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  • Philippine super typhoon kills at least 10,000, official says

    11/09/2013 7:05:37 PM PST · by Innovative · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 9, 2013 | Reuters
    One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte, a senior police official said on Sunday, with coastal towns and the regional capital devastated by huge waves. Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through the province on Friday, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director. Haiyan, a category 5 typhoon that churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west, packing wind gusts of around 275 kph (170 mph), weakened significantly...
  • Ultimate Destroyer Battle

    04/23/2013 11:23:16 AM PDT · by varmintman · 43 replies
    The US navy started WW-II with leftover destroyers. The destroyers we were building towards the end of WW-II were vastly more powerful. Two or three of them in groups would amount to something like the secondary (5") battery of an Iowa class battleship. This was with radar, radar fire control, and significant AA capabilities, along with torpedoes and depth charges. In the middle of the campaign to retake the Phillipines, there occurred one of the more astonishing stories I've ever read or heard, in which three such ships basically sailed into Ormoc Bay, and essentially fired off their entire ammo...
  • Alec Baldwin Joke Causes Nation of Philippines to get angry.

    05/19/2009 11:02:49 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 46 replies · 1,119+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2009 | Associated Press
    Actor Alec Baldwin's joke about getting a Filipino mail-order bride provoked a sharp response in the Philippines, with one senator saying Monday that the "30 Rock" star faces violence if he ever visits. Baldwin, 51, who is divorced with a teenage daughter, said in a May 12 interview on "The Late Show" with David Letterman that he would love to have more children. The Emmy-winning actor quipped that he was "thinking about getting a Filipino mail-order bride at this point ... or a Russian one."
  • Al Qaida linked Abu Sayyaf terrorist group is making a comeback

    02/21/2009 5:39:19 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 1 replies · 226+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 21, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Al Qaida linked Abu Sayyaf terrorist group is making a comeback. Terrorists are like cockroaches. Just when you think you have them eradicated, a new bunch reappear. The Al Qaida linked Abu Sayyaf terrorist group is making a resurgence in the Philippines. With US assistance,the Philippine military had this terrorst organization on the ropes in recent years. The Phillippines will need assistance once again to defeat Abu Sayyaf. With President Obama wanting to scale back military operations and spending, this assistance may not materialize.
  • Explosion hits Phillippines’ House of Representatives

    11/13/2007 5:27:46 AM PST · by Dutchguy · 58 replies · 91+ views
    EBRmx ^ | 11-13-2007 | Michael van Poppel
    At least one person has died and six more are injured after a powerful explosion ripped through the South Wing entrance of the Phillippines’ House of Representatives. The blast occured on Tuesday evening local time, just moments after a session ended.
  • PHILLIPPINES: MISUARI'S DEFEAT 'SETBACK FOR PEACE' IN SULU (Islamic Democracy -- We Lose, You Die)

    05/21/2007 7:19:47 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 12 replies · 659+ views
    adnkronosinternational ^ | 22 May 2007 | AKI
    Zamboanga City, 21 May (AKI) - The defeat of the leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MNLF) Nur Misuari in the Sulu archipelago's gubernatorial race could be a setback for peace, a local expert told AdnKronos International (AKI). "If Misuari had won, we could have hoped for a respite in terms of peace and order in Sulu," Octavio Dinampo, a university professor and an expert on the Sulu conflict, told AKI on Monday. "Misuari still has a strong say among his men," added Dinampo who was also an independent observer at the May mid-term elections,. Dinampo’s comment come as...
  • Filipino devotees nailed to cross

