News Over a thousand protesters drove gathered to show their dissatisfaction with Manila administrator's decisions

Local government legislation is seeking to curtail many of the rights enjoyed by motorcyclists

Two Britons survive Philippines hostage drama

Two survivors of the Philippines hostage drama were British nationals, the Foreign Office said today.

Nine dead as hostage crisis ends in shootout

A day of high drama in the Philippine capital, Manila, ended in bloodshed after a disgruntled former policeman shot dead eight Hong Kong tourists and was himself killed by police commandos who stormed the bus he had commandeered.

Tourist bus siege ends in bloodbath

The siege of a Philippines tourist bus hijacked by an armed former police officer ended in bloody chaos today with six of the hostages and the gunman killed.

President late after opting to tackle rush-hour traffic

The new president of the Philippines was late for his first address to the military yesterday as he kept his promise to suffer in the capital's heavy traffic like ordinary people.

Aquino set to win Philippine poll and carry on family dynasty

Benigno Aquino queued for five hours in the tropical heat to cast his vote in his home town north of Manila yesterday. But despite computer problems at some polling stations and a wave of election-day violence, the scion of the family closely associated with democracy in the Philippines was heading for victory in the presidential election.

Imelda Marcos is back on the campaign trail at 80 – in a brand-new pair of shoes

Widow of the disgraced Philippines dictator wants to be nation's 'grandmother'

James Lawton: All champions have to fade sometime, but this pair went out fighting

The old order of two great horses was, stride by stride, being stripped away

Karaoke fans abandon 'My Way' after singers face the final curtain

By Andrew Buncombe

Mayon: the world's most dangerous tourist attraction

When one of the world's most active volcanoes blows its top, the obvious course of action is to give it a wide berth. Not so in the Philippines, where thousands of tourists are risking their lives to get close to the spectacular flow of lava.

Villagers evacuated as volcano erupts

The Philippines' most active volcano oozed lava and shot up plumes of ash yesterday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

Philippine troops arrest dozens under martial law

Philippine troops arrested 62 people and discovered another major weapons cache today after martial law was imposed in a southern province following the country's worst political massacre.

16 killed in slum community blaze

Sixteen people, including children, were killed when a fire swept through a residential building as people slept in a slum community in the central Philippines early today.

Celia Mariano Pomeroy: Communist revolutionary who went on to teach in London primary schools

Celia Mariano Pomeroy lived the first half of her remarkable life in her native Philippines and the second half in England. Here she will be remembered with affection by her former pupils at the primary schools at which she taught in the 1960s and 1970s – Harry Gosling in Tower Hamlets and Joseph Tritton in Battersea – and by the many progressive groups in which she remained active until well into her eighties, notably the National Assembly of Women, Liberation, and migrant workers' organisations.

Mountain mudslides kill up to 200 people

Dozens of landslides in the rain-soaked mountains of the northern Philippines killed up to 200 people yesterday. The latest calamity brings the total death toll to more than 400 in the Philippines' worst flooding for 40 years.

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