China admits sinking Philippine fishing boat 

China has confirmed that a Chinese trawler “bumped into” a Philippine fishing boat in the South China Sea but denied claims the incident was...

Philippine military storm Abu Sayyaf camp

The Philippine military's claims are yet to be independently confirmed. Source: Wikimedia  After a week-long series of attacks by Philippine troops, a Muslim extremist camp...

Duterte signs FOI order

Rodrigo Duterte is already proving a hands-on head of state. Source: Wikimedia   The new president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has signed a decree ordering...

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...

Manila talks down China tensions 

The Philippines and China have played down a warning by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that Beijing would go to war if the Philippines drilled...

14 child deaths in dengue probe

The Philippines is investigating the deaths of 14 children to see if there is a link to a dengue vaccine which has been suspended.  The...

Duterte sacks customs chiefs after meth blunder

Embattled Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sacked all customs bosses after their agency failed to intercept more than a tonne of drugs. Duterte said Customs...

African Swine Fever hits Philippine hogs

THE Agriculture department of the Philippines has confirmed the presence of an African Swine Fever (ASF), following weeks of testing the local hogs for...

Beijing called to respect court’s maritime ruling

The overlapping claims to the South China Sea. Source: Flickr Manila has urged Beijing to respect an arbitration court’s ruling in The Hague on the...

Duterte killed suspects in Davao

Rodrigo Duterte's speeches are never dull. Source: Wikimedia The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, has admitted he has killed criminal suspects to show the police how...

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