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 .
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.
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 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.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino spent a third of his working days in the past two months campaigning for allies seeking seats in the senate, where he barely won the vote to raise tobacco and liquor taxes.
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 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.