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Seven crew rescued, four dead in Philippine ship grounding

Manila - Seven members of a crew forced to abandon their cargo ship after it ran aground during a typhoon in the Philippines have been rescued and the bodies of four others found, authorities said Wednesday.

Philippines' Duterte prepared to deploy navy over South China Sea claim

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is willing to deploy military ships to the South China Sea to assert the country's claim over oil deposits in a contested part of the waterway.

Giant clam shells worth $24.8 million seized in Philippine raid

Manila - Philippine authorities said Saturday they have seized some 200 tonnes of illegally harvested giant clam shells worth nearly $25 million in one of the biggest known operations of its kind in the country.

Philippines' Duterte lifts ban on new mining deals

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte officially lifted a nine-year ban on new mining projects Thursday, in a controversial move aimed at boosting state revenue and spurring investment in the country's coronavirus-devastated economy.

'Full capacity everywhere': Manila hospitals struggle as virus surges

Manila - Angelo Barrera's father struggled to breathe from Covid-19 as he was driven around the Philippine capital in search of a hospital bed. After five hours he got on a waitlist, but died before he could get inside.

Philippines keeping 'options open' on South China Sea: govt

Manila - The Philippine defence department said Thursday it was keeping "all our options open" as a diplomatic row with Beijing grows over hundreds of Chinese vessels in the contested South China Sea.

Philippines suspends AstraZeneca vaccine for under 60s

Manila - The Philippine health department suspended Thursday the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab for people under 60 after reports of blood clots overseas, in a setback for the country's already slow vaccine rollout.

Philippine presidential aide warns of 'unwanted hostilities' in South China Sea

Manila - The presence of Chinese vessels at a disputed reef off the Philippines could ignite "unwanted hostilities", a top aide to President Rodrigo Duterte warned Monday, intensifying a diplomatic spat over the ships.

Philippines accuses China of plans to occupy more South China Sea 'features'

Manila - The Philippines defence minister on Sunday accused Beijing of planning to occupy more "features" in the disputed South China Sea, in an escalating war of words over Chinese vessels in the waters.

Philippines says Chinese ships 'swarming' area around disputed Spratly Islands

Manila - A fleet of Chinese ships that sparked a diplomatic row after parking at a reef off the Philippines for weeks are now scattered across the contested Spratly Islands, a government agency said Wednesday, condemning Beijing's "unlawful presence" in the are...

Philippines locks down economic hub to fight coronavirus surge

Manila - More than 24 million people in the Philippines' economic hub entered a lockdown Monday, as officials warned the week-long restrictions could be extended if coronavirus infections do not fall.

Philippines deploys air force jet over Chinese ships

Manila - A Philippine air force jet is conducting daily patrols over Chinese fishing vessels parked near a disputed reef, the defence chief said, as Beijing refuses to pull the ships out of the area.

Philippines orders 24 million in and around Manila into virus lockdown

Manila - The Philippines announced Saturday that more than 24 million people in and around Manila will go into lockdown next week, as hospitals in the capital struggle to cope with a surge in coronavirus infections.

Philippines deploys more navy ships to disputed sea amid row with China

Manila - The Philippine military ordered the deployment of more navy ships to the South China Sea Thursday amid a growing diplomatic row over a fleet of Chinese boats parked near a disputed reef.

Philippines shuts churches, curbs travel as virus surges

Manila - Churches in Manila will be closed, eating inside restaurants banned and leisure travel outside the Philippine capital curbed under new coronavirus rules unveiled Sunday as the country battles a resurgence in infections.

Philippines spots hundreds of Chinese 'militia' boats near disputed reef

Manila - More than 200 Chinese fishing vessels believed to be crewed by militia have been spotted near a disputed reef off the Philippines, a government agency said, expressing "concern" over their presence.

Philippines logs record new coronavirus infections

Manila - New coronavirus infections in the Philippines hit a record high on Friday, health officials said, as pandemic restrictions were tightened in the capital to combat the resurgence in cases.

Philippines to shut border to foreigners as virus cases surge

Manila - The Philippines will close its border to foreigners and restrict the number of Filipinos entering the country as authorities battle to contain a spike in coronavirus infections.

Philippines faces 'learning crisis' after yearlong school shutdown

Manila - Andrix Serrano studies alone inside a Manila slum shack he shares with his street-sweeper grandmother. Like many in his fourth-grade class, he has no internet for his shuttered school's online lessons.

Philippine rights watchdog probes deadly anti-communist raids

Manila - The Philippines' human rights watchdog said Monday it has launched an investigation after nine people were killed in a series of raids by security forces targeting alleged communist insurgents.
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