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Joseph Estrada’s longest ‘sorry’: Manila mayor in HK for hostage crisis apology

THREE-YEAR-OLD BAGGAGE.  Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (second from left) waves after arriving at Hong Kong International Airport Tuesday. Estrada came to apologize to the families of eight Hong Kong tourists who were killed in a mishandled hostage taking in 2010 which soured relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong. AP

Six months after announcing his plan for the trip, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada flew to Hong Kong on Tuesday to deliver a formal apology on behalf of his city to the families of the victims of the August 2010 Rizal Park hostage crisis, a move demanded by the Chinese administrative region but eschewed by Malacañang.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tagle: Hope comes with warning on Easter

SERVICE OF LIGHT Cardinal LuisAntonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila,
reads the inscription during the “Service of Light” ceremony, a part of
Easter Vigil service atManila Cathedral in Intramuros on Black Saturday.
INQSnap this page (not just the logo) to view more photos. RICHARD A. REYES

Jesus has risen. And with His resurrection comes hope, along with a warning. In his homily during the Easter Vigil at Manila Cathedral on Saturday, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, told Catholics to open their eyes to the works of God and urged them to become bearers of good news.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tagle: Christ’s resurrection a message of hope to faithful

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Jesus has risen. And with His resurrection comes hope, along with a warning.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

At 77, Erap has Easter treat for Manila cops but keeps City Hall folk in agony


Turning 77 on Black Saturday, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada unveiled an Easter treat for city policemen but asked local government employees to make a post-Lenten “sacrifice.”

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

SM hits Manila’s tax rate hike


The Manila City government’s move to raise revenue collections has been met with resistance by the SM Group of Companies which recently went to court to question the five-fold hike in local business tax rates.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Members of veterans group protest new by-laws


Hell hath no fury like war widows scorned. War veterans in Manila went to court to stop the implementation of a new constitution of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) which leaves out regional chapters and strips war widows and children of their voting rights in the organization.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Mayor Estrada to ‘Big 3’ oil firms: Submit relocation plans

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As far as Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is concerned, the “Big 3” oil companies should be out of Pandacan by Jan. 31, 2016.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

State wants Tiamzons in Manila jail

Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army chief Benito Tiamzon (left) and his wife, Wilma (right).  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A government prosecutor involved in the multiple murder case against Benito and Wilma Tiamzon said they should be detained in the Manila City Jail and it was “utter disrespect” on the part of the Philippine National Police to ask the Manila Regional Trial Court for continued custody of the couple without consulting the prosecution.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PLM president Tuquero under fire


The Civil Service Commission (CSC) recently invalidated the appointment of Artemio Tuquero as president of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), citing his lack of a doctorate degree, but the former Court of Appeals justice said he remained unfazed and would not step down.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Civil service body says Pamantasan president not qualified

Photo grab from www.plm.edu.ph

The Civil Service Commission recently invalidated the appointment of Artemio Tuquero as president of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila but the former Court of Appeals Justice said he was not bothered by it at all.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Higher fines for littering eyed in Manila

THEN AND NOW A composting shed for biodegradable wastes (lower photo) has been built in place of a stinky, disease-causing dump near a wet market in Barangay 34, Caloocan City, thanks to a campaign that convinced the local government and a cooperative of the need for proper solid waste management. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

To step up Manila’s cleanliness drive, especially in public markets, a Manila councilor is proposing to increase the fine for littering from P20 to P200-P500.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

DTI probe welcome, says trucking group


A perfect opportunity for a lecture on Logistics 101.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Civil society group sets celebratory mood


While hopeful of someday returning to their homes in Mindanao, residents of the Muslim community in Quiapo were not exactly in a jubilant mood over the news of the peace agreement between the government and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
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  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
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  6. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
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  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
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  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
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  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Ex-PBA player Bryan Gahol dies in road mishap


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