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.
Islamist militants seized a Catholic priest and a dozen churchgoers after clashes erupted in the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines. President Duterte said he may impose martial law across the whole country.