Uncle Sam Returns to the Philippines

Uncle Sam Returns to the PhilippinesWith US President Barack Obama having failed to show up at last month's APEC summit in Bali, the US Marines have landed again on the Philippine island of Leyte in a display of quick response to Typhoon Haiyan that seems certain to be welcomed by the storm-ravaged country and is symbolic of the continued US…

Philippines’ Aquino Defends Own Pork Fund

Philippines’ Aquino Defends Own Pork FundPhilippine President Benigno S. Aquino III is starting to acquire tarnish from the country’s massive and continuing “pork barrel” scandal, in which scores of lawmakers siphoned off hundreds of millions of pesos from development funds and pocketed them. The president, his popularity descending in the polls, was forced to go onto national television Wednesday night…

Aquino Continues his Political Cleanup

Aquino Continues his Political CleanupAlthough the spotlight in Manila has consistently fallen for weeks on the massive Pork Barrel scandal which has implicated dozens of lawmakers in a scheme to loot development funds for the poor, the government of President Benigno S. Aquino III has been making quiet inroads against political corruption by cleaning up some of the institutions…
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