PHILIPPINES

  • 2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows 3 days ago

    Manila, Philippines: Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise. Just days before the Philippines marked Sunday's anniversary of the carnage with prayers and calls to end impunity, another...
  • As Obama visits Asia, old alliances face new strains in face of China's influence November 9, 2014

    Washington/Jakarta: In November 2011, with the Arab Spring uprisings in full tilt and Europe rocked by a debt crisis, President Barack Obama flew to Asia to promote a shift of America's military, diplomatic and business assets to the region. His then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, declared in the same...
  • Areas of resources like sea are becoming issues of conflict: PM Modi September 28, 2014

    United Nations: In an apparent reference to the dispute in the South China Sea, which is witnessing increasing flexing of muscles by China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that important areas of resources like sea are becoming issues of conflict. "Today, the seas, space and cyber space which...
  • Social media outrage forces Philippines mall to withdraw T-shirt that made fun of rape September 23, 2014

    Manila, Philippines: The Philippines' biggest mall operator said Tuesday it had withdrawn from its shelves a T-shirt that made fun of rape, following social media outrage. A photo of the dark blue T-shirt with the slogan: "It's not rape. It's a snuggle with a struggle", was posted by writer Karen Kunawicz...
  • Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan September 21, 2014

    Manila: Storm FungWong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding. Most schools on the main island of Luzon remained closed for a second day as a huge...
  • Typhoon slams into northeastern Philippines September 14, 2014

    Manila, Philippines: A fastmoving typhoon slammed into the northeastern Philippines on Sunday, sparking warnings of possible landslides, flash floods and storm surges. Typhoon Kalmaegi, with sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (81 miles per hour) and gusts of 160 kph (99 mph), blew into the boundary of Cagayan and Isabela...
  • Is Philippines mulling an 'antiselfie' bill? August 29, 2014

    A bill that seeks to bar taking photos of people without their permission is under intense discussion in the Congress in the Philippines, said Carlos Zarate, a representative from Bayan Muna, the leftist political party here. "Even an innocuous selfie with public figures at the background would be liable for 'intrusion...
  • Philippines urges workers in Libya to leave while they can August 2, 2014

    Manila: The Philippines urged its thousands of workers in Libya on Saturday to leave the strifetorn nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes were closing fast. A ship chartered by Manila is set to sail from Malta in the coming days to pick up Filipinos...
  • Philippine typhoon toll nears 100, new storm brings rains July 20, 2014

    Manila: The death toll from Typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines rose to 94 with six missing as another storm brought rains to the ravaged areas, authorities said. The reports of fatalities came in as repairmen struggled to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of households who have been without power since...
  • Philippines typhoon toll soars as new storm threatens July 19, 2014

    Manila: The disasterweary Philippines braced for a second severe storm in five days on Saturday as the death toll from Typhoon Rammasun surged to 77, officials said. While Tropical Storm Matmo was not forecast to hit the main island of Luzon, the weather service warned it would still bring heavy rains...
  • SSP Chowrasia finishes 10th in Manila; Lahiri 22nd May 18, 2014

    Manila: SSP Chowrasia rounded off the ICTSI Philippine Open with a threeunder 69 to finish 10th here on Sunday. For Chowrasia, this was the third top10 of the year and he has also finished tied 11th once. Anirban Lahiri landed two eagles besides one birdie, one bogey and one double bogey in...
  • Golf: SSP Chowrasia, Anirban Lahiri slip in third round of Philippine Open May 17, 2014

    Manila: It was a tough day for the Indians as both SSP Chowrasia and Anirban Lahiri slipped in the third round of the US 300,000 ICTSI Philippine Open but Abhijit Chadha made some progress on Saturday. Chowrasia, lying sixth after second round, once again slipped on the weekend with a round...
  • SSP Chowrasia best Indian at Manila, Lahiri struggles on first day May 15, 2014

    Manila: Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, Anirban Lahiri endured a frustrating opening day to card a threeover 75 even as SSP Chowrasia emerged as the bestplaced Indian at tied 10th after the first round of the ICTSI Philippine Open here on Thursday. Chowrasia, a twotime winner of cosanctioned events with...
  • Anirban Lahiri eyes Major spot at Philippine Open May 14, 2014

    Manila: Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri will be aiming to fulfil his ambitions of competing in a Major by winning the USD 300,000 ICTSI Philippine Open, the region's oldest National Open, which starts on Thursday. The talented Indian, currently ranked 64th on the Official World Golf Ranking, will...
  • Police bust cyber 'sextortion' syndicate, 58 arrested May 3, 2014

    Manila: Philippine police, backed by Interpol, have arrested dozens of suspected members of an online extortion syndicate who duped hundreds of victims worldwide into exposing themselves in front of webcams or engaging in lewd chats, including a Scottish teenager who committed suicide after being blackmailed, officials said Friday. At least 58...
  • In form Anirban Lahiri aims high at Philippine Open May 2, 2014

