Rodrigo Duterte

Supporters of Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo gesture as they wait for her to declare her bid to run for president in next year's elections in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. 

A star-studded list of candidates files for president in the Philippines


Friday marks the end of the weeklong window for candidates to file paperwork to run for president of the Philippines in next year’s general elections. The list includes a world-renowned boxer and two children of former presidents.

United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana shake hands after a bilateral meeting with their counties' flags behind them

Philippine president reverses threat to void long-standing defense deal with the US

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Human rights activists hope international court will help end Duterte’s deadly war on drugs in the Philippines

A sole woman waits in an empty movie theater-turned vaccination hub for her vaccine at a mall

Filipinos hesitant about getting COVID jab after dengue fever vaccine debacle

Protesters shout and wear a colorful boat on their heads with the words "oust Duterte" painted on it.

Federalism in violence: Part I

Critical State
An abandoned mask, strewn on the wet stone ground next to a puddle with the reflection of the US capitol building.

Coronavirus case totals surge with colder temperatures; More foreign leaders call President-elect Biden; Typhoon Vamco strikes the Philippines

Top of The World

The number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continues to soar in the US, Europe and elsewhere, with death tolls expected to rise quickly as well. And, the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia had their first calls with US President-elect Joe Biden, reaffirming close relations. Also, the second typhoon in a week in a half has struck the Philippines.

A woman with short hair wearing a face mask and grey suit and waves to cameras

Duterte’s ‘weaponization of the law’ is a threat to democracy, says journalist Maria Ressa


Out on bail after facing charges of cyber libel, veteran Filipina journalist Maria Ressa tells The World’s Marco Werman that working in journalism in the Philippines is “tougher than a war zone” and that this moment is “a battle for the truth.”

Two NASA astronauts in spacesuits in front of a rocket launch pad

NASA, SpaceX to launch rocket; EU, Japan plan huge stimulus efforts; Twitter marks Trump tweets with fact-check label

Top of The World

Two American astronauts are set to make history on a SpaceX rocket launching from the Kennedy Space Center today. The European Union and Japan have unveiled huge stimulus packages to help economies rebound in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Also, Twitter slaps a fact-check label on US President Donald Trump’s tweets for the first time. In China, officials are urging a change to a long-standing chopstick tradition. And, bilingual comedians are working to reach their audiences through the pandemic.

Protesters hold signs and yell during a protest.

The Philippines identified as the deadliest country for environmental activists


The NGO Global Witness detailed in its annual report how the Philippines has been identified as the deadliest country in the world for environmental activists, in large part due to violence and intimidation from the mining, energy, and logging industries.

protesters carry blue and red signs saying 'defend our sovereignty'

Philippines security at risk over escalating tensions between US and China in South China Sea

Global Politics

Between Chinese expansion and US “freedom to navigate” missions in the South China Sea, security and sovereignty is a growing concern for the Philippines.