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  • Typhoon Rammasun Heads for China After Lashing Philippines, Killing at Least 38

    07/19/2014 1:12:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | Fri 18 Jul 2014
    China's southern regions are bracing for a powerful typhoon that has ripped through the Philippines, killing dozens and forcing more than 400,000 people to flee their homes. The official death toll from Typhoon Rammasun has climbed to 38, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Thursday. Ten people have been injured and eight are missing. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday, just eight months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the country in November 2013. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun passed south of Manila after cutting a path across the main island of...
  • Philippine Police Used 'Wheel of Torture' to Abuse Suspects w/ One Punishment Named Manny Pacquiao

    01/28/2014 7:45:00 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 28 January 2014 | Kieran Corcoran
    <p>Police in the Philippines abused suspected criminals with a 'wheel of torture' game, according to human rights groups.</p>
  • Christian sect brings Philippines capital Manila to a standstill

    10/14/2013 6:29:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Newcastle Herald / AFP ^ | October 15, 2013 | Jason Guttierrez
    More than 1.5 million people converged on the Philippine capital on Monday for a powerful Christian sect's evangelical event, causing traffic chaos that shut down large parts of the megacity. The gathering of the secretive and politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in the historic district of Manila forced all schools and some government offices to close. See your ad here The Supreme Court, as well as some basketball games in the highly popular college league, were also suspended, while Manila's governing authority urged private employers to give their staff a paid day off to avoid the traffic....

    06/09/2013 3:03:20 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    the Joshua Chronicles | jedediah
    Your certainty of my truth is your saving grace . so contend for the faith you carry into battle confronting the enemy IS your sword of truth for in your knowing the battle is already mine subsides all doubt and quenches the fiery darts that pierces one's soul . So protect your heart with the Knowledge of the Overcomer for it IS THE ANSWER to the arsenal that IS yours as you OVERCOME ALL DOUBT ! Revelation 2:7 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and give heed to what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches)....
  • Threat Against American Citizens in Manila

    09/29/2012 9:56:37 PM PDT · by Doofer · 33 replies
    EMERGENCY MESSAGE TO U.S. CITIZENS September 28, 2012 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. THANK YOU. Threat Against American Citizens in Manila The U.S. Embassy advises American citizens in the Philippines that a threat against American citizens in metropolitan Manila, specifically the Pasay City neighborhood, has been detected by reliable security forces. This threat remains in effect until October 10, 2012. In response to the threat, the U.S. Ambassador has ordered an...
  • Monsoon rains swamp Philippine capital, markets shut

    08/07/2012 7:56:16 AM PDT · by DFG
    Yahoo via Reuters ^ | 08/07/12 | Manuel Mogato
    Deadly torrential rains submerged much of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas on Tuesday, forcing nearly 270,000 people to flee their homes with more flooding expected in the north of the country as a tropical storm passes through the region, officials said. Steady rains for the past 10 days, killing more than 50 people, are set to continue until Wednesday, the Philippines weather bureau said, fuelled by tropical storm "Haikui" in the Philippine Sea northeast of Taiwan. The storm is headed for China's Zhejiang province where more than 250,000 people have been evacuated ahead of expected landfall late on Wednesday....
  • Barber killed over haircut, brother kills suspect

    12/06/2011 8:15:18 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 6, 2011
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine authorities say a mentally ill man who fatally stabbed his barber after he was teased about his new haircut has been shot dead inside a jail by the victim's brother. Mayor Alex Centina of central Calinog town says the brother of the slain barber pretended to be bringing food to the detained Benjie Lozada on Tuesday. Then, he shot him in the face in front of Lozada's mother.
  • FBI, Cops Arrest Suspected Filipino Terror Hackers

    11/26/2011 5:47:23 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER ^ | 5:16 am | Friday, November 25th, 2011 | By: DJ Yap
    SNIPPET: "MANILA, Philippines—A group of suspected Filipino hackers allegedly financed by a Saudi-based terrorist cell was arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police and the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) disclosed on Thursday." SNIPPET: "The group was allegedly behind attacks on the US telecommunication firm AT&T that resulted in $2 million in losses to the company in 2009. In a statement, the CIDG said the group also had links to the Asian terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI)." SNIPPET: "ATCCD chief Senior Supt. Gilbert Sosa identified the suspects as Macnell Gracilla,...

