Victor appointed Philip as CEO of Titan, where Philip worked closely with Titan shipping.
Philip went head-to-head with John Black Di Mera over the shipping ports in Salem.
When Shawn messed up at a crime scene, Philip offered to do anything he could to help Shawn with his career -- if Belle would sleep with him.
The three made a point of torturing new girl Chloe Lane, until Philip got a chance to see a different side of Chloe, and fell in love.
The relationship hit a snag when she falsely accused him of rape, and another snag when he dumped her after nude photos of her appeared at the Last Blast dance.
Philip and Belle got engaged, with Philip thrilled that he and Belle were going to be able to live their lives together.
Unfortunately, just as they were getting engaged, Philip was being called to active duty in Iraq.
The fertilized egg ended up in Vivian instead, and Vivian actually carried Philip to term, trying to get Victor for herself.
Not long after, Philip was in high school, and was hanging out with fellow rich brats Jan Spears and Jason Welles.
Claire recovered, and her parents were thrilled, but when the truth finally emerged about her paternity, thanks to Chelsea's intervention, Philip left town for a number of weeks, and Shawn tried to adjust to being Claire's father.
Belle didn't want him near her initially, especially after learning of his relationship with Willow, a former prostitute.
Unfortunately for poor Claire, her health continued to deteriorate, and it wasn't long before Lexie Carver realized that if Claire didn't get a liver transplant, she wouldn't survive.
Luckily for Claire, Zack Brady was a match, and she received his liver after he died.
Shortly after, Shawn and Belle kidnapped the little girl and fled the country, with Philip desperate to find out what had happened to the child he'd raised for the first year of her life. Philip began his attempts to win Belle back, but she still maintained her relationship with Shawn.