Philippines

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Philippine President Aquino Loses the Plot

After a strong first term that endeared his country to international investors, the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III is losing both its momentum and its reputation for responsible government. C...
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Philippine President Aquino’s Popularity Fades

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has run into heavy going, with his popularity rating falling to a personal low in the latest Social Weather Survey, which found 55 percent satisfied with his performance ...
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Philippines’ Pork Barrel Scandal Names Three Heavyweights

Although the Filipino Ombudsman last week preferred charges against three of the country’s most powerful lawmakers, Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla and Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, they may never see insid...
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Manila Gets Its US Protector Back

Way out in the South China Sea, a Philippine Air Force twin-engine Islander aircraft regularly drones out to drop parachutes bearing two dozen takeout meals for a Marine platoon stationed on a beached, dilapida...
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Mr. Obama’s Asian Vacation

US President Barack Obama ended his four-nation tour of Asia last week, insisting, yet again, that the US is not out to confront China. “Our goal is not to contain China,” he said at a press conference in Manil...
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Filipina Reformers Collect Powerful Scalps

The decision by a five-member special panel to prefer charges against three of the Philippines’ most prominent members of the 24-person Senate is almost unprecedented, and it leaves the Philippine political com...
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US Nears Defense Pact with Philippines

In 1991, when the Philippine Congress forced the United States out of the military bases that they had occupied since 1898, they left. But when they did, they went to Leyte and picked up the bronze statues of...
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Historic Peace Agreement in Philippines

The signing of a comprehensive peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Thursday is a major triumph for President Benigno S. Aquino III, a landmark accord that hop...
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Expect Justice Long Delayed in Philippine Pork Barrel Case

The massive “pork barrel” scandal in the Philippines has outraged the public, implicated powerful politicians and led to televised senate hearings that have revealed a tide of evidence that would seem ironclad....
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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...