    05/09/2011 2:55:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies
    (AP) via Washington ^ | May 8, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "They say they police intelligence unit arrested Asdatul Sahirun on Sunday at a shopping mall in the capital's Malate tourist district."
  • Navy Officer's Drug Arrest in Manila

    01/11/2011 5:34:06 AM PST · by brucek43 · 4 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 1/11/11 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    On December 28 a news service reported a 35 year old United States Navy Officer Lt. Cmdr. Scintar Buenviaje Mejia died when he jumped headfirst into a concrete floor from a ten foot high stairway platform. The story as reported was that on December 26, Lt. Cmdr. Mejia had been arrested as a drug currier by police at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport. He was attempting to board a Philippine Airlines Flight from Manila to Los Angeles when he was stopped. The police held up a bag containing white powder they claimed to have found in Mejia’s luggage which they...
  • Security beefed up for ex-US President Clinton’s Manila visit this week [Anyone Know about this?]

    11/07/2010 7:44:47 PM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 21 replies
    GmaNewsTV website ^ | NOVEMBER 8, 2010 | GmaTV staff
    Security beefed up for ex-US President Clinton’s Manila visit this week 11/08/2010 | 09:17 AM Police in Manila have tightened security for the upcoming visit of former US President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton to the Philippines this week. Radio dzBB reported that the Manila Police District assured enough security for Clinton, whose visit comes after the US issued a travel advisory on possible terror attacks on the Philippines Manila Police District deputy director for operations Senior Superintendent Fidel Posadas said they started security preparations as early as last week. Clinton is scheduled to speak in the Philippines on November 10...
  • The J Street Implosion: Soros, Horse Racing and… Connie Esdicul?

    09/29/2010 4:41:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Pajamas Media | Roger L.Simon
    A year ago J Street — the putatively progressive fledgling counter to the Israel lobbying group AIPAC — was riding high. They had just received a write up in the New York Times Magazine that was somewhere between a press release and a love poem and, with a complaisant Obama in the White House, the tiny organization seemed poised to be a significant player in the Middle East discussion. My, as grandma said, have times changed. For starters, J Street’s director, Jeremy Ben-Ami, has shown himself to be a Junior Beltway Pinocchio, serially denying his organization had the financial backing...
  • Dismissed cop takes tourists hostage in Manila (demands reinstatement with benefits)

    08/22/2010 9:10:07 PM PDT · by rawhide · 8 replies ^ | 8-22-10 | Dennis Carcamo
    (UPDATE) MANILA, Philippines – A dismissed police official has taken hostage 25 passengers of a tourist bus, including some children, in Manila this morning, a radio report said. The report said Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, formerly with the Manila Police District-mobile division, was sacked from service for drug charges. Armed with an M-16 assault rifle, Mendoza boarded a Hong Tai tourist bus that was parked at the Luneta Grandstand in Manila. Mendoza allegedly demanded to be reinstated to his previous post with benefits, the report added. As of posting time, SWAT members have already surrounded the bus where Mendoza and...
  • Gun lovers celebrate gun-loving Aquino

    08/06/2010 5:40:28 PM PDT · by seacapn · 6 replies
    The Philippine Inquirer ^ | 08/01/2010 | Mynardo Macaraig
    MANILA, Philippines—Standing amid an array of foreign assault rifles and local shotguns at one of the Philippines' largest shopping malls, firearms aficionados celebrated the rise of the nation's new president. Benigno Aquino, who took office on June 30, is an avid sports shooter and clips on YouTube show him using a semi-automatic pistol with great skill at a target shooting competition. "The feeling is that he is one of us. He also inhales gunpowder," said Johnmuel Mendoza, head of PRO-Gun, the country's largest firearms-rights group, at the twice-yearly gun show in Manila's vast "Megamall." Indeed Aquino, the Supreme Court chief...
  • FReeper Help Needed - Looking for WWII images of General Chase in Manila or original Great Raid pics

    06/21/2010 5:42:06 PM PDT · by mnehring · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Good evening fellow FReeps. I am doing a little history research and Google/Bing is not working out well. My grandmother, parents and I have been digging through some of my late grandfather's old commendation records and have learned some very interesting things about his history in WWII. He never would talk about it, but apparently he was part of the group that was depicted in the movie "The Great Raid" and was the second person to enter the recently liberated Manila right behind General Chase. He was the squad leader of the fifth Cav division. We never knew much about...
  • Priest gets fruit basket with fetus in cheese spread bottle

