The Philippines challenged China’s claims to much of the South China Sea at a United Nations tribunal yesterday, seeking to check its neighbor’s push for control of disputed waters rich in oil, gas and fish.
The Philippine military yesterday arrested the top two leaders of a 45-year-old Maoist rebel group for crimes including murder, in a move seen to boost President Benigno Aquino’s drive against insurgency.
The Philippines will let the U.S. build facilities inside the Southeast Asian nation’s military bases, under a pact that would boost the American troop presence there at a time of rising tensions with China.
Medical teams, aid workers and soldiers crammed onto flights to Tacloban city in central Philippines as survivors told of desperation over the trickle of supplies to the area six days after Typhoon Haiyan caused massive destruction.
Three people died and as many as 18,000 fled their homes as tropical storm Kajiki swept through areas of the central Philippines yet to recover from last year’s Typhoon Haiyan and a 7.2-magnitude earthquake.
Emergency supplies began to trickle into areas in the central Philippines devastated a week ago by Typhoon Haiyan, as officials worked to clear a logjam that has left some survivors without food or medical aid.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino asked lawmakers to pass measures that will improve governance and bring lasting peace to the nation’s south, while touting economic growth that’s become the fastest in Asia in the first half of his six-year rule.
A Canadian man on trial in the Philippines for damaging property shot and killed two people in a courtroom before turning the weapon on himself, raising concern that a national weapons ban is failing to stem attacks.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s family lost control of one of the country’s largest properties after the Supreme Court awarded more than 75 percent of the Hacienda Luisita sugar plantation to farmers.