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The Philippines has accused China of ramming a Philippine fishing vessel, sinking it, and then abandoning the crew to drown in open waters. Vietnam, another South China Sea claimant state, has had similar problems with Chinese vessels, as can be seen in this photo.

A US ally is furious and demanding answers from China after a ‘hit and run’ in the South China Sea

A Chinese ship is accused of ramming a Philippine fishing vessel, sinking it, and then sailing off, leaving the Filipino crew stranded in open water.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the 25th International Conference on The Future of Asia on May 31, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte claims he used to be gay but ‘cured myself’ in a gross attack on a political rival

Rodrigo Duterte said he was "cured" by "beautiful women" like his first wife. He made the comments while accusing his critic of being gay.
A container ship hired by Canada to pick up tons of trash arrives at a port in Manila, Philippines.

The Philippines is shipping 1,500 tons of trash back to Canada, the latest move in Southeast Asia’s rebellion against Western garbage

The shipment ends a years-long dispute. Canada agreed to take back the waste by May 30 after the Philippines recalled its ambassador to Ottawa.

Under a new law, students in the Philippines must plant 10 trees before they can graduate elementary, high school and college

"While we recognise the right of the youth to a balanced and healthy ecology... there is no reason why they cannot be made to contribute."
Video shows the moment a rooftop pool in the Philippines shook violently during a series of aftershocks on Tuesday.

Wild videos show deadly Philippines earthquake shaking skyscrapers so hard it knocks the water out of their rooftop swimming pools

The Philippines was struck by a powerful 6.1 earthquake on Monday, followed by several aftershocks that were felt in the capital city of Manila.
Ciara Gan in her handmade ball gown.

A teenage girl sewed and hand-painted her own graduation dress, and the stunning gown is going viral

Ciara Gan worked with her mother for a month to create the one-of-a-kind, emerald gown.
US Marine rifleman Lance Cpl. Hunter Bell during a live-fire range at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in the Philippines, April 6, 2019.

US troops are training with a key ally to repel an island invasion as a possible South China Sea fight looms

"If they were to have any small islands taken over by a foreign military, this is definitely a dress rehearsal that can be used in the future."

It’s been 77 years since one of World War II’s worst atrocities — the Bataan Death March

Japanese abuse of thousands of US and Filipino prisoners of war in April 1942 was one of the most brutal events in the US's war in the Pacific.
Sailors man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) as the ship arrives in Subic Bay, Philippines in support of Exercise Balikatan.

A US warship loaded with F-35 stealth fighters was apparently spotted near a disputed area in the South China Sea

Video footage appears to show the USS Wasp running flight operations near the Scarborough Shoal, a potential flashpoint in the South China Sea.
Activists holding placards hold a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila on February 10, 2018, against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea after installing military facilities and equipment on them. The Philippines said in January it would lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militaries a disputed South China Sea reef.

The US and Philippines are reportedly discussing deploying a rocket system in the South China Sea to fend off China

China has been steadily increasing its presence in the South China Sea, one of the busiest shipping routes in the world.