A Canadian man on trial in the Philippines for damaging property shot and killed two people in a courtroom before turning the weapon on himself, raising concern that a national weapons ban is failing to stem attacks.
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.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s family lost control of one of the country’s largest properties after the Supreme Court awarded more than 75 percent of the Hacienda Luisita sugar plantation to farmers.
Philippine tycoon Manuel Villar pledged to deliver “quick fixes” for the nation’s agricultural and infrastructure shortcomings should he defeat frontrunner Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino in the May 10 presidential election.
Cris Bual’s work for mining giant Xstrata Plc made him a target for Maoist rebels, armed bandits, or just about anyone with a gun for hire. When traveling from the relative safety of Davao City into the badlands of the Philippine island of Mindanao, Bual kept his schedule and route secret. That wasn’t enough to save him.
Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines are close to a power and wealth-sharing deal with the government, rebel leader Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said, signaling that the group’s 40-year insurgency is near an end.