Abu Sayyaf release child hostage

Philippine Marines training with US Marines. The Philippines has one of the region’s worst equipped armed forces. Source: Wikipedia Abu Sayyaf militants have freed the three-year-old grandson...

UN envoy blasts child prosecutions

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Asean set to unveil vision for future

Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The blueprint for Asean's future will top the agenda for the 27th regional summit in November 21 in Kuala Lumpur. The 2025 blueprint...

Philippine banking reputation in tatters

Ayala Avenue, dubbed the Wall Street of the Philippines. Source: Wikimedia Manila is scrambling to tighten rules on illicit fund transfers after an US$81-million bank...

Duterte rules out more US exercises

The Philippines and US have a long history of military cooperation. Source: Flickr The Philippines' president, Rodrigo Duterte, has announced that the joint naval exercise...

Anger at heroes’ burial for Marcos

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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 faces impeachment attempt

President Rodrigo Duterte with former US secretary of state John Kerry, who habitually towered over Asean’s leaders. A Philippine parliamentarian has filed an impeachment complaint...

Asean lacks economic freedom: US think tank

An MRT-3 train in Manila. The Philippines’ infrastructure is holding it back. Source: Wikimedia Out of a study ranking freedom in 178 economies, the Philippines...

UK aristocrat’s daughter killed

Rodrigo Duterte's children, from the left, Sebastian, Veronica, Sara and Paolo escort their father to his inauguration ceremony in June. Source: Wikimedia The daughter of...

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