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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Capture of fugitive general Jovito Palparan hailed as victory for Aquino

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 10:51pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Manila General's capture hailed as big victory for Aquino Philippine security forces yesterday captured a fugitive former army general wanted over the kidnapping of two students, fulfilling a promise by President Benigno Aquino to bring high-profile criminal suspects to justice. Military spokesman Ramon Zagala said agents arrested Jovito Palparan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1572365/capture-fugitive-general-jovito-palparan-hailed-victory-aquino
  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila and Muslim Moro rebels clear final hurdle to Mindanao peace deal

    Posted Jan 25th 2014, 07:32pm by AP

    ... in the predominantly Catholic nation. Government negotiators, some with tears in their eyes, embraced each other after the talks ended. Chief government negotiator Miriam Ferrer hailed the progress and said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1413304/manila-and-muslim-moro-rebels-clear-final-hurdle-mindanao-peace-deal
  3. Business - Economy - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine economy expands by 7.2pc in 2013, despite natural disasters

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 11:52am by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... of 6.0-7.0 per cent. The government said the main drivers of growth were in the manufacturing, trade, real estate and finance sectors, while hailing the performance as further proof of Aquino’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1417359/philippine-economy-expands-72pc-2013-despite-natural-disasters
  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila bans 'enforced disappearances'

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila 'Enforced disappearances' did not end with Marcos' overthrow; rights groups hail move Government abductions banned under new law The Philippines has passed a landmark law that criminalises "enforced disappearances", a presidential spokeswoman said yesterday, in a move hailed by human-rights groups. Under the new law, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1110994/manila-bans-enforced-disappearances
  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines raises tobacco, alcohol taxes

    Posted Dec 20th 2012, 06:20pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila The Philippines on Thursday raised tobacco and alcohol taxes in a reform President Benigno Aquino hailed as helping to liberate “more Filipinos from the vices of smoking and drinking”. Aquino, a smoker himself, said the “sin tax” law was a victory against the powerful tobacco lobby and would provide extra funds for better health care ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1109178/philippines-raises-tobacco-alcohol-taxes
  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines, Muslim rebels sign landmark peace pact

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:53pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... Aquino, who has driven the process since assuming office in 2010, also hailed the agreement as a chance to “finally achieve genuine, lasting peace”. Ebrahim became the first MILF chief to visit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1061575/philippines-muslim-rebels-sign-landmark-peace-pact
  7. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine government and MILF rebels sign peace pact

    Posted Oct 16th 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... also hailed the agreement as a chance to "finally achieve genuine, lasting peace". Murad became the first MILF chief to visit the presidential palace, signifying the optimism from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1061996/philippine-government-and-milf-rebels-sign-peace-pact
  8. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Birth control law comes too late for Philippine mother of 22

    Posted Jan 17th 2013, 02:09pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila While Catholic Church still rails against legislation, women hail move as a triumph A historic birth control law that took effect in the Philippines Thursday after years of opposition from the Catholic Church came too late for Rosalie Cabenan, a housewife who has given birth 22 times. Frail, with a leathery face streaked with wrinkles, 48-year-old ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1130110/birth-control-law-comes-too-late-philippine-mother-22
  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines, Moro Islamic Liberation Front separatists agree on peace deal

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... The MILF hailed the breakthrough, achieved in the latest round of peace talks in Malaysia that ended on Saturday, as the "beginning of peace". "We are happy and we thank ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1056093/philippines-moro-islamic-liberation-front-separatists-agree-peace-deal

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