Asean cautious about South China Sea

An early release of Asean chairman's statement ahead of the leaders’ summit in Kuala Lumpur says the group's views on South China Sea disputes...

Presidential hopeful in trouble for rape joke

Rodrigo Duterte: Source: Flickr Rodrigo Duterte, a presidential candidate in the Philippines, is under fire after a video surfaced of him apparently joking about a...

Duterte to shut ‘cesspit’ Boracay 

A popular Philippine holiday island faces closure by a presidential decree from Rodrigo Duterte. He called for Boracay to be placed off-limits to tourists...

Manila defends helicopter deal

The Philippine defence minister Delfin Lorenzana has claimed that 16 helicopters being bought from Canada will not be used to attack insurgents after activists...

Philippines shines in gender equality study

The Philippines remains the Asian country with the narrowest gender wage gap, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report for 2018....

US military boss to view joint exercises

Balikatan's beach landing drills are presumably particularly contentious in Beijing. Source: Wikimedia US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has arrived in the Philippines to reinforce the...

Manila rejects EU aid 

The Philippine government has formally rejected at least 380 million pesos (€6.1 million) in aid from the European Union amid allegations that it carries...

Philippine troops kill 10 Islamist militants from Abu Sayyaf group

The Sulu provincial capitol building on the island of Jolo. Photo: Agtillah/Wikimedia Commons. Philippine commandos yesterday killed 10 Islamist militants in a battle on the...

Malaysia moves for Philippine anti-terror alliance

Tulay mosque in the southern Philippine island of Sulu. Source: Flickr Malaysia has called for closer ties with the Philippines to tackle terror threats. Intelligence reports...

‘Ex-gay’ Duterte appeals for Japanese investment 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has assured investors and donors that their money is safe in the archipelago, saying he was cracking down on corruption...

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