Phillippines

Memorial held for Manila hijack victims

Roberto Rongavilla RTHK 24.08.2011
Relatives mourn the victims of the hijacking at a ceremony in Manila.

A ceremony has been held in Manila to mark the first anniversary of the Manila tour bus hijacking in which eight Hong Kong people were killed.

Hostage victims' kin seek justice, compensation

Jorge Cariño ABS-CBN News 23.08.2011
Hostage victims' kin seek justice, compensation

It was an emotional press conference Monday morning at Fort Santiago where relatives, a survivor, a legislator, and a lawyer faced the media to recall the tragic hostage incident in Rizal Park that led to the deaths of 8 Hong Kong tourists on Augu...


Philippine official to meet slain HK hostages' kin

The Philippine president will not meet with families of Hong Kong tourists who died in a bus hostage incident in Manila last year, but his justice secretary will, an official said Thursday.

US, Hong Kong divers' bodies found in Philippines

The bodies of a US diving instructor and a Hong Kong tourist who went missing while exploring an underwater World War II wreck in the Philippines have been recovered, police and rescuers said Tuesday.


HK diver and US instructor killed in Subic Bay outing

Lisa Onland, Mary Ann Benitez The Standard 19.07.2011
HK diver and US instructor killed in Subic Bay outing

The bodies of a Hong Kong diver and his American diving instructor have been found almost one day after they went missing during a diving expedition to a World War II ship scuttled outside of Manila.

Manila gunman's brother 'charged'

It has been reported that the younger brother of the gunman in the Manila tour bus siege has been been charged with being an accomplice in the hijacking - which led to the deaths of seven Hong Kong tourists and their guide.


Hong Kong aviation firm to set up plant in the Philippines

A Hong Kong-based aviation firm is to set up a 40-million-dollar maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in the Philippines, the government said Tuesday.

Fury as Manila five fail to show for video quiz

Natalie Wong The Standard 16.03.2011
Fury as Manila five fail to show for video quiz

Five Philippine witnesses snubbed the Coroner's Court investigation into last year's Manila tour bus bloodbath when they failed to turn up to testify via video link.


Philippine MP in Hong Kong drug case loses seat

The Philippine parliament accepted Monday the resignation of a controversial legislator jailed in Hong Kong after a conviction for drug smuggling.

Manila hostage-taker's brother wiling to go to HK

Suspended policeman Gregorio Mendoza, brother of hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza, said Tuesday that he is willing to go to Hong Kong and tell authorities everything that he knows about the August 23 Manila hostage taking crisis.


Philippine police arrest 36 in cybersex raid

Thirty-six people have been arrested in the Philippines for illegally selling Internet sex to web users in the United States, authorities said Tuesday.

Chilling photo captures Philippines politician's killer moments before he is shot dead

A politician in the Philippines who was shot dead while taking a photograph of his family on New Year's Day captured his killer on camera just seconds before the assassin fired the fatal shots.


Filipinos can't be forced to testify in HK

Nikko Dizon Inquirer.net 29.12.2010
Filipinos can't be forced to testify in HK

MANILA, Philippines—Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Tuesday said that the Philippine government cannot compel the Filipino witnesses requested by the Hong Kong special administrative region to testify in the public inquiry it would be conductin...

Philippines 'to limit' inquest witnesses

The Philippine government may greatly limit the number of witnesses it will allow to attend the Hong Kong inquest into the killing of eight hostages in Manila last August.


Hong Kong wants to summon Manila mayor, 115 others

Joyce Pangco Pañares Manila Standard Today 20.12.2010
Hong Kong wants to summon Manila mayor, 115 others

HONG KONG has asked Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and 115 other Philippine witnesses to testify at a public inquiry into the fatal tour bus hijacking in Manila that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead, media reports said Friday.

Philippine, rebel negotiators meet in Hong Kong

The Philippine government and Maoist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) rebels began talks in Hong Kong on Wednesday aimed at restarting formal negotiations to end more than 40 years of conflict.


Reward offered in hunt for Hong Kong mother missing in Manila

Family and friends of a Hong Kong-based businesswoman were Wednesday offering a 4,600-US-dollar reward as they stepped up efforts to find her one month after she disappeared in Manila.

Philippine court jails father 14400 years for daughter rape

A Philippine father has been jailed for 14,400 years for raping his teenage daughter almost every night for more than a year, a court said Friday after throwing out an appeal against his conviction.


Philippines weighs charges over hostage standoff

JIM GOMEZ and TERESA CEROJANO AP 21.09.2010
Philippines weighs charges over hostage standoff

President Benigno Aquino III said Manila's mayor, a recently retired police chief and journalists were among a dozen people who could be charged over last month's disastrous hostage standoff that killed eight Hong Kong tourists and damaged ties wi...

10 liable in Manila hostage fiasco

Nikko Dizon Inquirer.net 17.09.2010
10 liable in Manila hostage fiasco

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima Thursday ruled out friendly fire in the killing of eight Hong Kong tourists but recommended charges against 10 officials, police and media people in the bungled hostage rescue last month.