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

Film star cast as winner in Filipino poll

Joseph Estrada has used his heroic screen persona to win the votes of the poor, reports . Stephen Vine

lmelda enters election

Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, who is battling to stay out of prison, formally entered her name in the May presidential race and vowed to use the Marcos riches to bail the Philippines out of its economic crisis. The widow of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos walked on her knees inside a Manila church and prostrated herself at the altar after filing her candidacy papers in a nearby election office.

The Human Condition: Doctors were too squeamish to help my son, says Margaret Winfield

I was dismayed to read the recent Real Life feature on intimate examinations, particularly the section on the reluctance of male doctors to carry out rectal or testicle examinations on other men.

Britain shares details on sex tourists

A groundbreaking agreement between Britain and the Philippines to exchange intelligence on child sex offenders was signed in Manila yesterday, and is due to be extended to other countries on the "international paedophile circuit".

Cook joins Manila in child abuse mission

Britain helps Philippines fight under-age sexual exploitation

Africa on horns of dilemma over ivory ban

Vivid sculptures, many life-sized, of Christ crucified are available in Manila, their style marking the Hispanic overlay upon the Philippines. Their expense attests to the new wealth the global economy has brought this Asian country.

Manila warns Peking on Spratly Islands

Manila (Reuter) - The Philippines has demanded that China withdraw three ships it said had encroached on an area claimed by Manila in the Spratly Islands, and said the Chinese action could harm bilateral ties.

In My Week: Thanks Saddam, we'd have been lost without you. I know Sly, Arnold and Wesley feel the same way

Memo from Larry Trenchfoot, Writer-Director, The Cloaked Imposter.

Travel Special: NEW ISLANDS

Legendary habitat of Sultans and spices, pirates and traders, Conrad and Maugham, there are 17,000 islands in the world's largest archipelago in Indonesia - many of them in beautiful backwaters longing to welcome Western tourists.

Asia's big players in search of harmony

The Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum (Apec), which reaches its annual climax in Manila this weekend is one of the most diverse, visionary and gimmick-laden international get-togethers in the world. Over the next three days, in central Manila and the former US Navy base in Subic, eight prime ministers, seven presidents, and a sultan will take part in carefully engineered larks, photo opportunities and publicity stunts.

Bombs found in Philippines

Two bombs were discovered at Manila's airport and at Subic Bay Freeport, where 18 Pacific Rim leaders will gather next Monday for a Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit, magnifying security concerns for the meeting.

Clinton seeks new accord with Chinese

President Bill Clinton yesterday embarked on a trip to Asia and the Pacific which the White House hopes will lay the groundwork for a long overdue improvement in relations with China.

Ali v Frazier: the fight rages on

Their epic battles in the early 70s enthralled the sporting world, but 25 years on Joe Frazier still has not forgiven Muhammad Ali for the taunts and insults that were an integral part of a unique sporting rivalry

Manila and rebels hail end of war

Malabang (Reuter) - President Fidel Ramos of the Philippines and the Muslim leader Nur Misuari embraced each other yesterday, declaring that a war which has killed 120,000 Filipinos was over. "We have agreed to ... restore peace," said Mr Misuari, chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front.
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