Philippines rejects Canada's offer to ship back its trash by June 30

MANILA, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines said it has rejected Canada's new proposal to ship back tons of trash it dumped in the Philippines by June 30, the spokesperson of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday.

"They said it will take the end of June. The president will not agree with this. I understand from (Finance) Secretary (Carlos) Dominguez that it will be set the soonest. The trash will be sent back the soonest," the Philippine Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a news conference.

At least 29 people hurt as 2 trains collide in Philippines

MANILA, May 18 (Xinhua): At least 29 passengers were injured when an oncoming train of the Light Rail Transit hit a parked train in one of its stations in Metro Manila of the Philippines late Saturday night, local media reported.

The collision happened between two stations of Light Rail Transit Line 2 in the western Metro Manila. A passenger told local media that they heard a loud thud causing the passengers to fall over themselves.

Millions vote in Philippine elections crucial to Duterte

Manila, May 13 (AP) Filipinos began casting their vote Monday in midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between President Rodrigo Duterte's allies who aim to dominate the Senate and opposition candidates fighting for checks and balances under a leader they regard as a looming dictator.

Nearly 62 million Filipinos have registered to choose among 43,500 candidates vying for about 18,000 congressional and local posts in the high-stakes elections in one of Asia's most rambunctious democracies.

7 injured in rebel attack in Philippines

MANILA, May 5 (Xinhua): An army soldier, two militiamen and four civilians were wounded in an attack Saturday by suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) insurgents in Camarines Sur province, south of Manila, a military spokesman said Sunday.

Joash Pramis, public affairs chief of Philippine Army's 9th infantry division, said the government security forces and civilians were repairing a busted water pipe in a remote village in Camarines Sur province when at least 10 NPA rebels opened fire at them around 7:30 a.m. local time on Saturday.

Philippine May Day marchers rally against Duterte

Manila, May 1 (AFP) Thousands of Philippine protesters marched in Labour Day rallies on Wednesday, torching a giant effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte as they attacked his economic policies' impact on the nation's poor.

Rows of marchers flew red banners and chanted near the presidential palace in Manila, where they set fire to the horned effigy adorned with Chinese and US flags -- the two competing powers in the Philippines.

Powerful quake hits Philippines, day after deadly temblor

PORAC, Philippines (AP) — A new powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, a day after 6.1 quake hit the country’s north and killed at least 11 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of Tuesday’s quake at 6.4, while the local seismology agency said it was a 6.5. The quake was centered near San Julian town Eastern Samar province and prompted residents to dash out of houses and office workers to scamper to safety.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage from the new quake.

Philippine presidential communication staff start to learn Chinese language

MANILA, April 12 (Xinhua) -- "Feilvbin" (the Philippines); "Zongtongfu" (presidential palace); "Xinwenbu" (communications operations office).

For the first time on Friday, some 15 staff members from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) of the Philippines read aloud with zest the three white bond papers that Ms. Meng Guangjie flashed in front of a "special class" at the Presidential Palace in Manila.

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