• In this Oct. 27, 2015 file photo, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay talks about his economic platform during a dialogue with the country's business sector at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. In a poor Southeast Asian country with a soft spot for the underdog, Binay has tried to turn online jokes about his dark complexion and small stature to his advantage by portraying himself in campaign ads as an everyman who understands the struggles of the underclass. But Binay, who is running fourth in opinion polls ahead of May 9, 2016 presidential elections, is battling another image he says is a political smear - that of a corrupt bureaucrat who built a fortune from government coffers. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

    Corruption allegations hound Binay in Philippine election

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a poor Southeast Asian country with a soft spot for the underdog, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has tried to turn online jokes about his dark complexion and small stature to his advantage by portraying himself in campaign ads as an everyman who understands the struggles of the underclass.

  • Philippine senator and vice presidential candidate Antonio Trillanes IV, center, is escorted after going to a bank to meet the lawyer of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte in Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines on Monday, May 2, 2016. Allegations that the Philippine presidential frontrunner kept a fat bank account which was not publicly declared as required by law have not been resolved as hoped for after Trillanes faced Duterte's lawyer at the bank. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Wealth question hangs over Filipino mayor’s presidential run

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Allegations that the Philippine presidential election front-runner had a large sum of money in an undeclared bank account were not resolved Monday, allowing the issue to hang over the final week of the closely fought race.

  • In this photo provided by the Office of Sulu Governor, Sulu Governor Abdusakur "Toto" A. Tan II, center, sits as Indonesian tugboat crewmen eat a meal after being freed in Jolo, Sulu province, southern Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2016. Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian tugboat crewmen who were seized at sea in March and taken to a jungle encampment in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday. (Office of the Sulu Governor via AP)

    Philippine militants free 10 Indonesian hostages

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian crewmen who were seized at sea in March in the first of three attacks on tugboats that have sparked a regional maritime security alarm, officials said Sunday.

  • In this Thursday, April 14, 2016 file photo, Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao smiles as he answers questions from reporters upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, after beating American Timothy Bradley during their WBO welterweight title boxing match in Las Vegas. Pacquiao pressed on with his campaign for a seat in the Philippine Senate on Thursday, April 28, barnstorming in a province, south of Manila, despite a reported militant plot to kidnap him. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

    Pacquiao presses senatorial campaign despite kidnap threat

    SAN PABLO, Philippines (AP) — Boxing star Manny Pacquiao pressed on with his campaign for a seat in the Philippine Senate on Thursday, barnstorming in a province south of Manila despite a reported militant plot to kidnap him.

  • This image made from undated militant video, shows Canadians John Ridsdel, right, and Robert Hall. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday, April 25, 2016, in the southern Philippines belongs to Ridsdel, who was taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September 2015. (Militant Video via AP Video) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    After hostage beheading, is Philippines facing IS threat?

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Months before Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded retired Canadian mining executive John Ridsdel in the tropical jungles of the southern Philippines, they showed him pleading for life in a video with three other hostages that demanded a record-high ransom.