Philippines President Benigno Aquino III distances himself from a botched raid against a terrorist, Zulkifli Abdhir, that killed around 50 people, including police officers and Abdhir, while pledging support for a peace process with the Moro people. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urges the public to continue to support the peace treaty.
China's defense ministry criticizes the United States for allegedly increasing tensions in the Asia-Pacific region by increasing its military presence and supporting Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in longstanding territorial disputes.
Five migrant Filipino workers are arrested in Saudi Arabia for filing a labor complaint against their employer according to a Philippine migrant workers' rights group. [http:--www.philstar.com-Article.aspx?articleId=622025&publicationSubCategoryId=200 ("The Philippine Star")]date=August 2019