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  1. Six years late, Manila's airport terminal limps into action

    Posted Jul 24th 2008, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Zheng Yanxia was full of praise as she became one of the first tourists to stride the gleaming floors of Manila's newly opened airport Terminal 3. ... to flights, six years overdue. She compared it favourably to Manila's decrepit international airport terminal. To Cebu Pacific airline president Lance Gokongwei, opening Terminal 3 'is ...

  2. Island paradise close to home

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Hazel Knowles

    ... 5.5km-long private island Pamalican in the Cuyo group of islands about 360km southwest of Manila that is only 500 metres across at its widest point. It is surrounded by 7 sqkm of reef where whales ... not be surprised if you see your boss or your next door neighbour walking through the surf towards you. Getting there and costs A flight from Hong Kong to Manila followed by a quick one-hour hop ...

  3. Christians fear Muslim land grab after deal with Manila, leader says

    Posted Jul 21st 2008, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila A Christian leader in the southern Philippines said his people feared a Muslim land grab after the government struck a significant deal with separatists last week to enlarge the territory of a Muslim homeland. North Cotabato Vice-Governor Emmanuel Pinol warned that the deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front could result in bloodshed and chaos, ...

  4. US briefs Manila hotels on security amid fears

    Posted Sep 25th 2008, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila The American embassy in Manila has invited hotel security officers for a briefing in the wake of Saturday's Marriott hotel blast in Pakistan and ahead of the October 12 anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombing. A police source said the embassy was concerned about lax security in some Manila hotels, especially when it came to inspecting vehicles for bombs. ...

  5. Manila gears up against terror attack in business district

    Posted Dec 11th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... Alan Robles in Manila In the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, one of Manila's most sensitive business districts is discreetly drawing up counter-terror and disaster measures ... the Philippine Stock Exchange, Manila Electric Company, San Miguel Corporation and Jollibee Foods Corporation. With at least six large malls, Ortigas is also a major shopping area prone to congestion. ...

  6. New Manila deal unlikely to woo rebels back to table

    Posted Dec 04th 2008, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila The Philippine government hopes to woo Muslim separatists back to the negotiating table with a new peace deal, but the rebels are not convinced of Manila's sincerity. 'The problem is, we can't trust the government any more,' said Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Four months ago, the rebels ...

  7. Praise for Manila

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Bill Clinton heaped praise on the Philippines while sharing the stage with his former George Washington University classmate, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Mr Clinton said the Philippines led the field in the amount of ele ...

  8. Manila set to hand control of south to rival rebel faction

    Posted Apr 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila The Philippine government is offering to hand control of a swathe of territory in the Muslim south to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), effectively voiding ... in Manila. The plan, which was outlined by MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu, would effectively scrap the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), consisting of five Mindanao provinces originally awarded ...

  9. 'Dirty Harry' hails arrest of son over drugs

    Posted Mar 17th 2008, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Manila's crime-fighting mayor Alfredo Lim, nicknamed 'Dirty Harry', praised police over the weekend for arresting his son, who was allegedly caught ... Two others, Joel Sabado, 33, and Ronald Pascual, 38, were also arrested during the alleged drug deal at a dental clinic in Manila's Chinatown. The arrest took place as Alfredo Lim, ...

  10. Diary of a renovator: rubble trouble

    Posted Aug 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Xiu Fang

    ... anywhere?' 'Check the terrace,' I said, forgetting it had just been cleared. After weeks of demolition and reconstruction, my outdoor area had started to resemble Manila's Smokey ...




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