China rejects South China Sea tribunal verdict as "waste paper"; terms US backing as "political farce"
Chinese Foreign Ministry accused the US of abusing the bilateral military agreements with Cold War mentality "to use force on China which exposes their strong power logic and hegemonic attempts".
Duterte's televised remarks Monday night were the strongest sign that he is considering calls by ruling PDP-Laban party allies for him to run for the vice president post.
The helicopter took off from Clark in Pampanga province for the two-hour training excercise but failed to return as scheduled.
The Philippines is one of the worst-hit countries in South East Asia with more than one million cases and over 20,000 deaths linked to COVID-19.
The Philippines has concluded deals to buy 113 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from five foreign pharmaceutical companies.
The 2019 polio outbreak began shortly after deadly dengue fever and measles epidemics and as vaccination coverage plunged partly due to the botched rollout of a dengue shot a few years earlier.
The Philippines is a leading source of global labour.
But he said religious fiestas in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation would remain prohibited.
Reports from Manila on Tuesday said the Philippines foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr has apologised for using an obscene phrase, demanding China to get out of the Whitsun Reef.
Vicente Malano, administrator of the government weather agency, said a high pressure area extending from China to Japan was blocking the typhoon from blowing inland.
AstraZeneca and the vaccine developed by China-based Sinovac Biotech have been the only COVID-19 vaccines received so far by the Philippines.
President Rodrigo Duterte placed Metropolitan Manila and four outlying provinces, a region of more than 25 million people, under lockdown last week as daily infections breached 10,000.
The resource-rich waterway is also contested by several countries, including the Philippines.
The police were on routine patrol when they were fired upon Monday afternoon by security aides of Catbalogan City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino and killed the Mayor in return fire.
The Philippines was among the last Southeast Asian countries to receive its first batch of vaccine due to delivery delays although it has reported more than 576,000 infections.