Manila defies Pope on death penalty

The Philippine government says it will continue in its push to legalise the death penalty, despite Pope Francis’ recent declaration that capital punishment was...

Manila alarmed at China warnings

The Philippines has expressed concern to Beijing over what it says is an increasing number of Chinese radio threats to Philippine aircraft and ships...

Rebels reject Manila peace talks 

The Philippine government has asked that peace talks with communist insurgents be moved home from Europe with designated areas set up to help end...

Duterte church row continues

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is entitled "not to believe in any faith" and express religious opinions, his spokesman has said, after his outspoken boss...

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...

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