    07/08/2008 7:49:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 401+ views
    ABS CBN ^ | July 7, 2008
    A man of the cloth and his family got the shock of their lives Monday morning after finding a four-month-old fetus hidden in a basket of fruits.Monsignor Gerry Santos had just celebrated Mass at the Quiapo Church in Manila around 9 a.m. when he received a basket of fruits from an unknown donor."After the mass, pinauwi sa akin ng mother butler. I brought the fruits to my parents' home because it was our regular lunch and my parents' house helper showed it to me. It was inside a bottle of Cheez Wiz. Maybe it's four months old," Santos said in...
  • Obama Look-Alike Famous in Indonesia Video

    01/29/2009 12:42:19 PM PST · by restornu · 19 replies · 924+ views
    Obama’s popularity has really spread around the world. Everything from streets, hotels, and even people are being named after the newly elected President of the United States. For one photographer in Indonesia, it is not the name Obama that has thrown him into almost instant fame, but rather his face. Ilham Anas bares a striking resemblance to the president-elect Barack Obama in this recent commercial. CNN report on Sen. Obama's Indonesia school- VIDEO A LITTLE LATE CNN TO START VETTING DON'T YOU THINK?
  • Philippine court convicts three jihadists for train bombings

    01/24/2009 10:51:49 PM PST · by Cindy · 267+ views
    DPA via JIHAD ^ | January 23, 2009 | n/a
    January 23, 2009 They were responsible for "five near-simultaneous bombings on December 30, 2000, which killed 22 people." On December 30, 2000, hardly anyone in the world understood the global threat of jihad terrorism and Islamic supremacism. It wasn't until September 11, 2001, that large numbers of people woke up -- and seven and a half years after that, the new President of the United States promises to build relationships with the Islamic world based on "mutual respect," as if it has been on our side that the respect has been lacking. Well, in reality the respect is lacking from...
  • Manila reports Ebola virus in pigs

    12/11/2008 7:36:02 PM PST · by null and void · 35 replies · 870+ views
    Financial Times Limited ^ | December 11 2008 20:24 | Roel Landingin
    Philippine officials tucked into servings of lechon, the popular dish of roasted whole pig, in front of television cameras on Thursday to reassure the public of the safety of the national staple meat after the discovery among hogs near Manila of a strain of the Ebola virus. Arthur Yap, agriculture secretary, and Francisco Duque, health secretary, said the Ebola Reston virus, which had never been found in pigs before, presented a low health risk for humans and was different from the deadly African variety. The World Health Organisation was reported to be looking into whether there was any chance humans...
  • Three “Middle Eastern militants” arrested in Manila plot against US embassy

    03/06/2008 7:00:54 AM PST · by jdm · 6 replies · 183+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 06, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Three “Middle Eastern militants” are in custody in the Philippines for plotting to attack the US embassy in Manila, as well as three other embassies in the capital. Authorities suspect them of belonging to either Jemaah Islamiyah or Abu Sayyaf, both terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda. They describe the plot as at an “advanced” stage, indicating an attack had been imminent: Three suspected Middle Eastern militants have been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the U.S. and three other foreign embassies in the Philippines, officials said Thursday.“There is a high probability that they are involved in some...
  • Philippines - Rebel soldiers seize Manila hotel - Police ready to storm building

    11/29/2007 12:36:07 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 392+ views ^ | November 29, 2007
    (UPDATE 11) ‘Our military operation has started’--Barias MANILA, Philippines -- Operations to flush out the group of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from the Manila Peninsula hotel in Makati City have begun, Police Director Geary Barias of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said. “Our military operation has started; it’s ongoing,” Barias told reporters from his position outside the hotel. He said Marines and Navy troops, as well as police commandos, have entered the hotel from the fountain area at the rear, along Ayala Avenue. A Marines tank is headed for the fountain area of the hotel from the...
  • Two killed as Manila bomb rocks Congress

    A powerful bomb ripped through a section of the Philippine House of Representatives yesterday, killing two people and injuring at least 10, including lawmakers, officials said. Killed in the blast was Wahab Akbar, a congressman representing Basilan island, where troops are hunting down remnants of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf extremist group. Akbar had received death threats in the past. Troops went on heightened alert and security forces set up checkpoints around Manila as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo quickly ordered a national police probe into the blast at the sprawling complex north of the capital in suburban Quezon City. The explosion -...
  • Blast hits Philippines financial district

