The Philippine government has recovered more than US$29 million from the Swiss accounts of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the search for more of his hidden wealth continues 28 years after he was toppled, an official said Friday.
Suspected hard-line Muslim rebels detonated bombs but failed to topple a high-voltage power transmission tower in the southern Philippines in their latest attempt to derail a looming government peace deal with a larger insurgent group, the military said Sunday.
The Philippines said “Thank you” on billboards around the world Saturday in gratitude for the massive outpouring of international help after a typhoon that killed about 8,000 people three months ago.
Two foreigners were among 14 people killed when a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, authorities said.
Human rights activists in the Philippines expressed outrage Tuesday at a mayor who told a parliamentary inquiry he would happily murder an alleged criminal, warning his threat fuelled the country's infamous culture of impunity.
An anti-graft watchdog said Tuesday the Philippine government was cheated of US$3.85 billion in tax revenues in 2011, part of massive illicit money flows that totaled more than US$400 billion in the past five decades.
The Philippine economy was one of the fastest-growing in Asia last year after shrugging off devastating natural disasters and expanding at a “remarkable” pace in the final quarter, the government said Thursday.
Philippine troops have killed at least 40 Islamic fighters and captured a rebel stronghold with a bomb-making facility in a three-day offensive against insurgents opposed to a new peace deal, military officials said Thursday.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed Wednesday to crush militants opposed to an imminent deal aimed at ending a decades-long Muslim separatist insurgency, as the death toll from a military assault on them rose to 38.
The Philippine military said Tuesday it had killed 17 militants opposed to a peace deal between the government and the country's main Muslim rebel group, as fighting raged for a second day.