Philippines

Saudi Plane Isolated at Manila Airport after False Hijack Alarm, Incident Over

MANILA, Sept 20 – A Saudi Arabian Airlines plane was temporarily isolated after landing at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday following a false hijack alarm, airline and airport officials said. Passengers were taken off the aircraft and transported to the airport’s main terminal while Philippines security personnel carried out checks of the plane.

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China’s Legal Setback Could Spur More South China Sea Claims

By Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM, July 14 – China’s resounding defeat in a legal battle with the Philippines over territorial claims in the South China Sea could embolden other states to file lawsuits if Beijing refuses to compromise on access to the resource-rich region. There are several avenues for litigation that countries could

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China Vows to Protect South China Sea Sovereignty After Ruling

By Ben Blanchard and Martin Petty BEIJING/MANILA, July 13 – China vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty in the South China Sea and said it had the right to set up an air defence zone, after rejecting an international tribunal’s ruling that denied its claims in the region. State media called

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Philippine President-Elect Aims For Economic Continuity

By Neil Jerome Morales DAVAO, Philippines, May 12 (Reuters) – Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will continue his predecessor’s macroeconomic policies focusing on higher infrastructure spending and fiscal efficiency, aides said on Thursday in a bid to end uncertainty around his growth agenda. Duterte ran on a single-issue campaign focused on law and order for a

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‘Bongbong’, The Son, Leads Marcos Revival in The Philippines

By Martin Petty and Manuel Mogato MANILA, May 4  – For the son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, winning the vice presidency in next week’s election is as much about restoring his family’s tainted image as it is about making the country a better place. “Bongbong“, as Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is known,

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Philippines Finds Headless Body Near Site Where Militants Executed Canadian

MANILA, April 27 – Villagers in the southern Philippines found a headless body on Wednesday, an army spokesman said, two days after the execution of a Canadian captive by Islamist militants, condemned as a “cold-blooded murder” by Canada’s prime minister. Security is precarious in the southern Philippines, despite a 2014 peace pact between the government

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Canada PM Condemns ‘Cold-Blooded Murder’ of Philippines Hostage

By Andrea Hopkins and Manuel Mogato KANANASKIS, Alberta/MANILA, April 26 – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned on Monday the execution of a Canadian hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines, calling it “an act of cold-blooded murder.” John Ridsdel, 68, a former mining executive, was captured by Islamist militants along with three other

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Philippines Rejects Daesh’s Claim It Killed 100 Troops

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, April 14  – The Philippines has dismissed as “purely propaganda” Daesh’s claim that its militants killed scores of government troops in ambushes and said there was no evidence directly linking southern Muslim rebels to the group. The Philippines has reported 46 people killed in battles this week between troops and rebels

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Philippine Troops Clash With Muslim Rebels; 23 Killed, 73 Hurt

MANILA, April 11 – Philippine soldiers battled a group of about 120 Muslim rebels linked to Daesh in a 10-hour assault on a southern island that killed 23 people, an army spokesman said on Sunday. Major Filemon Tan said the military attacked a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf rebels on the island of Basilan led by Isnilon

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