    10/19/2007 1:08:26 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 102+ views
    AN explosion apparently caused by a fuel tank ripped through an upmarket shopping mall in the main Philippine financial district of Makati in the capital Manila today. Panicked shoppers ran out of the Glorietta mall as smoke billowed out of the building and police rushed in to investigate, witnesses said. "Our initial report is that it was an accidental explosion of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). We are still trying to determine if there are any casualties,''.
  • The Manila Melting Pot

    10/11/2007 9:02:39 PM PDT · by bolabong · 4 replies · 180+ views
    October 12, 2007 | bolabong
    The Manila Melting PotLike many cities in developing nations, Manila is not without its pollution and traffic, nor the conspicuous divide between rich and poor. Nevertheless, this bustling Philippines capital, situated on the west coast of the island of Luzon, is a remarkable melting pot of Asian and Latin cultures, thick with history and flavor. When in Manila, sightseeing is protocol. Many history lessons have been learnt while visiting the oldest part of the city, Intramuros (Latin for “within the walls”), which was founded by the Spanish in 1571 and houses numerous historic buildings and churches. Rizal Park, named after...
  • Abu bomber nabbed on Metro-bound ship (Abu Sayyaf suspect busted on a ferry)

    08/24/2007 4:03:25 AM PDT · by happinesswithoutpeace · 5 replies · 428+ views
    Manila Standard Today ^ | Friday, August 24, 2007 | Joyce Pangco Pańares
    TAGBILARAN CITY—Police on Wednesday arrested a suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber on a ferry in Cebu on his way to Metro Manila with “enough explosives to kill hundreds of people,” an official said yesterday. Police arrested the man a day before President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrived in Bohol Thursday for the first Local Peace and Security Assembly. National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales described him as a Muslim in his early 20s. “I cannot divulge the name yet because the investigation is still ongoing,” Gonzales said. “We suspect that he is a member of the Abu Sayyaf and he was on his...
  • Philippines - Connecting the dots (White House spy Aragoncillo + Clinton donor Jimenez)

    08/01/2007 3:04:52 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 554+ views ^ | August 1, 2007 | Rodel Rodis
    The online free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, informs that noted Philippine publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer was murdered on November 24, 2000 by members of the police force. According to Wikipedia, “Bubby Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, were abducted in Makati, the business district of Manila. They were later killed, and their vehicle dumped. In 2001, a number of arrests were made. One of the accused, police colonel Glenn Dumlao, named Cesar Mancao and Michael Ray Aquino as the organisers of the murders. Mancao and Aquino both fled the country. Dumlao later disappeared.” “The ultimate reasons for Dacer’s murder remain a...

    04/20/2007 8:55:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 1,134+ views
    AKI ^ | Apr-21-2007
    The al-Qaeda-linked Muslim Abu Sayyaf rebels have decapitated seven hostages and sent their heads to the army in Jolo, in the southern Philippines archipelago of Sulu, the local press said on Friday quoting the military. The severed heads of six road project workers and one factory worker were delivered to two army outposts in Parang town on Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila, Thursday. The victims, all Christians, were working on a government road construction project in the city of Parang, Jolo, when they were abducted Tuesday by rebels led by commander Albader Parad. The Philiippine army said on...
  • (Murdered in Manila)Julia Campbell: A Writer, Adventurer Till the End (Fox, CourtTV, ABC..)

    04/18/2007 11:03:47 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 6 replies · 1,835+ views
    GMANEWS ^ | April 18, 2007 | CNN
    Forensic experts have yet to confirm that the body found in a remote mountain village in northern Philippines is that of American Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell, who has been missing since April 8. And yet grief and disbelief have started to hit Campbell's friends and colleagues here and abroad. Page, a water sanitation technician and Campbell's Peace Corps "sitemate," reported the reaction of fellow volunteers assigned in Legazpi City in Albay to the news of the body's discovery in Batad village in Banaue, a town famous for its rice terraces, in Ifugao province. In an entry titled "Impermanence," posted...
  • Busload of students held hostage in Philippines

    03/27/2007 7:35:51 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 70 replies · 1,818+ views
    Students held hostage in Philippines Gunmen who say they have grenades seize group near Manila?s city hall BREAKING NEWS The Associated Press Updated: 7:34 p.m. MT March 27, 2007 MANILA, Philippines - Unidentified gunmen seized a busload of students and teachers near Manila's city hall while on the run after a holdup Wednesday, police said. Hostage-takers scribbled on a piece of paper, visible through the bus window, that they were holding 32 children and two teachers and were armed with two grenades, an Uzi assault rifle police and a .45-caliber pistol, officer Mark Andal said. They said they were demanding...
  • Onboard China’s juggernaut (Chinese buses take over Philippines' roads)

