Rodrigo Duterte

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Philippines customs officials inspect cargo containers containing tonnes of garbage which had been shipped from Canada to  Manila port, in November  2014. File photograph: Handout/Reuters

A ship carrying 69 containers of waste which had been mislabelled as “plastic recyclables” returned to Canada on Saturday from the Philippines, closi(...)

Cargo ship MV Bavaria preparing to sail for Canada after loading waste at Subic Bay north of Manila,  the Philippines, on Friday. Photograph: Jun Dumaguing/EPA

The Philippines has forced Canada to repatriate a large shipment of five-year-old rubbish at its own cost, handing a political victory to President Ro(...)

 Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte shows the ink on his finger after casting his vote in Davao city, southern Philippines. Photograph: Cerilo Ebrano/EPA

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte looked set on Tuesday to strengthen his grip on power after unofficial results of a midterm election showed big (...)

Voters wait for a polling station  to open in Manila  on Monday in the Philippines midterm elections. Photograph:   Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s allies held the top spots as unofficial results of a mid-term Senate election trickled in on Monday, signalling(...)

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte (left): “I will just be clear that my last remaining years will be the most dangerous years for a person into drug trafficking,” he said.  Photograph:  Mark R Cristino/EPA

Two months ahead of elections in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has publicly released a new list of people that he claims are “narcopoliti(...)

Soldiers inspect vehicles in Zamboanga, in the Philippines, the gateway to the southern islands of Jolo and Basilan. Photograph: Jes Aznar/New York Times

Across the islands of the southern Philippines, the black flag of Islamic State is flying over what the group considers its East Asia province. Men in(...)

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Police officers are escorted from court after being sentenced for the murder of a 17-year-old high school student, in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. Photograph: Maria Tan/Reuters

Three Philippine police officers have been found guilty of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer in the first known such conviction under t(...)

A man walks past a display with portraits of Saudi king Salman bin Abdulazziz (C), his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and the founder of the kingdom, King Abdulaziz al-Saud, in Riyadh. photograph: Fayez Nureldine /AFP/Getty Images

The pressure on business leaders to cut or suspend ties with Saudi Arabia following its apparently barbaric murder of a journalist illustrates the dan(...)

A pedestrian  walks past a wall carrying a message highlighting Malaysia’s mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking in Kuala Lumpur. Photograph:   Tengku Bahar/AFP/Getty Images

The case of Muhammad Lukman Mohamad ignited outrage in August, when he received a death sentence in Malaysia for selling medicinal cannabis oil to ca(...)

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