Monday, August 27, 2007

This Week in the Philippines #5

Riots, US military sneakiness, UN misconduct, bomb threats, and a quick fix to illegal immigration...

Source: Corbis

Possible uprising in support of former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is apparently bracing for a repeat of Edsa III in the aftermath of a verdict on the plunder case against detained President Joseph “Erap” Estrada.Edsa III, an uprising led by thousands of Estrada’s mostly poor supporters in an attempt to restore him to MalacaƱang on May 1, 2001, was suppressed by former Vice President Gloria Arroyo, who, on Jan. 21 of that year, led a military-backed coup that toppled the now jailed leader and catapulted her to the presidency.

US military builds "temporary structures" in the Philippines
American officials in Manila yesterday denied that the United States is building a military base in Mindanao, but admitted that it is constructing “temporary” structures across Mindanao worth at least $14.4 million for “medical, logistical and administrative services” to be used by US soldiers.

UN asked to recall its highest official in Philippines
Former senator Wigberto TaƱada and 48 other leaders of non-government organizations have asked the United Nations to recall its highest official in the Philippines for alleged arbitrariness, unilateralism, abuse, and harassment. In a petition, members of the civil society community said: “Arbitrariness. Unilateralism. Abuse. Harassment. These are words we do not normally attribute to the UN.”

Manila under alert for terrorist bombings
Police have tightened security in malls in the eastern part of Metro Manila following reports that groups aligned with the Abu Sayyaf—the Jemaah Islamiyah and Rajah Solaiman Movement—could be planning “sympathy attacks” in public places in the metropolis.

Immigration bureau asks illegal aliens to stay
The Bureau of Immigration urged all overstaying aliens on Monday to come out and legalize their status as he assured them that they would not be arrested should they request for an extension of their stay in the country.

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