    02/03/2007 1:47:58 PM PST · by jonassen · 9 replies · 555+ views
    The Manila TImes ^ | Sunday, February 4, 2007 | Marlen V. Ronquillo
    Chinese-made bus on the streets of Manila, Philippines. Bus export offensive I am referring to China ’s juggernaut that has claimed for itself a substantial space on the most visible place possible—our major roads and highways. This is China’s bus export offensive into the country, which in a period of less than five years has made inroads so impressive that experts say it is all set to dominate the Philippine market in a decade or less. Two conditions though for this to happen: its Japanese and European competitors fail to carry out dramatic moves. And South Korea does not...
  • PNP: Metro bombing thwarted with suspects' arrest (underreported story)

    08/28/2006 11:32:22 PM PDT · by jdm · 8 replies · 375+ views
    ABS CBN ^ | August 29, 2006
    The Philippine National Police on Tuesday said the alleged plot to sow terror in Metro Manila similar to the September 11 bombings in the United States has been thwarted with the arrest of three suspects over the weekend. "Alam naman nating lahat na ang target talaga is Metro Manila so nagpakalat na kami ng information. (An all-out information campaign was conducted because we all know that Metro Manila is a prime target)," PNP chief Director General Oscar Calderon told a DZMM interview. Police and military agents nabbed Razak Macarimbang, Wahad Sandigan and Sammy Gampong before boarding a SuperFerry vessel bound...
  • Japanese Head to Cebu & Manila

    06/08/2006 8:49:54 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 185+ views
    RisingSunofNihon ^ | June 8, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    The Japanese have to do something with their money - $108,000 per family unit in savings. One thing they do is travel. The hottest travel destination is Hawaii. They'd actually like to buy HI but that would only leave 49 stars on the flag unless America were to let Puerto Rico in...but then, I am off topic. Guam is next on the list...then China. But moving up quickly is the PI - Cebu and Manila. Travel bookings from one city, Nagoya, are up 20% and charter flights are already sold out for the rest of the year! And it's only...
  • Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection(Yes, Saddam financially supported terrorists)

    03/18/2006 5:58:16 AM PST · by KCRW · 129 replies · 3,699+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/18/2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME PROVIDED FINANCIAL support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq. An eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was providing the group with money to purchase weapons. The Iraqi regime suspended its support--temporarily, it seems--after high-profile kidnappings, including of Americans, focused international attention on the terrorist group. The...
  • City of Manila bans "[The] Da Vinci Code"

    05/19/2006 9:24:58 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 22 replies · 531+ views
    Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | May 19, 2006 | Tina G. Santos
    MOVIEGOERS in Manila may have to go to neighboring cities to watch “The Da Vinci Code” after the city council yesterday passed a resolution prohibiting the showing of the controversial movie. The resolution said the movie, which was based on US author Dan Brown’s explosive novel, “is undoubtedly offensive and contrary to established religious beliefs which cannot take precedence over the right of the persons involved in the film to freedom of expression.” The resolution, which was passed just hours before cinemas in Manila and other parts of the metropolis began showing the movie, cited a provision in the Revised...
  • Fortune-telling judge couldn’t see firing coming

    05/03/2006 8:53:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 1,013+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2006
    Philippines jurist was noted for consulting 3 imaginary dwarfs about cases... A Philippine judge who claimed he could see into the future and admitted consulting imaginary mystic dwarfs has asked for his job back after being sacked by the country’s Supreme Court. “They should not have dismissed me for what I believed,” ... He told investigators that three mystic dwarfs -- Armand, Luis and Angel -- helped him carry out healing sessions during breaks in his chambers.
  • MANILA - Philippine president declares state of emergency amid flurry of coup rumors

    02/23/2006 7:58:30 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 48 replies · 912+ views
    Associated Press | February 23, 2006
    APNewsAlert MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine president declares state of emergency amid flurry of coup rumors.
  • Presidential palace blast not bomb

