Philippines

Human Rights Watch said the acquittal of Ressa and Rappler “is a victory for press freedom in the Philippines.”
Floods have subsided in most parts, but more than 8,600 people are still in shelters.
Vice President Kamala Harris is visiting the Philippines to underscore America’s commitment to defend its treaty ally.
Philippine officials say flash floods and landslides set off by torrential rains have left at least 47 people dead, including in a hard-hit southern Philippine province, where as many as 60 villagers were feared to be missing and buried in a deluge of rainwater, mud, rocks and trees.
Activists and survivors of the martial law era under his father protested Marcos Jr.’s inauguration.
Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who calls Putin an idol and a friend, voiced his rebuke for the first time over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The namesake son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos appears to have won the presidency in a reversal of the 1986 “People Power” revolt that ousted his father.
Taal volcano, one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes, has blasted ash into the air and caused volcanic lightning. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate across the country's capital of Manila, with some experts warning an eruption could happen at any time.
In many places around the world, plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations were muted or cancelled for the second year due to coronavirus infections.
At least 52 people are still missing, officials say.