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  1. Declaration of independence

    Posted Jul 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles, Manila Immediately after Manila announced it was pulling its troops out of Iraq, citing national interests, American officials wasted no time in uttering harsh, emotionally loaded words of condemnation. US ambassador to Manila Francis Ricciardone said: 'In a time of test, enemies demand that you kneel. I just ask you: please don't confuse your enemies ...

  2. '1916 court case shows Manila owned shoal'

    Posted Jul 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila A 1916 Philippines Supreme Court decision over a shipwreck on Scarborough Shoal bolsters Manila's territorial claim to the reef, which China also claims, ... there were maps which date back to the 1700s that show the shoal as part of the Philippines, he said. Furthermore, a 1916 court case in Manila pre-dated China's official inclusion of the shoal ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Talks are Manila's shoal option

    Posted May 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... called for help from Beijing and two civilian patrol boats showed up. Only after the Foreign Ministry stepped in did Manila replace the warship with a civilian craft; the stand-off continues ... the Spratly Islands, which have multiple claimants. That is a separate matter from that involving Huangyan, which involves only Beijing and Manila. The only sensible way forward for the Philippines ...

  5. Wish you were here

    Posted Mar 17th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... Alan Robles, MANILA Tropical islands galore, white beaches, gorgeous dive spots, majestic mountain ranges, lush tropical forests, hot springs and waterfalls. On top of that, a vibrant, ... the edge in cartoon characters (just look at our Congress). And anyone who has tried a Manila jeepney knows that our rides are more thrilling. Lonely Planet calls the Philippines Asia's ...

  6. Manila moves to defuse stand-off at disputed reef

    Posted Apr 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of Luzon- Manila claims that puts it within its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone under the UN's international sea law. It sits within China's so-called nine-dotted line that encompasses much of the South China Sea. Tensions rose last year as Manila accused Chinese ships of harassing Philippine fishing and oil exploration vessels. The latest stand-off is being closely ...

  7. HK inmates in Manila cry for help

    Posted Apr 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... with corruption, according to Hong Kong inmates who are appealing to the city for help. One Hongkonger being held in the New Bilibid Prison in Metro Manila, where he is serving a life sentence, has ... and with Macau. But in the past three years, only seven prisoners have been transferred back- from Thailand and Macau- to Hong Kong. There are an estimated two dozen Hong Kong inmates in Manila prisons. ...

  8. Black cloud over Manila

    Posted Aug 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung and Raissa Robles in Manila It has the makings of the ideal destination for holidaymakers: it's cheap, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, ... Bureau: 'Avoid all travel'. On August 23 last year - just hours after former policeman Rolando Mendoza killed seven Hong Kong tourists and their guide on a bus in downtown Manila ...

  9. Manila sends its flagship to shoal

    Posted Jun 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... into the military sphere. Officials in Manila announced the move as the People's Liberation Army confirmed military exercises off Hainan- a symbolic show of force that included beach landings. While ... itself to be bullied by China. The destroyer used to serve the US and Japanese navies and is one of the last world war two ships in active service. Scarborough Shoal, northwest of Manila Bay, ...

  10. 'Unnecessary' death

    Posted Mar 25th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a disgruntled policeman took them hostage in Manila. The Philippine police have been heavily criticised for their bungling during the drama. ...




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