Manulife Financial's 2008 Public Accountability Statement now available on-line

    TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial Corporation's 2008 Public
Accountability Statement, detailing the Company's philanthropic and
sustainability efforts, is now available for download at
    "The financial turmoil that we have seen in the last year has highlighted
the importance of giving back to the communities where we work and live," said
Dominic D'Alessandro, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Manulife is
focused on helping our communities thrive and our employee efforts in this
regard are proof of our commitment and passion in this matter."
    In 2008, Manulife donated more than $26 million to some 600 non-profit
organizations and its employees contributed 74,000 volunteer hours to the
communities in which we operate in Canada, the United States and Asia.
Manulife aspires to the highest standards of environmental responsibility and
sustainable business practices throughout our operations.

    About Manulife Financial

    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers customers a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$404.5 billion
(US$330.3 billion) as at December 31, 2008.
    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '0945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet

For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Laurie Lupton, (416) 852-7792,; Investor Relations: Amir Gorgi, 1-800-795-9767,

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