400000BC - 48000BC A human group, later called
the Denisovans, lived in Asia during this period. They then
interbred with humans expanding from Africa along the coast of South
Asia. In 2010 fossil evidence from a Siberian cave in 2008 revealed
that their DNA was related to the DNA of people from New Guinea,
which contained 4.8% Denisovan DNA. 3-5% of the DNA from native
people of Papua New Guinea, Australia, the Philippines and other
nearby islands came from Denisovans, who left Africa as far back as
800,000 BC. In 2014 scientists reported that a genetic between
extinct Denisovans and some modern-day Tibetans and Sherpas.
(SFC, 12/23/10, p.A4)(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.C11)(SFC,
65,000 BC In 2007 a metatarsal from the Callao Man
was discovered in the Philippines and dated in 2010 by
uranium-series dating to about this time.
14,500 BC In 1962 Robert B. Fox, an American
anthropologist of the National Museum of the Philippines, discovered
fossilized fragments of a skull and jawbone of three individuals.
These were believed to be the earliest human remains known in the
Philippines. Tabon Man refers to these remains discovered in the
Tabon Caves in Lipuun Point in Quezon, Palawan and dated back to
about this time. In 2007 a metatarsal from the Callao Man was
discovered and dated in 2010 by uranium-series dating as being
67,000 years old.
1400-1500 Vigan historic town on Luzon was
established by Chinese traders by this time.
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.F)
1521 March 9, Magellan sailed
west, southwest towards the Philippines.
1521 Mar 16, Ferdinand Magellan
discovered the Philippine Islands, where he was killed by natives
the following month [see Apr 27].
1521 Apr 7, Ferdinand Magellan
landed on Cebu Island, Philippines. Italian chronicler Antonio
Pigafetta reported a thriving port with large supplies of rice and
gold. In 2003 the island was a booming commercial center with a
population of 4 million.
(WSJ, 10/15/03, p.B2A)
1521 April 27, Ferdinand
Magellan (41) was killed in a fight with natives on Mactan Island.
Juan Sebastian Elcano, Magellan’s second in command, returned to
Spain with 18 men and one ship, the Vittorio, laden with spices. His
coat of arms was augmented in reward with the inscription Primus
circumdisti me: “You were the first to encircle me." Some 50,000
Chamorro people populated the islands.
1565 Apr 27, First Spanish
settlement in Philippines was established in Cebu City.
1565 Oct 8, Spanish Friar
Andres de Urdaneta arrived in Acapulco after sailing as far as 38
degrees North latitude to obtain favorable winds. 14 of the crew
died on the voyage from the Philippines. During the voyage he
sighted land believed to be the California coast. His route became
famous and trusted for sailing from Manila to Acapulco and became
known as the Manila galleon. In 1939 William Lytle Schurz authored
“The Manila Galleon."
10/17/97, p.A25)(SFC, 2/7/15, p.D1)
1565 Philip II of Spain sent
Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and 1,000 mercenaries from Mexico to wrest
the Philippines from Muslim sultans, who had ruled since the 12th
(SFC, 7/7/03, p.A6)
1571 Mar 19, Spanish troops
occupied Manila. [see May 19]
1571 May 19, Miguel Lopez de
Lagazpi founded the city of Manila in the Philippines and
encountered Chinese settlements. [see Mar 19]
(DTnet, 5/19/97)(WSJ, 12/26/02, p.A1)
1586 Spanish Captain Francisco
Gali died in Manila and Pedro de Unamuno took command of his 2 ships
to return to Acapulco.
(SFC, 10/17/97, p.A25)
1587 Oct 18, Spanish Captain
Pedro de Unamuno discovered California. He landed at a place he
called Port San Lucas, later identified as Morro Bay City, while
sailing from Macao to Acapulco with a crew of Luzon Indians.
(SFC, 10/17/97, p.A25)
1595 Jul, The Spanish galleon
San Agustin departed the Philippines with 130 tons of cargo and 70
men. See Nov, 1595.
(SFC, 9/26/97, p.A21)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.C3)
1595 Nov, The San Agustin, a
Spanish galleon from Manila, sank off the coast of northern
California near Point Reyes with a load of silks and porcelains from
the Orient. Skipper Sebastian Rodriguez Cermeno sailed with
survivors in an open boat 2,500 miles to Acapulco.
(SFC, 9/26/97, p.A21)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.C3)
1603 Oct 20, A Chinese uprising
in the Philippines failed after 23,000 killed.
1608 Shogun Ieyasu ordered Will
Adams to go to the Philippines to invite the Spanish Gov. Don Diego
Vevero y Velasco to compete with the Portuguese for trade with
(ON, 11/02, p.10)
1658 The sultan of Brunei gave
Sabah, the northeastern part of Borneo, to the sultan of Sulu, who
ruled a part of what later became the Philippines.
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.39)
1672 Apr 2, Pedro Calungsod
(b.1654), a Filipino teenager, was killed in Tumon, Guam, along with
Diego Luis de San Vitores, his Jesuit missionary priest, by natives
resisting their conversion efforts. In 2012 Pedro was named a saint
in the Catholic church.
1755 Jun 30, Philippines closed
all non-Catholic Chinese restaurants.
1762 Oct 5, The British fleet
bombarded and captured Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.
1773 The Royal Captain, a
merchant ship of the British East India Co., was lost off a coral
reef in the Philippines.
(WSJ, 7/21/00, p.W2)
1814 Feb, In Legazpi,
Philippines, the Mayon volcano erupted and 1,200 people were killed.
(SFC, 6/25/01, p.A9)(Reuters, 1/15/18)
1820 Mar 9-11, Philippines
chased out foreigners and about 125 died.
1824 In the Philippines a
Spanish priest built a 17-foot high and 13-foot wide bamboo organ
near Manila. In 1975 it became the centerpice of the Int’l. Bamboo
(SSFC, 3/15/15, p.A7)
1878 The sultan of Sulu leased
Sabah in perpetuity to the British North Borneo Company. In 1946 the
company ceded control of Sabah to Britain.
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.39)
1890 Philippine brewer San
Miguel began making beer.
(WSJ, 4/9/09, p.B1)
1898 Apr 24, US fleet under
commodore Dewey steamed from Hong Kong to Philippines.
1898 May 1, US Commodore George
Dewey gave the command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley,"
as his naval force destroyed a Spanish fleet in Manila Bay in the
Philippines. Dewey’s ships lobbed shells into Filipino-dug trenches
and the battle became a massacre. Navy Captain Charles Gridley
earned a place in history during the Battle of Manila Bay.
(AP, 5/1/97)(Hem, Dec. 94, p.70)(SFEC, 1/31/99,
Z1 p.4)(HN 8/13/98)
1898 May 25, 1st US troop
transport to Manila left San Francisco.
1898 Jun 12, The Philippines
gained independence from Spain. Emilio Aguinaldo, rebel leader,
proclaimed Philippine independence. Aguinaldo served as the first
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)(SFC, 3/31/97, p.A14)(AP,
6/12/97)(SFEC, 1/31/99, Z1 p.4)
1898 Jul 8, US battle fleet
under Adm. Dewey occupied Isla Grande at Manila.
1898 Aug 12, Fighting in the
Spanish-American War came to an end. The peace protocol ending the
Spanish-American War was signed Dec 10 after three months and 22
days of hostilities. 460 US soldiers died in battle. The US paid
Spain $20 million to vacate Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico and the
Philippines. Over the next 3 years US casualties in the Philippines
war totaled over 4,000.
(AP, 8/12/97)(WSJ, 2/23/98, p.A20)(HN,
8/12/00)(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.D1)(WSJ, 7/2/03, p.B1)
1898 Aug 13, Manila, the
capital of the Philippines, fell to the U.S. Army under Adm. George
Dewey. It was later reported that Dewey had agreed to sacrifice the
lives of American soldiers in order to give Spanish officers, who
had retained dead soldiers on payroll, a chance to report heavy
fatalities back to Spain.
6/29/08, DB p.58)
1898 Dec 10, The United States
and Spain signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Spanish-American
War. This ceded Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam to the United
States. The US Senate ratified the treaty February 6, 1899. The US
military governed Puerto Rico from October 1898 until May 1900, when
the US Congress instituted a civil government. The civil government
underwent many changes until a Constitutional Assembly formed in
1950 and established a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which was
proclaimed on July 25, 1952. [see Aug 12]
(AP, 12/10/97)(HN, 12/10/98)(HNQ, 7/28/01)
1898-1900 A 2-year battle against American troops
was waged by the Filipinos who sought independence, not a new
(SFC, 6/9/97, p.A15)
1898-1905 The 9th Cavalry, a black unit from Fort
Mason, was shipped to help subdue the Philippines Insurrection.
(SFEC, 4/5/98, p.C14)
1899 Jan 10, Filipino leader
Emilio Aguinaldo renounced the Treaty of Paris, which annexed the
Philippines to the United States.
1899 Jan 20, President William
McKinley appointed a Philippine Commission led by Jacob G. Schurman,
president of Cornell University, to study the situation in the
island and to submit a report to serve as a basis for setting up a
civil government. Established on January 20, 1899, the commission
issued findings in June suggesting the ultimate independence for the
islands but, for an indefinite period continued U.S. rule.
1899 Feb 4, After an exchange
of gunfire, fighting broke out between American troops and Filipinos
near Manila, sparking the Philippine-American War (also referred to
as the Philippine Insurrection of 1899). American soldiers
patrolling in Santa Mesa opened fire on Filipino soldiers near a
bridge over the San Juan River.
(SFEC, 1/31/99, Z1p.1)(HN, 2/4/00)
1899 Feb 5, The devastation
from the battle of Santa Ana was captured in photos by F. Tennyson
Neely. The collection was published as "Fighting in the
(SFEC, 1/31/99, Z1 p.1)
1899 Sep, The USS Charleston
engaged in shellfire upon Subic Bay in the Philippines.
(G, Spring/98, p.5)
1899 Dec 30, In the Philippines
the Spanish army executed nationalist author Jose Rizal (b.1861) for
the crime of rebellion after an anti-colonial revolution, inspired
in part by his writings, broke out.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Rizal)(Econ, 5/14/16, p.15)
1900 Jun 21, General Arthur
MacArthur offered amnesty to Filipinos rebelling against American
1900 Dec 23, The Federal Party,
which recognized American sovereignty, was formed in the
c1900 The Ordonez cannon was
brought back to the Presidio in SF as a trophy of war by William
Randolph Hearst. It had been manufactured in Spain and was initially
captured by the Filipinos from the Spanish army. It reportedly
suffered a direct hit from US forces in an engagement near Subic
(SFC, 6/9/97, p.A15, 16)(G, Spring/98, p.5)
1900 Pres. McKinley appointed
Prof. Bernard Moses of Berkeley one of three commissioners in the
Philippines charged with developing a plan for governing the islands
once control was established.
(SFEM, 1/30/00, p.13)
1900 David Prescott Barrows was
appointed as superintendent of schools in Manila and then as chief
of the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes with the task of formulating
plans to bring them under control for beneficent exploitation.
(SFEM, 1/30/00, p.14)
1901 Mar 23, A group of U.S.
Army soldier led by Brig. Gen. Frederick Funston captured Emilio
Aguinaldo, the leader of the Philippine Insurrection of 1899.
1901 Jul 4, William H. Taft,
later the 27th president of the United States, became the American
territorial governor of the Philippines. Taft soon appointed Prof.
Bernard Moses secretary of public instruction for the Philippines.
Taft, who had been solicitor general of the U.S. under President
Benjamin Harrison, was a federal circuit court judge when President
William McKinley appointed him to serve as president of the U.S.
Philippines Commission in 1900-01. Later in 1901, President Theodore
Roosevelt named Taft the first civil governor of the Philippines
Islands, a post he held for four years.
(HN, 7/4/98)(SFEM, 1/30/00, p.13)(HNQ, 2/18/00)
1901 Sep 28, At Balangiga on
Samar Island, Philippine villagers surprised the US military Company
C, 9th Infantry Regiment. Church bells, used to signal the attack,
were taken by the Americans. 38 of 74 US soldiers were killed and
all the rest but 6 were wounded. Philippine casualties were
estimated at 50-250 with 48 American soldiers killed.
(WSJ, 11/19/97, p.A6)(SFC, 10/18/03, p.A18)
1901 US Brig. Gen’l. Jacob
Smith ordered US Marine and Army units to turn the island of Samar
in the Philippines into a “howling wilderness" so that "even birds
could not live there" in retaliation for the Sep 28 attack at
Balangiga. The mission bells of Balangiga were taken as war booty
and later placed in the F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo.
A Marine major was court-martialed on murder charges for executing
11 Filipino prisoners but was acquitted after he testified that he
was under orders to shoot every Filipino over age 10. Gen’l. Smith
was found guilty of misconduct and admonished.
p.A6)(SFEC, 1/31/99, Z1 p.4)
1902 Jul 4, Pres. Roosevelt
officially ended the Philippine-American War. Estimates for the
civilian people killed ranged from 250,000 to 1 million. Creighton
Miller in 1982 published "Benevolent Assimilation," a comprehensive
account of the conflict.
(SFEC, 1/31/99, Z1 p.1,4)(WSJ, 11/19/97,
p.A6)(PC, 1992, p.642)
1903 Jul 4, The first cable
across the Pacific Ocean, spliced between San Fancisco Honolulu,
Midway, Guam and Manila, allowed Pres. Teddy Roosevelt to send the
first around the world message. It took 9 minutes to circle the
globe. Roosevelt had placed the atoll of Midway Island under Navy
supervision. The Commercial Pacific Cable Co. (later AT&T) set
the cable across the Pacific via Midway Island.
1903 David Prescott Barrows
succeeded Bernard Moses as general superintendent of the Philippine
schools until 1909.
(SFEM, 1/30/00, p.14)
1905 US General Leonard Wood
(b.1860) took over as military commander of the Philippines.
1906 Mar, American forces
killed some 900 Muslims including women and children on Mount Dajo.
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.D3)
1906 Morgan Shuster
(1877-1960), an American lawyer, was appointed Secretary of Public
Instruction in the Philippines and a member of the Philippine
1911 The Taal volcano erupted
and 1,335 people were killed.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)
1916 Aug 29, The US Jones Law
(Act of Congress of August 29, 1916), also known as the Philippine
Autonomy Act of 1916, replaced the Philippine Organic Act of 1902
that earlier served as a constitution for the Philippine Islands.
Manuel Luis Quezon (1878-1944), Resident Commissioner to Washington,
D.C. since 1909, pushed the passage of the Jones Act.
1916 Oct 16, The Philippine
Commission was abolished and the Philippine Legislature was
inaugurated. It consisted of the Senate and the House of
Representatives. Native legislators were 1st elected but the US
governors general remained in charge for years.
1916 US troops were still
fighting skirmishes on some islands of the Philippines to this time.
(WSJ, 11/19/97, p.A6)
1917 Sep 11, Ferdinand Marcos,
Philippines Pres (1965-86), was born.
1918 Sep 2, Some 9,000 soldiers
from California and the Philippines began arriving at Vladivostok
under Gen. William S. Graves. His orders said to stay out of
trouble. US President Woodrow Wilson sent the Polar Bear Expedition
to Russia in response to requests from the governments of Great
Britain and France to join the Allied Intervention in North Russia
(also known as the North Russia Campaign). The Allied intervention
in the Russian Civil War fought the Red Army in the surrounding
region from September 1918 through to July 1919.
1920s Jose Garcia Villa was
suspended from law school for publishing erotic poems. A Manila
court fined him for obscenity.
(SFC, 2/10/97, p.A20)
1921-1927 General Leonard Wood (b.1860) served a
governor-general of the Philippines.
1925 Dec 27, In Los Angeles
Hilario Camino Moncado founded the Filipino Federation of America
(FFA), one of the country’s first and largest Filipino
1926 May 24, José Ignacio Paua
(b.1872) died in Manila. He was a Chinese-Filipino general who
joined the Katipunan, a secret society that spearheaded the 1896
Philippine Revolution against the Spanish Empire. He later served in
the Philippine Revolutionary Army under General Emilio Aguinaldo,
the first Philippine president.
1926 Jul 26, Philippines
government asked the US to plebiscite for independence.
1927 Jun 26, Direct commercial
radio service between the Philippines and the US was inaugurated
with a message from Manila to SF.
(SFC, 6/21/02, p.G2)
1928 Mar 18, Fidel Ramos was
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A20)
1928 Aug 31, Jaime Lachica Sin
was born on Panay Island. He was one of 16 children and became a
cardinal of the Catholic Church in 1976.
(SSFC, 1/28/01, p.A19)
1930 Jose Garcia Villa
(1909-1997) won the Philippine Free Press literary contest for a
short story and used the money to go to the US.
(SFC, 2/10/97, p.A20)
1932 Nov 27, Benigno Aquino Jr.
(d.1983), Philippine opposition leader; was born.
1933 Jan 12, US Congress
recognized the independence of the Philippines.
1933 Jan 25, Corazon Aquino was
born as Corazon Cojuangco. She defeated the corrupt Ferdinand Marcos
to become the President of the Philippines (1986-1992). Her husband
had been killed by Marcos’ gunmen.
1934 May 1, The Philippine
legislature accepted a U.S. proposal for independence.
1934 May 7, World's largest
pearl (6.4 kg) was found at Palawan, Philippines.
1935 May 14, A plebiscite in
the Philippines ratified an independence agreement.
1935 Nov 14, Manuel Luis Quezon
was sworn in as the first Filipino president, as the Commonwealth of
Philippines was inaugurated. Pres. Roosevelt proclaimed the
Philippine Islands a free commonwealth.
(HN, 11/14/98)(AP, 11/14/97)
1935 Nov 22, Pan Am inaugurated
the first transpacific airmail service, San Francisco to Manila. The
Pan Am China Clipper under Captain Ed Musick took off from Alameda
Point bound for the Philippines with 111,000 letters. It was the
company's first trans-Pacific flight. The plane was a 25-ton Martin
M-130 flying boat with a wingspan of 130 feet, and was the largest
aircraft in world service.
(HN, 11/22/98)(Ind, 5/1/99, p.5A)(SFEM, 2/13/00,
p.35)(NPub, 2002, p.13)
1935 Nov 29, The Pan Am China
Clipper under Captain Ed Musick landed in manila Bay in the
Philippines after stops in Hawaii, Midway Island, Wake Island and
Guam. It was the company's first trans-Pacific flight.
(HFA, ‘96, p.18)(HN, 11/22/98)(Ind, 5/1/99,
p.5A)(SFEM, 2/13/00, p.35)
1936 Jan 22, In San Francisco 5
Filipino men appeared before a municipal judge on vagrancy charges
and admitted to intermingling with white girls. Police chief Quinn
instructed police officers to take into custody all white girls seen
with Filipinos, together with their escorts.
(SSFC, 1/23/11, DB p.42)
1936 Oct 21, Pan Am inaugurated
the first passenger flight from California to the Philippines with 9
(SFEM, 2/13/00, p.37)
1941 Mar 15, Philippine
Airlines maid its maiden flight from Manila to Baguio.
(SFC, 9/24/98, p.A19)
1941 Oct, The US decided to
send some of the new Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses to the
Philippines. Unlike the older bombers, it was not feasible to
dismantle them and send them by ship -- so they had to be flown all
the way. Aircraft range limits dictated a roundabout route for the
unprecedented flight of distance and scale -- 35 Fortresses were to
be sent. Despite many problems they got to Clark Field, only to have
17 of them destroyed a month and a half later when the Japanese
bombed the field a day after the Pearl Harbor attack.
1941 Dec 8, Japan attacked the
Philippines. The United States entered World War II as Congress
declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
(WUD, 1944, p.1683)(SFEC, 12/15/96, p.T7) (AP,
1941 Dec 9, 1st US WW II
bombing mission in Far East took place over Luzon, Philippines.
1941 Dec 10, The US submarine
Sealion was sunk in an air attack at Manila Bay. 10 crewman were
captured by the Japanese and shipped to work in a Mitsubishi copper
mine in northern Japan.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, Par p.5)
1941 Dec 10, Luzon,
Philippines, was occupied by Japanese troops.
(WUD, 1944, p.1683)(HN, 12/10/98)
1941 Dec 12, Buzz Wagner, the
first official American ace of World War II, took off on a lone
reconnaissance mission over Aparri, Philippines. Because of
devastating losses by the U.S. fighter force two days earlier,
orders had come down restricting confrontation with enemy fighters
if at all possible. His reconnaissance mission turned into a combat
mission when he descended from a patch of clouds and found himself
practically on top of two Japanese destroyers. Spotted and chased by
a pair of Japanese fighters, Wagner eluded the enemy and took out
five of 12 enemy planes. Four days later, Wagner and two associates
went into combat over Vigan and left behind 17 enemy planes
destroyed or burning, with an unknown number of Japanese dead lying
on the runway. The mission garnered the most devastating results of
the air war to date.
1941 Dec 20, Japanese troops
landed on Mindanao.
1941 Dec 22, Japanese troops
made an amphibious landing on the coast of Lingayen Gulf on Luzon,
1941 Dec 26, General Douglas
MacArthur declared Manila an open city in the face of the onrushing
1941 Dec 27, Japanese bombers
attacked Manila, despite its claim as an open city.
1941 Dec 31, General MacArthur
reported that U.S. lines in Manila had been pushed back by the
1942 Jan 2, The Philippine
capital of Manila and the US Naval base at Cavite were captured by
(AP, 1/2/98)(HN, 1/2/02)
1942 Jan 5, U.S. and Filipino
troops completed their withdrawal to a new defensive line along the
base of the Bataan peninsula.
1942 Jan 7, The World War II
siege of Bataan began.
1942 Jan 18, General MacArthur
repelled the Japanese in Bataan.
1942 Feb 22, President Franklin
Roosevelt ordered Gen. Douglas MacArthur to leave the Philippines.
1942 Mar 11, As Japanese forces
continued to advance in the Pacific during World War II Gen. Douglas
MacArthur left Corregidor in the Philippines for Australia.
MacArthur, who subsequently vowed, "I shall return," kept that
promise more than 2 1/2 years later. MacArthur relinquished command
in the Philippines to Gen’l. Jonathon Wainwright.
(SFEC, 12/15/96, p.T7)(AP,
1942 Apr 3, The Japanese began
their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.
1942 Apr 9, In the Battle of
Bataan, some 70,000 soldiers gathered at the bottom of the Bataan
peninsula during World War II. American and Philippine defenders on
Bataan capitulated to Japanese forces; the surrender was followed by
the notorious 55-mile “Bataan Death March" which claimed nearly
10,000 lives. 12,000 American soldiers surrendered to the Japanese
and some 1000 died on the march. 85% of the surrendering troops
suffered from malaria.
(SFEC, 12/15/96, p.T7)(AP, 4/9/97)(HN,
4/9/98)(SSFC, 6/17/01, Par p.4)(Econ., 12/19/20, p.35)
1942 Apr 10, The 65-mile Bataan
Death March began to a prison camp near Cabanatuan. The prisoners
were forced to march 85 miles in six days with only one meal of rice
during the entire journey. Some 10k-15k soldiers perished on the
march. Bataan is a peninsula of western Luzon in the Philippines. It
was surrendered to the Japanese in this year and retaken by American
forces in 1945. [see Apr 9]
p.T7)(SFC, 4/25/97, p.A26)
1942 Apr 12, Japan killed about
400 Filipino officers in Bataan.
1942 May 5, The first Japanese
soldiers landed on the Philippine island of Corregidor defended by
only 13,000 soldiers under Gen’l. Wainwright. More than 1,000
Americans and Filipinos died in defense of the island.
(SFEC, 12/15/96, p.T7)
1942 May 6, On Corregidor US
Gen’l. Jonathan Wainwright surrendered his forces, some 15,000
Americans and Filipinos, to the Japanese. This began a 3-year ordeal
for 4 doctors as POWs under the Japanese. In 2005 John A. Glusman
authored “Conduct Under Fire," and account of their survival as
(AP, 5/6/97)(SSFC, 7/10/05,
1942 Jun 16, Lt. Edwin P.
Ramsey led the last US cavalry charge at the village of Morong in
the Philippines. His mounted platoon of 27 men routed a force of
hundreds of Japanese soldiers.
(SFEC, 2/23/97, BR p.4)
1942-1945 The US promised over 250,000 Filipino
fighters citizenship with full military benefits during WW II.
Shortly after the war the US Congress withdrew this pledge.
Citizenship was granted in 1990 and limited benefits in 1999.
(SFEC, 12/14/97, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 3/24/00, p.A6)
1943 Apr, Magdaleno Sanchez
Duenas, Philippine guerrilla fighter, (1914-2005) assisted in the
escape of 10 US servicemen from the Davao Penal Colony.
(SSFC, 3/6/05, p.A21)
1944 Mar 30, The U.S. fleet
attacked Palau, near the Philippines.
1944 Jun 19, The Battle of the
Philippine Sea (Battle of the Marianas), called the "Marianas Turkey
Shoot," began when Japanese naval forces attacked the stronger U.S.
naval forces. 280 Japanese planes were shot down by U.S. carrier-
based planes and anti-aircraft fire from U.S. ships. Americans shoot
down 220 Japanese planes while only losing 20.
(BEP, 1994)(DT, 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/98)
1944 Sep, The U.S. 1st Marine
Division sought to take Peleliu, to protect General MacArthur's
eastern flank as he tried to retake the Philippines, where he had
retreated from in 1942.
1944 Oct 19, US forces landed
in the Philippines. [see Oct 20]
1944 Oct 20, Gen. Douglas
MacArthur stepped ashore on A-Day (attack day) at Leyte in the
Philippines, 2 1/2 years after he'd said, "I shall return." He
landed with Sergio Osmena, the president-in-exile, and Gen’l. Carlos
Romulo, who later served as foreign minister.
(AP, 10/20/97)(HN, 10/20/98)(SFC, 10/20/04, p.B3)
1944 Oct 21, The 1st Japanese
kamikaze attack took place near Leyte Island; gunners from both the
flagship of the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Australia, and HMAS
Shropshire fired at, and reportedly hit, an unidentified Japanese
aircraft. The plane then flew away from the ships, before turning
and flying into Australia, striking the ship's superstructure above
the bridge, and spewing burning fuel and debris over a large area. A
200 kg (440 pound) bomb carried by the plane failed to explode. In
2002 Albert Axell and Hideaki Kase authored "Kamikaze: Japan's
Suicide Gods." In 2006 Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney authored “Kamikaze
Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers."
1944 Oct 23, In the Philippines
the Battle of Leyte Gulf began. In 1947 C. Van Woodward authored
"The Battle of Leyte Gulf."
(AP, 10/23/97)(SFEC, 12/19/99, p.C14)
1944 Oct 24, The aircraft
carrier USS Princeton was sunk by a single Japanese plane during the
Battle of Leyte Gulf.
(HN, 10/24/98)(SFC, 6/22/01, p.D5)
1944 Oct 24, A US air raid on
Japanese battleships and cruisers in Sibuya Sea sank the 65,000 ton
Musashi battleship. The ship lost about half of its 2,400 crew
members. In 2015 wreckage of the ship was discovered off the
Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
(SFC, 4/2/04, p.B7)(AP, 3/5/15)
1944 Oct 25, Japanese were
defeated in the Straits of Surigao in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the
world's largest sea engagement. From this point on, the depleted
Japanese Navy increasingly resorted to the suicidal attacks of
(HN, 10/25/98)(MC, 10/25/01)
1944 Dec 14, The former NYK
liner Oryoku Maru left Manila with 1619 American POWs packed in the
holds. U.S. Navy planes from the "Hornet" attacked, causing the Hell
Ship to sink the following day. Only 200 of the men survived.
(Internet)(SSFC, 2/15/04, p.A29)
1944 Dec 15, In the Philippines
the opening of the battle for Luzon started when MacArthur ordered
troops ashore on the nearby island of Mindoro.
(HN, 12/15/98)(AP, 12/15/07)
1944 Dec 18, The US Third Fleet
encountered a typhoon near the Philippines. The naval destroyers
"Hull," "Spence" & "Monaghan" sank in the typhoon. The storm
killed 778 American sailors. 62 of 264 men on the Hull were rescued.
24 of 340 men on the Spence were rescued. 6 of 251 men on the
Monaghan survived. In 1981 C. Raymond Calhoun, the captain of the
destroyer Dewey, authored “Typhoon: The Other Enemy."
(AH, 10/02, p.56, 60)
1945 Jan 9, American forces
began landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines, 107 miles from
Manila. MacArthur finally mounted his invasion of Luzon.
(HN, 1/9/99)(AP, 1/9/99)
1945 Jan 30, US Army Rangers
and Filipino guerrillas executed a flawless rescue of 486 POWs from
Camp Cabanatuan north of Manila. In 2001 Hampton Sides authored
“Ghost Soldiers," an account of the rescue.
(WSJ, 5/24/01, p.A20)(SSFC, 6/17/01, DB p.70)(AH,
1945 Feb 3, In the Philippines
the month-long Battle of Manila began.
1945 Feb 5, US troops under
General Douglas MacArthur entered Manila ("I have returned!").
1945 Feb 6, MacArthur reported
the fall of Manila, and the liberation of 5,000 prisoners.
1945 Feb 16, American
paratroopers landed on Corregidor during World War II, in a campaign
to liberate the Philippines. The US proceeded to recapture the
island of Corregidor and nearly 6,000 Japanese soldiers leapt to
their death off a ridge rather than face capture and dishonor.
(SFEC, 12/15/96, p.T6)(AP, 2/16/98)(HN, 2/16/98)
1945 Feb 18, U.S. Marines
stormed ashore at Iwo Jima.
1945 Feb 19, During World War
II, some 30,000 US Marines landed on Iwo Jima, an 8-sq. mile island
of rock, volcanic ash and black sand, where they began a month-long
battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces. The
36-day battle took the lives of 7,000 Americans and about 20,000 of
22,000 Japanese defenders.
(SFC, 6/19/96, p.A20)(SFC, 9/21/00, p.C6)(AP,
1945 Feb 23, During World War
II, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi, where they
raised the American flag. Actually, there were two flag-raisings
that day, the second was the one captured in the famous Associated
Press photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal. John Bradley (d.1994), was
one of the soldiers who raised the US flag at Iwo Jima. The carnage
on the 8-sq.-mile island continued for another 31 days. One flag
raising was captured by AP photographer Joseph Rosenthal (1911-2006)
and inspired the 1954 sculpture by Felix de Weldon (d.2003) erected
in Washington DC. Sgt. Bill Genaust filmed the event with a 16mm
camera and died in combat 9 days later.
(SFC, 9/21/00, p.C6)(SFC, 6/14/03, p.A21)(SFC,
8/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 2/23/07)
1945 Feb 24, American soldiers
liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control
during World War II.
1945 Feb 24, U.S. forces
liberated prisoners of war in the Los Baños Prison in the
1945 Mar 2, The American flag
is raised again over Corregidor, with General Douglas MacArthur and
members of his staff present. MacArthur, commander of U.S. Army
Forces in the Far East, reluctantly fled his headquarters on the
rocky Philippine island of Corregidor in March 1942 as the Japanese
closed in. MacArthur praised the gallant but futile defense of
Corregidor as “an inspiration to carry on the struggle until the
Allies should fight their way back" and vowed to return one day. On
February 16, 1945, elements of the U.S. Sixth Army began the assault
on Corregidor, and after furious fighting, MacArthur made good on
1945 Mar 3, The Allies fully
secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during
World War II. Manila was destroyed and more than 100,000 civilians
killed. About 16,000 Japanese soldiers and 1,000 US troops also died
in the fighting from Feb 3 to March 3.
(AP, 3/3/07)(AP, 2/28/15)
1945 Mar 10, US troops landed
1945 Mar 10, In the Philippines
Pfc. Thomas Eugene Atkins (d. 1999 at 78) repulsed a Japanese attack
while wounded and killed 14 enemy soldiers in northern Luzon.
(SFC, 9/24/99, p.D6)
1945 Mar, Gen'l. Tomoyuki
Yamashita retreated with 140,000 soldiers to the Central Cordillera
and Caraballo mountain ranges of northern Luzon island.
(SFC, 9/24/99, p.D6)
1945 Jun 18, Organized Japanese
resistance ended on the island of Mindanao, Philippines.
1945 Jun 28, General Douglas
MacArthur announced the end of Japanese resistance in the
1945 Jul 5, US General Douglas
MacArthur announced that the liberation of the Philippines from its
Japanese occupiers was complete.
1945 Sep 3, General Tomoyuki
Yamashita, the Japanese commander of the Philippines, surrendered to
Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright at Baguio.
1945 Filipino New Scouts were
inducted into the US Army toward the end of WW II. On Dec 16, 2003,
Pres. Bush signed a measure that made Filipino American veterans
eligible for full Veterans Affair health care. Previous benefits
were at half the rate of US veterans.
(SFC, 12/17/03, p.A2)
1946 Feb 23, Japanese General
Tomoyuki Yamashita was hanged in Manila, the Philippines, after
being found guilty by a US military commission of war crimes.
(AH, 2/06, p.15)
1946 Apr 3, Lt. General
Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan
Death March, was executed outside Manila in the Philippines.
1946 Jul 4, The Philippines
became independent of U.S. sovereignty. The Philippines, which
officially became a territory of the United States in 1902, gained
its independence. In 1932 a movement to implement Philippine
independence began to grow. The Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934,
providing for independence after 12 years, was unanimously accepted
and a Philippine constitution approved by President Roosevelt in
February 1935. Manuel Quezon was elected the first president of the
Philippines on September 17, 1935. In 1937 a Joint Preparatory
Commission on Philippine Affairs was established by Roosevelt to
recommend a program for economic adjustment. The Republic of the
Philippines was inaugurated.
(SFC, 3/31/97, p.A14)(AP, 7/4/97)(HNQ, 11/9/99)
1946 A US Congress Recision Act
took away citizenship and benefits promised by Pres. Roosevelt to
Filipinos who had been drafted to fight under Gen. MacArthur. It was
enacted in part because of a $200 million grant to the Philippines
following the war.
(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.A25)(SFC, 12/30/03, p.A15)
1947 Mar 14, The U.S. signed a
99-year lease on naval bases in the Philippines.
1950 Aug 12, Luis Maria
Guerrero (b.1874), Filipino bacteriologist, pediatrician, and
helminthologist, died of diabetes. Guerrero, a professor in Clinical
Pediatrics at the University of Santo Tomas and later as head of
that department, was also an uncontested authority in Tropical
1951 Dec 4, Superheated gases
rolled down Mount Catarman (Philippines), killing 500.
1951 The Philippines and the US
signed a Mutual Defense Treaty.
1953 Dec 30, Ramon Magsaysay
(1907-1957) began serving as the seventh President of the
Philippines. American CIA operative Edward Lansdale almost
single-handedly steered Magsaysay into the presidency of the
1953 Sarao Motors was begun in
the Philippines and later became popular for the manufacture of the
popular jeepney passenger vehicles.
1954 Sep 8, SEATO (Southeast
Asia Treaty Organization), a sister organization to NATO, was
created under the Manila Pact by the Southeast Asia Collective
Defense Treaty, to stop communist spread in Southeast Asia (Vietnam,
Cambodia and Laos). The United States, Australia, France, Great
Britain, New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Thailand signed
the mutual defense treaty. SEATO dissolved in 1977.
1957 Mar 17, In the Philippines
a plane crash on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu killed Pres. Ramon Magsaysay
(b.1907). 25 of the 26 passengers and crew aboard were killed.
1957 Jose Cojuangco, the father
of Corazon Aquino, promised various Philippine government agencies
that lent him money to buy Hacienda Luisita, a 14,800 acre sugar
plantation, that he would sell much of the land to the peasants who
worked it. He never did so.
(Econ, 12/10/05, p.49)
1960 The Rockefeller and Ford
foundations joined forces to found the Int’l. Rice Research
Institute (IRRI) in Losa Banos, Philippines.
(Hem., 12/96, p.82)
1961 In San Francisco Alex
Esclamado (1929-2012) founded the Philippine News out of his Sunset
District family home. In 1972 it became a megaphone for those
opposing the rule of Pres. Marcos. In 1989 Esclamado received the
Philippine Legion of Honor crediting his defense of democracy.
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.C6)
1961-1965 Diosdado Macapagal served as president.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A1)
1962 May 28, Robert B. Fox, an
American anthropologist of the National Museum of the Philippines,
discovered fossilized fragments of a skull and jawbone of three
individuals. These were believed to be the earliest human remains
known in the Philippines. Tabon Man refers to these remains
discovered in the Tabon Caves in Lipuun Point in Quezon, Palawan and
dated back to 16,500 years ago. In 2007 a metatarsal from the Callao
Man was discovered and dated in 2010 by uranium-series dating as
being 67,000 years old.
1965 Sep 28, A volcano exploded
on Luzon, Philippines; 500 killed.
1965 Nov 12, Ferdinand Marcos
was elected president of Philippines.
1965 Dec 17, Ending an election
campaign marked by bitterness and violence, Ferdinand Marcos was
declared president of the Philippines.
1965 Dec 30, Ferdinand E.
Marcos was sworn in as the Philippine Republic's sixth president.
(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A26)(HN, 12/30/98)
1965 The Taal Volcano erupted
and killed nearly 200 people.
(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A14)
1966 Jul 4, Beatles were
attacked in Philippines after insulting Imelda Marcos.
1966 The Asian Development
Bank, headquartered in the Philippines, was founded with Japan and
America as the biggest shareholders. It was created to recycle the
rich world’s surpluses to capital starved Asia.
p.45)(Econ, 5/30/15, p.38)
1967 Aug 8, The Association of
Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established in Bangkok by the
five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined
on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Laos and Myanmar on 23
July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.
1968 Dec 26, Jose Maria Sison
founded the underground Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
The armed wing of the Maoist group, the New People’s Army (NPA),
began waging guerrilla warfare in 1969.
(SFC, 8/21/01, p.A6)(AP, 12/26/10)(Econ, 8/27/16,
1969 Nov 23, Robin Padilla,
Philippine action film star; was born in Manila.
1969 Dec 30, In the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989) won an unprecedented second term as
1969 At their peak in 1969,
68,889 combat troops from Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of
Korea, Thailand and the Philippines were deployed in Vietnam.
1970 Nov 27, Pope Paul VI,
visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport
by Benjamin Mendoza, a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as
1971 Jan 24, Pvt. Rogelio Roxas
(d.1993), a former Filipino soldier, allegedly discovered the war
treasure of Japanese Gen’l. Tomoyuki Yamashita in caves near Baguio
City. Roxas was arrested on May 18, 1971, and jailed for 5 years.
The gold bullion was reportedly taken away by Pres. Marcos.
(SFC, 10/12/97, p.A18)(SSFC, 3/4/01,
1971 Aug 21, There was a
grenade attack on a political rally of the opposition Liberal party.
It nearly wiped out the party's senatorial slate running against
Marcos' Nacionalista Party. Marcos blamed the communists, but others
believed that Marcos planned the attack.
(SFC, 3/21/00, p.A23)
1971 Jun, Manuel Elizalde
(d.1971), a Filipino official, allegedly found the Tasaday, a lost
Stone Age tribe, on Mindanao Island. Enthusiastic reports led to a
book, ''The Gentle Tasaday: A Stone Age People in the Philippine
Rain Forest'' (1975) by John Nance. Skeptics were dismayed in 1974
when Mr. Elizalde, citing a need to protect the Tasadays from
exploitation and the harmful effects of too much contact with
civilization, blocked any further visits by social scientists.
(SSFC, 6/22/03, p.M1)(http://tinyurl.com/6e97rz)
1972 Sep 21, Ferdinand Marcos
(b.1929) signed Proclamation 1081 placing the Philippines under a
state of martial rule, which lasted for the next 14 years.
1972 Dec 7, Imelda Marcos, wife
of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, was stabbed and
seriously wounded by an assailant who was then shot dead by her
1972 The conflict between the
government and Muslim rebels began. A full-scale guerrilla war began
in which some 120,000 people were killed by 1999.
(WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/22/99, p.A19)
1973 Jan 17, A new Philippine
constitution came into force.
1974 Mar 9, Officer Hiroo Onoda
(d.2014), the last Japanese soldier operating in the Philippines,
surrendered, 29 years after World War II ended. The Japanese
intelligence officer and WWII holdout, came out of hiding in
fatigues patched many times over, on Lubang island in the
Philippines on his 52nd birthday.
1974 Jul 19, In the Philippines
a Miss Universe beauty pageant was held and thousands of squatters
around Manila were forcibly moved out of sight. Amparo Munoz of
1975 Jul 7, Philippines’
President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 742 and
Letter of Instruction 290 creating Western and Central Mindanao
regions in Mindanao and establishing the Office of the Regional
Commissioner in both regions.
1975 In the Philippines Tony
Tan Caktiong opened a pair of ice cream parlors in Manila. He found
that his customers liked his soy and sugar seasoned burgers better
than his sundaes and opened Jollibee in 1978.
(Econ, 1/9/16, p.56)
1976 In the Philippines a World
Bank Conference was held and thousands of squatters around Manila
were forcibly moved out of sight.
(SFC, 11/18/96, p.A12)(http://tinyurl.com/yv4tka)
1976 In the Philippines the
last execution until 1999 was made.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A12)
1976 Philippine student Yobie
Benjamin was arrested and jailed for helping lead protests at the
Univ. of the Philippines against the dictatorship of Pres. Ferdinand
Marco. Benjamin spent 9 months in jail. He later established himself
as an entrepreneur and created GoodStorm, an e-commerce company,
that was sold to Zazzle.com in 2008. GoodStorm sold products on
behalf of nonprofit organizations.
(SSFC, 10/18/09, p.A14)
1977 Mar 25, Philippines’
President Marcos, on March 25, 1977, signed Presidential
Proclamation No. 1628 forming an autonomous region in Southern
1978 In the Philippines Tony
Tan Caktiong formed Jollibee after realizing that customers in his
Manila ice cream parlor liked his soy and sugar seasoned burgers
better than his sundaes.
1979 May 3, In the Philippines
a UN Conference on Trade and Development opened as thousands of
squatters around Manila were forcibly moved out of sight.
1979 Jul 25, In the Philippines
Batas Pambansa No. 20 was enacted creating the Regional Autonomous
Government in Western and Central Mindanao regions.
1981 Feb 17, Pope John Paul II
met with President Marcos in Manila.
1981 Emily Hahn, American
writer (1905-1997), wrote: “The Islands: America’s Imperial
Adventures in the Philippines."
(SFC, 2/19/96, p.A20)
1981 In the Philippines Hashim
Salamat founded the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) when he and
followers split from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
1981-1989 In the Philippines leaders of the
Communist Party and the New People's Army later acknowledged that a
number of rebel commanders killed 600-900 suspected spies and
government informers in the southern Mindanao region during the
1980s. In 2006 soldiers found mass graves in an area called
"Garden," a hilly jungle near the town of Inopacan in Southern Leyte
1983 Aug 21, Philippine
opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile
in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a
plane at Manila International Airport. Fabian Ver (d.1998 at 78),
leader of the Philippine army, was among 20 men later charged in the
murder of Aquino. Ver fled to Hawaii in 1986 along with Marcos.
1983 Sep 21, In the Philippines
at least 7 people were killed in anti Marcos demonstrations in
1983 In the Philippines
dictator Ferdinand Marcos secretly took some $228,000 from the
National Food Authority and transferred the money to a private
account. In 2010 an anti-graft court ordered his wife, Imelda
Marcos, to return the money plus 27 years of interest and $44,000 in
damages and litigation costs.
(SSFC, 9/19/10, p.A4)
1984 The volunteer National
Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) was founded by Jose
Concepcion with business and church leaders who were disgusted with
the corrupt elections run by the Marcos government.
(SFC, 5/13/98, p.A10)(SFEC, 7/12/98, Z1 p.5)
1984 In the Philippines the
Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was completed at a cost of $2.3 billion,
but remained dormant. In 2011 it was planned to open to tour groups
to teach them about nuclear power.
1985 Rotary Int’l., a
businessman’s club and global charity, following a successful pilot
study in the Philippines announced a plan to eradicate polio by
vaccinating every child under five at risk of catching it.
(Econ, 1/21/12, p.90)
1986 Feb 7, The Philippines
held a presidential election marred by charges of fraud against the
incumbent, Ferdinand E. Marcos. Corazon Aquino defeated incumbent
dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election
1986 Feb 15, The Philippines
National Assembly proclaimed Ferdinand E. Marcos president for
another six years, following an election marked by allegations of
fraud. Marcos was later ousted.
1986 Feb 22, In the Philippines
a group of military officers mutinied against Pres. Marcos and holed
him up with a small force at a military camp in Manila, leading to
three days of protests by hundreds of thousands of citizens that
finally toppled him. The Catholic Church’s call for civil
disobedience helped to overthrow the dictatorship of Marcos.
(AP, 8/1/09)(Econ, 10/16/10, p.48)
1986 Feb 25, President
Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in
the wake of a tainted election. Corazon Aquino assumed the
presidency. Pres. Ferdinand Marcos was forced from office after 20
years of rule. He was accused of accumulating billions of dollars
during his rule. The Marcoses fled to Hawaii and Imelda Marcos left
behind her 5,400 shoes.
(TMC, 1994, p.1986)(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A26)(AP,
1986 Feb 28, In the Philippines
Pres. Corazon Aquino signed executive order No. 1 creating the
Presidential Commission on Good Governance. It was created to trace
and recover assets stolen under the Marcos regime, estimated at up
to $10 billion. By 2007 only a quarter of that number was retrieved.
1986 Feb, Eduardo Cojuangco
(b.1935), aka Danding and crony capitalist to Pres. Marcos, fled the
Philippines. Cojuango had acquired a controlling stake in San Miguel
beer using public funds deposited in a bank that he controlled. In
1999 Mr. Cojuango regained his position as head of the board of San
Miguel even pending litigation for 'ill-gotten wealth."
1986 Nov 13, In the Philippines
the body of opposition trade leader union Rolando Olalia was found
in a Manila suburb.
(SFEC, 7/12/98, Z1 p.5)(www.mahk.com/sc1613.htm)
1986 Nov 15, In the Philippines
Japanese executive Noboyuki Wakaoji was kidnapped. He was released
after over four months in captivity allegedly after the payment of a
huge ransom. Two gang members wee later convicted sentenced to life
terms. In 2010 Rolando Fajardo, leader of the kidnapping gang, was
1986 Nov 23, Philippine
President Corazon Aquino dismissed defense chief Juan Ponce Enrile
after reported coup attempt.
1986 In the Philippines the
People Power Uprising took place on Manila’s main thoroughfare,
later renamed EDSA, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, after one of the
(SFEC, 7/12/98, Z1 p.4)
1986 In the Philippines the
Communist New People’s Army staged Operation Zombie, a bloody purge
of suspected informers. In 2001 some 75 bodies were discovered in 8
mass graves at Cagayan de Oro.
(SFC, 3/30/01, p.D4)
1987 May 11, Legislative
elections in the Philippines gave pro-Aquino candidates a large
1987 Aug 27, In the Philippines
members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, led by Colonel
Gregorio Honasan, attempted to overthrow Pres. Corazon Aquino. Her
son Benigno Aquino and four guards were ambushed as they rushed to
the presidential palace. 3 guards were killed.
1987 Sep 19, Philippine leftist
opposition leader Leandro Alejandro (b.1960) was murdered.
(SFEC, 7/12/98, Z1 p.5)
1987 Nov 26, Powerful typhoon
whipped across Philippines, killing 270 people and damaging or
destroying 14,000 homes.
1987 Dec 20, The Dona Paz, a
Philippine passenger ship, collided with the tanker Vector off
Mindoro island, setting off a double explosion. 4,375 people on the
ferry were killed as well as 11 of the tanker's 13-man crew.
(AP, 2/3/06)(Reuters, 8/17/13)
1987 A new constitution for the
Philippines was drafted with checks and balances to prevent a return
to strongman rule.
(Econ, 7/3/04, p.20)
1987 The Philippines abolished
the death penalty. Capital punishment was reimposed in 1994 in
response to widespread crime.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A12)(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A13)
1987 Ben Chan introduced his
1st Bench clothing store in the Philippines. By 2005 it grew to over
300 stores and opened up its 1st US store in Daly City, Ca.
(SFC, 6/4/05, p.C1)
1987 In the Philippines the
government seized some 22 billion pesos from billionaire Lucio Tan
alleging in court Tan conspired with Dictator Marcos to acquire them
illegally. On June 13, 2012, an anti-graft court ruled that the
seizure, about $520 million at current exchange rates, was illegal.
1988 Oct 21, A federal grand
jury in New York indicted former Philippine President Ferdinand E.
Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on charges of fraud and racketeering.
Marcos died before he could be brought to trial; his widow, Imelda,
was acquitted in 1990.
1988 Ed Gerlach, American
priest, started the Bahay Tuluyan center for street kids in the
Ermita district (a former red-light area) of Manila.
(SFEC, 6/15/97, p.D1)
1988 The Philippine Congress,
at the urging of Mrs. Aquino, passed the Comprehensive Agrarian
Reform Program (CARP), which limited individual landowners to 7
hectares of farmland, but the legislation was filled with loopholes.
(Econ, 12/10/05, p.49)
1988 Rogelio Roxas testified
that Ferdinand Marcos had used the help of a Nevada mining engineer
to import a smelter to melt down 1,000 tons of gold bullion and a
3-foot gold statue of Buddha filled with diamonds. The treasure had
been confiscated from all over Asia by the Japanese.
(SFC, 10/12/97, p.A18)
1988 The separatist Moro
Islamic Liberation Front split and the National Front formed a
separate organization. They signed a unity pact in 2001.
(SFC, 8/8/01, p.A8)
1988-1993 Jamal Khalifa, a brother-in-law to Osama
bin Laden, operated the Benevolence Int’l. Corp. in Manila.
(WSJ, 9/25/01, p.A12)
1989 Apr 19, Adnan Khashoggi, a
Saudi financier, was arrested in Switzerland at the request of the
US Government, which is seeking his extradition to New York to stand
trial on charges of racketeering, fraud and obstruction of justice.
He faced charges stemming from ''illegal property dealings'' on
behalf of Ferdinand E. Marcos, the ousted President of the
Philippines, and his wife, Imelda. In 1992 Khashoggi and
Imelda Marcos were found not guilty of racketeering by a jury in
1989 Apr 21, In the Philippines
there was a communist guerrilla ambush on Col. James Nicolas Rowe.
His car was raked with bullets near his office in the Manila suburb
of Quezon City, killing him and wounding his driver. Donato
Continente and co-defendant Juanito Itaas, who admitted being a
member of the communist New People's Army, were convicted and
sentenced to life in prison in 1991. The Supreme Court later
affirmed Itaas' sentence and reduced Continente's to 14 years after
establishing he was an accomplice. Continente was released in 2005.
1989 Sep 28, Deposed Philippine
President Ferdinand E. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii at age 72. He
was the author of 2 books: "The Law of Human Rights in the
Philippines" and "Democracy in the Philippines." Marcos’ corrupt US
backed regime in the Philippines spanned over twenty years. Corazon
Aquino was his successor.
(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A26)(AP, 9/28/97)(SFC, 5/12/97,
1990 Feb 17, The first set of
Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) officials were elected.
Due to electoral protest, the ARMM formally started to function only
on July 9, 1990 following the oath taking of Atty. Zacaria A. Candao
as First Regional Governor of ARMM.
1990 Feb 19, Defense Secretary
Dick Cheney, snubbed by Philippine President Corazon Aquino, met in
Manila with Defense Minister Fidel Ramos to discuss the future of
U.S. bases in the country.
1990 Jul 16, A 7.7 earthquake
in Philippines killed some 5,000 people.
1990 US Pres. Bush signed a law
granting Filipino fighters of WW II US citizenship.
(SFEC,12/14/97, Z1 p.1,4)
1990 Stanley Karnow
(1925-2013), American journalist, authored “In Our Image," a
companion to a PBS documentary on the Philippines, which won the
(SFC, 1/28/13, p.C4)
1991 Jun 12, The Mount Pinatubo
volcano in the Philippines began erupting for the 1st time in 600
years. [see Jun 15]
(AP, 6/12/01)(HN, 6/12/02)
1991 Jun 15, Mount Pinatubo
(4,750 feet high) exploded in a cataclysmic eruption. Due to early
warning 56,000 people were evacuated and only 450 people died. The
eruption forced the closure of Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City
and displaced hundreds of families of the Aeta tribe. [see June 12]
1991 Jun 29, Estrellita
Vizconde and her 2 daughters, Carmela (18), and Jennifer (7), were
stabbed to death. Carmela was raped repeatedly and stabbed 17 times.
In 2000 eight defendants, all members of rich families, were found
guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Two of the defendants were
still at large.
