Reef naming angers Manila 

The Philippines has complained about China's move to name undersea features on Manila's continental shelf amid fears Beijing may be claiming more maritime territory. President...

Aquino promises to bolster military 

The Chinese navy is unlikely to be overly concerned at the arrival of the US-made M113A2 armoured personnel carriers in the Philippines. Source: Wikimedia  Philippine...

Manila stops workers going to Qatar  

The Philippines has blocked the departure of its nationals to Qatar (pictured) after the Persian Gulf state’s neighbours cut ties with Doha. The Philippine central...

Sailors freed by Abu Sayyaf 

Philippine marines claim credit for forcing the release of hostages. Source: Wikimedia Three Indonesian men have been freed in the southern Philippines after being held...

Indonesia set to execute 15 inmates

The island of Nusakambangan, dubbed the "Alcatraz of Indonesia". Source: Wikimedia   Amnesty International has condemned Indonesia's decision to execute death-row inmates, following reports of prisoners being moved...

Malaysia moves for Philippine anti-terror alliance

Tulay mosque in the southern Philippine island of Sulu. Source: Flickr Malaysia has called for closer ties with the Philippines to tackle terror threats. Intelligence reports...

Philippine troops kill 10 Islamist militants from Abu Sayyaf group

The Sulu provincial capitol building on the island of Jolo. Photo: Agtillah/Wikimedia Commons. Philippine commandos yesterday killed 10 Islamist militants in a battle on the...

UN envoy blasts child prosecutions

Children in the Philippines could face the death punishment from the age of nine. Source: Flickr Legal changes allowing nine-year-olds be jailed for crimes was...

Duterte and junta vow to tackle drugs

Bangkok’s Soi Cowboy. Drug and human trafficking remains a huge issue in Thailand. Thailand’s prime minister and the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte have agreed...

Marcos claims VP victory

Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos with US President Ronald Reagan in 1982. Many foreigners might be surprised if their son, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, wins the...

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