Philippines' ex-leader Arroyo freed

2016-07-21 16:41

Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo has been released from detention after nearly five years in a military hospital after the Supreme Court dismissed her corruption charges, her lawyer says.

Tiger cubs thrill Manila zoo visitors

2016-07-14 19:48

A pair of newborn Bengali tigers and a thirsty orangutan have charmed Filipino zoo visitors as the captive-bred cubs playfully competed with the ape for a milk bottle.

Tribunal rejects China's expansive South China Sea claims

2016-07-12 20:38

An international tribunal has rejected China's extensive South China Sea claims in a ruling that also found the country had aggravated the seething regional dispute and violated the Philippines' rights.

Ten dead in clashes with Philippine militants

2016-07-07 22:13

Philippine government forces fought hundreds of Islamic militants on two remote islands with the military aircraft-backed campaign leaving up to 10 people dead.

Duterte sworn in as president of Philippines

2016-06-30 07:39

Rodrigo Duterte has been sworn in as president of the Philippines, with some hoping his maverick style will energise the country but others fearing he will undercut one of Asia's liveliest democracies amid threats to kill criminals en masse.

Scores of environmental activists killed in 2015

2016-06-20 22:49

At least 185 activists and indigenous people fighting environmental pillaging were murdered in 2015, the watchdog group Global Witness says.

Philippine officials confirm Canadian hostage was beheaded

2016-06-14 10:33

Philippine officials have confirmed that Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded a Canadian man, the second Canadian hostage to be killed by Abu Sayyaf militants in two months after their demands for a large ransom were not met.

Filipino teacher killed in Mozambique rebel ambush

2016-05-17 15:57

A Filipino teacher has been killed in an ambush on a passenger bus by Renamo rebels in Mozambique as insurgent unrest rises in the country's central region.

Philippine president-elect vows to kill criminals

2016-05-15 22:15

Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment, saying he preferred hanging to firing squads "to save bullets".

Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine presidential vote: poll monitor data

2016-05-09 21:44

Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte has won the Philippine presidential elections, according to poll monitor data.


Philippines hails deadly drugs war a 'success'

2016-07-14 19:50

The Philippine government has hailed its war on drugs a "success", as police confirmed killing nearly 200 people in a two-month blitz that has outraged rights groups.

Angry China warns of conflict in the South China Sea

2016-07-13 11:05

China warns of "conflicts and confrontation" in the South China Sea as it angrily rejects an international tribunal's verdict that its claims to most of the strategically vital waterway has no legal basis.

Philippine troops, Abu Sayyaf extremists clash

2016-07-11 17:30

The Philippine military says troops have killed 40 Abu Sayyaf extremists and wounded 25 others in the first major counter terrorism offensive in the south under the new president.

New Philippine President Duterte vows deadly crime war

2016-07-01 06:51

Authoritarian firebrand Rodrigo Duterte has been sworn in as the Philippines' president and quickly launched a foul-mouthed vow to wipe out drug traffickers and even urged ordinary Filipinos to kill addicts.

New orchids found in Philippine guerrilla zone

2016-06-24 17:59

Five new orchid species have been discovered in remote Philippine mountains, protected from poaching because of an insurgency in the region, conservationists say.

Family of beheaded Canadian backs no ransom policy

2016-06-15 08:04

Relatives of a Canadian man slain by Islamic militants in the Philippines say they agree with Canada's policy of not paying ransom for hostages.

Outrage after Duterte justifies journalists' murders

2016-06-01 18:34

Media groups have expressed outrage at Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists.

Philippines' Duterte vows hangings in war on crime

2016-05-16 14:06

Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to introduce executions by hanging as part of a ruthless law-and-order crackdown that would also include ordering military snipers to kill suspected criminals.

New Philippine leader seen as emancipator, looming dictator

2016-05-10 14:21

Rodrigo Duterte, the bombastic mayor of a major southern city, was poised to become president-elect with an unofficial tally of votes showing him with an assailable lead

Over 200 Filipinos vote on disputed South China Sea island

2016-05-09 17:59

More than 200 Filipinos have voted on a Philippine-occupied island in the South China Sea with the mayor saying the elections proved Manila has sovereignty in the far-flung area

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