MANILA – “So what route would you like us to take, sir?” the driver politely asked in Filipino as soon as I sank into the front seat of his cab and told him our destination: Mall of Asia in Paranaque.
I had no illusions of getting there in the nick of time from Kamuning, Quezon City, as there is no such thing anymore as light-to-moderate traffic in Metro Manila during ‘dead hours’ on any given work day. And, in 93-degree heat at 2:30 p.m., I was realistic enough not to entertain any hallucination of a nice, comfy ride.
It turned out I was not only wrong, but also lucky.
“It’s up to you …. you would know better,” I smiled straight back to his comely, fatherly face to make sure he discerned the trusting tone of my voice.More >
WASHINGTON, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - The United States admitted Thursday that the Islamic State is the most dangerous group it has faced in recent years, and warned that the Middle East faces a long-term battle to defeat it.
Pentagon chiefs said the jihadist group could be eradicated if local Sunni communities reject it and regional powers unite to fight it, but only if the battle is taken into Syria and not just Iraq.
Speaking after the US military revealed it had already carried out a failed hostage rescue mission inside Syria, and against the backdrop of new air strikes in Iraq, they warned IS poses a considerable threat.
Text by HARVEY I. BARKIN
Photo by JUN ILAGAN
The new branch of Mission National Bank at the Philippine Center building at 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, opened its doors for business last June. The bank had a grand opening party Thursday, Aug. 14, with about 150 people in attendance including customers, fellow tenants, consular officials, friends and MNB staff.