(SFC, 1/7/00, p.D3)
1991 Nov 5, Nearly 7,000 people
were killed in floods in the Philippines.
1991 Nov 26, The Stars and
Stripes were lowered for the last time at Clark Air Base in Angeles
City, Philippines, as the United States abandoned one of its oldest
and largest overseas installations, which was damaged by a volcano.
(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A12)(AP, 11/26/01)
1991 Dec 27, The United States
and the Philippines announced that the United States would abandon
the Subic Bay naval base by the end of 1992.
1991 Abdujarak Abubakar
Janjalani, a Muslim scholar with military training in Libya, broke
with the Moro National Liberation Front and formed “Abu Sayyaf,"
(bearer of the sword). Jamal Khalifa, a brother-in-law to Osama bin
Laden, helped co-found the Abu Sayyaf and acted as lead adviser to
Abdurajak Janjalani, a young Islamic radical.
(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 9/25/01, p.A12)
1991 The Abu Sayyaf group
bombed a cargo ship in Zamboanga City.
(WSJ, 9/25/01, p.A12)
1992 Jun 30, Fidel Ramos was
sworn in as the new president of the Philippines. Joseph Estrada was
elected vice-president with twice as many votes in a separate race.
(AP, 6/30/97)(SFEC,11/23/97, p.A25)
1992 Nov. 24, The US military
closed the Subic Bay Naval Station and left the Philippines.
(HFA, '96, p.18)(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A12)
1992 Philippine Airlines was
sold to tycoon Lucio Tan, but the government retained a 20%
(WSJ, 6/9/98, p.A14)
1993 May 25, In the Philippines
Rogelio Roxas, a coin-collector and treasure hunter, died from
apparent poisoning as he prepared to leave for a court appearance in
Hawaii. In 1996 a Hawaiian court awarded the Golden Buddha Corp., a
consortium established by Roxas, $22 billion in damages to be
collected from the Marcos estate for the stolen Yamashita treasure.
1993 Sep 9, Former Philippine
President Ferdinand Marcos was buried in his homeland, four years
after his death in exile.
1993 Sep 24, Imelda Marcos,
wife of the late Ferdinand Marcos, former dictator of the
Philippines, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment after being
found guilty on charges of widespread corruption. Imelda was also
noted for her vast shoe collection.
1994 Nov 13, President Clinton,
visiting the Philippines, sought to assure world leaders that his
party's severe losses in midterm elections wouldn't undercut his
1994 Dec 11, A Philippine
Airlines flight from Manila to Tokyo was bombed. A Japanese
passenger was killed and 10 people were injured. Later US
prosecutors accused Ramzi Ahmed Yousef of placing the bomb and of
masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Yousef
denied placing the airline bomb because he was imprisoned at the
(SFC, 5/31/96, A4)
1994 The death penalty was
restored due to widespread crime.
(SFC, 1/19/99, p.A7)(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A13)
1994 A federal jury in Hawaii
awarded 9,539 victims and heirs $1.2 billion in “exemplary damages"
against the estate of former Philippine Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. In
1995 the same jury awarded the plaintiffs $766 million for injury
compensation. In 1996 an appeals court in San Francisco upheld the
verdict. In 1999 a $150 million settlement was reached with the
funds to come from Marcos funds in Swiss banks.
(SFC, 12/18/96, p.C4)(SFC, 2/25/99, p.A12)
1995 Jan 6, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef
and Abdul Hakim Murad were arrested in Manila, Philippines, when
explosives that they were mixing blew up and alerted the police. In
their apartment were found bomb-making manuals and timers and
evidence that they intended to blow up US jetliners. They were found
guilty by a jury in New York on 9/5/96.
(SFC, 9/6/96, p.C5)
1995 Jan 13, Authorities in the
Philippines said they had unearthed a conspiracy by militant Muslims
to assassinate Pope John Paul II during his visit.
1995 Jan 14, Pope John Paul II
addressed a huge rally in Manila, urging young people to reject
1995 Jan 15, Pope John Paul II
celebrated a final Mass during his visit to the Philippines, drawing
millions of people.
1995 Apr, Abu Sayyaf rebels
raided the market town of Ipil. The looted banks, seized dozens of
“human shields," and executed 54 villagers.
(WSJ, 9/25/01, p.A12)
1995 May 21, Larry Lee
Hillblom, co-founder and majority shareholder of DHL Corp.,
disappeared into the Pacific Ocean in his World War II vintage
seaplane. He was conservatively valued at 500 million and willed
most of his estate to a charitable trust for medical research. $240
million was set aside for medical research at UCSF. He named the
Bank of Saipan as executor but left behind a number of illegitimate
children in the Philippines and the Mariana Islands who are laying
claim to his estate. In 1998 4 children won $90 million settlements
each. Later it was learned that many of his personal effects in
Saipan were buried to avoid DNA tests for paternity confirmation. In
2012 James D. Scurlock authored “The Life and Ruins of a Billionaire
(WSJ, 5/15/96, p.A1,8)(SFEC, 1/11/98, p.A1)(SFEC,
8/16/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/20/00, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/12/12, p.F7)
1995 Nov 3, Typhoon Angela
killed at least 500 people in the northern Philippines and 200 were
reported missing. Winds hit the main island of Luzon at 167 mph.
Typhoon “Angela" ripped through the Philippines, killing more than
(WSJ,11/6/95, p.A-1)(AP, 11/3/00)
1995 Abu Sayyaf guerrillas
(Bearer of the Sword in Arabic), a small fundamentalist splinter
group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, massacred 53-54 people
at Ipil near Zamboanga del Norte. They were reportedly trained in
Libya and fought in Afghanistan.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A11)(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A10)
1995 Tropical storm Zack killed
at least 68 people and left thousands homeless. The storm struck
hardest on the islands of Negros and Panay.
(WSJ, 10/30/95, p.A-1)
1995 China seized Mischief
Reef, part of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, that were
claimed by the Philippines.
(WSJ, 3/5/97, p.A16)(Econ, 3/31/07, SR p.7)
1996 Mar 19, A fire at a Quezon
City nightclub in the Philippines killed at 162 young people
celebrating the end of their school year.
(WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-1)(AP, 11/20/14)
1996 Mar (late), In a major
mining accident an estimated 3 million tons of tailings leaked from
a drainage tunnel of the Marcopper Mining Corp. and smothered the
Boac River on the island province of Marinduque.
(SFC, 6/2/96, p.A-12)
1996 Jun, Talks opened between
the government and Muslim rebels to end the 24-year conflict that
has killed 50,000 people in the southern islands.
(WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 23, a peace agreement
was reached with Muslim rebels. Opponents fear being under the
administration of former rebels.
(SFC, 7/3/96, p.C3)
1996 Jul 28, Typhoon Gloria
struck and killed at least 39 people on Luzon and left 16 missing.
(WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 10, In the Philippines
Mount Canlaon erupted and killed 3 climbers. The mountain is one of
21 active volcanoes in the Philippines.
(SFC, 8/12/96, p.C1)
1996 Sep 2, In the Philippines
an accord was signed between pres. Ramos and Moro National
Liberation Front (MNLF) rebel leader Nur Misuari to end a 24-26 year
Muslim rebellion during which some 120,000 people were killed. Many
Muslim rebels of the larger Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
continued to fight.
(WSJ, 8/20/96, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/96, p.A9)(SFC,
9/2/96, p.A12)(AP, 9/2/97) (SFEM,12/21/97, p.23)(WSJ, 6/22/99,
1996 Sep 24, About 3,000 slum
dwellers marched to the Presidential Palace in Manila to denounce
the demolition of their homes. Wrecking crews have destroyed about
3,000 shanties with 13,000 more scheduled for destruction before the
Asia Pacific Economic Conference on Nov 24.
(SFC, 9/25/96, p.A10)
1996 Nov 15, Tropical storm
Ernie ravaged 14 provinces and killed 16 people.
(SFC, 11/16/96, p.E4)
1996 Nov 20-1996 Nov 25, In the
Philippines the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
Forum (APEC) was to be held in Manila. APEC has 18 member countries
and its goal is to remove all trade barriers by 2020.
(SFC, 11/18/96, p.A12)(SFC, 11/23/96, p.A8)
1997 Feb 3, In the Philippines
Roman Catholic Bishop Benjamin de Jesus was shot to death in the
city of Cotaboto on Jolo Island.
(SFC, 2/4/97, p.A9)
1997 Apr 25, A fire at the New
Imperial Hotel in Cotabato City killed at least 24 people and scores
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A12)
1997 May 15, Pres. Fidel Ramos
visited California and planned to announce a pact with Oracle Corp.
to wire the country for long-distance phone service.
(SFC, 5/15/97, p.A21)
1997 May 31, From the
Philippines it was reported that torrential rains from Tropical
Storm Levi killed at least 53 people.
(SFC, 5/31/97, p.A17)
1997 May 31, The 7-member ASEAN
alliance, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, met in Kuala
Lumpur and agreed to allow Burma to become a member in July. Laos
and Cambodia were also to be admitted. The members were Thailand,
Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
(SFEC, 6/1/97, p.D3)
1997 Jul 18, In the Philippines
the government signed a general cease-fire with the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front, the country's 2nd largest Muslim rebel group.
(SFC, 7/19/97, p.A11)
1997 Jul, A $1.1 billion
bailout package was arranged. The government was obliged to raise
interest rates and run a budget surplus.
(SFC, 1/8/98, p.A7)
1997 Sep 13, In the Philippines
the Mount Pinukis volcano, 120 miles east of Zamboanga City, erupted
after being dormant since 1985.
(SFC, 9/13/97, p.A20)
1997 Sep 20, Pres. Ramos
announced that he would not run for re-election. A mass protest was
staged the next day anyway to prevent a change in the constitution
that would allow a 2nd term.
(SFEC, 9/21/97, p.A1)
1997 Oct 20, Typhoon Ivan with
93 mph winds plowed into the northeastern Philippines.
1997 Dec 12, In Switzerland the
high court told Swiss banks to send some $500 million in assets of
the late Ferdinand Marcos back to the Philippines.
1998 Feb 2, In the Philippines
a Cebu Pacific Air DC-9 crashed on Mount Sumagaya as it approached
for landing at Cagayan de Oro. 104 people were onboard. Rescuers
reached the wreckage the next day but found no survivors.
(SFC, 2/3/98, p.A6)(SFC, 2/4/98, p.C3)
1998 Feb 6, Mayor Brown of SF
left for Manila and was expected to sign agreements with Mayor
Alfredo Lim for workshops on AIDS, student exchange programs, and
other deals, and celebrate 100 years of Philippine independence.
Mayor Brown was to continue on to Hanoi.
(SFC, 2/5/98, p.A18)
1998 Mar 22, A Philippine
jetliner overshot its runway on landing and hit a row of houses and
a disco in Bacolod. 3 people were killed and a hundred injured.
(WSJ, 3/23/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 26, Imelda Marcos
claimed to have $800 million in foreign banks and promised to give
it all to the poor if she is elected in May.
(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)
1998 Apr 29, Imelda Marco
withdrew from the presidential race.
(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A8)
1998 May 11, Elections for a
new president were held. Joseph Ejercito Estrada, a former actor
known as "Erap" (a Tagalog word for buddy), led the polls. He was
opposed by business groups and the Catholic Church. Estrada was
declared the winner on May 29.
(SFC, 5/11/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/12/98, p.A1)(SFC,
5/30/98, p.A10)(SFC, 7/6/99, p.A1)
1998 May 16, In the Philippines
a fire at the Lung Center of the Philippines, in a suburb of Manila,
killed at least 8 people and another 14 were presumed dead.
(SFC, 5/16/98, p.A11)
1998 Jun 6, A strike by
Philippine Airline workers abruptly grounded all flights.
(SFC, 6/8/98, p.A17)
1998 Jun 30, Joseph Estrada
took his oath of office as the nation’s 13th president.
(SFC, 6/30/98, p.A10)
1998 Jul 5, Pres. Estrada
announced that a yacht would be equipped as an office to allow him
to spend months in the central Visayas and Mindanao regions.
(SFC, 7/6/98, p.A9)
1998 Sep 18, In the Philippines
the Princess of the Orient passenger ship sank south of Manila near
Fortune Island with 443 people on board. There were 311 confirmed
survivors. The sinking was blamed on a shift in cargo in heavy seas.
Rescue efforts continued off the Philippines for the Princess of the
Orient, a ferry which had sunk in a storm, leaving at least 70
people dead and 80 others missing.
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A14)(SFEC, 9/20/98, p.A19)(WSJ,
9/21/98, p.A1)(AP, 9/18/08)
1998 Sep 23, Philippine
Airlines (b.1941) cancelled its last flight from San Francisco and
shut down operations due to financial problems. On Sep 28 Pres.
Estrada announced that the airline could reopen following a
management agreement with its largest union for a proposed
(SFC, 9/24/98, p.A19)(SFC, 9/29/98, p.D1)
1998 Oct 14, In the Philippines
Typhoon Zeb killed 21 people and forced some 31,000 from their
homes. The death toll went up to 74.
(SFC, 10/15/98, p.C4)(WSJ, 10/19/98, p.A1)(SFC,
1998 Oct 21, Typhoon Babs
killed 4 people in the central Philippines. Another 11 were killed
on the southern tip of Luzon. A total of 163 people were killed
including 71 from landslides on Catanduanes Island.
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.C5)(WSJ, 10/23/98, p.A1)(SFC,
10/24/98, p.A12)(SFEC, 10/25/98, p.A20)(SFC, 10/26/98, p.A7)(SFC,
1998 Dec 3, In the Philippines
a fire burned the Catholic Bahay Kalinga orphanage in Manila and at
least 28 people were killed including 23 children.
(SFC, 12/3/98, p.A21)(WSJ, 12/4/98, p.A1)
1998 The film Milagros was
written by Manila playwright Rolando S. Tinio and directed by
Marilou Diaz-Abaya. It was about a stripper forced to face family
issues after her father dies.
(SFC, 5/20/98, p.E3)
1998 Abdujarak Abubakar
Janjalani, founder of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group, was killed by
police in Mindanao. The group’s leadership passed to his brother,
(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 9/11/00, p.A30)
1999 Jan 2, In the Philippines
rebels lobbed a grenade into a crowd watching firemen fight a fire
on Jolo Island and at least 10 people were killed and 74 injured.
The Abu Sayyaf guerrillas were believed to be responsible.
(SFC, 1/4/99, p.A22)(WSJ, 1/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 4, Philippine Pres.
Estrada signed a document as “Jose Velarde" to withdraw $10 million
from an undeclared account. In 2000 Clarissa Ocampo, vice president
of Equitable Bank, testified to the false papers before an
(SFC, 12/23/00, p.A12)
1999 Feb 4, Leo Echegaray, a
house painter convicted of raping his 10-year stepdaughter, was
executed by lethal injection. It was the first execution there in 23
(SFC, 2/5/99, p.A15)
1999 Feb 17, In the Philippines
Brigadier Gen'l. Victor Obillo was kidnapped by rebels of the New
People's Army in the Baguio district of Davao City.
(SFC, 2/18/99, p.A12)
1999 Feb, Some 60 people died
in skirmishes between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), led
by Hashim Salamat, and the army. Guerrilla resistance was based on
Mindanao and called for independence.
(WSJ, 6/22/99, p.A19)
1999 Apr 22, A mudslide in
Compostela Valley province left at least 14 people dead in the
village of Diwalwal.
(SFC, 4/24/99, p.A8)
1999 May 27, The Philippine
Senate ratified an accord with the US for joint military exercises.
(SFC, 5/28/99, p.D3)
1999 May 28, It was reported
that an estimated 20,000 Ibaloi people on Luzon Island were in the
way of a new $1.2 billion San Roque Multi-Purpose Dam Project on the
(SFC, 5/28/99, p.A12)
1999 Jun 7, Elections were set
for this date.
(WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A1)
1999 Jul 25, Raul Manglapus,
former foreign secretary, writer, playwright, linguist and musician,
died at age 80.
(SFC, 7/27/99, p.A17)
1999 Aug 3, Three days of rain
in the Manila area left 33 dead. At least 49 others died since the
rains began on Aug 1.
(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A8)(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 12, In the Philippines
a big explosion killed at least 7 people in Manila and damaged the
headquarters of the National Bureau of Investigation. Police later
blamed the explosion on dynamite that had been seized as evidence.
(WSJ, 8/13/99, p.A1)(SFC, 8/14/99, p.12)(WSJ,
1999 Aug 20, In Manila some
150,000 people protested economic changes in the constitution
proposed by Pres. Estrada.
(SFC, 8/21/99, p.A11)
1999 Sep, Ford Motor Co,
planned to begin operating a $110 million car-assembly plant in
Laguna, 25 miles south of Manila.
(WSJ, 4/10/98, p.A9)
1999 Oct 6, Government
officials and Muslim separatists agreed to halt a series of deadly
clashes in at least 2 southern provinces, Maguindanao and Sultan
Kudarat, and to start formal peace talks.
(SFC, 10/7/99, p.C2)
1999 Oct 7, In the Philippines
Typhoon Dan left at least 7 people dead and thousands of homes
flooded. This was the 13th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.
(SFC, 10/8/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 14, In the Philippines
Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels clashed with soldiers on
Mindanao and 2 people were killed in Tibao.
(SFC, 11/15/99, p.A19)
1999 Nov 18, In the southern
Philippines fighting between government troops and separatist rebels
left at least 32 dead.
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.D2)
1999 Nov 27, In the Philippines
the 10-nation ASEAN summit opened.
(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A10)
1999 Nov 28, ASEAN leaders in
the Philippines agreed to increase cooperation with Japan, China and
South Korea in an "East Asia Forum" known as ASEAN+3 and to move
toward a common market.
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 28, N.V.M. Gonzalez,
Philippine author and retired Cal. State Prof at Hayward, died in
Manila at age 84. His novels included "The Winds of April" (1941),
"The Bamboo Dancers," and "A Season of Grace."
(SFC, 12/14/99, p.B4)
1999 Dec 12-1999 Dec 17, A 6.8
earthquake hit the Philippines at Luzon and at least 5 people were
killed. A 4.8 earthquake struck Leyte province. In Manila a power
outage was caused by jellyfish sucked into water intakes of power
plants. The jelly fish pulled from cooling pumps filled 50 dump
(SFC, 12/18/99, p.A28)
1999 Dec 22, In the Philippines
the MV Asia South Korea ferry with 606 passengers sank southeast of
Manila near Bantayan Island and at least 9 people were killed. 58
people were missing.
(SFC, 12/23/99, p.C7)(SFC, 12/24/99, p.A11)
1999 In the Philippines
residents were scheduled to move into the Smoky Mountain housing
project, built over the accumulation of 50 years of Manila's waste.
R-II Builders constructed an elaborate ventilation system to divert
methane from the project. The project was built for the 10,000
scavengers who once lived and worked in the area.
(WSJ, 8/5/99, p.A1)
1999 In the Philippines Pres.
Estrada suspended an air-rights pact with Taiwan. The deal helped
his friend Mr. Tan, the majority owner of Philippine Airlines. The
rest of the country suffered due to indirect routes to Taiwan.
(WSJ, 9/20/00, p.A6)
1999 In the Philippines Pres.
Estrada pocketed a $3.7 million commission from a state pension
investment brokered by Jaime Dichaves.
(SFC, 1/8/02, p.A7)
1999 The Philippines enacted
the Visiting Forces Agreement to let American soldiers back into the
country following the closures at Subic Bay and Clark Field.
(WSJ, 11/22/05, p.A13)
1999 The Philippines scuttled
the Sierra Madre, a ship built by America during WWII, in the Second
Thomas shoal, an area know in the Philippines as Ayungin and in
China as Ren’ai.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.46)
1999 In the Philippines some 40
million people were left in the dark after swarms of jellyfish were
sucked into the cooling system of a power plant, sparking fears of a
(Economist, 4/4/20, p.70)
2000 Feb 20, 2nd round talks
between the government and MILF separatists were cancelled.
Government troops had earlier begun a major offensive and captured a
section of Camp Omar in Maguindanao. Sporadic clashes ensued and
dozens of people were killed.
(SFC, 2/21/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 24, In the Philippines
the Mayon volcano erupted on Luzon.
(SFC, 2/25/00, p.A16)
2000 Feb 26, In the southern
Philippines a series of bombings aboard Super Five Express Buses
left 41 people dead and 45 injured. Muslim separatist rebels were
(SFEC, 2/27/00, p.A29)
2000 Mar 2, In the Philippines
some 40 rebels of the New People's Army killed 10 soldiers at
Balilihan in Bohol province.
(SFC, 3/3/00, p.D4)
2000 Mar 16, In the Philippines
at least 23 people were killed in clashes between rebels and army
troops in Lanao del Norte province.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.C16)
2000 Mar 20, The Abu Sayyaf
Muslim rebel group seized over 50 hostages from 2 schools in Basilan
province. Most of the hostages were children. 2 teachers were
released for ransom on July 21.
(SFC, 4/18/00, p.A10)(SFC, 7/22/00, p.C1)
2000 Apr 8, Fighting erupted on
Mindanao when the army launched an offensive to dislodge rebels from
5 towns in Lanao del Norte province.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T9)
2000 Apr 10, In the Philippines
government troops attacked Camp Bilai, a Muslim rebel camp of the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front. A number of guerrillas were killed.
278 rebels and 18 soldiers had died in clashes over the last month.
(SFC, 4/11/00, p.D4)
2000 Apr 12, In the Philippines
the Arlahada ferryboat capsized after leaving Jolo and at least 56
people died. Another 100 were missing and feared dead. The death
toll later rose to 133.
(SFC, 4/13/00, p.A16)(WSJ, 4/17/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 16, In the Philippines
at least 4 people were killed when gunmen threw a grenade at police
near a crowded church following a mall robbery.
(WSJ, 4/17/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 17, Abu Sayyaf rebels
on Basilan Island threatened to kidnap and kill Americans if the US
does not release the men convicted for bombing the World Trade
Center in New York.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T9)
2000 Apr 19, An Air Philippines
Boeing 737-200 jet crashed and all 131 people aboard were killed on
Samal Island following an attempted landing at Davao City. It was
the worst air crash in Philippine history
(SFC, 4/19/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/19/01)
2000 Apr 22, Some 1500
government troops launched a rescue operation on Basilan Island to
free the hostages seized on Mar 20.
(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A12)
2000 Apr 23, Philippine gunmen
abducted 20-21 people from a Malaysian resort on Sipadan Island.
Islamic insurgents took credit for the attack. They later freed 2
hostages and demanded $2.4 million in ransom for 19 captives. 6 were
released for hundreds of thousands in ransom on July 21. [see Aug
(SFC, 4/25/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 4/27/00, p.A1)(SFC,
7/15/00, p.A13)(SFC, 7/22/00, p.C1)
2000 Apr 28, On Basilan Island
government troops gained control of the rebel stronghold after week
of fighting that left 6 soldiers were dead and 32 wounded. No
hostages were recovered.
(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A12)
2000 Apr 29, Fighting on
Basilan Island left 4 soldiers dead and 27 wounded. On Sulu Island
kidnappers made a written demands that included the return of barter
trade to the southern Philippines, a ban on large fishing boats to
protect local fishermen, and full implementation of a 1976 agreement
that called for a 13-province Muslim autonomous region.
(SFEC, 4/30/00, p.C14)
2000 May 2, Rebels at Talipao
threatened to behead 2 hostages if military troops were not pulled
(SFC, 5/3/00, p.A12)
2000 May 3, In the southern
Philippines 2 hostages died as the military clashed with rebels
under Commander Robot (Ghalib Andang) at Talipao. On Basilan Island
15 hostages, 9 children and 6 teachers, were rescued and 4 were
killed when government troops engaged the rebels. At Zamboanga,
Mindanao, the MILF took some 100 hostages and at least 4 people were
(SFC, 5/3/00, p.A12)(SFC, 5/4/00, p.A16)(SFC,
2000 May 4, The e-mail virus “I
Love You" bug hit millions of computers around the world. It was
considered the most virulent, most damaging ($2.6 bil), most costly
and most rapidly spread virus to date. In Manila Onel de
Guzman, a former computing student, was later released with all
charges dismissed due to lack of evidence.
(SFC, 5/5/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A1)(SFC,
2000 May 5, In The Philippines
the government and the MILF agreed to a 48-hour cease-fire on
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A11)
2000 May 7, In the Philippines
13 soldiers and 3 rebels were killed in a clash on Basilan Island.
(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)
2000 May 8, Investigators
arrested a Manila bank employee, Reomel Ramones, suspected in the
creation of the “Love Bug" computer virus.
(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A1)
2000 May 9, Reomel Ramones,
suspect in the “Love Bug" computer virus case, was released due to
lack of evidence. His girlfriend, Irene de Guzman, failed to turn
herself in as promised.
(SFC, 5/10/00, p.A2)
2000 May 17, Islamic rebels
asked for $2 million for the freedom of ailing German hostage Renate
Wallert. They also issued written conditions that included the
creation of an independent Islamic state and a global probe into the
plight of the Muslim minority.
(SFC, 5/18/00, p.A11)(WSJ, 5/18/00, p.A1)
2000 May 21, In the Philippines
soldiers rescued 2 children held by hostages on Basilan. 7 hostages
still remained with Muslim rebels.
(SFC, 5/22/00, p.A11)
2000 May 28, Muslim guerrillas
staged 3 attacks and killed at least 15 people including 12
civilians in the southern Philippines. Separately 26 people were
arrested on suspicion of involvement in the recent Manila bombings.
(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A14)
2000 Jun 2, Over 30 Moro rebels
were killed along with one government soldier in North Cotabato
(SFC, 6/3/00, p.A12)
2000 Jun 23, The military
captured Camp Rajamuda, a guerrilla stronghold in Maguindanao and
North Cotabato provinces. The weeklong operation left 4 guerrillas
and one soldier dead.
(SFC, 6/24/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 28, In the Philippines
Communist guerrillas killed 12 soldiers and an army brigade
commander in the town of Jones in northern Isabela province.
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.C6)
2000 Jul 5, In the Philippines
the army carried out a large offensive against Muslim separatists
and bombarded the 25,000-acre Camp Abubakar on southern Mindanao.
(SFC, 7/6/00, p.A13)
2000 Jul 7, Typhoon Kai Tak
killed at least 39 people in the Philippines and moved on to Japan.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A11)(WSJ, 7/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 9, Government troops
captured the headquarters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front at
Camp Abubakar in Maguindanao province.
(SFC, 7/10/00, p.A10)
2000 Jul 10, In the Philippines
a garbage dump in Quezon City, a Manila suburb, collapsed and burst
into flames. At least 124 people were killed in the Lupang Pangako
shantytown at the Payatas dump. The camp was called the Promised
Land. 200 were feared to have died.
(SFC, 7/11/00, p.A14)(WSJ, 7/111/00, p.A1)(SFC,
7/12/00, p.A10)(SFC, 7/13/00, p.C4)(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A24)
2000 Jul 22, Muslim rebels in
the southern Philippines ambushed a truck carrying workers for
Maranao Planters and killed 13 people, including 3 women and a
2-year-old boy. 14 were wounded.
(SFC, 7/24/00, p.A16)
2000 Aug 18, Three Malaysians
were released by Abu Sayyaf rebels.
(WSJ, 8/21/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 21, In the Philippines
rebels killed 17 army soldiers in Negros Occidental province.
(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 24, Police found the
bodies of 5 truck drivers kidnapped 2 days earlier in Maguindanao
(SFC, 8/25/00, p.D8)
2000 Aug 27, Kidnappers in the
southern Philippines released 6 foreign hostages for a reported $5
million in ransom. The 5 were part of a group of 21 kidnapped on Apr
(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A11)
2000 Aug 28, Abu Sayyaf
guerrillas abducted Jeffrey Schilling (24), their first American
(SFC, 8/30/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 1, Abu Sayyaf rebels
demanded $10 million for the release of Jeffrey Schilling and later
said that Schilling had begun a hunger strike.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 8, Abu Sayyaf rebels
freed 4 more hostages held since April 23. Libya paid a reported $1
million per hostage. The hostages later reported that rebels had
raped female hostages.
(SFC, 9/9/00, p.A10)(SFEC, 9/10/00, p.C15)(SFC,
2000 Sep 10, In Malaysia Abu
Sayyaf rebels kidnapped 3 men from Pandanan Island off Borneo and
took them to Jolo island in the Philippines.
(WSJ, 9/12/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 14, Guerrillas bombed
3 gas stations and lawmakers planned to undo economic reforms and
nationalize oil imports to cut soaring fuel costs.
(WSJ, 9/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 16, The military under
orders from Pres. Estrada staged a surprise attack on Abu Sayyaf
rebels on Jolo Island.
(SFC, 9/16/00, p.A1)(SFEC, 9/17/00, p.A2)
2000 Sep 17, Military forces
said 6 Abu Sayyaf guerrillas were killed and 20 arrested. The
(SFC, 9/18/00, p.A8)
2000 Sep 19, A government court
ruled that nearly $627 million in Swiss bank deposits belonging to
the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos should go to the government.
(SFC, 9/20/00, p.A14)
2000 Sep 20, Two French
television journalists were rescued from Abu Sayyaf rebels. 7 rebels
were reported killed and 20 captured after 5 days of fighting.
(SFC, 9/20/00, p.A14)
2000 Sep 25, It was reported
that at least 3 civilians had been accidentally killed by soldiers
in pursuit of Abu Sayyaf rebels. Some 14,000 people were forced to
flee their homes.
(SFC, 9/25/00, p.A16)
2000 Sep 26, In the Philippines
the Supreme Court announced an 18-month sentence for Tommy Suharto
(SFC, 9/27/00, p.A15)
2000 Sep 26, Philippine Abu
Sayyaf rebels claimed to have escaped from Jolo Island.
(SFC, 9/27/00, p.A15)
2000 Sep 27, In the Philippines
10 people died after some 50 rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front attacked farmers and soldiers in Carmen village, North
(SFC, 9/29/00, p.D2)
2000 Sep 27, Jolo Island
villagers in Lapu dumped 3 Abu Sayyaf rebel bodies at a police
station. 3 villagers were also killed in the fight with rebels.
(SFC, 9/28/00, p.C2)
2000 Oct 2, On Jolo Island
soldiers freed 12 Christian evangelists from Abu Sayyaf rebels after
one escaped and alerted the military. The guerrillas escaped with 5
(SFC, 10/3/00, p.A8)
2000 Oct 5, Pres Estrada
presided over the surrender of 600 Muslim rebels.
(WSJ, 10/6/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 9, Philippines Gov.
Luis Singson of Ilocos Sur province charged that Pres. Estrada
received over $11 million in payoffs, mostly from illegal gambling.
(SFC, 10/10/00, p.A13)
2000 Oct 10, Military officials
said 15 Abu Sayyaf rebels surrendered in Talipao town on Jolo
Island. 129 guerrillas were reported killed and 53 captured during
the recent assault on Jolo.
(SFC, 10/11/00, p.A4)
2000 Oct 14, Philippine troops
arrested 36 suspected supporters of Abu Sayyaf rebels and 6 others
surrendered on Jolo Island.
(SFC, 10/16/00, p.F8)
2000 Oct 18, In the Philippines
opposition legislators filed a resolution for the impeachment of
Pres. Estrada for taking bribes. Some 15,000 people massed in Manila
and called for Estrada’s resignation.
(SFC, 10/19/00, p.A17)
2000 Oct 19, In the Philippines
at least 9 people were reported killed and 11 wounded in several
attacks by the MILF.
(SFC, 10/20/00, p.D8)
2000 Oct 24, A rebel commander
and 18 followers surrendered on Jolo Island.
(SFC, 10/25/00, p.A16)
2000 Oct 25, Three Malaysian
hostages held by rebels were rescued on Jolo Island.
(SFC, 10/25/00, p.A16)(SFC, 10/26/00, p.D8)
2000 Oct 29, In the Philippines
Typhoon Xangsane left 14 dead on Luzon and moved toward China.
(WSJ, 10/30/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 2, Pres. Estrada
offered to let voters decide his future in a referendum as more
members of his cabinet resigned.
(SFC, 11/3/00, p.A18)
2000 Nov 4, Tens of thousands
rallied in Manila for Pres. Estrada to resign.
(SFEC, 11/5/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 9, Perfecto Yasay, the
former SEC Chairman, charged that Pres. Estrada forced him to
resign. Yasay had accused the president of attempting to influence
an investigation of an Estrada friend. Yasay had also tried to block
the sale of a controlling stake in Philippine Long Distance
Telephone for which Estrada received a $20 million kickback.
(SFC, 11/10/00, p.D2)
2000 Nov 10, A landslide buried
11 children in Kabugao, Apayao province.
(SFC, 11/11/00, p.C18)
2000 Nov 13, The House of
Representatives approved an impeachment trial to address corruption
charges against Pres. Estrada.
(SFC, 11/14/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 14, Some 20,000
marched in Manila for the ouster of Pres. Estrada.
(SFC, 11/15/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 20, Senators presented
Pres. Estrada a 270-page articles of impeachment for corruption and
(SFC, 11/21/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 24, In the Philippines
Salvador "Bubby" Dacer, a publicist who represented top political
figures, was kidnapped and later killed along with his driver.
Police boss Sen. Panfilo Lacson was later linked to the killing. In
2009 Cesar Mancao, a former senior Philippine police official
accused of the double homicide, was extradited from the US after
agreeing to testify in the case.
2000 Nov 25, Military troops
retook Camp Bushra in Lanao del Sur province and reported 10 rebels
killed. The rebels reported 22 military casualties.
(SFC, 11/27/00, p.A8)
2000 Nov 28, At least 8 people
were killed when government forces clashed with a group that
abducted Marilyn Tiu, the wife of a businessman in Zamboanga del Sur
(SFC, 11/30/00, p.C7)
2000 Dec 9, It was reported
that Tropical Storm Rumbia had killed at least 29 people in the
(SFC, 12/9/00, p.D8)
2000 Dec 10, Pres. Estrada
announced that he would order the commutation of all death sentences
to life imprisonment.
(SFC, 12/11/00, p.F8)
2000 Dec 14, In the southern
Philippines Muslim extremists killed 3 passengers on a motorcycle
(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.D11)
2000 Dec 30, In the Philippines
5 bomb blasts hit Manila and at least 22 people were killed. Muslim
rebels were blamed. One of bombs was on a train and killed at least
13. Police arrested 17 men on Jan 4. 7 Muslim guerrillas were
indicted including Salamat Hashim, chairman of the Moro Liberation
Front. The Jemaah Islamiyah, an militant group linked to al Qaeda,
was involved in the train bombing. In 2009 three men, including one
of the Philippines' top terror suspects, were sentenced to life in
prison for one of the bombings that killed 11 people. The attacks
revealed close coordination among militants across the region.
(SFC, 12/30/00, p.A1)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.A1)(SFC,
1/5/01, p.D3)(SFC, 1/9/01, p.A15)(WSJ, 8/13/02, p.A14)(AP, 1/23/09)
2001 Jan 15, In the Philippines
flooding of the Balugo River and tributaries drove some 12,000
people from their homes.
(SFC, 1/16/01, p.A10)
2001 Jan 16, The prosecution
against Pres. Estrada quit after the Senate voted to deny access to
(SFC, 1/17/01, p.A10)
2001 Jan 20, Pres. Estrada
stepped down as tens of thousands, united by cell phone messages,
marched on his residence. Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
(53), daughter of former pres. Diosdado Macapagal, took over power.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A1,12)
2001 Jan 26, Pres. Arroyo
forced her Cabinet ministers to sign an 8-point “covenant" that
included pledges to show “respect for others," live a simple
lifestyle and focus on the poor.
(SFC, 1/27/01, p.A14)
2001 Feb 6, Pres. Arroyo named
Sen. Teofisto Guingona as her vice president. Former pres. Estrada
filed a suit disputing the legal basis for Arroyo’s presidency.
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A12)
2001 Feb 7, Citizens filed a
lawsuit against former Pres. Estrada to seize some $400 million in
unexplained wealth and give it to the government.
(SFC, 2/8/01, p.C3)
2001 Feb 19, Pres. Arroyo
announced a cease-fire with southern separatists. She hoped Mindanao
rebels would reciprocate. Separately 10 people drowned and a dozen
were missing when their illegal ferry capsized as they tried to
reach Malaysia for work.
(SFC, 2/20/01, p.A9)
2001 Mar 2, The Supreme Court
affirmed the legitimacy of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and denied
immunity to former Pres. Estrada.
(SFC, 3/3/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 15, Ten police
officers were sentenced to death for accepting $13,265 in bribes
from alleged drug dealers in 1999.
(SFC, 3/16/01, p.A16)
2001 Apr 5, Former Pres.
Estrada was indicted for allegedly pocketing $82 million in
kickbacks and payoffs over his 2 ½ years in office.
(SFC, 4/6/01, p.D6)
2001 Apr 7, Manila went dark
for 14 hours when a transmission line overloaded and cut power to 35
(WSJ, 4/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 12, Government troops
raided the Abu Sayyaf rebel camp on Jolo Island and freed Jeffrey
Schilling. Some of the rebels were killed and others wounded.
(SFC, 4/13/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 16, Former Pres.
Estrada turned himself in on an arrest warrant and was released on
bond. 5 of 8 charges were dropped the next day in order to
concentrate on his corruption case.
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A13)
2001 Apr 24, Former Pres.
Joseph Estrada was ordered to be arrested on charges of plunder.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A8)
2001 Apr 25, Ousted Philippine
President Joseph Estrada became the country's first leader to be
arrested for alleged corruption in office. Estrada was jailed on 8
(SFC, 4/26/01, p.A12)(AP, 4/25/02)
2001 Apr 30, In the Philippines
the army went on alert after Cardinal Sin urged people into the
streets to defend democracy and Pres. Arroyo from defenders of
former Pres. Estrada. Some 20,000 followers of Estrada tried to
storm the presidential palace and at least 4 people were killed.
(SFC, 4/30/01, p.A8)(SFC, 5/1/01, p.A8)(WSJ,
2001 May 1, In the Philippines
Pres. Arroyo declared a “state of rebellion" and ordered the arrest
of 2 senators and several military officials loyal to former Pres.
Estrada. Some 40,000 protesters marched on Malacanang Palace and 3
people were killed.
(SFC, 5/2/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/3/01, p.B1)
2001 May 6, Pres. Arroyo lifted
the “state of rebellion" order.
(SFC, 5/7/01, p.C1)
2001 May 14, Midterm elections
were held for half the Senate and the entire House of
Representatives and 17,600 municipal and provincial posts. The
Communist associated Nation First Party won 3 seats.
(SFC, 5/14/01, p.A9)(SFC, 8/21/01, p.A6)
2001 May 15, Gunmen killed a
policeman and stole ballot boxes as voting continued. Arroyo’s party
held a flimsy lead.
(WSJ, 5/16/01, p.A1)
2001 May 22, Two workers were
killed at the Pearl Farms resort on Samal Island during an attack by
suspected Muslim rebels. Guards repulsed the attack.
(SFC, 5/24/01, p.C3)
2001 May 24, Muslim rebels
kidnapped 40 people traveling from Basilan to Babuan Island.
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.A10)
2001 May 27, Gunmen abducted 21
people from the Dos Palmas Island Resort in Palawan province,
Philippines. Guillermo Sobero from Corona, Ca., was one of the 3
abducted Americans. The Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility. Sobero
was later beheaded. Missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham were
among the kidnapped. A $300,000 ransom for the Burnhams was paid in
2002, but the rebels then asked for $200,000 more. [see Jun 7, 2002]
(SSFC, 5/27/01, p.A12)(SFC, 5/29/01, p.A8)(SFC,
10/25/01, p.C2)(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A6)(SFC, 4/27/02, p.A11)
2001 Jun 2, Government forces
engaged Muslim separatists at Lamitan on Basilan Island. At least 12
soldiers were killed in 2 days of fighting. New hostages were
reported taken. It was later reported that army officers accepted
bribes to allow Abu Sayyaf rebels to escape.
(SFC, 6/2/01, p.A8)(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A16)(SFC,
2001 Jun 12, On Basilan Island
Muslim rebels claimed to have beheaded Guillermo Sobero of Corona,
Ca., one of the hostages kidnapped May 27.
(SFC, 6/12/01, p.A8)(SFC, 6/13/01, p.D4)
2001 Jun 14, Francis Ganzon, a
Muslim cleric, and Kimberly Jao (13) were released by Abu Sayyaf
rebels on Basilan Island. Mohaimin Sahi, a Muslim cleric negotiator
taken captive a few days earlier, was also released.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A13)
2001 Jun 21, On Zamboanga 3
severed heads were found in the area where Muslim extremists claimed
to have killed Guillermo Sobero of Riverside, Ca.
(SFC, 6/22/01, p.A15)
2001 Jun 22, The Philippine
government signed a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun 24, In Legazpi the
Mayon volcano erupted and at least 7,000 villagers fled their homes.
(SFC, 6/25/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun, The US indicted 5
Philippine Abu Sayyaf leaders including Hamsiraji Sali and Khadaffy
Janjalany for the May 27 kidnapping of 3 Americans.
(SFC, 4/9/04, p.A3)
2001 Jul 3, At Zamboanga Abu
Sayyaf rebels freed 2 hostages and warned the government to withdraw
from Muslim-majority islands or face more kidnappings.
(SFC, 7/4/01, p.A12)
2001 Jul 3, In the Philippines
53 people were left dead in landslides from Typhoon Utor as the
storm moved toward Taiwan.
(WSJ, 7/5/01, p.A1)(SFC, 7/6/01, p.D3)
2001 Jul 8, Police in General
Santos City arrested Nadzmie Sabtulah, a high-ranking member of the
Abu Sayyaf Muslim extremists.
(SFC, 7/9/01, p.A8)
2001 Aug 2, Abu Sayyaf
extremists seized 36 Filipinos civilians on Basilan island and
beheaded 10 of them.
(SFC, 8/4/01, p.A6)(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Aug 4, Philippine soldiers
rescued 13 hostages of the 36 seized by Abu Sayyaf rebels on Aug 2.
(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Aug 7, The Islamic and
National fronts signed a separate unity pact to bridge their 23-year
split. Muslim separatists agreed to a cease-fire with the
government. Only the Abu Sayyaf was left fighting the government.
(SFC, 8/8/01, p.A8)
2001 Aug 18, A pre-dawn fire
swept through the Manor Hotel in Quezon City and at least 68 people,
trapped behind security bars, were killed
(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A10)
2001 Oct 1, The trial of former
Pres. Estrada had a brief start and was postponed to Oct 17. Estrada
showed up against his will, without his legal team and clad in
(SFC, 10/2/01, p.A10)
2001 Oct 4, Government forces
captured 13 members of Abu Sayyaf and killed another in a southern
(SFC, 10/5/01, p.D6)
2001 Oct 17, Gunmen abducted an
Italian priest, Giuseppe Pierantoni (45), in Dimataling, Zamboanga
del Sur. He was freed Apr 8, 2002.
(WSJ, 10/18/01, p.A1)(SFC, 4/8/02, p.A7)
2001 Oct 23, In the Philippines
6 suspected Muslim rebels surrendered and 3 were captured.
(SFC, 10/25/01, p.C2)
2001 Oct 23, US military
officers were sent to the Philippines to assess how the US might
help the local war against terrorism.
(SFC, 10/24/01, p.A13)
2001 Oct 28, In Zamboanga a
bomb exploded at a food court and at least 6 people were killed. Abu
Sayyaf rebels were blamed.
(SFC, 10/29/01, p.A9)
2001 Oct 30, Marvin Deonzon
(27) was arrested following the weekend bomb attack. Deonzon claimed
to be part of the al Qaeda network and warned of another 40 bombs
planted around Zamboanga.
(WSJ, 11/1/01, p.A17)
2001 Nov 7, In the Philippines
tropical storm Lingling left at least 68 people dead from floods and
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A20)
2001 Nov 8, In the Philippines
the toll from tropical storm Lingling climbed to at least 350
people. The storm left more than 200 dead and moved to Vietnam.
(SFC, 11/9/01, p.A18)(WSJ, 11/9/01, p.A1)(SFC,
11/13/01, p.A14)(AP, 11/8/02)
2001 Nov 17, Communist
guerrillas opened fire on soldiers in Cateel town. 18 soldiers and
10 rebels were killed.
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A14)
2001 Nov 19, Moro rebels
attacked the army near Jolo town. 4 soldiers were killed along with
51 rebels in a counterattack.
(SFC, 11/20/01, p.A17)
2001 Nov 22, The military
bombed rebel positions on Jolo island and hunted for supporters of
Gov. Nur Misuari, who was charged with rebellion. At least 100 of
Misuari’s men were reported killed since the Nov 19 attack.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A19)
2001 Nov 27, The military
reported 25 guerrillas killed along with 1 soldier in Zamboanga.
Rebels under Julhambri Misuari, nephew of arrested Gov. Misuari,
later released 89 hostages in exchange for safe passage out of
(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 23, Police rescued a
Canadian hostage, Pierre Belanger (51), held for 2 months by the
Pentagon gang in the village of Buena Vista.
(SFC, 12/24/01, p.A4)
2001 Dec 29, Philippine troops
raided a camp of Muslim rebels linked to Osama bin Laden and killed
(WSJ, 12/31/01, p.A1)
2001 Louis H. Francia, NY poet
and journalist, authored “Eye of the Fish," a record of his
(SSFC, 8/19/01, DB p.67)
2002 Jan 9, In the Philippines
Gen. Diomedio Villanueva said some 100 US military advisers will be
allowed to join front-line Philippine troops fighting Abu Sayyaf
(SFC, 1/10/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 15, Philippine police
arrested Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi of Indonesia, an alleged bomb-maker
in an al Qaeda linked terrorist cell. Ghozi admitted to providing
munitions and financing for the Dec 30, 2000, attack in Manila that
(WSJ, 1/21/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 15, In the Philippines
15 people were killed in a shootout between Muslim demonstrators and
police in Jolo.
(SFC, 1/16/02, p.A7)
2002 Jan 31, US troops began a
6-month exercise for Filipino soldiers on Zamboanga, who were
hunting Abu Sayyaf extremists.
(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A24)
2002 Feb 6, The Philippine
opposition made a legal move that gave Pres. Arroyo 10 days to
justify the presence of US troops.
(SFC, 2/7/02, p.A12)
2002 Feb 21, A US MH-47E
Chinook helicopter with 10 soldiers crashed into the Mindanao Sea in
the Philippines. 3 bodies were found by local fishermen. A salvage
team found 5 more bodies Mar 30.
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A17)(SFC, 2/23/02, p.A14)(SSFC,
2002 Mar 5, In the Philippines
a 6.8 earthquake struck about 10 miles under the sea some 147 miles
southwest of General Santos and 4 people were killed.
(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A8)
2002 Mar 12, Munib Assa, a
senior Abu Sayyaf guerrilla, was arrested in Zamboanga.
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A12)
2002 Mar 13, In the Philippines
Agus Dwikarna (b.1964), a Jemaah Islamiya Terrorist Operations
Facilitator, was arrested. In July he was convicted of carrying C-4
plastic explosives and bomb parts at Manila's Ninoy Aquino
International Airport as he and two other Indonesians were leaving
Manila for Bangkok. He was sentenced to a prison term of 10 to 17
years. In 2014 Dwikarna was deported back to Indonesia.
2002 Mar, Levi Celerio (91),
national artist and composer (leaf player), died.
(SFC, 4/4/02, p.A19)
2002 Apr 11, The ferry MV
Carmela with 240 passengers caught fire and at least 15 people were
(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A8)
2002 Apr 21, In the Philippines
3 explosions killed at least 14 people in General Santos. Abu Sayyaf
rebels claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 4/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr, In the Philippines
Benjaline Hernandez (22) was killed on Mindanao while teaching
peasant children and helping victims of the low-level conflict
between the Philippine army and the communist New People’s Army. He
mother later insisted that she was killed by gunmen from a
(SSFC, 2/25/07, p.A15)
2002 May 2, Salip Abdullah, a
key aide to Abu Sayyaf chief Janjalini, was captured in Labangal
village near General Santos.
(SFC, 5/3/02, p.A10)
2002 May 22, Philippine police
in Cotabato city arrested Noor Mohammad Umog, a Muslim Abu Sayyaf
(SFC, 5/24/02, p.A16)
2002 May 29, The US offered a
reward for as much as $5 million for the capture of Abu Sayyaf
leaders in the Philippines.
(SFC, 5/30/02, p.A10)
2002 May 30, It was reported
that dynamite fishing in the Philippines has put the native coral
reefs on the verge of collapse.
(SFC, 5/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 7, In the Philippines
a yearlong hostage crisis came to an end as Martin Burnham, an
American missionary, was killed along with Philippine nurse Ediborah
Yap when troops stormed an Abu Sayyaf outpost on Mindanao. Burnham's
wife, Gracia Burnham, was wounded.
(SFC, 6/8/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/7/07)
2002 Jun 16, Philippine troops
shot dead one Muslim rebel and wounded an unknown number in their
first clash with the guerrillas since an American hostage was killed
in a rescue operation more than a week ago.
2002 Jun 19, In the Philippines
witnesses reported that 17 people were killed in a shootout between
members of a cult and security forces moving in to arrest their
leader on a remote southern Philippine island.
2002 Jun 21, Abu Sabaya (Aldam
Tilao), one of the Philippines' most wanted Muslim rebels and the
key man in last year's kidnapping of a U.S. missionary couple, was
reportedly shot and likely killed in a clash with government troops.
(Reuters, 6/21/02)(SFC, 6/22/02, p.A6)
2002 Jun 27, Muslim guerrillas
killed a Philippine army officer and wounded five soldiers in a
gunbattle on a southern island where three Indonesian seamen have
been held hostage for more than a week.
2002 Jul 1, Philippine
government forces using bomber planes and helicopters attacked
suspected Muslim rebel positions in the southern Philippines,
inflicting an undetermined number of casualties.
2002 Jul 2, Philippine Vice
President Teofisto Guingona resigned as foreign minister, settling
but perhaps not ending a public row with President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo over U.S. military exercises in the south of the country.
2002 Jul 8, Typhoon Chata'an
headed towards southern Japan after battering the Philippines, where
officials said it had killed 17 people -- including three South
Korean tourists who died when their boat capsized.
2002 Jul 9, Philippine
officials said they had arrested a Filipino Muslim suspected of
helping to procure more than a ton of explosives for al Qaeda-linked
Islamic radicals accused of plotting to bomb U.S. targets in
Singapore. A U.S-trained Philippine soldier and an undetermined
number of Muslim rebels were killed in fierce fighting on southern
2002 Jul 15, Philippine gunmen
shot dead four supporters of candidates as Filipinos voted in local
community elections after a bloody campaign that left scores of
people dead. The 90 day election campaign left 71 people dead.
2002 Jul 21, In the Philippines
3 people drowned in floods and a landslide buried alive a family of
three as heavy rains pummeled the main island of Luzon, including
2002 Jul 30, In the Philippines
some 2,000 leftist protestors slammed a U.S.-led anti-terror
exercise, ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell for
talks on combating terrorism.
2002 Aug 3, Philippine troops
captured seven suspected members of the Muslim Abu Sayyaf guerrilla
group said to be linked to al Qaeda.
2002 Aug 7, In the Philippines
Marxist rebels vowed all-out resistance against the government's
renewed campaign to crush their revolt after President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo ordered the deployment of troops in their
2002 Aug 22, In the Philippines
the heads of two Jehovah’s Witnesses were found at Patikul on Jolo
island, two days after the Abu Sayyaf rebels seized the two male
preachers and six other hostages.
(Reuters, 8/22/02)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 23, An anti-graft
court in the Philippines froze the assets of former president Joseph
Estrada in connection with charges that he illegally amassed over
four billion pesos ($76.48 million) during his 31-month rule.
2002 Aug 25, Philippine troops
shot dead a notorious leader of a gang of kidnappers and rescued a
girl (4) and her nanny from a week-long captivity.
2002 Aug 25, Up to 10
guerrillas from a Philippine Marxist rebel group blacklisted by the
United States were killed when the military clashed with a 40-man
New People's Army (NPA) band in Rodriguez town, a Manila suburb.
2002 Sep 8, Philippine troops
shelled retreating Muslim guerrillas after capturing two rebel camps
in fighting on southern Jolo island that left at least 22 dead.
2002 Oct 2, In the Philippines
a bomb killed an American soldier in Zamboanga and was detonated by
a Filipino on a motorcycle who died in the blast that killed one
(Reuters, 10/3/02)(WSJ, 10/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 10, In the southern
Philippines a bomb ripped through a bus terminal in Kidapawan City
in North Cotobato province, killed 6 people and wounding 2 dozen in
the latest of a series of bomb attacks in the violence-hit region.
