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On 17 March in Asian history

ON 17 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 17, 2017

927: Birth of Zhao Kuangyin who will be first Song dynasty Emperor from 960 to 976
http://melanconent.com/lib/knowl/history/china/song/north.html
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/46History193.html?PHPSESSID=4d44bc2046499ae24ab26daebd8a97b4

1001: Kiling, the Rajah of Butuan in the island of Mindanao (Philippines) sends a tributary mission to the Song Dynasty of China
http://thebulwaganfoundation.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/the-kingdom-of-butuan/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Butuan

1231: Birth of the 87th Japanese emperor Shijo in 1232, who died in an accident on February 10, 1242
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Shij%C5%8D

1272: Death of Go-Saga, the 88th emperor of Japan (1232-1246), born on April, 1, 1220
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Saga

1425: Death of Ashikaga Yoshikazu, 5th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate from 1423 to 1425
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshikazu

1798: The Dutch East India Company is dissolved
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_East_India_Company

1824: British and Dutch sign Treaty of London and divide the Indies between themselves. The Dutch claim Sumatra, Java, Maluku, Irian Jaya, and so on. The British claim Malaya and Singapore, and retain an interest in North Borneo. Aceh is supposed to remain independent
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/5005d886-9c27-421e-a22d-44fb5965350c
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Dutch_Treaty_of_1824

1864: Birth of Joseph Baptista, Indian Home Rule Movement founder who died in 1930
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Baptista

1890: Anglo-Chinese convention of Calcutta (Kolkata), which established the Tibetan renunciation of suzerainty over Sikkim, and delimited the border between Tibet and Sikkim
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkim_Expedition
http://www.tibetjustice.org/materials/treaties/treaties9.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3183.html

1894: USA & China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering USA

1907: Birth of Takeo Miki, 66th Japanese premier (1974-1976), who died on November 4, 1988
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeo_Miki

1919: China’s first batch of work-study students in France leave Shanghai to France. Among them, the next year, will be Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping
http://www.sacu.org/dengfrance.html

Deng à 16 ans

 1920: Birth of Sheik Mujibur Raman, father of Bangladesh independence (1971) assassinated on August 15, 1975
http://www.bhclondon.org.uk/Father%20of%20the%20Nation.html
https://albd.org/index.php/party/bangabandhu-sheikh-mujib/lifesketch

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman 3

1939: The Battle of Nanchang, between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nanchang
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=178
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2169.html

1939-03-17 Nanchang battle starts

1941: Birth of Wang Jin-pyng, Taiwanese KMT politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Jin-pyng

1942: General MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0317.html#article

1946: Death of Dai Li, Chinese Chiang Kai-shek head of secret police born on May 17, 1897
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai_Li
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2810.html

1953: Birth of Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary, assassinated on February 6, 2001
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filemon_Lagman
http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/54a/183.html

1957: Death of the Philippines president Ramon Magsaysay in an airplane crash
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/1020/today-in-philippine-history-march-17-1957-president-ramon-magsaysay-died-in-a-plane-crash-in-cebu
http://www.rmaf.org.ph/Ramon-Magsaysay/ramon-magsaysay.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1RLuPR9s5c

1959: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Lhasa to India


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7948547.stm
http://writersalmanac.org/note/mar-17-on-this-day-dalai-lama-flees-to-india/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpyEL_CX7_Q

1963: Mount Agung erupts on Bali (Indonesia). 11,000 dead
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Agung
http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=62879

1963: Birth of Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Chinese actor
http://asianfanatics.net/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t27369.html
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/fong_alex.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0iMe42f7A4

1964: The U.S. pledges « to furnish assistance and support to South Vietnam for as long as it is required to bring Communist aggression and terrorism under control. »

1968: Anti-Vietnam war demonstration turns violent in London
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/17/newsid_2818000/2818967.stm

1970: My Lai massacre In 1968: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident

1973: Birth of Rico Blanco, Filipino singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rico_Blanco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRay_ussbGI

1973: Captain So Potra, a Cambodian Air force officer robs an airplane and bombs the palace of president Lon Nol. Around 20 are killed
http://idnc.library.illinois.edu/cgi-bin/illinois?a=d&d=DIL19731120.2.73

1975: Birth of Puneet Rajkumar, Indian (Kannada) actor, singer and director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puneet_Rajkumar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDhWrR_cx_U

1979: Birth of Sharman Joshi, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharman_Joshi
http://sharmanjoshi.com/about.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VOZYnVwxKw

1980: Death of Prince Boun Oum, twice Laos’ prime minister: 1948-1950 and 1960-1962
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boun_Oum

1998: Zhu Rongji  is elected Chinese prime minister by the National Congress, up to March 2003
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/66108.stm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3008.html

1999: In Indonesia, beginning of riots in West-Kalimantan against Madura migrants. More than 250 will be killed
http://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/mar/20/johnaglionby
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/299406.stm
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/1999/04/indo-a06.html

Bornéo Dayaks 1

2002: Death of Van Tien Dung, Vietnamese general and politician, born on May 2, 1917
http://www.economist.com/node/1056849
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Tien_Dung

2003: Death of Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator, born on September 23, 1902
http://kaleidoscope.cultural-china.com/en/185Kaleidoscope6386.html

2008: In China, the Premier Wen Jiabao forms a new cabinet including five super ministers
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/17/content_7810070.htm

2008: Violence spills over Tibet into neighboring provinces

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120661528938768371.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Tibetan_unrest

2009: Seven sharia (Islamic law) courts open in Pakistan’s northwest Swat Valley region as part of a peace agreement signed between tribal leaders and the government last month
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/03/200931715490896931.html

2012: East Timor votes in the country’s second presidential election as a free nation, seen as a key test for a young democracy taking charge of its own security as UN forces prepare to leave.
http://www.france24.com/en/20120317-east-timor-test-vote-presidential-election-timor-leste

2015: Pakistan hang 12 male convicts, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/17/uk-pakistan-executions-idUKKBN0MD0E120150317 http://tribune.com.pk/story/854551/pakistan-hangs-12-men-in-largest-execution-since-moratorium-lifted/

2016: China resumes ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/moving-resume-ties-gambia-china-ends-diplomatic-truce-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/18/2003641843

 

Holidays and observances

Children’s Day (Bangladesh)

Thailand: National Muay Thai Day

Philippines home affairs and society

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17 MARCH 2017

European Parliament calls for De Lima’s release and probe on war on drugs in Philippines

Manila was up in arms Friday over a European Parliament resolution calling for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima from detention, with Philippine officials condemning it as an unwarranted intrusion into internal affairs
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/603444/news/nation/european-parliament-calls-for-de-lima-s-release-and-probe-on-war-on-drugs?related
https://m.facebook.com/hrw.ph/posts/1590619237633793
http://www.philstar.com/news-videos/2017/03/17/1682057/watch-debate-eu-parliament-dutertes-drug-war

15 MARCH 2017

On the Communist Party of the Philippines’ support for fascistic President Duterte

Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/03/15/phil-m15.html

14 MARCH 2017

Hard-hitting’ journalist slain in Philippines

Gunmen have shot dead a controversial newspaper columnist in the Philippines, media groups said on Tuesday, marking the latest journalist death in one of the world’s most dangerous nations for reporters
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/hard-hitting-journalist-slain-in-philippines-1.1994109

8 MARCH 2017

Philippines lawmakers dismiss foreign minister Perfecto Yasay amid scrutiny over US citizenship

Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday rejected the appointment of Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay after ruling he lied to them about being an American Citizen
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2077082/philippines-lawmakers-dismiss-foreign-minister-yasay-amid
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/03/09/1679352/yasay-dumped-lying

Philippines house overwhelmingly approves re-imposition death penalty

The Philippine House of Representatives has approved a bill to restore the death penalty, 11 years after it was abolished. The government has called the measure « a vital tool » in Duterte’s war on drugs
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/philippines-house-overwhelmingly-approves-re-imposition-death-penalty/#ySBY5vgmUuqL7JR9.97
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-moves-to-restore-death-penalty-for-drug-offenses/a-37841088
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/878935/senators-divided-on-fate-of-death-penalty-measure

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines: Liberal Party senators, closed to De Lima, are expelled from their key posts in the Senate

Members of the LP in the Senate have been vocal about their opposition to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs and its proposal to reimpose capital punishment
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/philippines-de-lima-allies-ousted-senate-chairmanships/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/876109/lp-members-ousted-from-senate-majority
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/601238/news/nation/lp-senators-see-palace-hand-in-ouster

24 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines senator Leila de Lima who branded President Duterte ‘serial killer’ arrested on drug charges

The highest-profile critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war was arrested on Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the “sociopathic serial killer”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/24/philippines-senator-leila-de-lima-president-duterte-serial-killer-faces-arrest
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/875166/de-lima-i-wont-be-silenced
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2073519/top-critic-dutertes-drug-war-dodges-arrest

18 FEBRUARY 2917

Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs

Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-filipino-catholics-march-against-death-penalty-war-drugs
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072021/philippine-church-show-force-vs-drug-killings

6 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippine army arrests communist rebel leader after peace bid collapses

Philippine soldiers arrested communist rebel leader, days after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped a ceasefire with the insurgents and as clashes between them and the army erupted in several places
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-orders-arrest-communist-leaders/310919/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-army-arrests-communist-rebel-leader-after-peace-bid-collapses-1.1974270

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines’ Duterte scraps peace talks with communist rebels

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the government is « cancelling » its peace talks with the communist rebels
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031862.htm
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/06/1669507/duterte-labels-cpp-npa-ndf-terror-group
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-brands-reds-terrorists/310755/

31 JANUARY 2017

Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war could constitute crime against humanity, Amnesty International report says

A wave of drug-related killings in the Philippines appears to be « systematic, planned and organised » by authorities and could constitute crimes against humanity, according to an Amnesty International report
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-01/rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-may-be-crimes-against-humanity-amnesty/8228318?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/amnesty-warns-of-crimes-against-humanity-in-philippines/3481622.html

27 JANUARY 2017

Filipinos approve Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia

Many Filipinos approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/survey-filipinos-favor-defense-ties-china-russia

26 JANUARY 2017

Philippine talks with communist rebels end with no deal on truce

A third round of peace talks between the Philippines and communist rebels ended Wednesday with no deal on a permanent ceasefire the government had billed as its primary goal
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2065578/philippine-talks-communist-rebels-end-no-deal-truce
http://www.manilatimes.net/talks-reds-end-no-ceasefire/308994/

30 DECEMBER 2016

Philippine Economic Growth on Track to Lead Southeast Asia

The Philippine economy likely grew faster than any other in Southeast Asia this year, aided by stronger diplomacy with China and Japan and increased spending on infrastructure and the call-center industry
http://www.voanews.com/a/philippine-economic-growth-on-track-to-lead-southwest-asia/3656732.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-17/philippine-growth-quickens-to-7-1-on-duterte-s-spending-spree

22 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines journalist killed after criticising officials over illegal drug lab

A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the country’s war on drugs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/22/philippines-journalist-killed-after-criticising-officials-over-illegal-drug-lab
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-journalist-slain-dutertes-war-drugs/

5 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines VP vows to take on Duterte after cabinet exit

Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo resigned from the cabinet on Monday but vowed to lead the opposition and challenge the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, including his deadly war on drugs and moves to reinstate the death penalty
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-vp-vows-take-duterte-after-cabinet-exit
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-vice-president-leni-robredo-quits-cabinet-citing-plot-steal-job/

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos given controversial hero’s burial

The former Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, has been given a hero’s burial with military honours, a deeply controversial move three decades after he was ousted in a “People Power” revolution
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/18/philippine-dictator-ferdinand-marcos-given-controversial-heros-burial
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/ferdinand-marcos-hero-burial-philippines-161118043531138.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/18/marcos-philippine-president-citizens-react-heros-burial-manila-dictator-duterte

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Marcos allowed hero’s burial, Supreme Court rules

Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at the national heroes’ cemetery, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a hugely controversial verdict that critics warned would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2044031/philippine-dictator-marcos-allowed-heros-burial-supreme
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/08/philippines-president-ferdinand-marcos-granted-heros-burial-manila

19 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte always loved communists – except when he was killing them

When Washington Post correspondent Keith Richburg paid a call on Davao City police chief in 1987, he found himself following a trail of blood up the wooden stairs to the Philippine Constabulary colonel’s office. The city’s mayor then was Rodrigo Duterte
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2038320/duterte-always-loved-communists-except-when-he-was-killing

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippine Maoist guerrillas say won’t give up arms as part of peace deal

 Philippine Maoist guerrillas will not surrender their weapons even if a peace deal is reached with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, the rebels’chief negotiator said on Thursday (Sept 29), a potential deal-breaker in the current talks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-maoist-guerrillas-say-wont-give-up-arms-as-part-of-peace-deal

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Ending the use of child soldiers in the Philippines

The United Nations and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have pledged to safeguard the rights of children and have implemented an action plan to ensure that children affected by armed conflicts are better protected
http://www.dw.com/en/ending-the-use-of-child-soldiers-in-the-philippines/a-35890128

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Protests mark 44th Anniversary of Declaration of Martial Law in Philippines

 Ahead of the 44th anniversary of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s declaration of martial law, which was announced on September 23, 1972, thousands of students and activists protested throughout the week
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247946077
http://opinion.inquirer.net/97604/deny-the-past-desecrate-the-present

21 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines: Threats against journalists denounced

International and local journalists’ groups have strongly condemned online threats made by alleged pro-government supporters to at least two female journalists in the Philippines, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to launch an investigation and penalise the perpetrators
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/philippines-threats-journalists-denounced-160920114525647.html

 

26 AUGUST 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels agree on indefinite truce

The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas have agreed to an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal, Norway, which is playing the role of intermediary, announced on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2009435/philippine-government-communist-rebels-agree-indefinite
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/philippine-govt-rebels-to/3076274.html

