Police battle protesters in Manila slum riot

Slum dwellers throw bottles and rocks towards police. Photo: EPA

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 soot-covered father and his son take a break at an unregulated charcoal factory in a Manila slum. Photo: AFP

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 walls of an apartment on the fifth floor were blown out. Photo: Xinhua

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 rescue worker stands in front of a van damaged by debris from an explosion at a residential condominium in Taguig City, east of Manila, the Philippines, on Friday. Photo: EPA

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

Protesters shout anti-Philippine slogans in front of the Philippine trade office in Tapei on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

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

Manila's metro system is expanding and mainland companies are keen for a slice of the action. Inroads have been made into India and Thailand is a key target. Photo: Bloomberg

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

Former movie actor Joseph Estrada turns 76 next month.

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

Casino "guest officers" inside the Solaire Resort and Casino, which opens today in Manila. Photo: EPA

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

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

Ma Keqing, deputy director general, Department of European Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Ricky Wong

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

Briefs, February 13, 2013

The Philippine government has released US$45 million to spruce up its newest airport terminal in a bid to boost tourism. 

13 Feb 2013 - 7:40am

Japan to give patrol boats to Manila amid China tensions

A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship (left) shoots water at a fishing boat carrying Taiwanese activists near the Diaoyu Islands last month. Photo: Reuters

Japan plans to donate patrol boats costing US$11 million each to the Philippines, ramping up regional efforts to monitor China’s maritime activity in disputed waters, a newspaper said on Monday.

The Japanese government plans to finance the deal in its fiscal this year budget starting in April and hopes to officially sign it early next year, the Nikkei business daily reported.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

13 suspected gang members killed in Philippine shootout

Police in the Philippines killed 13 members of a criminal gang in a shootout on Sunday, the third violent incident within days amid widespread calls for stricter gun controls.

The battle erupted after gunmen in two vehicles tried to smash through a police checkpoint near the town of Atimonan, according to the national police headquarters’ operations centre.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Man held as Philippines probes deadly gun rampage

Relatives grieve over their grand children, victims of a gunman who killed at least five people and wounded 11 near Manila. Photo: AFP

A man accused of helping a Philippine gunman kill seven people and wound 12 others has been detained as police investigate the motive for the drug-fuelled rampage, officials said on Saturday.

5 Jan 2013 - 1:38pm

Seven dead, thousands homeless in Manila fires

Residents return to their charred homes after fire razed some 500 houses in Manila. Photo: Reuters

At least seven people were killed and thousands left homeless as two fires struck the Philippine capital on Christmas Day, sparking riots as a slum went up in flames, Manila’s fire marshal said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am