The Republic of the Philippines in Southeast Asia is an island country made up of more than 7,000 islands and islets. With a population of roughly 100 million, the ethnically diverse country has 19 recognized languages.
The name Philippines hails from colonial power Spain, which named the territory after King Philip II of Spain. Manila is the capital city, Quezon City is the most populous. This page contains DW's most recent content on the Philippines.
After his decision to quit the International Criminal Court, Philippine leader Duterte has called upon other nations to follow suit. The ICC announced last month it was launching a probe into Duterte's brutal drug war.
A man has been arrested for the death of Joanna Demafelis, a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait City. The incident led Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to ban workers from traveling to Kuwait to work.
The Hague-based ICC has launched an initial probe to investigate claims of crimes against humanity as part of the Philippines' deadly war on drugs. President Duterte "will argue his case personally," a spokesman said.
More than 12,000 people in the Philippines have evacuated areas near Mayon Volcano, as experts warn of a possible "hazardous eruption." The lava flow has reached some areas around three kilometres away from the volcano.