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The Philippine military said Sunday it had detained a senior communist rebel leader, the latest in a series of arrests or killings which have damaged one of the world's longest-running insurgencies.

As she eyes the colorful ice creams on offer at a Baskin-Robbins in one of Manila's most luxurious shopping centers, Philippine teenager Jamie Gamboa admits to being an incurable mall rat -- but not only for the shopping.
Philippine malls become the new town plazas


The Philippines has not done enough to rebuild after Super Typhoon Haiyan, as thousands remain in shanties without power or water for nearly two years, a United Nations representative said Saturday.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Friday he had picked Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II as the administration candidate to succeed him in elections next year.

Filipinos poured out of buildings and shopping malls in a massive drill across Manila on Thursday to brace for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that experts fear could kill tens of thousands and displace millions.
Philippines holds drill to prepare for killer quake


President Benigno Aquino urged the Philippines on Monday to elect a new leader with the zeal to pursue reforms which he said had led to high growth in a country impoverished by rampant corruption.
Successor's reform zeal key to Philippines' renewel: Aquino


Even in death, Andal Ampatuan Sr. will have to answer for the massacre of 58 people nearly six years ago in a town bearing his name, the deadliest election-related violence in the country.

The Philippines on Sunday hailed what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter the People's Republic of China's claims to most of the South China Sea.

The new U.S. commander of the Pacific Fleet assured allies Friday that American forces are well-equipped and ready to respond to any contingency in the South China Sea, where long-seething territorial disputes have set off widespread uncertainties.

The Philippines said Thursday it would re-open a former U.S. naval base that was closed more than 20 years ago, stationing its own military hardware at the facility that faces the flashpoint South China Sea.

The Philippines said Wednesday it was repairing a crumbling ship serving as its lonely outpost in the disputed South China Sea as China deploys more vessels and builds new islands nearby.

The Philippines said Wednesday it is seeking to recoup US$12.5 million in assets from Janet Napoles, a Filipina businesswoman at the center of a massive corruption scandal, as the United States attempts to seize her possessions.

Hundreds of schoolchildren in the southern Philippines have fallen sick after eating durian-flavored sweets, the provincial governor said Saturday.
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A homeless Filipino boy has been overwhelmed with aid after a heart-wrenching photo of him studying on the pavement and using faint light from a McDonald's outlet went viral on the Internet.
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