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Philippines: Country in Southeast Asia
The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both within the single urban area 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, Japan to the northeast, Palau to the east, Indonesia to the south, Malaysia and Brunei to the southwest, Vietnam to the west, and China to the northwest.

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Duterte reimposes coronavirus lockdown as he criticises doctors [Video]

Duterte reimposes coronavirus lockdown as he criticises doctors

Philippine president orders restrictions in Manila, neighbouring provinces affecting as many as 25 million people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published
Philippines closes in on Indonesia for most SE Asian COVID-19 cases [Video]

Philippines closes in on Indonesia for most SE Asian COVID-19 cases

The Philippines has reported more than 3,200 new coronavirus infections, pushing it close to Indonesia as the worst-hit county in Southeast Asia.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:27Published
Philippines surge: Restrictions reimposed in Manila [Video]

Philippines surge: Restrictions reimposed in Manila

The Philippines now has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published
Explained: South China Sea's troubled waters [Video]

Explained: South China Sea's troubled waters

U.S. rhetoric is heating up on the South China Sea, a constant source of friction between China and five of its neighbours. Megan Revell unpicks the issue.

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Filipino fishermen welcome US decision on South China Sea row [Video]

Filipino fishermen welcome US decision on South China Sea row

The US says it is ready to support countries that believe China's territorial claims in the South China Sea are illegal.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published
Philippines press freedom: Major broadcaster denied a new license [Video]

Philippines press freedom: Major broadcaster denied a new license

Journalists say the network is being punished because of President Rodrigo Duterte's grievances, and the decision will further damage an already troubled nation.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:40Published
Philippines’ largest TV network ABS-CBN forced to shut down [Video]

Philippines’ largest TV network ABS-CBN forced to shut down

Shutdown deprives millions of Filipinos access to information while thousands of employees are expected to lose jobs.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:56Published
Philippine lawmakers vote against renewal of top broadcaster ABS-CBN | #TheCube [Video]

Philippine lawmakers vote against renewal of top broadcaster ABS-CBN | #TheCube

"This move solidifies the tyranny of President Rodrigo Duterte," Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said after the vote.View on euronews

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Philippines reopens its skies to incoming international flights [Video]

Philippines reopens its skies to incoming international flights

International flights have been allowed to resume flying into Manila with strict measures in light of the pandemic.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:09Published
Tourist has been trapped in airport for 110 days [Video]

Tourist has been trapped in airport for 110 days

Roman Trofimov has spent 110 days trapped stuck in a Phillippines airport because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 01:09Published
Philippines: Parts of Manila impose two-day ‘hard lockdown’ [Video]

Philippines: Parts of Manila impose two-day ‘hard lockdown’

The Philippines does a u-turn on easing its coronavirus lockdowns, after a surge in infections in the capital.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:35Published
Philippine journalist's conviction 'a blow to press freedom' [Video]

Philippine journalist's conviction 'a blow to press freedom'

Prominent journalist and her colleague have been found guilty of libel after article linked businessman to criminal activity.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:35Published
Philippines promises 'thorough' probe of Wirecard [Video]

Philippines promises 'thorough' probe of Wirecard

The Philippines' anti-money laundering agency on Monday said it would conduct a "swift and thorough" investigation into scandal-hit German payments firm Wirecard. Ciara Lee reports

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Philippines Investigating Wirecard, Missing $2 Billion [Video]

Philippines Investigating Wirecard, Missing $2 Billion

Peter Kneffel/picture alliance via Getty Images The Philippines is investigating local businesses that partnered the collapsed German payments company Wirecard, the Financial Times reported. Wirecard..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published
Zoos under lockdown: Philippine animal activists plead for funds [Video]

Zoos under lockdown: Philippine animal activists plead for funds

Activists fear animals at one of Asia's oldest zoos are being forgotten during the pandemic.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:41Published
CEO of embattled Wirecard quits [Video]

CEO of embattled Wirecard quits

The chief executive of Wirecard resigned on Friday after the search for $2.1 billion of cash missing from the embattled electronic payments firm hit a dead end in the Philippines. Ciara Lee reports

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published
Filipino journalist Ressa found guilty of libel [Video]

Filipino journalist Ressa found guilty of libel

The head of a Philippine news website known for its tough scrutiny of President Rodrigo Duterte faces up to six years in jail after being found guilty of libel by a Manila court, in what is being seen..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:19Published

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As economy slumps, Philippines lets eateries reopen to recoup job losses

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Partial restrictions to remain in capital as Philippines tackles virus

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday partial restrictions would remain in place in the capital Manila for another two weeks because the threat from the new coronavirus was still present.
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Fears for Philippines press freedom as court finds Maria Ressa guilty of libel

The head of a Philippine news website known for its tough scrutiny of President Rodrigo Duterte was convicted of libel on Monday and faces a lengthy jail term in what is being seen as a blow to media..
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Philippine court finds news site chief Maria Ressa guilty of libel

The head of a Philippine news website known for its tough scrutiny of President Rodrigo Duterte faces up to six years in jail after being found guilty of cyber libel by a Manila court on Monday in what..
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Philippines must pass anti-terrorism bill to stay off "grey list": council

The Philippines risks being included in an international "grey list" of nations falling short of global money-laundering rules if it fails to enact and effectively implement a new anti-terrorism bill,..
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Philippine protesters rally over controversial anti-terror bill

More than 1,000 Filipinos on Friday braved the threat of coronavirus infection to protest against a controversial new anti-terrorism bill, which is awaiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's..
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Philippines reports nine novel coronavirus deaths, 443 more infections

The Philippines' health ministry on Thursday confirmed nine more new coronavirus deaths and 443 additional infections.
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Philippine officials visit disputed South China Sea island