    04/06/2007 5:44:39 AM PDT · by mmanager · 10 replies · 425+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Fri Apr 6, 4:00 AM ET | JOEAL CALUPITAN
    SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines - Seven devotees were nailed to crosses on Good Friday in a northern Philippine village where the rites drew thousands of tourists and spectators. ADVERTISEMENT The Lenten ritual is opposed by religious leaders in the Philippines — Southeast Asia's largest predominantly Roman Catholic nation. But it has persisted to become one of the country's most-awaited summer attractions in San Fernando City's San Pedro Cutud village. The devotees' palms and feet were attached to wooden crosses with 4-inch nails soaked in alcohol to prevent infection after a nearly mile-long walk to the mound, each carrying a wooden...
  • Filipino remittances hit $12.8bn

    02/16/2007 3:17:45 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 10 replies · 1,157+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007
    Globally, remittances make up about $230bn Money sent home by Filipinos working overseas last year totalled a record $12.8bn (£6.5bn), the Philippines' central bank has said.The remittances - a 20% rise on 2005 - account for about 10% of the country's economy, the bank added. Most of the eight million overseas workers are in the US or Middle East. According to the World Bank, the Philippines is the fifth-largest recipient of foreign remittances behind India, China, Mexico and France. It has forecast that Filipinos will send home about $14.1bn this year. Their remittances play an increasingly significant role in...
  • U.S. CIA director praises Philippines for fight against terrorists

    01/21/2007 1:31:50 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies · 386+ views
    The director of the CIA praised the Philippines on Thursday for its fight against terrorists, saying the country's government and military have worked closely with the United States to decrease the threat from extremists. CIA Director Michael Hayden told lawmakers that U.S.-Philippine cooperation has "contributed greatly to strengthening the capacity of the Philippine armed forces and the Philippine security services." "In terms of what intelligence and military power can do, it's done it in this part of the global war" against terror, Hayden said at a House of Representatives Intelligence Committee hearing. On Wednesday, the Philippine military announced the death...
  • Philippine troops step up offensive against Abu Sayyaf

    01/18/2007 8:57:56 PM PST · by fishhound · 1 replies · 241+ views
    Philippine troops step up offensive against Abu Sayyaf Date: January 19 2007 MANILA: Philippine soldiers killed 10 Islamic rebels in fresh fighting in the south yesterday as the President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, vowed to put down the militants "with a hand of steel". Lieutenant-Colonel Ariel Caculitan, a marine spokesman, said 10 Abu Sayyaf militants and three soldiers were killed in an hour-long gun battle on the island of Jolo, where most of the militant group has taken shelter. Two rebels were captured. About 100 US military advisers are on Jolo to provide intelligence and training to the 7000 Philippine troops...
  • "The Great Raid" - Debbie Schlussel Calls It The Year's Great Movie (MUST SEE!!!)

    08/12/2005 12:06:29 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 74 replies · 4,531+ views
    Debbie Schlussel.com ^ | 08/12/05 | Debbie Schlussel
    "The Great Raid": The Year's GREAT Movie By Debbie Schlussel If you love America, "The Great Raid" is the movie for you. If you love freedom and appreciate the fight it takes to sustain it, you'll love this movie. But if you don't appreciate what it takes to protect our life as free Americans--the sacrifices our military men and women make every day, then you must see "The Great Raid." In theaters, today, "The Great Raid" is--hands down--the best movie of the year. It has drama, action, a love story, heroes and villains. And it makes you proud to be...
  • (Imelda) Marcos puts the boot in over film (A REAL DOCUMENTARY ALERT)

    06/24/2004 10:27:21 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 4 replies · 611+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 25, 2004 | FOREIGN STAFF
    FILIPINOS know all about the breathtaking shoe and jewellery collections Imelda Marcos amassed during two decades as first lady, but a Manila court is making them wait before being able to watch a film she says makes a joke of her life. After complaints from Mrs Marcos’s lawyers, a judge yesterday issued a 20-day restraining order on the documentary, Imelda, which had been due for an advance media screening yesterday and general release on 7 July. "This is a good omen," an aide quoted Mrs Marcos as saying. The judge, who said the complaint had enough merit to halt the...
  • Philippines to Deport Two U.S. Brothers

