Philippines security officials said on Thursday they had uncovered a plot by Islamic militants linked to the al-Qaeda network to assassinate President Gloria Arroyo. Her security chief, Brigadier General Romeo Prestoza, said Arroyo had been informed of the threat, which forced her to cancel a scheduled trip on Friday to the northern resort city of Baguio.
There may be "Aida" and even some "Fans" -- but the jumble of Asean acronyms isn't music to anyone's ears. For the hundreds of reporters who can't tell their Aasroc from their Elto, the blizzard of bureaucracy at the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) meetings can be pretty daunting.
The Roman Catholic Church in Manila has laid down a dress code after parishioners complained they were being distracted by women wearing skimpy shorts, plunging necklines and men wearing sports jerseys during Mass. The Manila archdiocese in this predominantly Roman Catholic country issued guidelines recently to all churches in Manila.
A Philippine pre-school head surrendered to police on Wednesday after holding a busload of his own students hostage with a hand grenade and other weapons in what he said was an appeal to help them. Amando "Jun" Ducat was taken away by police after the 10-hour stand-off on a school bus on the streets of Manila.
A German tourist appeared in a Manila court Monday charged with "alarm and scandal and acts of lasciviousness" after he dropped his trousers and walked through an X-ray machine at Manila's international airport. Hans Jurgen Oskar von Naguschewski (66) was so annoyed when asked to walk through the machine for a second time that he dropped his trousers, police said.
Twenty-five Christmas shoppers were killed, including a pregnant woman and two babies, when a fire swept through a packed store in the central Philippines, the Office of Civil Defence said on Tuesday. The fire struck the Unitop General Merchandising Store in Ormoc City, about 550km south-east of Manila, on Monday when predominantly Catholic Philippines were celebrating Christmas Day.