At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said on Monday.
Philippine security forces and a Muslim rebel group clashed Sunday in the country`s south killing at least six police officers, both sides confirmed, in violence rarely seen since the signing of a peace treaty.
Pope Francis will celebrate mass with millions in the Philippine capital on Sunday in what could be the world`s biggest papal gathering, capping off a dramatic trip in the Catholic Church`s Asian heartland.
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.
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.
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.
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.