Aquino promises to bolster military 

The Chinese navy is unlikely to be overly concerned at the arrival of the US-made M113A2 armoured personnel carriers in the Philippines. Source: Wikimedia  Philippine...

300 die in Duterte drug war

Drug users and dealers are running scared in the Philippines. Source: Wikimedia The Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte's drugs crusade has killed an estimated 300...

Malaysian woman released by Abu Sayyaf

Malaysian woman released by Abu Sayyaf   Muslim militants in the Philippines have released a Malaysian woman held for nearly half a year. Thien Nyuk Fun and...

Duterte hits back on Mindanao

Helicopters and infantry have attacked militants in a besieged city on Mindanao in the southern Philippines after meeting heavy resistance. Tanks rolled into the mainly...

Nomura picks 2018 GDP winners 

Prolonged growth in Indonesia and the Philippines will extend beyond 2018 driven by domestic demand and infrastructural projects, Nomura Securities investment bank has predicted.  The...

Isis extends Mindanao grip: analysts 

Islamic State appears to be on the rise on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao with up to 100 foreign fighters and a growing...

RCEP negotiations set for conclusion in November

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its six trade partners are hoping for the conclusion of the negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive...

Manila angers Beijing with Japanese arms deal

The arrival of five unassuming TC-90 planes is unlikely to threaten Beijing's dominance in the South China Sea. Source: Wikimedia The Philippines is to lease...

Duterte-Obama meeting in doubt

Barack Obama experienced an amicable relationship with the previous president, Benigno Aquino. Source: Wikimedia The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has called his US counterpart and...

Embassy tries to ease Duterte rage

The US and the Philippines have a long history of military cooperation. Source: Wikimedia Washington's Manila embassy says it will work with Philippine President Rodrigo...

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