Filipino president U-turns after previously branding martial law an 'exercise in futility'.
A Korean and a Filipino were kidnapped in October from a ship that was sailing to Australia from South Korea.
The move could be strongly opposed by the Catholic Church in the Christian-majority nation.
'I might go down in history as the butcher,' the president of the Philippines said.
A life-sized statue is paraded through the streets for the "Traslacion" procession.
Manila brought to a standstill as millions of Catholics flock to see 'miraculous' black Jesus Christ statue
The icon, referred to as The Black Nazarene, is thought to have healing powers.
After thousands of deaths, outsiders wonder how the leader still has overwhelming support. The answer is simple.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently said that "Isis seems to be everywhere", including among his family members.
The firebrand president believes the Islamic State group is behind the recent blasts in the country.
Russian warships Admiral Tributs and Boris Butoma arrived on Tuesday for a four-day goodwill visit.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte initiated a new friendship with China after his visit to the country in October.
The typhoon left seven people, including a sailor of the sunken ship, dead.
The super storm left 3 people dead in Albay city on Bicol Islands, where it made its first landfall on 25 December.
Power and communication lines are knocked down as the super typhoon makes landfall.
The typhoon is set to make landfall on Sunday evening in Catanduanes province on the Bicol peninsula.
3 out of 5 Americans are idiots, Duterte says reacting to US' threats of blocking aid to Philippines
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said that Americans should just 'shut up'.
Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein has demanded a probe into Duterte's admission of killing drug offenders.
A maritime political analyst said other claimants of the territorial dispute have militarised.
The senator lashed out at President Duterte saying he should be on the top of his drug list.
President has claimed he used to roam streets and kill criminals as part of his 'war on drugs'.
President Rodrigo Duterte is waging a bloody war or drugs that has resulted in the killings of thousands of drug users and pushers.
The child and his father were killed as unidentified gunmen came knocking at dawn.
Duterte's net satisfaction rating continued to remain over 60% in the fourth quarter.
President Duterte could be impeached over admission of killing drug suspects, Philippines senators say
Duterte declared on 12 December that he had killed alleged drug addicts and traffickers while he was the mayor of Davao city.
The development is the latest against the senator since she led an inquiry into the alleged extrajudicial killings.
Human Rights Watch urges President Rodrigo Duterte to ease access to condoms and HIV testing facilities.
From Syria's ongoing conflict to Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, Reuters photographers have been on the scene to record the biggest news stories of the year.
Filipino leader gives his support to police officers a day after multiple murder charges were recommended.
The group is active in Lanao del Sur province, where Duterte's security convoy was hit by a blast recently.
But it's all done in jest, the president of the Philippines claimed.