Just after midnight one sultry Friday in August 1987, Manila became a battleground as rebel troops attempted a coup against Philippine President Corazon Aquino. Two blocks from the besieged presidential palace, insurgents opened fire on a car carrying Aquino’s only son, a bespectacled and soft-spoken 27-year-old junior insurance executive nicknamed Noynoy.
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 .
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.
Philippine Senator Benigno Aquino , who is leading in surveys before the May 10 presidential election, urged his supporters to remain focused as he and other candidates closed their campaigns amid last-minute efforts to fix the nation’s vote-counting machines.