The vessel was carrying 88 passengers and crew when it collided with a fishing boat. 60 people have been rescued.
Sea accidents are common in the archipelago of more than 7,100 islands. Full article here.
"The Ampatuans and Mangudadatus are both political allies of President Arroyo, and the outbreak of violence means she is no longer able to mediate over the allocation of political posts," said Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms, an advocacy group.President Arroyo is apparently facing growing criticism for her administration's policy of arming local potentates in an effort to supress Muslim insurgency. Last week's massacre, which occured in predominantly Christian areas of the island, will only heighten concerns about wisdom the policy.
Justin Yifu Lin, the Chinese academic who is now the World Bank’s chief economist, said in an interview last week with Caijing magazine that Chinese companies should step up investment in Africa and south-east Asia, including outsourcing some low-end manufacturing, to boost consumer demand. “This is a source for future global economic growth and a source of demand,” he said.
After interviewing dozens of supporters and detractors of the former first lady, I have found that Imelda seems to be a kind of litmus test for how Filipinos think of ourselves and our relationship to the "masses"—how can we love the people if they love her? How do we resist her imagery and what she stands for and how she defines Filipino pride without distancing ourselves from everything Filipino? I am not sure that this film gives us definitive answers to these questions. My one hope is that it poses the right questions.For more on the film, check out this online feature on PBS.
(UPDATE) Exiled Filipino communist leader Jose Maria Sison has been taken out of the terror list of the European Union, INQUIRER.net learned Wednesday.This could have a negative impact on the Philippine government's efforts to fight the Communist insurgency (NPA).
"Ketsana is clearly a manifestation of the consequences of global inaction in addressing the immediate impacts of creeping climate change," chief Philippine climate negotiator Heherson Alvarez told reporters.The talks are aimed at coming with up an international agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
More than 450,000 people were driven from their home, and 115,000 of them were in evacuation centres, including an open air sports centre where 300 people huddled in family groups, along side piles of human waste and 11 coffined bodies.The number of displaced people amounts to the entire population of Kansas City (according to 2008 estimates by the U.S. Census).