U.S. singer Chris Brown stuck in Philippines over debt dispute

Jul 24, 2015

U.S. singer Chris Brown stuck in Philippines over debt dispute

American hip-hop star Chris Brown, barred from leaving the Philippines over a row with a powerful Christian group, insisted in a foul-mouthed rant on Thursday that he did nothing wrong. The 26-year-old’s private jet remains grounded at Manila airport two days after he performed ...

Jul 24, 2015

Philippine nightclub blast kills one, wounds nine

A powerful explosion tore through a nightclub in the strife-torn southern Philippines, killing one person and wounding nine others, police said Friday. The blast punctured the ceiling of the two-storey club and threw bar stools into the streets of Zamboanga City late Thursday evening, ...

Jul 22, 2015

Japanese forgotten in Philippines ask Abe for nationality

The government was asked Wednesday to grant nationality to Japanese people who lost the legal designation after being left in the Philippines after World War II, as well as to their offspring. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received the request at a meeting with a ...

Beijing says ties with Manila can flourish despite sea feud

Jul 22, 2015

Beijing says ties with Manila can flourish despite sea feud

The Chinese ambassador in Manila said Wednesday that trade between China and the Philippines grew last year despite their protracted territorial conflicts, providing hope their relations could flourish even as tensions remain. Ambassador Zhao Jianhua also played down reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

Philippines hikes defense budget 25% amid China tensions

Jul 21, 2015

Philippines hikes defense budget 25% amid China tensions

The Philippines is planning a 25 percent hike in its defense budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Tuesday. The proposed 2016 national budget, which President Benigno Aquino is to present to parliament for approval ...

Jul 19, 2015

Philippines cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

The Philippines on Sunday hailed what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China’s claims to most of the South China Sea. The comments from a presidential spokesman came as the U.S. Pacific Fleet released photographs of its commander in a ...