Bomb in overpass wounds 17 in southern Philippines

A bomb exploded on a pedestrian overpass in a southern Philippine town threatened by Muslim rebels in the past, wounding at least 17 people on Sunday, police said.

Philippines` Aquino says US ties above transgender murder

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Monday the murder of a Filipino transgender prostitute allegedly by a US Marine should not sour ties with the United States.

Protesters demand Philippine custody of US Marine

Dozens of activists burned a mock US flag as they protested at the US Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a US Marine suspected in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.

Rival vows no easy ride for Manny Pacquiao's basketball debut
Rival vows no easy ride for Manny Pacquiao's basketball debut

Manny Pacquiao will receive no special treatment on his first foray into professional basketball, a rival player has vowed, as the Philippine boxing superstar struggles with a hectic training schedule for both sports.

Typhoon Kalmaegi heads out of Philippines, cuts power, damages farms

A strong typhoon was moving out of the Philippines on Monday, after plunging into darkness wide northern swathes of the country and inundating farmland, but there were no reports of lives lost, civil defence officials said.

Philippines foils `anti-China` bombing plot: Govt

Three men arrested over a foiled attempt to bomb the Philippine capital`s airport were also planning to attack the Chinese embassy and one of Manila`s biggest malls, authorities said Tuesday.

Philippine sect opens `world`s largest indoor arena`

Philippine President Benigno Aquino presided over the opening on Monday of what is billed as the world`s largest indoor stadium, erected by a politically-influential religious sect.

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.

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.

Roast pigs and mudbaths mark colourful Philippine festivals

Roast pigs decked out as superheroes and mud-coated farmers paraded in separate Philippine villages Tuesday in two of the mainly Catholic nation`s most colourful religious festivals.

Philippine president backs Abe`s military moves

Philippine President Benigno Aquino, whose country was brutally invaded by Japan in World War II, said Tuesday he supports Shinzo Abe`s plan to expand the scope of his country`s armed forces.

Murderers wander with machetes at idyllic Philippine prison

One hundred convicts armed with machetes wander through a vast prison without walls in one of the Philippines` most beautiful islands, a unique approach to reforming criminals.

Philippine senator arrested over huge corruption scam

A Philippine senator who rose to fame as an action movie hero was arrested on Friday, becoming the first politician detained over a massive corruption scandal allegedly involving dozens of lawmakers.

Philippine, Vietnamese troops drink beer, play volleyball on disputed island

Vietnamese and Philippine troops got together on a disputed island in the South China Sea on Sunday to play soccer and volleyball - as well as drink beer - in a display of unity that will not go unnoticed in Beijing.

3 Philippine senators charged with plunder

Philippine government prosecutors have filed corruption charges against three senators who allegedly received millions of dollars in kickbacks from funds allocated for projects for the poor.

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.

Hague tribunal asks China to defend sea claims

A Hague-based tribunal has asked China to defend its territorial claims in the South China Sea by submitting evidence within six months despite Beijing`s refusal to respond to a Philippine legal challenge to Beijing`s vast claims to the strategic waters.

China violates `Declaration of Conduct`: Philippine leader

Philippine President Benigno Aquino today accused China of violating the "Declaration of Conduct" it signed in 2002, after it allegedly began reclaiming land on a disputed reef in the South China Sea.

Philippine,Vietnamese join anti-China street protest

Manila: Several hundred Filipino and Vietnamese protesters united in a march in the Philippine capital today, demanding that China should stop oil drilling in disputed South China Sea waters.

Philippine court charges nine Chinese fishermen with poaching

Nine Chinese fishermen, arrested by the Philippines police May 6, were Monday formally charged with poaching endangered species in Philippine waters.