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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila seals historic peace pact with Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 11:38pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Agreement set to resolve one of Asia's longest and deadliest conflicts Manila, Muslims seal historic pact The biggest Muslim rebel group ... in Manila. "The comprehensive agreement on Bangsamoro is the crowning glory of our struggle," MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim said at the signing ceremony, using a local term that refers ...

  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Tens of thousands protest ‘pork barrelling’ fraud in Manila

    Posted Aug 26th 2013, 01:13pm

    ... Alan Robles in Manila Reports of graft in the country's 'pork barrelling' scheme spark the country's first mass action organised through social media 100,000 protest ... barrelling" went viral. Tens of thousands of Filipinos angry at government corruption yesterday stood under light rains before Manila's historic Quirino Grandstand to chant "don't ...

  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    13 suspected gang members killed in Philippine shootout

    Posted Jan 06th 2013, 07:28pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Police in the Philippines killed 13 members of a criminal gang in a shootout on Sunday, the third violent incident within days amid widespread calls ... Provincial police chief senior superintendent Val de Leon said the road block was put up following a tip-off from a police informant that the gang was to pass through the area on the way to Manila ...

  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila boosts military to resist ‘bullies’ as ties with Beijing sour

    Posted May 21st 2013, 06:25pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Aquino pledges to protect Philippine sovereignty in a speech marking navy's 115th anniversary Manila boosts navy against 'bullies' Philippine ... Philippine sovereignty. It came as Manila protested the presence of Chinese ships near Ayungin Shoal, which Manila describes as "an integral part of its national territory, in the disputed ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing and Manila should navigate around their differences

    Posted Apr 20th 2013, 12:00am by ZHA DAOJIONG

    ... or even the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. In China, there is a powerful school of thought that Manila's maritime diplomacy action stems from instructions or directions from ...

  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila bans 'enforced disappearances'

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila 'Enforced disappearances' did not end with Marcos' overthrow; rights groups hail move Government abductions banned under new law The Philippines has passed a landmark law that criminalises "enforced disappearances", a presidential spokeswoman said yesterday, in a move hailed by human-rights groups. Under the new law, ...

  7. Comment

    Manila, free Mali the elephant now!

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Manila, free Mali the elephant now! Mali is the Philippines' only captive elephant and one of the world's saddest and loneliest. Captured in Sri Lanka in 1977, she has spent the past 35 years inside a very small, barren concrete pen at the Manila Zoo. While there, she has never seen another elephant, a highly sociable species that requires ...

  8. Manila denies it asked for HK to remove travel alert

    Posted Aug 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Manila has denied that it demanded Hong Kong remove a travel alert imposed on the Philippines in the wake of last year's hostage bloodbath. A spokesman ... seven tourists and a guide from Hong Kong were shot dead on August 23 last year by a lone rogue police officer who had taken their tour bus hostage in Manila. Lacierda said the Philippine ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - DIPLOMACY

    Aquino apologises – for forgetting Hong Kong chief executive’s name

    Posted Oct 23rd 2013, 10:39pm by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Aquino sorry about what's-his-name Philippine President Benigno Aquino finally said sorry to Hong Kong yesterday- not for the Manila hostage bloodbath ... of a legal backlash were a consideration. But he said some of the policemen who botched the rescue of Hongkongers from a hijacked tourist bus in Manila in 2010 could get harsher penalties. Video: ...

  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine rebel chief in historic peace trip

    Posted Oct 14th 2012, 04:07pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila The leaders of the Philippines’ biggest Muslim  rebel group arrived in Manila on Sunday for a historic visit aimed at ending  one of Asia’s longest ... of Mindanao, will be making his first official trip as MILF leader to Manila and his first visit to the presidential palace. “We feel honoured to be welcomed in Manila, but I must stress this is just ...




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