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  1. 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. ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Manila officials in town

    Posted Dec 16th 2010, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung A top-level government delegation from the Philippines is meeting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen today to discuss the Manila hostage-taking tragedy in which eight Hong Kong people were killed. The delegation, led by Philippine Secretary for Tourism Alberto Lim, arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday December 15 and is scheduled to meet the chief executive ...

  4. Manila to get US$434m in aid from US agency

    Posted Aug 10th 2010, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila A US government aid agency will give Manila US$434 million in aid in a move seen as a vote of confidence in the new Aquino administration's commitment to fight corruption. The grant by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US-funded aid agency that ties aid to a developing country's ability to curb graft, represents a big boost to an initial US$20.68 ...

  5. 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, ...

  6. 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. ...

  7. 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. ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. How to plot a coup in Manila

    Posted Nov 30th 2007, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila It's all about timing- and the weather- says key member of uprising Midway through the afternoon veteran coup plotter Jose Alcuaz- one of the key civilian figures behind yesterday's abortive military uprising in Manila- realised things were not going according to plan. It was raining- no small matter in the art of plotting a Filipino coup. ...




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