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The Philippines' labor chief on Friday described the owners of a footwear factory where a fire claimed 72 lives this week as "immoral," telling AFP they illegally exploited their workers.

Police will open a criminal investigation into a Philippine factory fire that killed at least 72 workers who became trapped in the building's second floor, where iron grills on windows prevented their escape, a victims' relative said Thursday.

Seventy-two people died in a huge blaze at a footwear factory in the Philippine capital, authorities said Thursday, as angry relatives and workers described sweatshop conditions including dismal fire safety standards.
Anger as Philippine factory fire death kills 72


Dozens of people were feared dead after a fire swept through a footwear factory in the Philippine capital Manila on Wednesday, with rescuers reporting "piles" of bodies inside.
Dozens feared dead in Philippines fire


Two Japanese destroyers and one of the Philippines' newest warships began historic naval exercises in the flashpoint South China Sea on Tuesday, showcasing a deepening alliance aimed at countering a rising China.

Typhoon Noul slammed into the northern tip of the Philippines Sunday, triggering warnings of possible flash floods, landslides and storm surges and prompting almost 3,000 people to flee their homes.

The Philippines' navy chief said Sunday it would hold a joint exercise with Japan in the South China Sea, but emphasized the collaboration was unrelated to China's land reclamation efforts in the disputed waters.

A strong typhoon was headed to the northern Philippines on Saturday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people living on the slopes of a volcano that exploded earlier in the week, the weather bureau said.

A Filipino on the United States' list of most wanted "terrorists" has been killed in a firefight in the southern Philippines, Muslim rebel leaders and the military said Monday.

The family of a Filipina on death row in Indonesia returned home on Friday with scathing criticism of the Philippine government's alleged mishandling of her case.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday thanked Indonesia for granting a reprieve to a Filipina on death row, crediting his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo for his quick action.

A former captain in the Philippine Marines implicated in two attempts to topple former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced on Tuesday that he will embark on a "patriotic" voyage to islets along the Reed Bank in the disputed South China Sea to protest against the mainland's infringement on Philippine sovereignty.

The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about mainland Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed regional waters as it launched giant war games with the United States that were partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing.
Philippines voices alarm over China 'aggression'


Lovers may have switched to text messaging and email to keep in touch, but "snail mail" remains big business, according to the chief of the Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost).
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