20 AUGUST 2016

Philippines and communist rebels agree on ceasefire

The Philippine government and communist rebels have reached a truce, ahead of the resumption of peace talks in Norway, and just a week after President Rodrigo Duterte abruptly called off a unilateral ceasefire
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/philippines-communist-rebels-agree-ceasefire-160820132516863.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-rebels-announce-7-day-truce-for-norway-talks-1.1882165
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-08/20/content_15482408.html

14 AUGUST 2016

Filipinos gather in the hundreds to protest hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Hundreds of people in the Philippines rallied in stormy weather to protest after the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, approved the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes’ cemetery
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/08/filipinos-protest-burial-ferdinand-marcos/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37076080

 

30 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte withdraws communist ceasefire

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (July 30) withdrew a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-duterte-withdraws-communist-ceasefire
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/801239/duterte-calls-off-truce
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/31/1608498/unilateral-ceasefire-reds-cancelled

25 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte declares ceasefire with communists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a unilateral ceasefire with communist fighters, saying it is his « dream » to end the armed struggle which has raged for décades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/philippines-duterte-declares-ceasefire-communists-160725135756380.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/philippines-duterte-declares-communist-ceasefire-085815376.html?nhp=1

 

Philippine court clears former president Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed

 The Philippine Supreme Court has dismissed a plunder charge against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ordering her immediate release after nearly five years of hospital detention
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1991761/philippine-court-clears-former-president-arroyo-plunder
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/20/1604750/sc-clears-gma-plunder
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/574304/news/nation/the-cases-against-gloria-macapagal-arroyo

30 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippine President and Leni Robredo as vice-president

The incoming president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has taken office vowing to launch a violent crack down on crimes and criminals. But critics fear his support for vigilantism will worsen the cycle of violence
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-sworn-in-as/2917296.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160630_29/
http://www.asianews.network/content/full-text-dutertes-inaugural-speech-21279
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/06/30/1598136/leni-robredo-takes-oath-14th-vice-president

25 JUNE 2016

Hopes of peace for communist insurgents in Philippines

The Philippine government and Maoist rebels are confident that talks will end a half-century conflict that has killed 40,000 people. The optimism is reinforced by established trust between the president-elect and rebels
http://www.dw.com/en/hopes-of-peace-for-communist-insurgents-in-philippines/a-19356647

21 JUNE 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels to end hostilities for peace talks

The Philippines and communist guerrillas are planning to each declare ceasefires before formal peace talks resume next month in Norway, the first in 30 years, government and rebels negotiators said on Tuesday
http://atimes.com/2016/06/philippine-government-rebels-to-end-hostilities-for-peace-talks/

20 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte holds historic meeting with rival Islamist rebels in the southern Philippines

Incoming Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has held a historic meeting with two rival Islamist rebel groups in the country’s South
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-20/rodrigo-duterte-meets-with-rival-islamists-in-philippines/7524946?section=world

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

 30 MAY 2016

Philippine Parliament proclaims Rodrigo Duterte as the nation’s next president in his absence

The Philippine parliament on Monday (May 30) proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte the nation’s next president following his landslide election win this month, but he snubbed the high-profile event.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-parliament-proclaims-rodrigo-duterte-as-the-nations-next-president-in-his
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-president-robredo-vp/265143/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/30/c_135399351.htm

28 MAY 2016

Philippines: Crime journalist shot dead in Manila, 34th media member killed since 2010

A journalist, Alex Balcoba, has been killed by unidentified gunmen near a watch store owned by his family in the Filipino capital of Manila, making his death the 34th since former president Benigno Aquino III came into power in 2010
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-crime-journalist-shot-manila/
http://www.manilatimes.net/journalist-gunned-down-in-quiapo/264693/

 16 MAY 2016

Philippines incoming president offers olive branch, posts to rebels

Philippines President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would pursue peace talks with Marxist guerrillas and as an olive branch would offer government roles to the Communist Party of the Philippines, including its exiled founder
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-incoming-president-offers-olive-branch-posts-pebels-1
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463392621&section=13
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/785918/duterte-4-cabinet-posts-open-to-reds

15 MAY 2016

Philippines: Duterte vows to bring back death penalty

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36297583

12 MAY 2016

Philippines 2016 election was ‘one of the cleanest and safest in history’

Based on overall statistics, the Philippines held “one of the cleanest and safest elections” in its history on Monday, which saw the landslide victory of Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte, a candidate known for his blunt speech and tendency to make controversial statements, earning him comparisons to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-2016-election-cleanest-safest/

10 MAY 2016

Opinion: Duterte presidency is a threat to democracy… and other comments

Rodrigo Duterte’s victory in the presidential election is a crushing defeat for the country’s political establishment and poses a gargantuan challenge for democracy in the Philippines, writes DW’s Thomas Latschan.
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-duterte-presidency-is-a-threat-to-democracy/a-19247260#disqus_thread
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/05/rodrigo-duterte-era-philippines-160511101236269.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/most-infamous-quotes-philippines-rodrigo-duterte

9 MAY 2016

Duterte wins Philippine presidential vote: Poll monitor

Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secured a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals
http://atimes.com/2016/05/philippines-vote-counting-machines-fail-in-first-polling-hours/
http://www.inquirer.net/
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-10/controversial-mayor-rodrigo-duterte-wins-philippine-presidential-election-following-incendiary-campa/1578682

1 MAY 2016

Islamist militant rebels release 10 Indonesian hostages in Philippines

Ten Indonesian sailors held hostage by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants returned home Sunday after being freed in the southern Philippines, less than a week after the gunmen beheaded a Canadian captive.
http://www.dw.com/en/islamist-militant-rebels-release-10-indonesian-hostages-in-philippines/a-19227727
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/philippines-abu-sayyaf-indonesian-captives-160501073913227.html

28 APRIL 2016

Philippine troops attack militants holding foreign hostages

Philippine warplanes on Thursday (Apr 28) attacked militants holding 20 foreign hostages on a remote southern island, but there was no sign of the captives, the military said.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-troops-attack/2740670.html

9  APRIL 2016

18 soldiers killed by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

At least 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 others wounded on Saturday in fierce fighting with the armed group Abu Sayyaf and allied fighters on a southern island in the Philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/18-soldiers-killed-abu-sayyaf-philippines-160409152756284.html
http://atimes.com/2016/04/freed-italian-hostage-leaves-philippines-hospital/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippine-military-officials-least-18-soldiers-killed-over-150825497.html?nhp=1

23 MARCH 2016

The return of the Marcoses

The Philippines is known for dismissing despots. But ahead of this year’s presidential election Mong Palatino asks why there is still so much love for the family of a former dictator
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/03/23/the-return-of-the-marcoses/

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Philippines celebrates 30th anniversary of revolution

The Philippines has marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 revolution that ended the 20-year rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. President Benigno Aquino III attended a ceremony on Thursday, along with other officials at the People Power Monument in Quezon City, north of the capital Manila.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/02/philippines-celebrates-30th-anniversary-revolution-160225075334366.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x73sTMGJ3U

