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 »

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

(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.

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Talon Vision and Amphibious Landing Exercises

U.S. Marines disembark from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex upon docking at Subic Bay Freeport Zone Tuesday Oct. 17, 2006 west of Manila to take part in the joint military exercises between the Philippines and the United States dubbed the Talon Vision and Amphibious Landing Exercises (PHIBLEX) FY Read more »

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Philippines: The perfect storm

(GlobalVoices) More than twenty typhoons enter the Philippines every year. But super typhoon Milenyo (international name: Xangsane) which recently hit the northern part of the country shocked everyone with its ferociousness and the degree of destruction it left along its way. Metro Manila was severely damaged. Power blackouts gripped Read more »

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.

DOLE notes steady growth in global OFW deployment, dollar remittances

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today said that the total global deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) increased by 5.2 percent (+41,556) from 802,478 in the same period last year, to 844,034 between January 1 and October 9, 2006.