Peace negotiators for the Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group said Sunday they had “reached agreement on substantial portions” of a draft self-rule law aimed at ending years of bloody rebellion.
The administration of Philippine President Aquino has proposed to allocate 239.8 billion pesos (US$5.5 billion) for the Manufacturing Resurgence Program, aimed at enhancing the local manufacturing sector.
The Philippines on Sunday appealed to thousands of its nationals to flee Libya, warning that the situation there could worsen after only a few hundred heeded calls to return home.
An autobiographical documentary by one of America's best known immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has opened an independent film festival in his home country of the Philippines to applause, laughter and tears.
Philippine government and rebel negotiators began a new round of meetings Friday to draft a Muslim self-rule law after falling behind a timetable laid out in a peace treaty, officials said.
The Philippines was preparing Thursday to evacuate 13,000 citizens from Libya as violence raged and after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse was gang-raped there.
The release of four police officers abducted by Filipino communist guerrillas has sparked hopes that stalled peace talks will resume, a government official said Wednesday, although major obstacle remains.
Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 21, including at least six children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent years by the violent militant group, police and military officials said.
A baby girl born early Sunday has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million, highlighting the challenge of providing for more people in the already-impoverished nation.
A Philippine Christian church renowned for its discipline, money and political power will mark its 100th anniversary on Sunday with more than one million followers expected to join the celebrations.