Philippines

Islamist militants in Philippines free captives held for three months

Islamist militants on Saturday freed a South Korean cargo ship captain and his Filipino crew mate who were held in captivity for nearly three months in the southern Philippines, officials said....

Philippines' Duterte orders free contraceptives for 6 million women

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to provide free contraceptives and other reproductive health services to 6 million women, despite a temporary ban by the...

Japanese PM seeks to solidify ties to Manila with billions in gifts

With an eye on Chinese assertiveness in the region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in the Philippines Thursday bearing 9 billion dollars in aid and investment promises designed to...

Millions of devotees join Philippines' annual Black Nazarene feast

Nearly 3 million mostly barefoot devotees on Monday joined the Philippines' largest religious event to honour a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ despite warnings that Islamist extremists might...

Philippine police kill suspected Islamic State sympathizers

Philippine police on Saturday killed a foreign national suspected of being a sympathizer of an armed group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, a spokesman said.

Seven dead, more than 150 inmates escape in attack on Philippine jail

Suspected Muslim rebels attacked a provincial jail in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, leaving one guard and six inmates dead and allowing more than 150 inmates to escape, officials said....

Philippine leader alleges most US ambassadors are "spies"

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday alleged that most US ambassadors are "spies," and some of the envoys are deployed to undermine governments.

Bomb explodes during Philippine town celebrations, 27 injured

A homemade bomb exploded during festivities in a town in the Philippines on Wednesday, wounding at least 27 people, according to military spokeswoman.

Fire in Philippines kills one, displaces thousands

One died person died and thousands of people were displaced in Quezon City in the Philippines as a fire engulfed their homes, the Bureau of Fire Protection said Wednesday.

Police say 1 million people taken in in Philippine drug war

The Philippine National Police said Tuesday that a total of 1.049 million people have surrendered, been arrested or killed in President Rodrigo Duterte's fight against illegal drugs.

One dead, many missing when ferry sinks during Philippines typhoon

A ferry sank during the height of Typhoon Nock-Ten killing one person and leaving 18 other crew members missing, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Tuesday.

Typhoon kills five people, 380,000 evacuated in Philippines

Five people were killed and more than 380,000 were evacuated, officials said Monday, as Typhoon Nock-Ten brought howling winds and heavy rains to the Philippines.

Kuwait sentences Filipina to jail for joining Islamic State

Kuwait Monday sentenced a Philippine woman to 10 years in prison on charges of joining the Islamic State extremist militia.

Four killed as Typhoon Nock-Ten pounds the Philippines

Four people were killed and more than 380,000 were evacuated, officials said Monday, as Typhoon Nock-Ten brought howling winds and heavy rains to the Philippines.

Typhoon slams into the Philippines, more than 200,000 evacuated

Typhoon Nock-Ten slammed into the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day, forcing more than 100,000 people to flee their homes, officials said.