(Reuters, 10/10/02)(SFC, 10/12/02, p.A11)
2002 Oct 11, The Philippine
military reported that marines clashed with Abu Sayyaf rebels on
Jolo Island and at least 11 soldiers were killed.
(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.A20)
2002 Oct 12, Seven Filipino
soldiers died and 25 others were wounded in a fierce clash with
Muslim rebels deep in the jungle of southern Sulu island.
2002 Oct 13, Philippine troops
pounded Muslim guerrilla positions with bombs and cannon fire,
killing 20 rebels, as fighting raged for the second day in the
country's troubled south.
2002 Oct 17, In the Philippines
bombings in Zamboanga killed 7 people and injured 152. Militants of
Abu Sayyaf were suspected.
(SFC, 10/18/02, p.A10)
2002 Oct 18, In the Philippines
a bomb ripped through a bus in Quezon City, a Manila suburb,
killing 2 people and injuring 20 others.
(AP, 10/18/02)(SFC, 10/19/02, p.A12)
2002 Oct 20, In the Philippines
a bomb exploded at an open-air Christian shrine in the southern city
of Zamboanga, killing one marine and wounding 16 people.
2002 Nov 4, China signed a
landmark agreement, “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the
South China Sea," with ASEAN (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines,
Vietnam) on avoiding open conflict in the disputed South China Sea
Spratly Islands. Indonesia objected and Taiwan was barred from
(Reuters, 11/4/02)(Econ, 5/22/04,
2002 Nov 6, Muslim guerrillas
strafed a southern Philippine village with automatic rifle fire,
killing seven people in retaliation for an offensive by troops.
2002 Nov 11, In the Philippines
a Fokker passenger plane, trailing smoke from its left engine,
plunged into Manila Bay shortly after taking off from Manila, with
18 of the 34 people aboard killed or missing and presumed dead.
2002 Nov 13, Philippine Muslim
gunmen linked to the al Qaeda network have demanded a ransom of 16
million pesos ($300,000) for their seven Indonesian and Filipino
hostages kidnapped in June and August.
2002 Nov 21, The United States
and the Philippines signed a controversial agreement which would
allow U.S. forces to use the Asian country as a supply point for
2002 Nov 24, Philippine
communist rebels killed four soldiers when about 30 rebels opened
fire on a military convoy returning to base from a mission.
2002 Nov 25, Philippine
communist rebels, fleeing pursuing soldiers, torched a mobile phone
relay station at Puerto Galera, a resort close to the capital Manila
which is one of the country's best-known scuba diving spots.
2002 Dec 24, In the southern
Philippines a bomb believed planted by Muslim Moro rebels killed 16
people, including Mayor Saudie Ampatuan in Datu Piang.
(AP, 12/24/02)(SFC, 12/25/02, p.A16)(WSJ,
2002 Dec 26, In the southern
Philippines suspected Muslim rebels killed 12 workers as they rode
in a truck to a Canadian-owned mine. Extortion was suspected.
(WSJ, 12/27/02, p.A1)
2002 The Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was founded. It specializes in gathering
intelligence and its typical operations revolve around searching for
mid-level to prominent drug suspects, making arrests, compiling
evidence and supporting court proceedings.
2002 The Philippine budget
deficit was 5.4% of GDP. Mineral reserves were estimated at
(Econ, 3/26/05, p.72)(Econ, 7/22/06, p.63)
2003 Jan 11, Philippine army
troops have occupied a southern mountain village in Sultan Kudarat
province after driving away a large group of Moro Islamic
separatists and a kidnap gang in fierce clashes that killed at least
20 rebels and allies.
2003 Feb 2, In the Philippines
a two-hour gun battle involving about 70 New People's Army rebels
killed two soldiers and five rebels near the town of Baganga in the
southern Davao Oriental province.
2003 Feb 8, Philippine troops
killed at least eight Abu Sayyaf rebels during a clash with the
guerrillas in the southern town of Patikul.
2003 Feb 19, In the
southern Philippines suspected separatist rebels attacked Poblacion.
They rounded up some villagers and gunned down 14 people.
2003 Feb 20, Pentagon
officials said they will send over 1,700 US troops to the
Philippines over the next few weeks to fight Muslim extremists.
(SFC, 2/21/03, A1)
2003 Feb 23, The
Philippine government said it will not permit U.S. forces to join
Filipino troops in combat against Muslim extremists.
2003 Mar 4, In the
Philippines a bomb hidden in a backpack exploded at the Davao
airport on Mindanao, killing 21 people and wounding some 150.
(AP, 3/4/03)(SFC, 3/5/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 10, In the
southern Philippines suspected Muslim separatist rebels seized a
bus, and two people were killed before the gunmen escaped.
2003 Mar 25, Philippine troops
killed a senior commander of the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group
in a raid on his hideout.
2003 Mar 29, In the Philippines
troops clashed with communist guerrillas in a hilly area near the
capital, and at least 24 were people killed.
2003 Apr 2, In the southern
Philippine city of Davao a bomb exploded near a bustling wharf, and
killed 16 people including two children.
(AP, 4/3/03)(SFC, 4/3/03, p.A11)
2003 Apr 5, In the southern
Philippines two bombings killed two people and wounded eight.
2003 Apr 13, In the southern
Philippines some 40 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters attacked
soldiers in Barira. The firefight left 12 guerrillas and possibly 3
(SFC, 4/15/03, p.A5)
2003 Apr 18, At least 13
Filipino devotees were nailed to wooden crosses north of Manila in
an annual Good Friday re-enactment of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.
2003 Apr 25, The Philippines
reported its first deaths from SARS; Taiwan authorities quarantined
over 1,100 doctors, nurses and patients in a hospital and Asian
health chiefs met on ways to tackle the deadly flu-like disease.
2003 May 4, In the Philippines
Muslim guerrillas attacked the town of Siocon in the southern
province of Zamboanga del Norte, and took hostages as they withdrew
from fighting that killed at least 22 people.
2003 May 10, In the Philippines
a bomb exploded at a crowded market in a southern Koronadal city,
killing at least 9 people with 41 injured. Abu Sayyaf claimed
2003 May 18, In the Philippines
the Manila Water Co dumped large doses of the disinfectant into a
reservoir serving the eastern part of the capital after the young
man fell into an aqueduct while picking fruit.
2003 May 25, In the Philippines
a passenger ferry collided with a larger boat and sank at the mouth
of Manila Bay. At least 23 people were killed and 198 were rescued.
2003 May 28, In the southern
Philippines Muslim rebels declared a cease-fire and gave the
government 10 days to meet their demands or face renewed fighting.
2003 May 29, Tropical Storm
Linfa moved northeast of the Philippines toward Japan on Thursday
after leaving at least 25 people dead and more than 8,000 displaced
following five days of heavy rains and flooding.
2003 May 31, Clashes between
Philippine troops and Muslim separatist guerrillas left at least 23
dead, just days before a 10-day unilateral cease-fire was set to
2003 Jul 10, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded in a crowded market, killing at least
three people and injuring 26 others, including many children.
2003 Jul 14, In Manila Fathur
Rohman al-Ghozi, terror suspect, escaped from prison.
(Econ, 7/19/03, p.34)
2003 Jul 17, Philippine
president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said that police corruption likely
led to the escape from prison of three terror suspects, including a
top bomb expert, and threatened to shake up the police force.
2003 Jul 18, The Philippine
government announced a cease-fire deal with a Muslim rebel group.
2003 Jul 22, Typhoon Imbudo,
the strongest in 5 years, hit the Philippines with winds of more
than 100 mph. At least six people were killed.
2003 Jul 27, In Manila some 300
mutinous Philippine troops, who seized a downtown residential
shopping complex, surrendered. This ended a 19-hour standoff with
government forces without a shot fired. Pres. Arroyo declared a
state of rebellion, which lasted to Aug 11. In 2008 Arroyo pardoned
9 military officers who apologized after being convicted of the
coup. In 2010 Antonio Trillanes IV, the most prominent of the 300
troops, was released from seven years in detention in a presidential
amnesty for military rebels.
(AP, 7/27/03)(WSJ, 8/12/03, p.A1)(AP,
2003 Aug 10, In the southern
Philippines army troops searching for a suspected Islamic militant
clashed with unidentified men, killing three gunmen.
2003 Aug 15, Philippine army
forces in a speedboat killed 4 suspected members of Abu Sayyaf, an
extremist Muslim group, in a clash at sea after getting a tip from
2003 Sep 13, In the southern
Philippines soldiers killed two suspected members of the Muslim
extremist Abu Sayyaf group and seized pictures of al-Qaida chief
Osama bin Laden and documents in Arabic language after storming a
2003 Oct 7, In the Philippines
a detained Muslim terror suspect grabbed a guard's rifle and opened
fire at police headquarters in Manila, killing three officers and
wounding three others before he was fatally shot.
2003 Oct 12, In the Philippines
Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi, terrorist bombmaker for Jemaah Islamiyah,
was killed in a shootout with police in Pigcauayan.
(SFC, 10/13/03, p.A7)
2003 Oct 18, Pres. Bush
addressed a special joint session of the Philippine Congress in
Manila. Some 290 families lost their homes in a shantytown of the
Batasan Hills, which faced the building where the address was to be
held. Bush promised to help the Philippines defeat terrorism by
aiding in the modernization of its under-equipped military.
Thousands of university students and other activists marched to
protest Bush's visit to Manila already tense over security concerns.
(SFC, 10/17/03, p.A5)(AP, 10/18/03)(SSFC,
2003 Nov 7, Philippine security
officers shot and killed the country's former top civil aviation
official and a navy reserve officer as they seized the Manila
airport control tower at gunpoint.
2003 Nov 22, The Diva2Diva show
at the Daly City, Ca., Cow Palace featured Filipino singers Kuh
Ledesma and Zsa Zsa Padilla.
(Ind, 11/15/03, p.1A)
2003 Dec 8, US District Judge
James Ware ruled that US toxic cleanup law doesn't apply abroad. A
suit by Filipinos sought that the US government be required to
assess pollution near 2 former military bases.
(SFC, 12/12/03, p.A6)
2003 Dec 13, Philippine Foreign
Secretary Blas Ople (76), a key ally of President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo in her support for Washington's war on terror, died of a
2003 Dec 16, Pres. Bush signed
a measure that made WW II Filipino American veterans eligible for
full Veterans Affair health care. Previous benefits were at half the
rate of US veterans. Veterans in the Philippines did not qualify.
(SFC, 12/17/03, p.A2)(SFC, 12/30/03, p.A15)
2003 Dec 19, In the Philippines
landslides and floods have killed at least 127 people, and 150
others were missing and feared dead.
(AP, 12/20/03)(AP, 12/21/03)(AP, 12/22/03)
2003 Dec 21, More than 150
people were killed in mudslides in the Philippines. [see Dec 19]
2003 Dec 31, In the Philippines
a fire sparked by firecrackers swept through an old market in Lucena
City, killing at least 14 people who were trapped inside their
2003 Jul 13, Hashim Salamat
(61), founder of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), died in
the Philippines. In the 1960s he was sent to Egypt where he obtained
an Islamic philosophy degree from Al Azhar college in 1967 and a
masters degree two years later.
2004 Jan 2, Philippine movie
star Fernando Po Jr. filed his candidacy for the presidency.
(SFC, 1/2/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 4, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded at a packed basketball game, killing 11
people and wounding at least 68 including Parang Mayor Vivencio
Bataga, who was the likely target of the attack.
(AP, 1/4/04)(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 10, In the Philippines
3 rebels and 4 soldiers died when the guerrilla New People's Army
attacked a power plant south of Manila.
2004 Jan 12, In the Philippines
a huge fire in a Manila shantytown hurt at least 23 people,
destroyed thousands of homes and left about 25,000 residents
2004 Jan 22, A Philippine
tribunal ordered the immediate transfer to the government of $683
million in illegally accumulated funds from Swiss bank accounts of
former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
2004 Jan 25, Rescuers in the
Philippines launched a massive search for 53 fishermen missing after
their boats were pounded by strong winds and high waves off three
northwestern provinces. At least two fishermen died.
2004 Feb 11, Philippine troops
rescued Alastair Joseph Onglingswan (35), a kidnapped American
businessman, who was chained by his neck and feet for 22 days by a
2004 Feb 27, In the Philippines
a ferry explosion and fire killed at least two people, though 180
more were missing. The Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf claimed
responsibility. In 2008 Ruben Pestano Lavilla Jr. was arrested in
Bahrain and deported back to the Philippines for his role in the
bombing of the ferry which killed 116 people.
(AP, 2/29/04)(SFC, 9/1/08, p.A3)
2004 Mar 30, Philippine
officials reported the arrest of 4 Muslim extremists in the brutal
al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group. They were found with a stash of
TNT targeted for terror attacks on trains and shopping malls in the
Philippine capital. A suspected Muslim extremist told police
interrogators he planted TNT in a television set on a ferry that
caught fire last month, killing more than 100 people
2004 Apr 8, In the Philippines
6 members of the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group including
Hamsiraji Sali, a senior leader wanted by the US, were killed in a
clash with government troops on southern Basilan island. In Oct
three informants received $1 million for their help.
(AP, 4/8/04)(SFC, 4/9/04, p.A3)(SFC, 11/27/04,
2004 Apr 10, In the southern
Philippines more than 50 inmates, including many suspected members
of a Muslim extremist group, used a smuggled pistol to escape from
prison. At least nine were killed by police.
2004 May 10, In Philippine
elections voters cast ballots for president, vice president, the
House of Representatives, half of 24 seats in the Senate and about
17,000 municipal posts. Incumbent Gloria Macapagal Arroyo opposed
film star Fernando Poe Jr. Arroyo won a narrow victory over her
movie star rival and her coalition gained a majority in the
(AP, 5/10/04)(AP, 5/24/04)(WSJ, 5/25/04, p.A1)
2004 May 10, In Philippine
elections Grace Padaca, physically impaired by childhood polio, was
elected governor of the poor northern Isabela province. This ended a
41-year monopoly by the Dy family.
(Econ, 3/19/05, p.47)
2004 May 18, A powerful typhoon
slammed into the Philippines, causing at least 19 deaths on eastern
islands in the archipelago.
2004 May 19, In the Philippines
Typhoon Nida left 31 people dead.
(SFC, 5/21/04, p.B10)
2004 Jun 13, Philippine air
force troops clashed with communist guerrillas camped out on a farm
near Manila and 3 rebels were killed.
2004 Jun 20, A Philippine
congressional committee announced, six weeks after the election,
that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has won another term in
office. In 2005 an audio file, allegedly wiretapped by military
intelligence, became available with Arroyo speaking to election’s
official Virgilio Garcillano. The “Hello Garci? file became popular
as a cell phone ring tone.
(AP, 6/20/04)(SFC, 6/22/05, p.A2)
2004 Jul 3, Tropical storm
Mindulle, the Korean word for dandelion, pushed toward South Korea
after killing at least 31 people in the Philippines and 18 in
(Reuters, 7/3/04)(AP, 7/4/04)
2004 Jul 13, The Philippines
said it would withdraw its tiny peacekeeping force from Iraq as soon
as it can. The Philippine government made a direct appeal to
insurgents holding a Filipino hostage, pleading with them to show
mercy for the man they threatened to kill if the country did not
agree to pull its troops from Iraq early.
2004 Jul 19, The Philippines
said that it has completed the withdrawal of its peacekeeping
contingent from Iraq.
2004 Aug 13, A southern
Philippines court sentenced 17 members of the al-Qaida-linked Abu
Sayyaf militant group to death for kidnapping nurses from a hospital
there three years ago.
2004 Aug 27, Riot police used
water cannons to disperse protesters demanding that the Philippines
lift its ban on allowing its citizens to go to war-ravaged Iraq for
2004 Nov 12, In the northern
Philippines a passenger train derailed and tumbled down a ravine
killing at least 10 people and injuring nearly 120 others.
2004 Nov 22, In the Philippines
29 people were confirmed dead with 84 others missing and feared dead
following tropical storm Muifa.
2004 Nov 30, The death toll
from landslides and flash floods in the eastern Philippines jumped
to nearly 340 with 150 others missing, after a second rainstorm hit
a region still reeling from last week's deadly typhoon. Excess
logging was blamed for the landslides. Only some 70,000 sq. km. of
forest remained from an estimated 300,000 a hundred years ago.
(AP, 11/30/04)(Econ, 12/11/04, p.42)
2004 Dec 2, In the Philippines
back-to-back storms killed more at least 842 people and left 751
missing. 1,100 were feared dead in the wake of Typhoon Nanmadol.
(AP, 12/4/04)(SFC, 12/10/04, p.A26)
2004 Dec 12, In the southern
Philippines a powerful explosion ripped through an outdoor market
packed with Christmas shoppers, killing at least 15 people and
injuring 58 others.
2004 Dec 14, Fernando Poe
(b.1939), former Philippine actor and presidential candidate, died
from a stroke in Manila. Poe, a star in over 200 films, lost the
recent elections to Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo by 1.1 million
(SFC, 12/14/04, p.B7)
2004 Dec, The Philippine
Supreme Court ruled to allow foreign firms to run mines in the
Philippines, overturning a negative decision last January.
(Econ, 12/18/04, p.)
2004 The Philippine budget
deficit was 3.9% of GDP. Its consolidated public-sector debt was
almost 140% of GDP and some feared a default.
(Econ, 3/26/05, p.72)
2004 Philippine police and
soldiers killed 7 farmworkers at the Hacienda Luisita, a sugar
plantation owned by the family of the Beningno Aquino.
(Econ, 5/12/12, p.48)
2005 Jan 1, Philippines was
forecast for 4.5% annual GDP growth with a population at 87.9
million and GDP per head at $1,010.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.91)
2005 Feb 7, In the Philippines
hundreds of armed followers of a jailed former Muslim rebel leader
attacked government troops and occupied at least one army detachment
on violent southern Jolo island, sparking clashes that killed at
least 12 soldiers.
2005 Feb 12, Philippine couples
started gathering along a Manila bayside boulevard for a
pre-Valentine's Day kissing festival. Organizers hoped a million
couples will lock lips nationwide.
2005 Feb 14, Three bombs jolted
Manila and two other Philippine cities, killing at least 12 people
and wounding more than 100 others. The Muslim extremist group Abu
Sayyaf claimed responsibility for the blasts.
(AP, 2/14/05)(Econ, 2/19/05, p.41)
2005 Mar 9, In the southern
Philippines at least 27 children died from food poisoning after
eating a deep-fried caramelized cassava snack at school. Evidence
later revealed that a pesticide in the snack was the cause of death.
(AP, 3/9/05)(WSJ, 3/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 14, A group of
Muslim-extremist inmates accused of carrying out some of the
Philippines' worst terrorist attacks agreed to surrender after a
botched jailbreak left at least 5 people dead. The deal later broke
down when the inmates demanded dinner first.
2005 Mar 15, In the Philippines
some of the country's most hardened terror suspects were killed in a
failed prison uprising that left 28 people dead. The inmates at Camp
Bagong Diwa in suburban Manila had agreed to surrender after their
failed jailbreak a day earlier, but the deal broke down when they
demanded food first.
2005 Mar 23, In Manila a terror
suspect said the southern Philippines has become a major training
ground for regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, graduating 23
bomb experts just days ago.
2005 Mar 24, In the southern
Philippines, Marlene Garcia Esperat (45), a columnist for a weekly
newspaper, was shot dead in her home in front of her children. Her
husband told a radio station that his wife had "many enemies because
of her exposes," mostly on corruption and other issues of
2005 Apr 14, In Haiti a
Filipino soldier was killed as U.N. forces pushed into a volatile
slum controlled by heavily armed gangs loyal to deposed President
2005 Apr 28, A military
helicopter crashed into a wooded ravine on a northern Philippine
mountain, killing all nine people on board.
2005 May 10, Philip Agustin,
publisher of a weekly in Dingalan, Philippines, was shot dead in his
house. He had with him 500 copies of his newspaper featuring reports
on corruption in Dingalan.
(Econ, 6/18/05, p.39)
2005 May, An arc of windmills
started supplying electricity to 40 per cent of Ilocos Norte
province, the first source of clean energy introduced in the
Philippines, a nation with 84 million people reliant on oil and gas.
2005 Jun 11, In the Philippines
thousands of protesters demanded President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
step down during the biggest anti-government rally since allegations
surfaced that she fixed last year's election and her family received
2005 Jun 21, In Manila Cardinal
Jaime Sin (76) died. He was an outspoken advocate of democracy and
played a key role in the "people power" revolts (1986, 2001) that
ousted two Philippine presidents.
(AP, 6/21/05)(Econ, 7/2/05, p.77)
2005 Jun 29, Philippine Pres.
Gloria Macagapal Arroyo said her husband, implicated in bribes and
influence peddling, had agreed to leave the Philippines.
(WSJ, 6/30/05, p.A10)
2005 Jul 8, Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo's presidency was in tatters, her base of support eroding by
the hour, as former backers abandoned the Philippine leader and
added to calls for her resignation over an election scandal.
2005 Jul 13, Pressure grew for
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to quit as her
opponents staged the largest rally against her so far.
2005 Jul 25, Opposition
lawmakers in the Philippine parliament filed impeachment proceedings
against President Gloria Arroyo, accusing her of vote-rigging and
2005 Aug 10, In the southern
Philippines a series of powerful explosions described as terrorist
attacks ripped through Zamboanga city and injured at least 14
2005 Aug 28, In the Philippines
a bomb stashed in a pack of clothes exploded on a ferry in Basilan
as it was loading passengers, injuring at least 30 people, including
2005 Aug 30, In the Philippines
impeachment proceedings against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
fell into chaos, as opposition lawmakers walked out of a committee
hearing and claimed her backers were unjustly trying to quash the
2005 Aug 31, In the Philippines
a congressional committee voted to quash all impeachment complaints
against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with the opposition
2005 Sep 23, In the southern
Philippines 3 teenagers were killed and at least 8 others wounded
when a retired army sergeant threw a grenade at a group of boys at a
2005 Oct 4, A Philippine
provincial government filed a lawsuit in Nevada accusing Canadian
mining giant Placer Dome Inc. of damaging the environment and health
of residents of an island about 100 miles south of Manila. Placer
Dome was blamed for a March 1996 environmental accident that sent
millions of tons of open-pit copper mine waste down a river to the
Marinduque capital, Boac.
2005 Oct 7, Philippine
authorities said they had started an investigation to unmask
opposition figures suspected of involvement in the theft of
classified US documents in a widening spy scandal. Leandro
Aragoncillo, an FBI analyst in New Jersey, was suspected of passing
intelligence to the Philippines.
(AP, 10/7/05)(SFC, 10/7/05, p.A11)
2005 Oct 13, Philippine police
fired jets of water and used anti-riot shields to break up a march
by about 300 left-wing student activists demanding the ouster of
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
2005 Oct 26, Philippine troops
captured 7 suspected Muslim militants, including the leader of a
group of Islamic converts linked to the kidnappings of foreigners
and an alleged plot to bomb.
2005 Oct 26, In the Philippines
a tunnel in a gold mine on Mindanao collapsed after a blast and
about 50 people were feared dead.
2005 Oct 28, A Philippine court
sentenced to death an Indonesian and two Filipino Muslim militants
for their roles in the bombing of a Manila bus.
2005 Nov 1, In the Philippines
6 US Marines took part in a rape at the former US naval base at
Subic Bay. The incident soon fueled anti-US demonstrations in Manila
and objections to US presence in the Philippines. Prosecutors later
contended the victim (22) was attacked in a van at Subic Bay by
Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith as Lance Cpl. Keith Silkwood, Lance Cpl.
Dominic Duplantis and Staff Sgt. Chad Carpentier cheered on the
assault. In Dec, 2006, Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith (21) from St. Louis,
was convicted of raping a Filipino woman and sentenced to 40 years
in prison. He was the first American soldier convicted of wrongdoing
in the Philippines since the country shut down US bases here the
early 1990s. In 2009 his accuser submitted a five-page affidavit to
an appeals court saying she now doubts her own version of events. In
March it was revealed that Smith had paid the victim $2000 in
damages and that she had gone to live in America with her American
boyfriend. On April 23, 2009, the Philippine Court of Appeals
overturned the ruling against Smith, indicating the sexual act was
(WSJ, 11/22/05, p.A13)(AP, 6/26/06)(AP,
12/4/06)(AP, 3/18/09)(Econ, 5/2/09, p.43)
2005 Nov 3, In the Philippines
the Asian Development Bank warned that a flu pandemic could kill 3
million people in Asia, trigger economic carnage in the region worth
almost $300 billion and push the world into a recession.
2005 Nov 5, Philippine security
forces captured a man they believed was Radulan Sahiron, Abu
Sayyaf's chief of staff, in Zamboanga Sibugay province, however it
turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Sahiron was also
wanted by the US for attacks against Americans.
(AP, 11/5/05)(AP, 11/6/05)
2005 Nov 27, Philippine
President Gloria Arroyo declared the 23rd Southeast Asian Games open
in a glittering ceremony at the Aquino sports stadium in Central
Manila. An estimated 5,336 athletes will compete in 41 events which
will run from November 27 to December 5. The 11 participating
countries included Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,
Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor and
2005 Dec 9-2005 Dec 11, Fidel
Ramos, former president of the Philippines, and Michael Camdessus,
former managing IMF director, chaired the 1st annual meeting of the
Emerging Markets Forum at Templeton College, Oxford, England.
(Econ, 12/17/05, p.76)
2005 Dec 27, Philippine
prosecutors charged four US Marines with rape in what is seen as a
test case for a bilateral accord allowing American troops to train
2005 Dec 29, Philippine media
reported that 2 US Marines, who were accused of raping a Filipina
woman, have been allowed to leave the Philippines after prosecutors
decided not to file charges against them.
2005 Dec 31, Philippine
President Gloria Arroyo announced Indonesia's Lippo Group with local
partners is investing some three billion pesos (56.5 million
dollars) in a Philippine bank.
2005 Walden Bello, Philippine
economist, authored “Deglobalization, Ideas for a New World
(Econ, 2/21/09, p.59)
2005 The Philippine Department
of Labor refused 2 unions permission to go on strike at the Hacienda
Luisita sugar plantation. 7 workers were killed in a protest that
(Econ, 12/10/05, p.50)
2006 Jan 8, In the Philippines
fire raced through a dormitory in Manila's congested university
district, killing at least eight people, including some clustered
near a second-floor exit.
2006 Jan 13, A Philippine judge
issued arrest warrants for four US Marines charged with rape,
putting pressure on the United States to hand them over to
2006 Jan 15, An overcrowded
boat capsized during a religious sea parade in a remote central
Philippine province, and at least 16 people drowned and more were
2006 Jan 17, In the Philippines
4 officers, accused of leading hundreds of troops in a failed 2003
mutiny, escaped from an army prison. The army lieutenants were
identified as Lawrence San Juan, Sonny Sarmiento, Nathaniel Rabonza
and Patricio Bumindang.
2006 Jan 17, The US rejected a
Philippine request to hand over 4 Marines to be tried for rape,
setting off anti-American protests in Manila and elsewhere.
(WSJ, 1/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 19, A Philippine
congressional committee approved a resolution calling on the
government to abrogate an accord allowing large-scale American
military exercises in the country after US officials refused to hand
over four US Marines accused of rape.
2006 Jan 31, The Philippine
health department warned that an AIDS crisis threatens the country
as the number of people who are HIV carriers has doubled in just
over three years.
2006 Jan 31, Philippines troops
killed at least 18 communist rebels in their bloodiest clash in
months. The clash happened outside Santa Ignacia town in Tarlac
province, about 80 miles north of Manila.
2006 Feb 4, In the Philippines
thousands of people lined up outside a stadium near Manila to watch
a TV game show surged toward the gates in the mistaken belief they
were open, and at least 88 people were trampled to death. Over 300
people were injured.
2006 Feb 17, In the eastern
Philippines a rain-soaked mountainside disintegrated into a torrent
of mud, swallowing hundreds of houses and an elementary school in
sludge three stories high. 1,800 people were missing and feared
dead, which included nearly every man, woman and child who lived in
Guinsaugon. Logging in the area was cited as a contributing factor.
8.5 million acres of forests had been logged in the Philippines over
the last 15 years.
(AP, 2/18/06)(SFC, 2/18/06, p.A9)
2006 Feb 18, On the southern
Philippine island of Jolo, janitor for US troops was killed and 13
people wounded in an explosion near an army base. Abu Sayyaf was
2006 Feb 22, In the Philippines
thousands of activists seeking President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's
ouster clashed with riot police in Manila as they tried to march to
a monument to the 1986 "people power" revolt.
2006 Feb 24, In the Philippines
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of emergency,
saying she had quashed a coup plot, and the military confined troops
to their camps to keep them from joining growing protests against
2006 Feb 26, In the Philippines
a challenge to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's state of
emergency ended peacefully after disgruntled marine officers ended a
five-hour standoff that started when their commander was relieved of
2006 Feb 27, In the Philippines
police filed charges of rebellion against 16 people suspected of
plotting to overthrow President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, as dozens
of protesters attempted to storm the legislature. Among those
charged were former opposition Sen. Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan, a
veteran of past coup attempts in the 1990s, five members of the
House of Representatives, a communist rebel leader and some
soldiers. In 2009 a military tribunal acquitted 11 officers of
plotting the foiled coup. The defendants were among a total of 28
military officers who were detained following the alleged plan to
force Arroyo from power.
(AP, 2/27/06)(AP, 10/15/09)
2006 Mar 3, In the Philippines
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo lifted a week-old state of
emergency, justifying the controversial decree by claiming a coup
plot had been "a clear and present danger." Isabela City Mayor Luis
Biel II was shot and killed outside his office. Bodyguards killed
2006 Mar 23, Computer-savvy
Philippine protesters took civil disobedience to cyberspace,
launching a "virtual sit-in" campaign that urged online activists to
overwhelm the police Web site with numerous hits.
2006 Mar 27, In the Philippines
a bomb exploded in a grocery store on southern Jolo island, killing
9 people and wounding 20. Police said an extortion attempt by
suspected militants was likely behind the bombing.
2006 Mar 29, Some 20 Filipino
seamen were seized after their oil tanker, the United Arab
Emirates-registered MT LIN1, offloaded its cargo at a southern
Somali port. The men were released in July 15 following
2006 Apr 14, In the Philippines
at least 11 devotees were nailed to crosses during Good Friday
reenactments of Christ's final hours.
2006 Apr 16, Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo, president of the Philippines, said in an Easter announcement
that she would commute the death sentences of some 1,200 convicts,
including about a dozen al-Qaida-linked militants.
2006 Apr 24, In the Philippines
government prosecutors filed rebellion charges against a former
senator, six leftist lawmakers and 42 others suspected of plotting a
coup in February against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
2006 Apr 29, In the Philippines
military intelligence agents captured Abdasil Malangka Dima, an
alleged member of the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group, in Isabela,
the capital of the southern island province of Basilan. He was
allegedly involved in the abduction of three Americans, including a
missionary couple, from a resort five years ago.
2006 May 1, Workers around the
world held May Day rallies to press for better factory conditions
and higher wages in mostly peaceful marches. Activists the
Philippines used the holiday to show their opposition to their
government in tense protests watched by police.
2006 May 4, A US federal court
ruled that over 9,500 victims of human rights abuses under Ferdinand
Marcos (1917-1989) were entitled to $35 million in a US account,
which he established in 1972. Damages awarded in 1995 reached nearly
(SFC, 5/5/06, p.B7)
2006 May 8, Five lawmakers who
took refuge in the Philippine legislature for two months while
facing coup accusations walked out of the building in triumph after
a court dismissed the charges.
2006 May 12, A small boat sank
during a tropical storm in the central Philippines, killing at least
21 people. Two other people were electrocuted in the storm, while
floods submerged 16 villages.
2006 May 24, Philippine
officials said the US States and the Philippines have forged a
security arrangement covering threats such as terrorism, piracy,
natural disasters and outbreaks of disease. The initiative was
launched last year and diplomatic notes for carrying out the
arrangement were exchanged in April.
2006 Jun 11, In the Philippines
a grenade blast wounded eight people in a market in Batangas
province. A nearly simultaneous explosion damaged a mobile police
station in Manila.
2006 Jun 13, In the eastern
Philippines 11 prisoners escaped from a jail after killing two
guards and wounding two others. The inmates were led by a communist
guerrilla, Jessie Galecio, who had escaped from jail twice before.
2006 Jun 20, Two Filipino oil
workers were kidnapped near the Nigerian oil city of Port Harcourt
in the southern Niger Delta.
2006 Jun 23, In the southern
Philippines a car bomb exploded in a public market in Shariff Aguad
as a convoy carrying a provincial governor was passing by, killing
five people wounding 10 others.
2006 Jun 24, Philippines’
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed a law abolishing the death
penalty, giving final approval to a measure that divided many
2006 Jun 25, Two Filipino oil
workers, kidnapped in Nigeria's southern oil delta, were released
after five days in captivity.
2006 Jun 27, A US federal court
in Hawaii authorized partial compensation of $2,000 each to about
7,500 victims of human rights abuses under late Philippine dictator
2006 Jun, Philippines’
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gave her security forces a 2-year
deadline and an extra 1 billion pesos ($19 million) to wipe out the
communist New People’s Army (NPA).
(Econ, 7/1/06, p.37)
2006 Jul 7, In the Philippines
6 fugitive military officers linked to a failed 2003 mutiny against
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were arrested.
2006 Jul 10, In the Philippines
a fire destroyed more than 200 shanties in a squatter colony north
of Manila, killing one resident, injuring 6 others and leaving about
5,000 people homeless.
2006 Jul 13, In the northern
Philippines a powerful Asian storm strengthen to a typhoon after
killing at least nine people.
2006 Jul 18, In the southern
Philippines Armando Pace (56), who often attacked corruption among
politicians and the illegal drug trade in Digos city, was gunned
down as he was riding home on a motorcycle. He was the ninth
journalist killed in the country this year and the 82nd since 1986,
based on a count by the National Union of Journalists of the
2006 Aug 3, Fresh fighting
broke out between Philippine forces and Al-Qaeda-linked militants
after four people were killed in a major operation to capture two
suspected Bali bombers.
2006 Aug 8, The Philippine
Congress began hearing new impeachment complaints against President
Gloria Arroyo, linking her to corruption and human rights abuses and
alleging she cheated in the 2004 election.
2006 Aug 11, An oil tanker sank
in rough seas off the Philippine coast of Guimaras Island, about 312
miles southeast of Manila. About 528,000 gallons of industrial fuel
was leaking from the accident.
2006 Aug 18, Greenpeace warned
a sunken Philippine oil tanker was a pollution timebomb as oil from
its punctured tanks destroyed coral reefs and washed up blackened
fish on pristine beaches. Oil trapped in the tanks of the Solar I,
which went down last week with 500,000 gallons of industrial oil on
board, could pour out at any time. To date some 50,000 gallons had
leaked into the sea close to the central island of Guimaras.
2006 Sep 4, Philippine marines
clashed with nearly 200 al-Qaida-linked rebels on Jolo Island. 6
government troops were killed and 19 wounded in the monthlong
US-backed offensive. In Dec the military said Khaddafy Janjalani,
head of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf, was killed in the fighting
and that his remains had been found. DNA evidence confirmed his
(AP, 9/4/06)(AP, 12/27/06)(AP, 1/20/07)
2006 Sep 6, The Philippine
government said it will take full control of Manila airport's
controversial new airport terminal despite an international court
ruling to return it to its builders. Philippine International Air
Terminals Co Inc (PIATCO) built the terminal under a
"build-operate-transfer" contract, but in 2002 President Arroyo
revoked the contract on the grounds that certain terms were
illegally renegotiated by Joseph Estrada, her deposed predecessor.
2006 Sep 28, Typhoon Xangsane
battered the northern and central Philippines with rains and winds,
killing at least 76 people.
(AP, 9/29/06)(AFP, 10/1/06)
2006 Oct 3, In the Philippines
Bishop Alberto Ramento of Tarlac, former Obispo Maximo of the
Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), was found stabbed to death at
his rectory. He was a noisy critic of government security forces.
(Econ, 10/14/06, p.46)
2006 Oct 8, In the Philippines
about 30 communist guerrillas attacked an international airport
under construction in Silay City in Negros Occidental province,
using bombs to destroy equipment and seizing guns from guards.
2006 Oct 10, In the Philippines
a bomb exploded in the town of Makilala on the southern island of
Mindanao during a celebration to mark the town's 52nd anniversary.
12 people were killed and at least 42 injured. 5 people were injured
when a bomb planted by suspected Muslim extremists exploded in the
busy market of Tacurong City.
2006 Oct 17, Philippine media
groups accused the president's husband of trying to muzzle a
critical press by filing a string of libel cases against 43
journalists and publishers.
2006 Oct 25, The Philippine
Supreme Court vetoed a move to change the presidential system to a
unicameral parliamentary government, dealing a blow to President
Gloria Arroyo's economic agenda.
2006 Oct 29, In the northern
Philippines Typhoon Cimaron blasted roofs off homes as it made
landfall, with officials saying it may be one of the most powerful
storms to ever hit the country.
2006 Oct 30, Typhoon Cimaron
swept across the northern Philippines, killing more than 15 people
in a barrage of landslides, uprooted trees and flooding.
2006 Oct 31, Typhoon Cimaron
headed toward eastern Vietnam after leaving at least 15 dead in
landslides and flooding in the northern Philippines.
2006 Nov 15, In the Philippines
Gregorio “Gringo" Honasan," a coup-fomenting former army colonel,
and senator were arrested after a house-to-house chase on charges of
involvement in a February plot to overthrow the president.
(AP, 11/15/06)(SFC, 11/15/06, p.A4)
2006 Nov 25, In the southern
Philippines the Leonida II, a small ferry, capsized in rough waters,
leaving 19 passengers missing while 66 people were rescued.
2006 Nov 28, Noxious fumes from
chemical waste dumped into a Philippine creek forced thousands to
flee their homes and sickened dozens. Men told police they had
loaded chemical waste from a plastic factory and dumped the cargo in
Marilao, 15 miles north of Manila.
2006 Nov 30, Typhoon Durian,
the 4th major typhoon to hit the Philippines in four months,
killed 198 people and left 260 others missing. The figures included
109 people who died in mudslides on the slopes of the Mayon volcano
that also injured 130.
2006 Dec 1, Officials reported
that Typhoon Durian killed as many as 200 people when it tore
through the eastern Philippines. The storm was eventually blamed for
2006 Dec 2, In the Philippines
rescuers scouring mountain villages buried under mud and boulders
loosed by a powerful typhoon discovered more bodies, raising the
death total to more than 300, with another 300 missing.
2006 Dec 4, Marine Lance Cpl.
Daniel Smith was convicted in the Philippines of raping a Filipino
woman and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
2006 Dec 4, Rescuers in the
Philippines all but gave up hope of finding survivors in
mudslide-swamped villages on the slopes of the Mayon volcano, five
days after Typhoon Durian killed an estimated 1,000 people.
2006 Dec 5, The first foreign
aid flights of food and medicines arrived in the eastern
Philippines. Officials said devastating mudslides had left at least
1,266 people dead or missing.
2006 Dec 9, Typhoon Utor, the
2nd to hit the Philippines in two weeks, made landfall forcing the
evacuation of thousands in Eastern Samar province where hundreds
died in the last storm. Typhoon Utor killed at least 5 people.
(AP, 12/9/06)(Reuters, 12/10/06)
2006 Dec 22, The US said it
canceled a joint military exercise with the Philippines scheduled
for next year because of a dispute over the custody of a US Marine
appealing his rape conviction.
2006 Dec 25, A fire blamed on
illegally sold firecrackers swept through a department store in the
central Philippines on Christmas Day, killing 24 people who took
refuge in a restroom.
2006 Dec 29, A US Marine
convicted of raping a Filipino woman was whisked away from a Manila
jail to the US Embassy, almost a month after the US and Philippine
governments urged a local court to transfer him to American custody
during his appeal.
2007 Jan 3, In the northern
Philippines a minibus carrying partygoers from a beach collided with
a cargo truck, killing eight people and injuring 17.
2007 Jan 6, Philippine troops
killed six members of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group,
including one wanted by the US for involvement in the kidnapping of
2007 Jan 9, Philippine troops
killed Binang Sali, a senior al-Qaida-linked militant, who allegedly
led an urban terror unit of the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf.
2007 Jan 10, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded across the street from a public market,
killing six people and wounding 22 others. A second blast in the
region hours later wounded two people near a police outpost.
2007 Jan 12, East Timor and
France signed non-aggression treaties with ASEAN member countries on
the sidelines of the annual ASEAN summit in the Philippine resort
city of Cebu. Both countries looked to strengthen ties with a bloc
representing a sixth of the world's people.
2007 Jan 13, ASEAN leaders
meeting in the Philippines signed an agreement to regulate migrant
(Econ, 1/20/07, p.54)
2007 Jan 14, ASEAN leaders
meeting in the Philippines signed an agreement to liberalize the
trade in services between China and ASEAN countries.
(Econ, 1/20/07, p.54)
2007 Jan 16, In the Philippines
Jainal Antel Sali Jr. (41), popularly known as Abu Sulaiman, a top
al-Qaida-linked militant, was killed. He was accused of kidnapping
three Americans in 2001 and of masterminding one of Southeast Asia's
worst terror attacks three years later. DNA evidence soon confirmed
(AP, 1/17/07)(AP, 1/20/07)
2007 Jan 18, A Philippine
Marines platoon battled about 30 extremists under Abu Sayyaf veteran
Radullan Sahiron in the Jolo town of Patikul. Ten Abu Sayyaf members
and three government troops died in the hour-long fight, while three
militants were captured.
2007 Feb 2, Suspected Muslim
guerrillas stormed a Philippine jail and blasted a hole through a
wall, freeing three alleged bombers and dozens of other inmates. In
the southern Philippines 50 people were killed and 65 others injured
when a tanker truck exploded as it was negotiating a downhill
(AP, 2/2/07)(AP, 2/3/07)
2007 Feb 4, A Philippine marine
general and 19 others were released from a Muslim rebel camp where
they were held for two days by guerrillas demanding more benefits
under a 1996 peace accord.
2007 Feb 13, In Nigeria gunmen
released 24 Filipino sailors taken hostage in the lawless southern
2007 Feb 15, A leftist student
leader was murdered in the central Philippines, amid plans to set up
special tribunals to try people suspected of carrying out
extrajudicial killings. Farly Alcantara (22) was head of the League
of Filipino Students at Camarines Norte State College.
2007 Feb 18, In the southern
Philippines an unidentified gunman fatally shot Hernani Pastolero
(64), the editor of a weekly newspaper in front of his home in the
village of Bulalo.
2007 Mar 6, Philippine
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed into law a package of
anti-terror measures that has drawn protests as a threat to civil
2007 Mar 14, Philippine police
stormed a courtroom to end a 24-hour hostage standoff, freeing all
four captives who were held by a movie stuntman and his common-law
wife. The gunman was killed when he dropped a grenade during the
2007 Mar 27, The US offered a
$5 million reward for information leading to the capture of a
US-trained Malaysian engineer accused of involvement in a series of
deadly bombings in the Philippines.
2007 Mar 28, The health
department of Philippines said HIV/AIDS is ravaging the large
overseas work force, posing a long-term threat to one of Manila's
key sources of foreign exchange.
2007 Mar 28, In the Philippines
Jun Ducat (56), a Manila day-care center owner armed with grenades
and guns, held more than 30 youngsters and teachers hostage on a
bus, then freed them after a 10-hour standoff that he used to
denounce corruption and demand better lives for impoverished
2007 Apr 3, In the Philippines
Pete Amurin, a local election board official in the city of Puerto
Rincesa, capital of Palawan island west of Manila, was shot dead at
close range near his office.
2007 Apr 4, In the Philippines
police said they found the bodies of two missing members of the
militant Peasant Movement of the Philippines, or KMP, near a river
in the northern town of Lailo in Cagayan province.
2007 Apr 7, In the southern
Philippines 9 soldiers and a civilian were killed in a clash in a
small army camp in Jolo island’s Parang town.
2007 Apr 8, In the Philippines
Julia Campbell (40), American Peace Corps volunteer from Fairfax,
Va., was last seen in the town of Banaue in Ifugao province. Her
body was found April 18 in a shallow grave near Batad village. In
2008 Juan Duntugan was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 40
years in prison without parole.
(AP, 4/14/07)(AP, 4/18/07)(SFC, 4/19/07,
2007 Apr 11, More than 50
Philippine military officers pleaded guilty to violating military
order and discipline in a plea bargain, escaping lengthy jail terms
for a failed mutiny in Manila nearly four years ago.
2007 Apr 13, Muslim rebels
fired mortar bombs on a Philippines marine base in the southern
island of Jolo, killing two soldiers and a child.
2007 Apr 15, Philippine marines
killed at least 8 Muslim rebels and captured two of their camps in
retaliation for a series of attacks that killed a child and two
2007 Apr 19, The heads of seven
men who were kidnapped by Muslim extremists on a volatile southern
island were delivered to a Philippine army detachment. The men, six
road project workers and a dried-fish factory worker, were kidnapped
at gunpoint in two separate incidents April 16 near the town of
Parang. A group of civilians was ordered to take the heads to Parang
by Muslim rebel commander Habier Malik.
2007 Apr 23, Philippine police
said they have identified a local woodcarver as a suspect in the
April 8 killing of Julia Campbell, a US Peace Corps volunteer, and
are following up leads on a possible accomplice. They named the
suspect as Juan Duntugan (25) from the village of Batad in Banaue
township. Duntugan gave himself up April 27 and confessed on
television, saying he would accept "whatever punishment you will
impose on me."
(AP, 4/23/07)(AP, 4/27/07)
2007 Apr 28, A Philippine air
force helicopter crashed on a busy street in Lapu Lapu City, Cebu
Island, pinning a motorcycle taxi and hitting another with its
spinning rotors. At least 9 people on the ground and one airman were
killed. Norberto Linao Jr., the mayor of Morong town in Bataan
province, escaped injury after assailants sprayed his house with
(AFP, 4/28/07)(AP, 4/30/07)
2007 Apr 30, In the northern
Philippines Mayor Julian Resuello of San Carlos died 2 days after he
was shot to death.
2007 May 3, Philippine
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced that US-based Texas
Instruments Inc., the world's biggest maker of mobile phone chips,
will build a $1 billion plant in the Philippines, choosing the
country over China despite concerns about power costs.
2007 May 8, In the Philippines
a homemade bomb ripped through a billiards hall in Tacurong city,
killing three on the spot and five more overnight with 33 seriously
wounded. Officials said the attack bore the hallmarks of
Al-Qaeda-linked militants from Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).
2007 May 9, In the Philippines
Ernie Tatoy (41), an aide to a gubernatorial candidate, was fatally
shot and his daughter (13) wounded, as violence in the run-up to
next week's local and congressional elections claimed its 100th
victim in four months.
2007 May 14, Filipinos braved
the threat of violence to choose local and congressional
representatives in elections. Wahab Akbar, governor of Basilan, was
elected congressman from Basilan. His 1st wife, Jum, was elected to
become governor of Basilan. His 2nd wife Cherrylyn was already mayor
of Isabela City.
(AP, 5/14/07)(SSFC, 9/9/07, p.F1)
2007 May 15, International
observers of elections in the Philippines said they witnessed
threats and vote-buying inside some southern precincts, and police
said two more people were killed in violence related to the voting.
2007 May 18, A powerful bomb
ripped through a teeming bus terminal in the violence-prone southern
Philippines, killing a 5-year-old boy and injuring about three dozen
2007 May 22, The Philippine
elections commission suspended the vote count from last week's polls
in southern Maguindanao province amid allegations of massive
cheating by pro-government supporters.
2007 May 23, Philippine
President Gloria Arroyo said she welcomed a greater global role by
Japan as she discussed a stalled free trade agreement in Tokyo.
2007 May 31, Australia and the
Philippines agreed to expand counter-terrorism cooperation, with
elite Australian troops to train their Philippine counterparts in
the restive south.
2007 May 31, In the Philippines
6 armed men boarded a bus in Manila and started robbing passengers.
3 suspects, the bus driver and a passenger were killed.
2007 Jun 2, In the Philippines
a man armed with a 21-inch-long knife killed nine people, including
six children, and wounded 17 others in a rampage in central Samar
2007 Jun 7, The US ambassador
to the Philippines handed over a $10 million reward to four Filipino
informants whose tip led to the killing of the country's two top
2007 Jun 9, The Philippines and
Laos, during a visit of Laotian PM Bouasone Bouphavanh, signed an
agreement hoping to boost the minuscule trade between them and
encourage their first investment links.
2007 Jun 13, A Philippine court
acquitted Imelda Marcos, the flamboyant widow of dictator Ferdinand
Marcos, of five counts of tax evasion. Of more than 900 criminal and
civil cases, mostly for violation of graft and corruption laws
during her husband's 20-year rule, 40 criminal cases and fewer than
20 civil suits remained. The government said it has recovered at
least $1.7 billion in cash and assets from the Marcoses and their
associates over two decades, including Swiss bank deposits now worth
at least $680 million.
2007 Jun 15, In the southern
Philippines bombs went off on buses just a few minutes apart,
killing eight people and wounding at least 14 others.
2007 Jun 22, Philippine Justice
Secretary Raul Gonzalez said the government was dropping charges
against veteran coup-plotter Gregorio Honasan after he was elected
to the Senate last month.
2007 Jun 25, In the Philippines
Vicente Sumalpong, a reporter at a government-run radio station, was
fatally shot on southern Tawi Tawi island, the latest victim in a
string of killings of journalists.
2007 Jul 5, In the southern
Philippines 9 inmates fled jail after attacking guards. Pursuing
police officers fatally shot three of the escaped convicts and
recaptured four others. Two other inmates from the jail in southern
Cagayan de Oro city remained at large.
2007 Jul 8, In the Philippines
2 small planes collided in the air and crashed in a rice field north
of Manila, killing two Indian citizens and a Filipino flight
2007 Jul 10, Some 50 Philippine
marines were heading back to camp when they were attacked by about
300 suspected Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in Tipo Tipo town on southern
Basilan island. Troops recovered the bodies of 14 marines, some of
2007 Jul 12, A Philippine ferry
sank southeast of Manila. At least 129 people survived the sinking
of the MV Blue Water Princess. 15 bodies were recovered and divers
said they found many more.
2007 Jul 19, Rev. Giancarlo
Bossi (57), an Italian priest held hostage for over a month in the
southern Philippines, was released.
2007 Jul 30, In the Philippines
southeast Asian foreign ministers agreed to set up a regional human
rights commission, overcoming fierce resistance from military-ruled
Myanmar. Myanmar agreed not to veto discussion over the human rights
commission at a November summit.
(AP, 7/30/07)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.36)
2007 Jul 31, ASEAN Plus Three
foreign ministers gathered in Manila on the eve of high-level
security talks. ARF, which includes the United States, European
Union, India, Pakistan, North and South Korea and other countries,
and will also hold talks here on Aug 1-2.
2007 Aug 1, The ASEAN summit
got underway in Manila. Diplomats held dozens of meetings in the
Philippine capital, using the annual gathering of nearly 30 nations
to confer on everything from the North Korean crisis to the conflict
2007 Aug 2, FBI agents arrested
Rahmat Abdhir (43), aka Sean Kasem and Sean Kalimin, in San Jose,
Ca., for providing material support to his brother, Zulkifli Abdhir
(41), a US-trained engineer and terror suspect in the Philippines.
(SFC, 8/3/07, p.B5)
2007 Aug 9, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf extremists ambushed a truckload of troops going to
market, then fought a gunbattle with soldiers in pursuit. The death
toll included 25 soldiers and 27 militants on the volatile southern
island of Jolo.
(AP, 8/9/07)(AP, 8/10/07)
2007 Aug 18, In the Philippines
16 troops and dozens of Muslim extremists were killed in clashes
between government forces and Al-Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern
island of Basilan.
2007 Aug 26, In Manila,
Philippines, economic ministers of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN)
and China agreed to strengthen product standards and safety. The
move follows recalls of several tainted Chinese products from
2007 Aug 28, Jose Maria Sison
(68), a Philippine communist leader, accused of commanding a rebel
uprising from exile for more than 20 years was arrested by Dutch
police in Utrecht on suspicion of ordering the murder of two former
allies in his home country. He was accused of ordering the killings
in 2003 and 2004 of Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara, who were
gunned down in the Philippines.
2007 Aug, A census in the
Philippines put the population at almost 89 million.
(Econ, 4/26/08, p.62)
2007 Sep 12, In the Philippines
a court found former Pres. Joseph Estrada guilty of taking more than
$85 million in bribes and kickbacks and sentenced him to life
imprisonment, ending a trial that spanned 6 years.
