Philippine authorities discovered over 1,500 live turtles hidden in abandoned suitcases on Mar. 3 at a Manila airport.
Philippine authorities said Mar. 4 the seven Filipino seafarers who were detained in Libya over alleged fuel smuggling have been freed.
Philippine authorities said a 16-year-old girl was found dead morning of Monday, Mar. 11— naked from her waist down; her face was skinned to the bone exposing her skull.
Philippine Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno assumed the position of Central Bank Governor on Mar. 5, replacing the late BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr., who died recently of tongue cancer.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said Thursday, Feb. 7 a mix of fishing boats and naval and coast guard ships from China were spotted anchored and operating in the contested island of Pag-asa (Thitu) “since at least July 2018.”
In an official statement on Monday, Feb. 4, the Philippine health department said the Manila Bay must still be tested for chemical and physical quality and warned the public not to swim in it.
Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Feb. 7 the department sees an “increasing trend” in measles cases in Luzon including the regions of Ilocos, Cagayan, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol as well as parts of Central and Eastern Visayas.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is headed back to her beloved Philippines Feb. 20 to take part in a homecoming celebration fit for a queen.
Two southern provinces in the Philippines have been rocked with explosions on Feb. 5 ahead of the second Bangsamoro plebiscite.
Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler is back in the Philippines and is reportedly working with non-profit organization Cordaid to “bring back joy” to the Tagbanwa children.