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Philippines hopes to sign key defense pact with Japan
by Pam Castro - July 4, 2024 - 5:01pm
The Philippines' military chief said Thursday he hoped a key defense pact with Japan allowing for the deployment of troops on each other's territory will be signed at security talks next week.
Philippines says it agrees with China to 'de-escalate' West Philippine Sea tensions
by Pam Castro - July 3, 2024 - 10:48am
The Philippines and China agreed on Tuesday to "de-escalate tensions" over the West Philippine Sea, Manila said, following a violent clash in the disputed waters last month.
Philippines says Chinese coast guard boarded navy vessels in South China Sea
by Pam Castro - June 19, 2024 - 2:45pm
The Philippine military said Wednesday that the Chinese coast guard rammed and boarded Filipino navy boats and seized their guns in the South China Sea this week in a confrontation that saw a Filipino sailor lose...
Caloocan court finds four police guilty in drug war killings
by Pam Castro - June 18, 2024 - 2:30pm
Four Philippine police officers were found guilty of killing a father and son, Caloocan court officials said, in a rare case of members of law enforcement being prosecuted for taking part in former president Rodrigo...
Filipino farmers struggle as drought and heatwave hits
by Pam Castro - April 29, 2024 - 6:20pm
Filipino farmer Daniel Velasco pumps water from a well in a desperate attempt to save his wilting vegetables, as a scorching heatwave and the worst drought in years hits crops.
Philippine settlement submerged by dam reappears due to drought
by Pam Castro - April 26, 2024 - 2:21pm
A centuries-old settlement submerged by the construction of a dam in the northern Philippines in the 1970s has reappeared as water levels drop due to a drought affecting swathes of the country.
Philippines, US launch annual joint military drills
by Pam Castro - April 22, 2024 - 8:44am
Thousands of Filipino and American troops will kick off joint military exercises in the Philippines on Monday, as Beijing's growing assertiveness in the region raises fears of a conflict.
Philippines trains pet dogs for search and rescue
by Pam Castro - April 14, 2024 - 5:21pm
With her owner holding her leash, Philippine pooch Hazel sniffs through rubble in a simulated search for survivors of a major earthquake in the capital Manila.
Why would the US defend the Philippines?
by Pam Castro - April 12, 2024 - 3:20pm
We look at the deepening of defense ties between the Philippines and the United States, and why Washington could go to war for Manila.
Filipina women learning to 'feel sexy' through dance
by Pam Castro - March 6, 2024 - 7:39pm
Chairlesque is a combination of burlesque and chair dancing, which uses a chair as a centerpiece or prop in choreography.
Rescuers use bare hands to search for landslide survivors in Davao de Oro
by Pam Castro - February 9, 2024 - 9:49am
Rescuers used their bare hands and shovels to dig through mud on Thursday in a desperate search for survivors of a landslide that has killed 11 people in the Philippines, officials said.
Filipino drag queen fights for freedom to express faith
by Pam Castro - January 24, 2024 - 1:01pm
When Filipino drag queen Amadeus Fernando Pagente dressed up as Jesus Christ and sang the Lord's Prayer in a Manila show, he considered it an expression of his Catholic faith.
Jeepney drivers protest over phase-out plan
by Pam Castro - January 16, 2024 - 5:11pm
Philippine jeepney drivers staged a noisy protest in the capital Manila on Tuesday over the government's plan to phase out the smoke-belching vehicles nationwide and replace them with modern mini-buses.
Catholics swarm Black Nazarene in feverish parade
by Pam Castro - January 9, 2024 - 10:40am
Hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful swarmed a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it was pulled through the streets of the Philippine capital on Tuesday, in one of the world's biggest displays of religious...
Chinese vessels in high-seas chase of Philippine boat with media
by Pam Castro - November 11, 2023 - 4:48pm
As a Philippine Coast Guard rubber boat carrying journalists sped towards Filipino troops on a grounded navy vessel in the disputed South China Sea, three Chinese speed boats gave chase.
On 51st Martial Law anniversary, activists accuse Marcos of 'witch-hunt'
by Pam Castro - September 21, 2023 - 7:47pm
Activists accused President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s government of carrying out a "witch-hunt" against rights defenders as they held rallies for the 51st anniversary of the imposition of Martial Law on Thurs...
Philippines condemns Chinese boats' 'illegal' actions in Ayungin Shoal
by Pam Castro - September 8, 2023 - 4:54pm
The Philippines condemned "illegal" actions by Chinese vessels on Friday after the boats allegedly interfered in another resupply mission to a remote military outpost in the disputed South China Sea. 
Philippines, Australia sign strategic partnership deal
by Pam Castro - September 8, 2023 - 11:45am
The Philippines and Australia shored up their security and economic alliance Friday with the signing of a strategic partnership, as they seek to counter China's growing regional influence.
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