Lava Flows From Philippine Volcano; Thousands Flee

FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, smoke billows from the crater of Mayon volcano, one of the country’s most active volcanoes, in Albay province about 550 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines. The Philippines’ most active volcano has belched out lava fragments as big as a bus that rolled one kilometer (half a mile) down its slope, prompting authorities to start forcibly evacuating t read more...

43 Accused of Running Cybersex Ring in Philippines

Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday. National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested the 43 men and women and seized 115 computer sets late Wednesday at three locations fronting as Internet cafes in Dinalupihan town in Bataan province west of Manila, the Presidential Anti-Organi read more...

Scores rescued after Philippines ferry sinks

14 September 2014 Last updated at 08:02 The Maharlika II only had 84 listed passengers, but there could have been many more At least 100 people have been rescued, and two confirmed dead, after a ferry sank in bad weather in the central Philippines on Saturday However, the Maharlika II only had 84 people listed as being on board, so authorities cannot say how many more may be missing. The ferry left read more...

China media: Philippines ties

16 September 2014 Last updated at 07:27 Tension between Beijing and Manila has risen due to overlapping claims in the South China Sea Papers accuse the Philippine government of a “failure” to protect Chinese nationals in the country. The reaction comes after a Chinese national was shot in Meycauayan in Bulacan Province on Saturday, following the abduction of two Chinese nationals earlier read more...

Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands evacuated

Smoke billows from the crater of Mayon volcano, one of the country’s most active volcanoes, in Albay province about 550 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines.(Photo: Bullit Marquez, AP) MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ most active volcano has belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of v read more...

Philippines ferry sinks – search for survivors

14 September 2014 Last updated at 02:58 At least 100 people have been rescued, and two confirmed dead, after a ferry sank in bad weather in the central Philippines. However, the Maharlika II only had 84 people listed as being on board, so authorities cannot say how many more may be missing. The ferry left Liloan port in Southern Leyte province and an order to abandon ship was given at 21:20 (13:20 read more...

Rough Seas From Typhoon Kalmaegi Sink Philippine Ferry

A Philippine ferry sank on Saturday evening near Panaon Island, forcing all of its passengers and crew members overboard. According to a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, two people have died and three people have been injured. A total of 144 people have been rescued with the search for others still ongoing. The ferry, named Maharlika-2, encountered steering ca read more...

Dozens missing after Philippine ferry sinks

At least two people have died and more than a hundred rescued after a ferry sank off the coast of the central Philippines, the country’s  coast guard said. The Maharlika II ferry lost control and was carried away by waves on Saturday, forcing those onboard to abandon ship off the island of Leyte, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a statement. Three ships, including a foreig read more...

China advises citizens against travel to the Philippines

“We would like to reiterate that the Department has reassured the Chinese Embassy of appropriate and necessary protection to guard against threats and prevent any violent incidents. We have also reassured them that the appropriate Philippine authorities are fully investigating the group associated with the three suspects of the Ninoy Aquino Terminal 3 incident on September 2014,” Jose said in a text messag read more...

Philippines displays ancient maps to debunk China’s sea claims

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines on Thursday put on display dozens of ancient maps which officials said showed that China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea did not include a disputed shoal at the centre of an acrimonious standoff. The Philippines is in dispute with China over parts of the South China Sea, including the Scarborough Shoal, an area believed to be rich in oil and natural g read more...

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