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Philippines: Country in Southeast Asia
The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Japan to the northeast, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east, and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.

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Philippines to end martial law in restive south

The Philippines will lift martial law on the southern region of Mindanao at the end of this month, citing an improving security climate and a reduced threat of extremism two years after one of Asia's..
Reuters - Published

Pope appoints Philippine cardinal to global Vatican post

Pope Francis named Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Sunday to a major global Vatican post in a move likely to increase the Filipino's chances of one day being elected pope himself.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Philippines


Repair work underway in post-storm Philippines [Video]Repair work underway in post-storm Philippines

Clear-up and repair efforts were underway following Typhoon Kammuri that damaged buildings and disrupted traffic in the Philippines since Monday night (December 2). Michelle Hennessy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:49Published

Typhoon Kammuri slams into Philippines, killing at least 2 [Video]Typhoon Kammuri slams into Philippines, killing at least 2

The main Luzon island was hit by powerful storm leading to mass evacuations in coastal areas and hillside communities.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:14Published

Typhoon Kammuri whips coast of eastern Philippines ahead of landfall [Video]Typhoon Kammuri whips coast of eastern Philippines ahead of landfall

Strong winds and heavy rain lashed the coast of eastern Philippines on Monday as Typhoon Kammuri -- locally known as Tisoy -- produced gusts of up to 120 km/h (74.5 mph) as it approaches the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:51Published

SEA Games 2019: Philippines promotes national sports [Video]SEA Games 2019: Philippines promotes national sports

The Philippines is hosting Southeast Asian Games for fourth time, and much is at stake.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:55Published

Raab praises Filipino armed forces of rescue of Britons [Video]Raab praises Filipino armed forces of rescue of Britons

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has praised authorities in the Philippines that helped secure the rescue of two British nationals who were abducted last month. Alan and Wilma Hyrons were abducted by..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 00:43Published

Philippine court to announce verdict on Ampatuan massacre case [Video]Philippine court to announce verdict on Ampatuan massacre case

After 10 years, families of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre in the Philippines may finally get justice.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:24Published

Massacre of journalists in Philippines marked 10 years on [Video]Massacre of journalists in Philippines marked 10 years on

It was one of the bloodiest attacks on the media in the world.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Students turn doggy doodoo into building bricks [Video]Students turn doggy doodoo into building bricks

A group of secondary school students in the Philippines have found a way to convert poop from stray dogs into a mixture for bricks, aiming to rid city streets of excrement and potentially even lower..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:34Published

Third strong quake in a month jolts Philippines' Mindanao island [Video]Third strong quake in a month jolts Philippines' Mindanao island

At least one killed, several buildings damaged after magnitude 6.5 quake - the third to hit the region this month.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:54Published

Factbox: Islamic State still dangerous despite Baghdadi's death [Video]Factbox: Islamic State still dangerous despite Baghdadi's death

The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria, experts said, but the organization..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:52Published

 

Philippines' Duterte orders prosecution of utilities over 'onerous' contracts

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday ordered the filing of criminal charges against the Philippines' two biggest water utilities and demanded new deals to replace contracts "onerous and..
Reuters - Published

Death toll in Philippine typhoon rises to 10 as storm moves off

The death toll from a typhoon that hit provinces south of the Philippine capital rose to 10, disaster agencies said on Wednesday, pointing to precautions and compulsory evacuations as key in preventing..
Reuters - Published

Typhoon kills three in Philippines, hundreds of flights halted

A typhoon struck the Philippines on Tuesday, killing at least three people, disrupting air travel and forcing government offices and schools to shut.
Reuters - Published

Typhoon hits Philippines, disrupting travel, work

A typhoon struck the Philippines on Tuesday bringing heavy rains and prompting preemptive halts in air travel, schools and government offices, with some 200,000 people evacuated after warnings of..
Reuters - Published

Philippines evacuates hundreds of thousands ahead of typhoon, to shut main airport

The Philippines evacuated 200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas due to fears of flooding and landslides and said it would also shut its main international airport as a powerful typhoon was..
Reuters - Published

