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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s approval ratings plunge to new low

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:28pm by Reuters

    ... Programme, which has become the administration's worst crisis in four years. Edwin Lacierda, the president's spokesman, acknowledged a "dip in enthusiasm" but said he ... satisfaction ratings dropped to 25 per cent from 45 per cent in March, the lowest in four years. His highest rating was 67 per cent in August 2012. Aquino is ineligible for re-election under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554276/philippine-president-benigno-aquinos-approval-ratings-plunge-new-low
  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Benigno Aquino refuses resignation of aide over fund scandal

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:07pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Manila Aquino aide offers to quit over fund scandal Philippine President Benigno Aquino yesterday rejected a resignation offer from his budget secretary after the top court ... the government from growing criticism over the use of 150 billion pesos (HK$27 billion) in discretionary funds from 2011 to 2013. "I have decided not to accept his resignation," Aquino told ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552286/benigno-aquino-refuses-resignation-aide-over-fund-scandal
  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines evacuates coastal areas as first major storm of season approaches

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 06:45pm by AFP

    ... populated northern areas, civil defence officials said. The Philippines is hit by about 20 major storms a year, many of them deadly, and Rammasun will be the first to make landfall since the rainy ... Philippines in November last year. “We are already warning the public to be on alert for possible effects of the weather disturbance: landslides, flash floods, strong rains and winds,” said Alexander ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554134/philippines-braces-first-major-typhoon-season
  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Aquino explains why he denied actress national award over drug conviction

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 10:45pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Aquino defends actress award snub over drugs Philippine President Benigno Aquino has defended a controversial decision he made to withhold a top award from ... of fans insisting no one deserved a "national artist" prize more than the 61-year-old fondly nicknamed the "Superstar". "Ms Nora Aunor has been convicted for drugs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1544469/aquino-explains-why-he-denied-actress-national-award-over-drug-conviction
  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Listen more, condemn less, says Philippine church leader in latest sign of liberal shift

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:40am by AFP

    ... of the Philippines, Archbishop Socrates Villegas said a change of tone would be a fitting welcome for the pope, who is expected to visit the Philippines next year. "Perhaps we can reconsider our approach ... free condoms and birth control pills, in a major defeat for the church, which fought a 15-year campaign against any form of family planning laws. The law took effect this year after the Supreme ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1547619/listen-more-condemn-less-says-philippine-church-leader-latest-sign-liberal
  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla faces music over graft charges

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 12:43pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Manila Former action hero tackles most challenging role of his life after turning himself in to Manila court over alleged role in pork barrel scandal Senator faces music over graft charges Philippine senator and former movie star Ramon "Bong" Revilla yesterday became the first politician detained over a corruption scandal that has rocked the nation, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536798/philippine-senator-arrested-massive-corruption-case
  7. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

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

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

    ... to contest the presidency in May 2016 when incumbent Benigno Aquino, son of the Marcoses' top political foes, ends his six-year term. "[Returning to] Malacanang would be a great help," in implementing her projects, said Marcos, referring to the presidential palace. The flamboyant matriarch became the symbol of excess during the brutal 20-year regime of her late husband, who was also ...

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

    Philippine Supreme Court partially voids Aquino's stimulus package

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 10:45pm by BLOOM

    ... fast-tracked infrastructure spending in the three years from 2011, while giving some perks to certain lawmakers. "The ruling could subject Aquino to suits alleging culpable violation ... The programme ended earlier this year, having met its goal of achieving economic growth of an average 7.4 per cent gross domestic product growth in the first three quarters of last year. Several civic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1544463/philippine-supreme-court-partially-voids-aquinos-stimulus-package
  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

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

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

    ... pregnant, so now, I also have an Amerasian son," she said. The Philippine government is expected to seal the deal late this year to welcome US soldiers back to Subic and other bases. On the fringes of the bases, there are fears the US soldiers will plant another baby time bomb. "Many [new Amerasians] over time will become the abandoned, forsaken offspring of soldiers ...

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

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

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

    ... down from 600. A year after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the US military established the task force to help ill-equipped local forces contain a bloody rampage by Abu Sayyaf ...

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

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