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US, Filipino forces start war drills in region facing Taiwan

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of American and Filipino forces began on Monday one of their largest combat exercises in years that will include live-fire maneuvers, aircraft assaults, urban warf...

Philippine vote campaign starts amid violence, virus fears

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Candidates for Philippine congressional seats and thousands of smaller races started campaigning Friday with police watching closely due to past violence and to enforce a pa...

AP Exclusive: US admiral says China fully militarized isles

OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (AP) — China has fully militarized at least three of several islands it built in the disputed South China Sea, arming them with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems, la...

Philippine VP seeks 2022 presidency, facing dictator's son

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine vice president and opposition leader Leni Robredo registered her presidential candidacy Thursday for next year's elections in a move that would bring the pro-demo...

Aquino, Philippine ex-leader who challenged China, is buried

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III was buried Saturday with thousands lining the streets of Manila to remember him for standing up to China in bitter territorial...

COVID-19 infections surge past 1 million in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines surged past 1 million on Monday in the country’s latest grim milestone, as officials assess whether to extend a monthlong...

Philippine Congress enters crisis over leadership standoff

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A large faction of Philippine legislators in the House of Representatives elected a new leader Monday, but the incumbent speaker declared the vote a “travesty” in a tense po...

Philippines virus cases top 100,000 in 'losing battle'

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines surged past 100,000 Sunday in a troubling milestone after medical groups declared that the country was waging “a losing battle” aga...

Philippines virus cases soar past 50,000 as lockdown eases

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines soared past 50,000 on Wednesday in a troubling milestone for a country that has reopened an economy on the brink of reces...

Filipina journalist critical of Duterte convicted of libel

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An award-winning journalist critical of the Philippine president was convicted of libel and sentenced to jail Monday in a decision called a major blow to press freedom in an...

Philippine activists protest anti-terror law despite threats

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hundreds of activists in the Philippine capital staged protests Friday against a proposed anti-terror law they say could be used to quash dissent, ignoring police threats th...

Ex-guard frees dozens of hostages in Manila mall, is subdued

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A recently dismissed security guard freed dozens of hostages and was subdued by police after walking out of a shopping mall in the Philippine capital on Monday, ending a day...