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DFA offers more financial help to Hong Kong hostage victims

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) appealed to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government for sobriety as it offered more financial assistance for the victims of the 2010 Manila hostage crisis and their families.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

For the nth time, Aquino won’t apologize to Hong Kong

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In this file photo taken on August 23, 2010, Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on a hijacked tourist bus in Manila. AFP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III will not apologize over the hostage-taking incident in Manila that left eight Hong Kong nationals dead because China never apologized for similar incidents.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hong Kong visa sanction on PH starts; Manila still defiant

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Chief Executive CY Leung. Screengrab from http://www.news.gov.hk

Diplomatic passport holders and Philippine government officials will no longer be able to go to Hong Kong without a visa beginning today, February 5, after the Hong Kong government announced the “first phase” of sanctions against the Philippines.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Albay lawmaker warns gov’t of worse sanctions from HK

Albay Representative Al Francis Bichara. Facebook photo

A lawmaker believes the government should have apologized earlier to Hong Kong over the botched hostage-taking crisis three years ago.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Palace deplores HK decision on visa sanction

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AP FILE PHOTO

Two days before Hong Kong is set to end visa-free visits by holders of official Philippine government passports, Malacañang on Monday expressed regret on the sanction, describing it a path away from common understanding.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China backs HK visa sanction vs PH officials

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In this file photo taken on August 23, 2010, Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on a hijacked tourist bus in Manila. AFP FILE PHOTO

China expressed its support for the sanctions imposed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) against the Philippines over the August 2010 Manila hostage crisis and urged government officials to address the concerns of families of the victims.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Domestic workers find sexual liberation in HK

In a picture taken on Nov. 11, 2013, Marrz Balaoro (right) and her partner, Irene Coles Peji, share a light moment while cooking at home in Hong Kong.  AFP PHOTO/DALE DE LA REY

Working long hours away from home for low pay and little time off, foreign domestic workers lead a tough life in Hong Kong. But for some, the city has brought sexual liberation unheard of in their home countries.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Candice Adea: HK’s rising ballet star

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BLACK ON BLACK Candice Adea and Shen Jie Dr. Wayne Hu

Like most young persons working overseas for the first time, multiawarded ballerina and former Cultural Center of the Philippines’ principal dancer Candice Adea—now soloist of The Hong Kong Ballet—embraces every bit of the experience.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Palace in talks with Hong Kong over visa cancellation

Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying. AP FILE PHOTO

Malacañang is negotiating with Hong Kong in light of the diplomatic sanctions against the Philippines over its failure to apologize for a botched hostage crisis more than three years ago.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Manila-HK spat: Mayor Estrada giving it a try

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada: Seeking China envoy’s help. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said the city government will seek the help of the ambassador of China regarding efforts to appease Hong Kong, which insists on an apology from President Aquino over the hostage-taking that killed Hong Kong tourists in 2010.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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