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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, third from left, surveys from the deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in 2011. Pic: AP.

US nears defense pact with Philippines

By Fri, Apr 04, 2014 10:01AM UTC Comments Off Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, third from left, surveys from the deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in 2011. Pic: AP.

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....

Philippines and Muslim rebel group sign historic peace deal

By Thu, Mar 27, 2014 7:07PM UTC 1 Comment Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at a training camp in 2012. Pic: AP.

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...

Philippines govt to stop using checks, cash in antigraft drive

By Thu, Jan 16, 2014 12:13PM UTC Comments Off Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. Pic: AP.

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...

Hong Kong’s crusade against the Philippines

By Fri, Oct 11, 2013 1:59PM UTC 2 Comments Philippines President Benigno Aquino had some uncomfortable moments at the APEC summit in Bali. Pic: AP.

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...

APEC evicts HK journalists who heckled Aquino

By Mon, Oct 07, 2013 5:17PM UTC Comments Off Philippine's President Benigno Aquino smiles as he is introduced at the APEC Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Monday. Pic: AP.

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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