(SFC, 9/12/07, p.A19)
2007 Sep 19, In the Philippines
the US embassy said the US government will spend 190 million dollars
over the next five years on development aid projects in the troubled
2007 Oct 3, A Dutch court
rejected a prosecution appeal against the release of Philippine
communist leader Jose Maria Sison, accused of being involved in
murders in the Philippines.
2007 Oct 4, Philippine
President Gloria Arroyo called for increased trade with India at the
start of a three-day visit.
2007 Oct 19, In the Philippines
a powerful explosion ripped through three floors of a shopping mall
in the heart of Manila's financial district, killing 11 people,
injuring scores and sending police and troops on the highest state
of alert. Police later said a gas leak was the likely cause.
(AP, 10/19/07)(WSJ, 10/24/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 25,
In the Philippines Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo pardoned
Joseph Estrada (70), the ousted former president and action hero. He
was convicted last month on graft charges and given a life sentence.
He had been under house arrest since 2001.
2007 Nov 13, A bomb exploded at
an entrance of the Philippine House of Representatives, killing Rep.
Wahab Akbar, his driver and a staff person.
2007 Nov 15, The Philippine
government reached an agreement with the country's main Islamic
separatist group on carving out boundaries for a Muslim homeland in
the conflict-ridden south. In Manila 3 suspects were killed and
three arrested as police raided an Islamic militant hideout near the
(AP, 11/15/07)(AFP, 11/15/07)
2007 Nov 25, In the Philippines
Typhoon Mitag hit Isabela province after killing 8 people in other
parts of the country. A week earlier Typhoon Hagibis left 13 people
before heading toward Vietnam. It then reversed direction and headed
back toward the Philippines.
(SFC, 11/26/07, p.A10)
2007 Nov 26, Philip Alston, a
New York University law professor charged by the UN Human Rights
Council with investigating extra-judicial killings in the
Philippines, reported that the military was in a state of denial
about its role in the deaths of about 800 opposition activists over
the past six years.
2007 Nov 26, In the Philippines
the death toll from Typhoon Mitag rose to 17, as search operations
began for a missing air force jet and a fishing vessel with 27
2007 Nov 29, Philippines’
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo quickly quashed the latest threat
to her rule, dispatching troops and SWAT teams when dissident
military officers commandeered a five-star hotel after walking out
of their coup trial.
2007 Nov 30, In the Philippines
50 military officers and their supporters, including a former vice
president, were under arrest and others were being sought following
a failed attempt to trigger a "people power" revolt against the
2007 Dec 2, About two dozen
protesters angry over a rape case involving a Marine stormed the
American Embassy. The protesters demanded the transfer to a
Philippine jail of Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith, who was convicted
a year ago of raping a Filipino woman but has remained under U.S.
2007 Dec 6, In the Philippines
14 Muslim Abu Sayyaf were sentenced to life in prison for the 2001
kidnapping of a US missionary couple and 18 others in a yearlong
jungle ordeal that prompted US-backed offensives against the
(AP, 12/6/07)(SFC, 12/7/07, p.A4)
2007 Dec 7, Two gunmen barged
into a central Philippine town hall and killed the vice mayor, a
human rights advocate who had condemned a series of killings of
2007 Dec 13, In the Philippines
leaders of 2 separatist groups met with Seif al-Islam Khadafy, son
of Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, and said they should be able to
resolve differences that dated back to 1976 when the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front broke from the Moro National Liberation Front.
(SFC, 12/15/07, p.A9)
2007 Dec 15, Filipino soldiers
killed Abdulmibin Sakandal, a suspected Abu Sayyaf militant wanted
by Philippine and US authorities for alleged involvement in the 2000
kidnappings of 21 people, including Western tourists.
2007 A Philippine antiterror
law said law-enforcemenmt officials could be fined 500,000 pesos for
each day they wrongfully detain a terror suspect.
(SFC, 1/9/15, p.A4)
2008 Jan 3, In the southern
Philippines 2 al-Qaida-linked Muslim militants, including one wanted
for the 2001 kidnapping of three Americans and 17 other people from
a resort island, were captured in separate raids. Troops arrested
suspected Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Tuwatin Anahalul in Zamboanga del
Sur province's Margusatubig town.
2008 Jan 15, In the Philippines
gunmen ransacked a Roman Catholic school in the southernmost
Tawi-Tawi Island, fatally shooting Reynaldo Roda (55), a priest who
had received death threats from Muslim militants and abducting a
2008 Jan 30, In the southern
Philippines a homemade bomb ripped through a fish processing plant,
killing three and injuring 27 workers.
2008 Jan 31, In the southern
Philippines Abu Sayyaf commander Wahab Upao, a Muslim militant who
allegedly gunned down a Roman Catholic priest in a raid on a school,
was killed in a clash with troops pursuing an Indonesian terror
2008 Feb 2, Taiwan's president
inaugurated a runway on disputed Taiping island in the Spratlys
chain in the South China Sea, sparking a protest from the
Philippines which also claims sovereignty over the isle.
2008 Feb 4, In the Philippines
at least 7 civilians, including four children, were killed during a
military operation against al-Qaida-linked militants on southern
2008 Feb 12, The Philippine
government called for calm amid growing street protests calling for
President Gloria Arroyo to resign over a corruption scandal which
has implicated her husband and a close aide.
2008 Feb 15, In the Philippines
thousands of protesters massed in Jakarta with some hurling tomatoes
at images of President Gloria Arroyo and her husband, demanding
their ouster for alleged corruption.
2008 Feb 17, Mohamad Baehaqi
(26), an alleged member of the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah
terror network, was arrested with two Filipinos during a raid on
their hide-out in the southern Philippines.
2008 Feb 25, Thousands of
Filipinos took to the streets and flocked to churches in a fresh
wave of nationwide protests on the anniversary of a 1986 grass-roots
revolt, calling for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to resign.
2008 Feb 29, Two former
Philippine presidents, once bitter foes, joined tens of thousands of
protesters at a rally to press for President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo's resignation over a raging corruption scandal.
2008 Mar 1, In the Philippines
a bomb wounded two Filipino soldiers and four women at a bar near a
military camp on Jolo Island, where US troops were conducting
2008 Mar 3, A Red Cross
official said more than 900 people have been stricken with typhoid
in a city just south of the Philippine capital Manila. The disease
was spread out in 18 villages.
2008 Mar 5, Philippine
officials said soaring oil prices and the rising cost of living have
driven nearly four million people in the Philippines back into
2008 Mar 10, A Manila court
acquitted the flamboyant widow of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos of
32 counts of illegally transferring wealth abroad during her
husband's 20-year rule.
2008 Mar 26, Philippine farmers
warned that the country was facing a serious rice supply crisis, as
the government signed a deal to import rice from Vietnam to boost
local reserves at a time of rising prices and shrinking global
2008 Mar 26, In the southern
Philippines a passenger boat with 14 people on board capsized,
leaving only one known survivor, a man who swam several hours to
shore. Most of the missing were children.
2008 Mar 27, The
editor-in-chief of the local edition said the Philippines will get
its own edition of Playboy magazine, only without the nudity that
made the US version famous. The Philippine edition will be launched
on April 2 as a "mature lifestyle magazine."
2008 Apr 4, President Gloria
Arroyo announced major investments to overhaul the Philippine
agriculture sector, as the country grapples with soaring rice prices
that have raised fears of social unrest.
2008 Apr 8, A Philippine court
sentenced 9 military officers to jail terms ranging from 12 to 40
years for taking part in a foiled coup plot against President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo in 2003.
2008 Apr 15, In the northern
Philippines army troops clashed with communist rebels, leaving three
people dead in Quezon province's General Nakar town.
2008 Apr 18, In the northern
Philippines a passenger bus plunged into a ravine, killing nine
people and injuring more than 20.
2008 Apr 24, It was reported
that the US military’s health insurance program has been swindled
out of more than $100 million over the past decade in bogus claims
filed in the Philippines, where US bases were closed in 1992.
(SFC, 4/24/08, p.A4)
2008 Apr 30, In the southern
Philippines troops captured a camp that housed a bomb-making factory
of al-Qaida-linked militants after heavy fighting.
2008 May 3, The Asian
Development Bank, announced emergency funding to help poor countries
struggling with rice prices that have nearly tripled in four months.
The Manila-based organization made the announcement while meeting in
2008 May 5, In the southern
Philippines communist rebels ambushed an army convoy with land mines
and machine-gun fire, killing three soldiers and wounding 13.
2008 May 16, In the Philippines
at least 8 bank employees and a security guard were lined up and
shot dead in the head in a bloody bank robbery in Cabuyao, Laguna
province. Another employee was in critical condition at a hospital.
On May 30 Ricardo Gomolon (38), a former soldier, was among three
people arrested over the murder of 10 people in one of the
Philippines' deadliest bank robberies. 2 suspects were still at
(AP, 5/16/08)(AFP, 5/30/08)
2008 May 17, In the Philippines
Tropical Storm Halong made landfall in Pangasinan province,
northwest of Manila. By May 20 the death toll from the storm had
2008 May 19, In the Philippines
a man strafed several houses during a shooting spree in a town south
of Manila, killing eight people and wounding six others. Five of the
dead were children aged 4-12 years who were sleeping inside their
homes in Calamba town. The lone suspect escaped.
2008 May 22, Thailand's PM
Sundaravej pledged to sell rice to Manila at "negotiable" rates, as
he began a visit to the Philippines, which is working to boost its
stocks of the grain.
2008 May 25, In the southern
Philippines at least 17 marines were wounded and two Muslim
separatist rebels killed as fierce prolonged fighting broke out on
2008 May 29, In the southern
Philippines 2 people were killed and 21 injured when suspected
terrorists detonated a bomb outside a US aid project office near an
2008 Jun 8, In the Philippines
a television news team was abducted in Sulu province by armed men,
believed to be members of Abu Sayaf. A cameraman was released on
June 12, but 2 colleagues remained captive.
(SFC, 6/11/08, p.A15)(AP, 6/13/08)
2008 Jun 19, Philippine
officials said Indanan township mayor Alvarez Isnaji and his son
Jun, who negotiated with al-Qaida-linked rebels for the release of
an abducted TV news anchor and three other people, have been
arrested as suspects in the June 8 kidnappings.
2008 Jun 20, Typhoon Fengshen
smashed into the Philippines' third largest island packing winds of
140 kilometers (87 miles) an hour as residents braced for flooding,
landslides and big waves. Flash floods and landslides triggered by
Typhoon Fengshen left more than 700 dead or missing in various parts
of the country.
(AFP, 6/20/08)(AFP, 6/21/08)(Econ, 6/28/08, p.49)
2008 Jun 21, In the Philippines
the Princess of Stars, carrying 862 passengers and crew, ran aground
and capsized 3 km (2 miles) from Sibuyan island in the center of the
archipelago. Nearly 800 passengers were missing as Typhoon Fengshen
killed scores and left a trail of destruction across the
archipelago. Only 48 survivors of the ferry were found, including 28
rescued the next day.
(Reuters, 6/22/08)(AP, 6/23/08)(Econ, 6/28/08,
2008 Jun 28, In the southern
Philippines some 50 New People's Army guerrillas attacked a police
station and burned a cellular phone transmission tower, sparking
clashes with government forces that killed at least 11 people.
2008 Jun 29, In the central
Philippines heavy rains have triggered a landslide that killed at
least four people and injured 26 others.
2008 Jun 30, In the Philippines
gunmen killed journalist Bert Sison (62) and slightly wounded one of
his daughters, whose sister pretended to be dead and escaped
unharmed. The two daughters, also correspondents of the "Regional
Bulletin," which reports mostly crime stories and sometimes carries
articles critical of politicians.
2008 Jul 1, Officials said
Maoist rebels in the southern Philippines killed two soldiers in a
public market and torched a cellular phone tower as the latest
flare-up in the 40-year-old insurgency showed no sign of abating.
2008 Jul 3, In the southern
Philippines suspected communist guerrillas launched a series of
attacks, lobbing a grenade that killed three people and raiding a
police station and a gold mining company.
2008 Jul 16, The Philippine
government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front reached a deal to
create an ancestral homeland for 3 million Muslims.
(WSJ, 7/17/08, p.A8)
2008 Jul 24, In the southern
Philippines a homemade bomb ripped through a commuter bus, wounding
27 people. In North Cotabato province communist rebels attacked a
banana farm associated with Dole Foods Co. and a land mine hit a
security vehicle rushing to intervene, killing one and wounding
2008 Jul 28, In the Philippines
a packed commuter bus strayed into an oncoming lane and crashed
head-on into another bus on a highway south of Manila, killing at
least 11 people and injuring 29 others.
2008 Aug 4, The Philippine
Supreme Court, acting on a petition by Christian politicians,
blocked the signing of a key accord granting an expanded southern
homeland to minority Muslims as part of a deal to end decades of
bloody Islamic rebellion.
(AP, 8/4/08)(Econ, 8/9/08, p.41)
2008 Aug 10, In the Philippines
nearly 3,000 troops and police launched an attack after guerrillas
defied an ultimatum to withdraw from five towns in North Cotabato
2008 Aug 11, Philippine attack
aircraft and artillery bombed Muslim rebel positions for a second
day, raising fears of a humanitarian disaster in North Cotabato
province with nearly 130,000 refugees forced to flee. Members of the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) attacked a town on the island
of Basilan, around 200 km (125 miles) southwest of where the main
fighting was taking place, and disrupted voting in local elections
2008 Aug 12, Muslim guerrillas
began withdrawing from several occupied southern Philippine villages
following fierce fighting with government troops that has displaced
nearly 160,000 civilians during harvest time.
2008 Aug 15, In the Philippines
at least 15 hitchhikers were killed and 14 others injured when the
truck they were riding in plunged into a ravine outside Monkayo
township in the southern gold mining area on Diwalawal mountain.
2008 Aug 17, In the southern
Philippines Muslim guerrillas killed four soldiers and four
militiamen in an ambush of a military convoy.
2008 Aug 18, In the southern
Philippines separatists of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
attacked several towns and villages on Mindanao and killed 38
(SFC, 8/19/08, p.A9)(AP, 8/20/08)
2008 Aug 20, Abdurahman
Macapaar (aka Commander Bravo) of the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front (MILF), the Muslim rebel commander behind deadly raids in the
southern Philippines, declared an "all-out war" against the
government, saying his fighters were willing to die in battle.
2008 Aug 20, Five people were
killed as Typhoon Nuri slammed into the northern Philippines,
triggering heavy rain and warnings of possible storm surges.
2008 Aug 23, The Philippine
government said at least 48 soldiers and civilians and scores of
Muslim rebels have been killed in the southern Philippines in a week
of fighting triggered by the collapse of a peace deal. Muslim rebels
urged the Philippine government to halt a military offensive they
say threatens a years-long peace process and escalates violence in
the archipelago's troubled south.
(Reuters, 8/23/08)(AP, 8/23/08)
2008 Aug 25, A 41-year-old
Lockheed Martin C-130 military cargo plane crashed in the waters off
the southern Philippines. Two Philippine Air Force pilots and 7
crewmen were feared dead.
2008 Sep 1, In the southern
Philippines a homemade bomb exploded at a bus terminal, killing four
people and injuring more than a dozen in Digos city in Davao del Sur
2008 Sep 6-2008 Sep 7, In the
southern Philippines 6 people were killed after a landslide
triggered by heavy rains buried houses in the village of Masara.
Another landslide the next day killed 5 more people there. At least
16 people were left missing.
(AFP, 9/6/08)(AP, 9/7/08)
2008 Sep 22, In the Philippines
16 gold miners went into shafts during a typhoon that rapidly
flooded the tunnels in Benguet province. 2 bodies were retrieved on
Sep 25, 3 miners were rescued on Sep 29, 3 more on Sep 30, and 3
more on Oct 1. Two bodies were recovered on Oct 2 and one miner
remained missing. The last of the miners was rescued on Oct 3. He
was then arrested by police, who had a warrant for his arrest on
unrelated theft and robbery charges.
(AP, 9/29/08)(AP, 9/30/08)(AP, 10/1/08)(AP,
2008 Sep 26, In the Philippines
three soldiers were killed after they tripped landmines planted near
a New People's Army camp outside Lingig township in Surigao del Sur
province. Informants reported that eight guerrillas had been killed
since Sep 24 when army soldiers overran a rebel camp.
2008 Oct 8, Pirates in Somalia
released 15 Filipino seamen and four other crewmen of a chemical
tanker hijacked nearly two months ago, but were still holding 67
other Filipino sailors.
2008 Oct 9, Somali pirates
freed 20 Filipino seamen from a hijacked ship they held for more
than 80 days, as the Philippine government doubled the pay of
sailors passing through pirate-infested international waters. 47
Filipinos on three other ships were still in the hands of Somali
pirates. Pirates also released 29 Iranian crew members and their
cargo ship hijacked off Somalia's coast in late July.
2008 Oct 14, The Philippine
Supreme Court threw out a proposed accord to grant minority Muslims
expanded autonomy after Christian protests and renewed fighting
convinced the government to abandon the deal. The accord would have
expanded an existing six-province Muslim autonomous region in
Mindanao, subject to the agreement of local residents.
2008 Oct 15, Armed pirates
hijacked a Japanese-operated bulk carrier with 21 Filipino crew
members in the Gulf of Aden near Somalia. The ship African
Sanderling was released on January 12, 2009.
(AP, 10/15/08)(AP, 1/13/09)
2008 Oct 19, The Philippine
government said it would pay 50,000 (1,063 dollars) for every M-16
assault rifle surrendered by a communist insurgent who abandoned the
2008 Oct 24, In the Philippines
communist rebels triggered a land mine and opened fire on a
Philippine army unit in an ambush that killed six soldiers on
Mindanao Island. The rebels manually triggered the US-made claymore
mine as the soldiers hiked past on a narrow mountain trail and then
2008 Oct 25, In the Philippines
communist guerrillas, disguised as anti-narcotics agents, barged
into a poorly guarded prison in Quezon province southeast of Manila
and freed seven of their comrades in a daring 15-minute attack
staged without firing a shot.
2008 Nov 4, In the Philippines
a ferry packed with commuters overturned after it was buffeted by
monsoon winds and huge waves, killing 42 people including 11
children. 76 people were rescued from the Don Dexter Cathlyn. It
capsized shortly after leaving port in central Masbate island.
Officials the next day detained the captain on suspicion of
operating the vessel illegally.
(AP, 11/4/08)(AP, 11/5/08)
2008 Nov 6, In the central
Philippines a small ferry capsized during a storm at Bagongon islet.
11 passengers drowned in waters just 200 yards offshore. 30 survived
a 3 remained missing.
(AP, 11/6/08)(AP, 11/7/08)
2008 Nov 10, Pirates near
Somalia hijacked the MT Stolt Strength. a Philippines chemical
tanker with 23 crew, bringing the total number of attacks in waters
off the African nation this year to 83. The ship was freed on April
(AP, 11/11/08)(AFP, 4/21/09)
2008 Nov 17, In the Philippines
a gunman on a motorcycle killed Arecio Padrigao, a hard-hitting
Filipino radio commentator, in front of Bukindon State University in
southern Gingoog city. This was the seventh deadly attack on
reporters in the Philippines this year.
2008 Nov 19, Philippine health
officials said at least two people have died and more than 1,500 are
in hospital following a suspected outbreak of cholera in the
2008 Nov 20, In the Philippines
a mother and her 3 children were among the six people killed after a
mudslide triggered by days of heavy rain buried houses in a southern
gold mining town.
2008 Dec 6, In the Philippines
gunmen armed with automatic weapons and grenades fired on police
officers who were tailing them, leaving at least 17 people dead in a
fierce shootout in a Manila suburb.
2008 Dec 7, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf and Muslim militants engaged in fierce clashes with
governments troops who took over a southern village on Basilan
island notorious as a hide-out for kidnappers and al-Qaida-linked
rebels. At least five soldiers were killed and dozens wounded.
2008 Dec 8, In the Philippines
suspected extortionists armed with automatic rifles and
rocket-propelled grenades attacked two cargo ships docked at a
southern port, wounding two crew members.
2008 Dec 14, In the
northeastern Philippines an overcrowded ferry capsized just short of
its destination in rough seas, causing terrified passengers to leap
into the sea. At least 30 people drowned.
(AP, 12/15/08)(AP, 12/16/08)
2008 Dec 23, In the southern
Philippines members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked
villages in the Sultan Kudarat township, killing 9 civilians.
(SFC, 12/27/08, p.A6)
2008 Benito Vergara authored
“Pinoy Capital: The Filipino Nation in Daly City."
2009 Jan 14, Philippine
officials said weeklong rains have triggered flash floods,
landslides and sea surges across the Philippines, leaving at least
11 people dead and another 8 missing.
2009 Jan 15, In the Philippines
gunmen abducted three Red Cross workers in a southern Muslim
militant stronghold, prompting a search operation by US-backed
Filipino troops through dense jungles in the country's worst foreign
hostage crisis in nearly eight years. Seven suspects including three
police officers were later arrested in connection with a
wide-ranging official enquiry into the abductions on the southern
island of Jolo. Eugenio Vagni (63), Italian Red Cross worker, was
released on July 11. A Swiss and a Filipino, had been freed earlier
in the year by the militants.
(AP, 1/15/09)(AFP, 4/6/09)(AP, 7/11/09)
2009 Jan 29, In the Philippines
a powerful explosion destroyed a fireworks factory and a nearby
electronics plant south of Manila, killing at least six people and
injuring more than 40.
2009 Feb 9, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants holding three Red Cross workers tried to break
a military cordon that has boxed them in for days, setting off a
clash that wounded five marines and sparked concerns over the
2009 Feb 11, The Philippines
Supreme Court said in a statement it had ordered Manila to negotiate
with the US authorities for an "appropriate agreement on detention
facilities under Philippine authorities" for Lance Corporal Daniel
Smith. In 2006 Smith was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in jail
for raping a Filipina after he took part in military exercises north
of Manila in 2005.
2009 Feb 13, In the southern
Philippines 9 gunmen snatched a Sri Lankan peace activist from his
home, the latest in a wave of kidnappings blamed on al-Qaida-linked
2009 Mar 10, The Philippine
president signed a law affirming sovereignty over islands also
claimed by China and Vietnam, sparking protests over the control of
strategic South China Sea islands. The Chinese Embassy issued a
statement expressing its "strong opposition and solemn protest" over
the signing of the law.
2009 Mar 17, Philippine marines
and al-Qaida-linked militants holding three Red Cross workers
clashed for a second day, leaving three troops and up to 7 Abu
Sayyaf militants dead.
(AP, 3/17/09)(AP, 3/18/09)
2009 Mar 29, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad threatened to behead one of three
Red Cross hostages, two Europeans and a Filipino, at 2 p.m. March
31, unless police and militiamen withdraw from 15 villages on Jolo
2009 Mar 30, Fishermen in the
Philippines accidentally caught and soon ate a megamouth shark, one
of the rarest fishes in the world with only 40 others recorded to
have been encountered. The 1,100-pound (500-kilogram) 13-foot
(4-meter) megamouth died while struggling in the fishermen's net off
2009 Apr 2, In the southern
Philippines Islamic militants released a Filipina Red Cross aid
worker, leaving a Swiss and an Italian still held captive.
2009 Apr 3, The Philippines
said it will take needed steps to be stricken from a list of four
nations blacklisted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development as uncooperative tax havens.
2009 Apr 4, In the Philippines
two homemade bombs exploded hours apart in the same bus, wounding
the conductor and five passengers in an attack police said may have
been the work of an extortion gang led by former Muslim rebels.
2009 Apr 18, Philippine
security forces rescued Andreas Notter (38), a Swiss Red Cross
worker held hostage since January 15 by Islamic guerrillas. The
government said it had no immediate details about a 2nd
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hostage, Italian
national Eugenio Vagni (62), who was believed to be unwell and in
need of hernia surgery.
2009 May 3, In the southern
Philippines 7 people were killed and 1,000 forced to flee their
homes as fresh fighting broke out when MILF separatist guerrillas
attacked civilians. The 12,000-member MILF has been waging a
decades-old insurgency to set up a Muslim state in the southern
Philippines, where Christian settlers now outnumber the original
2009 May 5, The Philippine
military rejected a US government assessment that labeled the
country's south as a terrorist safe haven. The US State Department
reported last week in its annual assessment of worldwide terrorism
that the southern Mindanao region, specifically predominantly Muslim
Sulu province, remains a sanctuary for extremists.
2009 May 7, In the Philippines
fighting in the southern island of Jolo broke out after Muslim
extremist Abu Sayyaf members ambushed Chief Superintendent Julasirim
Kasim, killing him and four of his men. Five rebels were also killed
in the attack. In retaliatory attacks that followed more than 20
Muslim extremists were killed.
2009 May 8, In the northern
Philippines Typhoon Cha-hom dumped heavy rains overnight, triggered
landslides and left at least 10 people dead and four missing.
2009 May 15, In Indonesia 6
Asia-Pacific countries, meeting at the World Oceans Conference,
agreed on a management plan to protect one of the world's largest
networks of coral reefs, promising to reduce pollution, eliminate
overfishing and improve the livelihoods of impoverished coastal
communities. The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries
and Food Security covered an area defined as the Coral Triangle,
which spans Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea,
the Solomon Islands and East Timor.
2009 May 17, In the Philippines
police recovered the severed head of Doroteo Gonzales (61), a farm
owner kidnapped on April 25 by Muslim militants. Authorities said he
was likely beheaded because his family failed to pay ransom.
2009 May 18, In the southern
Philippines mudslides tumbled down a rain-soaked mountain, burying
dozens of shanties in a gold mining village and killing at least 26
2009 May 30, In the central
Philippines communist rebels threw two grenades at army troops
helping treat villagers, killing two soldiers and a civilian who
covered a child with his body during the attack in Northern Samar
2009 Jun 6, Philippine
government troops seized a Muslim separatist rebel camp in southern
Maguindanao province following three days of fighting that left 30
2009 Jun 9, In the Philippines
lawyer and radio commentator Crispin Perez Jr. was killed in Mindoro
Occidental province by motorcycle-riding gunman. His wife said the
attack may have been work-related.
2009 Jun 11, In the southern
Philippines Ansar Venancio, a Filipino bomb expert from the Jemaah
Islamiyah (JI) group, was arrested in Marawi city. He is thought to
have carried out a deadly attack on Manila in 2000.
2009 Jun 12, In the Philippines
fighting with the militant Moro Islamic Liberation Front left 10
dead and 20 wounded. Columnist Antonio Castillo was killed in
Masbate province by motorcycle-riding gunmen.
(AP, 6/13/09)(AP, 6/17/09)
2009 Jun 12, In New Jersey an
Indictment was unsealed today against three individuals who
allegedly hacked into the telephone systems of large corporations
and entities in the US and abroad and sold information about the
compromised telephone systems to Pakistani nationals residing in
Italy. Italian law enforcement conducted searches of approximately
10 locations in four regions of Italy and arrested the financiers of
the hacking activity. Those financiers allegedly used the
information to transmit over 12 million minutes of telephone calls
valued at more than $55 million over the hacked networks of victim
corporations in the US alone.
2009 Jun 13, In the Philippines
Al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants holding Eugenio Vagni (62), an
Italian Red Cross worker captive, killed five Philippine marines and
wounded 10 others in an ambush on southern Jolo Island.
2009 Jun 20, In the southern
Philippines suspected Muslim guerrillas hurled two grenades near a
crowded town plaza where a beauty contest was being held, killing at
least one person and wounding 32 others in the predominantly
Christian town of Maasim, Sarangani province.
2009 Jun 27, In the Philippines
two soldiers were shot dead by suspected Abu Sayyaf members as they
stepped outside of their camp to buy cigarettes in Tipo-tipo town,
2009 Jun 28, In the Philippines
7 policemen were killed in an attack by suspected Muslim guerrillas
on the restive southern island of Basilan.
2009 Jul 5, In the southern
Philippines suspected Muslim guerrillas detonated a bomb near a
Roman Catholic cathedral in Cotabato city, killing at least five
people and wounding 46.
2009 Jul 7, In the Philippines
a crude bomb hidden on a motorcycle exploded in a port city on
southern Jolo island where al-Qaida-linked militants are active,
killing at least two people and wounding 24.
2009 Jul 15, In the Philippines
five employees of a logging company, including a woman, were seized
by eight guerrillas belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
in Kapai township in Lanao del Sur province. Army troops and police
rescued the victims on July 18 near Kapai without a fire fight.
Basit Kauyag was identified as the leader of the kidnappers.
2009 Jul 19,
Philippine officials said hundreds of marines and army troops have
been deployed to two islands in the southern Philippines for a new
offensive aimed at eradicating al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants
by the end of this year.
2009 Jul 23, The Philippine
government ordered its military to stop offensives against Muslim
separatist rebels in a bid to restart peace talks, a move welcomed
by the guerrillas.
2009 Aug 1, In the Philippines
former President Corazon Aquino (b.1933) died. The "people power"
uprising she led in 1986 brought down the repressive 20-year regime
of Ferdinand Marcos and served as an inspiration to nonviolent
resistance across the globe. Due to the time difference her death
was reported in the US on July 31.
2009 Aug 6, In the northern
Philippines heavy monsoon rains inundated wide areas, triggering
flash floods and landslides that killed 21 people, including two
French citizens and a Belgian who were touring Mount Pinatubo.
Typhoon Morakot left seven others missing in landslides and
(AP, 8/7/09)(AP, 8/9/09)
2009 Aug 12, Philippine troops
overran two jungle camps of al-Qaida-linked militants in their
deadliest clash in years, with 23 soldiers and 31 guerrillas killed.
The two camps served as a stronghold and a bomb factory for the Abu
Sayyaf on Basilan. Troops found several bombs, booby traps and 15
assault rifles and grenade launchers.
2009 Aug 19, Philippine troops
clashed with about 30 Muslim gunmen, who took over Mantangule islet
in the southern part of Palawan Island, killing at least seven and
2009 Aug 21, Philippine police
arrested Dinno-Amor Rosalejos Pareja, also known as Khalil Pareja,
the alleged leader of a radical Islamist group believed to be
responsible for one of Southeast Asia's deadliest terror attacks.
Pareja is allegedly the leader of the Rajah Solaiman Movement, a
group of Christian converts to Islam. The group is believed to be
behind the 2004 ferry bombing that killed 116 people in Manila Bay.
It was the second-most deadly terrorist attack in Southeast Asia
after the 2002 attack on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that
killed 202 people.
2009 Sep 6, In the southern
Philippines the Superferry 9, carrying nearly 1,000 passengers, sank
leaving at least 9 people dead. After rescue efforts one passenger
was left unaccounted.
(AFP, 9/6/09)(AP, 9/7/09)
2009 Sep 20, In the southern
Philippines clashes erupted when al-Qaida-linked militants resisted
attempts by government forces to serve arrest warrants on 3 of their
commanders. Troops took control of the Abu Sayyaf group's biggest
camp on the island of Jolo following rounds of air strikes.
(AP, 9/20/09)(AP, 9/21/09)
2009 Sep 21, Philippine marines
were ambushed by Abu Sayyaf fighters, as they were leaving a
newly-captured camp on Jolo Island, resulting in the deaths of 8
troopers and 5 guerrillas. Abu Sayyaf reinforcements had come in by
boat from the nearby islands of Basilan to help their comrades on
2009 Sep 26, In the northern
Philippines nearly a month's worth of rain fell in six hours as
Tropical Storm Ketsana slammed ashore, stranding thousands on
rooftops in the capital's worst flooding in more than 42 years.
2009 Sep 27, In the northern
Philippines rescuers plucked bodies from muddy floodwaters and saved
drenched survivors from rooftops. The death toll in the Philippines
from Typhoon Ketsana reached 246 with 42 missing. The economic cost
was nearly $100 million.
(AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009 Sep 29, In the southern
Philippines 2 US soldiers were killed in the deadliest attack
against American troops there since they began helping local forces
stamp out Muslim extremists in 2001. In 2011 Arabi Sali, suspected
of involvement in the roadside bombing that killed the 2 US
soldiers, was arrested. On June 1, 2014, Miraji Bairulla, a bomb
expert of the rebel group the Moro National Liberation Front, was
arrested for his role in the attack.
(AFP, 9/29/09)(AP, 2/2/11)(AP, 6/1/14)
2009 Oct 3, In the Philippines
Typhoon Parma cut a destructive path across the northern Philippines
killing at least 30 people and leaving more than a dozen villages
flooded, piling further misery on the Southeast Asian nation after
floods from Ketsana claimed 298 lives.
(AP, 10/4/09)(AP, 10/8/09)
2009 Oct 9, In the northern
Philippines driving rain on the heels of back-to-back storms
triggered dozens of landslides across, burying more than 225 people,
washing away villages and leaving almost an entire province under
(AP, 10/9/09)(AP, 10/10/09)
2009 Oct 11, In the southern
Philippines 6 gunmen, believed to be Islamic militants, kidnapped
Michael Sinnott, a 78-year-old Irish priest near Pagadian. They
later demanded $2 million for his release. Sinnott was freed on Nov
12. Irish and Filipino authorities said neither country paid any of
the kidnappers' $2 million ransom demand.
(AFP, 10/11/09)(AP, 10/31/09)(AP, 11/12/09)
2009 Oct 15, A Philippine
military tribunal acquitted 11 officers of plotting a foiled Feb,
2006, coup against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
2009 Oct 17, In the Philippines
a propeller-driven plane on a test flight crashed and burst into
flames in a suburb of Manila, killing at least four people onboard.
2009 Oct 22, In the Philippines
outbreaks of leptospirosis, spread by water contaminated with the
urine of rats, dogs and other animals, have compounded the problems
faced after back-to-back storms since late last month killed more
than 900 people. The WHO said it will send an emergency team to help
fight a bacterial disease outbreak that has killed at least 148
people and sickened nearly 2,000 in and around the flood-hit
2009 Oct 31, In the Philippines
Typhoon Mirinae, the 4th since late September, battered Manila and
surrounding provinces, sending residents of one town clambering onto
rooftops to escape rising waters. 20 people wee left dead with east
(AP, 10/31/09)(AP, 11/1/09)
2009 Nov 2, In the central
Philippines a fire swept through a residential building as people
slept in a slum community, killing 16 residents including women and
2009 Nov 3, In the Philippines
government troops attacked an Abu Sayyaf camp in the rebels'
southern stronghold before dawn, triggering a five-hour clash in
which five of the al-Qaida-linked militants were killed and one
government militiaman was wounded.
2009 Nov 2, Tropical Storm
Mirinae slammed into Vietnam's central coast, unleashing heavy rains
and winds and forcing more than 80,000 people to evacuate before
losing steam as it moved inland. The storm killed at least 98
people. Mirinae also killed two people in Cambodia and left 19
people dead and three missing in the Philippines.
(AP, 11/2/09)(AP, 11/3/09)(AFP, 11/5/09)
2009 Nov 13, Philippine Pres.
Gloria Macapagal signed a bill criminalizing all forms of torture
and prohibiting state authorities from using secret detention
(SFC, 11/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 19, In Las Vegas Manny
Pacquiao of the Philippines demolished Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto to
become the only man in history to win seven titles in as many weight
2009 Nov 23, In the southern
Philippines dozens of gunmen hijacked a convoy carrying journalists,
and family and supporters of a candidate for provincial governor,
killing 57 people in Maguindanao province. In 2010 Senior Police
Officer Rainier Ebus testified he saw former Mayor Andal Ampatuan
Jr., the scion of the clan that was in control of southern
Maguindanao province, shoot about 40 of the 57 victims after
stopping their vehicles. Maguindanao is part of the Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao, which was created as part of a 1996 peace
agreement with a large Muslim rebel group. The body of journalist
Reynaldo Momay (61), a photographer for a small-town newspaper, was
missing. He would be the 58th victim.
(AP, 11/23/09)(AP, 11/24/09)(AP, 11/10/10)(AP,
2009 Nov 26, In the Philippines
Andal Ampatuan Jr., mayor of Ampatua, surrendered to presidential
adviser Jesus Dureza in the provincial capital. He had allegedly led
dozens of police and pro-government militiamen in the Nov 23
massacre of an election convoy.
2009 Dec 1, In the Philippines
Andal Ampatuan Jr., the heir of a powerful clan, was charged in
connection with the Nov 23 ambush in which 57 people, more than half
journalists, were slaughtered. Three witnesses, who escaped,
reported seeing him and some 100 gunmen stopping cars at the scene
of the massacre.
2009 Dec 4, Philippine security
forces raided four compounds belonging to a powerful clan suspected
in the massacre of 57 people in the Philippines' worst political
violence. Soldiers using metal detectors, sniffer dogs and an
excavator dug up more than a dozen crates of bullets in the mansion
of a local mayor linked to last week's massacre.
(AP, 12/4/09)(Reuters, 12/4/09)
2009 Dec 5, Philippine Pres.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo placed Maguindanao province under martial
law. Government troops were reported to have taken Andal Ampatuan
Sr., the former provincial governor, into custody for his clan’s
role in the Nov 23 massacre that left 57 dead.
(SFC, 12/5/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 6, Philippine troops
arrested 62 people and discovered another major weapons cache after
martial law was imposed in southern Maguindanao province following
the country's worst political massacre on Nov 23. About 20-30 armed
followers of the Ampatuan clan, the main suspect in massacre, opened
fire on police commandos while they were patrolling Datu Unsay
township, near the site of the massacre. Government negotiators were
trying to convince the gunmen to surrender to avoid bloodshed that
could harm civilians.
(AP, 12/6/09)(AP, 12/7/09)
2009 Dec 9, Philippine police
named 161 suspects in the Nov 23 massacre of 57 people in the
country's worst election violence, including government militiamen
led by members of a powerful clan facing murder and rebellion
2009 Dec 10, In the Philippines
gunmen abducted 65 students and teacher from a school in San Martin
village on Mindanao island. Suspected bandits trying to evade police
serving arrest warrants abducted dozens of villagers and were still
holding 57 hostages after releasing all the schoolchildren they had
(AFP, 12/10/09)(AP, 12/10/09)(Econ, 12/12/09,
2009 Dec 11, In the Philippines
government-armed former militiamen freed 10 more hostages seized in
the remote south, and their leader demanded that murder charges
against them be dropped before they release 47 others.
2009 Dec 13, In the southern
Philippines tribal gunmen freed 47 hostages, but the region
continued to be wracked by violence. Suspected Islamic radicals
staged a deadly jail break in which 31 inmates were freed, including
comrades accused of beheading marines.
(AP, 12/13/09)(SSFC, 12/13/09, p.A4)
2009 Dec 15, In the Philippines
at least 9 communist rebels and one army soldier were killed in
clashes as troops closed in on a guerrilla encampment in southern
2009 Dec 15, The Philippines'
most active volcano oozed lava and shot up plumes of ash, forcing
thousands of people to evacuate their homes and face the possibility
of a bleak Christmas in a shelter. State volcanologists raised the
alert level on the cone-shaped, 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) Mayon
volcano overnight to two steps below a major eruption.
2009 Dec 24, In the Philippines
3 floating bodies were found as search-and-rescue teams combed the
waters of Manila Bay for at least 24 people missing after a
passenger ferry collided with a fishing boat.
2009 Dec 26, In the Philippines
a roll-on, roll-off ferry, carrying at least 88 people and nine
cargo trucks, sank in the late evening off Verde Island. 6 people
were confirmed dead and at least 22 were missing.
2010 Jan 10, About 50,000
Philippine policemen began enforcing a 5-month ban on carrying guns
in public in hopes of avoiding bloodshed in the buildup to May
elections, arresting 18 violators at checkpoints across the country.
2010 Jan 16, In the Philippines
a fire raced through a slum near the main port Manila, leaving 4,000
people homeless and killing a 5-year-old girl.
2010 Jan 28, In the southern
Philippines a decades-old military plane crashed into a residential
area, killing a two-star air force general and eight other people.
2010 Feb 9, Philippine
prosecutors filed charges against Andal Ampatuan senior, the head of
a powerful clan, and 195 others in the biggest and deadliest murder
case since the country's WW II war crimes trials.
(AP, 2/9/10)(Econ, 2/20/10, p.40)
2010 Feb 11, The Philippines
launched a European-funded program to reduce the country's large
number of extralegal killings and disappearances of activists,
journalists and union workers. The EU has pledged euro3.9 million
($5.36 million) for the EU-Philippines Justice Support Program to
provide technical aid and training to bolster the country's criminal
2010 Feb 18, Philippine troops
arrested Jumadali Arad, a suspected Muslim militant accused in the
high-profile kidnappings of three Americans, two of whom were later
killed, and dozens of Filipinos nine years ago.
2010 Feb 19, In the Philippines
2 soldiers were killed and one wounded on southern Basilan Island
when they tripped the wire on a homemade bomb during an operation to
track down militants.
2010 Feb 21, In the Philippines
Albader Parad, a top commander of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf,
was among six militants killed in fighting on Jolo island. Another
of those slain, Abdulhan Jumdail, was identified as the cousin of
Umbra Jumdail, one of the core leaders of the Abu Sayyaf.
2010 Feb 27, In the southern
Philippines Al-Qaeda-linked Muslim militants killed 11 people, hours
after two hostages they were holding walked free.
2010 Mar 3, A Philippine
official said a wildlife officer is suspected of stealing more than
1,500 pounds (700 kilograms) of smuggled elephant tusks seized last
year, an embarrassing setback for the country's anti-poaching
efforts. The ivory worth $65,000 was part of a 8,800-pound
(4,000-kilogram) shipment of tusks that was impounded at Manila
airport in July and turned over for disposal to the Protected Areas
and Wildlife Bureau.
2010 Mar 6, In the Philippines
guerrillas of the communist New People's Army (NPA) killed 11
government soldiers in a gun battle on Mindoro island.
2010 Mar 7, Philippine marines
killed at least seven al-Qaida-linked militants in a raid on a
coastal hide-out but failed to capture a Malaysian terror suspect
long wanted by Washington.
2010 Mar 28, In the Philippines
2 marines were wounded and several Abu Sayyaf fighters were believed
killed as troops pursued militants in an offensive on Jolo island
that ended today. At least one body of an Abu Sayyaf fighter, killed
in the 2-day assault, was dug up by troops.
(AP, 3/28/10)(SFC, 3/29/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 29, A Philippine court
dismissed rebellion charges against a powerful clan leader and
dozens of his followers but they remain in custody for their alleged
role in the Nov 23, 2009, election-related massacre of 57 people.
Prosecutors had charged Andal Ampatuan Sr., his four sons and
followers with rebellion for allegedly plotting to stage an armed
uprising after the government began to crack down on them when they
were linked to the massacre.
2010 Apr 2, In the Philippines
at least 23 devotees were nailed to crosses in San Fernando city to
mark Good Friday.
(SFC, 4/3/10, p.A2)
2010 Apr 4, In the Philippines
Carl Rieth (72), a Filipino businessman of Swiss descent, was
kidnapped from his beach-front home on the southern Zamboanga
peninsula. On June 16 Philippine troops rescued Reith.
(AFP, 4/6/10)(AP, 6/16/10)
2010 Apr 8, The Philippine
Supreme Court overturned a decision barring a gay rights group from
contesting national elections in May and recognized it as a
legitimate political party for the first time.
2010 Apr 13, In the Philippines
Muslim militants disguised as policemen and soldiers detonated bombs
and opened fire in a series of coordinated attacks in southern in
Isabela city, triggering clashes that killed at least 13 people. The
death toll included three marines, a police officer and three
militants, including Bensar Indama, the brother of militant leader
Puruji Indama, whose body was found in a police uniform.
(AP, 4/13/10)(AP, 4/14/10)
2010 Apr 18, In the Philippines
Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said he has ordered prosecutors to
remove the names of Zaldy Ampatuan, a former governor of a Muslim
autonomous region, and his brother-in-law Akhmad from the charge
sheets for lack of strong evidence linking them to the planning and
staging of the Nov 23, 2009, carnage in Maguindanao's Ampatuan
2010 Apr 21, In the Philippines
an electrical fire forced a cargo plane's pilots to attempt an
emergency landing in a Philippine rice field when the Russian-made
Antonov-12 aircraft burst into flames, killing three of its six
crew. The dead included two Russian ground engineers and a
2010 Apr 25, In the Philippines
a huge fire sweeping through a shantytown outside Manila destroyed
about 600 houses leaving one person dead and some 10,000 people
(AP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010 May 4, The Philippine
election commission ordered the recall of 76,000 memory cards to be
used in the country's first automated elections next week after some
were found to be defective, heightening jitters over a possible
failure of the new system.
2010 May 10, In the Philippines
the military reported 37 incidents of election day violence, with at
least nine dead and 12 wounded. That tally was low by the standards
of past Philippine elections. Frontrunner Senator Benigno "Noynoy"
Aquino was poised for a decisive victory despite technical problems
which caused long delays but did not derail the polls as feared.
Aquino grabbed over 40% of the estimated 37.5 million votes cast in
the country's first automated polls.
(Reuters, 5/10/10)(AFP, 5/11/10)
2010 May 16, In the Philippines
Muslim guerrillas said that they were ready to enter into peace
talks with Philippine president-apparent Benigno Aquino III after
years of little progress under his predecessor.
2010 May 17, Outgoing
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo swore in a new chief
justice whose appointment has been questioned by her apparent
successor, sparking fears of a constitutional crisis.
2010 May 17, In the Philippines
a helicopter carrying Quezon Gov. Rafael Nantes, two security
personnel and the pilot, crashed into houses south of Manila,
killing all four people aboard and a girl on the ground.
2010 Jun 1, Philippine
officials said elementary and high schools will start teaching basic
sex education as a pilot program in the conservative Roman Catholic
nation, brushing aside concerns by church leaders that it may
encourage promiscuity among the youth.
2010 Jun 5, In the Philippines
the military said Al-Qaida-linked militants have fatally shot three
abducted rubber farm workers after their families failed to pay a
ransom. Gunmen led by senior Abu Sayyaf commander Furuji Indama
seized the three men from a passenger minibus on May 27. They
demanded 3 million pesos ($64,000) in ransom from their families.
Muslim militants killed two villagers after fatally shooting three
hostages, apparently to avenge the deaths of comrades in a
government assault in the southern Philippines.
(AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010 Jun 8, In the Philippines
a congressional count said Benigno Aquino III won more than 15
million votes in the May election, about 5.7 million ahead of his
closest opponent, ousted leader Joseph Estrada, who pledged to
support him. The 50-year-old bachelor and economics graduate will
officially become the nation's 15th president on June 30.
2010 Jun 12, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded three loggers in apparent retaliation
for government offensives near Maluso town on Basilan island.
2010 Jun 13, In the central
Philippines a bus rented by Iranian medical students plunged into a
ravine while negotiating a mountain road, killing 21 people and
injuring 26 others.
(AP, 6/13/10)(AP, 6/14/10)
2010 Jun 14, In the southern
Philippines a brazen gunman shot and killed Desidario Camangyan (52)
of Sunshine FM radio, as he hosted a singing contest before shocked
spectators in Davao Oriental province's Manay township.
2010 Jun 22, Philippine marines
killed two Muslim rebels in two clashes on Jolo island.
2010 Jun 23, In the southern
Philippines about 30 hooded attackers, believed to be Abu Sayyaf
militants, shot and hacked horrified victims as they ran for their
lives. Four people died and six were wounded in the ambush on a
village road on Basilan island.
2010 Jun 27, Philippine troops
attacked a communist rebel camp to rescue an abducted soldier and a
militiaman in the country's south, killing at least two communist
guerrillas but failing to find the captives.
2010 Jun 29, Philippine Pres.
Beningno Aquino III said that one of his first acts will be to
create a Truth Commission to probe the corruption he and his backers
say flourished under former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
(WSJ, 7/2/10, p.A11)
2010 Jun 30, In the Philippines
Benigno Aquino III was sworn in as the country’s 15th president. He
promised to prosecute the corrupt and banish poverty as he urged
Filipinos to help him in a job he likened to a biblical burden.
2010 Jul 5, Authorities in
Iceland exhumed the body of American chess champion Bobby Fischer to
determine whether he is the father of a 9-year-old girl from the
2010 Jul 7, In the Philippines
officials said Nicanor Faeldon (44), a rebel soldier accused of
leading two failed coup attempts, has turned himself in to
authorities after 3 years on the run. Faeldon, a former bomb making
trainer with the marines, was accused of helping lead 300 soldiers
in taking over the upscale Oakwood Hotel and a nearby shopping
center in Manila's financial district of Makati in July 2003,
rigging the area with bombs.
2010 Jul 12, In the Philippines
when Canadian Geoffrey Alan Bennun (60) and his Filipino girlfriend
were shot to death after a robber broke into their hotel room. Four
days later, Briton James Bolton Porter (51) and his girlfriend were
killed by a gunman in their house in Angeles' Malabanas village.
About a week later a gunman killed American Albert Mitchell (70), a
veteran of the US Air Force, along with his Filipino wife, Janet
(53), and three Filipino staff inside their Angeles home [see July
2010 Jul 14, In the Philippines
the first typhoon this year flooded parts of the capital, toppled
power lines and killed at least 26 people, many of them trying to
scramble to safety as the storm changed course. 38 people were
missing. Typhoon Conson came ashore on the east coast of Luzon the
previous night with winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour).
2010 Jul 22, In the northern
Philippines an American man, Albert Mitchell, and four others were
found shot dead at his rented home.
2010 Jul 25, In the Philippines
gunmen strafed the center of a southern township, killing an aide to
Vice Mayor Rasul Sangki, a key witness to the Nov 23, 2009, mass
2010 Jul 27, Philippine police
tracked down Mark Dizon (28), a suspect in a series of grisly
robberies and killings, with the help of his Facebook account. He
was accused of killing nine people, six Filipinos, an American, a
Canadian and a Briton, in three different robberies at hotels and
homes this month in Angeles city.
2010 Aug 2, In the Philippines
the 2010 winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards were announced.
Winners included Tadatoshi Akiba, the three-term mayor of Hiroshima,
who spearheaded a global campaign for nuclear disarmament, and
photographer Huo Daishan (56), who documented river pollution in his
native China. The awards are considered Asia's equivalent of the
Nobel Prize. Other awardees were physicists Christopher Bernido and
wife Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido of the Philippines, who
introduced a novel way of teaching science, and Bangladeshi A.H.M.
Noman Khan, who set up service-and-training centers for helping
persons with disabilities.
2010 Aug 5, In the southern
Philippines a powerful bombing killed a man and wounded about a
dozen other people including a provincial governor at the Zamboanga
2010 Aug 18, In the Philippines
a packed passenger bus negotiating a downhill curve plunged off a
Philippine mountain highway into a 100-foot (30-meter) ravine,
killing 41 people.
2010 Aug 21, In the Philippines
communist guerrillas, the New People’s Army, killed a local council
member in northern Samar province and then waited for police to
arrive. They then killed 8 police officers.
(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 23, Philippine police
stormed a bus in downtown Manila after shots were heard from the
hostage-taker of 15 Chinese tourists. Former Senior Inspector
Rolando Mendoza (55), armed with a M16 rifle, had seized the busload
of Hong Kong tourists to demand his reinstatement in the force. 8
tourists were killed along with Mendoza. Ken Leung died trying to
subdue the gunman, who then killed his two daughters, Doris (21) and
Jessie (14). The only survivors were the mother, Amy, and son Jason
(18), who fell into a coma after suffering a head wound. Jason awoke
from his coma around mid October. On Dec 16 Manila said it will pay
compensation to the families of 8 Hong Kong tourists killed during
the botched hostage rescue.
(AP, 8/23/10)(AP, 8/24/10)(AP, 10/20/10)(AFP,
2010 Aug 26, In the Philippines
fire broke out late at night, possibly when gasoline a man was
pouring into a container near an open stove caught alight, in two
crowded villages in Navotas city, north of the capital Manila. 2
people were killed and thousands left homeless.
2010 Aug 29, In Hong Kong an
estimated 80,000 people marched in honor of eight locals killed Aug
23 in a bus hijacking in Manila, denouncing the Philippine
government for botching the rescue operation and demanding justice
for the dead.
2010 Sep 4, Philippine police
commandos killed an Abu Sayyaf commander linked to last year's
kidnapping of Red Cross workers and gunned down two other militants
in a clash in the south. Gafur Jumdail and two of his men were
killed near Maimbung town on Jolo island after clashing with
commandos tracking a Malaysian militant and allied Filipino
2010 Sep 6, Philippine
officials said the government has asked a court to outlaw the Abu
Sayyaf as a terrorist group under a 2007 anti-terrorism law and
blacklist more than 200 of its Islamic fighters blamed for two
decades of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings.