The Philippines' defence minister and military officials have made a trip to a disputed South China Sea island just a few miles from a base built by China, a visit that could draw criticism from..
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Philippines students face distance learning until COVID-19 vaccine found

With schools in the Philippines only due to reopen when a vaccine for COVID-19 has been found, educational authorities are racing to devise a distance learning regime for 27 million children by August,..
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Philippines probes proliferation of fake Facebook accounts after anti-terror law protest

The Philippines is investigating the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts using the identities of students, journalists and government officials, which appeared after an anti-terror law protest, the..
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Philippine coronavirus death toll rises to 1,003

The Philippines on Sunday reported nine more fatalities related to the novel coronavirus, taking its death toll to 1,003.
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Philippines' Duterte renews threat to kill drug dealers after big bust

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte renewed on Friday a threat to kill drug dealers after police seized 756 kg (1,667 lb) of methamphetamines, a haul he said proved the Southeast Asian country had..
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'Near impunity' for drug war killings in Philippines, U.N. says

Tens of thousands of people in the Philippines may have been killed in the war on drugs since mid-2016 amid "near impunity" for police and incitement to violence by top officials, the United Nations..
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Philippines' Duterte U-turns on scrapping of U.S. troop deal

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended his decision to scrap a two-decade-old troop deployment agreement with the United States due to political and other developments in the region, his..
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Duterte's 'draconian' anti-terror bill alarms activists in Philippines

Lawyers and human rights activists in the Philippines have raised the alarm over a new anti-terrorism bill pushed by the President Rodrigo Duterte, warning of draconian and arbitrary provisions that..
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Philippines suspends scrapping of troop agreement with U.S.: minister

The Philippines has suspended its decision to scrap a two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.
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Philippines capital comes back to life although virus threat lingers

Millions of people returned to work in the Philippine capital on Monday as one of the world's strictest and longest coronavirus lockdowns was eased to help resuscitate an economy that has been battered..
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Virus-hit cruise liner leaves Japan after a month's quarantine

The Costa Atlantica cruise ship, which docked in southern Japan with over 100 crew members testing positive for COVID-19, has left the country and is en route to the Philippines, local government..
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Philippines reports 862 additional coronavirus infections, seven more deaths

The Philippines on Sunday reported 862 additional coronavirus cases and seven more deaths from the respiratory disease.
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Philippines confirms eight more coronavirus deaths, 590 new cases

The Philippines' health ministry on Saturday reported eight additional deaths from the novel coronavirus and 590 new infections.
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Relief, disappointment as Philippines restarts some transport services

Philippine taxi dispatcher Meliza Venal heaved a sigh of relief when she learned that hundreds of her company's drivers can finally go back to work after being stuck in their homes for 11 weeks.
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Philippines eases one of world's toughest curbs amid spike in coronavirus cases

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte eased one of the toughest and longest lockdowns in the world for residents in the capital Manila from June 1, even as the country saw its biggest spike in..
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Philippines' Duterte eases lockdown in capital from June 1

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday approved a recommendation to ease the lockdown in the capital Manila from June 1, resuming much-needed activity in an economy on the brink of..
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Philippines confirms 539 new coronavirus cases, largest single-day increase

The Philippines' health ministry on Thursday reported 17 more novel coronavirus deaths and 539 new infections, the largest number of cases reported in a single day since the virus was first detected in..
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Philippines task force backs easing one of world's toughest lockdowns

The Philippines' coronavirus task force has recommended President Rodrigo Duterte ease one of the toughest and longest lockdowns in the world for residents in the capital who have endured nearly 11..
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Philippines' task force recommends easing of lockdown in capital

The Philippines' coronavirus task force has recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte easing lockdown measures in Manila from June 1, despite the country still reporting some of its highest daily..
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'Finally free' - homebound Filipinos cheer end to quarantine ordeal

Hundreds of repatriated Filipino workers made their way to bus and airport terminals on Tuesday to return to families, the first among around 24,000 nationals stuck for weeks in the capital's..
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Philippines tries transport test run to prepare for commuter chaos

Police in the Philippine capital did a dry run on Tuesday of measures to enforce social distancing on public transport and control the spread of coronavirus, a tricky task in a densely populated city..
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In Philippine slums, heat, hunger take a toll under lockdown

One by one, Michelle Asinto's six children take the plate of rice doused in soy sauce and eat their share before passing it on.
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Philippine leader answers call of workers begging to go home

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given his government a week to process some 24,000 repatriated Filipino workers stuck for weeks on cruise ships or in coronavirus quarantine, so they can..
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Philippines urges coronavirus vigilance as shoppers ignore safety protocols

The Philippine government on Sunday called for vigilance against the coronavirus, a day after hordes of people trooped to shopping malls and ignored safety protocols, as authorities began loosening a..
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Philippines' coronavirus infections top 12,000, deaths pass 800 mark

The number of novel coronavirus cases in the Philippines' has passed the 12,000 mark, and more than 800 people have now died, the health ministry said on Friday.
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Pandemic hampers Philippines mass evacuation as typhoon hits

The coronavirus pandemic is complicating Philippine efforts to move hundreds of thousands of people into evacuation centres where social distancing is hard to enforce as a strong typhoon pummeled..
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Philippines evacuates hundreds of thousands as typhoon makes landfall

Philippine authorities started moving 200,000 people away from their homes in coastal and mountainous areas because of fears of flooding and landslides as a typhoon made landfall on Thursday, disaster..
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'We feel like guests': Manila cruise flotilla offers crew confinement in comfort

In the past few weeks, Manila Bay in the Philippines has been transformed into the world's biggest parking lot for cruise ships, none of which have any guests.
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