- Philippine presidential front-runner: I've no illegal wealth Updated: Apr-29-16 11:30 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine presidential race front-runner said Friday he has no ill-gotten wealth after a senator alleged that he had more than 200 million pesos ($4.2 million) in a bank account in 2014 that he failed to declare publicly as required by law.
- After hostage beheading, is Philippines facing IS threat? Updated: Apr-28-16 9:11 am
MANILA, Philippines - Months before Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded retired Canadian mining executive John Ridsdel in the tropical jungles of the southern Philippines, they showed him pleading for life in a video with three other hostages that demanded a record-high ransom.
- Aquino: Canadian's killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao Updated: Apr-27-16 8:29 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine president said Wednesday that Abu Sayyaf militants may have plotted to kill him and kidnap boxing star Manny Pacquiao, disclosing previously unknown details about an extremist group blamed for the beheading of a Canadian hostage.
- Philippine troops hunt extremists who beheaded Canadian Updated: Apr-26-16 3:23 pm
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine military came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their Muslim extremist captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed without endangering the remaining captives.
- Canadian man decapitated by Philippine extremists Updated: Apr-25-16 5:11 pm
MANILA, Philippines - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday night in the southern Philippines belongs to one of two Canadians taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September.
- Philippine voter data hacked but polls to go ahead Updated: Apr-22-16 9:24 am
MANILA, Philippines - The hacking of a Philippine election database may have exposed the personal information of all 55 million registered voters, but will not undermine May 9 national elections, officials said Friday, in the latest hacking scandal to hit the Southeast Asian nation.
- US, Britain warn citizens to stay off south Philippine area Updated: Apr-22-16 1:27 am
MANILA, Philippines - The United States and Britain have warned their citizens to stay away from a southern Philippine region where suspected Muslim extremists are behind a wave of kidnappings, including those of 18 Indonesian and Malaysian tugboat crewmen.
- Rights complaint filed after Philippine candidate's remark Updated: Apr-20-16 5:04 am
MANILA, Philippines - Representatives of women's groups filed a complaint Wednesday at the Commission on Human Rights against the front-runner in the Philippine presidential race for his remark about wanting to rape an Australian missionary who was assaulted and killed by prisoners during a hostage-taking in 1989.
- Philippine presidential front-runner's rape remark condemned Updated: Apr-18-16 11:52 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Australian ambassador and Philippine presidential candidates condemned the leading contender's remark at a campaign rally last week that he "should have been the first" to rape an Australian missionary who was assaulted and killed by prisoners in 1989.
- US sending commandos, combat aircraft to Philippines Updated: Apr-14-16 12:18 pm
MANILA, Philippines - In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it will send troops and combat aircraft to the Philippines for regular, more frequent rotations, and will conduct more joint sea and air patrols with Philippine forces in the South China Sea.
- US: IS group could be emboldening Filipino militants Updated: Apr-14-16 9:50 am
MANILA, Philippines - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that the violent influence of the Islamic State group could be emboldening militants in the southern Philippines who last week killed 18 Filipino troops.
- Muslim militants behead 2 kidnapped workers in Philippines Updated: Apr-13-16 11:48 am
MANILA, Philippines - Suspected Muslim militants have beheaded two kidnapped sawmill workers while four other captives have been freed in a brutal act in the southern Philippines that appears to have been influenced by the Islamic State group's style of killings, military and police officials said Thursday.
- US troops, Philippine police in bar brawl face sanctions Updated: Apr-13-16 6:30 am
MANILA, Philippines - American troops involved in a bar brawl with Filipino policemen face possible disciplinary sanctions in an incident earlier this month that the Philippine military says has no bearing on ongoing large-scale combat exercises by the treaty allies.
- Manila water plan draws US rep's criticism for IFC role Updated: Apr-12-16 11:49 pm
MANILA, Philippines - In a bustling, densely populated corner of Manila, fruit vendor Coring Gutierrez reads $35 due from her latest water bill, more than triple what her family of six paid 15 years ago.
- Philippine diplomat to China: Don't turn shoal into island Updated: Apr-12-16 1:23 am
MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine diplomat warned Tuesday that any Chinese move to turn a disputed shoal, where the U.S. Navy recently spotted a suspected Chinese survey ship, into an island will escalate the disputes in the South China Sea and asked Washington to convince Beijing not to take that "very provocative" step.
- World Bank: East Asian growth to remain over 6 pct in 2016 Updated: Apr-11-16 5:15 am
MANILA, Philippines - Growth in developing East Asia and the Pacific is expected to remain resilient despite the slowdown in China and a gloomy global outlook, the World Bank said Monday.
- Philippines vows to 'destroy' militants who killed 18 troops Updated: Apr-10-16 7:48 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine military officials vowed Sunday to "destroy" the Abu Sayyaf extremist group with more offensives after fierce fighting over the weekend left 18 soldiers dead in the government's largest single-day combat loss so far this year.
- Defense chief lays out new military aid to Philippines Updated: Apr-08-16 6:27 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. will send about $40 million in military assistance to the Philippines to beef up intelligence sharing, surveillance and naval patrols, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday, amid increasing tensions with China over undeveloped islands and shoals in the region.
- Kidnapped ex-Italian missionary freed in Philippines Updated: Apr-08-16 12:44 pm
MANILA, Philippines - Abu Sayyaf militants freed a former Italian missionary on Friday after six months of captivity in a southern Philippine jungle, military officials said.
- Philippine paratrooper dies during exercises with US forces Updated: Apr-07-16 8:21 am
MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine air force paratrooper who parachuted from a C130 plane in an exercise with U.S. forces died Thursday after a wind gust blew him out to sea instead of an airport drop zone, officials said.
- Life story, movie star father lift Poe in Philippines' race Updated: Apr-06-16 5:34 am
MANILA, Philippines - Her life story could have come straight out of a soap opera. As a newborn, Grace Poe was abandoned in a Catholic church and adopted by movie star parents, giving her a powerful narrative and name that have helped catapult her to front-runner in the Philippine presidential race.
- Philippines launches world's first mass dengue vaccination Updated: Apr-04-16 9:25 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines on Monday launched the first public immunization program for dengue fever, seeking to administer to a million schoolchildren the world's first licensed vaccine against a mosquito-borne disease that the World Health Organization estimates infects 390 million people a year globally.
- US, Australian and Philippine forces start combat drills Updated: Apr-04-16 7:53 am
MANILA, Philippines - Thousands of U.S. and Philippine troops, along with Australian defense forces, began annual drills Monday to prepare to quickly respond to a range of potential crises, including in the disputed South China Sea.
- Chinese returns part of Bangladesh funds stolen by hackers Updated: Mar-31-16 11:35 am
MANILA, Philippines - A Chinese casino junket operator on Thursday returned $4.63 million of the $81 million that hackers stole from the Bangladesh central bank's account in the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank and laundered in Manila's casinos, officials said.