Dictator’s son Bongbong mulls presidential run

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – The son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos said Wednesday he may run for president in next year’s elections, offering his once-exiled family the chance of the ultimate political comeback. Ferdinand Marcos Jnr, popularly known...

Detained Gloria Arroyo to run again for Congress

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – She may be detained, facing criminal charges and reportedly suffering from a crippling illness but former president Gloria Arroyo intends to run again for a seat in the Philippine Congress, her lawyer said Tuesday. Arroyo, who has been held in a...

PHL Japan lash out at China island building

By Natsuko Fukue Tokyo, Japan (AFP)  – Japan and the Philippines lashed out Thursday at Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea, where Beijing is building infrastructure some suspect will be used by its military. In a joint statement after their summit, Japanese Prime...

ASEAN warns sea reclamation ‘may undermine peace’

by M JEGATHESAN Langkawi, Malaysia (AFP)  – Reclamation work in the disputed South China Sea, where China has constructed an airstrip and other structures on coral reefs, threaten to “undermine peace, security and stability” in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned...

Aquino determined to suppress Marcos anger

By Karl Malakunas Manila, Philippines, AFP, Thursday 4/16/2015 – Like the bullet embedded in his neck that may kill him if removed, Philippine President Benigno Aquino believes it is safer that some atrocities of his nation’s previous dictatorship remain buried. But like the...

US, PHL, Japan stress unity at WWII memorial

Mount Samat, Philippines, AFP, Thursday 4/9/2015 – Philippine President Benigno Aquino and the US and Japanese ambassadors on Thursday vowed to work closer together in facing new challenges like maritime security and “terrorism” at a World War II memorial event. Aquino and...

French President taps Hollywood in visit to PHL

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – French President Francois Hollande will bring two Oscar-winning stars on a two-day visit to the Philippines next week aimed at building momentum for climate talks in Paris, his envoy said Wednesday. During the visit, Hollande and his Philippine...

INC opens ‘world’s largest indoor arena’ in PHL

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino presided over the opening on Monday of what is billed as the world’s largest indoor stadium, erected by a politically-influential religious sect. The $175-million Philippine Arena, which can seat 55,000 people, was hailed as a...

Aquino signs law for graphic warnings on tobacco products

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino, who has been criticized for his own inability to quit smoking, has signed a law requiring tobacco companies to print graphic warning pictures on packets, his spokesman said Sunday. The bill signed Friday has long been campaigned...

PHL receives draft law for Muslim self-rule

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Monday formally received a draft law representing a crucial step towards the creation of an autonomous area for the country’s Muslim minority, following a historic peace deal. Aquino received the Bangsamoro Basic Law from a...