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Muddy relations for IS in the Philippines

Is the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) gaining a foothold in the Philippines? The declaration of the first IS wilayat (province) in Southeast Asia appeared possible after Filipino and Malaysian militants from previously separate jihadist groups pledged allegiance to IS. But there is little solid evidence of a formal relationship between Mindanao and IS.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/18/muddy-relations-for-is-in-the-philippines/

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Philippines presidential election campaign kicks off

The pandemonium of the election season begins for national candidates on Tuesday, Feb. 9. From the daily battles in the social media, word war and seesawing polls, this time the candidates will go from one city to another, one province to another, to hold a“variety show-like” campaign with dancing and singing celebrities to entice voter support.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/philippines-presidential-election-campaign-kicks-off/

28 JANUARY 2016

A bright future for the Philippines

Forecasting suggests that 2016 could be a good year for the Philippine economy. Both the Asian Development Bank and the IMF predict that the Philippines will grow at about 6 per cent in 2016, which is similar to the figure for the previous year. This is nearly twice the IMF’s 2016 forecast of 3.4 per cent for the world economy, which is transitioning to a new pattern of growth.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/28/a-bright-future-for-the-philippines/

26 JANUARY 2016

Stormy seas ahead for the Philippine economy?

The Philippines has performed well in the past few years relative to its peers. It demonstrated great resilience to exogenous shocks that would have undone less capable economies. But will it be able to sustain its positive economic position?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/stormy-seas-ahead-for-the-philippine-economy/

29  DECEMBER 2015

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urges voters not to support candidates who are pushing for divorce and death penalty

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday urged voters not to support candidates in the 2016 elections who are pushing for divorce, death penalty and other measures that it said are against the Church’s doctrines
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/549419/news/nation/cbcp-urges-voters-to-snub-pro-divorce-death-penalty-bets

8 DECEMBER 2015

Benigno Aquino urges Philippine Congress to pass bill to create autonomous Muslim region

Philippine president Benigno Aquino urges Congress to pass a bill giving greater autonomy to a Muslim minority in the country’s south, the next step in ending a 45-year insurgency
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-08/benigno-aquino-urges-philippine-congress-to-pass-bill-to-create-autonomous-muslim-region/1523808

 

25 NOVEMBER 2015

The Philippine Left and the 2016 elections

By accumulating and consolidating its electoral base over the years, the Left, while still incapable of winning a Senate seat let alone the presidency by itself, is now in the position of being able to sway and tilt the balance in the expected close presidential race next year
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/the-philippine-left-and-the-2016-elections/

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Remaining Sabah hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines

Sarawakian Bernard Then, held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terror group, has been killed in the southern Philippines. Then is the first Malaysian hostage to have been beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/remaining-sabah-hostage-beheaded-abu-sayyaf-philippines

 

14 OCTOBER 2015

Philippine army rejects call for negotiations to free hostages who appear in new video held by men with guns and machetes

The Philippine army has rejected demands by Islamist militants to start negotiations for the release of three abducted foreign tourists and a Filipino woman and halt an offensive on a remote southern island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1867641/philippine-army-rejects-call-negotiations-free-hostages-who

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Filipino sultan who claimed Malaysia’s Sabah state dies

A Philippine sultan whose armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region in 2013 and sparked a deadly security crisis has died of kidney failure. Sultan Esmail Kiram II died at age 76 late Saturday at a hospital in the southern Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135686/filipino-sultan-who-claimed-malaysias-sabah-state-dies/

11 AUGUST 2015

Philippine population hits 101.6 M this year

The country’s population is projected to reach 101.6 million this year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/08/11/1486749/philippine-population-hits-101.6-m-year

 

28 JUNE 2015

Top Philippine rebel leader Leoncio Pitao slain

The military confirmed that top New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leoncio Pitao, a.k.a Ka Parago, was killed in an encounter in Barangay Pañalum, Paquibato District in Davao City Sunday afternoon, June 28
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133854/top-philippine-rebel-leader-slain/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/701548/npa-commander-pitao-tipster-to-get-p5-6m-bounty

16 JUNE 2015

Filipino MILF rebels lay down first arms in peace deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) began the first phase of a staggered decommissioning of its weapons on Tuesday (Jun 16), marking the group’s commitment to end the armed conflict that has plagued the region for decades
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels/1920364.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33144749

2 JUNE 2015

Philippines’ highest-ranking communist rebel held

The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-highest-ranking-communist-rebel-held-military
http://www.manilatimes.net/top-npa-guerrilla-captured-in-cavite/188638/

5 MAY 2015

Philippines: Why it’s deadly for journalists

Report: Philippines is ranked as the third most deadly country for journalists after Iraq and Syria
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/04/asia/philippines-deadly-for-journalists/index.html

3 MAY 2015

Philippine rebels kill most wanted Islamist militant in south

The Philippines’ most wanted Islamist militant, who escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos, was killed on Sunday in firefight with Muslim rebels, officials said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels-kill-mo/1822916.html

14 APRIL 2015

Fugitive Islamic rebel leader Ameril Umra Kato dies in Philippines

Ameril Umra Kato, who led a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), died early Tuesday after suffering from another cardiac arrest, sources in the rebel group said
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132133/fugitive-islamic-rebel-leader-ameril-umra-kato-dies-in-philippines/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/529207/philippine-rebel-leader-behind-deadly-rampage-dies

8 APRIL 2015

Public satisfaction with Aquino falls to lowest level

Public satisfaction with Philippines President Benigno Aquino plunged in the first quarter this year to its lowest ever, but half the population still wants to see him finish his term
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Public-satisfaction-with-Aquino-falls-to-lowest-le-73835.html

30 MARCH 2015

Philippines ends major offensive it says killed 139 rebels

The Philippines military chief says a month long offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-ends-major-offensive-it-says-killed-139-rebels

18 MARCH 2015

New terror group in Philippines coddling regional terrorists

Many Filipinos feared that the government’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would give birth to new groups linked to regional and international terror organizations such as Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
http://apdforum.com/en_GB/article/rmiap/articles/online/features/2015/03/18/philippinesterror

16 MARCH 2015

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines

Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States’ « most wanted terrorists », the military said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/498209/islamic-militant-group-leader-captured-in-philippines
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/679271/govt-security-forces-nab-coddler-of-terrorists

28 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead

A military assault on rebel fighters in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 fighters and two soldiers dead, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/philippines-army-rebel-clashes-leaves-dozens-dead-150228063617025.html

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippine defence minister confirms reports of coup to oust Aquino

Philippines–Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday confirmed reports of a coup plot against President Aquino in the wake of the massacre of 44 elite commandos by Moro rebels that had caused tension in the military and police ranks and demands for Aquino to resign.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippine-defence-minister-confirms-reports-of-co-71719.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/672649/gazmin-confirms-coup-plot-rich-man-tagged?PageSpeed=noscript

