Philippines

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Filipino Land Reform Still Tardy in Tarlac

Despite a 2012 Philippine Supreme Court order requiring the family of President Benigno S. Aquino III to redistribute its vast Hacienda Luisita sugar plantation to poor farmers, critics say the pace of divestit... Read More...
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A Strike Against Abu Sayyaf

  Najar Hajad is known by the nom de guerre Marlboro, the head of a Sulu Archipelago village militia that clashed with radical Abu Sayyaf rebels in what has become major news – a local rebellion against... Read More...
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Asean’s Weak Haiyan Response

Lê Lương Minh, the secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, arrived in the Philippines today to inspect the damage from Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, which made landfall on Nov. 8 – two ... Read More...
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Heavy Lift in Leyte

Just over a month ago, US President Barack Obama skipped the APEC summit in Bali and the Asean summit in Brunei, leaving the stage clear for China’s President Xi Jinping to make nice and sign deals, while edito... Read More...
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Uncle Sam Returns to the Philippines

With 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 t... Read More...
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Philippines’ Aquino Defends Own Pork Fund

Philippine 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... Read More...
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Aquino Continues his Political Cleanup

Although 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 ... Read More...