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Death toll from Philippines boat accidents rise to 25

Death toll from Philippines boat accidents rise to 25The death toll from three boats sinking surged to 25 as rescuers retrieved more bodies from the sea off the central Philippines, officials said Sunday.



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31 dead, 62 rescued after boats capsize in Philippines

31 dead, 62 rescued after boats capsize in PhilippinesRescuers recovered more bodies in rough seas where three ferry boats capsized after being buffeted by fierce winds and waves off two central Philippine provinces, bringing the death toll to 31 with three missing, the coast guard said Sunday. Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and powerful waves Saturday off Guimaras and Iloilo provinces. Sixty-two other passengers and crew were rescued.



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7 dead, 31 rescued after boats capsize in Philippines

7 dead, 31 rescued after boats capsize in PhilippinesAt least seven people died and 31 others were rescued when three ferry boats separately capsized in bad weather Saturday between two central Philippine island provinces, the coast guard said. A search by the coast guard, police and villagers was underway. The dead included six women and a man, coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said, adding that one of the ferry boats, M/B Chichi, was carrying at least 42 passengers.



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Philippines is world's deadliest nation for land rights: campaign group

Philippines is world's deadliest nation for land rights: campaign groupMore than three people were murdered each week last year while protecting their land from encroaching industries, a human rights group said on Tuesday, with a four-fold increase in killings related to conflicts over water. At least 164 farmers and land rights activists were killed worldwide last year, with the Philippines accounting for the most casualties for the first time since Britain-based Global Witness began reporting such deaths in 2012. In 19 countries surveyed, mining was linked to 43 deaths, with fatal attacks also recorded at hydropower projects and in disputes involving agribusiness and logging companies.



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Eight killed as quakes hit far northern Philippines

Eight killed as quakes hit far northern PhilippinesEight people were killed and dozens injured when a series of earthquakes struck islands in the far northern Philippines early Saturday, toppling historic buildings and sending terrified locals fleeing their homes. The tremors hit the province of Batanes, a group of sparsely populated islets north of the nation’s largest Luzon island, tearing deep cracks in roads and forcing the evacuation of a hospital.



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Philippines issues strongly worded rebuke vs China flotillas

Philippines issues strongly worded rebuke vs China flotillasMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government protested on Thursday the presence of large numbers of Chinese vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea as illegal and vowed to take "appropriate action."



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Philippines calls Chinese ships 'illegal' near disputed island

Philippines calls Chinese ships 'illegal' near disputed islandThe Philippines on Thursday branded as “illegal” the recent presence of hundreds of Chinese ships near a disputed island in the South China Sea — a rare public rebuke of Beijing by Manila, which has backed off their once tense territorial standoff. Control over the South China Sea is a point of regional contention because trillions of dollars of goods pass through it, and rich petroleum reserves are thought to sit deep beneath its waters. Under President Rodrigo Duterte, however, Manila has largely set aside its previously confrontational stance on China’s claims in favour of seeking trade and investment from Beijing.



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Philippines Journalist Maria Ressa Arrested Again

Philippines Journalist Maria Ressa Arrested AgainAcclaimed Philippine journalist Maria Ressa was arrested at Manila’s airport Friday for allegedly violating a ban on foreign media ownership, the latest legal backlash to sting the longtime critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.



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The Philippines Faces Budget Delays That Threaten Growth

The Philippines Faces Budget Delays That Threaten GrowthApproval of the 3.76-trillion peso ($ 71.9 billion) budget may be delayed to August, Senate President Vicente Sotto said. “This budget will be delayed unless the House goes back to the version we agreed upon,” Sotto said in a mobile-phone message Monday. HighlightsEconomic managers have warned that failure to pass this year’s budget will cut the nation’s economic growth by as much as 2.3 percentage points this year, partly due to spending delays for major projects.



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Philippines vows to crush 'terrorists' after church bombs kill 20

Philippines vows to crush 'terrorists' after church bombs kill 20The first explosion went off inside the cathedral on Jolo island, in Sulu province, and was followed by a second blast outside, which was detonated as security forces raced to the scene, officials said. “The enemies of the state have boldly challenged the capability of the government to secure the safety of the citizenry in that region,” said Salvador Panelo, spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. “The armed forces of the Philippines will rise to the challenge and crush these godless criminals.” There was no immediate claim of responsibility but police suspect the bombings were the work of Abu Sayyaf, a militant group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State and is notorious for its bombings and brutality.



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