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  • Chris Brown allowed to leave Philippines

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

    “If you’re free to come to Macau — party tonight!”Brown, who performed to a packed crowd at a Manila arena on Tuesday, was barred from leaving the Philippines after a politically-connected Christian group, Iglesia ni...

  • US crucial to beating IS in Philippines, says amabassador

    “We did play a very important role in supporting the (Philippines') efforts to retake Marawi,” Kim told reporters...

    “We had P-3s (surveillance planes), Grey Eagles (drones) providing crucial intelligence information to the Armed Forces of the Philippines so that they would be able to carry out operations necessary to retake Marawi...

  • Philippines' Duterte says he will shoot criminals

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered to shoot criminals himself, while warning he may bring police back to the frontlines of his deadly war on drugs...

    Duterte made the comments late on Friday following his announcement on October 11 to withdraw the police from his anti-drug war after they were accused of rights abuses in killing thousands of people while following his orders to eradicate illegal drugs in society
  • 'No more militants in Marawi': Philippines declares end to 5-month siege

    “The Philippine security forces, aided by its government and the massive support of the Filipino people, have nipped the budding infrastructure and defeated terrorism in the Philippines,” Lorenzana said...

    “In crushing thus far the most serious attempt to export violent extremism and radicalism in the Philippines and the region, we have contributed to preventing its spread in Asia...

  • SBP, Philippines’ central bank sign accord

    KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) signed on Friday an agreement with the Central Bank of Philippines to develop banking relations...

    Espiritu, ambassador of Philippines in Pakistan, signed the agreement on bilateral central banking cooperation...

  • Japan, Philippines to discuss transfer of military goods

    TOKYO: Japan and the Philippines agreed on Thursday to start talks on transferring Japanese military hardware and technology to the Southeast Asian country trying to upgrade its defences...

    The strategic partnership agreement with the Philippines focuses on defence and security cooperation, but also includes economic assistance from Japan...

  • Philippines govt 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...

    The department said the Muslim rebels could be charged over the Jan 25 incident which left 44 police commandoes dead in the rural district of Mamasapano
  • Norway, Philippines envoys killed in helicopter crash, army claims no terror attack

    GILGIT: Ambassador of Philippines Domingo D Lucenario Jr, Ambassador of Norway Leif Larsen and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors were among seven people killed in a helicopter crash in Naltar Valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region on Friday...

    According to a list of passengers obtained by AFP, the ambassadors of Indonesia, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Romania, Norway, South Africa, the Philippines and Poland...

  • Fire in Philippines factory consumes 28 lives

    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...

    Firemen said they counted 28 bodies but were only able to retrieve three as the gutted building threatened to collapse after the blaze, which began before noon (0400 GMT), destroyed the building
  • Philippines outgunned in China’s island-building frenzy

    As China and fellow rival claimant Vietnam race to pave over reefs and build structures in the strategically important sea, the Philippines stands out as a laggard...

    The Spratlys, an archipelago of more than a hundred islands, reefs and atolls between Vietnam and the Philippines, is one of the most hotly contested areas because of its strategic military importance...

  • US-Philippines war games to start under China’s shadow

    The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this time they will involve double the number of soldiers as last year in a sign of their expanding military partnership...

    The Philippines is seeking more US military and diplomatic support to fend off China’s increasing forcefulness in its bid to assert sovereignty in disputed areas of the South China Sea...

  • Philippines says prepared to help sea-stranded Rohingya people

    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...

    The Philippines is obliged to help the migrants, many of whom are fleeing persecution, because it is party to the 1951 United Nations convention on refugees, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and foreign department spokesman Charles Jose both said...

  • Bar ban for US troops in Philippines

    MANILA: The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said on Saturday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar...

    Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but conceded they came after a US serviceman was arrested for the murder of a transgender Filipina he met in a bar in October after taking part in military...

  • 15 wounded in Philippines mosque attack

    JOLO: Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a police camp mosque on a remote island in Philippines long plagued by Islamic militancy, officials said Saturday...

    However the Philippines has struggled to contain the group, whose leader last year pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants fighting in Syria and Iraq...

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