Politics of the Philippines

Letters to the Editor, April 11, 2013

A woman casts her ballot in suburban Jakarta. Photo: AP

The collision last Friday night between a Cheung Chau ferry and a barge off Hei Ling Chau was not unexpected, since this area is criss-crossed by many fast ferries to Macau and the islands, and slow-moving barge traffic. Fortunately, no one was killed, but this could have easily been as bad as last year's Lamma collision.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 3:03am 2 comments

Ex-Philippine leader Gloria Arroyo pleads not guilty to plunder

Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo enters the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court building in a wheelchair, in Quezon City, east of Manila, on Monday. Photo: EPA

A Philippine court entered a not-guilty plea on Monday for former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on charges she misused US$8.8 million in state lottery funds in the third corruption case against her.

29 Oct 2012 - 11:31am

History repeats itself, 10 years after Estrada's fall

In an ironic twist of history, former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was brought to book the same way her predecessor was - for breaking a law she herself supported.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese firms secure road contracts

Four Chinese construction firms quietly got the go-ahead last month to build and repair World Bank-funded roads in the southern Philippines - projects worth 2.7 billion pesos (HK$485 million) - before President Benigno Aquino's visit to China three weeks ago.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Threat to split up south revealed

Philippine Muslim rebel negotiators told American diplomats that their group could Balkanise the south if pushed and had been urged to conduct assassinations, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Kuala Lumpur hosts Philippine peace talks

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Holding up a mirror to a broken country

Two months ago, all of Hong Kong was caught up in a frenzy of anger, frustration and sadness stemming from the needless deaths of eight tourists and the wounding of seven others at the hands of a disgruntled former police officer in Manila who wanted his job back.

1 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Arroyo defies ban on filling posts in twilight of presidency

Instead of fading quietly into retirement, outgoing Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is behaving more like a freshly minted leader.

8 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Presidential contender encounters headwinds

In pouring rain before a huge crowd, the millionaire presidential candidate Manuel 'Manny' Villar did a most unlikely thing last Sunday.

In his rain-soaked orange campaign shirt, the tycoon belted out a popular song You are the One to some 100,000 residents of Davao City, in the country's south, hoping to entice them to vote for him on May 10.

24 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Eddie Villanueva

LOSING MY RELIGION I was born in a very religious family. When I was young, my parents were considered well-to-do - they had big fish ponds in Bulacan [province] and they had a photographic studio. My father was a former military man and a former sprinter, [he represented the Philippines in] the Far Eastern Games of the 1930s.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Arroyo's only course after the massacre

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came to power in the Philippines after a popular uprising toppled her corrupt predecessor, Joseph Estrada. But nearly nine years later, her country remains plagued by endemic corruption, poverty and political violence - and indeed, Arroyo and her family have fended off serious accusations of corruption themselves.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Arroyo law moves increasingly suspicious

There is a popular saying that nothing is constant but change. No society remains static, so it should be a given that as a nation evolves, so should its laws and political system. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo believes this to be the case.

5 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Arroyo power grab seen in charter move

Critics of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said yesterday her allies had taken a first step in their efforts to abolish the presidential system of government, in an attempt to allow her to retain power as a prime minister after her term expired.

4 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Voices of reason

Twenty-eight years ago, Rahib Kudto saw soldiers torture his two older brothers. 'They came down by helicopter to Kibenis village in Carmen town, North Cotabato,' he recalled.

30 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

New Manila deal unlikely to woo rebels back to table

The Philippine government hopes to woo Muslim separatists back to the negotiating table with a new peace deal, but the rebels are not convinced of Manila's sincerity.

'The problem is, we can't trust the government any more,' said Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

4 Dec 2008 - 12:00am