Philippine senator urges probe into Chinese 'threat' to power grid

A senator in the Philippines urged lawmakers on Tuesday to investigate China's access to its power grid, warning of a security threat and possible sabotage due to its stake in the nation's only..
Reuters - Published

Sacked from anti-drugs panel, Philippines vice president warns Duterte

The Philippines' vice president vowed to carry on a fight against President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-narcotics campaign, a day after he removed her from the chair of an inter-agency panel tasked..
Reuters - Published

British hostages safe after Philippine troops clash with Islamist rebels

Soldiers in the southern Philippines rescued a British man and woman from members of an Islamist militant group, the army said on Monday, after their captors fled during a military operation.
Reuters - Published

Philippine leader sacks drugs tsar after 18 days

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday fired his chief political rival from the role of "drugs tsar", accusing her of embarrassing the country by trying to draw undue international attention to..
Reuters - Published

Philippines' President Duterte fires drugs tsar

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday fired Leni Robredo, who is vice president, from the role of "drugs tsar", his spokesman said, accusing her of undermining the campaign.
Reuters - Published

Philippine army says it has killed militant behind suicide attacks

Philippine soldiers have killed a militant who had helped a local group linked to Islamic State to stage suicide bombings in the southern province of Sulu, the military said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Philippines' Duterte blasts 'scatterbrain' VP, says she cannot be trusted

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at his vice president on Tuesday, calling her a "scatterbrain" who was discussing his war on drugs with outsiders and could put the country in danger if..
Reuters - Published

Philippines VP calls for revamped drug war to end 'senseless killings'

The opposition leader put in charge of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs said on Friday it was time to reassess a campaign that was fraught with senseless killings and had failed to..
Reuters - Published

Philippines' Duterte warms to idea of banning plastics

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed banning plastic, his spokesman said on Thursday, which could provide the impetus needed for the Congress of one of the world's top plastic polluters to..
Reuters - Published

Harassed but unbowed, Philippines VP to take on 'poisoned chalice' role

The last time aides of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sent a text message to his vice president, it was to tell her to stay away from his cabinet meetings.
Reuters - Published

Philippines VP accepts Duterte's offer of post in drugs war

The vice president of the Philippines on Wednesday accepted President Rodrigo Duterte's offer of a lead role in his brutal war on drugs, even though she expected her political rival's administration..
Reuters - Published

Philippine army says it thwarted a suicide bombing in town in restive south

Soldiers in the southern Philippines foiled what the army said on Wednesday was an attempted suicide bombing in an urban area, the latest in a series of attacks blamed on a group aligned with Islamic..
Reuters - Published

Philippines' Duterte names top drug war critic as 'drugs tsar'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has named his main political rival as his "drugs tsar" after she criticised the high death toll his anti-narcotics campaign has caused, but her camp dismissed the..
Reuters - Published

Bangkok: PM Modi to attend RCEP Summit today

RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement among 10 ASEAN countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam and their six FTA..
IndiaTimes - Published

Philippines' 6.5 earthquake kills at least five

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked southern Philippines still reeling from two strong tremors this month, killing at least five people and causing previously damaged buildings and homes to collapse.
Reuters - Published

China continues to bully others in South China Sea: US Pacific Fleet commander

The dispute in the SCS is between China and several others over the control of the Spratly Islands. Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei have staked their claim over the islands.
IndiaTimes - Published

Death toll in southern Philippines earthquake rises to seven

The death toll from a strong earthquake in the southern Philippines has risen to seven, disaster and police officials said on Tuesday, as aftershocks continued to jolt many parts of Mindanao.
Reuters - Published

Strong quake in Philippines kills at least two, injures dozens

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 sent people scrambling on Tuesday as it shook buildings and disrupted power supply in the central area of the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao, killing at least..
Reuters - Published

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes off southern Philippines

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 hit central Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, shaking buildings and causing residents to rush from schools and offices.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •DNA

Angry at criticism, Philippines' Duterte dares vice president to take over law enforcement

