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...

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...

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...

Manila denies foreign crackdown

A Philippine presidential spokesman has denied that there is a crackdown on foreigners, saying that the ban on their political participation is in the...

Manila probes Facebook data leak 

The Philippines says it was investigating a Facebook data breach by the scandal-ridden political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The National Privacy Commission has written to Facebook...

Duterte to shut ‘cesspit’ Boracay 

A popular Philippine holiday island faces closure by a presidential decree from Rodrigo Duterte. He called for Boracay to be placed off-limits to tourists...

Philippines moves to end divorce ban

The Philippines, the only country apart from the Vatican to ban divorce, moved towards legalisation when the lower house passed legislation which would allow...

Critics rage at Duterte ICC exit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) will not effect the probe into alleged human-rights abuses during his so-called war...

Gas talks hit deadlock 

Any deal between the Philippines and the Chinese to jointly drill for gas on Reed Bank in the South China Sea would be illegal...

EU agrees Philippine aid package

The European Union is set to provide the Philippines with 243.1 million peso (€3.8 million) for its drug rehabilitation programme, despite having rocky relations...

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