Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte threatens to suspend the country's habeas corpus "if forced to" by what he says the worsening lawlessness in the country. He mentioned in the same speech, the alleged widespread illegal drug trade in the country, the rebellion in Mindanao, and the worsening campaign against the militant Maute group.
In last week's meeting between Indonesian president Joko Widodo and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, Widodo today says that Duterte allegedly said that he '(would) not interfere' in the execution of accused drug smuggler and Philippine national Mary Jane Veloso. However, today a "Manila Bulletin" article says that Manny Piñol, the Philippines Agriculture Secretary, states that Duterte actually asked for clemency for Veloso.
U.S. President Barack Obama calls on China to stop constructing artificial islands in the South China Sea. Obama’s comments to reporters come after a meeting with Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III. The U.S. president is in Manila for the latest Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit where the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the central topic of conversation. China attempts to keep the topic of the islands off the agenda.
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass in Manila to a crowd of 6 to 7 million, the largest papal gathering since 1995 World Youth Day mass celebrated by late Pope John Paul II in the same place, despite pouring rain.
A Manila court finds Philippine social activist, artist and tour guide Carlos Celdran guilty of offending religious feeling and is sentenced with an indeterminate sentence of 2 months and 21 days of imprisonment to a maximum of one year, 1 month and 11 days of imprisonment. Celdran will file an appeal.
A light cargo plane crashes into an elementary school building in the Philippine city of Parañaque with 13 people dead. [http:--hosted.ap.org-dynamic-stories-A-AS_PHILIPPINES_PLANE_CRASH?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT (AP)], [http:--old.news.yahoo.com-s-nm-20111210-ts_nm-us_philippines_crash (Reuters via Yahoo)]date=August 2019