    02/19/2006 9:48:46 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 10 replies · 455+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 20 February 2006 | John O'Callaghan
    AN explosion on the grounds of the Philippine presidential palace today was probably caused by chemicals in a trash bin set off by a lit cigarette, not a bomb, the head of security said. "Nobody was injured," press undersecretary Isabel de Leon said, adding President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was inside the palace at the time. The army tightened security yesterday after finding a bomb in its top military academy, one of the alleged targets of a plot to overthrow and possibly kill Ms Arroyo, who survived an impeachment attempt last year over allegations of vote-rigging and graft. Witnesses said the...
  • Manila, Philippines - A strong explosion shakes the presidential palace

    02/19/2006 8:38:13 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 105 replies · 6,297+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | February 20, 2006
    ALARM - The Philippines: an explosion shakes the presidential palate MANILA - a strong explosion of unspecified origin shook Monday the palate of the presidency from the Philippines in Manila, indicated witnesses.
  • 88 Killed in Stampede at Manila Game Show

    02/03/2006 11:28:09 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 3 replies · 486+ views
    MANILA, Philippines A stampede broke out early Saturday outside a stadium near Manila, killing at least 88 people, and injuring 280, the Philippine Red Cross reported. About 30,000 people were waiting to get inside the stadium for the program "Wowowee" when the mayhem erupted, said Vicente Eusebio, the mayor of Pasig, the Manila suburb where the stampede occurred. The mayor said the melee erupted as the crowd pushed and surged toward the gates, thinking they were open, pinning and trampling those in front. One survivor said some people in the crowd became rowdy when they could not enter. "The gates...
  • At Least 66 Killed in Manila Stampede

    02/03/2006 5:42:25 PM PST · by wjersey · 4 replies · 387+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | 2/3/2006 | AP staff
    MANILA, Philippines -- A stampede broke out early Saturday outside a stadium near Manila where tens of thousands of people had lined up to watch to watch a popular game show, and at least 66 spectators were killed, an official said.
  • Philippines sees rise in "Desperate Japanese"

    01/23/2006 6:24:15 PM PST · by Angus MacGregor · 54 replies · 2,307+ views
    reuters ^ | George Nishiyama
    Philippines sees rise in "Desperate Japanese" Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:29 AM GMT By George Nishiyama MANILA (Reuters) - They come to the Philippines hoping to start a new life, often with a new young wife. But most of these middle-aged Japanese men end up without money, abandoned by their Filipino wives and with nowhere to go. The number of these men, known as "Desperate Japanese" among the local Japanese community, has increased in recent years, an embassy official said. "One would show up at least every two days," said a consular official with the Japanese embassy in Manila. He...
  • Philippine priest turns poor parishioners into tech-savvy e-traders

    01/04/2006 1:54:33 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 267+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | January 4, 2006 | Paul Jeffrey
    MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Divine Word Father Benigno Beltran talks about bandwidth, e-trading and income streams with the ease of a Silicon Valley technophile, yet the ever-present smell of burning garbage betrays his surroundings. Father Beltran is pastor of Manila's Parish of the Risen Christ, a congregation of scavengers who live alongside Smokey Mountain, the Philippine capital's legendary -- and ever smoldering -- garbage dump. Father Beltran, who has lived among his parishioners for 27 years, knows their desperate marginalization, so he is aggressively pushing a high-tech solution to their poverty. "Globalization is only antagonistic to those who aren't prepared...
  • Skousen, Rand too hot for university library in Manila

    12/27/2005 8:28:47 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 15 replies · 510+ views Blog ^ | 12/15/2005 | David M. Brown, Mark Skousen
    Skousen, Rand too hot for university library in ManilaWe hear from Mark Skousen that he's none too popular at the University of the Philippines -- or rather, too popular. In an article posted at the Human Events site, he quotes a friend's report on the situation, a former Marxist turned around by a critique of Marx in one of his books.Remember you sent me a box of The Making of Modern Economics?I donated a copy to the libraries of each of the four major universities here. Later, a friend of mine checked the library at the University of the Philippines...
  • Philippines - NBI: US worried FBI files may have gone to Reds [Aragoncillo spy case]

    10/11/2005 10:36:58 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 584+ views (Philippines) ^ | October 12, 2005 | Margaux Ortiz
    THE UNITED STATES is concerned classified documents allegedly stolen by Leandro Aragoncillo and Michael Ray Aquino may have ended up in the hands of communists, according to an official of the National Bureau of Investigation. Ricardo Diaz, chief of the NBI’s Interpol division, said at a recent meeting that US officials noted that known leftists were at the forefront of so-called destabilization efforts and mass actions in the country. “They said there was a possibility that the classified government information from the White House and FBI [the Federal Bureau of Investigation] are now in the hands of the local...
  • Philippines - Solons want brains of spy case named [Aragoncillo]

