Philippines protests Beijing’s ‘provocative acts’ in South China Sea

MANILA, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The Philippines has issued a diplomatic protest over Chinese vessels challenging its ships patrolling the South China Sea with sirens, horns and radio communications, its foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Tensions between Manila and Beijing have been simmering for years in the strategic waterway where both countries have territorial claims. “These provocative acts threaten the peace, good order, and security of the South China Sea…

Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood Manila, provinces

MANILA, July 24 (Reuters) – Philippine authorities moved thousands of residents in the capital, Manila, out of low-lying communities on Saturday as heavy monsoon rains, compounded by a tropical storm, flooded the city and nearby provinces. The national disaster agency said about 15,000 people, most of them from a flood-prone Manila suburb, had moved into evacuation centres. “We decided to evacuate early,” said Luzviminda Tayson, 61. “We don’t want the…

Magnitude 6.7 quake hits south of the Philippine capital

* Quake strong but not yet destructive – seismology agency chief * Residents in the capital wake up to quake * Philippines experiences frequent quakes MANILA, July 24 (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck south of the Philippine capital early on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The agency said aftershocks were expected from the tectonic earthquake, which had a depth of 116 kilometres (72.08…