Increased rotations of US troops to Philippines come at time when Manila is trying to build up its military in face of maritime assertiveness from China.
Six years after nearly five dozen people were gunned down in Philippines' worst case of election-related violence, no convictions have been made.
China, which says it has 'indisputable sovereignty' over practically the whole sea, has said there is no need for outsiders to weigh in on the disputes.
Presidents of Philippines, Vietnam showing more united front on disputed South China Sea issue on sidelines of APEC summit.
Hundreds of business chiefs and leaders of 21 economies along the Asia-Pacific region, including 17 heads of state, will be in Manila for the summit.
Presently, Malaysia, Vietnam and China have tourist destinations among the Spratlys and other contested outcroppings
Philippines Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario expected to raise issue during ASEAN meetings in Kuala Lumpur, this week.
Philippine armed forces say they had 'no problem' with live-fire drills but also hope for more transparency in future.
But the various groups opposed to China do not agree on whether they should rely on the United States as a deterrent to China’s increasing assertiveness.
President Obama has said Washington is concerned China is using its 'sheer size and muscle' to push around smaller nations.
While supporters applaud rice strain's ability to tackle vitamin A deficiency, critics insist more research is needed before it's ready for consumption.
Government says services, agriculture, construction and manufacturing sectors drive most of growth, and will focus on challenges to foreign investment.
Officials say new images published by Jane's Defense Weekly show 'a large facility' in the works at Johnson South Reef.
Officials expect massive crowds to converge everywhere the pontiff goes in the overwhelmingly Catholic country
Pilot program targets fathers left raising their children by themselves while their wives work abroad.
Dec. 15 is the deadline for China to submit counter-argument in Philippines arbitration case that questions Beijing's sweeping claims in South China Sea.
State weather bureau says Hagupit is now making its way to the eastern edge of the Philippines at 13 kilometers per hour.
Manila's triple action plan aims to 'address the provocative and destabilizing activities in the region'.
Storm now headed toward contested parts of South China Sea, where Chinese and Vietnamese ships have sparred around a controversial oil-drilling rig.
Almost all of the debris that clogged Tacloban is cleared and dead bodies have been removed, but mayor says recovery is not moving fast enough.