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Police battle protesters in Manila slum riot

Philippine slum dwellers hurling rocks, improvised explosives and human excrement fought running battles with riot police yesterday around a sprawling Manila shanty town that is set for redevelopment. Police said an officer was admitted to hospital with a head injury. Several residents of the North Triangle slum were briefly detained without being charged.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 2:21am

Manila's dark face of grinding poverty

A sinewy man covered in thick soot stands in a grey cloud of smoke, watching over a slow-burning pile of wood that sustains his life but may also eventually kill him.

Nearby, emaciated children with their bones visible through their skin bet over a game of dice using charcoal instead of money.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:40am

Mystery blast kills three in Manila

The blast on Friday night blew out the walls of an apartment on the fifth floor, sending a slab of concrete flying on to the street below and smashing into a delivery van. Its driver and two of his crew were crushed to death.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Blast damages building in upscale Manila district

A loud explosion ripped through an apartment in a busy, upscale district of the Philippine capital on Friday night, and a radio report said at least three people were killed by falling debris that hit a passing delivery van.

31 May 2013 - 9:55pm

US treading carefully as row between Taipei and Manila escalates

Analysts expect Washington to tread cautiously in the row between two of its Asian allies over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard.

The United States was unlikely to play an active role in the dispute, said Professor Alexander Huang Chieh-cheng, of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies at Tamkang University in Taipei.

16 May 2013 - 9:03am 1 comment

Chinese bidders on a roll with Asia rail projects

Chinese companies had expressed interest in winning transport contracts in the Philippines, said Rene Limcaoco, undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications, at the recent Asia Pacific Rail conference in Hong Kong.

3 May 2013 - 5:14am

Ex-Philippine president Joseph Estrada eyes Manila mayoralty

In typically colourful fashion, graft-tainted former Philippine president Joseph Estrada launched his campaign for mayor of Manila yesterday in what he described as his "last hurrah" in politics.

The one-time movie actor, who turns 76 on April 19, said he wanted to end his political career as the mayor of a city where he was born and in whose slums he remains hugely popular.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:27am

Opening of Solaire casino launches Manila's new gambling hub

Port tycoon Enrique Razon's US$1.2 billion Solaire Manila casino will have a monopoly within Manila's new entertainment and gambling complex until the country's richest man, Henry Sy, opens a venture there next year.

16 Mar 2013 - 3:22am

Relatives and hijack survivors sue Manila

Racing against time, two survivors of the 2010 slaughter on a Manila tour bus and the family of the slain tour guide will formally lodge claims against the Philippines government for negligence in the bungled rescue attempt.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:03am 1 comment

Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN

The Philippines is about to wade into unchartered waters in its relations with China over the South China Sea.

Once China ignores - as expected - a 30-day deadline expiring today to appoint its own UN arbitrator to handle a legal challenge from the Philippines over its controversial claims, Manila will be free to push ahead without China's consent in a rare move.

21 Feb 2013 - 9:37am