The Republic of the Philippines in Southeast Asia is an island country made up of more than 7,000 islands and islets. With a population of roughly 100 million, the ethnically diverse country has 19 recognized languages.
The name Philippines hails from colonial power Spain, which named the territory after King Philip II of Spain. Manila is the capital city, Quezon City is the most populous. This page contains DW's most recent content on the Philippines.
Rodrigo Duterte has praised Russia's efforts to develop a "free" COVID-19 vaccine for the Philippines. To alleviate fears, Duterte said he will offer to be "the first they can experiment on" in a public vaccination.
In another deadly year for environmentalists around the world, 212 environmental activists were murdered in 2019 according to a new Global Witness report. It highlights how killings target indigenous environmental defenders disproportionately and that the Philippines and Colombia are hotspots. In an interview, Rachel Cox of Global Witness reveals which industries are behind the murders.
Topics: The pandemic is making sexual violence against women and children more prevalent in Nigeria and the Philippines, but efforts are underway to counter that — Couples who've been separated by travel bans stuck in different countries — How a new virus tracing device could make lives easier in Singapore.
Coronavirus lockdowns are supposed to keep people safe. But for some children in parts of the Philippines, being stuck at home has actually posed an increased danger. The sexual abuse of children for online sites has shot up since the beginning of the pandemic. And in many cases, foreigners are driving the demand for this exploitative content.
A Manila court has found a veteran journalist and staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte guilty of cyber libel. Maria Ressa told DW "we must do all we can to protect press freedom, which protects our democracy."
The UN said that President Duterte's war on drugs in the Philippines has sparked widespread killing with "near impunity" for offenders. The report called for an independent probe into human rights abuses in the country.