25 JANUARY 2015

Dozens of police commandos killed in Philippines

More than 30 Philippine police commandos have been killed in a clash with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while hunting a top criminal suspect in the country’s south, a local official has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dozens-police-commandos-killed-philippines-150125143349426.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/667844/at-least-27-elite-cops-killed-in-clash-with-biff-in-maguindanao-reports

18 JANUARY 2015

Six millions attend pope’s Mass in Manila

Filipinos estimated in the millions have gathered to join Pope Francis in a religious service in Manila, as the leader of Catholic Church winds down his five-day Philippine visit.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-gather-pope-mass-manila-201511871929731922.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150118-pope-celebrates-huge-mass-philippines-urges-world-protect-children/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30869019

15 JANUARY 2015

Millions cheer as pope arrives in Philippines

Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has arrived in the Philippines for a five-day trip, seen as an effort to reinforce church membership, and highlight the issue of climate change as he meets victims of Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the country in 2013
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30809472
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-cheer-as-pope-arrives-philippines-2015115101210685513.html

16 DECEMBER 2014

Philippines declares Christmas truce with rebels

The Philippine military chief has declared a monthlong suspension of military and police offensives against communist guerrillas in observance of the Christmas holidays, but added that assaults against hard-line Muslim militants would continue.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Philippine-military-communist-rebels-declare-Chris-30222538.html

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel to form political party for national election

The head of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will meet his commanders, leaders and supporters Monday here to finalize the organization structure of its political party for the country’s 2016 national elections.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889705.shtml

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine Muslim autonomy submitted

“Allah,” “reserved” and “general supervision of the President” over the Bangsamoro region were among the contentious details that bogged down work on the final draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/636958/peace-in-south-at-hand

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

Filipino Muslims affix their signatures on a mock covenant during a rally near the Presidential Palace in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft that was formally submitted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to both houses of Congress Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/110915/philippines-plans-to-give-muslims-autonomous-zone

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine president, Muslim rebels agree on autonomy bill

A Philippine official says the president discreetly met with a Muslim rebel leader last week in Manila and both helped untangle thorny differences over a proposed autonomy law they hope will end decades of bloody rebellion in the south.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/126524/philippine-president-muslim-rebels-agree-on-autonomy-bill/

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Aquino survives impeachment

Philippines’ House of Representatives vote 54-4 on all three impeachment complaints against the president
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Aquino-survives-impeachment-64083.html

 

25 JULY 2014

100 millionth Filipino due early Sunday

By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million at 12:06 a.m. or thereabouts on Sunday
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623209/100-millionth-filipino-due-early-sunday#ixzz38RL2Rr2k

16 JULY 2014

World Bank hails Philippines as next Asian miracle

Philippine President Aquino on Tuesday received profuse praise from visiting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who declared that the Philippines would be the next Asian “miracle”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/World-Bank-hails-Philippines-as-next-Asian-miracle-62382.html

5 JULY 2014

Church dares Aquino: Let go of corrupt allies

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the investigation into the misuse of state funds should not be selective and should not spare administration allies
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/617135/church-dares-aquino-let-go-of-corrupt-allies
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419064/philippine-church-leader-tells-bishops-listen-more-condemn-less

23 JUNE 2014

Son of former Philippines leader Estrada arrested in graft scandal

Philippine police detained on Monday the senator son of former president Joseph Estrada, the second high-profile official arrested within days over a massive corruption scandal
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416899/son-of-former-philippines-leader-arrested-in-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/613819/jinggoy-estrada-back-in-pnp-jail

1 MAY 2014

Death toll in Philippine assault on militants rises to 26

The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407749/death-toll-in-philippine-assault-on-militants-rises-to-26

14 APRIL 2014

Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

The Philippines Monday announced plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to lift millions out of poverty

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-unveils-new-plan-fight-persistent-poverty

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404953/philippines-unveils-new-plan-to-fight-persistent-poverty

8 APRIL 2014

Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law

Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved a deeply controversial birth control law
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-top-court-approves-controversial-birth-control-law
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/philippine-court-upholds-birth-control-law-2014486117854745.html

Filipino rebels form party as they end rebellion

Mohagher Iqbal, a leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said Tuesday that his rebel group’s new political organization, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be used as a springboard to contest leadership of a more powerful Muslim autonomous region to be established in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121474/filipino-rebels-form-party-as-they-end-rebell

27 MARCH 2014

Philippine government signs historic peace treaty with separatists

The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group. It is the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10726795/Philippine-government-signs-historic-peace-treaty-with-separatists.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/philippines-sign-deal-with-muslim-rebels-2014327434188160.html

23 MARCH 2014

Philippine peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

Prospects of reviving peace talks with Philippine communist insurgents have faded following the arrest of a married couple who are senior rebel leaders, officials and analysts said Sunday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401348/philippine-peace-prospects-dim-after-arrest-of-rebel-couple

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588341/with-tiamzons-arrest-its-time-for-npa-to-surrender-afp

22 MARCH 2014

Philippines’ most senior communist rebel held

Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife, the party’s secretary general Wilma Tiamzon, were arrested in a joint police and military operation, military chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said in a statement.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588186/red-leaders-captured
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401232/philippines-most-senior-communist-rebel-held

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Jobless Filipinos hit 12.1 million

The number of unemployed Filipinos in the last quarter of 2013 swelled to more than 12 million, making the 7.2-per-cent growth in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year, considered the second-fastest after China, far from inclusive.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jobless-Filipinos-hit-12-1-million-56957.html

30 JANUARY 2014

Philippine economy grows 7%

The Philippine economy expanded 7.% in 2013 despite a devastating typhoon and a powerful earthquake that slowed performance in the last quarter

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392355/philippine-economy-grows-despite-disasters

 

25 JANUARY 2014

Philippines and Muslim rebels reach agreement

The Philippines has agreed the final section of a peace deal with Muslim rebels fighting a long-running insurgency in the south of the country.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/97735/govt-milf-seal-accord
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25896408

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391486/philippines-muslim-rebels-clear-final-peace-deal-hurdle

17 JANUARY 2014

Foreign investment key to Philippine growth in 2014

The Philippine economy is likely to register a GDP growth rate of 7 per cent in 2013. This comes even after many challenging events throughout the year, including the US tapering announcement, territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea with China, and the calamities that hit several areas in the central and southern Philippines.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/17/foreign-investment-key-to-philippine-growth-in-2014/

 

13 DECEMBER 2013

Killing of journalists a nat’l catastrophe’

An international human rights watchdog has urged President Aquino to declare the deadly attacks on Filipino journalists a “national catastrophe,” saying that the situation “threatens civil liberties” in the country.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/545429/killing-of-journalists-a-natl-catastrophe

8 DECEMBER 2013

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels on Sunday signed a crucial power sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-muslim-rebels-sign-%E2%80%98power-sharing%E2%80%99-accord
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10504080/Philippines-rebel-deal-could-end-decades-long-bloody-insurgency.html

9 JULY 2013

Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines entered its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the verdict to have a monumental impact on millions of poor Filipinos. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130709-435987.html