    12/30/2003 6:29:07 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 31 replies · 189+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 30 December 2003 | HRVOJE HRANJSKI
    Philippines to Deport Two U.S. Brothers By HRVOJE HRANJSKI, Associated Press Writer MANILA, Philippines - Philippine authorities said Tuesday they were set to deport two American brothers arrested for suspected links to terrorism and for allegedly meeting charity groups believed to be al-Qaida fronts in the country. One of the men, Michael Ray Stubbs, worked as a heating and air conditioning technician at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ? a major nuclear weapons lab outside San Francisco ? for about 10 years ending in 2000. Officials said the FBI (news - web sites) was looking into whether he had access...
  • Unilateral power in a multicrises world

    06/10/2003 8:00:29 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 166+ views
    World Tribune ^ | June 10, 2003 | Sol Sanders
    You have to scour the websites to find good news anywhere between the Dardanelles and Kamchatka. There are tidbits despite the PC media’s BBC-speak self-hating pessimism. Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee has won his blackmail against the Hindu revivalists; a dialogue between South Asia’s two nuclear armed powers is creeping with Sec. of State Powell barking at their heels. The Iraq museum antiquities were hidden not stolen for the most part. [Does any good news ever catch up with the headlines?] The oil is beginning to flow even if OPEC doesn’t want to talk to Iraqi oil officials. Police, water, electricity,...
  • Filipino Gays Accuse Catholic Church Of 'Fanning' Homophobia

    01/24/2003 8:43:21 AM PST · by heyheyhey · 7 replies · 221+ views
    uk.gay.com ^ | January 23, 2003
    23 January, 2003 The Filipino gay community has accused the Roman Catholic Church of 'fanning' the flames of homophobia after they were excluded from an international conference on the role of families in Manila. The Filipino gay community was angry at a statement made by Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin that Christian family values were being eroded by advocates of gay marriage, as well as technology and divorce, reported Agence France-Presse. Oscar Atadero, a spokesman for Progay Philippines, said Sin's attack on homosexuality was totally uncalled for. Atadero likened Christan gays to "Jesus outside the gates" and said that in...
  • Dear American soldier(Michelle Malkin)

    01/21/2003 9:33:06 PM PST · by kattracks · 27 replies · 792+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 1/22/03 | Michelle Malkin
    Dear American soldier, You don't know me, but I know who you are, and I will not forget. You are deploying from Fort Carson and Fort Hood and Fort Bliss and Fort Stewart. You hail from Middletown and Middleboro and Greenville and Redding and Thousand Oaks and Maple Tree. You are white, black, brown and yellow -- but always Americans first. You are with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and the 10th Combat Support Hospital and the 571st Air Ambulance Medical Evacuation Company. You are with the 1st Cavalry Division and the 3rd Infantry Division and the "Iron Horse"...
  • Bomb Rocks Airport in Southern Philippines

    03/04/2003 8:07:45 AM PST · by Magnolia · 2 replies · 259+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3-4-03 | AP & Mike Cohen
    <p>DAVAO, Philippines — At least 19 people were killed, including an American, Tuesday as a powerful explosion ripped through a waiting area at the Davao City International Airport in the southern Philippines.</p> <p>Three other Americans, from a Southern Baptist missionary family, were among the over 150 injured after the bomb, hidden in a backpack, exploded just outside the arrival airport terminal.</p>
  • Canada, Australia shut Manila embassies amid terror threats - specific threats, Muslim extremists

    11/29/2002 4:17:25 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 3 replies · 233+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 29, 2002 | Associated Press Staff
    Canada, Australia shut Manila embassies amid terror threats 11/29/2002 Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia - New fears of terrorism swept parts of Asia on Thursday when security guards were posted at Sydney's Opera House, and Australia and Canada shut down their embassies in Manila, citing specific threats of Muslim extremist attacks, possibly within days. Both governments strongly warned their citizens to stay away from the Philippines, hit by violence by militant groups linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. In Manila, armed police closed streets, set up barricades and encircled the Australian Embassy. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Canberra...
  • Terrorist group 'targets our north' (Australia's north)

