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New 9-year high

A poster (right) of Metrobank, the country’s largest bank, adorns the glass panel of the Philippine Stock Exchange at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila during active trading Thursday Oct. 26, 2006. Philippine shares advanced to a new 9-year high, led by a strong demand in Read more »

Supreme Court – NO to people’s initiative

The Philippine Supreme Court building in Manila. The Philippine Supreme Court vetoed a move to change the presidential system to a unicameral parliamentary government, dealing a blow to President Gloria Arroyo’s economic agenda.(AFP/Romeo Gacad)

Arroyo Gains Points

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is slowly regaining public support in the Philippines, according to a poll by Social Weather Stations. 37 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the performance of their president, up eight points since March.


A Filipino protester display placards while shouting anti-government slogans during a protest in Manila October 25, 2006. The Philippine Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday against holding a plebiscite on shifting the country to a parliamentary form of government in a major blow for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. ‘CHACHA’ refers Read more »

Gov’t shelling out $10-12M for NAIA3 ‘technical works’

Note: Lovely photos of this white elephant after the jump (via INQ) THE government will be shelling out $10 million to $12 million for “technical works” to complete the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA3) and pave the way for its opening on March 2007, a senior Palace Read more »

Community visit (aka) photo op

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gestures during her visit to a community near the Malacanang compound in Manila on Tuesday Oct. 24, 2006. The Philippines has offered its good offices as current chairman of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a venue to explore the resumption of stalled Read more »