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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 March 22, 1996


The Catholic Church in the Philippines, after backing off on a plan to look after the 2,300 Vietnamese boat people held in camps on Palawan Island, has won a delay in their forced deportation. Bishop Ramon Arguelles negotiated the extra time; he wants to continue trying to persuade the people to return home peacefully. U.N. funding for the camps ends July 1.

Week of March 15, 1996


"I see our chances as 50-50. Before, I gave the chances of peace 80% to 90% or even more," southern Philippine Muslim leader Nur Misuari said after talks between his Moro National Liberation Front and Manila ended in a stalemate. The dispute centers around enacting a 20-year-old agreement that promises self-rule to 13 provinces and nine cities in Mindanao.

Week of March 8, 1996


If the Philippines cannot successfully collect the taxes it already imposes, does it make sense to institute a broader 10% value-added tax? That is the question the International Monetary Fund is asking. Critics say the government loses $2.3 billion annually to tax evasion: the IMF is demanding that the Bureau of Internal Revenue tighten its collection methods.

Week of March 1, 1996


Even though the ML Gretchen I had been ordered out of service a week earlier for being unseaworthy, it was still overloaded with more than 200 passengers when it sank 480 km southeast of Manila, drowning 51 people. A Philippine coast guard station, 500 meters away, did not know of the disaster; the boat had no radio or lifeboats aboard.

Week of Feburary 23, 1996


Police do not know if it was a politically motivated attack or just another bank robbery. Two bystanders were injured in a midday grenade assault on the Citibank and Shell Philippines buildings in the Makati business district of Metro Manila. SWAT teams closed the area. "Everything is normal. Nobody was hurt" -- inside the buildings -- an official said.

Week of Feburary 16, 1996


Officials at Manila's Ninoy Aquino Airport say they have been told by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that warnings posted at other airports worldwide advising travelers of safety and security problems at the facility will soon be removed. The Philippine airport built a perimeter fence and made other improvements to win the FAA's approval.

Week of Feburary 9, 1996


Now that relations have improved between the Philippines and U.S. corporate giant Westinghouse, Manila will let Hopewell Holding's Gordon Wu bid again on a $1.5 billion power plant project he was granted, but lost, because his plans called for Westinghouse-designed turbines. The turbines are no longer taboo for use in the project.

Week of Feburary 2, 1996


The U.S. corporate giant Westinghouse has made the second of two $20-million payments to the Philippines. It is part of an out-of-court settlement to resume business. The long-standing acrimony stems from charges that the company bribed Marcos-era officials for the contract to build a nuclear power plant west of Manila, now moth-balled.

Week of January 12, 1996


Defense Minister Renato de Villa says similar agreements with other countries will follow, but the defense accord he signed with Britain is the first since the U.S. military pulled out of the Philippines in 1992. Military contacts will start between the two countries later this year. In 1997, a Royal Navy task force will join Philippine forces for exercises in the Sulu Sea.

Week of January 5, 1996


After a nine-month hiatus following the execution of domestic helper Flor Contemplacion, Singapore and the Philippines have agreed to exchange ambassadors. Singapore also agreed to allow Manila to participate in the investigation of the death of a Filipino maid, Angelina Palaming, 28, who fell nine floors, holding a four-year-old child, on Dec. 7 in Singapore.


PR Holdings, the consortium of government institutions that controls 67% of Philippine Airlines with ethnic Chinese tycoon Lucio Tan, will be dissolved at the request of the government, which wants greater direct control of the flag carrier. Terms are still under negotiation, but all parties agree PAL needs about $192 million in new capital.

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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