Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

Apr 29, 2015

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

The last-minute reprieve for a Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia sparked an outpouring of euphoria and disbelief on Wednesday, with crowds of supporters weeping with joy and her children crying “Mama will live!” Mary Jane Veloso’s family said their prayers had been ...

Apr 23, 2015

Philippine customs head quits in blow to Aquino anti-graft drive

Philippine Customs Commissioner Sunny Sevilla said he submitted his resignation Wednesday, citing pressure to promote people without considering their merit for the jobs. “I’m feeling the political patronage” pressure, Sevilla said at a briefing in Manila on Thursday, without elaborating. “I hope the next ...

Filipinos abroad falling  prey to global drug gangs

Apr 22, 2015

Filipinos abroad falling prey to global drug gangs

Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso faces imminent execution in Indonesia, but relatives say her only crime was to fall victim to international drug gangs who are threatening to kill them if they speak out. Echoing horror stories told by hundreds of other Filipinos in ...

Apr 21, 2015

Manila panned by Chinese media as 'cute little submissive' of U.S.

The Philippines is nothing more than the “cute little submissive” of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticizing Manila for military exercises with Washington. The English-language editorial came a day after the Philippines ...

Launching drills, Philippines voices alarm at China island activity

Apr 20, 2015

Launching drills, Philippines voices alarm at China island activity

The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about Chinese “aggressiveness” in disputed regional waters as it launched major war games with the United States. Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang released what he said were satellite photos of intense recent Chinese construction over seven reefs and ...