Benigno Aquino http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31965/all en 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 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' Aquino warns sultan in Malaysia stand-off http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/philippines-aquino-warns-sultan-malaysia-stand <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 warned a sultan on Tuesday he would face the "full force of the law" if he did not end a standoff involving his armed followers in the Malaysian state of Sabah.</p> <p>Aquino told Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to recall 180 of his followers, about 30 of whom were armed, from a fishing village on the island of Borneo where they have been facing off with Malaysian security forces for two weeks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/philippines-aquino-warns-sultan-malaysia-stand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Benigno Aquino Borneo Religion Sulu Sea AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:30:38 +0000 5766579 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines' Aquino warns sultan in Malaysia standoff http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/philippines-aquino-warns-sultan-malaysia-standoff <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 warned a sultan on Tuesday he would face the "full force of the law" unless he withdrew his gunmen from Malaysia, but the elderly ruler remained defiant.</p> <p>Dozens of followers of the little-known Sultan of Sulu have been facing off with Malaysian security forces for two weeks, after they sailed from their remote southern Philippine island homes to stake a territorial claim.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/philippines-aquino-warns-sultan-malaysia-standoff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Benigno Aquino Borneo Business Politics Religion Sulu Sea Technology AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:46:41 +0000 5766682 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines' Aquino warns sultan in Malaysia standoff http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/philippines-aquino-warns-sultan-malaysia-standoff-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 warned a sultan on Tuesday he would face the "full force of the law" unless he withdraws his gunmen from Malaysia, but the elderly ruler remained defiant.</p> <p>Dozens of followers of the little-known Sultan of Sulu have been facing off with Malaysian security forces for two weeks, after they sailed from remote southern Philippine islands two weeks ago to stake a territorial claim.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/philippines-aquino-warns-sultan-malaysia-standoff-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Benigno Aquino Borneo Business Politics Religion Sulu Sea Technology AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:46:47 +0000 5766685 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Philippines' Aquino hails new pope's 'boundless promise' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/urgent-philippines-aquino-hails-new-popes-boundless-promise <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 Thursday hailed the election of the first Latin American pope, saying he brings "boundless promise" and the hope of unifying all people around the world.</p> <p>Aquino also welcomed the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio for becoming the first Jesuit pope, while expressing hope the 76-year-old Argentinian will be able to rebuild confidence in the Catholic Church and other institutions.</p> <p>mm/kma/jw</p> Benigno Aquino Kapampangan people AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 04:00:48 +0000 5782955 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines' Aquino hails pope's 'boundless promise' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/philippines-aquino-hails-popes-boundless-promise <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 Thursday hailed the election of the first Latin American pope, saying he brings "boundless promise" and the hope of unifying all people around the world.</p> <p>Aquino also welcomed the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the first Jesuit pope, while expressing hope the 76-year-old Argentine will be able to rebuild confidence in the Catholic Church and other institutions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/philippines-aquino-hails-popes-boundless-promise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benigno Aquino Filipino people Kapampangan people Philippines AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 04:15:49 +0000 5782966 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines' Aquino calls for talks on Sabah http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/philippines-aquino-calls-talks-sabah <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>President Benigno Aquino said Sunday that negotiations were the only way to resolve a Philippine sultanate's claim to Sabah as he criticised an armed incursion into the Malaysian state. </p> <p>Aquino also lashed out at unidentified conspirators whom he accused of sending the sultanate's followers to Sabah last month, saying they had endangered some 800,000 Filipinos living and working in the area.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/philippines-aquino-calls-talks-sabah" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benigno Aquino Filipino people Philippines Religion Sulu Sea War AFP Sun, 17 Mar 2013 08:45:21 +0000 5785835 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippine paper falls for fake Aquino Time cover http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130420/philippine-paper-falls-fake-aquino-time-cover <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>A top Philippine newspaper Saturday was taken in by a spoof cover of Time magazine depicting President Benigno Aquino with his mouth agape, running the picture on its front page.