Blast in Southern Philippine City Kills 2, Wounds 54

A powerful explosion killed at least two people and wounded 54 others in a southern Philippine port city that has been hit by similar blasts blamed on Muslim militants, police said Saturday. The blast occurred at a bar across the street from a busy bus terminal in Zamboanga city, damaged nearby establishments and hitting the victims with flying glass and debris. One officer was among the wounded, police said. P read more...

Philippines: US Lifts Restrictions On Military Aid

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US, Philippines Vow to Strengthen Military Alliance

MANILA—The U.S. and the Philippines vowed to deepen their military alliance despite tension over a stalled defense pact and allegations that a U.S. Marine murdered a Filipino transgender woman last year. At the end of an annual two-day strategic dialogue in Manila on Wednesday, the high-level U.S. and Philippine panels also criticized China for… Article source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-philippines read more...

Philippine Air Cuts 2015 Airbus Delivery by Half Without Penalty

Philippine Airlines Inc. may halve the number of planes it will receive from Airbus Group NV (AIR) this year and defer the delivery of its remaining orders, President Jaime Bautista said. “We are working with Airbus on deferment,” Bautista told reporters in Manila. “We have agreed in principle. We’re glad that the negotiation is without penalty.” Philippine Air may receive as few as five planes and ask read more...

PNP probes missing papal visit funds

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Pope Francis’ Philippine Tour Inspires Filipino Americans From Afar

With the cost of airfare out of her budget, Jonna Baldres’ dream to fly to the Philippines to see Pope Francis in the flesh was grounded. But Baldres, of Queens, New York, hasn’t entirely lost out on the excitement engulfing Asia’s Catholic heartland. As the pontiff continues his five-day tour of the Philippines, which culminates Sunday when as many as 8 million people are expected at a public Mas read more...

Philippine Crowd Building for Papal Mass

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Adoring Philippine children hug Pope Francis

Before his final mass in the Philippine capital Manila, the Pope held morning meetings with religious leaders and young people at the University of Santo Tomas, the biggest Catholic university in Asia. The Pope listened to several children speak about their experiences of growing up on the streets, and said that there was also a need to listen to women and girls in society. Ben Bland reports. Article source: http: read more...

Pope arrives in Philippines amid massive security operation

MANILA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Manila on Thursday, cheering Pope Francis as he began his first visit to Asia’s largest Catholic nation amid one of the biggest security operations in Philippine history. The other pontiffs to visit the Philippines were both targets of assassination attempts, prompting the deployment of nearly 50,000 soldiers and police in the capi read more...

Philippine Catholic Church struggles with social costs of labour migration

MANILA (Reuters) – Almost 5,000 Filipinos left their homes every day between 2010 and 2013 to seek work overseas, government data shows, most hoping to provide an education for their children and to meet the most basic needs of their families. That startling statistic helped make the Philippines one of the world’s largest labour suppliers, mainly to other countries in Asia and the Middle East, and t read more...

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