2010 Sep 12, Philippine
authorities at Manila's airport found a newborn baby in a garbage
bag that was apparently unloaded from an airplane that landed from
the Middle East. On Sep 16 Rep. Lani Mercado said she met with the
mother, who told her that she had been raped by her employer while
working as a maid in Qatar and became pregnant.
(AP, 9/12/10)(AP, 9/16/10)
2010 Sep 19, Philippine troops
clashed with Abu Sayyaf gunmen in a southern coastal village and
killed Abdukarim Sali, a long-wanted militant who helped in the 2001
kidnapping of three American and 17 Filipino tourists and the
takeover of a hospital. Dozens of rebels from the larger Moro
Islamic Liberation Front attacked a village in Basilan's Lamitan
town, killing one villager and wounding another.
2010 Sep 22, In the Philippines
Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator for the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic
Liberation Front, told local reporters that his group wanted a
"substate" that he likened to a US state. He said it would not be
independent and would be under a "unitary government.".
2010 Sep 23, In the Philippines
President Benigno Aquino ordered a halt to the demolition of
thousands of squatter shanties in Manila following violent street
2010 Oct 4, In the northern
Philippines motorcycle-riding gunmen killed a regional trial court
judge, prompting calls to exempt judges from a current gun ban.
2010 Oct 12, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino III granted amnesty to officers and
soldiers accused of plotting to overthrow his predecessor. Only a
handful of the original 300 troops who took up arms against
then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in July 2003 remained in
military custody on charges of mutiny and coup attempt.
2010 Oct 18, In the Philippines
the strongest cyclone in years killed at least 36 people, leaving a
wasteland of fallen trees and power poles and sending thousands
scampering to safety in near-zero visibility. Super Typhoon Megi was
forecast next to head toward China and Vietnam.
(AP, 10/18/10)(AP, 10/19/10)(AP, 10/22/10)
2010 Oct 21, In the southern
Philippines a bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing at least
10 people and wounding nine in an attack authorities say may have
been carried out by an extortion gang with links to Muslim
2010 Oct 22, In the Philippines
ex-convict Fely Mateo stabbed 9 people at the Talisayan Elementary
School in Zamboanga City, killing 3, before parents wrestled away
his knife and stabbed him to death with it. The man killed a
teacher, a 5th-grader and an elderly man who was among those who
tried to grab the attacker's knife.
(AP, 10/22/10)(AP, 10/20/10)
2010 Nov 1, Philippine
investigators arrested Rolando Fajardo, one of the country's most
elusive fugitives. He was wanted over the 1986 kidnapping of a
2010 Nov 12, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino III lashed out at the US and five other
Western allies for issuing what he said were unverified warnings of
a possible terrorist attack in the Southeast Asian nation at a time
when it is trying to bolster its lackluster tourism industry.
2010 Nov 13, In Texas Manny
Pacquiao, boxer and Filipino congressman, cemented his claim to
being the best fighter in the world by dominating the bigger but
slower Antonio Margarito of Mexico. Pacquiao earned a guaranteed $15
2010 Dec 1, In the Philippines
suspected communist guerrillas seized a passenger bus then opened
fire on pursuing government forces in a running gunbattle that
killed at least four people in San Francisco town, Quezon province.
2010 Dec 3, The Philippine
government and communist rebels announced they will resume peace
negotiations to end the 41-year-old Maoist insurgency early next
year after the talks were suspended more than six years ago.
2010 Dec 8, In the Philippines
Pres. Benigno Aquino III lashed out at a Supreme Court decision
rejecting an investigative body he created to look into alleged
corruption during his predecessor's administration, vowing his
anti-graft battle would not be deterred by the setback.
2010 Dec 10, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino III ordered prosecutors to drop criminal
charges against 43 health workers arrested by the army as suspected
communist rebels 10 months ago, saying their rights were violated.
2010 Dec 14, In the central
Philippines suspected communist guerrillas killed 10 army soldiers
returning to their camp after being recalled from combat two days
before a Christmas cease-fire. A boy (9) also was killed in the
crossfire when the New People's Army guerrillas detonated land mines
then opened fire on the soldiers near where villagers were swimming
in a river in Northern Samar province.
2010 Dec 19, In the northern
Philippines a fire rapidly swept through a 5-storey budget hotel in
Tuguegarao burning to death 15 people, several crammed in bathrooms
where they fled in panic. Nine of the victims were nursing students
in town to take a licensing exam. The death toll rose to 16 after
one person died in a hospital
(AP, 12/19/10)(AP, 12/20/10)
2010 Dec 25, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded during Christmas Day Mass at a chapel
inside a police camp on Jolo island, wounding 6 people. The next day
Pres. Aquino said that investigators had identified a suspect and a
possible "terror plot" in the bombing.
(AP, 12/25/10)(AFP, 12/27/10)
2010 Dec 26, In the Philippines
Communist rebels threatened more attacks despite looming peace talks
with the government, as they marked the insurgency's 42nd
anniversary by defiantly marching with their weapons in public view.
2010 Dec 27, In the Philippines
US Lt. Cmdr. Scintar Buenviaje Mejia (35) died of head injuries
after jumping from a second-floor staircase while a security guard
escorted him to the bathroom. He was arrested a day earlier with
what was thought to be cocaine. Tests later showed the white powder
wasn't an illegal drug.
2010 Dec 29, In the Philippines
a gift-wrapped grenade exploded and killed a woman (31) when she
opened the package inside her house in an upscale neighborhood of
2010 Dec 31, In the Philippines
Councilman Reynaldo Dagsa was shot dead in Manila. A photograph
identified one gunmen, who was captured Jan 3 along with an
accomplice. One suspect was a car thief who was out on bail and
likely sought revenge against Dagsa for ordering his arrest last
year. The main shooter, Arnel Buenaflor, was captured on Jan 6 in a
boarding house in Aurora township.
(AP, 1/4/11)(AP, 1/7/11)
2011 Jan 2, In the Philippines
a bus has collided with a passenger jeep in a province south of
Manila, killing 7 members of a family who were returning home from a
Christmas vacation. Landslides and floods, after days of heavy rain,
killed at least 17 people including 8 children.
(AP, 1/2/11)(AP, 1/3/11)(AP, 1/4/11)
2011 Jan 9, In the Philippines
more than a million Roman Catholics joined a raucous religious
procession in Manila to honor a centuries-old black statue of Jesus
Christ that they believe possesses mystical powers. Nearly 600 were
treated for injuries.
2011 Jan 18, Negotiators from
the Philippines government and communist rebels agreed to resume
peace talks after informal meetings in Norway.
2011 Jan 18, Philippine
disaster authorities said stormy weather since late December has
killed 56 people and left at least 19 missing, mostly fishermen lost
in rough seas.
2011 Jan 23, In the northern
Philippines suspected communist rebels shot and killed Rizal town
police chief Antonio Rueco, and four other officers, including his
wife, after detonating roadside bombs under their patrol car.
2011 Jan 24, In the Philippines
a gunman fatally shot Jerry Ortega, a radio broadcaster who had been
critical of corrupt officials in the southern Philippines. Police
captured the fleeing assailant with the help of passing firemen and
2011 Jan 25, In the Philippines
a bomb on a packed bus killed 5 people. Investigators recovered
fragments of an 81 mm mortar round and a Nokia cell phone used in
the bombing that also wounded 13 other people in Makati city, the
financial district of Manila. On June 2 Ryan Sison, a suspect in the
bombing, was arrested in a raid in Lucena city in Quezon province.
(AFP, 1/25/11)(AP, 1/26/11)(AP, 6/3/11)
2011 Jan 27, In the Philippines
a temporary elevator at a building construction site in Manila
plunged 25 floors, killing 10 workers.
2011 Jan 29, In the Philippines
a huge fire fanned by strong winds from Manila Bay swept through a
congested village in Manila, killing 12 people and displacing nearly
2011 Feb 2, A Philippine
official said police commandos have arrested Arabi Sali, an
al-Qaida-linked militant allegedly involved in the killing of
American tourists and two US soldiers in the southern Philippines in
September, 2009. Allegations that former military chiefs benefited
from massive corruption led to calls for the government to get
serious about reforming the armed forces.
(AP, 2/2/11)(SFC, 2/3/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 3, In the Philippines
President Benigno Aquino III ordered a logging moratorium in the
country, blaming devastating floods on unmitigated logging and
deforestation. A weeklong downpour culminated in raging flash floods
that surged through the streets of Jolo's coastal provincial
capital, sweeping away stilt houses and damaging hundreds of homes
killing at least 5 people. Disaster officials said at least 9 other
people have died in floods elsewhere in the Philippines this week,
adding to more than 70 lives lost in heavy rainfall between late
December and the end of January.
2011 Feb 3, In the Philippines
the military and rebels said hundreds of rival Muslim rebels have
clashed over land in the southern Philippines, leaving at least 13
dead and thousands of villagers displaced in the monthlong fighting.
2011 Feb 5, In the Philippines
guerrillas leaders said Ameril Umbra Kato, a rogue Muslim rebel
commander, has formed a separate faction of several hundred fighters
and rejected peace talks to end the decades-long secessionist
2011 Feb 7, In the Philippines
Pres. Benigno Aquino III signed a proclamation granting amnesty to
rebel soldiers who participated in military uprisings in 2003 and
(SSFC, 2/13/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/2azzq9m)
2011 Feb 8, In the Philippines
retired Gen. Angelo Reyes (65) apparently committed suicide at his
mother's grave. Reyes, who headed the military from 2001 to 2003,
was at the center of a congressional probe into one of the biggest
corruption scandals to have hit the Philippine armed forces.
2011 Feb 12, In the southern
Philippines army troops captured a jungle encampment of
al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen and killed five militants in a
gunbattle that also left two soldiers dead near the village of
Baiwas. Among the dead was Juhaiber Alamsirul, a close aide of Abu
Sayyaf commander Nurhassan Jamiri, who has been blamed for
beheadings and kidnappings.
2011 Feb 18, In the Philippines
rebels freed army officer Mario Veluz, who they snatched at gunpoint
on Feb. 6 along a road near Bukidnon province.
2011 Feb 19, In the Philippines
police officer Jorge Sabatin walked free after being wounded and
snatched by New People's Army guerrillas in a Feb. 1 attack on a
police outpost in Agusan del Sur province's Trento town.
2011 Feb 19, In Nevada Filipino
fighter Nonito Donaire stopped Mexico's Fernando Montiel in the
second round to take the World Boxing Council and World Boxing
Organization bantamweight titles.
2011 Feb 20, In the Philippines
rebels said police officer Jerwel Montecillo Tugade has been ordered
released after being abducted Feb. 7 in Davao Oriental province. A
fourth captive, army soldier Bryan Canedo, was still being held and
questioned after he was seized Feb. 7 in Compostela Valley Province.
2011 Feb 21, In the Philippines
four kidnappers were killed and a policeman wounded during a foiled
attempt to abduct a Chinese-Filipino businessman in southern North
Cotabato province's Midsayap township.
2011 Feb 24, In the Philippines
lawyers said about 7,500 victims of human rights abuses during late
dictator Ferdinand Marcos' regime will receive compensation for
their suffering starting next week, 25 years after a peaceful revolt
forced Marcos into exile in Hawaii.
2011 Feb 26, In the Philippines
communist rebels killed three soldiers and wounded four others in an
ambush in the foothills of a mountain near Asipulo township in
Ifugao province. Government and rebel negotiators last week resumed
talks in Norway after more than six years and agreed to negotiate a
settlement of the 42-year conflict.
2011 Mar 2, The Philippine
military deployed two warplanes near a disputed area in the South
China Sea after a ship searching for oil complained it was harassed
by two Chinese patrol boats. The Chinese vessels later left without
confrontation at the Reed Bank, which is near the disputed Spratly
Islands that are claimed by the Philippines, China and other
2011 Mar 10, In the southern
Philippine suspected Abu Sayyaf militants detonated a powerful bomb
near a school on Jolo island, killing at least three people and
wounding nine others.
2011 Mar 11, In the southern
Philippines a gold miner was killed and five others dug up alive by
fellow miners after their hut got buried by a landslide in Pantukan
2011 Mar 13, In the Philippines
police commandos raided a house in Lamitan town on southern Basilan
island in search of the former mayor linked to the 2007 bombing that
killed a lawmaker but they instead captured Nawaf Jainuddin. He was
allegedly one of several Abu Sayyaf gunmen who seized several
hostages and staged deadly attacks in 2001 in Lamitan.
2011 Mar 19, In the southern
Philippines suspected communist rebels stormed the main police
station in Panabo city, killing an officer and wounding four others
in a daring attack on a government center that was repulsed by
outnumbered police officers.
2011 Mar 22, Philippine
lawmakers overwhelmingly impeached Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez,
the country's chief corruption investigator, long accused of
protecting former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from
2011 Mar 25, The Philippine
Catholic church led tens of thousands of Filipinos in one of the
biggest rallies against a proposed family planning law, saying it
will promote artificial contraception and lead to more abortions.
2011 Mar 26, Philippine Sen.
Panfilo Lacson, who fled double murder charges more than a year ago,
returned to the country after a court voided the arrest warrant
against him. He had been charged with the killings of high-profile
publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver in 2000, but has
2011 Mar 29, Intelligence
officials in Indonesia and Philippines said Umar Patek (40), a
suspected member of the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jemaah
Islamiyah, has been arrested in Pakistan. The senior Indonesian
al-Qaida operative was wanted in the 2002 Bali bombings. Patek's
exact whereabouts were not immediately known.
2011 Apr 1, In the southern
Philippines gunmen linked to a criminal gang kidnapped 16 people,
most of them teachers, from an elementary school graduation ceremony
in Prosperidad town. At least four small-scale miners were buried
alive in a landslide in the mountainous Tampakan area.
(AP, 4/2/11)(AFP, 4/2/11)
2011 Apr 4, In the southern
Philippines armed tribesmen freed a boy after getting food and water
but kept at least 12 other hostages in jungle captivity to demand
the release of jailed relatives and friends.
2011 Apr 5, The Philippines'
largest Muslim rebel group acknowledged that its ranks include child
soldiers and said its leaders would meet with United Nations
representatives for talks on how to wean the youths from war.
2011 Apr 6, In the Philippines
armed tribesmen under pressure from government troops abandoned 13
hostages they held six days to demand the release of jailed
relatives, then escaped in the southern jungle.
2011 Apr 7, In the Philippines
Scott McMahon of Seattle was detained on charges of rape after he
reportedly filed a case against her for allegedly traumatizing his
young son. On August 2, 2016, McMahon was freed following his
2011 Apr 8, A Philippine court
ordered the widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos to return 12 million
pesos ($280,000) her husband pocketed from the government's food
agency in 1983.
2011 Apr 16, In the Philippines
army Scout Rangers encountered about 15 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in a
remote village of Al Barka township on Basilan island. The clash
killed 2 al-Qaida-linked gunmen and left three soldiers wounded.
2011 Apr 22, In the Philippines
at least 21 people were missing and three confirmed dead after a
night-time landslide ravaged a gold mining village in a mountainous
area of Mindanao.
2011 Apr 26, The
Philippines-based Asian Development Bank said world food prices that
surged 30 percent in the first two months of the year threaten to
push millions of Asians into extreme poverty and cut economic
2011 Apr 29, Philippines’s
Pres. Benigno Aquino forced the resignation of ombudsman Merceditas
Gutierrez, the state’s chief prosecutor of official corruption. She
was accused of failing to prosecute cases of alleged corruption
within the administration of former president Gloria Arroyo, who had
(Econ, 5/7/11, p.46)
2011 May 5, In the Philippines
Arabani Jakiran (39) was arrested amid an intensified manhunt for
al-Qaida-linked militants to pre-empt any possible revenge attacks
for Osama Bin Laden's killing this week in Pakistan.
2011 May 8, In the Philippines
a police intelligence unit arrested Asdatul Sahirun, a suspected
member of the Abu Sayyaf extremist movement, at a shopping mall in
the Manila’s Malate tourist district.
2011 May 8, In the Philippines
tropical storm Aere slammed into the eastern coast, bringing heavy
rains and landslides. At least 22 people were left dead and
thousands forced to leave their homes.
(AFP, 5/8/11)(AP, 5/10/11)
2011 May 9, A Philippine
anti-graft court approved a much-criticized plea bargain deal
between prosecutors and former Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, who was
accused of plunder. Garcia had pleaded guilty to the lesser charges
of direct bribery and facilitating money laundering. He was released
on bail in December pending sentencing on the lesser charges.
2011 May 9, Malaysian police
said they have arrested Abdul Majid Kunji Mohamad, a Singaporean
businessman, suspected of channeling funds to southern Philippine
2011 May 12, In the southern
Philippines communist rebels killed a security guard for an
American-owned gold mining company and took the weapons of three
2011 May 25, In the Philippines
Typhoon Songda roared toward the country's northeast.
2011 May 29, In the Philippines
workers cleaned up more than 750 tons of fish that have died and
rotted on fish farms in Taal Lake near Taal volcano south of Manila.
Scientists said the onset of the rainy season led to a sharp drop in
water temperatures depleting oxygen levels.
(AP, 5/29/11)(AFP, 5/29/11)
2011 May 30, In the southern
Philippines suspected Abu Sayyaf militants launched bomb attacks
that wounded five army soldiers who were hunting them amid a
crackdown on kidnappings.
2011 May 30, Authorities in the
Philippines detained 122 Vietnamese fishermen after seven boats were
intercepted in Philippine waters.
2011 Jun 7, A Philippine court
froze $23 million in bank accounts and assets of the Ampatuan family
linked to the 2009 politically motivated massacre of at least 57
(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 16, In the Philippines
a Protestant church group sued former Philippine President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo, claiming security forces under her control killed
and tortured at least six of its members.
2011 Jun 22, In the Philippines
Gregorio "Comrade Roger" Rosal (64), a popular Mao cap-wearing
Filipino guerrilla, died of a heart attack. He had given a voice and
face to one of Asia's longest-running Marxist insurgencies as its
2011 Jun 24, In the Philippines
more than 53,000 people were in evacuation centers after fleeing
their homes following days of torrential rains caused by Tropical
2011 Jun 29, In the southern
Philippines flashfloods left at least 25 people dead, mostly
children. Another 15 people were missing.
(SSFC, 7/3/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun, Scientists from the
Philippines and the California Academy of Sciences completed a
6-week study of the island of Luzon and discovered over 3000 new
species of land animals, plants and deep sea creatures.
(SFC, 6/25/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun, In the Philippines
Biju Kolara Veetil (36) was abducted by suspected Muslim extremists
in Jolo while visiting his Filipina wife's family on the strife-torn
island. The Indian man escaped his captors on Aug 10, 2012, when his
captors fell asleep after fasting for Ramadan.
2011 Jul 1, In the Philippines
government "environment enforcers" wearing mint-green Polo T-shirts
fanned out across Manila to start handing out penalties for smoking
in public places of 500 pesos ($11.50), following a month-long trial
2011 Jul 5, In the Philippines
Darcy Hans Rentenberg (53), a retired Canadian missionary, was
reported missing 10 days after he left his flat in nearby Mandaue
city. On July 16 police said they had found his body and arrested a
family-of-three who owned the farm where the corpse was buried.
2011 Jul 12, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants snatched Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann (41), her son
Kevin (14) and her nephew, Romnick Jakaria, while they were
vacationing with relatives on an island near southern Zamboanga
city. The Filipino-American woman was freed On Oct 2 after 2½ months
of captivity. Jakaria (19) escaped on Nov 13. Her son was freed on
(AP, 10/3/11)(AP, 11/13/11)(AP, 12/10/11)
2011 Jul 27, In the Philippines
winners were announced for Asia's Magsaysay award this year for
giving green technologies to the poor. They included US-trained
Indian engineer Harish Hande (44) for bringing solar lights to a
country where half of all households have no electricity; Indonesian
social worker Tri Mumpuni (46) was recognized after her IBEKA
foundation built 60 small power plants harnessing the energy of
water stored in dams to bring electricity to half a million people;
and Dutch marine engineer Auke Idzenga's Alternative Indigenous
Development Foundation won for using an ancient, near-forgotten
technology, the ram pump, to help impoverished communities on Negros
island. Other winners included a man who set up an Islamic school
for girls in Indonesia, a lender to India's poorest, and a man
working to restore democracy in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge
murdered his father.
2011 Jul 27, In the Philippines
heavy rains and floods battered the northeast for a third day,
swamping homes of about a half million people. Tropical Storm
Nock-ten was expected to blow out of the country to the South China
Sea by July 28 after cutting through the heart of Luzon Island. The
death toll reached 52 with 27 still missing.
(AP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/31/11)
2011 Jul 28, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants killed 7 marines, severing the heads of two of
them, and wounded 27 others who were about to raid their jungle camp
in southern Sulu province. The militants withdrew into the woods
after 5 hours of fighting and government forces captured their
(AP, 7/28/11)(AFP, 7/29/11)
2011 Jul 30, Tropical Storm
Nock-ten hit north-central Vietnam killing one person. The storm had
already left at least 50 people dead in the Philippines.
(SSFC, 7/31/11, p.A4)
2011 Jul 31, Tropical storm
Mufia, named after a Chinese flower, approached the Philippines. It
had already left 2 people dead and caused the 2,400-ton MV Trans
Asia Malaysia cargo ship to sink. All 155 aboard were rescued.
2011 Aug 1, In the Philippines
8 police officers were arrested after Commission on Human Rights
chief Loretta Ann Rosales alerted the interior ministry to two
videos she said showed a group of naked and blindfolded police
recruits being force-fed and rubbed with red-hot chilies. 6 more
officers were soon arrested in a widening investigation.
2011 Aug 2, In the Philippines
waist-deep floods have swamped the streets in Manila after a night
of monsoon rains closed down schools and government offices. In the
southern Philippines an improvised bomb exploded in front of a gun
store in Cotabato city, killing at least one person and wounding 9
others, including a 7-year-old girl. Typhoon Muifa killed four
people in the Philippines even though it did not make landfall.
(AP, 8/2/11)(AP, 8/6/11)
2011 Aug 3, In Kuwait a
24-year-old Filipina domestic worker, reportedly blinded by her
employer, sought refuge at the Philippines Embassy after escaping
from her employer last month.
(SSFC, 8/7/11, p.A4)
2011 Aug 10, In the Philippines
6 suspected car thieves and a police officer were killed in two gun
battles in Manila.
2011 Aug 12, In the southern
Philippines two men were killed when a bomb they were allegedly
carrying exploded prematurely along a highway.
2011 Aug 15, In the southern
Philippines a car bomb killed 2 people and wounded seven in an
attack targeting Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, who took
office after many of his relatives were slain in the country's worst
political massacre in 2009. Mangudadatu was unhurt. Authorities
arrested a suspect after a witness saw him leaving the bomb-laden
car and fleeing the scene of the attack in Tacurong City.
(AP, 8/15/11)(AP, 8/18/11)
2011 Aug 17, In the Philippines
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front vice chairman Ghazali Jaafar said
its central committee plans to issue a resolution declaring that
Ameril Umbra Kato is no longer a member unless he returns to its
fold, an unlikely prospect since he has rejected earlier calls to
rejoin. Kato has opposed the main rebel group's peace talks with the
government and called for jihad, or holy war, for a separate Muslim
2011 Aug 21, In the central
Philippines the steel-hulled inter-island ferry, M/V Island
Fastcraft 1, with at least 75 people caught fire then sank amid
stormy weather, leaving 3 people dead, one missing while the rest
2011 Aug 23, The Philippines'
largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, rejected
a government proposal for autonomy in the country's south as
inadequate but said they will continue talks.
2011 Aug 27, In the Philippines
a slow-moving typhoon made landfall, drenching most of the north and
triggering landslides that killed five children and a man digging
for gold. Super-typhoon Nanmadol killed at least 16 people and left
flattened bridges and blocked roads in its wake as it moved away
from the Philippines and churned towards Taiwan.
(AP, 8/27/11)(AP, 8/28/11)(AFP, 8/29/11)
2011 Aug 30, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino flew to China, on a mission to secure
billions of dollars in business deals as the two sides look to move
beyond a territorial row.
2011 Sep 2, In the Philippines
Joseph Balmer (54), a retired British policeman, and his Filipina
girlfriend (26) were shot to death in the home of a friend on the
northern city of Angeles. Witnesses later named Timothy Noah
Kaufman, an American man, as one of three suspects. In 2014 Kaufman
was extradited to the Philippines to stand trial for murder. On Aug
15, 2015, Kaufman (37) was found unconscious due to a heart attack
and was declared dead on arrival at a hospital. Filipino Jesus
Santos has been arrested and American, Joseph Tramontano, was at
2011 Sep 3, In the Philippines
villagers and veteran hunters in Bunawan township in Agusan del Sur
province captured a one-ton saltwater crocodile which they plan to
make the star of a planned ecotourism park.
2011 Sep 11, Philippine army
troops killed three gunmen allied with the al-Qaida-affiliated Abu
Sayyaf group in a clash that also wounded a soldier on southern
2011 Sep 19, In the southern
Philippines dozens of army troops killed three Abu Sayyaf militants
and rescued a kidnap victim in a clash near Sumisip town on Basilan
2011 Sep 20, In the Philippines
a 13-year-old boy shot his 16-year-old friend inside a busy mall
then turned the weapon on himself. He died the next day and left the
other boy brain dead, raising questions about gun control in a
country awash in firearms. Police said the shooting was a crime of
passion and that the boys were in a romantic relationship after
meeting through Facebook in May.
2011 Sep 25, In the Philippines
suspected Muslim militants attacked government troops guarding a
school construction site in a rebel stronghold, igniting a clash
that killed 13 gunmen, two marines and at least one villager in Sulu
2011 Sep 26, Philippine
authorities evacuated more than 100,000 people, closed schools and
grounded flights as Typhoon Nesat, one of the biggest typhoons of
the year, bore down on the Southeast Asian country.
2011 Sep 27, Typhoon Nesat
smashed into the Philippines, leaving at least 35 people dead, with
the capital Manila enduring waist-deep floods, blackouts and
dramatic storm surges.
(AFP, 9/27/11)(AP, 9/29/11)
2011 Oct 1, Typhoon Nalgae
lashed the Philippines, killing at least 3 people person and
bringing fresh misery for more than a million people trapped by
earlier storm floods.
(AFP, 10/1/11)(AP, 10/2/11)
2011 Oct 3, In the Philippines
more than 200 heavily armed communist rebels of the New People's
Army stormed three mining companies in a weakly secured southern
region, burning heavy equipment, disarming guards and briefly
holding several people in Surigao del Norte province.
2011 Oct 4, Philippine police
on southern Jolo island arrested Abu Sayyaf gunman Adzhar Mawalil
(32), who allegedly helped behead seven Filipino workers while
singing a militant song in a grisly 2007 crime.
2011 Oct 6, Philippine police
rescued a government midwife kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants
after a brief firefight near Parang township on Jolo island.
Evangeline Taverisma (55) was kidnapped on Aug 3. An army soldier
was killed and three others wounded in the gunbattle near Esperanza
town in southern Agusan del Sur province. Troops captured a New
People's Army encampment and 12 assault rifles and hit several of
the undetermined number of rebels.
2011 Oct 9, In the southern
Philippines suspected homemade bombs exploded in a budget hotel and
at a cockfighting arena, wounding at least 11 people in Zamboanga
2011 Oct 10, Philippine army
troops battled communist guerrillas in a running gunbattle that
killed eight rebels and a soldier in the mountainous north, in the
latest flare-up in the 42-year insurgency despite on-and-off peace
2011 Oct 12, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino announced a $1.66 billion program to help
his country cope with the deepening global economic turmoil.
2011 Oct 16, In the Philippines
Emmanuel Ponce (55), shot his wife, three of his children and their
maid with a pistol while having breakfast in Talisay town, Cebu
province, and then killed himself. He spared his favorite daughter
2011 Oct 17, In the Philippines
Rev. Fausto Tentorio (59), an Italian Catholic priest who was about
to travel to a clergy meeting, was shot dead in his southern parish
in Arakan town, North Cotabato province. He was the third Pontifical
Institute for Foreign Missions missionary to be killed on southern
Mindanao Island. In 2017 A Justice Department panel led by Senior
Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong recommended murder complaints
be filed against a dozen suspects, including the militiamen and two
(AP, 10/17/11)(AP, 11/10/17)
2011 Oct 18, In the Philippines
19 soldiers were killed 13 wounded and 3 left missing in a clash on
Basilan island with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the
country's largest Muslim guerrilla group.
(AFP, 10/18/11)(AFP, 10/19/11)
2011 Oct 19, The Philippine
navy apologized to China for accidentally ramming one of its fishing
boats a day earlier near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South
2011 Oct 21, In the southern
Philippines 3 South Korean businessmen went missing. Officials later
said they were abducted by unidentified men who lured them with a
fake mining investment project. Police launched a search for Wu
Seok-bung, Kim Nam-du, Choi In-soo and at least one Filipino guide
after they failed to return to their hotel in Cagayan de Oro city.
Choi In-soo escaped on Nov 25. Wu Seok-bung and Kim Nam-du were
abandoned on Nov 26 as troops moved in. The guide was killed during
(AP, 11/7/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011 Oct 26, In the Philippines
a building-sized edifice carved with the Bible's Ten Commandments
was unveiled on a hill overlooking the northern resort city of
Baguio, making it the largest tablet of its kind, according to
Guinness World Records.
2011 Oct 28, The Philippine
government said it will seize three Manila properties belonging to
flamboyant former first lady Imelda Marcos as payment for money she
embezzled nearly three decades ago.
2011 Oct 30, Philippine bomber
planes and troops assaulted a mountain stronghold of the
al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the south in a new offensive
targeting a key Malaysian terrorism suspect and allied Filipino
gunmen. The military air and ground assault killed 3 Abu Sayyaf
commanders and 2 other militants around the Abu Sayyaf jungle lair
near Karawan village in Sulu province's Indanan town after OV-10
planes bombed the area. Primary targets Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir,
also known as Marwan, and Abu Sayyaf commander Umbra Jumdail escaped
along with 2 other Asian militants and dozens of Abu Sayyaf
(AP, 10/30/11)(AP, 10/31/11)
2011 Nov 2, The Philippines,
one of the world's largest labor exporters, announced a ban on the
deployment of workers to 41 countries, including war-torn
Afghanistan and booming India, where Filipino officials say there
are inadequate protections against labor abuse. Nearly 10 percent of
the Philippine population of 94 million work abroad.
2011 Nov 3, The Philippine
government and Muslim rebels agreed to continue peace talks despite
the Oct 18 clashes that killed 19 soldiers in a southern province.
2011 Nov 8, The Philippine
justice secretary barred former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
from seeking medical treatment abroad while she faces complaints of
2011 Nov 18, In the Philippines
police arrested former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on charges of
electoral fraud. Police allowed her to remain in hospital for health
(SFC, 11/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 20, South Korean
President Lee Myung-Bak arrived in Manila for a three-day state
visit at the invitation of Philippine President Benigno Aquino.
2011 Nov 27, In the southern
Philippines suspected Islamic militants detonated a powerful bomb
that killed at least three people and wounded 27 others in a budget
hotel packed with wedding guests in Zamboanga city.
2011 Nov 29, Philippine
authorities in Zamboanga captured Hussein Ahaddin, an
al-Qaida-linked bomber suspected in at least six attacks, including
a 2002 karaoke bar explosion that killed an American Green Beret and
a hotel blast this week that killed three people.
2011 Dec 2, In the Philippines
6 fishermen, from China's southern island province of Hainan, were
arrested in waters off western Palawan province's Balabac township,
for catching endangered sea turtles. Officials said the fishermen's
mother ship may have escaped when their speedboat was intercepted.
2011 Dec 3, In the Philippines
more than 1,000 gays, lesbians and transgenders marched in Manila to
demand equal rights, an end to discrimination, and more support for
2011 Dec 5, In the Philippines
several armed men abducted Warren Rodwell (53) of Australia from his
home in the seaside town of Ipil on Mindanao island, then fled on
speed boats. The kidnappers mailed four pictures of Rodwell before
Christmas to his Filipino wife then called her to demand an initial
ransom of $23,000 (1 million pesos). The ransom was soon raised to
$2 million. Rodwell was released on March 23, 2013. On May 15, 2015,
Jun Malban, a former Philippine policeman and cousin of one of the
nation's top Islamic militants, was deported from Malaysia back to
the Philippines for his role in the abduction.
(AFP, 12/5/11)(AP, 1/1/12)(AP, 1/5/12)(SSFC,
2/24/13, p.A3)(AFP, 5/18/15)
2011 Dec 8, China executed a
Filipino drug trafficker (35) despite a clemency appeal by
Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III.
(SFC, 12/9/11, p.A2)
2011 Dec 10, In the Philippines
a four-seater cargo plane crashed onto a crowded Manila slum,
sparking a fire that killed 13 people and left five missing and at
least another 20 injured.
2011 Dec 12, In the Philippines
the House of Representatives impeached chief justice Renato Corona
over charges his 15-member court had made a series of rulings that
hindered government moves to prosecute ex-leader Gloria Arroyo. The
proceedings will move to the Senate, where a trial will determine if
Corona must step down.
2011 Dec 13, In the Philippines
police arrested Benjamin Abalos, the former elections chairman, on
charges he aided the vote fraud allegedly ordered by former
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
2011 Dec 17, Tropical storm
Washi whipped the southern Philippines, unleashing mammoth floods
across vast areas that left 440 people dead and nearly 200 missing.
2011 Dec 18, In the southern
Philippines rescuers struggled to help survivors and a ravaged city
prepared for a mass burial as the death toll from devastating flash
floods rose past 650. Some 900 people were missing.
2011 Dec 19, In the southern
Philippines the death toll from devastating flash floods rose to 927
and was expected to climb higher as relief workers recovered more
bodies from Mindanao.
2011 Dec 20, Philippines’
President Benigno Aquino flew to Mindanao to survey the devastation
by air, coordinate the relief effort. Some 1249 were killed after
tropical storm Washi lashed the southern island of Mindanao.
(AFP, 12/20/11)(AP, 12/27/11)
2011 Dec 30, Philippine police
arrested a member of an Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group. The suspect
allegedly took part in the kidnapping of guests and workers of a
resort in the western Philippines in 2001 including an American
couple, Martin and Gracia Burnham, and a Chilean-born American,
2011 In the Philippines
communist guerrillas killed about 100 government troops and police
and waged 447 attacks this year continuing decline in their 43-year
insurgency. The number of armed rebel fighters dropped 7.8 percent
last year to 4,043.
2012 Jan 1, In the Philippines
an estimated 739 people suffered injuries during New Year
celebrations including 712 sounded by fireworks and 22 by gunfire. A
boy (10) died from massive injuries due to explosives packed in a
(SFC, 1/2/12, p.A3)
2012 Jan 3, In the Philippines
some 50 New People's Army guerrillas assaulted a government militia
outpost guarding a village in Agusan del Norte province, killing a
militiaman and two rebels. A weeklong rebel cease-fire ended on Jan
2012 Jan 5, In the southern
Philippines a landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village,
killing at least 31 people in Napnapan village, Mindanao island. Up
to 39 people were still missing.
(AP, 1/5/12)(AFP, 1/6/12)(AFP, 1/8/12)
2012 Jan 16, In the Philippines
a historic impeachment trial of the nation’s top judge began in one
of Pres. Benigno Aquino's boldest yet most divisive moves to tackle
pervasive corruption. Renato Corona was accused of violating the
constitution in his efforts to protect graft-tainted former
president Gloria Arroyo from prosecution, while also for allegedly
amassing a personal fortune above the limits of his salary.
2012 Jan 22, A Philippines’
military statement said communist insurgents have stepped up
"extortion-based violence" and attacks on "soft targets" to raise
funds amid waning public support. It also said the strength of the
New People’s Army (NPA) has fallen to just over 4,000 last year from
about 4,300 in 2010.
2012 Jan 24, Philippine customs
authorities seized unclaimed items, which appeared to have been
meant for cooking something illegal. They had waited a month to see
who would claim the suspicious shipment of "kitchen equipment" from
Taiwan. A Chinese drug syndicate is suspected to have arranged the
shipment to use the drumloads of chemicals, heating equipment and
other items to produce large quantities of methamphetamine.
2012 Jan 25, In the Philippines
an artillery round accidentally exploded while a welder and police
commandos tinkered with it with an acetylene torch, killing four
people, including two policemen, in Manila.
2012 Jan 25, The UN said that
the worldwide fishing industry could benefit from a $50 billion
boost annually if stocks were allowed time to recover. A UN
Environment Program report released in the Philippine said 32
percent of the world's fish stocks have already been depleted by
years of overfishing and poor coastal management.
2012 Jan 30, In the Philippines
an accidental grenade blast killed a communist rebel and wounded 11
civilians, including 7 children, in southern Bukidnon province's
2012 Feb 1, In the southern
Philippines gunmen abducted Swiss and Dutch tourists and a Filipino
bird photographer and took the trio away by boat on Tawi-Tawi island
2012 Feb 2, The Philippine
military said it killed three of Southeast Asia's top Islamic
militants in a US-backed airstrike, including Malaysian bombmaker
Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir, alias Marwan, though his body was not yet
found. The air strike used US made smart bombs. Marwan was accused
of being a senior member of regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah
and behind multiple bomb attacks in the Philippines. In 2007 the US
government offered a $5-million reward for his capture. At least 15
people were killed including Filipino Abu Pula, also known as Doctor
Abu and Umbra Jumdail, one of the core leaders of the Abu Sayyaf
militant organization and Singaporean Mohammad Ali, alias Muawiyah,
another top name in Jemaah Islamiyah. On Feb 5 two security
officials said that new intelligence showed that Jumdail was killed
but that the two foreign terror suspects were alive and were not in
the Abu Sayyaf lair that was bombed.
(AFP, 2/2/12)(SFC, 2/3/12, p.A4)(SFC, 2/4/12,
p.A3)(AP, 2/5/12)(AP, 3/21/12)
2012 Feb 6, In the Philippines
a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook Negros island and set off
landslides. 58 people were killed and 60 left missing.
(AP, 2/6/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/8/12)(AP, 3/6/12)
2012 Feb 11, Philippine
government agents in Manila arrested Dr. Eric Chan, alias Eric Uy
Garchitorena, accused of defrauding a California health care program
of more than $3 million.
2012 Feb 19, In the Philippines
gunmen fired two grenades at the Kidapawan city jail and then
engaged policemen and guards in a brief firefight before
withdrawing. At least one civilian was killed in the crossfire.
2012 Feb 29, The Philippines
said it would push ahead with plans to expand oil and gas
exploration in waters also claimed by China, as it brushed off a
fresh Chinese warning.
2012 Mar 1, The Philippines
Bureau of Internal Revenue filed a complaint after boxer Manny
Pacquiao failed to submit tax documents despite three notices and a
2012 Mar 1, In the Philippines
Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebel leader Mohagher Iqbal said that
the three commanders on southern Basilan island were suspended for
three months after an investigation by Malaysian-led peace monitors
found they violated a cease-fire accord with the government. The
commanders involved in an October clash that killed 19 soldiers and
endangered a years-long cease-fire.
2012 Mar 3, In the Philippines
a bomb exploded in a commercial district of the southern island of
Jolo leaving 2 dead and 13 wounded. The Abu Sayyaf group was blamed.
2012 Mar 6, In the Philippines
a 5.2 earthquake struck leaving 10 people injured. It was centered
at sea just two miles (3 km) north of Masbate City on the island
province of Masbate.
2012 Mar 11, In the Philippines
Daily Tribune reporter Fernan Angeles (41) was beaten and shot six
times with a pistol by unidentified men near his home in Pasig city,
a suburb of Manila. He appeared to have been suspected of leaking
information about a drug syndicate's operation to authorities.
2012 Mar 16, In the Philippines
a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern island of Dinagat
and left at least 45 people injured, most of them shoppers who
panicked and rushed in a stampede for the exits.
2012 Mar 30, Philippine police
rescued some 300 badly injured pitbulls and arrested seven South
Koreans after busting a massive online dog fighting syndicate at a
two-hectare farm in the city of San Pablo. 20 of the dogs needed to
be euthanized. 9 more were euthanized Apr 3 and dozens more are
likely to be because there are no facilities to rehabilitate them
and prevent them from reappearing in underground arenas.
(AFP, 4/1/12)(AP, 4/3/12)
2012 Apr 6, In the Philippines
thousands of people gathered in villages to watch devotees being
nailed to crosses as they marked Good Friday by re-enacting Jesus
Christ's suffering, a yearly rite that continues even as church
leaders discourage the practice.
2012 Apr 10, A Philippines
warship found Chinese fishing boats inside the Scarborough shoal
with an illegal haul of giant clams, coral and live sharks. Two
Chinese civilian patrol boats blocked the mouth of the shoal to stop
the Philippines navy from arresting the fisherman.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012 Apr 12, China deployed a
third ship in an area of the disputed South China Sea where a tense
standoff with Philippine vessels has dragged on, sparking alarm in
Manila. On April 10 a Philippine warship attempted to arrest several
Chinese fishermen accused of illegal entry and poaching, but was
prevented by the arrival of two Chinese surveillance ships.
2012 Apr 13, In the Philippines
suspected extortionists bombed a bus in Carmen town, North Cotabato
province, killing 3 passengers and wounding 16 others.
(SFC, 4/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 16, In San Francisco
the annual Goldman Environmental Prizes were presented 6
individuals. They included Sofia Gatica of Argentina work on
diseases related to agrochemicals; Caroline Canon of Alaska for her
village efforts against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean; Ma Jun of
China for his efforts on air and water violations by major
manufacturers; Ikal Angelei of Kenya for her efforts to protect Lake
Turkana; Evgenia Chirikova of Russia for her efforts to protect the
Khimki Forest; and Father Edwin Gariguez of the Philippines for
advocating against mining developments on indigenous lands.
(SFC, 4/16/12, p.A10)
2012 Apr 20, Hackers claiming
to come from China defaced the website of the Philippines' top
university to assert their country's claim over the hotly disputed
South China Sea.
2012 Apr 21, Philippine army
troops killed 6 communist guerrillas near the village of Bayawel.
(SFC, 4/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 23, Philippine coast
guard and fisheries bureau operatives arrested 12 Vietnamese
fishermen for poaching endangered marine turtles, black corals and
reef fishes in southern Philippines waters. Other foreign fishing
boats spotted in the same area managed to flee toward Malaysia.
2012 Apr 24, The Philippines
Supreme Court ruled to break up Hacienda Luisita, the estate owned
by the family of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III, parceling out plots to
over 6,000 farmers and their families after decades of conflict over
the land. The estate was valued at $4.5 million.
(SFC, 4/25/12, p.A2)(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A4)
2012 Apr 24, The Philippines
said it had brokered a "significant" agreement with Muslim rebels
(MILF) on how to end a decades-long insurgency, but warned that
major issues still needed to be resolved.
2012 Apr 24, The Philippines
said it was hoping to help secure its energy future by developing a
natural gas field in Reed Bank, an area of the South China Sea also
claimed by China.
2012 Apr 25, Philippine
communist guerrillas (NPA) killed 11 soldiers and a civilian near
the mountain town of Tinoc on the main island of Luzon in one of
their most audacious attacks in recent years.
2012 Apr 25, Philippine and US
Navy troops conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012 Apr 28, In the Philippines
2 communist rebels and a soldier were killed in separate clashes as
NPA insurgents stepped up their attacks.
2012 Apr 29, In the Philippines
clashes between army troops and communist guerrillas in two
provinces left 10 people dead.
(SFC, 4/30/12, p.A2)
2012 May 3, The Philippine
military accused China of sending more ships to the disputed
Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, describing the move as an
insult that would further inflame tensions.
2012 May 5, In the Philippines
a grenade attack left two people dead and at least 19 others hurt in
Iligan city on the north coast of Mindanao island.
2012 May 9, In the southern
Philippines an inferno at a three-story clothing store killed 17
employees, all women who were sleeping on the top floor in downtown
2012 May 13, The Philippines
foreign ministry said it has lifted an 8-year ban on its nationals
working in Iraq, but only for the Middle Eastern country's
autonomous Kurdistan region.
2012 May 13, In the northern
Philippines 11 people died and 10 others were injured when a bus
fell into a ravine. A bag had fallen off the vehicle as it labored
up a hill and the driver stopped for it. The bus then rolled
backwards until it pitched down a 150-m (500-foot) cliff.
2012 May 23, In the first case
brought under the Philippines 2001 wildlife act, farmer Bryan Balaon
(26) was fined 100,000 pesos ($2,300), for shooting and eating one
of the world's rarest eagles. The Philippine eagle, or Pithecophaga
jefferyi, found only in the country's vanishing forests, is the
world's largest eagle and is "critically endangered" with just
90-250 pairs left in the wild.
2012 May 29, The Philippines'
top judge was sacked after the Senate found him guilty of hiding
millions of dollars, in the biggest win of President Benigno
Aquino's anti-graft campaign. Supreme Court chief justice Renato
Corona was convicted of violating the constitution and betraying
public trust by failing to disclose some $4.2 million that he should
(AFP, 5/29/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.50)
2012 May 31, In the Philippines
a prosecutor said a man who testified in court on the country’s
worst political massacre has been found dead "probably chain-sawed
to pieces" in a killing meant to silence other witnesses. Esmail
Amil Enog went missing in March after he spoke in court last year
about the alleged role of a powerful political clan in the November
2009 murders of 57 people. He was the 3rd witness to be killed in
(AFP, 6/1/12)(SFC, 6/1/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 2, In the Philippines
30 fishermen were missing and hundreds of travelers were stranded
after tropical storm Mawar dumped heavy rains across the country,
forcing flight and ship cancellations.
2012 Jun 4, In the Philippines
2 Chinese men were kidnapped, becoming the latest victims to be
abducted in the country's troubled south.
2012 Jun 9, In Las Vegas
Timothy Bradley ended Manny Pacquiao's 15-fight winning streak with
a stunning split decision victory, seizing the Filipino icon's World
Boxing Organization welterweight title. Judge Jerry Roth scored the
bout 115-113 for Pacquiao, while C.J. Ross and Duane Ford both saw
it 115-113 for Bradley, even though it appeared Pacquiao hurt
Bradley throughout the fight.
2012 Jun 12, In the Philippines
a three-man news team for the Dubai-based Al Arabiya network failed
to return to their hotel on Jolo island, a stronghold of the Abu
(AFP, 6/15/12)(SFC, 6/20/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 21, Philippine police
arrested Abu Sayyaf militant Alawie Pasihul in Zamboanga city. He
was suspected in the beheading of American tourist Guillermo Sobero
(SSFC, 6/24/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 24, The Philippines
alleged that a Chinese vessel accidentally rammed a local fishing
boat north of a disputed South China Sea shoal, killing one and
leaving four others missing. The fishing boat set out from the
northern coastal town of Bolinao, in Pangasinan province on June 18
and was reported to have sunk two days later.
2012 Jun 24, The Philippines
said that at least 14 immigration officers were under investigation
for alleged involvement in the human trafficking of poor Filipinos
to violence-torn Syria.
2012 Jul 7, In the Philippines
presidential palace said President Benigno Aquino has signed a
long-delayed executive order revamping the mining industry.
2012 Jul 11, A Chinese ship,
bow number 560, on "routine patrol" became stranded near Half Moon
Shoal in the Spratly Islands, 60 nautical miles from the western
Philippine island of Palawan. The ship was refloated on July 15.
(AFP, 7/14/12)(AP, 7/15/12)
2012 Jul 16, In the Philippines
ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was charged with plunder in the
alleged misuse of nearly $9 million.
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 25, Former Philippine
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walked out of a government
hospital where she had been detained for nearly eight months on
election rigging charges after a court found that evidence against
her was weak and granted bail.
2012 Jul 26, In the Philippines
a clash with al-Qaeda linked Muslim militants left 10 soldiers and 9
rebels dead on Basilan Island.
(SFC, 7/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 28, Philippine
authorities arrested Ustadz Ahmadsali Asmad Badron, also known as
Ammad or Hamad Ustadz Idris, a founding member of the
Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group blamed for some of the worst terror
attacks in the region.
2012 Jul 30, In the Philippines
at least 14 people were killed and millions were left without power
as Tropical Storm Saola turned into a typhoon, bringing heavy rains
to large parts of the country.
(AFP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 7/31/12)(AP, 8/1/12)
2012 Aug 1, In the Philippines
a waste spillage at the Philippines' largest gold threatened to
contaminate one of the country's largest rivers. On Aug 3 the
government said the spillage at the Padcal mine has been contained.
2012 Aug 3, Typhoon Saola,
which battered Manila and the north for several days, blew away
leaving at least 53 people dead.
2012 Aug 6, In the southern
Philippines a breakaway group of Muslim rebels used chainsaws to
launch simultaneous attacks across 11 towns, leaving at least three
2012 Aug 7, In the Philippines
relentless rains submerged half of Manila, triggered a landslide
that killed 8 people and sent emergency crews scrambling to rescue
and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.
2012 Aug 8, In the Philippines
more than one million people in and around Manila battled deadly
floods amid relentless monsoon rains, with neck-deep waters trapping
slum dwellers and the wealthy on roofs.
2012 Aug 9, In the Philippines
officials said troops backed by helicopters have started an
offensive on two strongholds of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic
Freedom Movement in southern Maguindanao province.
(SFC, 8/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 16, Singapore's High
Court ruled that more than $23 million seized from the estate of
late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos rightfully belongs to a
2012 Aug 16, The United Nations
said deadly clashes between soldiers and a Muslim rebel group in the
violence-plagued southern Philippines had displaced up to 45,000
people. Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)
attacked several army detachments in the southern province of
Maguindanao last week, triggering gunbattles that left at least five
2012 Aug 17, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino signed a law creating a one billion peso
(about $24 million) "survival fund" to combat the effects of climate
2012 Aug 18, Philippine
Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two pilots went missing
after their small plane crashed into the sea while attempting an
emergency landing in Masbate province. An aide of Robredo made a
dramatic escape from the plane.
2012 Aug 18, In Vietnam at
least 17 people were killed as Typhoon Kai-Tak, now downgraded to a
tropical depression, barreled across northern Vietnam bringing high
winds and floods to several areas including the capital Hanoi. The
typhoon had already left 2 dead in China and 4 dead in the
(AFP, 8/18/12)(AFP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/20/12)
2012 Aug 23, Philippine police
arrested more than 350 people over a major telephone scam that
swindled people out of millions of dollars in Taiwan and mainland
2012 Aug 31, A 7.6-magnitude
quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines, killing at
least one person in a house collapse, knocking out power in several
towns and generating negligible tsunami surges.
2012 Sep 12, In the Philippines
Pres. Aquino III signed the new Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 3, In the Philippines
the new Cybercrime Prevention Act went into effect, setting
penalties for a range of computer-related crimes with provisions
related to libel. Critics said it could lead to imprisonment for
simple activities like sharing Facebook and Twitter posts. On Oct 9
the Supreme Court suspended the new law.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)(SFC, 10/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 4, In the Philippines
police arrested former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and
temporarily detained her in a hospital on corruption charges, in her
third indictment and second detention since stepping down two years
2012 Oct 6, Philippine troops
captured New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza (43) and
three other suspected insurgents outside their hideout in suburban
(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 7, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino III announced that his government has
reached a preliminary peace deal with the nation's largest Muslim
rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long
insurgency. Aquino said the "framework agreement," to be signed on
Oct 15, was an assurance the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
insurgents will no longer aim to secede from the country in return
for autonomy in a new area, Bangsamoro.
(AP, 10/7/12)(Economist, 10/13/12, p.17)
2012 Oct 15, The Philippine
government and Muslim rebels overcame decades of bitter hostility
and took their first tentative step toward ending one of Asia's
longest-running insurgencies with the signing of a preliminary peace
pact brokered by Malaysia.
2012 Dec 1, The Philippines
denounced Chinese plans to search ships sailing through what Beijing
says is its territory in the South Chine Sea.
(SSFC, 12/2/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 2, Pacific island
nations and environmentalists raised an alarm over destructive
fishing methods and overfishing that they say are threatening bigeye
tuna, at the start of a weeklong tuna fisheries conference in
2012 Dec 4, In the southern
Philippines at least 78 villagers and soldiers drowned when torrents
of water dumped by a powerful typhoon cascaded down a mountain,
engulfing emergency shelters and an army truck in Andap village. The
deaths toll from Typhoon Bopha (aka Typhoon Pablo), one of the
strongest storms to hit the country this year, reached nearly 600
with another 600 missing.
(AP, 12/4/12)(AP, 12/5/12)(AP, 12/8/12)(SSFC,
2012 Dec 9, In the southern
Philippines the number of people missing following Typhoon Bopha
jumped to nearly 900 after families and fishing companies reported
losing contact with more than 300 fishermen at sea.
