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  1. A good week for...

    Posted Jul 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Macapagal-Arroyo After eight months in detention, the Philippines' former president was released on bail from a tightly guarded military hospital in Manila, where she had been held pending a trial on vote-rigging charges that could still see her jailed for life. However, when the Manila court hearing the case made the surprise decision to free her on bail, it said the charges against her were weak ...

  2. 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. ...

  3. Chief justice takes heat for luxury condo

    Posted Jan 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila As a luxury bolthole in Manila, it is hard to go past The Fort in Bonifacio Global City. Bellagio Tower 1 in the Fort complex is home to some of the nation's richest businessmen. The building features a 220 square metre pool, its own sandy beach pool, hydrotherapy tubs, 'aromatherm electronic capsules' and a day spa. But far from providing ...

  4. Glad to see the back of Estrada

    Posted Jan 15th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Raissa Robles

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Raissa Robles in Manila Many Filipinos in Hong Kong are bidding 'good riddance' to disgraced former president Joseph Estrada, who leaves for Manila this morning after a 20-day stay for knee surgery. In Manila, 15,000 police are being deployed to keep protests under control and provide security for Estrada amid rumours that he may be assassinated. ...

  5. In Brief

    Posted Sep 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Arroyo's husband in HK Jose Miguel 'Mike' Arroyo, husband of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, left his country for Hong Kong on a private trip on Monday. Media reports said he boarded a Cathay Pacific flight that left Manila at 5.55pm. It was his first trip outside the country since heart surgery in April. ...

  6. History repeats itself, 10 years after Estrada's fall

    Posted Nov 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Robles in Manila In an ironic twist of history, former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was brought to book the same way her predecessor was- for breaking a law she herself supported. On Friday evening, Arroyo was arrested in her Manila hospital suite for the non-bailable crime of electoral sabotage, specified in a law she as president enacted in 2007. ...

  7. Arroyos 'planning to flee abroad'

    Posted Nov 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila The Philippine government is convinced that former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband, Mike Arroyo, plan to flee abroad to avoid prosecution. Justice ... treaty with Manila. Media reported on Thursday that the Arroyos were hoping to flee to the Dominican Republic. Their lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, denied they had ever been to the nation. 'They ...

  8. Railway project under fire after Philippine contractors are sidelined

    Posted Sep 01st 2004, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles A huge railway project in the Philippines, which is intended to cement Manila-Beijing relations, is coming under fire after the Philippine government failed to allow domestic contractors to make tenders. China, through its Export-Import Bank, recently agreed to lend US$400 million at a discounted interest rate for the North Rail project, which would ease travel from Manila ...

  9. Philippine ex-general held over kidnappings

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Prosecutors in the Philippines are seeking an arrest warrant for a retired general, who was yesterday prevented by immigration authorities from boarding a flight ... as a congressman, tried to board a flight to Singapore at Clark International Airport outside Manila. He protested the government action, saying: 'It's my right to travel [since] there is no case ...

  10. Arroyo's US stance 'risks workers'

    Posted Jul 13th 2004, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Official warns 1.5m Filipinos in Middle East are vulnerable President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo came under heavy fire yesterday as critics claimed her staunch ... by al-Qaeda-linked militants. For decades, Manila has propped up its sagging local economy by encouraging the unemployed to find work abroad. And Mrs Arroyo is not the first Filipino president to find ...




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