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Philippine mall under lockdown as police engaged in shoot-out outside

dpa/GNA – A shoot-out between police and suspected drug dealers erupted on Wednesday outside a busy shopping mall in the Philippine capital, sending...

Philippines intercepts 25 live reptiles intended for export to Taiwan

dpa/GNA – The Philippines has intercepted 25 live reptiles concealed in bamboo chimes and lanterns intended for export to Taiwan, the Bureau of...

Philippines to receive US$25 million in aid to purchase Covid vaccines

dpa/GNA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday announced 25 million dollars in financial aid to help the Philippines purchase vaccines against...
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Philippine economy shrank 9.5 percent in 2020, worst since 1984

dpa/GNA – The Philippine economy contracted by 9.5 per cent in 2020, the worst performance in three decades, mainly due to the impact...
Covid Vaccines

Philippines’ Duterte throws support behind first Covid-19 vaccine

dpa/GNA – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte would be willing to receive the first Covid-19 vaccine in the country to ease public apprehension over...
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No procession, but Filipinos turn out in droves for Black Nazarene

dpa/GNA - Hundreds of thousands of devotees turned out in Manila on Saturday to hear mass honouring a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ...

Duterte defends use of unauthorized Covid vaccine by security team

dpa/GNA – The Philippine military on Tuesday called off an investigation into the use of an unauthorized Covid-19 vaccine on soldiers guarding President...
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Magnitude-6.3 earthquake jolts Philippines

dpa/GNA – A magnitude-6.3 earthquake jolted the Philippines’ main island of Luzon, including the capital Manila, on Friday, but there were no immediate...

At least two killed as tropical depression hits Philippines

Floods and landslides caused by a tropical depression in the Philippines have left at least two people dead, police said Saturday. The tropical depression, locally...
Photo taken on Jan. 22, 2020 shows an exterior view of the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO on Wednesday night extended to Thursday its emergency talks on whether the novel coronavirus outbreak in China constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). (Xinhua/Liu Qu)

WHO: Asia-Pacific not expected to have early access to Covid vaccines

The Asia-Pacific region was not expected to have early access to Covid-19 vaccines and should continue to practice health and safety precautions as protection...

Strong earthquake shakes southern Philippines

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday jolted portions of the southern Philippines, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The quake's epicentre...

Hundreds trapped on rooftops amid major floods in Philippine capital

Hundreds of residents were trapped overnight on the roofs of their houses in the Philippines, amid widespread floods triggered by Typhoon Vamco, officials said...

Philippine economy shrinks for third straight quarter amid Covid

The Philippine economy contracted for the third straight quarter this year, the first time in 35 years, the government said Tuesday. Gross domestic product (GDP)...

Three inmates killed, 64 injured in riot at Philippine penitentiary

Three inmates were killed and 64 others were injured on Monday in a riot at the Philippines' national penitentiary, officials said. Authorities were investigating what...
Philippine Troops

Philippine troops kill Islamist militant suspects in sea clash

The Philippine military said its troops killed seven Islamist militants suspected of involvement in bombings and kidnappings in a clash at sea on Tuesday. The...
Philippines Slams

Seven dead, hundreds of thousands displaced as Goni slams Philippines

At least seven people were killed and more than 420,000 residents displaced as this year's strongest typhoon slammed into the Philippines on Sunday, bringing...

Philippine leader: All confiscated drugs to be destroyed in one week

Philippine law enforcers are under orders to destroy all confiscated illegal drugs by next week, in a bid to stop the contraband from being...
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Islamist militants kill Indonesian hostage in southern Philippines

Islamist militants killed an Indonesian hostage in the southern Philippines when he attempted to flee while his abductors clashed with government troops, the military...
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Philippine air force helicopter crashes in bad weather, four killed

A Philippine air force helicopter on Wednesday crashed in a southern province amid bad weather, killing all four people on board, authorities said. The S-76A...
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Two blasts hit southern Philippine town, at least nine dead

Two explosions rocked a southern Philippine town on Monday, killing at least nine people and injuring 16 others, officials, the military and police said. The...

Two Abu Sayyaf militants killed in southern Philippine clash

The Philippine troops killed two Abu Sayyaf militants during a clash on Sunday in the mountainous Patikul town in Sulu Province in the southern...
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Philippines says closure of Honda carmaker’s plant has little impact on economy

The spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday that the decision of Japanese carmaker Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) to close its...
An U.S. army soldier sits on top of an armored vehicle during the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, March 25, 2015. (Xinhua/Seongbin Kang)

U.S. meddling forces Philippines to dump military agreement

The spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that Manila's move to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and...
An armored helicopter prepare to land on the ground during the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, March 25, 2015. (Xinhua/Seongbin Kang)

Philippines says ending military pact with U.S. “in the right direction”

The spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that Manila's move to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and...

ADB approves US$2 million to support combating novel coronavirus

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday approved 2 million U.S. dollars in funding to support efforts to curb the spread of the novel...
A soldier guards the explosion scene inside a church in Sulu Province, the Philippines, Jan. 27, 2019. The death toll climbed to 27 in the twin explosions at a church in the Sulu province of the southern Philippines, the police said. (Xinhua)

Southern Philippine Church Twin Explosion kills 27

The death toll has climbed to 27 in the twin explosions at a church in the conflict-plagued Sulu province of the southern Philippines on...

Philippines: Government workers prohibited from leaving the country in times of disasters

Starting this year, Philippine government officials and employees will no longer be allowed to travel abroad during disasters and emergencies such as typhoons, according...

Newborn care cuts life-threatening infections to the barest minimum

Hospitals can now reduce life-threatening infections in newborns by over two thirds and admissions to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by one third...
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President Duterte Considers Mayoral Race After His Term in Office for 2022

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to run for mayor again when his six-year presidential term ends in 2022. Duterte, 73, was the mayor of...

Philippines Boracay island resort closes down

Starting Thursday, no foreign or local tourists will be allowed to enter the world-class Boracay Island resort in the central Philippines. "The Boracay closure will...