Philippine Coast Guard accuses Chinese boats of ‘dangerous’ manoeuvres

The Philippine Coast Guard accused Chinese patrol vessels of dangerous obstruction in the South China Sea during a mission to assert territorial claims, risking collision. Similar incidents have occurred in the past.

12 killed after fire rips through Philippine ferry

12 people died and 230 were rescued after a ferry caught fire off the coast of Basilan province in the southern Philippines. Passengers were forced to jump overboard, and rescuers saved 195 passengers and 35 crew. Seven people are still missing, and it is uncertain how the fire started. The Philippines has a history of poor sea transport regulations, leading to overcrowding and accidents.