Duterte threatens war with Canada over 103 sea containers 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told Canada to take back tonnes of waste it had “illegally” shipped to Manila or risk "war".  Canada is being...

Obama to raise South China Sea dispute

US President Barack Obama (pictured) and Asean leaders plan to raise the South China Sea dispute at this weekend’s summit in Kuala Lumpur, according...

Activist to join Duterte cabinet

Environmentalist Gina Lopez. Source: Flickr The Philippines’ president-elect, Rodrigo Duterte, has threatened to cancel mining projects that cause environmental damage after an anti-mining activist accepted...

Duterte not to blame for slowdown: analysts

Hong Kong is a major destination for Filipino migrants. Source: Wikimedia  The Philippine economy is suffering amid the global turndown rather than as a reaction...

S’pore couple jailed for starving maid

Singapore is largely dependent on migrant labour. A Singaporean couple, both 47, have been jailed for starving their Filipina maid over a period of...

Mines accused of funding Maoists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (pictured) says he will shut down any mine helping Maoist rebels waging a prolonged insurgency.  Duterte’s administration has held stuttering peace...

US U-turns on seized bells

The Philippines has welcomed the announcement by the US Department of Defence to return the colonial-era Balangiga bells, seized after a 1901 massacre by...

Philippine militants claim Isis alliance

Tulay Mosque in Sulu province. Source: Flickr Four Islamist extremist groups in the southern Philippines have reportedly merged to form a detachment of Islamic State...

Anger at heroes’ burial for Marcos

President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda with US President Lyndon Johnson in Manila in 1966. Source: Wikimedia Philippine Senator Franklin Drilon has urged President...

Asean lacks economic freedom: US think tank

An MRT-3 train in Manila. The Philippines’ infrastructure is holding it back. Source: Wikimedia Out of a study ranking freedom in 178 economies, the Philippines...

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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...