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Philippines to Host Meeting on South China Sea Disputes

Posted November 21st, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines says it will host a meeting next month with three fellow southeast Asian countries on how to resolve lingering territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Wednesday the December 12 meeting in Manila will involve the deputy foreign ministers of Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines. All […]

Philippines Rebel Leader: Challenges Exist With Peace Deal

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines’ top Muslim rebel leader says a peace deal signed with the Philippine government can end the armed conflict between the two sides only if the Filipino Muslim community supports it. Murad Ebrahim said Saturday the task of implementing the peace deal is big and complicated, and that it must become reality on the […]

Philippine President Sees Improved Ties With China After Power Transfer

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino says he hopes to see progress in his country’s lingering territorial dispute with China following Beijing’s leadership transition next month. Mr. Aquino told reporters Wednesday that “domestic pressures” in China had complicated efforts to resolve the standoff over a group of uninhabited islets, which flared up in April. “There will be […]

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Sign Preliminary Peace Plan

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippine government and Muslim rebels waging a decades-long separatist insurgency in the south of the country have signed a preliminary peace deal that outlines steps to end the conflict by 2016. President Benigno Aquino and Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chairman Murad Ebrahim witnessed the signing ceremony Monday in the presidential palace in Manila. Officials […]

Philippines Suspends Controversial Cybercrime Law

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines Supreme Court has suspended a controversial new cybercrime law that critics say infringes on free speech. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday the court issued a temporary restraining order, keeping the law from taking effect until it can review whether certain provisions limit civil liberties. The law, which went into force last […]

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Agree to Forge Pact

Posted October 7th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Philippine government says it has reached a preliminary peace deal with the nation’s largest Muslim rebel group in the country’s south, intended to end a decades-long separatist insurgency that has killed more than 120,000 people. President Benigno Aquino said in a nationally-televised announcement Sunday that the deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front – […]

Philippines Reaches Peace Framework With Muslim Rebels

Posted October 7th, 2012 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippine government says it has reached a preliminary peace deal with Muslim rebels in the country’s south, intended to end a decades-long insurrection that has killed more than 120,000 people. President Benigno Aquino said in a nationally-televised announcement Sunday that the deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front – or MILF – will be […]

Ex-Philippine President Arrested for Plunder

Posted October 4th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine police have descended on a Manila hospital, and placed former president Gloria Arroyo under arrest for plunder. The onetime Philippine leader is already on trial for fraud and corruption. Mrs. Arroyo suffers from a long-term spinal illness. Police said she will be detained at the hospital, where she was also being treated for dehydration. […]

Amid Maritime Disputes, ASEAN Officials Meet in Manila

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Against a backdrop of tense territorial disputes, top government officials and security experts gathered Wednesday in Manila for the opening of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ annual maritime conference. Though the annual meeting is to focus on protecting water resources and securing regional trade routes, it comes at a sensitive time when four ASEAN […]

Quake Near Philippines, Tsunami Threat Passes

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Philippine villagers who fled after an earthquake returned to their homes Saturday after a tsunami alert was lifted. The U.S. Geological Survey says Friday’s magnitude 7.6 quake was centered to the east of the Philippines, about 96 kilometers from the town of Sulangan. Officials say the quake killed one person. It also caused […]

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