In 1991, when the Philippine Congress forced the United States out of the military bases that they had occupied since 1898, they left. But when they did, they went to Leyte and picked up the bronze statues of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the landing party that had accompanied him on MacArthur’s famed October, 1944 return to drive the Japanese from the islands....
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, formally ending decades of conflict in parts of a southern region. President Benigno Aquino III and rebel leaders witnessed the signing Thursday in the presidential palace in Manila. Talks on the deal began in 2001 and...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines launched anti-corruption reforms Wednesday including cashless and checkless government transactions that President Benigno Aquino III said will improve budget management and make it harder to misappropriate funds. Aquino, the son of revered pro-democracy champions who was elected president in 2010 on promises to fight corruption and poverty, unveiled the...
Three years on, racism is at work in attempts to get Aquino to apologize for bus murders, writes Asia Sentinel’s Philip Bowring Three and half years ago, eight Hong Kong tourists in Manila were killed when a gunman hijacked their bus and eventually opened fire before himself being killed. The Manila police had attempted a...
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Officials at an APEC summit revoked the press credentials of a group of Hong Kong journalists who shouted questions to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III about his refusal to apologize for the killings of Hong Kong tourists in Manila three years ago. Reporters from Now TV, Radio Television Hong Kong and...
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