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  1. Deputy ombudsman sacked over Manila bus hostage tragedy

    Posted May 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila and Simpson Cheung A senior Philippine anti-corruption official accused of 'serious and inexcusable negligence' in handling the complaint which sparked Manila hostage taker Rolando Mendoza's gun rampage on a bus full of Hong Kong tourists last year has been sacked. Deputy ombudsman Emilio Gonzalez (pictured) was first told to go in April ...

  2. Philippine government attacks HK lawmaker

    Posted Aug 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung and Raissa Robles in Manila The Philippine government yesterday accused Democratic Party lawmaker James To Kun-sun of political opportunism and rejected a request by families of victims of the Manila bus shooting to meet President Benigno Aquino. Speaking ahead of the first anniversary of the hostage crisis, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda called To- who ...

  3. Beijing urged to throw out Philippine rail contract

    Posted Sep 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila The Philippines has asked China to throw out the present contract involving the controversial Chinese-funded NorthRail project in Manila and has proposed that Manila be allowed to conduct a bidding exclusively for Chinese contractors. Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas told Philippine media yesterday of details ...

  4. Aquino sacks top official over bus hostage debacle

    Posted Apr 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila and Simpson Cheung Deputy Ombudsman Emilio Gonzalez, a high-ranking Philippine anti-graft investigator, was sacked yesterday by the Office of the President ... tour guide Masa Tse Ting-chunn, said Gutierrez's refusal to remove Gonzalez showed how corrupt the Philippine government was. He said other officials, such as Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, ...


    Manila hostage crisis campaigners step up fight for justice two years on

    Posted Aug 24th 2012, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... shootings We'll take our fight for justice to the president Survivors and relatives of victims of the Manila hostage crisis are considering visiting the Philippines again to seek a meeting ... to convey the delegation's message to the government, Tse Chi-hang said after the meeting. "We do not rule out flying to Manila to meet the officials. Two years is too long for survivors ...

  6. Manila helpless to stop workers defying Iraq ban

    Posted Jun 26th 2006, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Senator fears diplomatic crisis if recruits are killed The government has admitted it is powerless to stop thousands of its nationals defying a ban on working ... Baldoz said no up to date figures were available since the Philippine embassy in Iraq had shut last October due to security concerns, adding to Manila's inability to enforce the work ban. ...

  7. Apocalypse now?

    Posted Nov 13th 2003, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... for collapse, violence will erupt and anarchy will rule the streets. Now, anyone trying to drive in Manila would probably say anarchy does already rule the streets, but the vision being pushed here ... Instead, they have learned to focus on each day and get the most they can out of it. During the coup attempt in July, most people in Manila chose to continue going out. Everyone here would probably ...

  8. Struggle for presidency hurts war on terror

    Posted Oct 05th 2005, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Military officers seen as anti-Arroyo are reassigned or placed under surveillance President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo's battle for political survival ... guards Manila's northern flank from the communist rebels. General Lim, who was promoted to general by Mrs Arroyo in April, said he was aware he was under suspicion. He heads the Young ...

  9. Beijing, Manila protests over shoal

    Posted May 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila and Teddy Ng Around 300 people staged a protest outside the Chinese embassy in Manila yesterday over an escalating territorial row in the South China Sea, a much ... in Manila, saying it was raising tensions over the dispute by organising demonstrations. 'The Philippines instigated its people to take part in a protest targeted at China, which is a wrong step ...

  10. Manila stuns the world by standing up to Beijing

    Posted Apr 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Gone are the banquets extolling the 'golden age' of Sino-Philippine relations that had marked the past decade. Instead, relations today have sunk ... point to three main reasons for Manila's tougher stance towards Beijing. Foremost was the sea change in Washington's attitude to getting involved in the South China Sea dispute, Ramon ...




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