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The leader of a southern Philippine gang behind the kidnapping of an Australian ex-soldier and an Irish priest was shot dead by security forces on Sunday, the military said.
Islamic militants holding two Canadians and a Norwegian in the southern Philippine jungles have set a one-month deadline for millions of U.S. dollars in ransom to be paid, according to a video released Thursday.
Court rules Philippine Senator Grace Poe can run for president
The Philippine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Senator Grace Poe can run for president in May 9 elections, overturning an elections commission decision to disqualify her and removing a long-hanging legal question over a tightly fought race to lead the Southeast Asian nation.
The Philippines will impound a suspected North Korean cargo ship docked at a port northwest of Manila and eventually deport its North Korean crewmen in compliance with tough new U.N. Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest nuclear test and rocket launch, officials said Saturday.
Philippine authorities were on Wednesday probing an assassination attempt against an influential Saudi preacher who was on an Islamic State hit list, after the gunman was killed and two suspects arrested.
Mummy-looking dead man found in yacht off Philippines
Philippine police said Tuesday that they were trying to determine the identity and cause of death of a man found dead while sitting slumped in a yacht that was drifting in the Pacific Ocean and which was apparently owned by a German adventurer.
A major Philippine military offensive has killed 24 suspected local sympathizers of the Islamic State group and captured their remote southern stronghold, where troops raised the national flag on Tuesday, the military said.
The Philippines asked mainland China on Monday to respect an upcoming decision by an international arbitration tribunal on Beijing's claim to most of the South China Sea to show it does not regard itself as "above the law."
A new, but much smaller, species of Rafflesia, the world's biggest flower, has been found at two sites in the Pantabangan watershed area in the northern Philippine province of Nueva Ecija.
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30 years after Marcos' downfall, his son aims for the No. 2 job
Three decades after a "people power" revolt ousted his dictator father, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was wooing voters on the campaign trail this week in his bid to become the Philippines' next vice president.
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