November 24, 2009 |
Reporting from Seoul and Zamboanga City, Philippines -- Twenty-four people were found dead in the southern Philippines after scores of gunmen on Monday kidnapped a caravan of supporters accompanying a woman en route to file her husband's nomination papers to run for provincial governor, authorities said. Officials called the attack a politically motivated massacre. Many of the victims were beheaded and buried in shallow graves. The victims -- at least 13 of them women -- reportedly included a dozen local journalists covering the filing that marked the start of the Philippine election season.
May 11, 2004 |
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, seeking the legitimacy that has eluded her since she took over as president three years ago, was narrowly leading challenger Fernando Poe Jr. in early returns today. The voting was marred by violence, as at least 20 people died in election-related incidents Sunday and Monday, authorities said. Most of the deadly disputes occurred as local candidates campaigned.
August 15, 2001 |
Citizens in the southern Philippines went to the polls to vote on whether to expand a Muslim autonomous area that the central government hopes could heal decades of bloody rebellion. Thousands of troops were on alert against possible attacks by Muslim guerrillas, but there were no reports of violence, officials said. Full results are not expected for a week, but early returns suggested the measure's defeat. A watchdog group said turnout was low.
May 15, 2001 |
Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada voted from detention Monday in elections seen as a referendum on his successor, who was swept to power by street protests four months ago. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was sworn in Jan. 20 as Estrada packed to leave the presidential palace amid a political crisis over corruption allegations. Political analysts say Arroyo's coalition candidates need a strong showing in the race for 13 of the Senate's 24 seats.
May 11, 2001 |
An explosion ripped through a crowded campaign rally in jailed former President Joseph Estrada's home district Thursday, injuring 13 people. The rally in the San Juan district of Manila was being held for candidates of the Liberal Party, part of the government's ruling "people power" coalition, ahead of Monday's local and congressional elections. The explosion came from under a vehicle delivering food to the crowd as fireworks were being set off, said Jesus Dancel, a local police officer.
May 12, 1998 |
A political widow who led a popular revolution. A West Point-educated general who became a civilian politician. And now, if early exit polls prove true, a movie actor stands poised to become the third elected Philippine president since the fall of dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1986. Final results in Monday's national elections are not expected for at least 10 days. But exit polls conducted by broadcast media here showed former actor Joseph Estrada, 61, holding a commanding lead.