Philippines http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25571/all en Philippines says salvaging U.S. ship should not damage reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/philippines-says-salvaging-us-ship-should-not-damage-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MANILA, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has given instructions not to allow the U.S. navy to salvage its grounded USS Guardian minesweeper without Philippine involvement, in order to minimise damage to coral reefs, a senior official said on Monday.</p> <p>The ship, which is stuck on a reef at the Tubbataha natural marine park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, had just completed a port call at Subic Bay in the western Philippines when the grounding occurred last Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/philippines-says-salvaging-us-ship-should-not-damage-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Coral reefs Philippines Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:45:30 +0000 5737137 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippine Congress okays bill on payments to human rights victims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/philippine-congress-okays-bill-payments-human-rights-victims <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MANILA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The Philippine Congress has approved a bill awarding compensation to thousands of victims of human rights abuses under late President Ferdinand Marcos's 20-year iron rule.</p> <p>Under the final version of the bill approved by a bicameral committee late on Wednesday, payments amounting to more than 10 billion pesos ($246 million) to the victims will come from funds recovered by the government from Marcos's ill-gotten wealth.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/philippine-congress-okays-bill-payments-human-rights-victims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asian people Business Filipino people Hospitality Law Philippines Politics Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 04:30:04 +0000 5738662 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines' Aquino to visit rebel stronghold http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/philippines-aquino-visit-rebel-stronghold <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippine President Benigno Aquino will next week make a historic visit to the stronghold of the country's main Muslim rebel force in an effort to push forward peace talks, his office said Thursday.</p> <p>Aquino's trip on Monday to the outskirts of the 12,000-member Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF's) main base in the country's south will be the first peace mission there by a president since the insurgency began in the 1970s.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/philippines-aquino-visit-rebel-stronghold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Islam in the Philippines Philippines Social Issues AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 07:32:14 +0000 5748527 at http://www.globalpost.com Police shoot dead Philippine massacre suspect http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/police-shoot-dead-philippine-massacre-suspect <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippine police have shot dead a suspect in the 2009 killings of 57 people, the country's worst political massacre, a senior officer said Saturday.</p> <p>Maguid Amil resisted arrest after being approached by policemen in the strife-torn southern province of Maguindanao on Friday, hurling a grenade and firing a pistol at them, Senior Superintendent Melencio Mina said.</p> <p>The grenade did not explode but officers fired back, killing Amil, he added.</p> <p>Elsewhere in Maguindanao on Friday, another suspect, Nasser Guia, was arrested by police acting on a tip-off, Mina said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/police-shoot-dead-philippine-massacre-suspect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ampatuan Andal Ampatuan, Sr. Philippines AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 06:15:56 +0000 5750778 at http://www.globalpost.com Police shoot dead Philippine massacre suspect http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/police-shoot-dead-philippine-massacre-suspect-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippine police have shot dead a suspect in the 2009 killings of 58 people, the country's worst political massacre, a senior officer said Saturday.</p> <p>Maguid Amil resisted arrest after being approached by policemen in the strife-torn southern province of Maguindanao on Friday, hurling a grenade and firing a pistol at them, Senior Superintendent Melecio Mina said.</p> <p>The grenade did not explode but officers fired back, killing Amil, he added.</p> <p>Elsewhere in Maguindanao on Friday, another suspect, Nasser Guia, was arrested by police acting on a tip-off, Mina said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/police-shoot-dead-philippine-massacre-suspect-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ampatuan Andal Ampatuan, Sr. Philippines AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 07:45:13 +0000 5750860 at http://www.globalpost.com Police shoot dead Philippine massacre suspect http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/police-shoot-dead-philippine-massacre-suspect-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippine police said Saturday they had shot dead a suspect in the 2009 killings of 58 people, the country's worst political massacre, after he hurled a grenade and fired a pistol at them.</p> <p>Maguid Amil resisted arrest after being approached by policemen in the strife-torn southern province of Maguindanao on Friday, Senior Superintendent Melecio Mina said.</p> <p>The grenade did not explode but officers fired back, killing Amil, he added.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/police-shoot-dead-philippine-massacre-suspect-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ampatuan Andal Ampatuan, Sr. Philippines AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 09:30:44 +0000 5750870 at http://www.globalpost.com Games to replace war for Philippine leader's visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/games-replace-war-philippine-leaders-visit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Soldiers and Muslim guerrillas will meet in sporting events instead of combat when Philippine President Benigno Aquino makes a historic visit to a rebel camp to promote a peace pact, officials said Sunday.</p> <p>A "fluvial parade" of dozens of colourfully-decorated motorboats will also welcome Aquino on Monday when he visits the outskirts of the main base of the 12,000-member Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the country's south. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/games-replace-war-philippine-leaders-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Islam in the Philippines Philippines AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:00:55 +0000 5751576 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines' Aquino wants peace talks speeded up http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/philippines-aquino-wants-peace-talks-speeded <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippine President Benigno Aquino paid a historic visit Monday to the stronghold of Muslim rebels and said peace talks with them must be speeded up.</p> <p>Aquino handed out educational, health and livelihood benefits to the families of the rebels, to show his government's intention to improve the lives of the Muslim minority in the largely Christian nation.