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...

Maoists face terror label

The Philippine judiciary has moved to formally label the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as terrorist...

Manila, Beijing discuss maritime exploration 

The Philippines and China are in talks to jointly pursue oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, according to Manila’s foreign minister...

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...

Manila defends helicopter deal

The Philippine defence minister Delfin Lorenzana has claimed that 16 helicopters being bought from Canada will not be used to attack insurgents after activists...

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