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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...

Hong Kong domestic worker fired after cancer diagnosis dies

Fpo - A Filipina who was sacked as a domestic worker in Hong Kong after being diagnosed with cancer -- a case that exposed the vulnerability of low-paid foreign workers -- has passed away, a friend confirmed Wednesday.

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.

Chinese says vessels in disputed sea are 'fishing boats' after Manila protest

Bejing - Chinese vessels gathered near a disputed reef in the South China Sea are "fishing boats" sheltering from poor weather, the foreign ministry said Monday, a day after the Philippines described their presence as an incursion.

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.

Giant clam shells worth $3.3 million seized in Philippine raid

Manila - Philippine authorities have seized illegally harvested giant clam shells worth $3.3 million as smugglers turn to the endangered creatures as a substitute for the illicit ivory trade.

Philippine critics in firing line of anti-communist misinformation war

Manila - Philippine lawmaker Sarah Elago faces a daily barrage of Facebook posts linking her to communist rebels trying to overthrow the government. She says the claims are false, but they could get her killed anyway.

Philippines says China to donate half a million Covid-19 vaccines

Manila - Beijing's top diplomat pledged Saturday to donate half a million coronavirus vaccine shots to the Philippines, Manila officials said -- despite growing resistance there to Chinese-made jabs over concerns about their efficacy.

Duterte critic and journalist Maria Ressa charged again with cyber libel

Manila - Embattled Philippine journalist Maria Ressa faces a third cyber libel charge, her lawyer said Thursday, this time for a story over students allegedly paying a professor for passing grades.

Philippines secures 30 million Novavax vaccine doses

Manila - The Philippines has secured 30 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by US drug maker Novavax, officials said Sunday, as the country braces for a surge in infections after a huge religious event.

Devotees flock to Philippine church for miracle from Catholic icon

Manila - Thousands of devotees thronged a church in the Philippine capital Saturday for a glimpse of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ believed to have miraculous healing powers, after an annual Catholic parade was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Devotees flock to Philippine church for miracle from Catholic icon

Manila - Thousands of devotees thronged a church in the Philippine capital Saturday for a glimpse of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ believed to have miraculous healing powers, after an annual parade was cancelled due to Covid-19.

First Philippine eagle bred in captivity dies

Manila - The first Philippine eagle bred in captivity in an effort to save one of the world's most endangered birds has died from infections, conservationists said Friday.

Philippines bans arrivals from 20 countries over new virus strain

Manila - The Philippines will shut its borders to foreigners arriving from 20 countries and territories in a bid to prevent a new strain of coronavirus entering the nation, officials said Tuesday.

Security team for Philippines' Duterte gets unauthorised Covid-19 vaccine

Manila - Members of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's security team have received a Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine, officials said Monday -- the first people in the country to be officially immunised despite no regulatory approval.
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