The Philippines says that a Chinese maritime fleet "manned by militias" have now spread to wider areas inside its exclusive economic zone after occupying the disputed Whitsun Reef, and defying its demands for the flotilla to be withdrawn from its waters. Chinese diplomats say that the boats were sheltering from rough seas and denies the involvement of militias.
The Japan Transport Safety Board concludes its investigation into a fatal collision between USS "Fitzgerald" and Filipino container ship "ACX Crystal". The board's final report concludes distraction and incomplete radar information aboard the US Navy vessel caused the accident.
Human rights activists and opponents of Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte stage protests led by the Philippine Catholic Church against the ongoing drug crackdown that has killed thousands of people.
The Philippine government places more than two dozen provinces on alert before Typhoon Haima makes landfall over Luzon. Haima, downgraded by the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System to a Category 4 storm, landfalls Cagayan province in the island's northeast. Weather forecasters expect the storm to impact up to 2.7 million people before veering northwest toward the Chinese coast on October 21.
President-elect of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, vows to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill for organized crime figures and people resisting arrest. Duterte is due to take office on June 30, 2016.