US military boss to view joint exercises

Balikatan's beach landing drills are presumably particularly contentious in Beijing. Source: Wikimedia US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has arrived in the Philippines to reinforce the...

Soldiers to focus on terror: Duterte

Philippine troops need to work more closely with the police, their president says. Source: Wikimedia Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said all soldiers must train...

Philippines to form drugs battalion

The Philippine military is famously under-invested. Source: Wikimedia The Philippine armed forces chief says he will create a battalion-sized task force with the anti-narcotics agency...

Duterte threatens to expel envoys

The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has warned the European Union and United Nations that he could expel their ambassadors within 24 hours if they...

Duterte hails Korean triumph 

South Korea and the Philippines have purportedly signed US$4.9 billion of deals in trade and investment pledges during President Rodrigo Duterte's official visit.  There were...

‘Ex-gay’ Duterte appeals for Japanese investment 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has assured investors and donors that their money is safe in the archipelago, saying he was cracking down on corruption...

EU pledges cash for southern Philippines

The EU wants to stop the violence in the southern Philippines. Source: Wikimedia The European Union will boost aid to the Philippines, primarily to...

China blocks Filipino fishing boats

President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting with Peter Lim. Source: YouTube The Chinese coastguard is apparently preventing fishing boats from the Philippines reaching the contested Scarborough Shoal, Manila...

Asean waters down China statement 

The Asean chairman's statement at the end of the Manila summit has again failed to condemn Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea.  The communique...

Medics to probe child deaths

The Philippines said a team from the country's biggest state-run hospital would investigate whether three child deaths were linked to an anti-dengue vaccine that...

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