2012 Dec 17, Philippine
legislators passed a landmark bill that would provide government
funding for contraceptives and sexuality classes in schools despite
strong opposition by the dominant Roman Catholic Church and its
followers. Pres. Aquino III signed the legislation on Dec 21.
(AP, 12/17/12)(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 18, Philippine
officials said Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) killed 1,043 people with 844
(SSFC, 12/23/12, p.A22)
2012 Dec 20, Philippine Pres.
Benigno Aquino III signed a “sin tax" bill boosting taxes on
cigarettes and liquor. The tax on cigarettes went up more than
(SFC, 12/21/12, p.A4)(Econ 6/3/17, p.16)
2012 Dec 25, In the Philippines
a Christmas Day fire killed a veterinarian and 6 members of his
family in Quezon City. Another blaze left as many as 2,000 people
homeless when it hit a residential area in San Juan City.
(AP, 12/25/12)(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 26, Angry Philippine
residents beat a man to death and threw rocks at firefighters after
a Christmas day shantytown fire in suburban San Juan city left
thousands of people homeless. The man was reportedly drunk and was
not responsible for the fire. The fire was reportedly started in a
house where children were playing with lighted candles.
2012 China banned imports of
bananas from the Philippines this year during a territorial dispute.
(Econ., 6/20/20, p.36)
2013 Jan 1, In the Philippines
a “sin tax" on alcohol and tobacco came into effect. It had survived
a 2012 Senate vote by a margin of one.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.86)
2013 Jan 4, In the Philippines
a man shot and killed 8 people near Manila before he was killed by
police. The dead included a pregnant woman and 2 children. The man
was said to have had marriage problems.
(SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 6, In the Philippines
gunmen riding in three black SUVs opened fire on more than 50 army
and police troopers who flagged down the vehicles late today in the
coastal town of Atimonan in Quezon province. At least three police
personnel were among 13 suspected criminals who were gunned down in
the shootout on Luzon island.
2013 Jan 11, In the Philippines
a fire swept through the Dryden Hotel, a small two-story tourist
hotel in Olongapo city, killing 7 people, including 3 Americans, 3
Filipinos and a South Korean.
2013 Jan 17, All 79 officers
and crew of the USS Guardian were taken off the ship for safety
reasons after it struck the Tubataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage
site, with its bow at 2 a.m. in the Philippines. The Navy said
inaccurate data and may have been a factor in the Guardian's
grounding. The last major part of the ship was removed on March 30.
The US faced paying environmental damages of more than $2 million.
(AP, 1/19/13)(SFC, 1/26/13, p.A4)(SFC, 4/1/13,
2013 Jan 22, The Philippines
took a desperate legal step against China's claims to virtually the
entire South China Sea, formally notifying the Asian superpower that
Manila is seeking international arbitration to declare Beijing's
moves in the potentially oil-rich waters "unlawful."
2013 Jan 22, In the Philippines
John Pope, a Canadian man, opened fire in a Cebu courtroom killing
two people and wounding another before he was shot dead by a police
(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 27, In the Philippines
gunmen hiding in a sugarcane field ambushed a truckload of policemen
and village guards killing 9 and wounding 9 others in Negros
(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 28, The Philippine
Congress ratified a bill awarding $246 million to victims of martial
law compensation and recognition for detentions, beatings,
harassment and killings from 1972-1986. The bill will be sent to
Pres. Benigno Aquino III for signing into law.
2013 Jan 31, The US Navy said
it has decided to scrap the $277 million mine-sweeper Guardian stuck
since Jan 17 on the sensitive Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines.
(SFC, 2/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 3, In the Philippines
Moro rebels battled the Abu Sayyaf with guns and knives at close
range. Rebels lost eight men, including one who was beheaded and a
few others who were hacked to death. Up to 14 Abu Sayyaf men were
2013 Feb 9, Members of a Muslim
royal clan from the southern Philippines landed in Malaysia’s
coastal village of Lahad Datu, Sabah state to claim the territory as
their own, citing ownership documents from the late 1800s.
2013 Feb 17, The Harita
Bauxite, a bulk carrier, sank near the Philippines. 10 of 24
crewmen, mostly from Myanmar, were rescued. One later died and the
rest remianed missing. The vessel was thought to be carrying nickel
ore from Indonesia.
(SSFC, 4/7/13, p.46)
2013 Feb 19, In the Philippines
over 100 communist guerrillas stormed a vast Del Monte plantation in
Bukidnon province, killing one guard, burning farm equipment and
blocking traffic in 3 towns.
(SFC, 2/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 1, In eastern Malaysia
14 people were killed in a shootout as authorities tried to end a
three-week standoff with about 200 members of a Filipino clan
occupying a village in Sabah state.
2013 Mar 2, In Malaysia gunmen
ambushed and killed six policemen as fears mounted that armed
intruders from the southern Philippines had slipped into at least
three coastal districts on Borneo island.
2013 Mar 5, Malaysia unleashed
airstrikes and mortar attacks on nearly 200 Filipinos occupying a
Borneo coastal village but could not declare an immediate end to a
three-week siege that has turned into a security nightmare for both
Malaysia and the Philippines.
2013 Mar 6, Malaysian security
forces battled a group of Filipino intruders in the rugged terrain
of Borneo after they escaped a military assault with fighter jets
and mortar fire on their hideout. One Filipino was shot and believed
2013 Mar 6, Syrian rebels
detained 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers in the area in another
destabilizing twist to the country's two-year-old conflict. The
number of Syrian refugees topped 1 million, half of them children.
Gunmen raided a Christian village near Homs, robbing houses and
shops, saying they were looking for weapons.
(AP, 3/6/13)(AP, 3/7/13)(AP, 3/11/13)
2013 Mar 7, Malaysian security
forces gunned down 31 Filipino intruders in Borneo, the highest
number of casualties in a single day since nearly 200 members of a
Philippine Muslim clan took over an entire village last month. At
least 60 people, including 8 Malaysian police officers, have been
killed in the conflict.
(AP, 3/7/13)(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 9, Syrian rebels
released 21 UN Filipino peacekeepers, captured on March 6, and
handed them to Jordanian authorities.
2013 Mar 19, The Philippine
Supreme Court temporarily halted the implementation of the
Responsible Parenthood and Reproduction Health Act of 2012, a law
that provides state funding for contraceptives. The legislation was
opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church but supported by
reproductive health activists.
(AP, 3/19/13)(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 20, Malaysian
prosecutors charged 8 Filipinos with terrorism-related offenses
following an armed siege in Borneo that killed 71 people.
(SFC, 3/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 28, Fitch, a ratings
agency, awarded the Philippines its first ever
investment-grade credit rating.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.86)
2013 Apr 2, Philippine
authorities arrested 16 Taiwanese, 15 males and a female, in
connection with an online scam that mostly targeted retirees living
in China and Taiwan.
2013 Apr 8, A Chinese
steel-hulled vessel hit an atoll at the Tubbataha National Marine
Park, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site on Palawan island. On
April 13 Philippine authorities found inside the ship more than
10,000 kg (22,000 pounds) of meat from a protected species, the
pangolin or scaly anteater. On April 19 the ship was extricated and
towed to Puerto Princesa.
(AP, 4/15/13)(SSFC, 4/21/13, p.A4)
2013 Apr 25, In the southern
Philippines gunmen attacked a truck carrying a mayor and his
supporters and killed 13 people including his daughter in Lanao del
Norte province. Nunungan Mayor Abdul Manamparan and nine others were
wounded in the country's worst violence in campaigning for May
2013 May 7, In the Philippines
the active Mayon volcano spewed room-sized rocks toward nearly 30
surprised climbers, killing 5 and injuring others who were fetched
with rescue helicopters and rope. The 2,460-meter (8,070-foot)
mountain, about 340 km (212 miles) southeast of Manila, has erupted
about 40 times during the last 400 years.
2013 May 9, Taiwanese fisherman
Hung Shih-cheng (65) was shot dead by Philippine coast guard sailors
in disputed waters. On May 15 Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III
apologized to Taiwan for the shooting.
(SFC, 5/11/13, p.A2)(SFC, 5/16/13, p.A2)
2013 May 13, The Philippines
held congressional and local elections. Political allies of Pres.
Aquino looked to take control of the Senate.
(AP, 5/13/13)(SFC, 5/15/13, p.A2)
2013 May 16, Taiwan announced a
2nd wave of sanctions against Manila in response the Philippines
coast guard’s fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman.
(SSFC, 5/19/13, p.A4)
2013 May 25, In the Philippines
at least 7 marines and 7 militants were killed in a clash as the
military began an offensive against al-Qaida linked gunmen in Sulu
(SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A6)
2013 May 27, In the northern
Philippines Communist guerrillas set off a roadside bomb and opened
fire on a truck carrying police, killing 7 and wounding 7 in Cagayan
2013 May 31, In the Philippines
an explosion in an upscale apartment in Manila killed 6 people. The
dead included the crew of a delivery van passing by that was hit by
(SSFC, 6/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Jun 1, A magnitude 5.7
earthquake hit the southern Philippines late today, injuring at
least 33 people and damaging more than 140 houses.
2013 Jun 14, In the Philippines
2 people died after their ferry sank, but 54 passengers and crew
were saved when rescuers pulled them to safety. The ferry was going
from Albay province to nearby Masbate province.
2013 Jun 29, China's state
media warned that a "counterstrike" against the Philippines was
inevitable if it continues to provoke Beijing in the South China
Sea, potentially Asia's biggest military trouble spot.
2013 Jun, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted two sisters in Patikul, where they had
traveled to do a video documentary on the predominantly Muslim
area's poor coffee farmers. Nadjoua and Linda Bansil were freed on
Feb 20, 2014.
2013 Jul 24, Afghanistan's
first woman governor and a Myanmar civil society organizer were
among five winners of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize this
year. The Philippines-based Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation singled
out Afghanistan's Habiba Sarabi, a 57-year-old doctor, for her "bold
exercise of leadership to build up a functioning provincial
government against great odds." The Foundation also recognized
Lahpai Seng Raw from Myanmar, for her "quietly inspiring and
inclusive leadership in the midst of deep ethnic divides and
prolonged armed conflicts."
2013 Jul 26, In the Philippines
a powerful blast ripped through a crowded nightclub in Cagayan de
Oro City, killing 6 people and wounding dozens.
2013 Jul 27, In Manila Japan’s
PM Shinzo Abe met with Pres. Benigno Aquino III and pledged support
for Philippine maritime forces as both countries confronted China in
separate territorial disputes.
(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A6)
2013 Jul 30, The Philippine
province of Albay was entirely cut off from power. The national
power grid operator stopped its supply due to $93 million in unpaid
bills. Power was restored after 24 hours on the conditions that the
top 100 delinquent customers — most of them business establishments
— remain disconnected and that the electric cooperative pay its
current outstanding bill of 59 million pesos ($1.3 million).
2013 Jul 30, In the Philippines
government troops checking on reports of armed men in Camiling
township, Tarlac province, were fired upon by guerrillas of the New
People’s Army. At least 6 rebels were reported killed.
(SFC, 8/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 31, Manila's foreign
ministry said Washington will raise its military assistance to the
Philippines by about two-thirds, helping its oldest security ally in
Asia defend vast maritime borders against what it sees as Chinese
2013 Aug 5, In the southern
Philippines a powerful bomb apparently rigged to a vehicle exploded
on a busy main road in Cotabato city, killing at least 8 people and
wounding more than 30 others.
2013 Aug 5, In the southern
Philippines Chong Wei Jei (26), a Malaysian plantation manager held
captive for nine months by Abu Sayyaf militants, escaped. And was
found on Jolo Island. His cousin, Chong Wil Fei (34), had died in
(SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 12, Typhoon Utor
battered the northern Philippines, toppling power lines and dumping
heavy rain across cities and food-growing plains. The storm left at
least two people dead and 44 missing.
2013 Aug 16, In the Philippines
a ferry disaster killed at least 64 people and 56 remained missing.
The ferry sank after a collision with the Sulpicio Express 7, a
cargo vessel just outside the central port of Cebu. The Sulpicio
Express 7 is owned by unlisted firm Philippine Span Asia Carrier
Corp, formerly known as Sulpicio Lines Inc.
(AP, 8/17/13)(AP, 8/18/13)(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 19, In the Philippines
torrential rains Manila to a standstill, submerging some areas in
waist-deep floodwaters and making streets impassable to vehicles,
while thousands of people in northern regions fled to emergency
2013 Aug 23, Philippines’ Pres.
Aquino said leaks will be plugged in a controversial fund set aside
for legislators' pet projects.
2013 Aug 26, In the Philippines
tens of thousands angry at official corruption marched through the
center of Manila and other cities to demand the abolition of a
misused fund for legislators' pet projects, the biggest protest
aimed at Benigno Aquino's government.
2013 Aug 28, In the Philippines
Janet Napoles, a businesswoman who allegedly connived with
legislators to embezzle 10 billion pesos ($230 million) in funds
intended for development projects, surrendered directly to President
Benigno Aquino and asked for the president's protection.
2013 Sep 4, In the Philippines
newspaper editor Vergel Bico, who wrote about illegal gambling, was
shot twice in the head and killed as he drove his motorcycle.
(SFC, 9/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 9, In the southern
Philippines rogue Muslim rebels launched an audacious assault on
Zamboanga City, taking control of several villages and shutting down
the major port in the biggest challenge to a peace deal signed by
the government last year.
2013 Sep 10, The Philippine
government rushed more troops and police to the south of the country
as a standoff between about 200 Muslim rebels and government forces
dragged on for a 2nd day with no solution in sight.
2013 Sep 11, In the Philippines
rogue Muslim rebels, seeking to declare an independent state, put a
dozen civilians tied together by rope on display as a human shield
as a standoff with security forces in Zamboanga entered its third
2013 Sep 12, In the Philippines
fighting between security forces and rogue Muslim rebels seeking to
declare an independent state escalated in Zamboanga City on Mindanao
Island, and spread to Basilan island. The attacks involved the Abu
Sayaf and the recently formed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
Rebels held over 100 hostages in Zamboanga.
(Reuters, 9/12/13)(SFC, 9/13/13, p.A7)(SSFC,
2013 Sep 14, In the southern
Philippines fighting intensified between government troops and rogue
Muslim separatists, shattering a ceasefire almost immediately as it
was to go into effect and leaving many residents running low on
2013 Sep 15, Filipino officials
said government forces have killed at least 51 rebels and captured
42. Six police officers have been killed so far along with 4
villagers since the standoff began on Sep 9.
(SFC, 9/16/13, p.A3)
2013 Sep 16, Philippine forces
launched air strikes to root out rogue Muslim rebels from a southern
city, stepping up efforts to end more than a week of clashes that
have killed scores of people.
2013 Sep 17, Philippine forces
freed scores of civilian hostages as fighting subsided in the port
city of Zamboanga, where MNLF guerrillas have been battling for more
than a week.
(Reuters, 9/17/13)(SFC, 9/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 23, In the Philippines
torrential monsoon rains hit the northwest, triggering landslides
and killing 20 people in areas already weakened by a Typhoon Usagi.
Soldiers and villagers searched for at least 7 people missing in
villages hit by landslides in Zambales province.
2013 Sep 25, In the Philippines
30 fighters of the Moro National Liberation surrendered in Zamboanga
city following a siege that began Sep 9.
(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A4)
2013 Sep 27, Philippine forces
said they have rescued the last civilians held by Muslim rebels on
Mindanao island after nearly three weeks of fighting. About 200
people, including 166 rebels, were killed and more than 100,000
residents Zamboanga city were displaced.
2013 Sep 28, Officials in the
Philippines said the standoff between government troops and Muslim
rebels has ended. The clashes left 183 rebels dead as well as 23
soldiers and 12 civilians.
(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A5)
2013 Sep 28, Miss Philippines,
Megan Young 23), was crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale
on the Indonesian resort island of Bali amid tight security
following weeks of hardline Muslim protests.
2013 Oct 9, The Philippines
justice minister said fugitive Muslim leader Nur Misuari has been
charged with rebellion following deadly attacks by hundreds of his
armed followers on Zamboanga. At least 244 people were killed in the
three weeks of fighting.
2013 Oct 12, Typhoon Nari
pounded the northern Philippines, killing 13 people, ripping roofs
off thousands of buildings, and leaving more than two million
2013 Oct 14, In the Philippines
more than 1.5 million people converged on Manila for a powerful
Christian sect's evangelical event, causing traffic chaos that shut
down large parts of the megacity. The gathering of the secretive and
politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) forced
all schools and some government offices to close.
2013 Oct 15, In the central
Philippines a powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands
popular with tourists. At least 171 people were killed, mostly on
(AP, 10/15/13)(AFP, 10/16/13)(Reuters,
10/17/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 20, In the Philippines
Sultan Jamalul Kiram III (75) died. His armed followers invaded
Sabah state earlier this year sparking a security crises that left
dozens of people dead.
(SFC, 10/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 21, In the Philippines
communist rebels attacked government ropps with roadside bombs and
gunfire killing 9 soldiers and militamen in Tulunan town,
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 27, Police in the
Philippines said at least 22 candidates and political supporters
have been killed in election-related violence over the last month.
Balloting was set to begin on Oct 28.
(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 3, Hackers claiming
links to international activist group Anonymous (Anonymous Indonesia
and Anonymous Philippines) defaced dozens of websites belonging to
Australian businesses and Philippine government agencies.
2013 Nov 8, Typhoon Haiyan, one
of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central
Philippine islands. As many as 10,000 people were believed dead just
in Tacloban, Leyte Island, as one of the worst storms ever recorded
unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes.
The death toll was later put at about 6,000 with about 1,800
missing. A 2015 study showed that climate change contributed to the
high wind speeds of Haiyan.
(AP, 11/8/13)(AFP, 11/9/13)(AP, 11/10/13)(Econ,
12/21/13, p.65)(Econ, 7/27/19, p.68)
2013 Nov 11, Authorities in the
Philippines said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were
affected by Typhoon Haiyan, aka Typhoon Yolanda. Presidential
spokesman Edwin Lacierda said "we pray" that the death toll is less
(AP, 11/11/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.46)
2013 Nov 12, Philippine troops
killed two armed insurgents who attacked an aid convoy en route to
typhoon-devastated Tacloban. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed
the Tacloban airport seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred
made it. Mobs overran a rice warehouse 24 km from Tacloban, setting
off a wall collapse that killed 8 people and carting off thousands
of sacks of the grain.
(AFP, 11/12/13)(AP, 11/12/13)(AP, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 13, In the Philippines
security forces exchanged gunfire with an armed gang in Tacloban as
authorities struggled with looting following the Nov 8 Typhoon
Haiyan. The death toll rose to 2,344.
2013 Nov 14, In the Philippines
a US aircraft carrier "strike group" started unloading food and
water to the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines, as President
Benigno Aquino faced mounting pressure to speed up the distribution
2013 Nov 15, In the Philippines
the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world's most powerful
typhoons, surged to over 4,000.
2013 Nov 16, PM David Cameron
announced that Britain was providing a further 30 million pounds to
help the relief effort after the devastating typhoon in the
2013 Nov 19, The Philippine
Daily Enquirer reported that the Supreme Court has declared
unconstitutional past and present congressional pork barrel laws.
(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 20, China confirmed
the deployment of a state-of-the-art hospital ship to the
Philippines following foreign and domestic criticism that it was
slow and less than generous in its response to one of the world's
biggest typhoons, which killed at least 4,000 people.
2013 Nov 22, Philippine
officials said the death toll from the Nov 8 Typhoon Haiyan, one of
the strongest, on record has risen above 5,200 and is likely to
climb further. Recovery efforts were beginning to take hold.
2013 Nov 24, In Macao Manny
Pacquiao of the Philippines defeated American Brandon Rios for the
World Boxing welter-weight title fight. The Filipino Court of Tax
Appeals soon ordered Pacquiao’s bank deposits frozen saying he owed
the government $50 million in back taxes.
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 8, The Philippine
government and the MILF, the main Muslim rebel group, signed a
crucial power-sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace
2013 Dec 13, Philippine
officials said the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan that struck on Nov
8 has passed 6,000 with nearly 1,800 people missing.
2013 Dec 15, In the Philippines
a gang of hammer-wielding robbers looted a jewelry store at a
popular suburban Manila shopping mall. The suspects were believed to
have used baseball caps to hide their identities.
2013 Dec 16, In the Philippines
at least 22 people were killed when a speeding commuter bus crashed
off an elevated motorway onto a delivery van in Manila.
2013 Dec 20, In the Philippines
a gunman attacked Labangan Mayor Ukol Talumpa as he left the
Manila main airport along with crowds of Christmas travelers,
killing him, his wife, a child and another man.
2013 Dec 23, Police in the
Philippine capital banned the wearing of caps and sunglasses in
shopping malls to stop criminals concealing their identity from
2014 Jan 10, The Philippines
and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign
fishermen to seek Beijing's approval to operate in much of the South
China Sea, but China's Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do
2014 Jan 13, Officials in the
Philippines said two days of heavy rains set off floods and
landslides in the southeast have left at least 20 people dead, 13
missing and thousands displaced.
2014 Jan 13, In the Philippines
the Sandiganbayan antigraft court said the former fist lady Imelda
Marcos should forfeit all jewelry after ruling that it was
(SFC, 1/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 14, Rose Fostanes, a
Filipina who has spent nearly half her life as a carer overseas, won
Israel's first "X Factor" TV talent competition.
2014 Jan 15, The Philippines
launched anti-corruption reforms including cashless and checkless
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 16, British police
working alongside counterparts in the Philippines and Australia said
they had dismantled a paedophile ring that streamed live sexual
abuse of Filipino children as young as six over the Internet, with
victims' parents involved in some cases.
2014 Jan 17, In the Philippines
thousands of people fled rising floods and an approaching storm in a
fresh round of evacuations as the death toll from a week of foul
weather rose to 37.
2014 Jan 17, China called on
the Philippines to meet it halfway on new Chinese fishing rules in
the disputed South China Sea, adding that Beijing was always willing
to make efforts to resolve such issues via talks.
2014 Jan 21, Emergency workers
evacuated thousands of people across the southern Philippines,
including many already made homeless by a typhoon in November, after
three days of rain flooded towns and farmland.
2014 Jan 25, The Philippine
government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the country's
largest Muslim rebel group, completed talks on a deal to end four
decades of fighting.
(AP, 1/25/14)(SSFC, 1/26/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 29, In the Philippines
a 2-day operation left as least 37 Islamic fighters dead. The
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement opposed peace talks and had
staged attacks in Maguindanao province.
(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 30, In the Philippines
nearly 200 inmates complaining of hunger and squalid conditions
escaped from a provincial jail in an eastern province that was
devastated by a monster storm in November. Authorities recaptured
148 of the 182 escapees hours after they stormed out of the Leyte
provincial jail in Palo town.
2014 Jan 31, Philippine
officials said 3 child soldiers recruited by hardline Muslim rebels
were among 53 people killed in a five-day military offensive in the
2014 Feb 1, In the southern
Philippines a homemade bomb, likely set off by Muslim rebels,
wounded 12 people, including six soldiers and two television
2014 Feb 2, In the Philippines
5 people were injured when motorcycle-riding men hurled a grenade
into a church in Zamboanga, a city known for Muslim rebel activity.
2014 Feb 7, In the northern
Philippines a bus veered off a mountain road and fell into a ravine,
killing at least 14 people.
2014 Feb 15, A Philippine
Christian sect, Iglesia ni Cristo, broke two records for organizing
the largest charity walk in an effort to raise funds for survivors
of last year's Typhoon Haiyan.
2014 Feb 17, In the southern
Philippines a bombing suspect was killed in a gunbattle when he
clashed with police commandos. Police were trying to serve a warrant
to Muslim militant Yusop Kusain for his alleged involvement in a
deadly 2007 bombing.
2014 Feb 21, Philippine
authorities killed at least 7 alleged drug traffickers and arrested
36 others in raids in in Davao city's coastal Tibungco district.
2014 Feb 27, The Philippines
called on Malaysia, Vietnam and other claimants to join its legal
challenge to China's massive territorial claim in the South China
2014 Mar 3, In the southern
Philippines gunmen abducted two children, their nanny and a driver
while on the way to school in a region notorious for ransom
kidnappings by Islamic militants.
2014 Mar 4, In the Philippines
Arsina Nanoh, the vice-mayor Hadji Muhtamad town, was abducted by
unidentified men near a shopping mall in the port city of Zamboanga.
2014 Mar 10, The Philippines
air dropped food and water to soldiers stationed on a grounded
transport ship on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal. A day earlier
China blocked two Filipino supply ships from reaching the troops.
2014 Mar 10, In the Philippines
some 50 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels launched a series of attacks
in southern Davao del Sur province's Matanao township, killing 10
government troops and wounding nine. At least two guerrillas were
killed and nine captured. Security forces were on heightened alert
for the NPA's founding anniversary on March 29, which rebels
traditionally mark by attacking government troops and installations.
2014 Mar 21, The Philippines
said it will buy $524.7-million worth of aircraft from South Korea
and Canada as part of a military upgrade amid territorial disputes
with superpower neighbor China.
2014 Mar 22, Philippines
security forces arrested the country's top communist leaders, a week
ahead of the 45th anniversary of the group's armed struggle when it
is expected to launch attacks on government targets.
2014 Mar 23, In the Philippines
a large stash of high-grade cocaine was uncovered when several
hidden packets tumbled from the ceiling of a shipping container in a
private wharf. The find totaled more than 50 kg (110 pounds) with an
estimated worth about 300 million pesos ($6.7 million).
2014 Mar 26, Daly City
dentist Wilson Sy Lim was among 26 people arrested in a SF Bay Area
FBI sting. State Sen. Leland Yee had introduced Lim to an undercover
FBI agent as a connection for securing guns from the Philippines.
(SFC, 3/31/14, p.A8)
2014 Mar 27, The Philippine
government signed a peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front, the country's largest Muslim rebel group. The deal grants
largely Muslim areas of the southern Mindanao region greater
political autonomy in exchange for an end to armed rebellion.
2014 Mar 28, The Philippines
signed contracts worth $527 million to buy 12 fighter jets from
South Korea and four combat utility helicopters from Canada to boost
the capability of its air force.
2014 Mar 29, A Philippine
government ship slipped past a Chinese coast guard blockade and
brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base
by Filipino troops to bolster the country's territorial claims in
the disputed South China Sea.
2014 Mar 30, The Philippines
filed a case against China at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague,
subjecting Beijing to international legal scrutiny over the
territorial dispute in the South China Sea.
2014 Apr 1, Philippine
officials said government prosecutors will file plunder cases in an
anti-graft court against three senators for misuse of congressional
funds worth billions of pesos. Juan Ponce Enrile, former movie actor
Ramon Revilla Jr and Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, son of former president
and Manila Mayor Joseph Estada - were found to have amassed 172
million pesos, 242 million pesos and 183 million pesos,
respectively, from illegal kickbacks.
2014 Apr 2, Suspected Filipino
Abu Sayyaf insurgents seized Gao Huayuan (29) a Chinese tourist, and
Marcy Dayawan (40), a hotel receptionist, from the Singamata Reef
Resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled in a speed boat. The
kidnappers soon demanded a ransom of 500 million pesos ($11.3
million). On May 30 Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak said both victims have
(AP, 4/3/14)(AFP, 4/5/14)(AP, 4/10/14)(AP,
2014 Apr 11, The Philippines
and the United States reached agreement on a new security accord
allowing American military forces to share local bases for maritime
and humanitarian operations.
2014 Apr 11, In the Philippines
running gunbattles erupted early today on Basilan Island leaving 2
soldiers and 5 Abu Sayyaf militants dead. 28 soldiers were also
wounded following their assault on a group of Abu Sayyaf fighters
led by Puruji Indama. At least 18 Muslim rebels died in the fighting
near Tipo-tipo town on Basilan. Four of the dead were MILF members,
while the others were Abu Sayyaf militants.
(AP, 4/12/14)(Reuters, 4/15/14)
2014 Apr 12, In the Philippines
marines patrolling a wooded area in Sulu province's mountainous
Patikul town stumbled on about 30 militants. An ensuing 30-minute
clash killed one militant and wounded an unknown number of other
2014 Apr 16, In the Philippines
at least 5 people including a 2-year-old boy were killed and 15
others were injured when a passenger bus rammed a stalled truck
along the highway in eastern Camarines Sur province.
2014 Apr 18, In the Philippines
a Danish man joined eight Filipinos in re-enacting the death of
Jesus Christ by being nailed to crosses in a bloody annual Easter
spectacle before some 40 thousand onlookers.
2014 Apr 21, In the Philippines
Gonzaga town Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr. and his bodyguards died
following an attack by at least 15 suspected communist rebels
disguised as police. A firefight ensued but the gunmen escaped in a
commandeered police car. The attackers scattered leaflets denouncing
mining in northern Cagayan province.
2014 Apr 22, In the Philippines
about 80 activists protested at the Chinese consulate in Manila,
demanding that China stop intruding into Philippine territory in the
South China Sea. Philippine marine officer Mike Pelotera said he and
his men saw Filipino fishermen being "bullied" away from the Second
Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea at least eight times from
December to March.
2014 Apr 23, In the Philippines
police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with
more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the US Embassy in
Manila to oppose a visit by President Obama and an expected security
pact that would increase the American military presence.
2014 Apr 23, Hong Kong scrapped
travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila issued an
apology and offered greater compensation for the deaths of eight
tourists during a 2010 hostage-taking and siege.
2014 Apr 27, US and Philippine
officials said the two countries have reached a 10-year agreement
that would allow a larger US military presence in the Philippines as
it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China.
2014 Apr 27, In the northern
Philippines a light plane crashed while on a cloud-seeding flight
over farmlands that have been scorched by the intense summer heat,
killing all four people on board.
2014 Apr 28, The US signed a
new 10-year military pact with the Philippines granting a larger
presence for US forces. Pres. Obama said it would bolster the
Southeast Asian country's maritime security, but was not aimed at
countering China's growing military might.
2014 Apr 29, In the Philippines
Muslim militants launched a surprise attack to regain control of a
jungle training camp in a southern province. 25 Abu Sayyaf militants
were killed and 24 wounded. One Philippine marine had died and 19
2014 May 2, Philippine
officials said police have arrested 58 suspected members of an
online extortion syndicate this week in Manila and three other
regions. They had reportedly duped hundreds of victims worldwide
into exposing themselves in front of webcams or engaging in lewd
chats. Some 100 more Filipino suspects were later linked to online
(SFC, 5/3/14, p.A2)(AP, 5/13/14)
2014 May 3, In the Philippines
about 80 members of the New People's Army (NPA) "prevented" 39
miners, including four children, from leaving a mining site in
Compostela Valley to stop troops from advancing and capturing them.
Local officials persuaded the rebels to free most of the miners.
Around a dozen were still believed held at the site.
2014 May 4, In Saudi Arabia a
maid (23) from the Philippines was allegedly scalded with water
deliberately poured down her back. An investigation was launched
jointly by Riyadh police and the Philippines embassy after images of
burns allegedly suffered by the woman, who had arrived in the
kingdom in March, surfaced on social media and online.
2014 May 6, In eastern Malaysia
a Chinese fish farm manager in Sabah state was kidnapped by gunmen
and believed taken to the southern Philippines, where suspected
insurgents are holding another Chinese and a Filipino also seized
2014 May 6, The Philippines
seized a Chinese fishing boat and its 11 crewmen on charges of
catching endangered sea turtles in disputed South China Sea waters,
prompting China to demand their release and accuse Manila of being
provocative. On May 12 all nine men were charged with poaching over
500 endangered sea turtles.
(AP, 5/7/14)(SFC, 5/13/14, p.A3)
2014 May 11, Myanmar hosted the
Southeast Asian summit (ASEAN) as Vietnam and the Philippines
pushed for stronger action to confront China's aggressive behavior
in the South China Sea.
2014 May 16, Filipinos and
Vietnamese residents in Manila staged a joint protest against
China's incursions into South China Sea territories claimed by their
2014 May 19, The Philippines
said it has reached an agreement over the weekend with Indonesia on
a sea border dispute after 20 years of negotiations, and hopes to
sign the pact soon.
2014 May 21, Vietnamese PM
Nguyen Tan Dung said Vietnam and the Philippines are determined to
oppose Chinese infringement of their territorial waters.
2014 May 28, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants, having received an unspecified amount of
ransom, freed businesswoman Sugar Diane Esperanza Buenviaje near the
Jolo airport in Sulu. Gunmen had seized Buenviaje, who owns a
construction supplies store on Mapun island in Tawi Tawi province,
near Sulu, in February and took her away in a motorboat.
2014 May 28, In the Philippines
6 members of the same family died after a fire struck a tent city
set up for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
2014 Jun 4, China rejected an
arbitration tribunal's ruling giving it six months to respond to a
case filed by the Philippines over disputed waters, saying it has no
plans to take part.
2014 Jun 6, Philippine
government prosecutors filed corruption charges against three
senators who allegedly received hundreds of millions of pesos
(millions of dollars) in kickbacks from funds allocated for projects
for the poor.
2014 Jun 6, In the Philippines
radio anchorman Nilo Baculo Sr. (67) was killed by gunmen on a
motorcycle in Oriental Mindoro's Calapan City. Baculo had filed a
petition in 2008 requesting court protection, saying he had
discovered a plot by elected officials at that time to kill him
after he had reported on their involvement in illegal drug deals.
2014 Jun 9, China denounced
Vietnam and the Philippines for getting together on the
Vietnamese-held island of Southwest Cay, a disputed island in the
South China Sea, to play soccer and volleyball, calling it "a clumsy
farce" and demanded both countries stop causing trouble.
2014 Jun 10, The European
Commission delivered a formal warning to the Philippines and Papua
New Guinea over illegal fishing, a step that could lead to a ban on
exporting to the EU.
2014 Jun 11, Philippine
security forces captured Khair Mundos, a top Filipino commander of
the Abu Sayyaf extremist group. He was on a US list of most-wanted
terrorists and has acknowledged receiving al-Qaida funds to finance
bombings in the country.
2014 Jun 14, The Philippines
said it filed a protest last week with Beijing for reclaiming land
on a disputed South China Sea reef, the fourth such complaint in
2014 Jun 19, Philippine
security forces battled Abu Sayyaf militants in the south in fierce
clashes that killed 6 troops and 10 rebels. A military investigation
concluded on July 10 that friendly fire and not Muslim extremists
killed six elite army soldiers during the clash.
(AP, 6/19/14)(AP, 7/10/14)
2014 Jun 20, In the Philippines
Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., popular politician and action movie star,
surrendered after an anti-graft court ordered his arrest on
large-scale corruption charges in a rare spectacle of the country's
political elite being made to answer for alleged crimes.
2014 Jun 23, A Philippine
senator surrendered to police after a court ordered his arrest on
corruption charges. Jinggoy Estrada, the son of an ex-president, was
the second celebrity politician in days to end up in jail on charges
of plundering the poor Southeast Asian nation's coffers.
2014 Jun 26, US and Philippine
officials said the United States is disbanding an anti-terror
contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern
Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been
crippled. Special forces from the US Pacific Command, possibly in
smaller numbers, will remain after the deactivation of the Joint
Special Operations Task Force Philippines (JSOTF-P).
2014 Jul 2, In the Philippines
suspected communist guerrillas shot and killed a town mayor while he
was traveling in a convoy with army troops from a charity event in
Impasug-ong, Bukidnon province.
2014 Jul 4, Philippine Sen.
Juan Ponce Enrile (90) surrendered to face a charge of large-scale
corruption. He was the country’s defense minister when late
strongman Ferdinand Marcos placed the country under martial rule in
1972. His former chief aide in the Senate and co-accused, Jessica
Lucila Reyes, also surrendered.
2014 Jul 11, In the Philippines
Robert Cerantonio (alias Musa), an Australian Islamic preacher, was
arrested in Lapu-Lapu city on suspicion of links to Muslim
extremists and rallying support for militants in Syria.
2014 Jul 12, In Malaysia masked
gunmen stormed Mabul Water Bungalow Resort, Sabah state, shot a
policeman and kidnapped another then sped away in a boat toward the
southern Philippines, where Muslim militants have carried out
similar raids in the past.
2014 Jul 15, In the Philippines
tens of thousands of people hunkered down in evacuation centers
while three people were reported missing as Typhoon Rammasun pounded
its eastern coast amid warnings of giant storm surges and heavy
2014 Jul 15, In Libya a
Filipino construction worker was kidnapped by militia men. He was
later beheaded by his captors, becoming the first Filipino casualty
in the renewed violence. His decomposed body was found July 20 in a
hospital in Benghazi. In response the Filipino foreign ministry soon
announced a "mandatory" evacuation of all 13,000 of its nationals
living in Libya.
(AP, 7/22/14)(AFP, 8/1/14)
2014 Jul 15, The World Bank
said that it and its private sector arm have committed concessional
loans of up to $4.2 billion to the Philippines to help the country
reduce poverty, create jobs and sustain growth as it recovers from
the impact of a devastating typhoon and separatist rebellion.
2014 Jul 16, In the Philippines
Typhoon Rammasun left some 54 people dead, knocked out power in many
areas, damaged a parked plane but spared Manila when its fierce wind
(AP, 7/16/14)(SFC, 7/17/14, p.A3)(SFC, 7/19/14,
2014 Jul 17, In the Philippines
three aid workers were abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in
Sulu province. All three were freed after the government withheld
anti-poverty funds, prompting an impoverished town to pressure the
rebels to release the captives.
2014 Jul 21, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino presided over the opening of the
$175-million Philippine Arena, billed as the world's largest indoor
stadium, erected by the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), a
politically-influential religious sect.
2014 Jul 28, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate
the end of Ramadan with their families, killing 21, including at
least six children in Sulu province. Among those killed were at
least four members of a Talipao civilian security force called
Barangay Police Action Team that has been helping the military fight
the jungle-based militants.
2014 Jul 30, In Libya unknown
gunmen kidnapped and raped a Filipina nurse in Tripoli. Following
the incident Filipino medical personnel left hospitals in Tripoli to
2014 Aug 2, The Philippines
urged its thousands of workers in Libya to leave the strife-torn
nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit
routes were closing fast.
2014 Aug 5, A Philippine court
found 12 Chinese fishermen guilty of illegal fishing in Philippine
waters in April 2013, sending them to jail for six to 12 years, the
first convictions since tension between the neighbors flared over
rival claims in the South China Sea.
2014 Aug 12, Philippine
security forces captured Jovito Palparan (63), a fugitive former
army general. He had been on the run since December 2011 after a
court issued a warrant for his arrest in the kidnapping and
disappearance of left-wing student activists Karen Empeno and
Sherlyn Cadapan in Bulacan province north of Manila in 2006.
2014 Aug 16, In the Philippines
about 30 Abu Sayyaf gunmen breached a perimeter wall of the Sulu
provincial government compound late today and took chief mechanic
Ronald Pelegrin at gunpoint from the motorpool under cover of
darkness. The gunmen also tried to seize Pelegrin's deputy, Dante
Avilla, but the latter resisted and was shot and killed by the
militants when he tried to run away.
2014 Aug 21, Philippine police
arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate in bulacan
province. They were accused of blackmailing over 1,00 Hong Kong and
Singaporean residents after luring them into exposing themselves in
front of a webcam.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 23, The Philippine
government said that it would bring home its 331 peacekeeping forces
from the Golan Heights amid the deteriorating security in the region
and withdraw its 115 troops from Liberia because of the Ebola
2014 Aug 28, In the
Israeli-occupied Golan Heights a group of 44 UN peacekeepers from
Fiji were detained by militants fighting the Syrian army in the
vicinity of Al Qunaytirah. 81 troops from the Philippines had their
(Reuters, 8/28/14)(SFC, 8/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 29, In Syria 44 Fijian
soldiers working as UN peacekeepers remained captive to a militant
group while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the
2014 Aug 30, In Syria a
firefight erupted between a group of Philippine peacekeepers trapped
on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and Islamist militants
surrounding their position. 44 Fijian peacekeepers were captured on
Aug 28 at their post about eight km away from the Philippine troops.
35 Filipino peacekeepers were escorted out of a UN encampment in
Breiqa by Irish and Filipino forces on armored vehicles.
2014 Aug 31, In Syria 40
Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan
Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels. The
al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front acknowledged holding Fijian troops and
displayed 45 ID cards.
2014 Sep 3, The Philippine
Health Secretary said a nurse who flew home from Saudi Arabia last
week has been confirmed as the Philippines' second case of Middle
East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
2014 Sep 4, Philippines’
President Benigno Aquino III and Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the Moro
Islamic Liberation Front agreed to endorse a draft of a proposed
autonomy law after meeting for more than two hours at the
2014 Sep 10, Philippines’
President Benigno Aquino III proposed to give Muslims in the south
the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part
of a peace plan aimed at ending a four-decade rebellion that has
killed 150,000 people.
2014 Sep 11, In the Philippines
2 soldiers and 10 members of a Muslim rebel group opposed to a
government peace accord died in a clash in North Catabato province.
(SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 13, In the Philippines
rescuers plucked at least 110 survivors from dangerously shifting
waters and recovered at least 3 bodies from the M/V Maharlika II,
which listed and sank at nightfall.
2014 Sep 14, In the Philippines
fast-moving Typhoon Kalmaegi slammed into the northeast, sparking
warnings of possible landslides, flash floods and storm surges.
2014 Sep 15, In the northern
Philippines Typhoon Kalmagi left at least 2 people dead. 8 others
were killed when the storm sank a ferry on Sep 13.
(SFC, 9/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 17, Philippine
authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a
lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide.
2014 Sep 19, In the Philippines
torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large
swathes of Manila and nearby provinces, leaving at least three
people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the
region was drenched by a typhoon.
2014 Sep 20, In the Philippines
the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported
that more than 700,000 people were affected by Tropical Storm
Fung-Wong in metropolitan Manila and in northern and central
provinces, forcing more than 205,000 to evacuate. At least five
2014 Sep 30, The Philippine
government seized 15 paintings from the former home of late dictator
Ferdinand Marcos as it tries to recover 156 artworks — including
ones by Van Gogh, Monet and Michelangelo — accumulated from his
alleged ill-gotten wealth.
2014 Oct 2, In the Philippines
hundreds of activists led by the climate change commissioner kicked
off a 38-day walk of more than 1,000 km from Manila to the
typhoon-hit city of Tacloban to raise awareness of rising risks from
higher seas and extreme weather.
2014 Oct 5, In the southern
Philippines 2 Swiss men were gunned down at a beach resort in Opol
town in an attack that did not appear to be a robbery or an act of
terrorism. Their Filipino girlfriends were not injured.
2014 Oct 11, In the Philippines
Jeffrey Laude (26), a Filipino cross-dresser, was reportedly killed
by a member of the US military. On Oct 18 the government served a
subpoena for Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton and four other
Marines sought as witnesses to the death of Laude.
(SFC, 10/14/14, p.A2)(SFC, 10/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 17, In the Philippines
the Abu Sayyaf group released Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen on
southern Jolo Island after receiving 250 million pesos ($5.6
million) in ransom. The two Germans were kidnapped six months
2014 Oct 24, Philippines’
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the US will pay the
Philippines 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by the
USS Guardian minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef
in January, 2013.
2014 Nov 2, In the southern
Philippines Abu Sayyaf gunmen killed 6 soldiers who were guarding a
road project that has been delayed by militant attacks in Basilan
2014 Nov 14, Philippine troops
clashed with Islamist Abu Sayya militants on remote Jolo Island. 9
rebels and 5 soldiers were killed in the first major encounter since
the army launched an offensive almost a month ago.
2014 Nov 16, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded on a pedestrian overpass in Kabacan in
North Cotabato province, a town threatened by Muslim rebels in the
past, wounding at least 17 people.
2014 Nov 20, A Philippine court
convicted nine people for graft over a 1996 nightclub fire that
killed 162 people in Quezon City.
2014 Nov 23, In the
southern Philippines a bomb exploded in a billiard hall near a
crowded town carnival, killing 2 people and wounding 23 in Mlang,
North Corabato province. One of the wounded died soon after raising
the death toll to 3.
2014 Nov 24, A Philippine court
fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught
last May with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the
South China Sea.
2014 Dec 4, The Philippine
anti-corruption prosecutor ordered the suspension of the country's
top police officer in connection with a contract with a courier
company to deliver gun licenses.
2014 Dec 6, In the Philippines
more than 650,000 people fled villages and the armed force went on
complete alert to brace for Typhoon Hagupit.
(SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Dec 7, In the Philippines
Typhoon Hagupit left at least 3 people dead.
(SFC, 12/8/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 8, In the Philippines
Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm after leaving at
least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million into shelters,
while sparing most of a central Philippine region still reeling from
last year's monster Typhoon Haiyan.
2014 Dec 9, In the southern
Philippines a suspected bomb explosion in a bus in front of Central
Mindanao University killed at least 10 people and wounded 34 others
in Bukidnon province.
(AP, 12/9/14)(AP, 12/10/14)
2014 Dec 11, In the Philippines
Rep. Vicente Belmonte was slightly wounded in an attack by gunmen
who killed at least 2 of his bodyguards and a driver in Misamis
(SFC, 12/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 15, The Philippines'
military chief declared a monthlong (Dec 18 to Jan 19) suspension of
military and police offensives against communist guerrillas in
observance of the Christmas holidays, but added that assaults
against hard-line Muslim militants would continue.
2014 Dec 15, Philippine
government prosecutors charged US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton
with murder in the Oct 11 killing of Filipino Jennifer Laude, saying
the suspect acknowledged attacking the victim after he found out she
was a transgender woman.
2014 Dec 17, Philippine
communist rebels declared cease-fire periods for the Christmas
holidays and for the visit of Pope Francis next month.
2014 Dec 26, Philippine
communist rebels freed two soldiers after four months of captivity
as a goodwill gesture prior to a possible resumption of peace talks
with the government.
2014 Dec 30, Officials said
Malaysia, parts of the Philippines, and southern Thailand have been
battered by heavy rain and flash floods in recent days. At least 21
people were killed in Malaysia, 53 in the Philippines and 15 in
(Reuters, 12/30/14)(AP, 12/30/14)(AP, 12/31/14)
2014 Dec 31, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded at the entrance of a town market packed
with New Year's Eve shoppers n North Cotabato province, killing 4
people and wounding at least 30 others.
2015 Jan 1, In the Philippines
a huge blaze, believed to have been ignited by firecrackers, razed
nearly a thousand shanties and killed 3 people in a creekside slum
in Manila. At least 17 fires across the country were linked to
raucous New Year's celebrations leaving a total of 7 people dead.
(AP, 1/1/15)(SSFC, 1/4/15, p.A4)
2015 Jan 16, In the Philippines
Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching
opposing artificial contraception, using a rally in Asia's largest
Catholic nation to urge families to be "sanctuaries of respect for
life." The Philippines is the only country in the world — aside from
the Vatican — where divorce is forbidden.
2015 Jan 18, In the Philippines
Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia with an open-air Mass for a
rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government
said drew up to seven million people.
2015 Jan 19, In the Philippines
a concrete wall at a warehouse being built collapsed, killing at
least 10 workers in Guiguinto town, Bulacan province.
2015 Jan 23, In the southern
Philippines a powerful explosion killed at least 2 people and
wounded 54 others in Zamboanga, that has been hit by similar blasts
blamed on Muslim militants.
(AP, 1/23/15)(SSFC, 1/25/15, p.A8)
2015 Jan 25, In the southern
Philippines 44 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim
insurgents. 17 rebels and 4 civilians also died in the deadly clash.
Mayor Tahirudin Benzar Ampatuan of Mamasapano town said dozens of
commandos had entered the village of Tukanalipao at dawn looking for
a top terror suspect, but had a "misencounter" with members of the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front. On Feb 4 the US FBI said DNA testing
indicated that Zulkfli bin Hir (Zulkifli Abdhir, aka Marwan), a
Malaysian member of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant
group, likely killed in the raid. Six Americans were later confirmed
present at the command center of the Special Action Force hours
before the raid.
(AP, 1/26/15)(Reuters, 2/4/15)(SSFC, 3/15/15,
p.A6)(Econ., 3/21/15, p.34)(Reuters, 5/3/15)
2015 Jan 29, A Chinese coast
guard ship allegedly rammed and damaged three Philippine fishing
boats at a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. On Feb 4 the
Philippines protested to Beijing.
2015 Jan 31, A Philippine air
force Italian-made light plane crashed at sea on a training mission,
killing the two pilots.
2015 Jan, In the Philippines
Noi-sung Hong (74) of South Korea was abducted by at least five
gunmen disguised as policemen from his house in Roseller Lim town in
southern Zamboanga Sibugay province. The kidnappers tried to kidnap
his son, who fought back and managed to escape. Hong’s body was
found in a sack on Oct 31 on a roadside in Indanan town in Sulu
2015 Feb 2, In the Philippines
Macau-based Melco Crown Entertainment formally opened its $1 billion
casino and entertainment resort in Manila, hoping to cash in on a
fast growing Philippine economy and increased tourism.
2015 Feb 6, Filipino Muslims
called for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law at a rally
following prayers at the Golden Mosque in Manila, Philippines. The
law would implement a peace accord granting minority Muslims
autonomy in the southern Philippines.
2015 Feb 15, In the southern
Philippines 2 members of an Al Qaeda-linked group were killed in
clashes with troops in the jungles of Basilan island.
2015 Feb 25, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino called for autonomy for a Muslim region to
end an insurgency there despite widespread misgivings after Muslim
rebels killed 44 policemen.
2015 Feb 25, Philippine troops,
backed by artillery fire and assault helicopters, battled about 300
Abu Sayyaf rebels in fighting that left 2 soldiers and 5 militants
2015 Feb 26, In the Philippines
communist rebels killed five army soldiers and wounded six others in
an ambush in Quirino township, Ilocos Sur province.
2015 Feb 26, The US Navy said
the United States has begun flying its most advanced surveillance
aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, out of the Philippines for patrols over
the South China Sea, acknowledging the flights for the first time.
The P-8A was deployed in the Philippines for three weeks until Feb.
21, making more than 180 flight hours over the South China Sea.
2015 Mar 9, The Philippine
military said its forces have killed 73 hard-line Muslim rebels and
a suspected foreign militant in a three-week offensive in the
restive south. 6 soldiers were reported killed and 29 others wounded
in the assaults that started Feb 25.
2015 Mar 10, Philippine troops
killed at least 23 Muslim rebels in new clashes in the restive south
which raised the insurgents' death toll in a three-week government
offensive to nearly 100.
2015 Mar 15, Philippine
security forces arrested Mohammad Ali Tambako, the head of a small
Islamic militant group, along with five accomplices. Tambako was
involved in protecting Abdul Basit Usman, one of the United States'
"most wanted terrorists," who had escaped a Jan 25 raid.
2015 Mar 26, The Philippines'
top diplomat said that China has been rushing construction projects,
including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea
in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast
2015 Mar 29, In the Philippines
4 soldiers and 16 insurgents were killed. A month-long offensive
against hardline Muslim rebels ended with 139 insurgents killed, 12
others captured and bomb-making strongholds seized by troops.
2015 Apr 2, Super typhoon
Maysak, blamed for the deaths of at least 4 people on islands in the
western Pacific Ocean, weakened after reaching Philippine waters and
was expected to further lose strength as it approaches the country's
2015 Apr 2, In the southern
Philippines a passenger boat overloaded with 55 people and heavy
cargo capsized, leaving at least 5 dead and one missing.
2015 Apr 3, In the Philippines
devotees nailed themselves to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering
of Jesus Christ. At least 4,000 spectators came to watch the
spectacle in San Pedro Cutud village, northern Pampanga province.
(SFC, 4/4/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 9, Philippine troops,
backed by attack helicopters and artillery fire, battled with at
least 250 Abu Sayyaf militants in the country's restive south,
leaving two soldiers and six militants dead.
2015 Apr 12, Philippine police
said two Chinese men were stabbed to death and another was injured
in violence among crew members of the MV Qing May cargo ship that
radioed Filipino authorities for medical help.
2015 Apr 14, In the Philippines
Ameril Umbra Kato, who had backed al-Qaida-linked militants and
opposed peace with the Philippine government, died and was buried in
the south. He was replaced by his deputy Esmail Abubakar as the new
leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement.
2015 Apr 15, The Philippines
foreign secretary said his country is seeking more "substantive"
support from its long-time security ally United States on how to
counter China's rapid expansion in the South China Sea.
2015 Apr 23, The Philippine
fisheries bureau said that fishermen aboard three vessels with clear
Chinese coastguard markings boarded two fishing boats in Scarborough
Shoal earlier this month and took the crew's catch. The next day
China called the claim "inconsistent with the fact".
