Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s deal with Muslim rebels provides the best chance since 2008 to extinguish a four-decade insurgency that has killed as many as 200,000 people and attract investors deterred by violence to the mineral-rich south.
Chris Estrella, a Filipino social worker, says he led a troop of five porters out of a Mindanao jungle in January 2000 with a weather-beaten iron and leather box crammed with $25 billion of U.S. government bearer bonds.
About three million people thronged an annual Roman Catholic procession in the Philippine capital, brushing aside a request from President Benigno Aquino to stay at home amid warnings of a possible terrorist attack.
Indonesian militant Umar Patek was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in making the explosives used in the October 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people.
Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who was forced to drop out of high school, says he plans to build a university in the impoverished province where he is expected to win a seat in Congress following the May 10 Philippine elections.