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...

Duterte demands US troop withdrawal

USS Essex enters port at Subic Bay. Source: Wikimedia The Philippines' president, Rodrigo Duterte, has said US forces must leave the unstable island of Mindanao,...

Duterte ready to attack communists 

New People's Army has been fighting for almost 50 years. Source: YouTube Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he is abandoning peace talks with communist insurgents...

Manila poised to increase rates

With Indonesia and Vietnam both lowering interest rates in the past two months and Thailand under increasing pressure to follow suit, the Philippines is...

Prehistoric remains found in Luzon 

Archaeologists have found evidence that humans were living in the Philippines over 700,000 years ago, many millennia earlier than previously thought. Ancient stone tools and...

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...

Tribunal rips maritime dispute open

China’s reclamation work was condemned for causing severe environmental harm. Source: YouTube The uneasy stalemate between China and most of the global community over the...

US scrambles to decipher Duterte

Residents invited to explore a US-Philippine military air base. Source: Wikimedia Washington has said it will seek clarity on the comments of Philippine president, Rodrigo...

Police braced for Manila summit

Around 26,000 police officers will be deployed for the 30th Asean summit and its spin-off meetings between April 26 and 29 in Pasay, according...

Duterte defends dengue decision

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said the previous administration acted in good faith in launching its ill-fated dengue immunisation drive. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Sanofi’s Dengvaxia vaccine...

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Malaysia eyes legal shakeup to bust corruption

The Malaysian government has been called to make major legislative reform to ensure former prime minister Najib Najib’s alleged embezzlement is never repeated. The government’s...

Indonesia restricts social media to end riots

Indonesia has restricted access to Facebook and WhatsApp after rioting broke out in Jakarta in the wake of the presidential election results. Blocking social media...

Canada to retrieve trash from Philippines

Canada has backed down in its dispute with the Philippines, agreeing to take back tonnes of waste shipped to Manila in 103 sea containers.  The...