8 JULY 2013

The Joseph Estrada’s political comeback

After his unceremonial ouster as Philippine president in 2001, Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada has once again been elected to public office, this time as mayor of Manila, the country’s capital. http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2013/07/08/joseph-estradas-political-comeback/

4 JULY 2013

Antidivorce law looms in 16th Congress

Divorce could be one of the major battles in the 16th Congress, with the early refiling of a bill that opposes it and the declaration by its advocates that they will press its adoption in the Philippines. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/437951/antidivorce-law-looms-in-16th-congress

19 MAY 2013

Watchdog says 2013 Philippine elections worse than 2010

The recently concluded 2013 automated elections were worse than the 2010 exercise because of the bigger number of errors and the “arbitrary and highly irregular decisions” which compromised the elections’ credibility and transparency, according to a poll watchdog group. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Watchdog-says-2013-Philippine-elections-worse-than-46863.html

14 MAY 2013

Aquino strengthened after midterm elections

President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday secured big wins in midterm elections seen as vital to his ambitious reform agenda, but the success of famous, graft-tainted rivals raised alarm. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/409297/aquino-strengthened-after-midterm-elections

Joseph Estrada elected mayor of Manila

Joseph Estrada, the former Philippine president who was overthrown 12 years ago in a popular uprising, has been elected mayor of the capital, Manila. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22525032 http://asiancorrespondent.com/107633/philippines-former-president-estrada-wins-manila-mayor-race/ http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/14/philippines-estrada-elected-mayor-of-manila/

7 MAY 2013

Philippine Midterms: Referendum on Church Power

The election, a midterm test halfway through the six-year presidential term of Benigno S. Aquino, is expected to be pivotal for several reasons. The most important is that it is a major test of the power of the Catholic Church against the popularity of Aquino over the historic Reproductive Health Act signed into law in January after being stalled for 14 years by church opposition http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5397&Itemid=187

19 MARCH 2013

Philippine top court halts contraceptives law

The Philippine Supreme Court has temporarily halted the implementation of a law opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church that provides state funding for contraceptives. http://asiancorrespondent.com/102614/philippine-top-court-halts-contraceptives-law/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21842167

6 MARCH 2013

Power of the Catholic Church slipping in Philippines

About 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic, and they traditionally looked to the church for political and moral guidance. Recent reforms, however, are overriding church positions. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2013/0306/Power-of-the-Catholic-Church-slipping-in-Philippines?nav=104-csm_subcategory-topStories

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan defies Aquino

President Aquino yesterday warned Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III he would face the “full force of the law”—possibly including arrest—unless he withdrew his armed followers from Sabah, Malaysia, but the sultan was defiant, saying his men were staying put in the disputed territory. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/65749/sulu-sultan-defies-aquino

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines Martial Law Victims to Receive Reparations

Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed into law Monday legislation that would recognize and compensate victims of human rights abuses during martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-martial-law-victims-to-receive-reparations/1610111.html

 

26 JANUARY 2013

The Philippine story: ‘Sick man of Asia’ now transforming, revitalized, dynamic

President Benigno Aquino III has pitched to the international investor community the Philippine story of transformation from being a “sick man of Asia” into one dynamic country bucking a global economic downturn. http://business.inquirer.net/104483/the-philippine-story-sick-man-of-asia-now-transforming-revitalized-dynamic

23 JANUARY 2013

Manila wants to take Beijing before a UN tribunal over the South China Sea

The Filipino government Manila has exhausted « almost all political and diplomatic avenues » to resolve the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal. Ready to provide technical support, UN wants a peaceful solution between the parties. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila-wants-to-take-Beijing-before-a-UN-tribunal-over-the-South-China-Sea-26946.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21163507 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/23/world/north-korea-angered-over-u-n-rocket-vote/

8 JANUARY 2013

Clouds gather over Mindanao peace deal

This month will mark the first 100 days after the historic signing of the Bangsamoro Peace Framework Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The agreement has been widely touted as a great leap forward toward ending armed conflict in the region through the creation of a new political entity, known as the Bangsamoro regional government, that will replace the existing five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). That optimism waned somewhat after the 12,000 strong MILF announced that it would not lay down its arms until the new http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA09Ae01.html

29 DECEMBER 2012

Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

Philippines President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20863691 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012122992824125192.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/331523/rh-desaparecidos-bills-now-laws

25 DECEMBER 2012

Top Philippine communist rebel arrested

The arrest of Filemon Mendrez, the country’s sixth most-wanted man, comes amid a Christmas ceasefire and as the government and rebels are engaged in high-level peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1244470/1/.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine government, rebels agree on truce

The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed on a nationwide truce to help restart peace talks to end one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/94036/philippine-government-rebels-agree-on-truce/

18 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine Catholics oppose birth-control law

Philippine Catholic leaders have vowed to overturn a birth-control bill after legislators passed landmark legislation to make sex education and contraceptives more widely available.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121218133758769401.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

Aquino issues Executive Order on Moro transition

President Aquino on Monday 17 issued an executive order creating a commission that will hammer out a proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao, the next step to fulfilling an agreement with Moro guerrillas who had given up separatism for broader self-rule.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326573/aquino-issues-eo-on-moro-transition

 

21 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines stop to celebrate new saint, Pedro Calungsod

Millions followed the canonisation Mass celebrated by the pope in St Peter’s Square. All of the country’s parishes join in the celebration with Masses, processions and prayer vigil. Martyred in 1672 at only 17, Saint Pedro is loved by young Filipinos who have chosen him as their patron saint.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Philippines-stop-to-celebrate-new-saint,-Pedro-Calungsod-26158.html

19 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese officials to hold talks in Manila

Deputy foreign ministers from China and the Philippines will meet in Manila on Friday 19 in their first official high-level talks since the row over Huangyan Island began in April
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-10/19/content_15829628.htm

7 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines announces peace deal with Muslim insurgents

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines said Sunday that a deal had been agreed with the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front on establishing an autonomous region for the nation’s Muslim minority, the result of 15 years of negotiations
http://www.france24.com/en/20121007-philippines-aquino-peace-deal-agreement-muslim-militants-milf-liberation-insurgents-moro
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19860907 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9592414/Philippines-president-announces-landmark-peace-plan-with-Muslim-rebels.html

4 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines arrests Gloria Arroyo on plunder charges

A court had issued an arrest warrant for Mrs Arroyo, who is accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the state lottery charity fund for personal gain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19825408
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210472623746765.html

 

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Poverty traps Philippine child labourers

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129228349659687.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

The Philippines has emerged as a frontline state in the rivalry between the United States and China for Southeast Asian power and influence. Locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, and with no prospects of a diplomatic resolution in sight, Manila has moved to bolster to its long-standing strategic alliance with Washington.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI15Ae02.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Some 5,000 Filipino migrant workers caught up in the Syrian inferno

Most of the migrants are women, employed as domestic and care workers by rich Syrian and foreign families. About 300 have been repatriated after fighting between rebels and the army put their lives in harm’s way
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-5,000-Filipino-migrant-workers-caught-up-in-the-Syrian-inferno-25808.html

