Well-off Beijingers are preparing for the onset of the influenza season by taking an expensive vaccination costing about 160 yuan (HK$150).Tuesday, 31 October, 2000, 12:00am
The crisis talk is in full swing in Manila again. Look at the peso drop. If it crosses 50 to the US dollar, say the pessimists, there will be no stopping it and we will have another Indonesian-style collapse on our hands.17 Oct 2000 - 12:00am
Spare a moment of sympathy for Philippine President Joseph Estrada, an actor whose more recent career as a politician has not gone to script.
There he sits in the Malacanang Palace, head in hands probably, wondering whether he alone is truly to blame, as almost everyone says he is, for the fact that the Philippines has been the most sluggish economy in Asia recently.25 May 2000 - 12:00am
Casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun says he will refuse to attend a top-level hearing in the Philippines investigating his alleged links to organised crime after branding the process an 'insult'.
And the Macau gambling chief said he might still drop his investments in the country despite President Joseph Estrada's 'sincere and agreeable' invitation.4 Feb 2000 - 12:00am
The government's recent overhaul of the housing administration system and its new housing initiatives bode well for the country's mass housing sector in the long term, according to Salomon Smith Barney.
Short-term recovery might be delayed by the recent resignation of key officials, it warned.24 Nov 1999 - 12:00am
There are, as is well recognised in Asia, better ways of silencing the press than outright censorship, which lacks subtlety and brings a welter of foreign criticism.26 Jul 1999 - 12:00am
Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia held its annual Investor's Forum and one of the dinners it hosted was at the Conrad hotel in honour of Philippine President Joseph Estrada. More than 70 guests from the financial world enjoyed the four-course fare.31 May 1999 - 12:00am
Asian economies and their major trading partners must maintain their commitment to free and open trade principles or risk further economic retaliation and belligerence from the United States, Philippine President Joseph Estrada warned yesterday.18 May 1999 - 12:00am
Philippine President Joseph Estrada vowed yesterday he would try to help reduce financial burdens on Filipinos working in Hong Kong and improve welfare services for them.
But protesters said his comments did not go far enough.17 May 1999 - 12:00am
It looms as a classic case of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object.
Thailand's famous 'Mr Condom' is this week expected to meet Joseph Estrada, President of the Philippines and father of at least 10, during a financial conference in Hong Kong.17 May 1999 - 12:00am
The Philippine stock market has enjoyed a minor recovery of late along with the rest of Asia, and one piece of good news does indeed stand out to support the optimism.7 Nov 1998 - 12:00am
It has hardly been the happiest of beginnings for the new president of the Philippines, Joseph Estrada. After a year in which his country seemed to be avoiding the worst of the Asian economic crisis, he now faces a growing challenge on that front, including inflation in double digits.27 Jul 1998 - 12:00am
I see that the Philippines Government is now blaming the kidnappers that plague Manila for an outflow of foreign currency deposits.22 Jul 1998 - 12:00am
A choice between a presidential candidate dogged by allegations of corruption and another with an image as a womanising, gambler and heavy drinker, does not seem to present too much of a dilemma for Filipino voters.11 May 1998 - 12:00am
EVERYONE loves a winner. That is the political theory in evidence across Manila this weekend as Joseph Estrada waits for certain victory after the Philippine presidential polls start tomorrow.
The middle-class elite who had written off the ageing ham actor as a buffoon is slowly admitting there is simply no one else.10 May 1998 - 12:00am