Philippines seeking defence ties with India after China's moves

Worried over increasingly aggressive moves of China to stake claim on disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the Philippines is looking at establishing defense cooperation with allies, including India, a top official said here.

Philippine police smash online child ``sextortion`` ring

Philippine police on Friday arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians, seizing laptops and other equipment.

Philippine leader may seek controversial second term

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said he may try to change the constitution and serve a second term in office, a stunning announcement in a nation haunted by dictatorship.

Philippine city offers bounties for dead rats

A Philippine city is offering bounties for dead rats in an effort to prevent a repeat of a deadly epidemic spread by rodent urine, an official said on Wednesday.

Philippines sending ship for workers trapped in Libya

The Philippines said Tuesday it would send a ship to pick up at least 700 of its nationals trapped in strife-torn Libya as it presses on with efforts to rescue thousands of workers.

Philippines urges workers in Libya to leave while they can

The Philippines urged its thousands of workers in Libya on Saturday to leave the strife-torn nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes were closing fast.

16 killed in Philippines in Islamist militants` attack

At least 16 people were killed and 13 injured Monday in an ambush staged by members of the militants group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, an official said.

One dead as hundreds flee false tsunami alert in Philippines

A false tsunami alarm left one person dead and prompted hundreds of others to flee their homes in the Philippines, where natural disasters are frequent, a civil defence official said on Wednesday.

Typhoon Rammasun toll in Philippines rises to 77

The number of people killed by typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines has risen to 77, authorities said Saturday.

Typhoon power woes in Philippines as death toll hits 38

Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power today after a ferocious typhoon paralysed the capital and tore down flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 38 lives.

Typhoon kills 10 in Philippines, shuts, cuts power, prompts evacuation

Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on Wednesday as authorities said the first major storm of the country`s brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate.

Six Philippine troops killed in friendly fire: Military

Six Philippine soldiers who were killed in one of the bloodiest clashes against al Qaeda-linked militants this year were hit by friendly fire, the military acknowledged Friday.

Six wounded in Philippine clash with communist rebels

Philippine police and troops have clashed with dozens of communist guerrillas in a remote southern mountain village, leaving six troopers wounded, the military said today.

Police Special Action Force commandos and army troops were patrolling on Talomo mountain outside Davao city on Mindanao island when they encountered at least 30 New People`s Army (NPA) rebels, triggering the gunbattle yesterday.

Top leftist rebel leader caught in Philippines

Security forces arrested a top ranking female leftist rebel leader in the southern Philippines Monday, a military official said Tuesday.

Military officials identified the captured leader of the New People`s Army (NPA) as Mercy B. Maghinay, alias Joyceee, Xinhua reported.

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia`s bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan, local church leaders said Monday.

US scales down anti-terror taskforce in Philippines

The United States is scaling down a taskforce that has been training Philippine troops to hunt down local Al-Qaeda extremists, Manila`s defence chief said Thursday.

Philippine senator arrested over huge corruption scam

A Philippine senator and former movie star was arrested on Friday, becoming the first politician detained over a massive corruption scandal that has rocked the nation, with two of his colleagues set to follow.

China said to be reclaiming more land in Spratlys

China has been reclaiming more land to bolster its military presence in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, where its increasing assertion of its territorial claims has brought it into standoffs with its neighbours, Philippine officials said on Thursday.

Blasts rock Philippine army munitions depot, 23 hurt

Twenty-three people were injured when fire and a series of explosions struck a Philippine army munitions depot near the country`s financial district Wednesday, officials and witnesses said.

US-Philippines launch war games after Obama pledge

Thousands of American and Philippine troops launched large annual exercises today after US President Barack Obama vowed "ironclad" backing for its Asian ally, locked in a tense maritime row with China.