Philippine, Japanese coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

May 6, 2015

Philippine, Japanese coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams staged an anti-piracy drill on Wednesday, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack, in a show of maritime cooperation between the two nations amid rising tension in Asian waters. Both nations face a challenge ...

May 5, 2015

Philippine rebels kill chief for $1 million bounty: sources

Abdul Basit Usman, the Philippine terror suspect whom the military blames for bombings in the nation’s south, was killed in a shootout Sunday, the military said. Usman, who is on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most-wanted terrorists list with a $1 million bounty, died ...

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

Apr 29, 2015

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

The last-minute reprieve for a Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia sparked an outpouring of euphoria and disbelief on Wednesday, with crowds of supporters weeping with joy and her children crying “Mama will live!” Mary Jane Veloso’s family said their prayers had been ...

Apr 23, 2015

Philippine customs head quits in blow to Aquino anti-graft drive

Philippine Customs Commissioner Sunny Sevilla said he submitted his resignation Wednesday, citing pressure to promote people without considering their merit for the jobs. “I’m feeling the political patronage” pressure, Sevilla said at a briefing in Manila on Thursday, without elaborating. “I hope the next ...

Filipinos abroad falling  prey to global drug gangs

Apr 22, 2015

Filipinos abroad falling prey to global drug gangs

Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso faces imminent execution in Indonesia, but relatives say her only crime was to fall victim to international drug gangs who are threatening to kill them if they speak out. Echoing horror stories told by hundreds of other Filipinos in ...

Apr 21, 2015

Manila panned by Chinese media as 'cute little submissive' of U.S.

The Philippines is nothing more than the “cute little submissive” of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticizing Manila for military exercises with Washington. The English-language editorial came a day after the Philippines ...