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  1. Anger as army kills Mindanao family of five

    Posted Sep 10th 2008, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... for 'humanitarian considerations'. A local peace monitoring group, Bantay Ceasefire, described the incident as deplorable and claimed that a bomb, not machine-gun fire, had killed the family- a claim ... machine-gun fire, resulting in the deaths of the family in a nearby boat. He cast some of the blame for the deaths on the MILF. 'The lawless MILF group should refrain from using civilians ...

  2. First family claims divine help

    Posted Jun 28th 2006, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles Three saints in the family have helped Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo weather political storms, both the president's spouse and brother-in-law claim. Her husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo told a reporter for the top-selling Philippine Daily Inquirer while en route to the Vatican that the family had a direct lineage not only to St Theresa of Avila, ...

  3. Family-run firm a bellwether of political change

    Posted Mar 06th 2006, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... As for the Zobels and other prominent business clans like the Lopez family, it was perhaps just business as usual. Both families have surfed the tumultuous tides of Philippine politics in their own way. ... where mass protests succeeded in ousting two presidents in 1986 and 2001. Ordinarily, Mr Del Castillo said, the family preferred to deal with political risk at arm's length through ...

  4. Family members drag Arroyo down

    Posted Jul 19th 2005, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Dubious business dealings, claims of payoffs and the unexplained wealth of husband and son, threaten her presidency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's family is a major factor dragging down her presidency. Allegations of money laundering, bribe taking, influence peddling and unexplained wealth are hounding Mrs Arroyo's spouse, Jose Miguel ('Big ...

  5. War of words stings Aquino family

    Posted Jul 20th 2005, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles The Philippine political crisis degenerated into show business trash-talking when a government official attacked former president Corazon Aquino's personal life. Reacting to Mrs Aquino's call for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo t ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HOSTAGE CRISIS

    2010 hostage crisis talks hit snag as Manila rejects 'apology' request

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 04:17am by Raissa Robles, NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila and Ng Kang-chung Victims' families unhappy over use of word 'sorrow', even as they hold out hopes of a deal Talks hit snag as Manila rejects ... planned apology statement. Manila opted for the word "sorrow" instead, which the families of the Hong Kong victims found unacceptable. The families were briefed by Chief Executive's ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - MANILA HOSTAGE ROW

    CY Leung threatens 'substantial' sanctions against Philippines in hostage row

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 10:53am by Tanna Chong, Raissa Robles

    ... turned up the heat in the Manila hostage row by threatening unspecified sanctions against the Philippines unless progress is made in talks to resolve the issue of compensation for the families ... Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez, who said last night: "We are working quietly to achieve a mutually satisfactory conclusion." The families of those killed ...

  8. News - Hong Kong

    Manila talks continue as deadline passes

    Posted Dec 04th 2013, 04:29am by Raissa Robles, NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... an official apology and compensation for the families of the victims. About two weeks after Hong Kong issued the ultimatum, the Philippine side gave an undisclosed sum to one of the survivors, Yik ... "as a manifestation of the Filipinos' humane consideration of the plight of the victims and their families". Leung described the progress as "substantial". On August 23, ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - HOSTAGE TRAGEDY

    Manila mayor Estrada plans visit to Hong Kong to apologise

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 04:32am by Raissa Robles

    ... and does not have the authority to apologise on behalf of the country," To said. He said Beijing should not renew the sister-city agreement until the four demands raised by the families were ...

  10. Top groups show distinct styles

    Posted Mar 06th 2006, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila The Ayala and Lopez business houses are striking examples of how Filipino corporations reflect family realities. Ayala, despite its size, is a seamless organisation ... the largest chunk, or roughly 40 per cent, of Ayala. Their cousins got less than 20 per cent. Family meddling is the least of their problems. 'We've always believed in differentiating ...




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