Cargo containers filled with goods from toys to electronics are piling up on Manila’s docks as a rush-hour truck ban threatens to dent growth in the Philippines, Southeast Asia’s fastest-expanding economy.
Ricardo Istacion said he had the best meal of his life on April 19, feasting on fish, chicken and pork at a party thrown by Philippine presidential candidate Joseph Estrada to celebrate his 73rd birthday.
Philippine presidential candidate Benigno Aquino widened his lead in a survey for the May 10 election as Manuel Villar , previously his main rival, fell to a statistical tie with former President Joseph Estrada .
Philippine President Benigno Aquino defeated the Catholic Church and the tobacco lobby by using his popularity to push through twin laws to provide free condoms to the poor and boost taxes on cigarette and liquor.
Farmer Rene Ravalo loads coconuts onto a truck in the Philippines for the 30-minute trip to market on a road built last year. It previously took half a day for a water buffalo to inch the goods down a mountain track.