    10/09/2005 12:46:18 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 353+ views (Philippines) ^ | Philip C. Tubeza, Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. , Armand N. Nocum
    Break silence, US urged Solons want brains of spy case named THREE senior administration lawmakers urged the United States government yesterday to break its silence on the espionage case of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and immediately identify the brains so they could be charged before Philippine courts. Representatives Antonio Cuenco (Cebu City), Marcelino Libanan (Eastern Samar) and Monico Puentevella (Bacolod) made the call as Malacanang reiterated its fear that the spying scandal could impair the Philippines' relations with the United States. The case involves the alleged theft of secret FBI files dealing with the Philippines, some of which...
  • Philippines - Convicted felony Clinton donor Mark Jimenez to seek election after US prison release

    10/06/2005 12:19:52 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 215+ views
    The Manila Times ^ | September 29, 2005 | Maricel V. Cruz
    Thursday, September 29, 2005 Jimenez eyes Atienza’s post By Maricel V. Cruz, Reporter CONTROVERSIAL former representative Mark Jimenez of Manila is planning to run as mayor for Manila when he returns to the country in November after serving out his two-year community service in the United States owing to criminal charges. A congressman on Thursday gave this information to The Manila Times, but added that Jimenez may choose not to return to the country. The source, who refused to be identified, said the businessman’s “family and relatives” are convincing Jimenez to stay in the Bahamas for good. The former...
  • More than 100 injured in Philippine armoury blast

    09/13/2005 9:03:28 AM PDT · by Brooklyn Kid · 1 replies · 227+ views
    Mail & Guardian Online ^ | Sept. 13, 2005
    More than 100 injured in Philippine armoury blast Jim Gomez | Manila, Philippines Sept. 13, 2005 Huge blasts at a suburban Manila police ammunition dump injured at least 107 people, damaged several buildings and homes and set off security jitters in a capital long wary of possible terror attacks and a coup, officials said. Police ruled out sabotage or terrorism. Late Monday's explosions, which investigators say were apparently touched off by lightning, initially raised concerns of foul play due to swirling coup rumours linked to the months-long political crisis hounding President Gloria Arroyo. She has been accused of rigging last...
  • Echoes of past war resound as Manila recalls Liberation (Never Forget the 100,000 Killed)

    08/14/2005 2:21:08 PM PDT · by John Filson · 8 replies · 484+ views ^ | Thursday, February 03, 2005 | Manila Times
    Echoes of past war resound as Manila recalls Liberation   Memories of a fierce battle that left Manila a vast wasteland 60 years ago will be summoned at an oral-history conference on Thursday and Friday. The conference, entitled “The Battle for Manila: The Price of Freedom,” is sponsored by the National Historical Institute (NHI). It will be held at the Resource Center, NHI Building on T.M. Kalaw Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Battle of Manila, which raged from February 3 to March 3 in 1945, was marked by savage street-to-street fighting between US soldiers and well-entrenched Japanese...
  • Hundreds of Muslim rebels abandon two camps amid army offensive against Abu Sayyaf

    07/24/2005 8:24:40 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 902+ views ^ | 07/24 | ap
    MANILA (AP) - About 500 Muslim rebels have withdrawn from two Mindanao strongholds to let government forces launch an offensive against another Muslim group -- the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf, a rebel spokesman said Sunday. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas, nearly 300 of whom were armed, withdrew from Talayan and Guindolongan Thursday to allow the jungle offensive to go ahead and avoid accidental clashes with government troops, rebel spokesman Eid Kabalu said. The guerrillas plan to return to their camps Monday unless the military asks for an extension, Kabalu said.
  • Philippines - First Husband Leaves For Self-Imposed U.S. Exile

    07/06/2005 3:09:33 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 304+ views
    MANILA, July 6, 2005 (STAR) (AP) - President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's corruption-tainted husband left Wednesday for self-imposed exile in the United States as part of the embattled leader's efforts to distance herself from political scandals that threaten her government. Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo, a lawyer from a prominent family who has been accused of influence-peddling and receiving kickbacks from illegal gambling, bid a somber farewell to his daughter, son and granddaughter at Manila airport before boarding a flight to Hong Kong, from where he will continue to his final destination in the U.S. "He is sad," his lawyer Jesus...