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Philippine officials say suspect in the killings of 2 Australians and a Filipina has surrendered

Jul. 16, 2024 22:51 PM EDT

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — The suspect in the killings of two Australians and their Filipina companion at a hotel in a popular resort city south of Manila surrendered and claimed he wanted to retaliate against the hotel for firing him, Philippine officials said Wednesday. The...

US renews call on China to stop aggressive actions in disputed sea, where hostilities have flared

Jul. 16, 2024 16:26 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States on Friday renewed its call on China to stop its aggressive actions in the South China Sea, saying a broader web of security alliances has emerged to preserve the rule of law in the disputed waters. Washington’s top diplomat in Manila...

New deal establishes a hotline Chinese and Philippine presidents can use to stop clashes at sea

Jul. 16, 2024 07:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A recently signed agreement will open a direct line of communication between the presidential offices of China and the Philippines to help prevent any new confrontation from spiraling out of control in the disputed South China Sea, according to highlights of the accord...

2 Australians and a Filipina killed in Philippine hotel, officials say

Jul. 11, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — Two Australian nationals and their Filipina companion were killed in a hotel in a popular resort city south of the Philippine capital and police were trying to identify and track down the suspects, officials said Thursday. A hotel worker found the...

11 killed as passenger bus collides with pickup truck in northern Philippines

Jul. 11, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

TUGUEGARAO, Philippines (AP) — A bus collided with a pickup truck early Thursday morning, killing 11 people and injuring six others in a northern Philippine town, police said. Those who died were riding the small truck as it was rammed on the side by the bus, causing it to lose...

Former Philippine leader Duterte and aide accused of steering government contracts to cronies

Jul. 05, 2024 10:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Philippine opposition senator accused ex-President Rodrigo Duterte of plundering state coffers in a criminal complaint filed Friday, alleging that he conspired with an aide to award government infrastructure contracts worth millions of dollars to cronies. ...

Philippine military chief warns his forces will fight back if assaulted again in disputed sea

Jul. 04, 2024 06:16 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine forces will defend themselves with “the same level of force” if they come under assault again from China’s coast guard in the disputed South China Sea, where Chinese personnel armed with machetes and spears injured Filipino navy personnel and damaged...

China and the Philippines hold crucial talks to ease tensions after intense clash in disputed waters

Jul. 02, 2024 12:50 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China and the Philippines held a crucial meeting Tuesday to try to ease mounting tensions following their worst confrontation in the disputed South China Sea that sparked fears of a wider conflict that could involve the United States. There was no mention...

Japan and Philippines trying to finish defense pact for signing in Manila as alarm grows over China

Jun. 28, 2024 01:23 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Top defense and foreign affairs officials of Japan and the Philippines will meet in Manila next month to strengthen strategic ties and discuss regional concerns, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday at a time of escalating concerns over China’s...

Philippines won't invoke mutual defense treaty with US after Chinese confrontation at disputed shoal

Jun. 21, 2024 08:36 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines said Friday it has no plan to invoke its mutual defense treaty with the United States after the Chinese coast guard reportedly rammed, boarded and used machetes and axes to damage two Philippine navy boats in a chaotic faceoff that injured Filipino navy...