of January 2018, it is the eighth-most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated country in the world. Approximately 10 million additional Filipinos lived overseas, comprising one of the world's largest diasporas. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. In prehistoric times, Negritos were some of the archipelago's earliest inhabitants. They were followed by successive waves of Austronesian peoples. Exchanges with Malay, Indian, Arab and Chinese nations occurred. Then, various competing maritime states were established under the rule of datus, rajahs, sultans and lakans.The arrival of Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer leading a fleet for the Spanish, in Homonhon, Eastern Samar in 1521 marked the beginning of Hispanic colonization. In 1543, Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos named the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas in honor of Philip II of Spain. With the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi from Mexico City, in 1565, the first Hispanic settlement in the archipelago was established. The Philippines became part of the Spanish Empire for more than 300 years. This resulted in Catholicism becoming the dominant religion. During this time, Manila became the western hub of the trans-Pacific trade connecting Asia with Acapulco in the Americas using Manila galleons.As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, the Philippine Revolution quickly followed, which then spawned the short-lived First Philippine Republic, followed by the bloody Philippine–American War. The war, as well as the ensuing cholera epidemic, resulted in the deaths of thousands of combatants as well as tens of thousands of civilians. Aside from the period of Japanese occupation, the United States retained sovereignty over the islands until after World War II, when the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation. Since then, the unitary sovereign state has often had a tumultuous experience with democracy, which included the overthrow of a dictatorship by a non-violent revolution.The Philippines is a founding member of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and the East Asia Summit. It also hosts the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank. The Philippines is considered to be an emerging market and a newly industrialized country, which has an economy transitioning from being based on agriculture to one based more on services and manufacturing. Along with East Timor, the Philippines is one of Southeast Asia's predominantly Christian nations.