</p> <p>"We stand corrected. It was an honest mistake," said a short statement issued by the Inquirer's editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc.</p> <p>She did not say who gave the paper the picture, which had the Filipino leader saying in its caption: "I'm just the face of the whole country."</p> <p>The picture however remained on the paper's website on Saturday afternoon.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130420/philippine-paper-falls-fake-aquino-time-cover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benigno Aquino Filipino people Government Philippines Technology AFP Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:15:17 +0000 5820864 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines holds elections vital for Aquino reforms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/philippines-holds-elections-vital-aquino-reforms <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 held elections Monday seen as crucial for President Benigno Aquino's bold reform agenda, as deadly violence and graft-tainted candidates underlined the nation's deep-rooted problems.</p> <p>Aquino called for the mid-term polls, in which thousands of local leaders plus national legislators will be elected, to be a referendum on his efforts to transform a corrupt political system and an underperforming economy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/philippines-holds-elections-vital-aquino-reforms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benigno Aquino Benigno Aquino III Disaster Filipino people Philippines Politics Social Issues Sports AFP Mon, 13 May 2013 15:09:29 +0000 5836722 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippine president vows to rebuild air force by 2016 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130701/philippine-president-vows-rebuild-air-force-2016 <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 vowed Monday to acquire fighter jets, air defence radar and other equipment within three years to bolster the country's weak air force, amid a territorial dispute with China.</p> <p>"I assure you that before I step down from office, our skies will be guarded by modern air assets," he said in a speech during a visit at an air base in Clark, north of Manila. The speech was broadcast live on radio and television.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130701/philippine-president-vows-rebuild-air-force-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benigno Aquino Benigno Aquino III Business Filipino people Philippines AFP Mon, 01 Jul 2013 07:02:25 +0000 5872178 at http://www.globalpost.com Aquino vows more Philippine police -- with guns -- on beat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130702/aquino-vows-more-philippine-police-guns-beat <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 said Tuesday tens of thousands of police officers would finally get service pistols after having gone without guns for years because the government lacked the money to buy them. </p> <p>Aquino handed out semi-automatic pistols to 21 officers at a ceremony at the national police headquarters, pledging to release nearly 75,000 more to their now-unarmed colleagues.</p> <p>"Thanks to this positive programme, we are close to having a police-to-pistol ratio of one to one," he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130702/aquino-vows-more-philippine-police-guns-beat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Benigno Aquino Benigno Aquino III Business Government AFP Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:02:30 +0000 5873390 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippine leader says tenants to get family farm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130722/philippine-leader-says-tenants-get-family-farm <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 said Monday that work would start in weeks to divide his family's giant sugar plantation between thousands of peasant farmers, ending a decades-long struggle for control.</p> <p>The decision had been forced on Aquino's extended family after the Supreme Court ruled that the 4,300-hectare (10,600-acre) Hacienda Luisita must be split among more than 6,000 workers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130722/philippine-leader-says-tenants-get-family-farm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benigno Aquino Benigno Aquino III Business Filipino people Hospitality Law Philippines Politics AFP Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:34:42 +0000 5890235 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines' Aquino hopeful violence over soon; eight dead in clash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130919/philippines-aquino-hopeful-violence-over-soon-eight-dead-clash <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 Erik de Castro</p> <p>ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Fighting between Philippine forces and Muslim rebels in a southern city has been confined to just two areas and should be over soon, President Benigno Aquino said on Thursday.</p> <p>But despite such optimism, heavy clashes broke out in parts of Zamboanga city on Thursday and eight rebels were killed and 15 surrendered in one district, said an army spokesman.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130919/philippines-aquino-hopeful-violence-over-soon-eight-dead-clash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Benigno Aquino Islam in the Philippines Philippines Thomson Reuters Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:46:34 +0000 5938571 at http://www.globalpost.com