</p> <p>In the first presidential visit to the outskirts of the main camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao island, Aquino said peace talks should be completed before his term ends in 2016.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/philippines-aquino-wants-peace-talks-speeded" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Benigno Aquino Islam in the Philippines Philippines Social Issues AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:01:12 +0000 5752353 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines' Aquino visits rebel stronghold http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/philippines-aquino-visits-rebel-stronghold <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippine President Benigno Aquino paid a historic visit Monday to Muslim rebel territory in a bid to speed up efforts to end one of Asia's longest and deadliest insurgencies.</p> <p>Four months after his government agreed on a roadmap with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for a final peace deal by 2016, Aquino travelled to the insurgents' stronghold in the far south as a confidence-building measure.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/philippines-aquino-visits-rebel-stronghold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Benigno Aquino Philippines Politics of the Philippines Social Issues Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:15:32 +0000 5752460 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines mid-terms 'referendum on reforms': president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/philippines-mid-terms-referendum-reforms-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday called for nationwide mid-term polls to be a referendum on his anti-graft, economic reforms as election season gets underway.</p> <p>Although Aquino, whose term ends in 2016, is not running, his party members have said that the elections, particularly for 12 seats in the senate, will be a litmus test for his administration.</p> <p>In a campaign rally at the centre of Manila, Aquino lashed out at the opposition, accusing them of blocking reforms and urging voters to choose his candidates, called "Team PNoy" after his own nickname.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/philippines-mid-terms-referendum-reforms-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benigno Aquino III Filipino people Philippines AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:30:22 +0000 5753610 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysian stand-off said result of Philippine peace deal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/malaysian-stand-said-result-philippine-peace-deal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LAHAD DATU, Malaysia, Feb 18 (Reuters) - A peace deal between the Philippines and Muslim rebels has alienated traditional rulers and their followers about 100 of whom have occupied a village in nearby Malaysia, a member of the old ruling family said on Monday.</p> <p>The stand-off with police in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah has threatened to spark tension between the Philippines and Malaysia, whose ties have been periodically frayed by security and migration problems along their sea border.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/malaysian-stand-said-result-philippine-peace-deal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Philippines Religion Sulu Sea War Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:45:16 +0000 5758756 at http://www.globalpost.com FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in the Philippines http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130219/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-the-philippines <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Manuel Mogato</p> <p>MANILA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group have agreed a preliminary deal that may end a 40-year conflict that has killed more than 120,000 and displaced 2 million.</p> <p>President Benigno Aquino hopes this will pave the way for economic growth and development in the south, a poor region but one that sits on considerable resources.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130219/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-the-philippines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Government Philippines Religion Technology War Thomson Reuters Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:30:20 +0000 5760673 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines to compensate Marcos rights victims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/philippines-compensate-marcos-rights-victims <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed a landmark law on Monday compensating human rights victims of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, 27 years after a bloodless "People Power" revolution ended his reign.</p> <p>Ten billion pesos ($244 million) will be distributed to potentially thousands of people who were tortured, raped or detained, as well as relatives of those who were killed, by Marcos's security forces during his 20-year rule.</p> <p>Speaking at a ceremony in Manila to mark the anniversary, Aquino said the law was part of his government's efforts to "right the wrongs of the past".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/philippines-compensate-marcos-rights-victims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asian people Benigno Aquino Filipino people Philippines Politics AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:16:46 +0000 5765657 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines to compensate Marcos rights victims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/philippines-compensate-marcos-rights-victims-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed a landmark law on Monday compensating human rights victims of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, 27 years after a bloodless "People Power" revolution ended his reign.</p> <p>Ten billion pesos ($244 million) will be distributed to potentially thousands of people whom Marcos's security forces tortured, raped or detained, as well as relatives of those who were killed, during his rule.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/philippines-compensate-marcos-rights-victims-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asian people Filipino people Human Interest Marcos Jnr Philippines Politics AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:15:38 +0000 5765720 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines, rebels eye final peace deal by April http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/philippines-rebels-eye-final-peace-deal-april <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Philippines and a Muslim separatist group hope to finalise a peace agreement ending a decades-old insurgency by April, a government negotiator said Thursday.</p> <p>Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are working to put the finishing touches to plans for disarmament and wealth- and power-sharing by March, and deliver a final "comprehensive agreement" in April, Miriam Coronel Ferrer said.</p> <p>"We are confident. There are only a few issues left. We will find a resolution. There is no deal-breaker here," said Coronel Ferrer, the Philippines' lead negotiator.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/philippines-rebels-eye-final-peace-deal-april" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Islam in the Philippines Philippines Social Issues AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:45:47 +0000 5769478 at http://www.globalpost.com