Tag: Philippines

Typhoon Kammuri Leaves Destruction as It Powers Through Philippines

Typhoon Kammuri swept through the Philippines on Tuesday, ripping rooftops from houses, knocking down power lines and leaving a half-million people huddled in evacuation centers, waiting for the storm to pass. At least one person was killed. Manila airport was ordered shut for 12 hours and nearly 500 flights were canceled. Officials suspended marine traffic […]

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Manila Airport Shut as Typhoon Kammuri Hits the Philippines

More than 43,000 people have been evacuated and schools in six provinces have suspended classes as the eastern islands of the Philippines were lashed Tuesday by heavy rains from Typhoon Kammuri after it made landfall late Monday. The storm, packing wind gusts as high as 150 miles per hour, was battering the Philippines on Monday […]

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Measles Cases Continue to Rise Around the World

There has been a rapid increase in the global measles outbreak, with reported cases jumping 300 percent in the first three months of 2019 compared with the same period last year, according to the World Health Organization. As reasons for the increase, the organization has cited a deep mistrust of vaccines, gaps in immunization coverage […]

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British Man and Filipino Woman Rescued From Kidnappers in Philippines

MANILA — Philippine special forces on Monday rescued a 70-year-old British national and his Filipino wife nearly two months after they were kidnapped by gunmen in the southern Philippines, the military said. The soldiers rescued Allan Arthur Hyrons and his wife, Welma Paglinawan-Hyrons, after they were abandoned by their captors early Monday after days of […]

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‘The Kingmaker’ Review: The Power and Vainglory of Imelda Marcos

It was always a little too easy to laugh at Imelda Marcos. The gold and the kitsch, the fine art and the tchotchkes, the rows of bedazzled shoes and the towering dome of shellacked hair — it was all so very much, so very vulgar, so very, very expensive. During the roughly two decades that […]

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U.S. Navy Destroyer Sunk in World War II Is Found 20,000 Feet Under the Sea

It was a mismatch — a small task unit of United States Navy ships confronted by a mighty squadron of Japanese destroyers. The Americans went on the attack with every mortar and torpedo that they had, repelling the enemy vessels that had threatened to cut off the supply lines for an amphibious landing led by […]

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Southern Philippine Island

MANILA — A magnitude-6.6 earthquake struck the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Tuesday, sending people fleeing from their homes in panic and causing structural damage to buildings, although there were no immediate reports of injuries. The quake struck about 60 miles southwest of Davao City, the capital of Mindanao, according to the United States […]

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Reporting From the Philippines When the President Wants to ‘Kill Journalism’

Early in the afternoon of May 7, Maria Ressa sat before a couple of hundred people in the lobby of Palma Hall, the dilapidated social-sciences and philosophy building at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, just north of Manila. The attendees, many of them students, had packed themselves shoulder to shoulder on yellow […]

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Will Puerto Rico Still Be Allowed to Govern Itself?

In 1947, Congress passed and President Harry Truman signed a law giving the people of Puerto Rico the right to elect their own governor. Until then, all territories of the United States, including Puerto Rico, had been governed by men appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Most governors had been known more […]

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British Man and His Wife Are Abducted in Philippines, Police Say

MANILA — A British businessman and his Filipino wife have been abducted in the southern Philippines, where Islamic militants have been known to seize foreigners and missionaries for ransom, the police and the military said on Saturday. The couple, Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and Welma Paglinawan-Hyrons, were taken Friday night by six unidentified gunmen from […]

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Philippines Declares Polio Outbreak After 19 Years Free of the Disease

MANILA — The Philippines on Thursday announced an outbreak of polio, 19 years after the World Health Organization declared the Southeast Asian country free of the infectious disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said government scientists have confirmed the “re-emergence of polio” after one case in the southern province of Lanao del Sur and another suspected […]

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Duterte Says He Ordered a Politician Killed; a Spokesman Says He Misspoke

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines appeared to admit in a speech this week that he had ordered an assassination attempt on a politician last year, a startling statement even for a president known for bloody, provocative rhetoric. His spokesman said on Wednesday that Mr. Duterte had misspoken. In a speech on Tuesday […]

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Greenland Aside, Buying Foreign Land Used to Be Common

The last time the United States bought a foreign territory — through a monetary transaction and not just a signed treaty — was in 1917, when the Virgin Islands were acquired from Denmark. More than 100 years later, President Trump said he wanted to buy Greenland, the largest island in the world, from Denmark. Denmark […]

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When Providing for Your Family Means Leaving It Behind

A GOOD PROVIDER IS ONE WHO LEAVES One Family and Migration in the 21st CenturyBy Jason DeParle In 1987, a young American reporter looking to write about life in a Philippine shantytown met Tita Portagana Comodas, a local matriarch who grudgingly agreed to rent him floor space in her shack on a mud flat near […]

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Gina Lopez, Who Led Crackdown on Mines in the Philippines, Dies at 65

MANILA — Gina Lopez, a former environmental activist who introduced a broad crackdown on Philippine mining companies after she was appointed the country’s environmental secretary in 2016, died on Monday. She was 65. Her death, from multiple organ failure, was confirmed by the ABS-CBN Foundation, a social development group of which she was the longtime […]

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In the Fight to Save the Planet, Its Defenders Are Being Killed

In an endangered world of dwindling resources, a line by Pogo, Walt Kelly’s popular newspaper-comic hero of the last century, is worth recalling: “When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.” It’s worth keeping this maxim top of mind as one reads the latest annual report from Global Witness, an independent organization that […]

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She Was Filipino Food’s Greatest Champion. Now Her Work Is Finding New Fans.

When their safe houses in Manila were no longer safe, the rebels took shelter at the airy bungalow of Doreen Gamboa Fernandez, a sugar planter’s daughter turned literature professor and food writer. It was the 1980s, and the Philippines was still in the grip of the strongman Ferdinand Marcos. In a later interview, Ms. Fernandez […]

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Burst of Violence Grips Philippine Island, and Some See Duterte’s Hand

MANILA — A wave of violence has struck the central Philippine island of Negros, where at least 20 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks that rights groups have tied to President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts to suppress critics and opponents. The latest attacks occurred on Saturday, when two people, a former town mayor […]

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