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Philippines' Aquino insists successor's reforms key to resurgence

Manila - President Benigno Aquino urged the Philippines on Monday to elect a new leader with the zeal to pursue reforms which he said had led to high growth in a country impoverished by rampant corruption.

Philippines' Aquino struggles with legacy as clout fades

Manila - Philippine President Benigno Aquino addresses parliament for the last time on Monday, racing to secure fragile legacies of peace in the war-torn south and a stronger economy.

Chris Brown cleared to leave Philippines after bizarre appeals

Manila - Grammy-winning hip-hop star Chris Brown was cleared to leave the Philippines late Friday, an official said, after he was temporarily barred from exiting the country over a row with a powerful religious sect.

Philippines in record defence spending plan amid China tensions

Manila - The Philippines is planning a 25 percent hike in its defence budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Tuesday.

Manila to base jets, frigates near China-claimed waters

Manila - The Philippines plans to station fighter jets and frigates on a former US naval base facing the South China Sea, where it is engaged in a maritime row with China, a defence official said Monday.

Philippines cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

Manila - The Philippines on Sunday hailed what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China's claims to most of the South China Sea.

Philippine massacre widows 'cannot forgive' warlord suspect

Manila - Widows of victims of the Philippines' worst political massacre said Saturday that they could not forgive a powerful clan warlord who was one of the main suspects in the case, after he died in hospital.Andal Ampatuan Sr.

Google removes Chinese name on map after Philippine furore

Manila - Google has quietly removed the Chinese name for a South China Sea shoal bitterly disputed by Beijing and Manila from its maps service, following an outcry from Filipinos.

Philippine ferry may have been overloaded, death toll rises to 61

Ormoc City - The death toll from a ferry that capsized in the central Philippines has risen to 61, the coast guard said Sunday, indicating that the vessel was overloaded.

Owner, crew of capsized Philippine ferry charged with murder

Manila - Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized killing 59 people, an official said Saturday.

Overloading eyed in Philippine ferry capsize: Official

Manila - Overloading of cargo and passengers might have been to blame for a Philippine ferry disaster which left dozens dead, an official said Saturday, and a government investigation is now underway.

Anguish as search for survivors in Philippine ferry ends

Ormoc - Anguished families wept over the bodies of dead relatives as the search for survivors from the Philippines' latest ferry disaster ended Friday with 45 confirmed deaths, officials said.

At least 36 dead after ferry capsizes in Philippines

Manila - At least 36 people were killed after a passenger ferry with close to 200 people on board capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday, officials said.

Philippine vice president accused of roughing up police

Manila - Elderly Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay was accused by Manila police on Wednesday of roughing up officers during a brawl that left several people hurt.

Top rebel slain in blow to Philippine communist rebellion

Davao - The Philippine military has shot dead an infamous communist guerilla leader in a blow to one of the world's longest-running Maoist insurgencies, authorities said Monday.

Japan may consider South China Sea patrols

Toukyo - Japan's military may join US forces on patrol in the South China Sea, the nation's top uniformed officer said in an interview published Thursday, as Tokyo seeks a greater security role.

Japan, Philippines make second flight near disputed waters

Puerto Princesa - Japan and the Philippines flew patrol planes near disputed South China Sea waters for a second straight day on Wednesday, despite Chinese criticism of this week's air and sea exercises.

New Chinese islands don't settle sea disputes: Japan

Toukyo - Japan warned China on Wednesday that its extensive land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea does not make ownership "a done deal", after Beijing announced it had almost finished its controversial island-building.

Philippine leader likens China to Nazi Germany

Toukyo - Philippine President Benigno Aquino likened present-day China to Nazi Germany on Wednesday during a speech in Japan, hinting the world cannot continue to appease Beijing as it claims ever-more territory in the South China Sea.

Drought affects half of the Philippines

Cebu City - Drought brought on by the mild El Niño now sweeping through the Pacific countries has affected more than half of the Philippines, the state weather bureau said.

Philippine leader visits Japan amid China land claim tensions

Toukyo - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday began a four-day visit to Japan that will see him court investment and seek support for his opposition to China's land reclamation in the South China Sea.

Elephant grabs B.C. man's GoPro, snaps adorable 'elphie'

Vancouver - An enterprising elephant grabbed a Vancouver tourist's GoPro camera and snapped an "elphie" with the student. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity for Christian LeBlanc, a University of British Columbia student.

Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople

Manila - The Philippines said Tuesday it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as its Southeast Asian neighbours faced outrage for turning them away.

Filipino Eden Sonsona stops unbeaten Mexican Adrian Estrella

Filipino bantamweight contender Eden Sonsona of General Santos City, Philippines scored a knockout victory over previously unbeaten Adrian Estrella of Mexico Saturday at Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Farmers eat rats, trade tails for rice in Philippines

Farmers in Philippines hit by El Niño triggered drought are trading rat tails for rice as part of a government program and eating their meat.

Philippines govt vows to punish anyone liable for deadly fire

Manila - The owners of a Philippine factory where 72 people died in a fire could face time in prison, a government task force said Saturday, vowing to punish anyone found responsible as anger grows over the tragedy.

Philippines factory fire highlights sweatshop abuses

Manila - The deaths of 72 people in a fire that gutted a footwear factory in the Philippine capital has exposed abusive conditions for millions of poor and desperate workers across the nation.

Philippine factory fire kills 72, barred windows blamed

Manila - Seventy-two people died when a fire tore through a footwear factory in the Philippine capital, authorities said Thursday, as survivors blamed barred windows for the disaster and described sweatshop conditions.

Philippines blaze kills 28, dozens more feared dead

Manila - At least 28 people were killed and dozens more feared dead after a fire tore through a factory producing flip-flops in the Philippine capital Manila on Wednesday, the city's fire marshal said.

Philippines to announce national rules for ride-sharing

Manila - The Philippines has become the first country to come up with national rules governing Uber and other ride-sharing services, the transport department said Tuesday, following criticism of the industry as unsafe and unregulated.
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Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) of the Philippines and Brandon Rios of the U.S. pose for photographs durin...
Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) of the Philippines and Brandon Rios of the U.S. pose for photographs during a news conference in New York August 6, 2013. Pacquiao and Rios will fight in a welterweight match at the Venetian Macao in Macau on November 24
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The culture of the Philippines was brought to downtown Toronto in front of City Hall at Nathan Phill...
The culture of the Philippines was brought to downtown Toronto in front of City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square.
Relief goods collected in Danbury  CT for shipment to Philippine typhoon victims
Relief goods collected in Danbury, CT for shipment to Philippine typhoon victims
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A street child asks for alms
A street child asks for alms
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper sends live reports from the Philippines on the devastation and recovery e...
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper sends live reports from the Philippines on the devastation and recovery efforts four days after Super Typhoon Haiyan destroyed entire coastal towns of the central islands
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Subic Bay naval base Philippines
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Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona
Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona
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Filipino Catholics reenact the crucifixion on Good Friday.
Filipino Catholics reenact the crucifixion on Good Friday.
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Global Pinoy Network deploys camera crew to Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda
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Global Pinoy Network deploys camera crew to Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda Global Pinoy Network, an online networking platform that reaches to Filipino communities both locally and internationally deploys a camera crew in behalf of Radyo Veritas Global Broadcasting along with the representatives of Visayan Forum, a non-profit, non-stock and tax-exempt non-government organization in the Philippines, and a representative from Vatican to check the situation of the survivors of the super storm Yolan
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Businessman Herbert Cledera with Jun Reyes preparing relief goods for shipment to Philippine typhoon victims
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Poor street children of the Philippines attending a Christmas party
Poor street children of the Philippines attending a Christmas party
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SONA 2012: A Day In The Life of Philippines
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Crowd at the Enderun Not for Snobs wine market and wine tasting event
The casual mezzanine dining area at Le Petit Cheri.
The casual mezzanine dining area at Le Petit Cheri.
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Dancing with musical tones of digital change.
The culture of the Philippines was brought to downtown Toronto in front of City Hall at Nathan Phill...
The culture of the Philippines was brought to downtown Toronto in front of City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square.
The culture of the Philippines was brought to downtown Toronto in front of City Hall at Nathan Phill...
The culture of the Philippines was brought to downtown Toronto in front of City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square.
Northern and Central Luzon and Bicol region will experience stormy weather due to Typhoon  PEDRING  ...
Northern and Central Luzon and Bicol region will experience stormy weather due to Typhoon "PEDRING" while the rest of Southern Luzon and Western Visayas will have rains with gusty winds.
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