5 AUGUST 2012

UN weighs in on Philippine birth control debate

The United Nations warned Sunday that failure to pass a controversial birth control law in the Philippines could reverse gains in development goals amid stiff opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120805-363526.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Philippine Catholics rally against reproductive health law

Thousands of Catholics have rallied in the Philippines against a measure to control the country’s population growth.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-05/philippine-catholics-rally-against-reproductive-health-law/993334

22 JUNE 2012

Ethnic Chinese dominate PH economy

Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures of the top 15 Filipino billionaires (in US dollars, mind you) in Friday’s issue of the Inquirer brought home with crystal clarity the domination of the Philippine economy by ethnic Chinese. This is, of course, not a unique situation, as it seems to be the case in all of Southeast Asia (with the possible exception of Malaysia), but that is cold comfort indeed.
http://opinion.inquirer.net/31223/ethnic-chinese-dominate-ph-economy

16 FEBRUARY 2012

OFW remittances hit record $20B

Overseas Filipinos sent home a record $20.12 billion last year, rising 7.2 percent from 2010 and exceeding the government forecast of 7 percent despite a slowing US economy and debt problems in Europe
http://business.inquirer.net/44773/ofw-remittances-hit-record-20b

2 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippine military ‘kills three wanted militants’

The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16849271
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/terrorist-group-leaders-killed-south-philippines.html

23 JANUARY 2012

NY-based group raps Aquino over human rights abuses

The New York-based Human Rights Group on Monday lamented that President Aquino’s valiant promises to stem the rampant violation of human rights have remained just that, and said it could show its resolve by arresting a high ranking retired military officer accused of kidnapping militant students
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/23751/ny-group-hits-aquino-on-rights-abuses

18 NOVEMBER 2011
Philippines arrests ex-president in hospital room

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room on electoral fraud charges Friday in a high-profile tug of war set off by her attempts to leave the country ostensibly for medical treatment
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45350046/ns/world_news/

13 OCTOBER 2011

Aquino: No state honors for Marcos

President Benigno Aquino (left) says there will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the late Ferdinand Marcos whose remains lie in an airconditioned glass case in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Photos by PDI
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=22743&sec=1

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

NDF drops ‘coalition gov’t’ from agenda

The government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) have agreed to resume peace talks sometime between late October and early November even as both sides issued conflicting statements on the release of jailed rebels
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/54895/ndf-drops-%E2%80%98coalition-gov%E2%80%99t%E2%80%99-from-agenda

19 JULY 2011

Report cites Philippines rights abuses

The government of the Philippines is failing to investigate and prosecute killings and abuses by the military, fuelling further injustices, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, released on Monday, detailed evidence of the military’s involvement in seven killings and three enforced disappearances of leftist activists since Benigno Aquino III, Philippines’ president, took office in June last year.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/201171962325481147.html

17 JUNE 2011

Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce

When citizens of the small Mediterranean nation of Malta voted in a referendum last month to legalize divorce, they reignited debate in the Philippines, one of the last countries, along with Vatican City, where divorce is still banned
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/world/asia/18iht-philippines18.html?ref=asia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1135789/1/.html

28 MARCH 2011

Hero’s Burial for Marcos?

Twenty-five years after he died in exile in Hawaii, sentiment is growing in the Philippines to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who looted his country of a suspected US$100 billion, in the country’s Cemetery of Heroes. That feeling culminated earlier this week in a resolution by 190 members of the Philippine House of Representatives asking President Benigno Aquino III to allow the burial in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, as the cemetery is known, in the historic Fort Bonifacio in Manila. More lawmakers in the 284-member chamber are expected to sign on as well
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3085&Itemid=187

12 OCTOBER 2010

Armed Forces of the Philippines welcome P-Noy amnesty grant

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday said it was respecting the proclamation of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, the military’s commander-in-chief, granting amnesty to military officers and men who figured in at least three attempts to overthrow the previous administration
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=0&nid=1&rid=306358
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101013-297414/Aquino-grants-amnesty-to-Trillanes-mutineers

21 JUNE 2010

Sex education campaign in Philippine schools sparks debate

A new sex education campaign in Philippine schools has sparked widespread debate in Asia’s bedrock of Catholicism, where the high
birth rate is blamed for desperate poverty
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Education/Story/A1Story20100621-223293.html

1 MAY 2010

Political dynasties in the Philippines

The four-part special report prepared the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Across the Nation section and filed by dozens of provincial correspondents identifies many of the political dynasties who have staked a claim to the 2010 elections. The lead paragraph of the second story in the series gives us the necessary perspective: “In 50 provinces, at least 108 families use elections in the Philippines as a virtual playground to keep themselves in political power.”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=11677&sec=3

13 SEPTEMBER 2009

Over 3,000 killed in communist movement in 8 years

Violence spawned by the communist insurgent movement in the Philippines has claimed more than 3,000 lives over the last eight years, figures released by the military showed. The figures revealed that 1,072 soldiers and police, 1,476 rebels and 559 civilians had died in communist
insurgent-related violence since 2001
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_429221.html

 

wars, conflicts and strategy on 17 March in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 17 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1001: Kiling, the Rajah of Butuan in the island of Mindanao (Philippines) sends a tributary mission to the Song Dynasty of China
http://thebulwaganfoundation.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/the-kingdom-of-butuan/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Butuan

1824: British and Dutch sign Treaty of London and divide the Indies between themselves. The Dutch claim Sumatra, Java, Maluku, Irian Jaya, and so on. The British claim Malaya and Singapore, and retain an interest in North Borneo. Aceh is supposed to remain independent
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/5005d886-9c27-421e-a22d-44fb5965350c
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Dutch_Treaty_of_1824

1890: Anglo-Chinese convention of Calcutta (Kolkata), which established the Tibetan renunciation of suzerainty over Sikkim, and delimited the border between Tibet and Sikkim
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkim_Expedition
http://www.tibetjustice.org/materials/treaties/treaties9.html

1939: The Battle of Nanchang, between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nanchang
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=178
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2169.html

1939-03-17 Nanchang battle starts

1942: General MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0317.html#article

1959: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Lhasa to India


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7948547.stm
http://writersalmanac.org/note/mar-17-on-this-day-dalai-lama-flees-to-india/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpyEL_CX7_Q

1964: The U.S. pledges « to furnish assistance and support to South Vietnam for as long as it is required to bring Communist aggression and terrorism under control. »

1968: Anti-Vietnam war demonstration turns violent in London
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/17/newsid_2818000/2818967.stm

1970: My Lai massacre In 1968: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident

2008: Violence spills over Tibet into neighboring provinces
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120661528938768371.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Tibetan_unrest

On 17 March in South Asian history

ON 17 MARCH IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 17, 2017

1864: Birth of Joseph Baptista, Indian Home Rule Movement founder who died in 1930
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Baptista

