Abu Sayyaf militants abduct 2 workers in Philippines

Filipino army soldiers engage Muslim rebels. Photo: EPA

Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants have abducted two employees of a telecommunications company in the southern Philippines, the latest captives by a ransom-seeking group that still holds other hostages, including two European tourists, officials said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 6 November, 2013, 4:13pm

Six more die as fighting drags on in Philippine city

An injured resident is helped by rescuers after a mortar shell believed to be from the Muslim rebels' position hit her house as government forces clash anew with remnants of Muslim rebels in Zamboanga, on the southern island of Mindanao. Photo: AFP

Five rebels and a 71-year-old woman were killed on Saturday as fighting dragged on in a southern Philippine city between government troops and Muslim insurgents holding out with about 20 civilian hostages, officials said.

21 Sep 2013 - 7:28pm

Philippine military warns Muslim rebels to surrender

Smoke billows at the site of renewed clashes between Filipino troops and Muslim rebels. Photo: EPA

Philippine soldiers pursued heavily-armed Muslim rebels through the streets and homes of Zamboanga on Wednesday, warning they would be killed or captured unless they surrendered.

About 200 members of the Moro National Liberation Front sailed into the southern port city on September 9 to stake an independence claim and derail peace talks aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency.

18 Sep 2013 - 9:59pm

Philippines vice-president to discuss rebel truce as battles rage

Philippines Vice-President-elect Jejomar Binay. Photo: EPA

The vice president of the Philippines arrived in the southern city of Zamboanga on Saturday to discuss a truce with Muslim rebels holding scores of civilian hostages, as the death toll from the standoff soared above 50.

14 Sep 2013 - 3:51pm

Dead whale shark washes ashore near Philippine capital

Children play near a dead whale shark that was swept ashore at the coastal township of Tanza, Cavite province south of Manila, Philippines. Photo: AP

A dead young whale shark has washed ashore in Manila Bay near the Philippine capital, far from the endangered giant fish’s traditional feeding grounds, fishermen and a wildlife official said Thursday.

6 Sep 2013 - 11:14am

Philippine expats support fellow countrymen with call for action against corruption

Protesters’ artwork featuring Philippine President Benigno Aquino that was used in a mass protest against corruption in Manila on Monday. Photo: AFP

Representatives of the Philippines community in Hong Kong called on the Philippine government on Monday to make a greater effort in the fight against “systemic graft and corruption” in their home country.

27 Aug 2013 - 5:30am 1 comment

Philippines launches offensive on rebel group

Philippines troops in action in the southern Philippines. The military launched an offensive on Saturday against breakaway Muslim rebels. Photo: AP

The Philippine military launched an offensive on Saturday against a breakaway Muslim rebel group that opposes a peace deal and has claimed responsibility for a recent bomb attack that wounded seven soldiers in the country’s volatile south.

10 Aug 2013 - 3:54pm

Car bombing kills at least 8 in south Philippines

A building is seen on fire after a bomb explosion in Cotabato city, on the southern island of Mindanao on Monday. Photo: AFP

A powerful bomb apparently rigged to a vehicle exploded on a busy main road in a volatile southern Philippine city, killing at least eight people and wounding more than 30 others, officials said

6 Aug 2013 - 1:01pm

Philippine troops kill 7 communist rebels in clash

Philippine troops patrol a highway in Guindulugna town, Maguindanao province, on southern island of Mindanao on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

The Philippine military says government forces have killed seven communist rebels in the latest blow to the insurgents who have suffered battle losses in recent clashes.

31 Jul 2013 - 2:42pm

Seven dead in Philippine communist attack

 Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala. Photo: AFP

Seven people were killed when communist insurgents attacked a rural army outpost in the southern Philippines, the military said on Saturday.

Six rebels and a pro-government militiaman were killed while another militiaman was wounded during the five-hour gunbattle on Friday, said the military, adding the attack only ended after they deployed helicopter gunships.

20 Jul 2013 - 3:59pm

Philippines, US hold war games near flashpoint reef

US destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrives at the former US naval base in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, north of Manila on Thursday. Photo: AFP

A US destroyer will join the Philippine Navy’s flagship for war games starting on Thursday close to a flashpoint area of the South China Sea, adding to tensions with China over rival territorial claims.

27 Jun 2013 - 6:44pm

Manila's dark face of grinding poverty

A soot-covered father and his son take a break at an unregulated charcoal factory in a Manila slum. Photo: AFP

A sinewy man covered in thick soot stands in a grey cloud of smoke, watching over a slow-burning pile of wood that sustains his life but may also eventually kill him.

Nearby, emaciated children with their bones visible through their skin bet over a game of dice using charcoal instead of money.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:40am

37 missing after Philippine ferry sinks

Thirty-seven people remain missing after a ferry sank in the central Philippines on Friday, the coastguard said.

Of the 57 onboard, 20 have been rescued from the MV Lady of Mount Carmel ferry after it went down near the central island of Burias, coastguard operations officer Ensign Criselda Boroais said.


14 Jun 2013 - 9:43am

Philippines files racism complaint against Hong Kong fans

The Philippine Football Federation has asked Fifa to investigate allegations that Filipino supporters were subject to racist abuse during last week’s friendly in Hong Kong.

The federation’s head of marketing Ebong Joson said that complaint was filed on Tuesday. He said his office was preparing an official statement later on Thursday.

13 Jun 2013 - 1:19pm 1 comment

To get rich, poor states must ignore the Washington rule book

Playing catch-up

The line of latitude at 20 degrees north neatly bisects East Asia. Skirting Thailand's northern border, and passing eastward between the Philippines and Taiwan, it divides the region into two distinct economic zones.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:49am 12 comments