2015 Apr 29, An Indonesian
firing squad executed 8 drug traffickers, including seven
foreigners, in the early hours, sparking condemnation from Australia
and Brazil who had made final, desperate pleas to save their
nationals. Mary Jane Veloso from the Philippines was spared at the
last minute as part of a deal between Jakarta and Manila to seek
more information and go after drug syndicates operating in the
(Reuters, 4/29/15)(SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A4)
2015 May 2, In Las Vegas boxer
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lost by unanimous decision to
American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 12-round fight.
2015 May 3, In the Philippines
Abdul Basit Usman, the country’s most wanted Islamist militant, was
killed along with 5 others in a firefight with Muslim rebels in Muti
village. He had escaped after a raid in January that killed 44
2015 May 4, In the southern
Philippines gunmen clad in military uniform abducted two Philippine
coast guard personnel and a village chief on Aliguay island then
sped away in two motorboats.
2015 May 8, A Pakistan military
helicopter carrying diplomats to inspect a tourism project crashed
killing 7 people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the
Philippines and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian
ambassadors. 17 people were on board the Mi-17 when it crashed into
a school in Gilgit and caught fire. The
Taliban later claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 5/8/15)(AP, 5/10/15)
2015 May 12, The Philippines
became the first country to come up with national rules governing
Uber and other ride-sharing services with new country-wide
guidelines for the likes of Uber and GrabTaxi to be published on May
2015 May 13, In the Philippines
at least 72 people were killed and dozens more feared dead after a
fire tore through a factory producing flip-flops in Manila’s
industrial suburb of Valenzuela.
(AFP, 5/13/15)(AP, 5/14/15)
2015 May 14, Philippine troops
overran a bomb factory of Abu Sayyaf militants after a firefight
that killed 3 insurgents and a soldier on Basilan Island.
2015 May 19, The Philippines
said it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as
its Southeast Asian neighbors faced outrage for turning them away.
2015 May 20, Philippine police
in Jolo, Sulu province, killed Mindas Manda, a suspected member of
the Abu Sayyaf group. He was allegedly involved in the kidnapping
last week of two Malaysians.
2015 May 20, The Chinese navy
warned a US surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that
Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the
area eight times. The mission over Fiery Cross Reef showed sand
being sucked from the bottom of the sea and sprayed onto the
island-in-the-making by Chinese dredgers. The Philippines and
Vietnam both say they own Fiery Cross Reef.
(Reuters, 5/21/15)(Econ, 5/30/15, p.37)
2015 Jun 2, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino began a four-day visit to Japan that will
see him court investment and seek support for his opposition to
China's land reclamation in the South China Sea.
2015 Jun 3, The United States
returned to the Philippine government more than $1 million from the
forfeited assets of Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, a discharged Filipino
general accused of stashing illegally obtained wealth in America.
2015 Jun 4, Japan and the
Philippines agreed to start talks on transferring Japanese military
hardware and technology to the Southeast Asian country trying to
upgrade its defenses.
2015 Jun 6, In the southern
Philippines members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group
beheaded a pro-government militiaman. 2 militants were also killed
in the fighting against soldiers and pro-government volunteers on
2015 Jun 12, The Philippine
government broadcast a television program aimed at boosting public
opposition to China's increasingly assertive moves to press its
territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.
2015 Jun 16, In the Philippines
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front handed over dozens of assault
weapons in a symbolic gesture to reinforce a peace pact stalled by a
public outcry over the killings earlier this year of dozens of
police commandos in a fierce battle with insurgents. Suspected Abu
Sayyaf extremists detonated a pipe bomb that killed a soldier and
wounded eight others in an attack that was followed by a brief
gunbattle in Tipo Tipo village on Basilan island.
2015 Jun 22, Philippine Vice
President Jejomar Binay, who is running for president next year,
resigned from the cabinet in a break with President Benigno Aquino
as he is investigated for corruption.
2015 Jun 30, The Philippines'
anti-graft prosecutor ordered the national police chief and 10 other
officers dismissed from the service for approving a contract to
deliver gun licenses with a courier company that had no track
2015 Jul 2, In the Philippines
the ferry M/B Kim Nirvana carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized
minutes after pulling out of Ormoc city. 59 people were killed with
145 survivors. Murder complaints against the owner and crew were
(AP, 7/2/15)(Reuters, 7/3/15)(SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A7)
2015 Jul 7, The Philippines
asked an international tribunal at The Hague to declare China's
claims to virtually all the South China Sea invalid.
2015 Jul 11, In China Typhoon
Chan-hom slammed ashore in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, paralyzing
transport links and devastating farmland as authorities evacuated
more than a million people. The storm killed 5 people in the
Philippines earlier in the week
(AP, 7/10/15)(SSFC, 7/12/15, p.A4)
2015 Jul 12, Philippine police
killed 5 suspected car thieves and robbers in a gunbattle north of
Manila in an ongoing anti-crime crackdown.
2015 Jul 15, In the Philippines
nearly 500 policemen launched simultaneous raids on drug dens and
other criminal hideouts in the southern city of Davao, killing 7
suspects and arresting 39 others in one of the largest single-day
anti-crime operations this year. Army troops and police in Sulu
province shot Mahmur Jupuri, a suspected Abu Sayyaf militant, who
they said was linked to the kidnappings of seven people. Jupuri was
killed and his companion was wounded.
2015 Jul 17, In the central
Philippines a wall in a vast coal pit collapsed, killing 5 workers
and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar
deadly accident occurred two years ago at the open Panian pit on
2015 Jul 18, In the Philippines
Andal Ampatuan Sr. (74), a former governor and one of the main
suspects accused of ordering the killings of 58 people in the
Philippines' worst massacre, died of a heart attack in a government
hospital. He was on trial for the 2009 massacre and was brought to
the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in early June, when he
was diagnosed with liver cancer.
2015 Jul 20, In the southern
Philippines a teenager who was kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in
March escaped her captors when government troops discovered the
militants' jungle hideout. Store cashier Ledejie Tomarong and two
children had been snatched by at least six gunmen who failed to
kidnap the teen's employer, a wealthy bakery owner, in Zamboanga del
2015 Jul 20, In the northern
Philippines New People's Army guerrillas fired on 11 army outposts
and a police station in the northeastern provinces of Albay,
Camarines Norte and Sorsogon, sparking a clash that killed one of
2015 Jul 22, Philippine
authorities said that 155 foreigners, mostly Chinese, face
deportation after being arrested for working in the country
2015 Jul 29, In the Philippines
winners were announced of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, often regarded
as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. They included Indian
anti-corruption campaigner Sanjiv Chaturvedi (40); fellow countryman
Anshu Gupta (44) who recycles clothes for the poor; Kommaly
Chanthavong (71) of Laos for reviving her country's ancient art of
silk weaving; Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa (71) of the Philippines for
her crusade in preserving a dance form of the southern Philippines;
and Kyaw Thu (55) of Myanmar for helping to provide free funeral
services to help relieve the emotional and financial burden of the
2015 Aug 4, In the southern
Philippines flash floods caused by heavy rain killed at least 7
people, including 4 children. Two others remain missing.
2015 Aug 7, In the Philippines
a homemade bomb believed to have been set off by Abu Sayyaf
militants killed two soldiers in Basilan province.
2015 Aug 9, In the Philippines
about 10 heavily armed Abu Sayyaf militants opened fire on the
soldiers and stole one of their motorcycles before fleeing into the
jungle in Sulu province. 2 soldiers were killed. Army troops later
caught up with the attackers and engaged them in a brief gunbattle
that may have killed some of the militants.
2015 Aug 16, In the Philippines
the decomposing body of Kevin Fleischauer, a 58-year-old American,
was found. The body of his Filipino-American wife, Lolly Mangilaya
Fleischauer (60), was found a day later in a well. They had been
missing for about two weeks in a case of suspected robbery in Murcia
town, Negros Occidental province.
2015 Aug 18, In the southern
Philippines a motorcycle-riding gunman killed Gregorio Ybanez, the
publisher of a small newspaper. Colleagues said they suspect his
killing could be linked to his other job as a director of an
2015 Aug 19, Philippine
security forces killed at least 15 al Qaeda-linked Islamist
militants in an attempt to rescue foreign captives on Jolo Island.
The two coast guard personnel managed to escape during the two-hour
(Reuters, 8/19/15)(AP, 8/20/15)
2015 Aug 19, In the Philippines
radio reporter Teodoro Escanilla (57) was shot inside his home in a
fishing town in rural Sorsogon province.
2015 Aug 21, In the northern
Philippines 4 people died and hundreds fled their homes as category
three Typhoon Goni bore down on Cagayan and Batanes provinces.
2015 Aug 22, Philippine
officials said the death toll from Typhoon Goni has risen to 9 after
five more people were buried by landslides in mountainous areas.
2015 Aug 23, Typhoon Goni blew
out of the northern Philippines after leaving at least 15 people
dead and several others missing, including a dozen miners whose work
camps were buried by a huge mudslide in a mountain village.
2015 Aug 27, In the Philippines
radio commentator Cosme Maestrado (46) was shot dead in front of a
public market in the southern port city of Ozamiz.
2015 Aug 28, In the southern
Philippines at least 3 Abu Sayyaf extremists were killed and 10
marines wounded in a clash with about 300 of the militants in Sulu
2015 Aug 30, In the Philippines
thousands of members of Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), or
INC, occupied Manila's main highway for a third night in a row to
protest alleged intrusion by the government in church affairs.
2015 Sep 10, A Philippine court
declared the militant group Abu Sayyaf a terrorist organization in a
ruling that provides the government with another legal weapon
against militants who have survived years of US-backed offensives.
2015 Sep 14, In the Philippines
suspected Abu Sayyaf militants stopped a truck at gunpoint and
abducted nine construction workers. Two escaped and sought help from
authorities on Basilan Island.
2015 Sep 20, Thailand police
arrested former Philippines Gov. Joel Reyes of western Palawan
island province and his brother Mario Reyes, an ex-municipal mayor.
They were among the country's most-wanted crime suspects for the
2011 murder of a radio anchor and prominent environmentalist.
2015 Sep 21, In the southern
Philippines gunmen kidnapped two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian
employee and a Filipina from yachts at Samal, a luxury resort
island. Hundreds of government troops launched an offensive to
capture at least six foreign Islamic militants and their Abu Sayyaf
rebel allies in Sulu province. In November Abu Sayyaf demanded $21
million for each captive. In April, Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded
Canadian John Ridsdel, a former mining executive, after a ransom
demand of 300 million pesos ($6.3 million) was not paid. On June 13,
2016, Canadian Justin Trudeau said his government has "compelling
reason to believe" that Robert Hall, the second Canadian held
hostage in the Philippines, has been killed by his captors.
(AFP, 9/22/15)(AP, 9/22/15)(AP, 11/4/15)(AP,
2015 Oct 1, In the southern
Philippines a powerful bomb hidden in a parked motorcycle taxi
exploded and hit the passing convoy of a vice mayor, killing 4
people and wounding at least six others in Basilan province.
2015 Oct 6, The Philippine
Coast Guard spotted a body, debris and an oil slick in the high seas
about 400 km west of Laoag. The yacht Europa carrying two Britons,
an American, a Canadian and a Filipino disappeared while sailing in
waters that were lashed by a storm last week.
2015 Oct 8, In the Philippines
Elizabeth Ramsey (84), a popular Filipino singer, comedian and
actress who entertained crowds with racy gags and a raspy voice,
2015 Oct 12, In the Philippines
gunmen killed a town mayor and wounded his vice mayor and at least
three other companions in an ambush while they were traveling in a
van in a far-flung southern region.
2015 Oct 18, In the Philippines
Typhoon Koppu, aka Typhoon Lando, blew ashore into northeastern
Aurora province early today. It forced more than 65,000 villagers
from their homes and left at least 54 dead.
(AP, 10/19/15)(AP, 10/21/15)(SSFC, 10/25/15,
2015 Oct 21, In the Philippines
2 Chinese diplomats were killed and the consul-general was wounded
by a Chinese attacker armed with a pistol during a birthday
celebration at a restaurant.
2015 Oct 23, Philippine
aviation authorities said haze from Indonesian forest fires has
spread to the southern and central Philippines, disrupting air
traffic and prompting warnings for residents to wear face masks.
2015 Oct 29, At The Hague an
int’l. tribunal ruled that it can take on a case between China and
the Philippines over disputed territory in the South China Sea.
(SFC, 10/30/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 31, In the southern
Philippines 15 people, including 6 children, died in a fire at a
market in Zamboanga city.
(AP, 10/31/15)(SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A5)
2015 Nov 17, The Philippine
military verified reports that a Malaysian kidnap victim, was
beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines after a
large ransom demand was not paid. The militants killed Bernard Then
Ted Fen, who was abducted last May, in the jungles off Indanan town
in Sulu province.
2015 Nov 17, The Philippines
and Vietnam signed an agreement to elevate their relationship to a
strategic partnership as leaders from 21 countries and
self-governing territories gathered in Manila for the Asia Pacific
Economic Cooperation summit.
2015 Nov 17, President Barack
Obama announced that the US will hand over two ships to the
Philippine Navy to boost its maritime security capabilities, in a
bid to show the US and its allies won't be cowed by China in
disputed waters far off its coast.
2015 Nov 18, US President
Barack Obama demanded China end artificial island building in the
hotly contested South China Sea, upping the pressure on Beijing at
the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) gathering in
2015 Nov 22, In Malaysia ASEAN
nations (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) established a formal
community that attempts to create freer movement of trade and
capital in an area of 625 million people with a combined economic
output of $2.6 trillion.
2015 Nov 24, The Philippines
asked global judges to recognize its right to exploit waters in the
South China Sea.
2015 Nov 26, Philippine marines
killed 8 suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group in a
clash in the southern Philippines, seizing bomb-making equipment,
assault rifles and black flags in Sultan Kudarat province.
2015 Nov 28, The Philippines
took delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets — the country's first
supersonic combat aircraft in a decade.
2015 Dec 1, In the Philippines
three members of the second division of the Commission on Election
(Comelec) said Senator Grace Poe could not run for president in
elections in May because she fails to meet the 10-year residency
requirement. Poe's camp said it would appeal against the decision to
Comelec before elevating it to the Supreme Court.
2015 Dec 1, A Philippine court
convicted US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton of killing
Filipino Jennifer Laude last year after he discovered in a hotel
that she was a transgender woman. He was sentenced to 6-12 years in
jail and credited with time already spent in detention.
2015 Dec 4, Philippine security
forces arrested Kadaffy Muktadil, a suspect in the kidnappings of
two Malaysian hostages last May. Malaysian Bernard Then Ted Fen was
beheaded last month. Thien Nyuk Fun was freed on Nov 8.
2015 Dec 15, Philippine troops
clashed with Islamist militants on Basilan Island and 15 rebels and
3 soldiers were killed as security forces step up an offensive
against rebels who beheaded a Malaysian captive.
(Reuters, 12/15/15)(AP, 12/16/15)
2015 Dec 15, Typhoon Melor left
wide areas without power as it crossed over the central Philippines.
The category 3 typhoon died out on Dec 17 leaving at least 41 people
(AP, 12/15/15)(Reuters, 12/18/15)
2015 Dec 19, In the Philippines
heavy rains pummeled the entire country, flooding more areas as the
government declared a "state of national calamity".
2015 Dec 20, A Philippine army
commander said troops killed 26 Abu Sayyaf gunmen and possibly a
Malaysian militant in a weeklong counterterrorism offensive on
Basilan Island that ended today with the capture of a major jungle
training camp where bombs and bomb-making components were found.
2015 Dec 20, In Nevada
Colombian contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing
this year's Miss Universe crown when host Steve Harvey returned to
announce on live television that he had mistakenly read from a cue
card, and that Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the contestant from the
Philippines, was actually this year's winner.
(AP, 12/21/15)(SFC, 12/22/15, p.E6)
2015 Dec 23, The World Bank
approved a $500 million loan to help the Philippines deal with
natural disasters. It can access the new credit line following "a
state of calamity" declared by the president.
2015 Dec 24, In the southern
Philippines guerillas from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
(BIFF) captured nine farmers and shot them dead on Mindanao. The
BIFF also launched an attack on a village in Pigcawayan town, some
900 km (560 miles) south of Manila, that left a district official
dead. Six guerillas were killed and eight wounded in fighting that
lasted 3 days.
2015 Dec 29, In Saudi Arabia
Filipino murder convict Joselito Lidasan Zapanta was publicly
beheaded after failing to meet the demand of the Sudanese victim's
family for payment of $1 million to save him from the death penalty.
2015 Dec 30, Philippine troops
clashed with about 100 Abu Sayyaf gunmen suspected of plotting
attacks on New Year's Eve, leaving 8 militants and one soldier dead.
2015 Transparency Int’l.‘s
corruption index ranked the Philippines in 95th position up from
134th in 2010.
(Econ, 5/14/16, p.16)
2016 Jan 6, A group of elderly
Filipino women raped by Japanese troops during World War II called
for compensation from Japan, following Tokyo's pledge of $8.3
million for South Korean women forced into Japanese military-run
brothels during the war.
2016 Jan 9, In the Philippines
about 5,000 police and soldiers were deployed to secure the daylong
procession of the Black Nazarene in one of Asia's largest religious
festivals. More than a million Filipino Roman Catholic devotees
jammed Manila's streets for the annual procession. 2 people died and
hundreds were injured.
(AP, 1/9/16)(AFP, 1/9/16)
2016 Jan 12, The Philippine
Supreme Court declared as constitutional a defense pact that allows
American forces, warships and planes to temporarily base in local
2016 Jan 21, In the Philippines
a former anti-narcotics officer and a Chinese citizen were arrested
during a drug raid in Manila that yielded $6.7 million worth of
high-grade crystal methamphetamine.
2016 Feb 4 - 2016 Feb 5,
Unknown hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and tried to
steal nearly $1 billion from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank
of New York. Many of the payments were blocked. But $20 million made
its way to the Shalika Foundation in Sri Lanka before the transfer
was reversed. Another $81 million was routed the Philippines, and
diverted to casinos there, where the trail runs out. North Korea was
later implicated in the cyber theft. In September a court in the
Philippines ordered the central bank to return $15 million.
(Reuters, 3/31/16)(Econ, 3/26/15, p.46)(SFC,
5/31/16, p.D2)(Econ, 10/15/16, p.71)
2016 Feb 16, In the southern
Philippines 4 people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed in
a roadside bombing by suspected Muslim insurgents who wanted to
attack military reinforcements in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town,
2016 Feb 18, US sports
equipment giant Nike axed Manny Pacquiao after he described gay
couples earlier this week as "worse than animals", slamming the
Filipino boxer's remarks as "abhorrent."
2016 Feb 20, In the Philippines
about 40 militants attacked an army camp in Butig in the
predominantly Muslim region about 840 km (520 miles) south of
Manila. 24 suspected local sympathizers of the Islamic State group
and 6 soldiers were killed in a weeklong campaign that followed
involving about 2,000 military personnel.
2016 Feb 29, Japan signed an
agreement to supply defense equipment to the Philippines, the first
such Japanese defense pact in a region where the US allies have been
alarmed by China's advance in disputed territories.
2016 Mar 4, The Philippines
seized the Jin Tang, a North Korean freighter that was covered by
harsher United Nations' sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear
program. Manila will also deport the vessel's 21 North Korean crew
and will await a UN inspection team from the United Nations. The
ship and crew were reported released on March 25.
(Reuters, 3/5/16)(AP, 3/25/16)
2016 Feb 4 - 2016 Feb 5,
Unknown hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and tried to
steal nearly $1 billion from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank
of New York. Many of the payments were blocked. But $20 million made
its way to the Shalika Foundation in Sri Lanka before the transfer
was reversed. Another $81 million was routed the Philippines, and
diverted to casinos there, where the trail runs out. North Korea was
later implicated in the cyber theft.
(Reuters, 3/31/16)(Econ, 3/26/15, p.46)(SFC,
2016 Mar 9, The Bangladesh
central bank said it is working to recover some $100 million
allegedly stolen by Chinese hackers from an account at the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York. The money was apparently transferred to
accounts in the Philippines. At least 30 transfer requests were made
Feb. 5 using the Bangladesh Bank's SWIFT code, out of which five
succeeded in effecting transfers. North Korea was later implicated
in the cyber theft. In 2017 a report by Kaspersky Lab, “Lazarus
Under the Hood," said North Korean hackers hit not only Bangladesh
but also targeted dozens of banks worldwide in a susteained attempt
at global digital robbery.
(AP, 3/9/16)(SFC, 5/31/16, p.D2)(SFC, 4/7/17,
2016 Mar 18, Philippine troops
battled about 100 Muslim militants in fierce fighting that killed 7
gunmen and a soldier and wounded a top militant commander in a
jungle off Patikul town, Sulu province. The wounded included
one-armed rebel commander Radulan Sahiron, who led the Abu Sayyaf
2016 Mar 21, The Asian
Development Bank (ADB) said it would lend $123.3 million to the
Philippines to modernize water supply in the capital, Manila.
2016 Mar 25, In the Philippines
a devotee was nailed to a cross for the 30th time in an annual Good
Friday ritual, which he dedicated to peace in Belgium and other
countries targeted by Islamic extremists. Ruben Enaje and 14 other
men, some screaming in pain, were nailed to wooden crosses by actors
dressed as Roman centurions in San Pedro Cutud and two other rice
farming villages in Pampanga province north of Manila.
2016 Mar 31, In the Philippines
a Chinese casino junket operator returned $4.63 million of the $81
million that hackers stole from the Bangladesh central bank's
account in the US Federal Reserve Bank and laundered in Manila's
2016 Apr 1, In the Philippines
police clashed with farmers blocking a highway to demand government
relief in the drought-stricken south, leaving at least two
demonstrators dead and dozens injured, including at least 23
officers in Kidapawan, Cotabato province.
2016 Apr 1, Eight suspected
Filipino Muslim gunmen on board a speed boat took four Malaysians
from the MV Massive 6 late today but left behind five other crewmen
from Myanmar and Indonesia as the tugboat sailed to Tawau island in
Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah.
2016 Apr 3, A Japanese
submarine made a port call in the Philippines, the first in 15
years, in a show of growing military cooperation amid tension
triggered by China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.
2016 Apr 4, The Philippines
launched the first public immunization program for dengue fever,
seeking to administer to a million schoolchildren the world's first
licensed vaccine against a mosquito-borne disease that the World
Health Organization estimates infects 390 million people a year
2016 Apr 8, In the Philippines
retired Italian missionary Rolando del Torchio -- held hostage for
six months by suspected Islamic militants -- was found aboard a
ferry docked on Jolo.
2016 Apr 9, In the Philippines
at least 5 Abu Sayyaf militants, including a Moroccan fighter, were
killed after fierce fighting left 18 soldiers dead in the
hinterlands on Basilan island. This was the government's largest
single-day combat loss so far this year.
2016 Apr 9, In Las Vegas Manny
Pacquiao, a candidate Senate candidate in the Philippines, returned
from the biggest loss of his career with a bang, knocking down
Timothy Bradley twice on his way to a unanimous 12-round decision in
their welterweight showdown.
2016 Apr 15, In the southern
Philippines Islamist militants seized four Indonesian crew of a
tugboat off Sitangkay Island in Tawi-tawi, the third attack on slow
moving vessels in about a month. On nearby Jolo island, militants
gave a final deadline on April 25 for payment of 300 million pesos
($6.50 million) ransom for each of the two Canadians and a Norwegian
captive or they will behead the three foreign captives.
2016 Apr 19, Indonesia said it
has called for joint maritime patrols with the Philippines and
Malaysia, after a spate of kidnappings in waters near the southern
Philippines by suspected militants.
2016 Apr 20, In the Philippines
government agents arrested a suspected hacker (23) at his home in
Manila. A hacker group had defaced the website of the election
commission last month and a 2nd group posted the entire election
(SFC, 4/23/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 25, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf gunmen beheaded Canadian hostage John Ridsdel (68) in the
southern province of Sulu, sparking condemnations and prompting
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to pledge to help the Philippines pursue
the extremists behind the attack.
(AP, 4/26/16)(SFC, 4/26/16, p.A2)
2016 May 3, The Philippine
defense chief said his government has agreed in principle to lease
five Japanese surveillance planes to be used in patrolling disputed
areas of the South China Sea and in search-and-rescue missions
2016 May 5, Philippine Sen,
Antonio Trillanes IV filed a corruption complaint against
presidential front-runner and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte,
alleging that Duterte hired 11,000 non-existent employees whose
salaries cost the government $15 million in 2014.
(SFC, 5/6/16, p.A5)
2016 May 5, Indonesia, Malaysia
and the Philippines agreed to conduct coordinated maritime patrols
after a spate of ship hijackings by Islamist militants in the
2016 May 9, The Philippines
held presidential elections. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won
the presidential election, defeating his four main rivals by a large
margin. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of late dictator Ferdinand
Marcos, led in the vice presidential race.
(AP, 5/9/16)(AP, 5/10/16)
2016 May 9, In the Philippines
Geraldine Roman won the congressional race in the first
district of northern Bataan province becoming the country’s first
2016 May 10, The Philippines
started the process to strengthen its anti-money laundering and bank
secrecy laws, aiming to plug loopholes that allowed $81 million
stolen in one of the world's biggest cyber heists to pass through
Manila banks and casinos.
2016 May 10, In the Philippines
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of late dictator Ferdinand
Marcos, who is running for vice president, called for a stop to an
unofficial vote count that shows his rival, Congresswoman Leni
Robredo, has overtaken him.
2016 May 16, Presumptive
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will reimpose the
death penalty, offer Cabinet posts to communist rebels, and move to
amend the constitution to give more power to the provinces. He also
said he will launch a major military offensive to destroy Abu Sayyaf
extremists on southern Jolo Island.
2016 May 19, In the Philippines
boxing great Manny Pacquiao was proclaimed as a winner of a Senate
seat, bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency.
2016 May 20, In the Philippines
Christian missionary Sim Jae-jok (57) from South Korea was
bludgeoned to death with a spade and a cooking gas tank by a robber
who broke into his home southeast Manila.
2016 May 22, Philippine
president-elect Rodrigo Duterte blasted the country's dominant Roman
Catholic church in an overnight news conference as "the most
hypocritical institution" and accused some of its bishops of
corruption for allegedly asking favors from politicians, including
2016 May 22, In France Jaclyn
Jose (52), famous in the Philippines mostly as a soap opera star,
won best actress in Cannes for her mesmerizing performance as a
Manila slum matriarch who falls prey to corrupt police in acclaimed
Filipino director Brillante Mendoza's "Ma' Rosa".
2016 May 23, Presumptive
Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will allow the
immediate burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at a heroes'
cemetery, and will support the release of former President Gloria
Arroyo, who is detained on corruption charges, in moves that are
likely to spark anti-government protests.
2016 May 26, In the Philippines
operations began against the Maute group in southern Lanao del Sur
province's Butig town. By May 30 intense fighting between troops and
the little-known Muslim group, apparently inspired by the Islamic
State, killed 54 militants and two soldiers, and were still
2016 May 28, Philippine police
killed 3 drug suspects in a shootout on the tiny island of Banacon,
the latest such deaths after the election of tough anti-crime
firebrand Rodrigo Duterte as president.
2016 May 30, The Philippine
Congress proclaimed crime-busting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as
president-elect and Rep. Leni Robredo as vice president-elect.
Duterte did not attend the ceremony at the House of Representatives,
telling reporters earlier he shuns such ceremonial proclamations.
2016 May 31, Philippine
president-elect Rodrigo Duterte (71) said he will pay bounties to
police or military officials who capture suspected drug lords “dead
or alive." He also told reporters there was justification for
killing journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt
(SFC, 6/1/16, p.A4)(AFP, 6/1/16)
2016 Jun 4, The Philippines'
president elect Rodrigo Duterte urged the public to join his
anti-crime crackdown, offering people huge bounties for killing drug
2016 Jun 4, China said that it
will ignore the decision of an international arbitration panel in a
Philippine lawsuit against Beijing's sweeping territorial claims in
the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled last
year that it has jurisdiction over the case despite China's
2016 Jun 6, In the Philippines
militants of Abu Sayyaf, a small but brutal group linked to al
Qaeda, executed Robert Hall on the remote island of Jolo, the second
Canadian captive to be killed following John Ridsdel, after their
ransom demand went unheeded.
2016 Jun 8, Philippine
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte changed his stance regarding
journalists, vowing to protect them and pursue their killers after
being denounced by journalists' groups for a comment that news
people were not exempted from assassination.
2016 Jun 18, In the Philippines
a police crackdown on crime in Manila, dubbed “Oplan Rody," was
reported to have rounded up hundreds of children or parents to
enforce a nigh curfew for minors. Oplan is short for operation plan
and Rody is an acronym for “Rid the Streets of Drinkers and Youth"
and the nickname of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
(SFC, 6/18/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 20, Indonesia,
Malaysia and the Philippines agreed to designate a transit corridor
for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of
hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines.
2016 Jun 20, Al Fatihin, an
online newspaper published in the Indonesian language and linked to
the Islamic State militant group, was launched in the southern
Philippines. It was soon distributed in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore, and southern Thailand.
2016 Jun 27, Philippine
president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he would aggressively promote
artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting
in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly
opposes the use of contraceptives.
2016 Jun 30, In the Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte (71) was sworn in as president. Leni Robredo (52)
was sworn into office as vice-president.
2016 Jul 5, New Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte named five active and retired police
generals as protectors of drug syndicates, and sacked those still in
2016 Jul 6, Philippine troops
fought about 200 Abu Sayyaf gunmen for five hours In Basilan
province. Clashes resumed the next day.
2016 Jul 7, Philippine troops,
backed by rocket-firing helicopters and artillery fire, killed up to
9 Abu Sayyaf extremists in fighting after the new military chief
warned of a "shock and awe" offensive to wipe out the militant group
known for its brutality.
2016 Jul 7, The Philippines
ordered the suspension of operations at two nickel ore mines for
environmental violations and halted the issuance of exploration
permits as a nationwide crackdown led by a new mining minister
2016 Jul 11,The Philippine
military said government troops have killed 40 Abu Sayyaf extremists
and wounded 25 others in two battlefronts in the first major
counterterrorism offensive in the south under the new president.
2016 Jul 12, An international
tribunal at The Hague rejected China's extensive claims in the South
China Sea in a landmark ruling that also found the country had
aggravated the regional dispute and violated the Philippines'
maritime rights by building up artificial islands that destroyed
coral reefs and by disrupting fishing and oil exploration. China
immediately rejected it.
2016 Jul 14, Philippine
soldiers killed 11 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom
Fighters on Mindanao island. A 15 year-old girl was caught in
crossfire and killed.
2016 Jul 19, The Philippine
Supreme Court dismissed a plunder case against former President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her freed immediately after
nearly five years of hospital detention. The case involved the
alleged misuse of 366 million pesos ($7.8 million) from the state
lottery agency, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
2016 Jul 21, Former Philippine
president Gloria Arroyo was released from detention following nearly
five years in a military hospital after the Supreme Court dismissed
2016 Jul 24 It was reported
that Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all agencies
directly under his watch to open their records to the public as part
of his promise to crack down on corruption and promote transparency
in government. Legislation was still needed to ensure other branches
of government will do the same.
2016 Jul 25, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist
guerrillas effective immediately and asked the rebels to do the same
to end decades of deadly fighting and foster the resumption of peace
talks as part of his first state of the nation address before
2016 Jul 28, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to withdraw a ceasefire order
he gave three days ago after suspected communist rebels killed a
government militiaman and wounded four others in an attack a day
2016 Jul 29, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte gave communist guerrillas an ultimatum to
declare their readiness to match his truce declaration following a
rebel attack that killed a government militiaman.
2016 Jul 30, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte called off a weeklong cease-fire after
communist guerrillas killed a government militiaman and failed to
declare their own truce by a Saturday deadline he had imposed.
2016 Aug 1, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday his government would pursue
peace talks with communist guerrillas despite an initial setback
when he withdrew a ceasefire order after the rebels killed a
militiaman in an attack.
2016 Aug 3, Philippine police
commandos clashed with the armed bodyguards of Mayor Rolando
Espinosa Sr. in the central town of Albuera. 6 guards were killed.
Espinosa, linked to illegal drugs, surrendered to national police a
2016 Aug 4, In the Philippines
top broadcaster, ABS-CBN, reported that 603 people had been killed
since Duterte's May election, with 211 murdered by unidentified
2016 Aug 6, The Philippines
said it would within days send government missions to Saudi Arabia
to help thousands of jobless Filipinos left stranded across the
kingdom after the plunge in oil prices.
2016 Aug 7, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked more than 150 judges,
mayors, lawmakers, police and military personnel to illegal drugs,
ordering them to surrender for investigation.
2016 Aug 9, A Philippine
historical commission, former human rights victims and left-wing
groups opposed President Rodrigo Duterte's approval of a plan to
bury late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes' cemetery,
reigniting a politically divisive and emotional debate.
2016 Aug 11, Philippine
officials said the government has suspended operations at two more
mines due to environmental violations in an ongoing audit of the
country's mining sector. The move raised the number of suspended
mines to 10 since a review was launched on July 8.
2016 Aug 11, In the Philippines
a blast from a suspected grenade and gunshots rocked the Paranaque
City jail in metropolitan Manila, leaving 10 inmates dead, including
two alleged Chinese drug criminals.
2016 Aug 11, The top diplomats
from Japan and the Philippines called on China to avoid intimidating
actions and follow the rule of law in disputed waters where Beijing
has defied an arbitration ruling that invalidated its expansive
2016 Aug 13, The Philippines
restarted peace talks with the country's largest Muslim rebel group,
the first under President Rodrigo Duterte aimed at ending decades of
violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
2016 Aug 14, In the Philippines
some 1500 Filipinos rallied in stormy weather against President
Rodrigo Duterte's decision to allow dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be
buried in a heroes' cemetery, but Duterte remained firm in his
stance despite growing opposition.
2016 Aug 20, Philippine forces
killed 3 suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group (Ansar Al
Khilafah Philippines), but failed to capture leader Mohammad Jaafar
Sabiwang in a clash near Maasim town in Sarangani province.
2016 Aug 22, Philippine
government and Maoist-led guerrillas opened peace talks in Oslo,
seeking to end nearly five decades of conflict that has killed more
than 40,000 people. Both sides announced ceasefires at the weekend
to buoy the talks.
2016 Aug 23, The Philippines'
national police chief said about 300 of his officers were suspected
to be involved in the drugs trade, warning these personnel will be
removed and charged in court if found guilty.
2016 Aug 23, The police chief
of the Philippines told a Senate hearing that China, Taiwan and Hong
Kong were major sources of illegal drugs, and Chinese triads were
involved in trafficking. Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said that police in
China and in the Philippines have exchanged visits recently for
joint training and intelligence sharing in growing cooperation
between the Asian countries in the fight against illegal drugs.
(Reuters, 8/24/16)(AP, 8/24/16)
2016 Aug 24, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he's willing to allow a resumption of
online gambling in the Southeast Asian nation if correct taxes are
paid and gaming parlor are far from schools and churches.
2016 Aug 24, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants killed Patrick James Aldovar (18) near southern
Sulu province's Indanan town then later abandoned his head in a
neighborhood. Aldovar, seized by the militants on July 16 in Jolo
town, was decapitated after his family failed to pay ransom. After
hearing of the beheading President Rodrigo Duterte ordered troops to
destroy the militants.
2016 Aug 26, Philippine Maoist
rebels announced an indefinite cease-fire in peace talks in a joint
statement with government officials at the end of weeklong talks in
Norway. Government troops killed at least 11 Abu Sayyaf militants,
including an influential commander, in an assault on the extremists
following their beheading of a captive whose family was too poor to
2016 Aug 27, In the Philippines
about 20 heavily-armed fighters of the Maute militant group stormed
the Lanao del Sur provincial jail in Marawi city before nightfall,
disarmed the guards and rescued eight comrades, including three
women. The attack also allowed 15 other inmates to escape from the
2016 Sep 2, In the Philippines
a bombing at a Davao street market killed 15 people. Abu Sayyaf soon
claimed responsibility for the attack but although police said they
were still trying to authenticate the claim. On Oct 7 Defense
Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said troops have captured three suspects
in the bombing. They were members of Maute, a small and relatively
new Muslim militant group based in southern Lanao del Sur province
that has wanted to align itself with the Islamic State movement.
(Reuters, 9/3/16)(AP, 10/7/16)
2016 Sep 2, A Philippines
foreign ministry official said Southeast Asian countries and China
will establish hotlines and adopt communications protocols to avoid
potential naval clashes in the disputed waters of the South China
2016 Sep 9, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte gave Indonesian forces the right to pursue pirates
into Philippine waters saying: “blow them up."
(SFC, 9/10/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 13, The Philippines
moved to shore up relations with the United States with guarantees
that a treaty between them would be honored and security ties were
"rock solid", despite President Rodrigo Duterte's railings against
Washington. President Rodrigo Duterte said he won't allow government
forces to conduct joint patrols of disputed waters near the South
China Sea with foreign powers, apparently scrapping a deal his
predecessor reached with the US military earlier this year. Duterte
told his defense secretary to buy weapons from Russia and China
rather than America.
(Reuters, 9/13/16)(AP, 9/13/16)(Econ, 9/17/16,
2016 Oct 18, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in China to improve ties and
restore trust between the sides following recent tensions over their
South China Sea territorial dispute.
2016 Oct 20, China scored a
major diplomatic victory, wielding its economic might and political
clout to coax the Philippines into resuming a bilateral dialogue on
their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of
acrimony. That was followed with an announcement by Philippine Trade
Secretary Ramon Lopez at a bilateral economic forum that his country
and China will sign $13.5 billion of deals this week. The
Philippines Presidential Communications Office said Xi committed
more than $9 billion in low-interest loans to the country.
2016 Oct 21, Typhoon Haima
barreled into southern China after hammering the northern
Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding,
landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people.
2016 Oct 31, China's Foreign
Ministry confirmed a decision to allow Philippine fishermen access
to a disputed shoal following a visit to Beijing by the Philippine
2016 Oct 30, Indonesia said it
will resume some shipments of coal to the Philippines, after a
months-long halt due to concerns about piracy in seas between the
2016 Oct, In the Philippines
Jee Ick-joo, a South Korean businessman, disappeared from his home
in Angeles City. It was later reported that police from a special
anti-drug unit abducted him under the guise of a raid on illegal
drugs and that a policeman then strangled him inside Camp Crame. His
body was burned and flushed down a lavatory. The kidnappers demanded
a ransom from the victim's wife and she initially paid five million
pesos ($100,000), thinking he was still alive. On Jan 24, 2017, the
Philippine government apologized to South Korea and pledged to
ensure that justice is served and not delayed.
(AFP, 1/22/17)(AP, 1/24/17)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.33)
2016 Nov 5, In the Philippines
Rolando Espinosa, mayor of Albuera town in central Leyte province
and on President Rodrigo Duterte's list of top drugs suspects, was
killed during a shootout at a prison. On Dec 6 The National Bureau
of Investigation said the shooting to death of Mayor Rolando
Espinosa Sr. and another inmate, Raul Yap, was a "rubout." It said
the policemen most likely put pistols and illegal drugs in their
cells to justify a police raid.
(Reuters, 11/5/16)(AP, 12/6/16)
2016 Nov 8, The Philippines'
Supreme Court ruled that the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be
buried at a heroes' cemetery, a decision that opponents said rolled
back the democratic triumph of the "people power" revolt that ousted
the strongman three decades ago.
2016 Nov 18, In the
Philippines long-dead former dictator Ferdinand Marcos was
buried at the country's Heroes' Cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded
ceremony, a move approved by President Rodrigo Duterte that
infuriated supporters of the "people power" revolt that ousted
Marcos three decades ago.
2016 Nov 21, In the Philippines
human rights victims who suffered during the rule of Ferdinand
Marcos filed petitions asking the Supreme Court to order the
exhumation of his remains that were buried last week at the
country’s Heroes’ Cemetery.
(SFC, 11/22/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 24, Philippine troops
launched an assault on the Maute group militants in Butig due to
intelligence reports that they were continuing to make bombs after
being blamed for a Sept. 2 bomb attack that killed 15 people in
southern Davao city, the president's hometown.
2016 Nov 25, Thousands of
Filipinos, including more than a dozen nude students, protested
against the hasty burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes'
cemetery, in a growing political storm that's lashing the president
who allowed the entombment.
2016 Nov 26, Philippine troops,
backed by bomber aircraft, assaulted local sympathizers of the
Islamic State group, including dozens of Maute militants who took
cover in an unoccupied Islamic school in Butig's Bayabao village.
2016 Nov 27, The Philippine
military killed at least 11 members of the Maute rebel group in
Lanao del Sur, sending local communities fleeing as a battle
continued to rage. The Maute Group has pledged allegiance to Islamic
2016 Nov 30, In the Philippines
some 3,000 people gathered at the “People Power" monument in Manila
to protest the burial of Dictator Ferdinand Marcos at a heroes’
(SFC, 12/1/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 5, Philippine VP Leni
Robredo resigned her Cabinet post, citing "major differences in
principles and values" with President Rodrigo Duterte and an
unspecified plot to remove her from the vice presidency. She
continued as VP.
2016 Dec 8, Human Rights Watch
said the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics
of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that
restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have
sex with men.
2016 Dec 11, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he has decided to accept an arms
deal being offered by China under concessional terms, in the latest
sign of cozying relations between the once-hostile neighbors.
2016 Dec 11, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte rejected a demand by Maoist-led rebels to
free more prisoners as part of a ceasefire deal, saying he had made
enough concessions and was willing to let peace talks collapse if
necessary. Three Filipino soldiers were killed and 17 others wounded
in nearly two hours of fighting with about 150 Abu Sayyaf Muslim
militants in the south.
(Reuters, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/11/16)
2016 Dec 12, Pres. Rodrigo
Duterte of the Philippines boasted about having personally killed
criminal suspects when he was mayor of Davao City.
(SFC, 12/15/16, p.A3)
2016 Dec 12, Philippine Vice
President Leni Robredo said she was determined to lead a campaign
against President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs and did not
believe his assurances there was no plot to oust her.
2016 Dec 13, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte arrived on a state visit to Cambodia,
where a meeting with PM Hun Sen will witness the signing of
memoranda of understanding on cooperation in sports and combating
2016 Dec 15, The US said it had
deferred giving economic aid to the Philippines because of concerns
about the rule of law as the brutal campaign on drugs under Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte continues.
(SFC, 12/16/16, p.A5)
2016 Dec 17, Philippines’
President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to terminate a pact that allows
US troops to visit the Philippines, saying "bye-bye America" as he
reacted with rage to what he thought was a US decision to scrap a
major aid package over human rights concerns.
2016 Dec 20, In the Philippines
four Filipino fishermen were believed kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf
militants in the Celebes Sea.
2016 Dec 20, The UN human
rights chief asked Philippine authorities to investigate President
Rodrigo Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people in
the past and also to examine the "appalling epidemic of
extra-judicial killings" committed during his anti-drug crackdown.
2016 Dec 23, Philippine
authorities seized more than half a metric ton of suspected
methamphetamine in suburban Manila and arrested six people in what
could be one of the largest drug seizures under President Rodrigo
2016 Dec 24, Philippine
authorities evacuated thousands in coastal villages in the country's
central region where the category 4 typhoon Nock-ten is expected to
make landfall later this weekend, bringing strong winds and heavy
2016 Dec 25, Typhoon Nock-ten
slammed into central Philippines late today, bringing strong winds
and heavy rains and cutting off power, but there were no immediate
reports of casualties.
2016 Dec 26, Typhoon Nock-ten
blew out of the northern Philippines after killing at least six
people and spoiling Christmas in several provinces, where more than
380,000 people abandoned celebrations at home to reach emergency
shelters and other safer grounds.
2016 Dec 26, In the Philippines
18 crewmen were missing from the cargo ship M/V Starlite Atlantic
after it sank at the height of Typhoon Nock-Ten. 14 other crewmen
were rescued and one died after the ship sank off Mabini town in
2016 Dec 27, Philippine
authorities said they have seized about 6 billion pesos ($120
million) worth of methamphetamines in a series of anti-narcotics
operations this month that have yielded the biggest haul in the
country's history. The anti-narcotics operations have led to the
arrest of 10 suspects, including three Chinese nationals.
(Reuters, 12/27/16)(AP, 12/27/16)
2016 The population of the
Philippines was about 100 million.
(Econ, 5/7/16, p.15)
2017 Jan 4, In the southern
Philippines more than 100 suspected Muslim rebels stormed a jail
before dawn allowing 158 inmates to escape. Six inmates were killed
in firefights with police and eight others were caught and returned
(SFC, 1/5/17, p.A3)
2017 Jan 5, Philippines’s
police chief Ronald dela Rosa said security forces had effectively
broken the backbone of Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines (AKP) with the
killing of its leader, Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, and the arrest of his
three AKP colleagues.
2017 Jan 7, Philippine security
forces a foreign national and his female companion who were
suspected of being connected to a militant group supporting Islamic
State. The foreigner, believed to be Pakistani, was identified as
2017 Jan 11, Officials said
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies
to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who
cannot obtain them, in a move expected to be opposed by the Roman
2017 Jan 14, In the Philippines
Islamist militants allied with Islamic State freed a South Korean
cargo ship captain and a Filipino member of his crew held captive
for more than three months on a southern island.
2017 Jan 14, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered his troops to bomb
extremists who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of
kidnappings at sea, calling the loss of civilian lives in such an
attack "collateral damage."
2017 Jan 25, Philippine troops
launched airstrikes and ground assaults that reportedly wounded one
of Southeast Asia's most-wanted militant suspects who is trying to
establish a new base for an alliance backing the Islamic State
group. Isnilon Hapilon managed to flee from a camp in Butig town in
southern Lanao del Sur province. Two days of airstrikes killed 15
Muslim militants linked to the Islamic State group.
(AP, 1/27/17)(AP, 1/29/17)
2017 Jan 26, Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to South Korea after policemen
last October killed, one of its citizens, then said he wanted to
hang rogue police and send their heads to Seoul. The police accused
of kidnapping and killing Jee Ick-joo were anti-narcotics officers.
2017 Jan 29, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte accused the United States of risking
regional stability by building permanent arms depots in his country,
and threatened to respond by scrapping a security treaty between
2017 Jan 29, Philippine
military Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Ano said the body of the
suspected Indonesian militant, known by his nom de guerre Mohisen,
was recovered by troops along with three dead Filipino followers of
militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the
hilly outskirts of Butig town in Lanao del Sur province.
2017 Jan 30, The Philippine
police chief stopped the use of the national police force in
anti-drug operations and disbanded all police anti-narcotics units
after the president's brutal crackdown was used as a cover by rogue
officers to kidnap and kill a South Korean man for money.
2017 Jan 30, In the Philippines
Iris Mittenaere (23), a dental student from Lille city, France, won
the Miss Universe crown in a pageant, saying her triumph will make
the beauty contest more popular in Europe and help her efforts to
put more underprivileged children in school.
2017 Jan 31, The Philippine
Supreme Court prohibited a group of police officers from entering a
slum community to prevent them from threatening villagers who have
accused them of ruthlessly killing four residents in an anti-drug
2017 Feb 1, In the Philippines
Communist rebels said they were ending a six-month cease-fire
effective Feb 10 accusing the armed forces of encroaching on rebel
territory and reneging on a promise to release jailed comrades.
According to the army three unarmed soldiers were waylaid and
murdered by Communist guerrillas.
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A2)(Econ, 2/11/17, p.31)
2017 Feb 3, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he has scrapped a six-month
cease-fire with communist rebels and asked several rebel leaders who
were freed for the negotiations to return to prison or face arrests
(AP, 2/4/17)(SFC, 2/4/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 3, In the Philippines
environment secretary Gina Lopez ordered 23 of the country’s 41
mines to close permanently and another five to suspend operations
indefinitely for alleged environmental violations.
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.33)
2017 Feb 4, The Philippines'
Catholic Church assailed President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs
for creating a "reign of terror" among the poor, in sermons read out
at services that will be repeated to congregations across the
country on Feb 5.
2017 Feb 5, The Philippine
government derided Catholic bishops as "out of touch" after they
used weekend sermons to attack a war on drugs they said had created
a "reign of terror" for the poor.
2017 Feb 7, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte berated 228 policemen accused of a variety
of offenses, threatening on national television that he would send
them to a southern island to fight militants dreaded for beheading
2017 Feb 8, In the Philippines
as many as 15,000 people were left homeless after a huge fire
engulfed an overcrowded slum in Manila, destroying thousands of
homes and sending residents fleeing with their few possessions.
2017 Feb 10, A Philippines
court granted protection to families of five people killed or
wounded by police and the right to access police case reports, in
the first successful legal challenge to President Rodrigo Duterte's
deadly crackdown on drugs.
2017 Feb 10, In the southern
Philippines a magnitude 6.7 nighttime earthquake killed eight people
and injured more than 120 in Surigao del Norte province. The number
of people killed was later reduced to four.
(AP, 2/11/17)(AP, 2/12/17)(AP, 3/5/17)
2017 Feb 11, A top Philippine
official said police have sacked nearly 100 policemen since the
start of the year because they were found to be drug users.
2017 Feb 12, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not stand in the way of his
minister's decision to close several mines in the southern
Philippines after he saw the damage they had done to the
2017 Feb 14, In the Philippines
environment secretary Gina Lopez cancelled 75 mining projects on the
grounds that they would harm ecologically sensitive areas.
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.33)
2017 Feb 15, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte supported his environment minister's
decision to cancel nearly a third of contracts for undeveloped
mines, saying it was based on law.
2017 Feb 17, The Philippines'
former justice secretary, a senator and prominent critic of
President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug crackdown, was charged
by prosecutors accusing her of receiving bribes from detained drug
lords. Sen. Leila de Lima denied the charges. When she was a top
human rights official, de Lima tried unsuccessfully to have Duterte
prosecuted when he was still a city mayor for unlawful deaths
occurring during his deadly anti-drug crackdown.
2017 Feb 18, In the Philippines
thousands of Catholic faithful gathered in Manila for a "show of
force" in the biggest rally yet to stop extrajudicial killings in
President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.
2017 Feb 19, The Philippines'
Bureau of Immigration arrested Cody Dean Turner. The convicted
American pedophile, wanted by US authorities for a string of crimes,
will be deported for being an undocumented and undesirable alien.
2017 Feb 20, Philippine retired
policeman, Arturo Lascanas, said that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte had
operated a "Davao death squad".
2017 Feb 21, Philippine Senator
Leila de Lima, a staunch critic of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, urged the
Cabinet to declare the president unfit to rule, describing him as a
"sociopathic serial killer" because of his war on drugs and
allegations he once ran a hit squad.
2017 Feb 23, In the Philippines
an arrest warrant was issued for Senator Leila de Lima (57), but she
dodged police and sought refuge in the Senate. She has spent nearly
a decade trying to link Duterte to death squads that have allegedly
killed thousands of people.
2017 Feb 24, Leila de Lima,
Philippine senator and staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's
war on drugs, was in police custody following her high-profile
arrest for drugs offences that she described as a vendetta that
would fail to silence her.
2017 Feb 26, In the Philippines
13 people facing drug charges escaped from a police detention
facility in Manila after sawing through iron bars.
2017 Feb 27, In the Philippines
four senators, who supported a staunch critic of leader Rodrigo
Duterte's war on drugs, lost important positions in the Senate.
2017 Feb 27, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants posted a video of the killing of Jurgen Kantner
(70), an elderly German captive, after a deadline for a $600,000
ransom passed. Kantner and a companion were taken captive in
November while sailing on a 53-footer yacht near Sabah.
2017 Feb 27, In southern
California former teacher Robert Ruben Ornelas was sentenced to 190
years in federal prison for traveling to the Philippines to have sex
with young girls and videotaping the encounters.
2017 Feb 28, The Philippines'
main antinarcotics agency signed an agreement with the military to
harness troops in President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug
crackdown after he barred the national police force from carrying
out the campaign to cleanse its ranks of rogue personnel.
2017 Mar 6, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order creating a joint
command to mobilize 21 state agencies behind his bloody war on
drugs, prioritizing "high-value" targets and going after all levels
of the illicit trade. The order was published on March 10.
2017 Mar 6, Retired Philippine
police officer Arturo Lascanas testified that President Rodrigo
Duterte and his men were linked to nearly 200 killings that the
officer and a "death squad" carried out when Duterte was mayor of
2017 Mar 9, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte pleaded for help from mayors in Muslim
parts of the south to deal with Islamist militants, and threatened
to impose martial law there if the problem is not tackled.
