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Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for death row Filipina

Manila - 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!

Mother of Filipina spared Indonesia execution hails 'miracle': radio

Manila - The mother of a Filipina drug convict reprieved at the 11th hour after facing execution in Indonesia told Philippine radio Wednesday: "Miracles do come true".

Heartrending final farewells for Indonesia death row convicts

Cilacap - Led by the hand through a scrum of reporters to an Indonesian prison island, the six-year-old Filipino looked confused and frightened as he made one of his final visits to his mother before her execution.

Pacquiao pleads for Indonesia to spare death row Filipina

Manila - World boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao took time out Monday from final preparations for his $400 million megafight with Floyd Mayweather to plead for the life of a Filipina on death row in Indonesia.

Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

Sydney - A 10-year-old autistic Filipino boy made an emotional plea Monday for permission to stay in Australia, as tens of thousands called for him not to be deported despite the potential cost of his condition.

Beijing 'poised to take de facto control' of S. China Sea'

Kuala Lumpur - Beijing is poised to take "de facto control" of the South China Sea, the Philippines warned Sunday, but its call for a robust Southeast Asian response at a regional summit was shot down.

Filipina on Indonesia death row 'told she will be executed Tuesday'

Jakarta - A Filipina on death row in Indonesia has been informed that she will be executed on Tuesday, her lawyer said.

Philippines wants 90 Muslim rebels charged for bloody ambush

Manila - The Philippine Justice Department on Wednesday recommended murder charges against 90 Muslim rebels, even though such a move could jeopardise a peace process championed by President Benigno Aquino.

International drug gangs prey on Filipinos abroad

Manila - Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso faces imminent execution in Indonesia, but relatives say her only crime was to fall victim to international drug gangs who are threatening to kill them if they speak out.

Manila 'cute little submissive' of US: China media

Bejing - The Philippines is nothing more than the "cute little submissive" of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticising Manila for military exercises with Washington.

Hong Kong lawmaker rapped for 'racist' views on maids' sex lives

Hong Kong - A senior Hong Kong politician is under fire after she accused some Filipina domestic helpers of seducing their male employers, in comments branded "racist" and "offensive" by critics.

Philippines voices China alarm as US war games begin

Manila - The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed regional waters as it launched giant war games with the United States that were partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing.

Philippine leader Aquino determined to suppress Marcos anger

Manila - Like the bullet embedded in his neck that may kill him if removed, Philippine President Benigno Aquino believes it is safer that some atrocities of his nation's previous dictatorship remain buried.

World should fear China's actions in South China Sea: Philippine leader

Manila - China's efforts to stake its claim to most of the South China Sea should spark fear around the world, with military conflict possible, Philippine President Benigno Aquino told AFP on Tuesday.

China blasts Obama over military 'muscle' in South China Sea

Bejing - Beijing hit back Friday at US President Barack Obama's criticism of Chinese construction in the disputed South China Sea, arguing that it is Washington that has greater military "muscle".

The armchair traveler — The hanging coffins of the Igorot people

Sagada - A 12 to 15 hour bus ride north of Manila will take a visitor to Sagada, a city of about 11,300 people in the Philippines. Besides its many natural wonders, visitors can enjoy a tour to the famous hanging coffins of the Igorot.

Typhoon Maysak melts away as it hits Philippines

Manila - A super typhoon dissolved into a tropical depression and made landfall in the Philippines Sunday, forecasters said, easing fears after thousands of residents fled remote coastal villages to avoid potential giant waves.

Micronesians appeal for help after devastating typhoon

Hagatna - Residents in storm wrecked areas of Micronesia appealed for help Thursday as a clean up began on the worst affected islands after Super Typhoon Maysak swept through the region on its way towards the Philippines.

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines

Manila - Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States' "most wanted terrorists", the military said Monday.

U.S. billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

Manila - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after U.S. forces sank it.

French, Philippine leaders appeal for climate action

Manila - French President Francois Hollande and Philippine leader Benigno Aquino appealed Thursday for urgent global action on climate change, seeking to build momentum for a planned historic accord at a UN summit in Paris.

Philippine court enters not guilty for U.S. Marine accused of murder

Olongapo City - A US Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipina refused to enter a plea on Monday, prompting a court to submit a not guilty plea for him so his trial could go ahead, prosecutors said.

Philippine, French leaders to discuss 'terrorism': Spokesman

Manila - French President Francois Hollande will discuss international terrorism when he meets his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino this week, a spokesman said Sunday.

Condoms vs chocolates in the Philippines on Valentines Day

Manila - A condom maker in the Philippines capital Saturday found their Valentine's Day giveaway challenged by a church group who tried to persuade people to swap the contraceptives for chastity and chocolates.

Widodo in Philippines as fate of death row Filipina lingers

Manila - New Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives on his first state visit to the Philippines Sunday, as the fate of a Filipina facing execution for drug smuggling in his country hovers over planned talks.

FBI says DNA shows top militant likely among dead in Philippine raid

Manila - The FBI has said that DNA analysis indicates one of the world's most wanted terrorists, Bali bomber Zulkifli bin Hir, was likely killed in a Philippine police raid last month that also claimed the lives of 44 officers.

Civilians killed in Philippines anti-terror raid

Cotabato - An eight-year-old girl and three men -- one with his hands bound -- were among those killed in a botched anti-terror police operation in the Philippines last weekend, a local official said Saturday.

49 Philippine police killed after clash with rebels

Manila - Forty-nine Philippine police commandos were killed when they clashed with Muslim rebels in the south, police said Monday, a bloodbath which tested a peace accord signed last March.

Op-Ed: Philippine commando attack on rebels kills more than 30 commandos

Manila - A local official claimed that over 30 Philippine National Police Special Action Force(SAF) commandos were killed when they clashed with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as they were attempting to arrest a bombing suspect.

Beggars taken off the streets for Philippines papal visit

Manila - The Philippines government came under fire Friday after admitting that hundreds of homeless people were taken off Manila's streets and put into luxury accommodation during Pope Francis's recent visit, when he preached compassion for the poor.
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