Philippine police seize large stash of drugs in tea bags ☞ AP News

“BAGUIO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police seized more than 500 kilograms (more than half a ton) of suspected methamphetamine concealed in tea bags Wednesday and arrested a suspected Chinese drug dealer in a northern mountain resort city, police officials said.”

Philippine governor, 5 others killed in brazen attack ☞ The Hindu

“At least six men armed with assault rifles and wearing military-style camouflage and bullet-proof vests alighted from three SUVs and opened fire on Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, hitting him and at least five other people in front of his home in Pamplona town. The province has a history of violent political rivalries.”

Philippines files protest to China over use of laser, ‘aggressive activities’ by vessels ☞ Malay Mail – Malaysia

“The Philippine coast guard said on Monday a Chinese coast guard ship directed a ‘military-grade laser’ at one of Manila’s vessels supporting a resupply mission to troops in the disputed waterway on February 6, temporarily blinding its crew on the bridge.” – “There was no immediate comment from the Chinese embassy in Manila, but China’s foreign ministry said on Monday that its coast guard had conducted actions according to the law.  “We urge the Philippines to avoid such actions, and the actions of China’s staff are professional and restrained,’ China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, told a regular briefing.”