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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Communist insurgents ransack two banana plantations in the Philippines

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:59am by AFP

    ... about 4,000 fighters. The figure is down from more than 26,000 in the 1980s, but they remain active, raiding rural businesses and isolated police and military outposts. The attacks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580389/communist-insurgents-ransack-two-banana-plantations-philippines
  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine military back ex-general facing trial over disappearance of student activists

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:37pm by RIASSA ROBLES

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Association backs retired major general, who faces charges over the abduction and disappearance of two student activists in 2006 Military supports ex-general over trial Some elements in the military and a group of retired generals are rallying behind a general charged over the disappearance of two activists, in a challenge to both the primacy of civilian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1576216/philippine-military-back-ex-general-facing-trial-over-disappearance
  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Capture of fugitive general Jovito Palparan hailed as victory for Aquino

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 10:51pm by AP

    ... of two students, fulfilling a promise by President Benigno Aquino to bring high-profile criminal suspects to justice. Military spokesman Ramon Zagala said agents arrested Jovito Palparan ... investigator have blamed security forces for the deaths and disappearances of about 1,000 activists between 2001 and 2010 under Arroyo. The former president gave the military a free hand in what ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1572365/capture-fugitive-general-jovito-palparan-hailed-victory-aquino
  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine military admits Islamist bomb maker was not killed in 2012

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 09:37pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Philippine military says bomb maker is still alive The Philippine military yesterday admitted that one of Southeast Asia's top Islamic militants ... bounty on his head, was roaming the southern Philippines, senior military officials said. "He is alive and we continue to monitor him," Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said. He ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567811/philippine-military-admits-islamist-bomb-maker-was-not-killed-2012
  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    19 heading home for Eid gunned down by Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 11:19pm by AP

    ... by the militant group, police and the military said. Fourteen others were wounded as the group travelled in two vans in a coastal village in Talipao in predominantly Muslim Sulu province in the South, where the militants have survived in jungle encampments despite years of US-backed Philippine military offensives. Some 40 to 50 Abu Sayyaf militants armed with assault rifles opened fire ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1561380/19-heading-home-eid-gunned-down-abu-sayyaf-southern-philippines
  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Benigno Aquino faces impeachment action over economic stimulus fund

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:49pm by Raissa Robles

    ... chief of the army, said coup attempts were unlikely because the military had benefited from 85 billion pesos worth of new assets, including ships and aircraft, under Aquino. "He [Aquino] ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557065/benigno-aquino-faces-impeachment-action-over-economic-stimulus-fund
  7. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Former Philippines' first lady Imelda Marcos, at 85, eyes return to palace

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 12:15am by AFP

    ... by international masters, including Monets and Picassos. The government conservatively estimates that Marcos plundered government coffers of about US$10 billion. A military-backed "People Power" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545085/former-philippines-first-lady-imelda-marcos-85-eyes-return-palace
  8. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    US to disband joint Philippine anti-terror task force, its job largely done

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 10:56pm by AP

    ... terrorists "have largely devolved into disorganised groups resorting to criminal undertakings to sustain their activities". He said that success had led US military planners and their Philippine counterparts "to begin working on a transition plan where the JSOTF-P as a task force will no longer exist". He said there were 320 American military personnel left in the south, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1541244/us-disband-joint-philippine-anti-terror-task-force-its-job-largely-done
  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    ‘Amerasian’ children of war face poverty and stigma in Philippines

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 10:39pm by AFP

    ... now 44, is among the tens of thousands of "Amerasians" fathered by US soldiers who served in the Philippines, home to the US military's biggest overseas bases until they closed ... for the American military for half a century. Both played crucial roles as logistics and repair hubs during the Vietnam war in the 1960s and 70s, with Clark also serving as a launch pad for bomb attacks. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1541236/amerasian-children-war-face-poverty-and-stigma-philippines
  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine group protests against China's project on Spratly Islands

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 03:54pm by AP

    ... the Philippine government released military surveillance photos of Chinese land reclamation on Johnson South Reef, which is part of the Spratlys and claimed by Manila. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert ... economic and military installations" in the Philippines. They also would be able to reach most of Vietnam and the whole of Borneo, which includes Brunei and parts of Indonesia and Malaysia, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1530837/philippine-group-protests-chinese-reclamation-disputed-islands

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