When Kate sought to get implanted at a fertility clinic, Vivian managed to switch their embryo and be implanted with it herself.
As his parents battled over him, the young Philip rapidly aged into a high school student.
As soon as they all got back to Salem, Philip gave up his fight for Claire and allowed Shawn and Belle to raise her peacefully.
He immersed himself in business at Titan as the CEO under Victor's scrutiny.
Philip soon became involved in a shipping war with the new John Black, and tension between the two increased, while Paul Hollingsworth got caught in the middle, playing John against Philip.He followed them, first to Toronto and then onto a ship as they stowed away for Australia.Although he manged to get them confined to their quarters, they escaped and were presumed dead when their boat washed up smashed and covered in blood.He spent his time with rich kids Jan Spears and Jason Welles, tormenting Chloe Lane.The nasty games would stop for a moment when Philip, discovering more depth to her than he originally imagined, fell in love with her.After he settled down, he returned to Belle's side and promised to be there for her and her new baby.Sadly, things weren't working out for the young couple and they came to understand that neither of them were really happy in the marriage. Soon, he returned, now unrecognizable thanks to the reconstructive surgery done to his face after it was seared by severe burns in Afghanistan.She became pregnant and Philip was ecstatic to have his own daughter.They began planning for more children and went to a fertility clinic.His father, Victor, tried to look after him and brought Claire to visit him on a regular basis.Victor bribed a judge to grant his son legal custody of the little girl, a move which would push Shawn and Belle to take Claire and go on the run.