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...

US vessel sails close to Scarborough Shoal

The US has sailed its USS Wasp amphibious assault vessel (pictured) near a strategic reef claimed by the Philippines but occupied by China around...

Philippines deploys Japanese plane

The Philippine military says it has deployed a Japanese patrol plane to a disputed Chinese-controlled shoal in the South China Sea or West Philippine...

Duterte shores up Benham Rise grip 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (pictured) has signed a proclamation declaring an area of Benham Rise, also known as Philippine Rise, a marine-protected area. Duterte signed...

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...

US/Philippine military exercise starts

US high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) will be used during the Philippine exercise. Source: Wikimedia Around 8,000 US and Philippine personnel have begun their annual...

China slams Philippine-US defence pact

The Royal New Zealand Air Force at Clark airfield, Luzon, in 1984. Foreign jets will soon return. Source: Wikipedia Chinese state media has condemned the...

Filipinos die in jeepney crash 

A bus collided with a jeepney van carrying pilgrims to Christmas Mass in the Philippines, leaving at least 20 people dead and adding to...

Abu Sayyaf behead German hostage

A video of Jurgen Kantner with Abu Sayyaf. Source: YouTube   A video has been released in the Philippines reportedly showing the beheading of a German...

New Philippine mayor to pay bounties

The Heritage of Cebu Monument in Pari-an, Cebu. Source: Wikimedia The mayor-elect of the Philippine city of Cebu says he will pay bounties to those...

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ASEAN, US to launch maritime drill, fight “wrongdoings”

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has joined forces with the United States in holding maritime exercises which were aimed at preventing other...

Malaysia dismisses UN poverty claims 

Malaysia has rejected a United Nations envoy’s claims that it undercounts poverty rates. Economy Minister Azmin Ali defended the official figure of 0.4 per cent...

Malaysian police ban controversial preacher Zakir Naik from speaking on all media

The Royal Malaysia Police have barred Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik from speaking on all media, citing national security concerns. The Head of Corporate Communications...