Kapampangan People

Philippine government cannot be allowed to forget hostage tragedy

The hostage-taking in Manila two years ago that took the lives of seven Hong Kong tourists and their guide will never be forgotten by relatives and those injured. In the time that has passed, though, there should have at least been a sense of closure.

Thursday, 23 August, 2012, 1:09am

Getting away with murder, Manila style

Relatives of the 37 journalists killed in the infamous Maguindanao massacre display portraits of their bereaved loved ones next to lighted candles during a rally in front of the Department of Justice office in Manila on April 21, 2010. Angry relatives of 57 people killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre on April 21 said, they fear the government is protecting a powerful Muslim clan accused of the murders.    AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

It beggars belief: three years after the Maguindanao massacre the ensuing trial shows little sign of progress. Then again, this is the Philippines - the converse of China, where a trial's swiftness may raise concerns about its fairness.

14 Aug 2012 - 10:56am

Officer who blocked Aquino convoy had been fired twice in 2001

A Manila policeman who deliberately blocked President Benigno Aquino's motor convoy last week turned out to be a prime catch in the president's campaign against corrupt officials.

Investigators this week said senior police officer Ricardo Pascua had twice been fired 11 years ago, but they could not explain how he hung on to his job and received a salary.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

If someone enters your yard and told you he owns it, will you allow that? It's not right to give away what is rightfully ours

Philippine President Benigno Aquino, referring to his country's territorial dispute with China

We don't regret having resigned in 2010. If needed, we are willing to contribute to prompt a de facto referendum [again]

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

America is a treaty ally ... I think we can go to them and ask that they increase [our] situational awareness

Philippine President Benigno Aquino, denying reports he asked for U.S. spy planes

The future belongs to us, the military dictatorships in the Arab world are gone, the Islamists will go

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Quick approval for new Beijing envoy

In a major step towards defusing the tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippines has rushed the confirmation of its ambassador to China.

The powerful bicameral congressional Commission on Appointments (CA) took all of one day, May 30, to approve Sonia Brady's (pictured) appointment, made by the president's office last week.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Aquino insists 'no reason to apologise'

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said he saw no reason to apologise for his government's handling of the 2010 Manila hostage crisis that left eight Hongkongers dead, but admitted the situation could have been handled better.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I can hardly agree with the proposition that the cyber attacks directed [at the US] are directly coming from China

Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie, at the Pentagon

Of course in hindsight it could have been handled better

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on the 2010 Manila hostage crisis in which eight Hongkongers were killed

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The death of a dictator is always a period of uncertainty ... and North Korea is the hardest dictatorship in our time

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Twitter

A monetary union without a central budget is something that doesn't make sense

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's view of the euro, at a forum in Beijing

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I haven't done anything against my conscience

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen on his four decades of public service

Why do I have to prove something that didn't happen?

Philippine President Benigno Aquino, reacting to being asked if he had played video games during last year's Manila bus hostage crisis

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Aquino quashes hostage-night rumour

Philippine President Benigno Aquino was 'insulted' yesterday as he cleared the air about his rumoured activities on the night of the Manila hostage crisis - no, he wasn't playing video games as some critics have suggested.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Corruption 'the real cause of botched rescue'

Corruption was a key reason behind the bungled rescue of tourists held hostage by a lone gunman in Manila last year, former senior Hong Kong graft-buster Tony Kwok says.

The rescue fiasco was 'a typical example. I think this tragedy is due to corruption,' said Kwok, former deputy commissioner with the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Before it was regular, then it became light, and now it's zero

Philippine President Benigno Aquino, comparing his love life to his favourite drink - Coca-Cola

It's only a matter of time before Hong Kong surpasses London as the world's leading international financial centre

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Wen presses Aquino on hostage crisis follow-up

Premier Wen Jiabao told visiting Philippine President Benigno Aquino face to face for the first time yesterday to properly handle the aftermath of last year's Manila hostage crisis in which eight Hong Kong residents were killed.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

It's a dream come true

Tin Shui Wai Eagle Rugby Club president Eddie Lau Hau-chun on learning the troubled New Territories district is to get its own rugby pitch

The biggest change between the Philippines under my administration and under the previous government is a change in mindset

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am