2 Abu Sayyaf Militants Killed in Philippine Raid

Police commandos stormed a southern Philippine hideout of suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists blamed for kidnappings and extortion, triggering a firefight that led to the killing of two militants and the capture of six others, officials said. Chief Superintendent Getulio Napenas, director of the national police Special Action Force, said his men raided a house Monday in Zamboanga City where an Abu Sayyaf sub-leader read more...

Thousands of candles form Philippine map in ‘new record’

Participants stand next to lit candles in a bid to set a new world record for largest flaming image in Iloilo City on Monday, April 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO/TARA YAP ILOILO, Philippines—Hundreds of people lined up in a dark, muddy field to form a giant map of the Philippines on Monday, in a bid to set a new world record for the largest flaming image using candles. The project by the Middle Way Meditation Institute read more...

12 dead as Philippine rebel clashes end – military

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines – The death toll in fighting between Muslim rebels and soldiers in the southern Philippines has risen to 12, officials in the area said Saturday, April 12, after the prolonged shootout had ended. Government forces launched the operation Friday to capture two top leaders of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) blamed for beheadings and kidnappings, but failed to apprehend any of them. read more...

Hot Philippine properties at Dubai roadshow

Organises said the event is a platform for investors interested in various investment opportunities in booming Asian country — including the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Tagaytay, Cebu, Batangas, Rizal, Tarlac and Metro Manila, the capital. Article source: http://gulfnews.com/uaessentials/events/latest/hot-philippine-properties-at-dubai-roadshow-1.1317821 read more...

Philippine, Vietnamese navies to unite against China over beers and volleyball

MANILA/HONG KONG (Reuters) – The Philippine navy will soon return to a South China Sea island it lost to Vietnam 40 years ago to drink beer and play volleyball with Vietnamese sailors, symbolizing how once-suspicious neighbors are cooperating in the face of China’s assertiveness in disputed waters. Diplomats and experts describe the nascent partnership as part of a web of evolving relationships acro read more...

Safety Ruling Clears Philippines to Add US Flights

American aviation authorities cleared Philippine airlines to increase flights to the United States after safety standards improved and the European Union opened its skies to the Southeast Asian country’s main budget carrier. The U.S. embassy in Manila said Thursday that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s assessment earlier this year found the Philippines now meets international safety standar read more...

China tells US defense chief to ‘restrain’ the Philippines

BEIJING  - Tensions between China and the United States were on full display on Tuesday as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions in Beijing about America’s position in bitter territorial disputes with regional U.S. allies. Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, standing side-by-side with Hagel, called on the United States to restrain ally Japan and chided another U.S. ally, the Philippines. Then, H read more...

US-Philippine pact to highlight Obama’s Asia rebalance: minister

MANILA (Reuters) – An agreement on U.S.-Philippine defense cooperation, expected to be signed this month during a visit by President Barack Obama, will be a clear sign of a U.S. “rebalance” to Asia despite U.S. preoccupations elsewhere, the Philippines’ top diplomat said. The deal will enable the sharing of Philippine bases, an increase in the rotation through the Philippines of U.S. shi read more...

Philippine top court defies church to back birth control

8 April 2014 Last updated at 12:12 Supporters celebrate the court’s decision The Supreme Court in the Philippines has approved a birth control law, in a defeat for the Catholic Church. The law requires government health centres to distribute free condoms and contraceptive pills. The court had deferred implementation after the law’s passage in December 2012 after church groups questioned read more...

Gilas outshines PBA selection

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas just won’t let its near-disastrous PBA All-Star experience last year to happen again. The Nationals played the way they should in the 2014 edition of the PBA mid-season spectacle, topping the PBA All Stars, 101-93, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last night. Barely salvaging a tie the last time, the Nationals went practically coast to coast to settle their old s read more...

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