May 15, 2007 |
Opponents of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo have taken an early lead in races for the Philippine Senate, according to preliminary midterm election results. Monday's election was marred by political killings, allegations of vote buying, missing ballot boxes and other incidents. Bomb threats and other problems forced election officials to postpone voting in 14 towns, with more than 100,000 eligible voters, in the mainly Muslim south.
May 14, 2007 |
Lured by ladies' underwear, herring, free insurance and other gifts, millions of voters cast ballots today in a midterm election the opposition hopes will strengthen efforts to impeach President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. In Tondo, one of Manila's poorest districts, hundreds of people streamed into a busy polling station, fanning themselves with sample ballots handed out by dozens of campaign workers on the street.
June 23, 2006 |
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was hospitalized after reporting abdominal pain. Philippine officials blamed fatigue and said her situation did not appear to be serious. Police in the capital, in a heightened state of alert because of concerns of possible bomb attacks, were put on full alert after Arroyo fell ill, Manila Police Chief Vidal Querol said. Meanwhile, a car bomb killed five people in a southern town.
March 3, 2006 |
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo lifted a week-old state of emergency today after her security advisors assured her that the threat of a coup had eased. "I am happy to report that we have dismantled the sabotage efforts," Arroyo said in a nationally televised address. "I strongly believe that law and order has returned." Arroyo declared the emergency last Friday to quash a coup plot allegedly involving disgruntled soldiers, communist rebels and civilian backers.
February 28, 2006 |
Leaders of an attempted coup planned to assassinate President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other top officials before the plot was broken up and the country placed under a state of emergency, military officials said Monday. Prosecutors filed rebellion charges against 16 military officers, members of Congress and other political figures, including a hero of the "people's power" protest that ousted President Ferdinand Marcos 20 years ago. Most of them remain at large.
February 26, 2006 |
Thousands of Filipinos had planned to gather Saturday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the "people power" revolt that ousted President Ferdinand Marcos. Instead, they were left to ponder what had become of the freedoms they had won. With the declaration of a state of emergency a day earlier, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo granted her government sweeping powers to ban public protests and control the media. Arroyo said she needed greater authority to defeat a plot to remove her from office.