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Fears of terrorism keep security tight at Manila Roman Catholic event
A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Roman Catholic devotees on Monday joined an annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ held under tight security due to fears of a possible attack following the killing of a suspected Islamic extremist leader.
 
Endangered turtle given makeover by overeager Filipino volunteers
Apparently unaware of the standard operating procedures in tagging endangered species, newbie volunteers were apprehended after they painted the carapace of a rescued sea turtle.
 
Philippine police raided an Islamic center in Manila and briefly detained scores of people as part of heightened security before a major Catholic festival, a spokeswoman said Sunday.
 
Philippine security forces have recaptured 34 out of 158 inmates who escaped after suspected heavily armed Muslim rebels stormed a jail in the country's south, officials said Thursday.
 
A leader of suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group was killed Thursday in a clash with Philippine police after resisting arrest at a beach resort in the south, officials said.
 
Over 150 inmates escape in Philippine jail raid
Suspected Muslim rebels staged the Philippines' biggest jailbreak Wednesday when they stormed a dilapidated jail in the violence-plagued south of the country, freeing 158 inmates and killing a guard, authorities said.
 
Russian navy in Manila for goodwill visit
Two Russian navy ships arrived in Manila on Tuesday for a goodwill visit amid President Rodrigo Duterte's moves to bolster ties with Moscow, including a possible weapons deal.
 
Philippines says 'fear of Duterte' brought sharp decline in New Year injuries
Fears that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte would harshly punish revelers who celebrate the New Year with firecrackers caused a "remarkable" decline in injuries, the health minister said Sunday.
 
The Philippine government blamed Islamic militants Friday for bomb attacks that left 52 people injured during the mainly Catholic nation's Christmas holidays.
 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he will insist on a ruling of an international arbitration that invalidated Beijing's claims to most of the South China Sea if China starts to extract oil or gas from the area.
 
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