China urges Philippines to end row with Hong Kong over bus siege tragedy

Hong Kong could today make a “positive” announcement on the 2010 Manila hostage tragedy, a lawmaker announced, following a late night meeting with victims’ families and government officials. Speaking on RTHK, Democratic Party lawmaker James To Kun-sun, said he had been with some family members until 1am this morning, following yesterday’s arrival of Manila’s mayor Joseph Estrada. Estra read more...

Revisiting the protest on the Philippine Independence Day event

Since the Facebook group, “Say ‘No’ to an overpopulated Singapore” (SNOS) announced its protest against the Philippine Independence Day event which is scheduled to be held on the coming 8th June at Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza, debate about the event has been fast and furious. Both sides – the pro- and against lobbies – have waded in and argued their cases. We thought it would thus be good if we revisited read more...

Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters

JENNIFER Connelly (left) and Russell Crowe in the Darren Aronofsky film “Noah” It could take more than 40 days and 40 nights for the multimillion dollar Hollywood movie “Noah” to dock its ark in Philippine theaters. The Darren Aronofsky film, about the biblical character Noah’s mission to save the whole of creation from a great flood, was originally set for local release April 2. However, the Russell read more...

In The Philippines, Observers Perform Crucifixion Reenactment In Good Friday …

SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation. Church leaders and health officials have spoken against the practice, which mixes Roman Catholic devot read more...

Manila ‘world’s worst airport’: Philippine President Benigno Aquino apologises

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Philippines’ gambit in South China Sea

Tensions between China and the Philippines spiked in March when a small civilian boat was confronted by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel about 100 miles from the Philippine coast. The boat was trying to bring soldiers, food and water to a grounded Philippine Navy ship on Second Thomas Shoal, which serves as the Philippines’ last line of defense against further Chinese incursions into its waters in the South China Sea read more...

OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines

Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona, shows how the thermal scanner of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 3 works by detecting high temperature from a passenger on Wednesday. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER MANILA, Philippines – After a Filipino casualty in the United Arab Emirates, an overseas Filipino worker who recently arrived in Manila was tested positive for the Mid read more...

PH Navy asking for 3rd warship from US

MOST CAPABLE: Philippine Navy’s BRP Ramon Alcaraz. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is pursuing its request for a 3rd Hamilton Class cutter from the United States, Navy chief Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano told Rappler. “As far as we are now looking at it, there will be a positive action for getting a 3rd Del Pilar frigate as we now call the Hamilton Class cutters,” read more...

Philippine leader apologises over ‘world’s worst airport’

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino publicly apologised on Wednesday for failures in air conditioning at Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world’s worst. The fresh debacle at Terminal 1, used by foreign airlines, came as millions of Filipinos begin travelling for the Easter holidays during one of the hottest months of the year. “We ask for your pardon an read more...

Going bananas: Philippine exports to UAE jump 87% in 2013

The figures only represent banana exports to the UAE and exclude other Gulf markets such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, he said. “The Middle East is a huge market for our bananas and has the capacity to absorb far more Philippine exports … but there’s also certain supply-side factors,” said Abdullah, who was earlier posted as Philippine trade attaché in Jeddah. Abdullah recently moved to Dubai fro read more...

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