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  1. 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 ...

  2. Manila on high alert after bombings

    Posted Feb 16th 2005, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Security tightened at key areas as Arroyo vows to wipe out Abu Sayyaf suspects Fear gripped the nation's capital yesterday as residents braced for possible fresh attacks, a day after six people were killed when a bomb tore apart a packed bus at the gateway of Makati financial district. Marines were deployed at sensitive installations in Manila ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Ex-Philippine leader Gloria Arroyo pleads not guilty to plunder

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 11:31am by Associated Press in Manila

    ... Associated Press in Manila A Philippine court entered a not-guilty plea on Monday for former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on charges she misused US$8.8 million in state lottery funds in the third corruption case against her. Arroyo is suffering from a neck ailment, and police brought her to the anti-graft court from a military hospital. She was admitted days before the court served ...

  5. US labelled Arroyo as 'paranoid'

    Posted Sep 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is paranoid and deposed president Joseph Estrada remains 'a viable opposition figure', according to a highly classified report sent to Washington by American diplomats in Manila. The assessment, made in July and the third leaked report prepared by then US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Joseph Mussomeli, quoted ...

  6. Threat to split up south revealed

    Posted Sep 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Philippine Muslim rebel negotiators told American diplomats that their group could Balkanise the south if pushed and had been urged to conduct assassinations, ... Leslie Bassett, who was the charge d'affaires at the US embassy in Manila, wrote in February last year. The cable, marked classified and confidential, was released last week by WikiLeaks. ...

  7. Arroyo offers experiment in self-rule to Muslim separatists

    Posted Aug 16th 2007, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has offered southern separatists a pilot experiment on Muslim self-rule as a way of breaking a year-long impasse on the fragile peace talks. Mrs Arroyo had made her surprising offer during a Manila business forum. 'If it would not adversely affect the Philippine negotiating position and provoke alarm among Christians, a pilot ...

  8. New sense of optimism

    Posted Jun 28th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... people. 'There are serious questions over whether anyone can change the problems here,' the former American diplomat said from Manila. Potential investors were 'watching to see ...

  9. Arroyo power grab seen in charter move

    Posted Jun 04th 2009, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Critics of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said yesterday her allies had taken a first step in their efforts to abolish the presidential system ... Manila School of Law and one of the key framers of the 1987 constitution, said the public 'should be angry because they [congressmen] are toying with the constitution and toying ...

  10. Arroyo's only course after the massacre

    Posted Nov 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on that clan to deliver votes in national elections. Manila also supports family clans and their followers, and sometimes arms them, to curb the influence of Muslim and communist insurgents. Arroyo ...




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