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Monday lashed out at Vice President Leni Robredo for criticizing his war on drugs, and offered to put her in charge of law enforcement.
Reuters - Published

Philippine mayor on Duterte's drug list killed by gunmen

A mayor on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's list of local officials suspected to have drug links was killed by still unidentified gunmen on Friday, the latest high-profile killing in his war on..
Reuters - Published

Philippine vice president says time for Duterte to halt failed drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs, and abandon a deadly campaign that has been failure and a dent on the country's international..
Reuters - Published

'Unbearable pain' cuts short Philippine leader's Japan trip

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was forced to cut short his attendance of the enthronement of Japan's emperor on Tuesday, due to what his office said was "unbearable pain" in his lower back after..
Reuters - Published

Values of India's civilisation can ensure peace and friendship in times of violence: Kovind

The values of India's civilisation can ensure peace and friendship among people and countries in the times of strife and violence, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday, calling on the Indian..
IndiaTimes - Published

Philippine president 'in good hands' after minor motorcycle mishap

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte was slightly injured in a fall from a motorcycle in the grounds of his residence, aides said on Thursday, but the 74-year-old fan of big bikes was recovering well.
Reuters - Published

President Kovind to visit the Philippines, Japan; will represent India at Enthronement Ceremony of new Emperor of Japan

One of the issues that will be up for discussion is urban terrorism.
DNA - Published

Strong quake in Philippines sends people scrambling

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck central Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, opening cracks in some buildings, sending residents running from shops and offices and knocking out power.
Reuters - Published

Strong earthquake hits Philippines, no Pacific tsunami expected

An earthquake measuring a revised magnitude 6.4 struck central Mindanao in the south of the Philippines on Wednesday, sending residents running from buildings and offices, but there were no immediate..
Reuters - Published

Philippines' top diplomat calls for cut to 'Abominable' over China map

The foreign minister of the Philippines called on Wednesday for a cut to a scene in DreamWorks' animated film "Abominable" that shows China's unilaterally declared "nine-dash line" in the South China..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: By the numbers: Japan's Typhoon Hagibis compared to killer 1958 storm

Typhoon Hagibis, which means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog and made landfall on Japan's main island of Honshu on Saturday evening, could be the worst storm the country has experienced..
Reuters - Published

Top Philippine cop resigns after accusation of link to drug scandal

The Philippines' police chief stepped down on Monday less than a month before his retirement, after he was accused of involvement in "recycling" confiscated drugs, an allegation that could undermine..
Reuters - Published

Philippine court rejects government effort to recover Marcos wealth

The Philippine anti-graft court has rejected an effort to claim millions of dollars in art, property and investments from the family and associates of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, saying the..
Reuters - Published

Duterte's latest ailment puts new spotlight on his health

Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte played down concern about his health on Monday after the firebrand leader announced he is suffering from a chronic neuromuscular disorder.
Reuters - Published

Philippine president's muscle disorder is 'nothing serious': official

Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte played down concern about his health on Monday after the firebrand leader announced he is suffering from a chronic neuromuscular disorder.
Reuters - Published

Philippine President Duterte says he has chronic neuromuscular disorder

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has a chronic neuromuscular disorder called myasthenia gravis that is causing one of his eyelids to droop.
Reuters - Published

Philippines polio cases a warning for vulnerable Ukraine

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent
Reuters - Published

Unkempt? Presidential spokesman tells critics Duterte smells 'refreshing'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman defended him against critics who described him as looking unkempt when he met with Russia's prime minister, saying he is "very hygienic" and that "his..
Reuters - Published

Duterte spokesman critical of U.S. senator's comments on senator detention

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman on Sunday criticized a U.S. lawmaker for making a "baseless" accusation of abuse in the case of a detained critic of the Filipino leader.
Reuters - Published

Filipinos give thumbs up to Duterte's 'excellent' drugs war: poll

Philippine citizens are overwhelmingly satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs, a survey showed, giving a boost to a government outraged by an international push to investigate..
Reuters - Published

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