Manila and Beijing have long been locked in a dispute over areas of the South China Sea, almost all of which China insists it has exclusive rights to, rejecting a 2016 Hague ruling that its historical claims were without basis.
An investigation into the cause was under way. The victims were trapped inside their homes as "the fire spread quickly", Bichayda said. Their ages are not yet known, but he said six were minors.
The tropical storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 160 kph, made landfall in the eastern Catanduanes province early on Saturday.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum have sent messages of congratulations to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on the occasion of his country's Independence Day.
A volcano southeast of the Philippine capital spewed ash and steam about a kilometre into the sky on Sunday, scattering ash on nearby villages and alarming residents, officials said.
Sara, 44, was the running mate of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who also won in the May 9 elections and will be sworn in as the country's president on June 30, when their six-year term begins.
Ferdinand Marcos, the son of the Philippine ruler overthrown in a popular uprising 36 years ago, was sworn in as the country's president on Thursday.
The news of the 7-magnitude strong earthquake in northern Philippines in which reportedly four died and many are injured is so sad (“Strong quake kills 4, injures 60 in Philippines,” July 27, Gulf today website). According to the report a strong earthquake in northern Philippines has killed four people and injured 60.
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