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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Week of October 6, 1995

AIR BATTLE

President Ramos demanded two more seats for the government on the 15-member board of Philippine Airlines to add to the five it has. Manila owns 33% directly. Meanwhile, state banks, with a further 14% stake held through a holding company controlled by tycoon and PAL chairman Lucio Tan, are squabbling with Tan in a voting row that may end his control of the airline.

Other news from the Philippines this week:

  • Philippines: Fidel Ramos faces some tough new challenges
  • Interview: The president on his goals, successes and future
  • Profits: Malaysia's controversial Joseph Chong gets results
  • Empire: How to build one in the Philippines

Week of September 29, 1995

SETTLING SCORES

The Philippine governnment agreed with 10,000 human rights victims Sept. 18 on a $100 million settlement to their conflicting claims over $500 million in late leader Ferdinand Marcos' Swiss bank account. Manila will set aside $50 million of the money - which last month a Swiss court assigned to it - for victims of the Marcos rule. His estate will be asked to match it.


Week of September 22, 1995

LAW AND ORDER

The Philippine Commission on Human Rights has reported that the extra-judicial killings of suspects by law enforcement forces to circumvent the clogged legal system, euphemistically called "salvaging," is averaging one a day. Congressman Hernan Braganza has filed a bill calling for an investigation of "the alarming trend among law enforcers to play judge and executioner."


Week of September 15, 1995

GROUNDED

Rivals of tycoon Lucio Tan in the Tan controlled consortium that owns Philippine carrier PAL, won a victory when the Securities Commission ruled in favor of direct distribution of shares. Tan wants to increase PAL's capitalization. But state banks want to hold their minority shareholdings in the consortium directly instead of through a holding company, so they can oppose Tan.


Week of September 8, 1995

OUSTER

Philippine Senate President Edgardo Angara is out, after 17 senators declared his post vacant and elected Sen. Neptali Gonzales in his place. Angara hopes to succeed Pres. Fidel Ramos in 1998. His removal, some say, was to clip his wings. Angara accuses Ramos of plotting to change the form of government so he can stay on after 1998 - as prime minister.


Week of September 1, 1995

DIRTY DIVE

Philippine officials prepare to prosecute 34 treasure-hunters caught on Aug. 9 taking 12th-century artifacts from a sunken Sung dynasty Chinese junk near Breakers' Reef in the Sulu Sea. Police secured the site, which the National Museum had permitted a French diver to explore. The group of 34 said they were funded by the diver, who denied their claims.

Other news from the Philippines this week


Week of August 25, 1995

AIR MAIL?

Transportation head Jesus Garcia fears U.S. officials are using airport safety to extract concessions from the Philippines. Manila wants to postpone allowing unlimited flights for U.S. carriers. The U.S. last week threatened to cancel flights. It cites local security - which European authorities have okayed. "That is no longer negotiation" said Garcia. "That is blackmail."

Other news from the Philippines this week

  • Marcos: Time to do a deal on the family's far-flung fortune
  • Spratlys: Beijing and Manila make progress

Week of August 18, 1995

STANDING FIRM

Despite protests by prominent Filipino and Indonesian writers, the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation will not withdraw its literary award to Pramoedya Ananta Toer, a novelist once part of a communist arts group that attacked fellow writers. The present criticism "bears little moral weight," it noted, in light of Toer's 14year imprisonment and current confinement by Jakarta.

Other news from the Philippines this week:

  • Billionaire: A Philippine developer joins the ranks
  • Interview: The musings of a $4-billion man
  • Hot stocks: Filipinos chase companies going public
  • Boom: High-rising property values in Manila
  • ASEAN: In Brunei, the grouping attains global stature


Week of August 11, 1995

INFLATION IN CHECK

Inflation is growing slightly in the Philippines, though it's still well within the single-digit range targeted by officials both of the country and the International Monetary Fund. Inflation for July is expected to be 8% owing to possible rice supply shortages. However, the rate for the first half of 1995 was just 6.1% and for the year should be easily under the 9.8% rate of 1994.

Other news from the Philippines this week


Week of July 21, 1995

TARGETED

The Philippines has declared war on foreign sex tour operators. "We will never allow these syndicates to thrive," declared Tourism Secretary Eduardo Pilapil. The attention is focused on Angeles City, located next to the former Clark U.S. Air Force base. It has reemerged as the center of a thriving sex trade, as enforcement in Manila has become stricter.

Other news from the Philippines this week


Week of July 07, 1995

MAID GUILTY

A United Arab Emirates court has found a Filipino maid guilty of stabbing her employer to death. Sarah Balabagan,16, was sentenced to seven years and ordered to pay $40,000 to his dependents. The court awarded her $27,000 because her boss had raped her. Prosecutors said Balabagan's self-defense plea was not credible: she stabbed him 34 times.

Other news from the Philippines this week


Week of June 30, 1995

PEACE TALKS

Negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that aim to set an agenda for peace talks next month began on Mindanao. Escalating violence earlier this year has added imperative to the current round of talks. The next round of peace negotiations is set for Jakarta in July.

Other news from the Philippines this week


Week of June 23, 1995

MAID PROTECTION

A Philippine commission investigating the plight of maids in West Asia will urge the government to phase out sending Filipinas abroad. About 500,000 expatriate maids and others work in Saudi Arabia and 50,000 in Kuwait. The commission expected to hear a verdict on murder charges against a Filipina maid in the United Arab Emirates, but the verdict was postponed.

Other news from the Philippines this week

  • Cover: A cultural war is being fought over sexual openness throughout Asia
  • Numbers: Sex surveys from around the region

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