    Manila: Fresh from his first Asian Tour victory outside India, Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri will spearhead the country's challenge in the starstudded cast gunning for glory at the USD 300,000 ICTSI Philippine Open from May 15 to 18. The inform Lahiri won his fourth Asian Tour title in Indonesia...
  • Indian-Americans form 3rd largest Asian population in US April 24, 2014

    Washington: Indian-Americans numbering 3.34 million is the third largest Asian community in the United States, after China and Philippines, a report said. The Indian-American population shot up 76 per cent in the first 12 years of the 21st century, a report on demographics of the Asian-American population released by...
  • India to extend visaonarrival facility to tourists from 180 countries February 5, 2014

    New Delhi: India will extend visaonarrival to tourists of all nations barring eight, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Iran, as it looks to boost tourism, Planning Minister Rajeev Shukla said on Wednesday. "We have decided to extend the visaonarrival facility to tourists from 180 nations. It will take 56...
  • Grenade attack wounds 24 in Philippine school January 13, 2014

    A grenade attack wounded at least 24 people in a school campus in the southern Philippines, including government personnel, who were battling a fire, police said Monday. Firefighters, disasterresponse personnel and police were trying to control the fire in a bunkhouse of security guards at the staterun Cotabato Foundation College of...
  • Philippine mayor, 3 others killed at airport December 20, 2013

    Manila: A mayor from the southern Philippines, his wife and two others have been fatally shot in a daring attack at a Manila airport terminal that also wounded four other people. Manila airport General Manager Jose Angel Honrado says men on a motorcycle fired at Labangan Mayor Ukol Talumpa and his...
  • Man takes marketing budget of $25,000 to promote a Hollywood film and uses it for disaster relief December 17, 2013

    Casey Neisat received an offer from 20th Century Fox to market their new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on YouTube. The concept of the advertising campaign was 'Live Your Dream'. Watch how Casey uses the budget for disaster relief in the Philippines. ...
  • Death toll crosses 6000 in Haiyan hit Philippines, about 1700 still missing December 13, 2013

    The number of people killed from typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines crossed 6,000, authorities said on Friday. The total number of those who perished from the typhoon that hit most parts of the central Philippines on November 8 climbed to 6,009, while 1,779 are missing, Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and...
  • Death toll mounts to over 5,600 in Haiyan hit Philippines November 30, 2013

    The deaths toll from typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines on Saturday rose to 5,632, a government agency said. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 34 bodies have been recovered in central Tacloban city, one of the worst affected areas in the disaster, reports Xinhua. The number of...
  • Gone Viral: Pantene's new commercial condemns gender stereotypes November 30, 2013

    There is no denying the fact that television commercials have often been used to reinforce gender stereotypes that exist in our society. While many feel these advertisements are safe, there are those who condemn such commercials for sending out a wrong message to the masses. Pantene Philippines' new commercial, which...
  • International friendly: India held to 11 draw by Philippines November 15, 2013

    Siliguri: Sunil Chhetri found the net once but Philip James Younghusband neutralised within a minute of the Indian football team captain's strike as Philippines held the hosts to a 11 draw in their international friendly on Friday. Chhetri gave India the lead in the 43rd minute. Following one of Mehtab Hossain's...
  • Typhoon struck Philippine begins mass burial November 14, 2013

    A city devastated by last week's typhoon buried some of its dead in a mass grave in a hillside cemetery on Thursday, a somber reminder of the tragedy that has left the Philippines with the monumental task of providing for some 11.5 million affected people. Aid was beginning to reach some...
  • Desperate Philippine typhoon survivors loot, dig up water pipes November 13, 2013

    Tacloban: Desperation gripped Philippine islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as looting turned deadly on Wednesday and survivors panicked over shortages of food, water and medicine, some digging up underground water pipes and smashing them open. Five days after one of the strongest storms ever recorded slammed into cities and towns in...
  • Death toll reaches 1,744 in typhoon Haiyan hit Philippines November 12, 2013

    The government has raised the official death toll from the Philippines typhoon disaster to 1,744 people, with the final number expected to be much higher. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council also said in a statement on Tuesday that 2,487 people had been hurt after Typhoon Haiyan struck the...
  • US, Britain send warships to help Philippine relief efforts November 12, 2013

    The United States is sending an aircraft carrier to the Philippines to help speed up relief efforts after a typhoon killed an estimated 10,000 people in one city alone, with fears the toll could rise sharply as rescuers reach more devastated towns. The USS George Washington aircraft carrier should arrive in...
  • Philippines typhoon casts dampener over ASEM meet November 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The 11th AsiaEurope Meeting (ASEM) was Monday overshadowed by the devastating typhoon that ripped through the Philippines last week. Members urged that assistance be provided to victims of the typhoon. "Calls for assistance to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines resonated in the ASEM ministerial meet," said a spokesperson...