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Philippine president orders shutdown of Chinese-run online gambling industry employing thousands.

Jul. 22, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday ordered an immediate ban on widespread and mostly Chinese-run online gaming operations in the Philippines, accusing them of venturing into crimes, including financial scams, human trafficking, torture, kidnappings and murders. ...

China and the Philippines announce deal aimed at stopping clashes at fiercely disputed shoal

Jul. 22, 2024 05:28 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China and the Philippines reached a deal they hope will end confrontations at the most fiercely disputed shoal in the South China Sea, the Philippine government said Sunday. The Philippines occupies Second Thomas Shoal but China also claims it, and...

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...

Japan and the Philippines sign a defense pact in the face of shared alarm over China

Jul. 08, 2024 08:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Japan and the Philippines signed a key defense pact Monday allowing the deployment of Japanese forces for joint drills in the Southeast Asian nation that came under brutal Japanese occupation in World War II but is now building an alliance with Tokyo as both face an...

Japan and Philippines sign a pact allowing troops to be deployed in each other's country for joint exercises

Jul. 07, 2024 23:07 PM EDT
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Japan and Philippines sign a pact allowing troops to be deployed in each other's country for joint exercises.

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...

Philippine troops kill 10 communist rebels in a clash, in the latest blow to decades-long insurgency

Jun. 28, 2024 04:18 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed at least 10 suspected communist guerrillas in a clash in a remote northern area in the latest blow to a decades-old insurgency that has weakened considerably, with only about a thousand guerrillas remaining, military and security officials said...