1890: Anglo-Chinese convention of Calcutta (Kolkata), which established the Tibetan renunciation of suzerainty over Sikkim, and delimited the border between Tibet and Sikkim
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkim_Expedition
http://www.tibetjustice.org/materials/treaties/treaties9.html

 1920: Birth of Sheik Mujibur Raman, father of Bangladesh independence (1971) assassinated on August 15, 1975
http://www.bhclondon.org.uk/Father%20of%20the%20Nation.html
https://albd.org/index.php/party/bangabandhu-sheikh-mujib/lifesketch

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman 3

1959: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Lhasa to India

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7948547.stm
http://writersalmanac.org/note/mar-17-on-this-day-dalai-lama-flees-to-india/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpyEL_CX7_Q

1975: Birth of Puneet Rajkumar, Indian (Kannada) actor, singer and director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puneet_Rajkumar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDhWrR_cx_U

1979: Birth of Sharman Joshi, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharman_Joshi
http://sharmanjoshi.com/about.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VOZYnVwxKw

2008: Violence spills over Tibet into neighboring provinces
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120661528938768371.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Tibetan_unrest

2009: Seven sharia (Islamic law) courts open in Pakistan’s northwest Swat Valley region as part of a peace agreement signed between tribal leaders and the government last month
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/03/200931715490896931.html

2015: Pakistan hang 12 male convicts, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/17/uk-pakistan-executions-idUKKBN0MD0E120150317 http://tribune.com.pk/story/854551/pakistan-hangs-12-men-in-largest-execution-since-moratorium-lifted/

 

Holidays and observances

Children’s Day (Bangladesh)

On 17 March in Southeast Asian history

ON 17 MARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 17, 2017

1001: Kiling, the Rajah of Butuan in the island of Mindanao (Philippines) sends a tributary mission to the Song Dynasty of China
http://thebulwaganfoundation.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/the-kingdom-of-butuan/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Butuan

1798: The Dutch East India Company is dissolved
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_East_India_Company

1824: British and Dutch sign Treaty of London and divide the Indies between themselves. The Dutch claim Sumatra, Java, Maluku, Irian Jaya, and so on. The British claim Malaya and Singapore, and retain an interest in North Borneo. Aceh is supposed to remain independent
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/5005d886-9c27-421e-a22d-44fb5965350c
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Dutch_Treaty_of_1824

1953: Birth of Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary, assassinated on February 6, 2001
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filemon_Lagman
http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/54a/183.html

1957: Death of the Philippines president Ramon Magsaysay in an airplane crash
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/1020/today-in-philippine-history-march-17-1957-president-ramon-magsaysay-died-in-a-plane-crash-in-cebu
http://www.rmaf.org.ph/Ramon-Magsaysay/ramon-magsaysay.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1RLuPR9s5c

1963: Mount Agung erupts on Bali (Indonesia). 11,000 dead
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Agung
http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=62879

1964: The U.S. pledges « to furnish assistance and support to South Vietnam for as long as it is required to bring Communist aggression and terrorism under control. »

1968: Anti-Vietnam war demonstration turns violent in London
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/17/newsid_2818000/2818967.stm

1970: My Lai massacre In 1968: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident

1973: Birth of Rico Blanco, Filipino singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rico_Blanco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRay_ussbGI

1973: Captain So Potra, a Cambodian Air force officer robs an airplane and bombs the palace of president Lon Nol. Around 20 are killed
http://idnc.library.illinois.edu/cgi-bin/illinois?a=d&d=DIL19731120.2.73

1980: Death of Prince Boun Oum, twice Laos’ prime minister: 1948-1950 and 1960-1962
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boun_Oum

1999: In Indonesia, beginning of riots in West-Kalimantan against Madura migrants. More than 250 will be killed
http://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/mar/20/johnaglionby
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/299406.stm
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/1999/04/indo-a06.html

Bornéo Dayaks 1

2002: Death of Van Tien Dung, Vietnamese general and politician, born on May 2, 1917
http://www.economist.com/node/1056849
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Tien_Dung

2012: East Timor votes in the country’s second presidential election as a free nation, seen as a key test for a young democracy taking charge of its own security as UN forces prepare to leave.
http://www.france24.com/en/20120317-east-timor-test-vote-presidential-election-timor-leste

 

Holidays and observances

Thailand: National Muay Thai Day

On 17 March in Japan’s history

ON 17 MARCH IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on March 17, 2017

1231: Birth of the 87th Japanese emperor Shijo in 1232, who died in an accident on February 10, 1242
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Shij%C5%8D

1272: Death of Go-Saga, the 88th emperor of Japan (1232-1246), born on April, 1, 1220
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Saga

1425: Death of Ashikaga Yoshikazu, 5th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate from 1423 to 1425
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshikazu

1907: Birth of Takeo Miki, 66th Japanese premier (1974-1976), who died on November 4, 1988
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeo_Miki

1939: The Battle of Nanchang, between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nanchang
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=178

 

 1939-03-17 Nanchang battle starts

On 17 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 17 MARCH IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on March 17, 2017

927: Birth of Zhao Kuangyin who will be first Song dynasty Emperor from 960 to 976
http://melanconent.com/lib/knowl/history/china/song/north.html
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/46History193.html?PHPSESSID=4d44bc2046499ae24ab26daebd8a97b4

1001: Kiling, the Rajah of Butuan in the island of Mindanao (Philippines) sends a tributary mission to the Song Dynasty of China
http://thebulwaganfoundation.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/the-kingdom-of-butuan/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Butuan

1890: Anglo-Chinese convention of Calcutta (Kolkata), which established the Tibetan renunciation of suzerainty over Sikkim, and delimited the border between Tibet and Sikkim
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkim_Expedition
http://www.tibetjustice.org/materials/treaties/treaties9.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3183.html

1894: USA & China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering USA

1919: China’s first batch of work-study students in France leave Shanghai to France. Among them, the next year, will be Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping
http://www.sacu.org/dengfrance.html

Deng à 16 ans

 1939: The Battle of Nanchang, between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nanchang
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=178
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2169.html

1939-03-17 Nanchang battle starts

1941: Birth of Wang Jin-pyng, Taiwanese KMT politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Jin-pyng

1946: Death of Dai Li, Chinese Chiang Kai-shek head of secret police born on May 17, 1897
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai_Li
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2810.html

1959: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Lhasa to India

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7948547.stm
http://writersalmanac.org/note/mar-17-on-this-day-dalai-lama-flees-to-india/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpyEL_CX7_Q

1963: Birth of Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Chinese actor
http://asianfanatics.net/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t27369.html
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/fong_alex.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0iMe42f7A4

1998: Zhu Rongji  is elected Chinese prime minister by the National Congress, up to March 2003
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/66108.stm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3008.html

2008: In China, the Premier Wen Jiabao forms a new cabinet including five super ministers
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/17/content_7810070.htm

2008: Violence spills over Tibet into neighboring provinces
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120661528938768371.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Tibetan_unrest

2016: China resumes ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/moving-resume-ties-gambia-china-ends-diplomatic-truce-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/18/2003641843