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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. Journalist caught up in impeachment drama

    Posted Feb 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode Raissa Robles, the South China Morning Post's veteran Manila correspondent, has found herself at the centre of an online whispering campaign suggesting she gave bank ... as a 'huge lie'. She also investigated Corona's cheap purchase of a luxury 3,000 sq ft apartment in Manila's The Fort complex, home to some of the country's wealthiest ...

  3. 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 ...

  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. So much to be done, so little to work with

    Posted Aug 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Macapagal-Arroyo. In Manila, the optimism is palpable. This is not the first time Filipino aspirations for renewal and reform have been embodied by an Aquino. In 1986, a 'people power' uprising ...

  6. Outgoing leader faces a rough ride despite winning a Congress seat

    Posted May 12th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... Alan Robles in Manila As Senator Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino moves up from Congress' upper house to the presidency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be stepping down and joining Congress' lower house. In this election, Arroyo ran for and handily won a congressional seat in her home province. It was the first time in the country's history that a sitting ...

  7. Arroyo's achievements don't address fundamental issues

    Posted Apr 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo spent the past three days in Hong Kong, touting her government's economic achievements at an investment summit. But back in Manila some economists are voicing suspicion about the country's record 7.3 per cent growth rate last year.' SCMP, April 2 Iask you to imagine the scenario of a senior economics ...

  8. A child rapist... but he has friends in high places

    Posted Dec 29th 2007, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Convicted child rapist and former congressman Romeo Jalosjos should be facing a bleak old age in jail for committing what Filipinos consider the lowest of crimes. ... penitentiary in suburban Manila, then flew by private plane to an island resort in the south. After a predictable outcry, police arrested him the next day. The 67-year-old tried to wave them off ...

  9. Arroyo accused of playing politics with justice

    Posted Dec 19th 2007, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been accused of playing politics with the Philippine justice system by issuing a spate of presidential pardons and commuting the sentences of politically connected convicts. The beneficiaries have included convicted rapists, murderers and plunderer and former president Joseph Estrada. The latest recipient of presidential ...

  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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