Asia Pacific

Thousands flee Mindanao, churchgoers 'taken hostage'

Ongoing violence prompts 'mass exodus' from Marawi, as President Rodrigo Duterte considers nationwide martial law.

Mindanao: Churchgoers 'taken hostage' amid Marawi siege

Asia Pacific

Duterte declares martial law in southern Philippines

Emergency declaration follows heavy clashes between security forces and fighters in Mindanao's Marawi city.

Duterte declares martial law after Mindanao attack

South China Sea

Duterte: China's Xi threatened 'war' over sea oil

Philippine president says Chinese counterpart warned war would start if oil drilling began in disputed South China Sea.

Duterte: China's Xi threatened 'war' over sea oil

Asia Pacific

Balikatan 2017: US and the Philippines start smaller-scale annual military exercise

Relations between the US and the Philippines may be strained, but their soldiers are still carrying out their annual joint military exercises. However, there is no sea-patrol training, war gaming or live ammunition at this year Balikatan exercise.

Philippines

Philippine concerns over Chinese ship sent to Benham Rise

The Philippine military said that China had sent a ship to an area known as Benham Rise, off the eastern coast of the Philippines. The underwater region has untapped resources and officials want to ensure it stays under their control.

Asia Pacific

Philippines-China tensions simmer over underwater plateau

The Philippine government is increasing its interest in a resource-rich underwater plateau. The United Nations says it is part of the Philippines' territory.

Asia Pacific

Philippines: malnutrition hinders children's school performance

An estimated seven million children across the Philippines suffer from serious malnutrition. This problem is largely driven by inadequate access to nutritious food, lack of nutrition education, as well as poor health and sanitation services.

Asia

Twin blasts kill two in Philippines

The police suggest gangs are to blame for twin explosions in Manila that also left six people wounded.

Twin blasts kill two in Philippines

Opinion

The Trump-Duterte Bromance

Trump's praise for Duterte indicates Washington's growing emphasis on strategic interests over value promotion.

Richard Javad Heydarian

by Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian

Asia Pacific

Philippines: Duterte welcomes Chinese navy ship visit to Davao

Duterte has personally welcomed a Chinese Navy flotilla into his home town Davao. This is the first time China's Navy has visited the island nation in eight years, and an indication that joint naval exercises might take place in the future.

Philippines

White House defends invitation to Philippines' leader

US official says President Trump's invitation to Rodrigo Duterte to the White House is mostly about North Korea.

Donald Trump called Rodrigo Duterte to affirm alliance

Asia Pacific

Philippine, Indonesia to boost business through new trade route

A new shipping lane has been launched between the Philippines and Indonesia to increase trade. Indonesian President Joko Widodo travelled to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown to inaugurate the gateway.

Philippines

ASEAN leaders meet against backdrop of tension

Developments on Korean Peninsula and South China Sea dispute set to dominate agenda of conference in Philippine capital.

ASEAN meets amid Korea tension and South China Sea row

Philippines

Manila prepares for ASEAN summit

It's the Philippines' first international summit since the election of its controversial leader, Rodrigo Duterte, last year. Tensions over North Korea are expected to dominate the meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Manila.

Asia Pacific

Philippine surfers re-use sea waste

A group of surfers in the Philippines have started what they call the 'stuff it' challenge - stuffing rubbish into plastic bottles as a way to re-use garbage and stop it from polluting the seas.