Philippine regulator says Caesars must put up higher casino investment

MANILA (Reuters) – U.S. gaming firm Caesars Entertainment Corp (CZR.O) has to put in at least $1.5 billion as minimum investment if it proceeds to invest in the Philippines, an up-and-coming gaming destination that has lured some of the world’s biggest casino operators. Last month, Philippine President Benigno Aquino met with top Caesars officials, with the casino operator following up the San Fran read more...

Marine Murder Case Reveals US-Philippine Sore Spot

FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, U.S. Marine Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton, a suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino woman, is escorted to his detention as he arrives inside the compound of the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino t read more...

Philippines feels force of China travel warning

22 October 2014 Last updated at 01:33 Aurora Almendral Manila, Philippines Boracay is a popular beach destination for tourists The beaches and restaurants of Boracay Island are usually bustling with tourists from around the world. But this year, they are quieter than usual. A travel advisory issued by Beijing has caused a sharp fall in arrivals fro read more...

Philippine Militants Free 2 Kidnapped Germans

Two Germans freed after being held for six months in the southern Philippines by a militant group that threatened to behead one of them if ransom was not paid were flown to Manila on Saturday under the care of their embassy, a Philippine military spokesman said. Following their release Friday, Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen were flown to Manila under arrangements made by the German Embassy, said Maj. Gen. Dom read more...

Marine Suspect Transferred to Philippine Detention

The U.S. military turned over a Marine suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino to the Philippine military’s main camp in the capital Wednesday, easing a looming irritant over his custody, officials said. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton had been detained on board the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay Freeport, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Manila, after he was implicated in th read more...

US Won’t Surrender Marine Charged With Murder in Philippines

MANILA—The U.S. won’t surrender to Philippine authorities a Marine charged with the murder of a transgender Filipino unless he is found guilty, despite popular anger over the killing. The U.S. Embassy in Manila said Sunday that the U.S. pledged to fully cooperate with the Marine’s trial according to Philippine law, but confirmed the U.S. would exert its right under the two countries’ Visiting Forces Agreeme read more...

Marine Accused in Philippine Killing Tests US Ties

In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Julita Cabillana, mother of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, grieves beside the casket of her son at a funeral parlor in Olongapo, Zambales province, northern Philippines. Laude’s distraught mother Julita said she lost a child, who had given her money regularly for medicine for her ailments, including diabetes and hypertension. The killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-yea read more...

Philippine militants free two German hostages

MANILA (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the Philippines released two German hostages on Friday, after saying they would behead one of them if their demands were not met. The hostages, captured by the Abu Sayyaf group in April from a yacht on the high seas, had been held on the remote island of Jolo, 600 miles (960 km) south of Manila and a hotbed of Islamist militancy in the mainly Roman read more...

Philippine protesters demand US give up marine over transgender killing

Dozens of activists burned a mock US flag as they protested at the US embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a US marine suspected in connection with the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labelled a hate crime. Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found dead, apparently strangled and drowned, beside a toilet bowl in a motel room in Olongapo city, north-west of read more...

Philippines police file charges against US Marine in murder case

MANILA (Reuters) – Police in the Philippines filed murder charges on Wednesday against a U.S. Marine over the death of a transgender Filipino he met in a bar outside the former U.S. naval base of Subic Bay. The Philippine government also wants to take custody of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton while he stands trial, said a senior Philippine official, who warned that the case could damage milita read more...

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