    10/27/2002 10:37:23 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 233+ views
    Australia News at Southpacific News ^ | Oct. 28, 2002 | Australia News
    THE Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) has targeted northern Australia to form part of an Asian Islamic superstate, according to a secret intelligence report. The report, to be detailed on tonight's ABC Four Corners program, comes from the Philippines, chosen by al-Qaeda as its first base in South-East Asia in 1988. Philippines' national security adviser Roilo Golez told Four Corners intelligence indicated Australia was part of al-Qaeda's plan for an Asian Islamic state. "That is something that your intelligence people would have to assess. Suffice it to say that the Jemaah Islamiah vision of a pan-Islamic state includes parts...
  • 3 Abu Sayyaf rebels killed in Philippines

    10/22/2002 3:03:44 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 226+ views
    The Times of India ^ | October 22 2002 | AFP
    ZAMBOANGA: Three Abu Sayyaf gunmen and a soldier were killed after the military raided one of the Muslim rebels' hideouts on the southern Philippine island of Basilan, an official said on Tuesday. Troops attacked an Abu Sayyaf camp on Mount Pamatsakin near the town of Sumisip on Monday, triggering the fighting that led to the four deaths, Basilan Army chief Colonel Bonifacio Ramos said. "Three rebels were killed, but unfortunately one of my soldiers was also slain in the fighting," Ramos said. A government militiaman was also wounded in the clash, but is said to be out of danger. The...
  • Suspected guerrillas kidnap 6 in remote Philippine village

    08/21/2002 10:28:27 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 6 replies · 283+ views
    Nando ^ | 8.21.02 | ZENY MASONG - AP
    PATIKUL, Philippines (August 21, 2002 6:54 a.m. EDT) - Suspected Abu Sayyaf guerrillas staged their first kidnappings since U.S. troops arrived to back a crackdown on the group, abducting at least six people who were selling Avon cosmetics door to door in a remote village. Philippine troops responded by shelling suspected hideouts of the gang, which has been linked to al-Qaida. U.S. troops began aiding the crackdown against the Abu Sayyaf early this year after a mass kidnapping in May 2001 that included three American captives. Jolo police chief Col. Ahiron Ajirimi said two men with pistols stopped a vehicle...
  • Suit says FDR used Americans as bait to spark World War II

    07/30/2002 6:53:47 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 34 replies · 523+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 7-30-02 | Imran Vittachi
    <p>President Franklin D. Roosevelt deliberately stranded 7,000 American civilians in the Philippines and other United States territories, using them as "bait" to draw the Japanese into a war with the U.S. in December 1941, a federal class-action suit asserts.</p> <p>The suit was filed Monday in a federal court in Washington. Among the nearly 600 plaintiffs is Collinsville resident Evelyn Greaves, 72. Greaves, who was 12 when the war broke out, spent 37 months with her parents in a Japanese prison camp.</p>
  • Philippines: U.S. Exercises May Lead To Regional Base

    04/25/2002 11:50:36 PM PDT · by SunStar · 16 replies · 376+ views
    STRATFOR ^ | 4/25/2002 | STRATFOR
    Philippines: U.S. Exercises May Lead To Regional Base25 April 2002 Summary U.S. military engineers are developing infrastructure in the southern Philippines as part of the joint U.S.-Filipino "Balikatan" training exercises. Although the U.S. operations are ostensibly aimed at the Islamic Abu Sayyaf militant group, Washington is likely looking beyond the southern Philippines in the war against terrorism. As U.S. engineers reconstruct roads and airstrips on rebel-infested Basilan Island, the United States may be preparing a forward base there for future regional counterterrorism strikes. Analysis Military engineers from the U.S. Naval Construction Task Group -- commonly referred to as Seabees...