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An effigy depicting President Rodrigo Duterte holding a gun is seen during a protest outside the Philippine congress where President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019 in Manila, Philippines.

A US human rights worker was shot outside his home in the Philippines. He was branded an ‘enemy of the state’ in 2015

US citizen Brandon Lee was shot outside his home in the Philippines. Activists continue to be targeted in the Philippines' crackdown on dissent.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Facebook was once a hot startup looking to conquer the world. Today, my journalist friends in the Philippines grapple with threats and lies on the soc...

Many Philippine journalists have become targets under Duterte, whose supporters used Facebook to spread lies and hate.
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the Pacific Ocean with ships assigned to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 combined task force as part of a photo exercise north of Hawaii.

Philippines’ president calls on US defense pact to back him in a naval fight with Beijing in the South China Sea

The Philippines' firebrand president called on the US to send warships to defend the island nation after a China vessel sank a fishing boat.
Children are seen next to a banner outside the funeral wake of three-year-old Kateleen Myca Ulpina on July 5, 2019 in Rodriguez, Rizal province, Philippines. Ulpina was shot dead last Saturday by police officers conducting a drug raid targeting her father, who police say was armed and used her daughter as a human shield.

Philippines senator who led the country’s brutal war on drugs apologized for saying ‘s— happens’ after a toddler was shot dead...

Rights groups have criticized Duterte's bloody drug crackdown that has left thousands dead and said police are carrying out extrajudicial killings.

Singapore’s Jewel helps put it in Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 best places to visit in APAC – here’s who else made the list

The top five destinations include Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and the Cook Islands.

Ranked: The countries with the shortest people in the world

If you're over 6 foot 4 inches, here are the countries you should avoid if you don't want to feel like a giant.
A tape measure.

Ranked: The countries with the shortest people in the world

If you're over 6 foot 4 inches, here are the countries you should avoid if you don't want to feel like a giant.
The Philippines has accused China of ramming a Philippine fishing vessel, sinking it, and then abandoning the crew to drown in open waters. Vietnam, another South China Sea claimant state, has had similar problems with Chinese vessels, as can be seen in this photo.

A US ally is furious and demanding answers from China after a ‘hit and run’ in the South China Sea

A Chinese ship is accused of ramming a Philippine fishing vessel, sinking it, and then sailing off, leaving the Filipino crew stranded in open water.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the 25th International Conference on The Future of Asia on May 31, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte claims he used to be gay but ‘cured myself’ in a gross attack on a political rival

Rodrigo Duterte said he was "cured" by "beautiful women" like his first wife. He made the comments while accusing his critic of being gay.
A container ship hired by Canada to pick up tons of trash arrives at a port in Manila, Philippines.

The Philippines is shipping 1,500 tons of trash back to Canada, the latest move in Southeast Asia’s rebellion against Western garbage

The shipment ends a years-long dispute. Canada agreed to take back the waste by May 30 after the Philippines recalled its ambassador to Ottawa.