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Typhoon Goni lashed the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa with heavy rains and winds on Monday, as the death toll rose to 19 in the northern Philippines. The latest victims include a 9-month-old boy and his 2-year-old sister who drowned in flash floods.

Typhoon Goni blew out of the northern Philippines on Sunday, leaving at least 15 people dead and several others missing, including in a gold-mining village where more than 100 rescuers dug through a huge mudslide in a frantic search for a dozen miners, officials said.

Two Philippine coast guard men on Friday trembled and cried as they recalled their harrowing four-month captivity under Islamic extremists who beheaded one of their fellow hostages.

Two Philippine coast guard men held hostage by Al-Qaeda-linked militants sprinted through gunfire to freedom as government forces raided the extremists' hideout, killing 15 of them, the army said Thursday.

A rare Philippine Eagle released to the wild two months ago has been found killed in a southern Philippine forest, conservationists said Wednesday, in a tragic ending after she was nursed back to health from gunshot wounds three years ago.

The Philippines can only afford a "frugal" military upgrade, defense officials said Monday, even though maritime tensions with mainland China are growing.
Philippines can't afford full military modernization: officials


A U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines put his mother on the witness stand to start his defense Monday, lawyers said.

A two-story ferry with 544 passengers caught fire after docking in the central Philippines on Saturday and people jumped into the sea and clambered down the roof deck to escape black smoke. All passengers were safe and only two crew suffered bruises and cuts, officials said.
Fire engulfs a Philippine ship with 544; just 2 minor injuries


The Philippine air force and navy will go ahead with a plan to open camps in a bustling freeport facing the disputed South China Sea even if a proposed American military presence doesn't happen, the defense secretary said Friday.

Mainland China respects freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea but will not allow any foreign government to invoke that right so its military ships and planes can intrude in Beijing's territory, the Chinese ambassador said.

Philippine authorities have moved to file corruption charges against two top politicians, including an ally of President Benigno Aquino, the justice secretary said Saturday, as part of a massive graft scandal that has embroiled numerous officials.

Philippine bush man Edward Serrano struck two rocks together and wrapped the faint spark in wood shavings, building a fire in much the same way Stone Age man must have done 2 million years ago.
Philippines' Aeta people say they are 'beggars' and 'aliens' in their own land


The Philippines on Sunday vowed to take further action to aid those displaced by deadly Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, following U.N. criticism that the government's response so far had been "inadequate."

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.
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