Filipinos of Spanish Descent

Filipinos mark 150th anniversary of hero's birth

Today the Filipino community in Hong Kong will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of their country's national hero, Dr Jose Rizal.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

Journalist caught up in impeachment drama

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 account information relating to Philippines Chief Justice Renato Corona to prosecutors attempting to impeach him.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The thorn in the Aquino clan's side

A year ago, chief judge of the Philippines Renato Corona vowed to make a priority for cases affecting the country's poor, whose plight he described as a lifetime obsession.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Put power price rise in perspective

We seem to take for granted the high quality of service afforded to our sophisticated community by both our power companies over the last decades of continuous growth.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

While the measures taken may be unprecedented and welcomed, they are just the beginning

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Myanmar's reforms

I'm delighted that the proceeding has now concluded

Florence Tsang Chiu-wing, on being awarded HK$1.2 billion of her former husband's assets

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Murder victim's sister flees to HK

The daughter of a prominent Philippine politician suspected in the murder of her brother has fled the country on a Hong Kong-bound flight.

Ramona Revilla's departure was the latest twist since the murder last Friday of 23-year-old Ramgen Revilla, the son of former senator Ramon Revilla Snr - patriarch of the famous politics and showbiz clan.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Murder reveals tangled family web of senator

A prominent Philippine politician who is believed to have fathered at least 80 children buried one of them yesterday, his favourite son, as police charged two others with ordering the killing.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Aquino's village jaunt aims to smooth waters

Philippine President Benigno Aquino arrived in Beijing yesterday for a five-day state visit to the country, looking to secure lucrative trade deals and alleviate tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea with a 'root-tracing trip' to Fujian province.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Son refuses to give up hunt for mother, a year on

In a fortnight's time, Hong Kong businesswoman Carole Day will have been missing in the Philippines for one year and no one was any closer to finding her, her son said.

Day, 57, the widow of District Court judge Richard Day, who died in 2005, went missing on September 12 last year while on a business trip to Manila and has not been sighted since.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The pain and the anger - a year on

Grieving relatives of the Manila hostage crisis victims criticised Philippine president Benigno Aquino for refusing to apologise on the first anniversary of the killings yesterday.

They had gathered with survivors for a ceremony to pay tribute to the dead at the scene of the tragedy.

24 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Public Eye

How many more die before government acts?

1 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

HK rejects claim passport thrown at senator

Hong Kong has rejected a claim by the senator son of former Philippine president Joseph Estrada that an immigration officer threw his passport at him when he arrived on Friday. Jinggoy Estrada, 47, told a Manila-based television station the officer seemed angered by his nationality.

29 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Behind the scenes of a bloodbath

A personality clash, the teething troubles of a new president and, possibly, sympathy for the gunman may all have contributed to the disastrous efforts by Manila police to resolve Monday's hostage crisis.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Wrong targets for our understandable anger

There is understandable anger in Hong Kong towards the police tactical response team in Manila. Its efforts to end the hostage-taking appeared farcical, a matter addressed with palpable hostility by tens of thousands of people on internet social networking sites such as Facebook.

25 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Fighting graft should top Aquino's agenda

An incoming leader should be cut some slack, and new Philippine President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino has been given plenty. He took office yesterday riding an extraordinary wave of goodwill pinned on hopes he can deliver on an ambitious agenda of change. Filipinos long for moral and political renewal and they see him as the best person to bring this about.

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am