Philippines, Japan coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams staged an anti-piracy drill on Wednesday, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack, in a show of maritime cooperation between the two nations amid rising tension in Asian waters.

Philippines violating South China Sea code: China

China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its building work on disputed islets, firing back again after repeated criticism of China`s own construction work.

China says Philippines violating South China Sea code

China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its building work on disputed islets, firing back again after repeated criticism of China`s own construction work.

Philippines says Islamist militant was killed by followers

The Philippines` most wanted Islamist militant, whose death at the weekend could boost peace efforts in the country`s south, was killed by his own bodyguards in pursuit of a bounty offered by the United States, the head of the military said on Monday.

Filipinos take Manny Pacquiao loss hard, demand rematch
Filipinos take Manny Pacquiao loss hard, demand rematch

Manny Pacquiao`s loss to undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr in their welterweight showdown in Las Vegas was met with tears, anger and accusations of foul play in his homeland of the Philippines on Sunday.

Manny Pacquiao fight brings moment of unity to Philippines
Manny Pacquiao fight brings moment of unity to Philippines

From air-conditioned corporate boardrooms to steamy public gymnasiums, Filipinos are counting down the hours to local boxing icon Manny Pacquiao`s fight with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas. 

Boxing: Mayweather, Pacquiao's fight of the century on Sunday

Watch Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's fight of the century on Sunday night.

Philippines gets a fever from Pac-mania
Philippines gets a fever from Pac-mania

Manny Pacquiao will enter the ring for boxing`s "fight of the century" with an entire country in his corner as the Philippines grinds to a halt to dementedly cheer on its favourite son against Floyd Mayweather.

China says US welcome to use civilian facilities in South China Sea

The United States and other countries will be welcome to use civilian facilities China is building in the South China Sea for search and rescue and weather forecasting "when conditions are right", China`s navy chief has told a senior U.S. officer. 

Manny Pacquiao eyes Philippine presidency
Manny Pacquiao eyes Philippine presidency

When boxing hero Manny Pacquiao finally calls an end to his historic career in the ring, he will have his eyes on a much bigger prize -- president of the Philippines.

China accuses Philippines, Vietnam of intrusive action in South China Sea

 Facing criticism from ASEAN countries for its move to build artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea (SCS), China for the first time accused the Philippines and Vietnam of building airports and deploying missiles in the islands claimed by it.

Philippines hails `miracle` reprieve for death row Filipina

 The last-minute reprieve for a Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia sparked an outpouring of euphoria and disbelief on Wednesday, with crowds weeping for joy and her children crying "Mama will live!"

Philippine press caught out by last-minute execution reprieve

Several Philippine newspapers were caught out Wednesday by a last-minute reprieve for a young woman facing execution in Indonesia, running front-page headlines bidding her farewell and accusing the government of failing to save her.

Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

 The mother of an autistic Filipino boy she says faces deportation because he would be a burden to the Australian taxpayer presented a petition Monday signed by tens of thousands of people begging authorities to let him stay.

Beijing poised for `de facto control` of South China Sea: Philippines

Beijing is poised to take "de facto control" of the South China Sea, the Philippines warned on Sunday as it called on fellow Southeast Asian countries to "finally stand up" to their massive neighbour.

Beijing moves toward `de facto control of South China Sea`: Philippines

Beijing is moving toward "de facto control" of the South China Sea, the Philippines warned on Sunday as it called on fellow Southeast Asian countries to "stand up" to their massive neighbour.

Forest paradise re-emerges in Philippine capital Manila

A tropical rainforest has regrown against all odds on the edge of the Philippine capital`s biggest open-air dump, and is now a patch of green paradise in a sprawling metropolis blighted by giant slums.

Countdown appears to start for execution of foreigners in Indonesia

Indonesia has asked foreign embassies to send representatives to a maximum security prison for the expected execution of 10 drug convicts, although an official 72-hour notice of execution has not been given yet, diplomats said on Friday.

Sons to reunite with Filipina maid on death rown in Indonesia

The two young sons of a Philippine maid on death row for drug trafficking in Indonesia will fly out Thursday for a feared final reunion, the government said as it mounted a last-ditch campaign to save her.

Host Malaysia avoids Chinese ire over disputed sea at ASEAN summit

  Malaysia is steering clear of criticising China`s actions in the South China Sea at a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders next week, a draft end-statement seen by Reuters shows, despite a push by the Philippines to denounce Beijing`s reclamation work.