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Philippine journalists denounce lawsuits

(AP) MANILA, Philippines – Philippine media groups on Tuesday accused the president’s husband of trying to muzzle a critical press by filing a string of libel cases against 43 journalists and publishers.

Palace holds off use of force in Makati

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Binay may be evicted if he is not out by Friday (Inquirer) FACED WITH Mayor Jejomar Binay’s defiance, the government yesterday said it hoped the suspended city executive would peacefully leave the Makati City Hall to avoid being forcibly evicted from his 21st floor redoubt by Friday.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay Under Siege

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Former Philippine President Corazon ‘Cory’ Aquino, right, talks to the media as she expresses support for Makati city Mayor Jejomar Binay, left, who was served a suspension order by the Government Tuesday Oct. 17, 2006 at his office at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines. Read more »

Filipino politics complicate war on terror

MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 17 (UPI) — Claims of covert joint U.S.-Australian-Filipino Special Forces operations against guerrillas has set off a political row in Manila. The Australian newspaper reported from Manila Monday that the involvement of personnel from Australia’s elite Special Air Services unit has raised questions in the Philippine parliament Read more »

Britain says terrorists may be in final stages of planning attacks in Philippines

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(AP) MANILA, Philippines Britain warned Tuesday that terrorists may be in the final stages of plotting more attacks after a series of bombings in the southern Philippines, and advised its citizens against traveling to the sprawling region.

Philippines charges Muslim leader with murder

MANILA, Oct 17 – Philippine police charged the leader of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group with murder on Tuesday for his alleged role in a fatal bombing, straining already precarious government peace talks with his followers.