Benigno Aquino

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

Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels in Mindanao cheer after hearing the peace agreement had been signed. Photo: AFP

The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines signed an historic pact on Thursday to end one of Asia's longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland.

Thursday, 27 March, 2014, 11:50pm

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

CY Leung and other Hong Kong officials meet Philippine President Benigno Aquino (right) at the Apec summit in Bali. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Philippine President Benigno Aquino finally said sorry to Hong Kong yesterday - not for the Manila hostage bloodbath but for forgetting the name of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, whom he met earlier this month.

24 Oct 2013 - 6:29pm 30 comments

US not seeking military bases in Philippines, Hagel says

Benigno Aquino greets Chuck Hagel in Manila. Photo: AFP

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said he and President Benigno Aquino discussed expanding the US military's presence in the Philippines yesterday as it looks to defend its territorial claims in disputed waters.

31 Aug 2013 - 1:43am 1 comment

China snubs Philippine president over visit to Nanning expo

Benigno Aquino announced his trip but found he wasn’t invited.

China has asked Philippine President Benigno Aquino to postpone a visit next week for the opening of a trade fair, Manila said yesterday, an unprecedented snub by Beijing as relations sour over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

30 Aug 2013 - 5:09am 29 comments

Tens of thousands protest ‘pork barrelling’ fraud in Manila

Protesters in pig masks chanted "don't be a pig" and "down with pork" to vent their anger at pork barrelling. Photo: EPA

The administration of President Benigno Aquino has faced its biggest protests since it came to power in 2010 after a social media campaign against government "pork barrelling" went viral.

27 Aug 2013 - 2:05am 1 comment

Who said it?

Benigno Aquino

We have a clear message to the world: The Philippines is for Filipinos and we have the capability to resist bullies

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on a military upgrade


Even if I wanted to retire at this moment, the whole conglomerate should be able to do very well

Li Ka-shing on his future


22 May 2013 - 2:53am

Who was guarding the guards during Tong's reign?

Timothy Tong Hin-ming

Let's recap: Timothy Tong Hin-ming has been the ICAC commissioner for five years. What did he do during that time?

22 May 2013 - 4:04am 2 comments

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

President Aquino vowed to defend Philippine sovereignty. Photo: Reuters

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has announced a US$1.8-billion military upgrade to help defend his country's maritime territory against "bullies", amid a worsening dispute with China.

22 May 2013 - 1:45am 9 comments

Who said it?

Lee Chia-fei

If the Filipino government fails to respond in a positive manner within 72 hours, the hiring of Philippine workers will be frozen.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am

Southeast Asian leaders work to defuse China tensions at Asean summit

(From left) Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Secretary-General of Asean Le Luong Minh at the opening ceremony of the summit. Photo: Xinhua

Southeast Asian leaders are set to wrap up a summit on Thursday dominated by efforts to defuse tensions over the South China Sea and deepen economic links throughout the region.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Beijing and Manila should navigate around their differences

Philippine President Benigno Aquino. Photo: AFP

China's relations with the Philippines are clearly asymmetrical and events since President Benigno Aquino's trip to Beijing in 2011 do not bode well for peaceful bilateral and regional development - a fundamental task of both governments. Efforts are needed on both sides to avoid a downward spiral.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:23am

Letters to the Editor, March 17, 2013

Malaysian soldiers patrol Sabah, on Borneo. Photo: EPA

Parallel-goods trading is a controversial topic and a practice condemned by many people. However, I think it is beneficial to Hong Kong to some extent.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am 1 comment

Philippines to compensate Marcos rights victims

Philippine President Benigno Aquino (centre) signs the Martial Law Compensation bill during the 27th anniversary of the People Power revolution at the People Power monument in Manila on Monday. Photo: AFP

Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed a landmark law on Monday compensating human rights victims of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, 27 years after a bloodless “People Power” revolution ended his reign.

25 Feb 2013 - 3:11pm

Who said it?

Exco chief Lam Woon-kwong

It is useless to criticise us for being slow … since it is our core value to be open to public opinion

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Games to replace war for Philippine leader’s visit

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers a speach during the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption in Manila last month. Photo: EPA

Soldiers and Muslim guerrillas will meet in sporting events instead of combat when Philippine President Benigno Aquino makes a historic visit to a rebel camp to promote a peace pact, officials said on Sunday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am