2017 Mar 12, Officials said the
Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed to resume
peace talks and restore separate cease-fires after an escalation of
2017 Mar 13, President Rodrigo
Duterte said he has told the military to assert Philippine ownership
of a large ocean region off the country's northeastern coast where
Chinese survey ships were spotted last year.
2017 Mar 15, Eleven Philippine
legislators who voted against a bill to re-introduce capital
punishment lost key posts in the country's Congress, in an apparent
follow through of a threat by the house speaker to purge obstacles
to the draft.
2017 Mar 16, In the Philippines
Rep. Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte alleging violations of the constitution, bribery and
corruption, And the betrayal of the public trust with actions that
included extra judicial killings and his failure to declare huge
bank deposits as required by law.
(SFC, 3/17/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 17, The Philippines
said it would strengthen its military facilities on islands and
shoals in the disputed South China Sea and announced initial plans
to build a new port and pave an existing rough airstrip.
2017 Mar 19, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the prospect of the International
Criminal Court (ICC) putting him on trial over his bloody war on
drugs, saying he would not be intimidated and his campaign would be
unrelenting and brutal.
2017 Mar 23, In the southern
Philippines two Malaysian sailors held captive for eight months were
rescued near Pata Island. They were among five tugboat crewmen
kidnapped last July off Malaysia’s Sabah state.
(SFC, 3/24/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 23, In the Philippines
suspected Abu Sayyaf militants took captive two Filipino cargo ship
crewmen from a cargo ship off Basilan province.
2017 Mar 25, Philippine
soldiers rescued one of two Filipino cargo ship crewmen taken
captive just two days ago by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants. Aurelio
Agacac, the ship captain, was freed in the remote village of
Basakan, Basilan province.
2017 Mar 25, In the southern
Philippines at least four people were killed and 23 others wounded
in a grenade attack that appeared to be unrelated to terrorism. The
attacker was arrested following the blast in Busbus village near the
domestic airport in Sulu province's Jolo town.
2017 Mar 30, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte unleashed an expletive-laden tirade against the
country's leading newspaper and TV network and threatened to
humiliate them and their owners, whom he accused of distorting news
of his anti-drug crackdown.
2017 Apr 2, Philippine soldiers
killed "more than 10" Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants in
an attempt to free 6 Vietnamese captives held on a remote southern
island. 32 soldiers were also wounded in the assault in Talipao
town. There was no word on the fate of the captives.
2017 Apr 6, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the occupation of uninhabited
islands and shoals it claims in the disputed South China Sea,
asserting Philippine sovereignty in an apparent change of tack.
2017 Apr 11, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf group commander Moammar Askali and five other Abu Sayyaf
gunmen, three soldiers and a policeman were killed in clashes on
Bohol Island, a popular resort destination.
(AFP, 4/11/17)(AP, 4/12/17)
2017 Apr 12, A Saudi woman
claiming she sought asylum in Australia was stopped on a layover in
the Philippines and returned to Riyadh. Dina Ali Lasloom said in
self-recorded videos the Philippine authorities had held her at the
Manila airport and confiscated her passport.
2017 Apr 14, Catholics in the
Philippines re-enacted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in a gory
display of devotion on Good Friday. Nine Filipinos were nailed to
crosses in three villages in the province of Pampanga.
2017 Apr 18, Reuters reported
that two Philippine police officers, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said PNP officers received cash for killing suspects in
President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, planted evidence at crime
scenes and carried out most of the killings they have long blamed on
2017 Apr 18, In the northern
Philippines a bus plunged into a deep ravine, leaving at least 29
people dead in Carranglan town, Nueva Ecija province.
2017 Apr 19, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte offered a bounty for the capture of Muslim
extremists behind a foiled attack on a central resort island, and
said he ordered the navy to bomb militants who travel by boat in
search of kidnap victims.
2017 Apr 20, In the Philippines
David Timothy Deakin (53) was arrested as he streamed illicit
content through the Tor network, which disguised his identity, in a
case of webcam sex tourism.
2017 Apr 22, Philippine forces
killed Joselito Melloria, a suspected Muslim militant, in new
fighting near Clarin town, Bohol province, where troops foiled
possible kidnapping and bombing plots by extremists earlier this
month. Melloria's companions fled and three of them were later
killed by troops.
(AP, 4/22/17)(AP, 4/23/17)
2017 Apr 23, In the southern
Philippines a soldier kidnapped last week by Abu Sayyaf militants
was found beheaded in Patikul town, Sulu province.
2017 Apr 24, Philippine troops,
backed by airstrikes, captured a jungle camp belonging to an
extremist band allied with the Islamic State group and killed
several militants in Lanao del Sur province.
2017 Apr 24, A Philippine
lawyer filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court in The
Hague against President Rodrigo Duterte, alleging his war on drugs
has caused some 8,000 deaths.
2017 Apr 28, In Manila the
leaders of Indonesia and the Philippines pledged to boost bilateral
ties and launch maritime patrols of their sea border to prevent
2017 Apr 28, Philippine marines
killed Alhabsy Misaya, an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a
notorious kidnapper, in Sulu province. He had sailed across the sea
border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom.
2017 Apr 30, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte hosted a daylong meeting in Manila of
leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Duterte followed up the summit by releasing a final communique that
removed mention of international concerns over China's
"militarization" of newly built islands in the disputed South China
Sea in a major concession to Beijing.
2017 May 5, In the Philippines
Agnes Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur on extrajudicial
killings, condemned the use of violence to combat illegal drugs, as
she made an unofficial visit to Manila that angered President
2017 May 6, In the Philippines
two explosions in Manila killed two people and injured six others
late today, just over a week after another blast in the same area.
Police said the bombings were the result of a personal feud. The
Islamic State said its fighters were responsible.
(AFP, 5/6/17)(SFC, 5/8/17, p.A3)
2017 May 10, The Philippine
navy welcomed a second Indonesian-made amphibious landing dock as
part of the military's modernization program.
2017 May 18, Officials said the
Philippines will no longer accept new grants from the EU. The bloc
had earlier warned that the Philippines risked losing tariff-free
exports due to the thousands killed in a war on drugs and moves to
revive the death penalty.
(SFC, 5/19/17, p.A2)
2017 May 23, Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law for 60 days in
southern Mindanao province after fighting raged in southern Marawi
City between the army and militants linked to Islamic state. Islamic
State group-linked Maute rebels swept through Marawi city, beheading
a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his
worshippers and raising the black flag of IS. The Maute group is run
by brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute from a well-known family in
(Reuters, 5/23/17)(AP, 5/23/17)(AP,
5/24/17)(Reuters, 6/1/17)(Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017 May 25, Philippine
security forces bombed residential areas in the southern city of
Marawi as they battled Islamist militants who were holding hostages
and reported to have murdered at least 11 civilians.
2017 May 25, Cybersecurity
company FireEye said hackers linked with Vietnam's government are
likely targeting Philippine state agencies to gather intelligence
related to the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
2017 May 26, In the Philippines
Pres. Duterte said foreigners are among Islamist gunmen battling
security forces in Marawi as soldiers tore down black IS flags in
retaken districts and the reported death toll climbed to 46.
2017 May 26, Philippine
officials seized 604 kg (1,332 lbs.) of methamphetamine after being
tipped off by their Chinese counterparts. This was the largest such
bust since China launched a crackdown on drug-smuggling in
cooperation with the Philippines.
2017 May 27, Philippine
government peace negotiators cancelled formal peace talks with
Maoist-led rebels in the Netherlands after New People's Army (NPA)
guerrillas stepped up offensives in the countryside.
2017 May 28, In the Philippines
eight bodies of what appeared to be executed civilians were found in
a ravine outside the besieged city of Marawi. Some two thousand
fearful civilians were trapped inside Marawi, as the death toll from
almost a week of fighting neared 100. The military said Islamist
militants have killed 19 civilians, bringing the official death toll
from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85.
(Reuters, 5/28/17)(AF, 5/28/17)(AFP, 5/28/17)
2017 May 29, In the Philippines
the army launched airstrikes and went house-to-house to crush areas
of resistance in Marawi. More than 100 people, including 24
civilians, have been killed in six days of fighting.
2017 May 30, The Philippine
Congress approved an amendment to a money laundering law to cover
gambling, a move aimed at plugging loopholes that allowed $81
million stolen from Bangladesh to pass through casinos.
2017 May 31, In the Philippines
an air strike error on Islamist rebels holed up in Marawi killed 11
2017 Jun 2, In the Philippines
an attack early today at the Resorts World Manila entertainment
complex in Pasay City, lasted more than six hours before an
unidentified gunman was found dead in a hotel room from an apparent
suicide. He had opened fire and starting a blaze that killed 37
people, mostly suffocated in the chaos as guests and staff tried to
flee choking smoke in the complex's main gambling area. On June 4
police identified the gunman as Jessie Carlos, a heavily indebted
Filipino gambling addict.
(Reuters, 6/2/17)(AP, 6/4/17)
2017 Jun 3, In the Philippines
more than 160 civilians walked out of the besieged city of Marawi
just after dawn, deceiving Islamist fighters they encountered by
hiding the identity of the many Christians among them. Some 250
militants and more than 2,000 civilians remain trapped in Marawi.
2017 Jun 4, In the Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will not negotiate with
militants aligned with the Islamic State group who are holding
hostages in Marawi, and that he has ordered troops to kill the
gunmen. Thousands of civilians hoping to flee the fighting remained
trapped after a four-hour truce to evacuate residents was disrupted
by gunfire. Only 134 were freed.
(AP, 6/4/17)(Reuters, 6/4/17)
2017 Jun 7, A major Philippine
bank, the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), shut down online
transactions and cash machines after money went missing from
accounts, triggering fears it had been hacked even as company
officials said it was an internal computer error.
2017 Jun 7, Philippine military
officials said that they've asked social media companies including
Facebook to remove a video of militants smashing icons in a Catholic
church in a besieged southern city, saying it may be an attempt to
fan hatred and turn the conflict into a religious war.
2017 Jun 7, In the Philippines
Malaysian Mahmud bin Ahmad reportedly died after being wounded
during the fighting in Marawi. He had reportedly channeled more than
$600,000 from the Islamic State for the attack on Marawi.
(SFC, 6/24/17, p.A4)
2017 Jun 9, The Philippine
military asked Facebook to close dozens of accounts linked to
Islamist militants who attacked Marawi, saying they were being used
for propaganda. 13 Philippine marines were killed in Marawi in the
biggest single-day loss for government forces. A US Navy aircraft
provided surveillance for the local troops in Marawi.
(AFP, 6/9/17)(AP, 6/10/17)
2017 Jun 9, In the Philippines
a motorboat capsized south of Manila, killing five people. The coast
guard said all 44 others were rescued.
2017 Jun 17, Philippine troops
pounded Islamist militants holding parts of southern Marawi city
with air strikes and artillery as more soldiers were deployed and
the death toll rose to more than 300 after nearly a month of
2017 Jun 21, In the southern
Philippines Muslim rebels fled after freeing dozens of hostages from
a school and were being pursued by army troops in Malagakit village,
North Cotabato province, as a daylong crisis eased in the volatile
region. At least four Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were
killed and two government militiamen were wounded in the fighting.
2017 Jun 22, In Manila security
officials from the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to
closely cooperate to halt the flow of militants, weapons, funds and
extremist propaganda across their borders.
2017 Jun 23, Australia agreed
to send two surveillance planes to help the Philippines tackle
Islamist rebels, as jets and artillery pounded militant positions in
a southern town held for more than a month by Islamic State
2017 Jun 24, The Philippine
military declared an eight-hour halt to its air and ground offensive
against Islamic militants aligned with the Islamic State group in
southern Marawi city to allow residents, most of them displaced by
the fighting, to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of
2017 Jul 1, Philippine
authorities estimated that around 100 to 120 fighters, some of them
as young as 16 years, remain holed up in the commercial district of
Marawi, down from around 500 at the beginning of the siege.
2017 Jul 2, Australian former
schoolteacher Jeff Horn (29) stunned world champion Manny Pacquiao
(38) of the Philippines to win the World Boxing Organization
welterweight crown with a controversial unanimous points decision in
2017 Jul 3, In the Philippines
a Senate committee said it will investigate police actions after a
June 29 Reuters report detailed how officers have used hospitals to
cover up executions in President Rodrigo Duterte's year-old war on
2017 Jul 4, The Philippine
Supreme Court upheld the president's declaration of martial law in
the south in a legal boost to a military offensive that the defense
chief said may soon succeed in quelling an uprising by Islamic State
2017 Jul 5, Philippine security
forces arrested Monaliza Romato, alias Monay, the main financier and
logistics supporter of the pro-Islamic State militants who have for
weeks been battling government troops for control of a southern
2017 Jul 6, In the central
Philippines a magnitude 6.5 shallow earthquake left at least two
people dead and injured more than 100, including several in a
collapsed building where others were trapped in Kananga town, Leyte
2017 Jul 8, In the southern
Philippines a hostage was killed during a gunbattle between his
militant captors and government troops that also left four militants
and a soldier dead in mountainous Patikul town, Sulu province. The
victim was one of six Vietnamese crewmen abducted by the militants
in an attack on their cargo ship in February.
2017 Jul 12, A Philippine air
force fighter jet missed its target in an airstrike against Islamic
State group-aligned militants in southern Marawi city, killing two
soldiers who were hit by debris from a building where they were
2017 Jul 16, In the Philippines
14 inmates, including suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters and drug
dealers, escaped early today from a jail in a new building that also
houses the police headquarters in a government compound in Sulu's
main town of Jolo. Three of those who escaped were gunned down by
police and another was shot and captured.
2017 Jul 16, In the southern
Philippines suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted four workers at a
school in Patikul town, Sulu province.
(SFC, 7/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 19, The Philippine
government scrapped preliminary peace talks with communist rebel
leaders in Europe due to continuing guerrilla attacks, including new
violence that killed a government militiaman and wounded at least
four presidential guards in the country's south.
2017 Jul 21, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte says he will never visit the United States
while he is in office, and adds that he has "seen America and it's
2017 Jul 22, The Philippine
Congress overwhelmingly approved the president's appeal for martial
law on Mindanao Island to be extended to the end of the year,
granting greater powers to security forces to go after extremists
with a reach that goes far beyond Marawi.
(AP, 7/22/17)(Reuters, 7/23/17)
2017 Jul 24, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second state of the nation
speech to a joint session of Congress, vowing to continue his bloody
war on illegal drugs despite international and domestic criticism.
Duterte said he wanted to stop exporting mineral resources and might
close the mining sector completely and tax miners "to death" if
damage to the environment persisted.
(Reuters, 7/24/17)(AP, 7/25/17)
2017 Jul 27, In the Philippines
officials announced the six winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay
Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize. Winners
included Japanese historian Yoshiaki Ishizawa (79), who helped
Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples, and Sri Lankan teacher
Gethsie Shanmugam (82) who counseled war widows and orphans to
overcome their nightmares. The other recipients included Abdon
Nababan, an Indonesian working for the return of large tracts of
forest land to indigenous communities; Tony Tay, a Singaporean who
leads the cooking of 6,000 meals a day for the destitute; the
Philippine Educational Theater Association, a Philippine theater
group which stood up to a dictatorship, and Lilia de Lima, a
Filipino who oversaw the opening of job-generating export processing
2017 Jul 28, The Philippine
military said only about 60 pro-Islamic State group militants are
still fighting in a two-month siege of southern Marawi city that has
left 630 people dead and swaths of the Islamic region in ruins.
Officials said troops have seized 59 suspected militants trying to
reinforce Islamist gunmen holed up in Marawi.
(AP, 7/28/17)(AFP, 7/28/17)
2017 Jul 30, Police in the
southern Philippines fatally shot 15 people, including Ozamiz Mayor
Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., who was among the politicians President
Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to illegal drugs. The dead included
the mayor’s wife, two siblings and 11 other people.
(AP, 7/30/17)(Econ 8/5/17, p.30)
2017 Jul 30, In the Philippines
the beheaded bodies of seven local loggers, kidnapped last week,
were found in a mountainous village on the island of Basilan. The
killings were blamed on a faction of the Abu Sayyaf
kidnap-for-ransom group based there.
2017 Aug 1, A report by the UN
and the government showed the Philippines has the fastest growing
number of HIV infections in Asia.
2017 Aug 5, In the Philippines
some 2,000 mothers breastfed their babies in public in a gathering
in Manila aimed at cutting infant deaths and dispelling taboos over
2017 Aug 5, Southeast Asian
foreign ministers (ASEAN) failed to release a customary communique
at the end of a high-level meeting in the Philippines after what
diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to
disputes in the South China Sea.
2017 Aug 6, Southeast Asian
foreign ministers (ASEAN) meeting in the Manila ended an impasse on
over how to address disputes in the South China Sea, issuing a
communique that called for militarization to be avoided and noting
concern about island-building. The joint communique was carefully
worded to avoid angering China.
(Reuters, 8/6/17)(AFP, 8/6/17)
2017 Aug 9, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte announced "dead-or-alive" bounties worth
$40,000 each for policemen he accused of helping an accused
narco-politician, and said he preferred they be killed.
2017 Aug 9, Philippine
elections Chairman Andres Bautista filed criminal complaints against
his estranged wife, who has publicly accused him of amassing
unexplained wealth and receiving commissions from a law firm whose
clients include a company that provided vote-counting machines in
last year's presidential polls.
2017 Aug 10, Sources said
Japan's army will give thousands of helicopter parts to keep
Philippine military choppers airborne, helping Tokyo gain clout with
Manila in a contest with China to secure influence over the
strategic South China Sea nation.
2017 Aug 14, The Philippine
defense minister said China has assured the Philippines it will not
occupy new features or territory in the South China Sea, under a new
"status quo" brokered by Manila as both sides try to strengthen
2017 Aug 15, Philippine police
killed 32 people in dozens of anti-drug operations in a province
north of the capital, Manila, over the last 24 hours. About 109
petty criminals, including street-level drug peddlers were arrested
and dozens of guns seized in police operations across Bulacan
2017 Aug 16, In the Philippines
police, later identified as identified as Arnel Oares, Jeremias
Pereda and Jerwin Cruz, reportedly shot Kian Loyd delos Santos (17)
in the head and left his body next to a pigsty. Police said they
shot delos Santos in self-defense after he opened fire on officers
during an anti-drugs operation. But there was outrage when the CCTV
footage emerged showing two officers marching a figure, subdued and
apparently unarmed, toward the spot where the youth's body was later
2017 Aug 17, Philippine police
killed at least 26 more drug and crime suspects in overnight
gunbattles in Manila, bringing to 58 the death toll in a renewed
bloody crackdown in the last three days that received praises from
2017 Aug 17, In the Philippines
high-school student Kian Loyd Delos Santos (17) became one of at
least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President
Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs. Witnesses said that the
teenager did not have a firearm and police officers at the scene
handed him a gun, asked him to fire the weapon and run. CCTV
footage that showed Santos being carried by two men to the place
where his body was later found.
2017 Aug 19, Police in the
Philippines said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has
launched a deadly offensive against a splinter faction that has
pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Six fighters from the
original group were reported killed over the last 24 hours.
2017 Aug 19, Philippine troops
raided an Abu Sayyaf camp on Mataja island and rescued Do Trung
Huige (33), a Vietnamese sailor held captive for nine months.
2017 Aug 21, In the southern
Philippines Abu Sayyaf militants killed nine people and wounded 16
others in an early morning attack on Tubigan village in Maluso town
on Basilan island, which may have been in retaliation for a series
of battle setbacks.
2017 Aug 24, President Rodrigo
Duterte traveled to the main battle zone in southern Marawi after
Philippine troops finally recaptured a main mosque where Islamic
State-linked militants had taken cover with their hostages in a
three-month siege. More than 760 people, including 595 militants,
have died in the Marawi fighting.
2017 Aug 28, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte told police they could kill "idiots" who
resist arrest and put their lives in danger, two days after hundreds
of people turned the funeral of a slain teenager into a protest
against his deadly war on drugs.
2017 Aug 29, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said the family of former dictator
Ferdinand Marcos has indicated a willingness to return a
still-unspecified amount of money and "a few gold bars" to help ease
the government's expected budget deficit.
2017 Aug 31, Philippine troops
fought one of their toughest clashes against militants loyal to
Islamic State in the southern town of Marawi. Three soldiers were
killed and 52 wounded, many by rebel bombs as they pushed forward.
2017 Aug, Philippine President
Rodrigo Duterte signed a law abolishing tuition fees for students in
(Econ, 8/19/17, p.29)
2017 Sep 5, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte ordered police to let journalists join raids in his
crackdown on illegal drugs to disprove growing allegations of
extrajudicial killings, but warned reporters they could get shot.
2017 Sep 8, The Philippines'
most senior Catholic Church leader denounced thousands of killings
linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war and ordered the
ringing of church bells each night to honor the dead.
2017 Sep 8, Australia’s Defense
Minister Marise Payne said troops will be sent to assist Philippine
forces in the ongoing battle against Islamic State fighters in the
southern city of Marawi.
2017 Sep 11, In the Philippines
pro-democracy activists protested Pres. Duterte’s declaration of a
provincial holiday marking the birthday of the late dictator
Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989).
(SFC, 9/12/17 p.A2)
2017 Sep 12, Philippine
lawmakers allied with President Rodrigo Duterte voted to allocate an
annual budget of just 1,000 pesos ($20) to the Commission on Human
Rights, a public body that has clashed repeatedly with Duterte over
his bloody war on drugs. The budget requires another vote, then
Senate approval before it becomes final.
2017 Sep 12, In the Philippines
at least four people died and six were missing after a major storm
caused flooding in and around Manila, forcing schools, government
offices and businesses to shut down.
2017 Sep 15, A Philippine
official ordered the entire police for of Caloocan off the job after
some of its members were suspected in the gruesome killings of three
teenagers and others were seen on surveillance cameras robbing a
(SFC, 9/16/17 p.A3)
2017 Sep 16, Philippine troops
late today rescued a Roman Catholic priest and another civilian who
were among dozens of people abducted in May when hundreds of
militants aligned with the Islamic State group laid siege on
southern Marawi city.
2017 Sep 17, The Philippine
military said it has captured the command center of Islamic State
group supporters who have besieged the southern city of Marawi for
nearly four months.
2017 Sep 18, In the Philippines
a government militiaman was abducted by rebels in Occidental Mindoro
2017 Sep 20, Philippine troops
killed nine New People's Army guerrillas in a clash in northern
Carranglan town, Nueva Ecija province.
2017 Sep 21, In the Philippines
thousands of protesters marked the anniversary of the 1972
declaration of martial law by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos with an
outcry against what they say are the current president's
authoritarian tendencies and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.
2017 Sep 23, A Philippine navy
patrol ship spotted six suspected Vietnamese fishing vessels using
powerful lights to attract fish more than 30 nautical miles (55 km)
from Bolinao town. A night chase followed and a Vietnamese boat hit
a Philippine navy ship and prompted its crew to fire shots. Two
Vietnamese fishermen were found dead and five others were taken into
2017 Sep 29, The Philippine
government denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United
States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of
killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug crackdown and
allow investigations in cooperation with the international
2017 Sep 30, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte said he will not cooperate in an investigation being
done by a key anti-graft agency on his alleged undeclared wealth and
warned he will personally bring one of its top officials to
investigators for illegally disclosing confidential information
2017 Oct 4, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte warned that the Supreme Court chief
justice and the head of a key anti-graft agency face impeachment
complaints, in an emerging faceoff with the officials.
2017 Oct 8, In the Philippines
the Social Weather Stations said that Pres. Duterte's satisfaction
rating dropped by 18 points to 48, a level classified as "good,"
compared from its last nationwide survey in June when he got a "very
good" 66-point rating.
2017 Oct 10, Philippine troops
recovered 22 bodies of suspected Muslim extremists and dozens of
homemade bombs from two buildings that were retaken in one of the
final government assaults to end an Islamic State group-inspired
siege in Marawi city. The discovery brought the death toll in the
siege, which was launched May 23, to more than a thousand people,
including 802 militants.
2017 Oct 11, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Russia would donate defense
hardware to support the military's fight against pro-Islamic State
2017 Oct 11, In the Philippines
police killed three men in a poor Manila neighborhood in what they
said was self-defense during a legitimate anti-drug operation.
Security camera footage and eyewitness testimony published by
Reuters Nov. 27 contradicted the police report and suggested they
may have executed the three men.
2017 Oct 12, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte read a memorandum that removes police from
the drugs war and places the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
(PDEA) in charge, then launched a curse-laden tirade at foreign
critics of a campaign that has killed thousands of Filipinos.
2017 Oct 13, The 33,205-ton
Emerald Star, a Hong Kong-registered freighter, sank in rough seas
off the Philippine coast, leaving 10 crewmembers missing.
2017 Oct 16, In the
Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute, two surviving
leaders of the siege in Marawi, were killed in a gunbattle as troops
retook the last area held by militants.
(SFC, 10/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 17, Philippine
soldiers fought to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi
controlled by Islamic militants as President Rodrigo Duterte
declared the southern city liberated from "terrorist influence".
2017 Oct 18, Philippine
officials said four Islamic State-allied militants died and 10
government soldiers were injured in fighting that continued in the
southern city of Marawi a day after Pres. Duterte declared it
liberated from "terrorist influence".
2017 Oct 19, Philippine troops
battled to defeat a final stand by the last dozens of pro-Islamic
State group militants in the southern city of Marawi. Officials said
13 more suspected militants were killed last evening, including one
believed to be a top Malaysian terror suspect although his body
hasn't been recovered yet.
2017 Oct 22, Philippine troops
battled a final group of about 30 pro-Islamic State group militants
who were surrounded in one building with all their hostages gone as
a nearly five-month siege neared its end in southern Marawi city.
2017 Oct 23, The Philippine
government declared the end to the militant siege of Marawi that
lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked
fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast
Asia. Combat operations in Marawi ended after troops recovered 42
bodies of the last group of militants. The Islamic State had sent at
least $1.5 million to finance the Marawi militants.
(AP, 10/23/17)(SFC, 10/25/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 26, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the new army commander to recruit
and organize 10 new infantry battalions to crush remnants of
pro-Islamic State militants, days after they were defeated in a
2017 Oct 27, The late
Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was commemorated with a
national stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth on
September 11, as part of a series of stamps marking presidents'
2017 Oct 30, In Japan
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won pledges from Japan of help
with fighting terrorism and assistance in building the country's
crumbling infrastructure, as he met with PM Shinzo Abe during a
visit to Tokyo.
2017 Oct, Filipino authorities
arrested Karen Aizha Hamidon (32), the widow of Filipino militant
Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, on suspicion of recruiting Muslims to join a
deadly siege in Marawi that had dragged on for five months before
being crushed by thousands of troops. She also faced allegations of
recruiting Indian men to fight in Syria and Iraq.
2017 Nov 3, In the Philippines
congestion in the Quezon City jail contributed to a fight between
two prison gangs that left one inmate dead. 3,424 inmates were held
in the facility built to hold 800 people.
2017 Nov 5, Philippine security
forces arrested the Indonesian wife of the slain pro-Islamic State
militant leader who planned and led the attack on Marawi City.
Police said bomb-making materials were seized from Minhati Madrais,
who was with her six children when security forces raided her home
in Iligan City.
2017 Nov 5, In the Philippines
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the country’s Catholic
Bishops' Conference, called for Filipinos to choose peace over
violence and end a spate of drug-related killings that have divided
2017 Nov 5, Philippine troops
killed at least 11 remaining militants aligned with the Islamic
State group in southern Marawi city and attempted to determine
whether Amin Baco, a Malaysian who may have taken over the
militants' leadership, is still alive.
2017 Nov 10, Philippine troops
rescued three of 17 Vietnamese sailors abducted by a group of
Islamist militants last February in dangerous southern waters near
the Malaysian border. Four Vietnamese sailors were found on a remote
island in Tawi-tawi, but one was already dead from illness. 10 were
rescued in earlier operations and two were killed by the militants
while attempting to escape. Militants still held 16 captives on Jolo
2017 Nov 10, Sources said Japan
will build four coast guard radar stations on islands in the Sulu
Celebes Seas separating the Philippines and Indonesia to help Manila
counter a surge in piracy by Islamic insurgents.
2017 Nov 10, In Vietnam
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Moscow for its "timely
assistance" in defeating pro-Islamic State militants who took over a
southern city for months, expressing his willingness to buy Russian
weapons on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC). Duterte also defended his country’s brutal crackdown on
drugs and said that at age 16 he had killed a person.
(Reuters, 11/10/17)(SFC, 11/11/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 11, China’s President
Xi Jinping, speaking in Vietnam in a meeting with Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of APEC, said China will
work with Southeast Asian countries to safeguard peace in the South
China Sea. Duterte pledged to handle issues with Beijing in those
2017 Nov 12, US President
Donald Trump arrived in Manila to attend an annual gathering of
leaders from East and Southeast Asian countries. ASEAN leaders
joined US President Donald Trump at an extravagant gala dinner in
Manila, a show of amity in a region fraught with tensions that have
lurked behind his marathon tour of the continent.
2017 Nov 13, In the Philippines
leaders of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) and China agreed to
begin negotiations on a "code of conduct" aimed at controlling
aggressive actions in the disputed South China Sea.
2017 Nov 13, US President
Donald Trump said he had a "great relationship" with his Philippine
counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, while a White House official said
human rights got only a brief mention when the two met on the
sidelines of an Asian summit.
2017 Nov 14, Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canada's Justin Trudeau at the
end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions
about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including
US President Donald Trump.
2017 Nov 17, A Philippine court
convicted Ikram Indama for the daring Nov. 13, 2007, motorcycle
bombing that killed Rep. Wahab Akbar, a Muslim
rebel-turned-congressman, and three other people and wounded 10,
including two legislators. Indama was sentenced to life in prison
without the possibility of parole.
2017 Nov 21, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte threatened to shut down any mine that supports
Maoist rebels waging a protracted guerrilla war to overthrow the
2017 Nov 21, The Philippine
government filed complaints with an anti-graft office accusing many
Cabinet officials in the previous administration of corruption in a
maintenance contract for Manila’s Metro Rail Transit 3 Line hounded
by near-daily breakdowns.
2017 Dec 1, The Philippines put
on hold its dengue immunization program, the world's first, after
new findings by the vaccine manufacturer that severe cases of dengue
can occur in the longer term among those vaccinated without prior
infection. Dengvaxia, the first licensed dengue vaccine, is
manufactured by France-based Sanofi Pasteur.
2017 Dec 5, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the national police to rejoin
anti-drug operations, the second time he has overturned previous
decisions to remove the law enforcers from the brutal crackdown amid
growing alarm over the deaths of thousands of suspects.
2017 Dec 5, In the Philippines
American cameraman and filmmaker Jesse Phinney (42) died in a jail
on the island of Cebu. It was later reported that he had suffered
blunt-force trauma, and his body had markings inconsistent with the
official account by Philippine authorities that he hanged himself.
The day before he was found dead, Phinney had been arrested on
suspicion of violating human trafficking and child abuse laws.
2017 Dec 13, The Philippine
Congress voted overwhelmingly to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's
request to extend martial law in the south by a year.
2017 Dec 16, In the eastern
Philippines at least three people were killed and tens of thousands
were driven from their homes by floods as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak
pounded the area.
2017 Dec 17, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his support for same-sex unions,
after previously declaring his opposition to gay marriage, in an
about-face that may displease bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic
2017 Dec 17, Philippines
authorities said at least 26 people have been killed while several
residents were missing on Biliran Island after tropical storm
Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides.
2017 Dec 20, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte declared a Christmas truce with communist
guerrillas and urged them to reciprocate the goodwill gesture after
recently scrapping peace talks with the insurgents and declaring
2017 Dec 20, The Philippines'
justice department dismissed complaints against several high-profile
drugs trade suspects because of weak evidence. Documents to this
effect were not made public until March 12, 2018.
2017 Dec 21, A Philippine
inter-island ferry with more than 250 passengers and crew, including
Christmas holiday travelers, sank after being battered by fierce
winds and big waves off the country's northeast, leaving at least
four people dead and at least seven others missing.
2017 Dec 22, Communist
guerrillas in the Philippines declared a Christmas truce after the
government made a similar overture despite a recent breakdown of
peace talks. The truce would also mark the 49th founding anniversary
on Dec. 26 of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
2017 Dec 22, In the southern
Philippines a mudslide triggered by heavy rain buried dozens of
houses in a farming community in the Tubod region, Lanao del Norte
province. Local officials said seven people had been killed by
flooding in Lanao del Sur province.
2017 Dec 23, Philippine
officials said Tropical Storm Tembin unleashed flash floods that
swept away people and houses and set off landslides. The death toll
in the southern Philippines climbed swiftly to 133, as rescuers
pulled dozens of bodies from the swollen Salog river.
(AP, 12/23/17)(AFP, 12/23/17)
2017 Dec 23, In the southern
Philippines a blaze started this morning at the four-storey NCCC
Mall in Davao and people were trapped inside.
2017 Dec 24, Rescuers in the
Philippines searched for survivors of a storm that triggered floods
and landslides and killed about 200 people, left scores missing and
2017 Dec 24, Philippine
firefighters recovered one body from a burning shopping mall. An
officials said there was "zero" chances of survival for 36 other
trapped people inside the four-story building in southern Davao
2017 Dec 25, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son quit as vice mayor of the
southern city of Davao, citing his being linked to a drug smuggling
case by opponents and personal problems from a failed marriage as
reasons for the move.
2017 Dec 25, In the northern
Philippines a passenger bus collided with a van carrying pilgrims to
Christmas Mass at a church, leaving 20 people dead and more than two
dozen injured in La Union province's Agoo town.
2017 Dec 25, Typhoon Tembin was
expected to slam into Vietnam after it battered the Philippines with
floods and landslides that killed at least 240 people. The storm
entered Vietnamese water but weakened to a tropical depression and
did not cause any casualties.
(Reuters, 12/25/17)(AFP, 12/25/17)(Reuters,
2017 Dec 28, Ten Philippine
police officers mistakenly shot at a vehicle and killed two of its
passengers late today. The officers were soon relieved of their
duties and Manila's police chief ordered an investigation into the
2018 Jan 3, In the southern
Philippines eight people were killed when a rusty mortar round they
thought was an iron canister with gold inside exploded as they tried
to pry it open with a hammer in Sirawai town, Zamboanga del Norte
2018 Jan 5, In the Philippines
Joel Reyes, the ex-governor of the western island of Palawan, was
released from jail after a court voided the case against him. He was
arrested in 2015 for the killing of Gerry Ortega, a prominent
campaigner and radio host who frequently accused Reyes of massive
2018 Jan 13, Police in the
Philippines said dozens of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals have been
arrested on suspicion of extortion of money from people in China via
a telecoms scam.
2018 Jan 14, Mount Mayon, the
Philippines' most active volcano, rumbled back to life with lava
rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted
authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers. Mayon's most
destructive eruption was in February 1814, when lava buried a town
and killed 1,200 people.
(AP, 1/14/18)(Reuters, 1/15/18)
2018 Jan 15, The Philippine
securities commission revoked the registration of Rappler, an online
news outfit known for its critical reporting on President Rodrigo
Duterte, a move media watchdogs said is an act to muzzle the free
2018 Jan 16, Philippine lower
house lawmakers voted to convene the chamber as a constitutional
assembly, looking to amend the 30-year-old charter and shift to a
system of federal government, allowing the president up to two terms
2018 Jan 16, The central
Philippine Albay province declared a state of calamity as the Mount
Mayon volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius
no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.
2018 Jan 19, The Philippines
suspended sending workers to Kuwait, a day after President Rodrigo
Duterte said abuse by employers there had driven several domestic
helpers to suicide.
2018 Jan 19, In the Philippines
two Indonesian fishermen, identified as La Utu bin Raali and La Hadi
bi La Adi, from the Wakatobi islands in Southeast Sulawesi province,
were freed in the southern province of Sulu. They were kidnapped
November 5, 2016, from different fishing boats in waters off Sabah,
2018 Jan 20, Philippine troops
clashed briefly with pro-Islamic State militants in the volatile
south, in their first engagement since the government retook Marawi
city in the country's biggest battle since World War Two.
2018 Jan 22, In the Philippines
the Mount Mayon volcano ejected a huge column of lava fragments, ash
and smoke in a thunderous explosion. The alert level was raised to
four on a scale of five, which means an explosive eruption is
possible within hours or days.
2018 Jan 23, In the Philippines
the Mount Mayon volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive
ash plumes anew in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption
that has sent more than 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation
2018 Jan 24, In the Philippines
the Mount Mayon volcano belched red-hot lava and clouds of ash and
debris at least four times today, prompting the number of displaced
villagers to swell to more than 74,000 and causing officials to
brace for a humanitarian emergency they fear could last for months.
2018 Jan 25, In the Philippines
a huge plume of ash billowed from the glowing peak of Mount Mayon
volcano, as more residents of surrounding areas fled and experts
warned of further escalation 12 days after it started to erupt.
2018 Jan 29, Police in the
Philippines resumed President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, making
visits to the homes of users and dealers to convince them to
2018 Jan 29, In the Philippines
a heavy shroud of ash from erupting Mount Mayon halted vehicles in
at least two towns due to poor visibility as the volcano blew more
lava and columns of ash from its crater.
2018 Jan 30, Germany's would-be
coalition parties reached a compromise on the divisive question of
family reunions for migrants, clearing a major hurdle in talks on a
ruling alliance, although both sides immediately presented varying
interpretations of it.
2018 Jan 30, German police and
customs officers searched 140 properties in western Germany and
arrested eight people as part of an investigation into organized
illegal work in the construction industry.
2018 Jan 31, In the Philippines
Conchita Carpio Morales, the head of a key anti-graft agency, defied
an order by President Rodrigo Duterte's office to suspend her deputy
for allegedly disclosing confidential information to the media about
an investigation into Duterte's alleged undeclared wealth.
2018 Jan 31, In the Philippines
rebel leader Rafael Baylosis (69), a top member of the New People’s
Army, was arrested in Quezon City. The military estimated that NPA
has about 5,000 fighters.
(SFC, 2/2/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 2, The Philippine
National Police said nearly 50 people suspected of using and selling
drugs were killed by police officers over the last two months.
(SFC, 2/3/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 2, The Philippines
said the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, made by French drug maker
Sanofi, may be connected to three deaths in the country, according
to a government-ordered inquiry, and that the drug is not ready for
2018 Feb 5, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an end to all foreign scientific
research missions in a vast expanse of waters off the country's
northeast and called on the military to "chase out" unauthorized
2018 Feb 6, In the Philippines
bulldozers and backhoes pounded more than two dozen seized luxury
cars, including Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars and Corvettes, in a
dramatic demolition showcasing the no-nonsense leader's crackdown on
crime and corruption. Government data showed that the Bureau of
Customs seized $2.93 million worth of smuggled vehicles last year,
part of the $866 million in seized goods.
2018 Feb 8, It was reported
that International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors have opened a
preliminary examination into Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte's
"war on drugs", which has led to the death of thousands since it
began in July 2016.
2018 Feb 9, President Rodrigo
Duterte said he will ask its private airlines to evacuate its
nationals from Kuwait within 72 hours after the discovery of a
Filipino migrant worker dead in a freezer.
2018 Feb 9, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte ordered the cancellation of a $233 million dollar
deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada and said purchases of US arms
should also be stopped because of too many imposed conditions,
although he said he still supports President Donald Trump.
2018 Feb 9, The United States
said it had imposed sanctions on three people and three companies in
the Philippines, Turkey and Somalia that supported the Islamic State
militant group, including a business that procured parts for
2018 Feb 11, The Philippine
labor minister said more than 2,200 Filipinos are ready to take up
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's offer to repatriate workers from Kuwait due
to reports of abuse.
2018 Feb 13, Kuwait's foreign
minister condemned what he called an "escalation" by Manila after
the Philippines expanded a ban on its nationals working in Kuwait.
2018 Feb 14, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte offered a nearly $500 bounty for each communist
rebel killed by government forces. Earlier this week he said troops
should shoot female communist guerrillas in the genitals to
render them useless.
(SFC, 2/16/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 19, Philippine police
and army troops reported the arrest of an Arab man they believe was
a former commander of the Islamic State group along the Syria and
Turkey border in a raid on a Manila apartment. Fehmi Lassoued, who
is reportedly from Egypt, and his Filipina companion, Anabel Moncera
Salipada, were arrested last week based on intelligence provided by
2018 Feb 20, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte "lost trust" in local news site Rappler
and barred it from covering his official events, in the latest blow
for an outlet known for its tough scrutiny of his government.
2018 Feb 22, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte said he has banned a reporter from entering the
presidential palace compound to attend news briefings because her
online news organization's license to operate was revoked by the
government's corporate watchdog.
2018 Feb 23, Nader Essam Assaf,
a Lebanese citizen was handed over by Syrian authorities to
Lebanon. His Syrian wife remained in Syria. Assaf and his wife are
suspects in the death of Filipina Joanna Demafelis, whose body was
found on Feb. 6 in a freezer in Kuwait City, where it had reportedly
been kept for more than a year.
(AP, 2/23/18)(AP, 2/24/18)
2018 Feb 24, In the southern
Philippines at least 29 detainees escaped from a jail when a guard
briefly left his post in Jolo town, but 17 of them were immediately
captured when law enforcers fired warning shots. The 12 detainees
who managed to escape successfully were mostly facing drug charges
and were being hunted by police.
2018 Mar 5, The Philippine
government's legal counsel asked the Supreme Court to expel the
chief justice for allegedly not declaring her assets, in a new
attempt to remove the nation's judicial leader.
2018 Mar 7, The Philippines’
embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged
Filipinos to stand up against authoritarianism and threats to human
rights, in an indirect criticism of the country’s volatile leader,
who has long called for her removal.
2018 Mar 9, In the Philippines
at least 44 pro-Islamic State militants were killed and 26 more were
wounded over the last 24 hours when Philippine soldiers shelled
positions held by members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
(BIFF) in southern Maguindanao province.
2018 Mar 13, The Philippines
said it is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC)
due to what President Rodrigo Duterte called "outrageous" attacks by
UN officials and violations of due process by the ICC.
2018 Mar 16, The Philippine
labor secretary said a ban on sending Filipinos to work in Kuwait
will continue indefinitely after the nations failed to conclude a
migrant labor protection pact. Later today a deal was signed in
Manila after a meeting between a visiting Kuwaiti delegation and
(AP, 3/16/18)(Reuters, 3/17/18)
2018 Mar 17, In the Philippines
ten people died when a Piper-23 Apache plane crashed into a house
north of Manila. The dead included five people in the plane and five
people on the ground.
(Reuters, 3/17/18)(SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A4)
2018 Mar 18, Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte called for other signatories of the Rome
Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) to
join his country in withdrawing from the treaty.
2018 Mar 18, In the Philippines
a fire at a hotel at the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino killed
five people and injured nearly two dozen.
(Reuters, 3/18/18)(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A2)(SFC,
2018 Mar 20, In the Philippines
a passenger bus careened off a winding dirt road and hurtled down a
ravine south of Manila late today, killing 19 people.
2018 Mar 21, Philippine police
killed 13 drug suspects and arrested more than 100 suspected dealers
and criminals in one day of raids in Bulacan province. The violence
raised the death toll in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug
crackdown to 4,239 since it was launched in July 2016, with more
than 131,500 others arrested.
2018 Mar 28, In the southern
Philippines Abu Sayyaf leader Nurhassan Jamiri surrendered with 13
of his men Basilan province.
(SFC, 3/30/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 30, In the Philippines
seven Roman Catholic devotees, including a woman, were nailed to
wooden crosses in a Good Friday reenactment of Jesus Christ's
suffering that was watched by thousands of spectators but frowned
upon by church leaders.
2018 Apr 1, A Kuwaiti court
sentenced in absentia a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife to death by
hanging over the murder of Filipina maid Joanna Demafelis. The
Lebanese-Syrian couple was arrested in February in the Syrian
capital Damascus following an Interpol manhunt.
2018 Apr 3, The Philippine
Supreme Court ordered police to hand over full records of thousands
of deadly encounters in the country's war on drugs, thwarting a
government bid to keep operational details of the bloody crackdown
2018 Apr 4, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte approved the closure of the tourist
destination of Boracay for up to six months after saying the waters
off its famed white-sand beaches had become a "cesspool" due to
overcrowding and development.
2018 Apr 22, Kuwaiti
authorities said police have arrested two Filipinos for allegedly
convincing housemaids to run away from their employers' homes. The
arrests came after the Philippines' ambassador faced questions for
comments about his embassy's work in aiding abused workers.
2018 Apr 23, The Goldman
Environmental Prize was awarded to seven recipients at the San
Francisco War Memorial Opera House. The honors went to: LeeAnne
Walter for exposing the 2015 water crisis in Flint, Mich.; Manny
Calonzo of the Philippines for helping to persuade the government to
ban lead paint; Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid of South Africa for
exposing a secret government deal with Russia that would have
increased their country's nuclear power production; Francia Marquez
of Colombia whose work helped end water pollution form illegal gold
mining in her hometown; Claire Nouvian of France for her public
awareness campaign against a supermarket chain that relied on
deep-sea bottom trawling for catching fish; and Khanh Nguy Thi of
Vietnam for her work to stop the expansion of coal-fired power
plants and helping her country chart a plan for sustainable energy
(SFC, 4/23/18, p.C3)
2018 Apr 25, Kuwait expelled
the Philippines ambassador and recalled its own from Manila over a
growing diplomatic dispute regarding the abuse of Filipina
housemaids and workers in the country.
2018 Apr 29, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said that a ban on Filipino workers from
heading to Kuwait that's been in effect since February would now be
2018 Apr 29, Kuwait said it
stands ready to cooperate with the Philippines to address labor
issues facing Filipino workers, but would also "act decisively"
against attempts to breach its sovereignty.
2018 May 2, Philippine defense
and navy officials said they have completed the purchase of their
first-ever ship-borne missile systems, boosting its maritime
deterrent as part of a military modernization program. The
Israeli-made Spike ER missiles were fitted on locally manufactured
gunboats, known as multi-purpose attack craft.
2018 May 5, The Philippine
military said it is checking intelligence reports that Yassir
Igasan, a Middle East-educated commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist
group, has died after being wounded in an artillery strike in
southern Sulu province.
2018 May 8, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the resignation of his tourism
secretary, the ninth official to leave his cabinet, after the state
audit agency flagged a questionable deal in her department.
2018 May 9, Philippine
authorities detained Tawanda Chandiwana, a Zimbabwe missionary, as
he attended a seminar on the southern island of Mindanao. He had
been briefly detained and questioned in February, along with two
other missionaries from the United Methodist Church, when they were
stopped at a police checkpoint in Mindanao while participating in a
human rights fact-finding mission sponsored by a left-wing group.
2018 May 11, The Philippine
Supreme Court ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a critic of
the country's authoritarian president, in an unprecedented vote by
fellow judges that she and hundreds of protesters called
unconstitutional and a threat to democracy.
2018 May 11, Kuwait and the
Philippines signed a new agreement regarding Filipino laborer rights
after the Philippines earlier banned its citizens from working there
amid a diplomatic dispute.
2018 May 15, In the Philippines
legal groups called on legislators to defend their constitutional
power to impeach officials which they said was usurped by Supreme
Court justices who ousted the chief judge last week.
2018 May 16, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the "total" lifting of a ban on
Filipinos working in Kuwait after the two countries agreed on
measures to regulate employment following a diplomatic row over
alleged abuse of workers.
2018 May 23, The Philippine
immigration bureau has turned down an Australian nun's appeal for
the reversal of an order revoking her missionary visa after the
president complained about Sister Patricia Fox joining opposition
rallies. She was ordered her to leave the country.
2018 May 25, In the Philippines
Australian nun Patricia Fox (71), who irked the Philippine president
by joining political rallies, defied an Immigration Bureau order to
leave the country and appealed to justice officials to allow her to
continue her missionary work for the poor and victims of injustice.
2018 May 28, The Philippine
foreign secretary said that China has been notified of "red lines,"
or actions Manila would find unacceptable, in the South China Sea,
including construction activities at a disputed shoal and extraction
of oil and gas in the long-contested waters.
2018 May, Philippine President
Rodrigo Duterte approved a five-year plan to spend 300 billion pesos
($5.6 billion) to modernize the outdated military.
2018 Jun 3, The Philippine
defense secretary said that authorities there will standardize
teaching in both public and private Islamic schools in the wake of a
militant siege last year that raised fears of greater radicalization
in the country.
2018 Jun 8, Two Philippine
officials said China's coast guard has continued to seize the
catches of Filipino fishermen at a disputed shoal in the South China
Sea despite a protest by the Philippines following an earlier
2018 Jun 10, In the Philippines
at least 15 pro-Islamic State militants were killed when government
troops launched air and ground assaults against a rebel bomb
factory. Air strikes and artillery pounded an area in the Liguasan
marsh in Maguindanao, where the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
(BIFF) group had been making improvised explosive devices.
2018 Jun 10, In the northern
Philippines two gunmen killed a Roman Catholic priest as he prepared
to celebrate Mass at the altar of a chapel in Zaragoza town, Nueva
Ecija province. Rev. Richmond Nilo was the third Catholic priest to
be killed in the country in recent months.
2018 Jun 11, The Philippine
president's office called Chinese seizures of fish caught by
Philippine fishing boats near a disputed shoal unacceptable, and
presented three fishermen who described their experiences.
2018 Jun 17, Philippine
military airstrikes and ground assaults targeted a group of Islamic
State group-linked militants in an offensive that reportedly killed
five extremists in Lanao del Sur province and forced more than 5,000
villagers to flee to safety in the south.
2018 Jun 18, The Philippine
justice secretary revoked an immigration expulsion order for Sister
Patricia Fox, an Australian nun who had irked the president by
joining political rallies, but said she still faces possible
2018 Jun 22, In the Philippines
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte (73) questioned in a televised speech the
Biblical story of man's creation and asked why God created Adam and
Eve only to allow them to succumb to temptation that destroyed their
purity. "Who is this stupid God? This son of a bitch is then really
2018 Jun 25, Philippine
soldiers mistakenly killed six police officers and wounded nine
during an operation against Maoist guerrillas in thick jungle on
2018 Jun 28, Philippine
communist rebel leader Jose Maria Sison said that the insurgents can
no longer hold peace talks with President Rodrigo Duterte's
administration and that it is better to help oust him and negotiate
with his successor.
2018 Jun, In the Philippines
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu, who took
over from committed environmentalist Regina Lopez in May last year,
lifted a moratorium on government approvals for small-scale mining
2018 Jul 2, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he would soon halt mining in the
Southeast Asian nation because of the environmental damage it has
caused, renewing his threat made nearly two years ago to shut down
the industry completely.
2018 Jul 2, In the Philippines
Mayor Antonio Halili (72) of Tanauan city, known for parading drug
suspects in public but also alleged to have drug ties himself, was
shot and killed by a sniper in a brazen attack during a flag-raising
ceremony in front of hundreds of horrified employees and village
leaders in Batangas province.
2018 Jul 3, In the Philippines
Mayor Ferdinand Bote of northern General Tinio town was shot and
killed by an unidentified man riding a motorcycle. He was the 2nd
mayor killed in two days. The gunman escaped.
2018 Jul 3, In the Philippines
government troops clashed with 30-40 militants and drove them away
from the small farming community of Mopac where they planned to
launch an attack on the town center of Datu Paglas about a half km
2018 Jul 6, Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not seek a second term under
a new constitution, countering suspicions he might seek to overturn
the single-term limit which will not allow him to stay in office
beyond 2022. Duterte, who recently sparked outrage for calling God
stupid, courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic
country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God
(Reuters, 7/6/18)(AP, 7/6/18)
2018 Jul 7, In the Philippines
van-riding assailants gunned down the vice mayor of a small city
south of Manila, the third such brazen killing of a local official
in the past week. Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan of Trece Martires
city and his driver were riding in a pickup van when they were shot
and killed in front of a hospital in his city in Cavite province.
2018 Jul 9, Philippine Catholic
bishops called for fasting and prayers after President Rodrigo
Duterte called God "stupid" and questioned God's existence in
profane remarks that set the foul-mouthed leader on a collision
course with Asia's largest Catholic church.
2018 Jul 11, In the southern
Philippines two motorcycle-borne gunmen killed Al Rashid Mohammad
Ali, the vice mayor of a Sapa-sapa, the fourth local official
assassinated in a week.
2018 Jul 15, In Malaysia Manny
Pacquiao (39) of the Philippines won a seventh-round knockout of
Lucas Matthysse of Argentina to claim the World Boxing Association
2018 Jul 16, The Philippine
army said soldiers have arrested Nafisa Pundog, the wife of a top
leader of a pro-Islamic State militant group, and killed suspected
bomber Najib Pundog in separate raids in General Santos City. The
two individuals were not related.
2018 Jul 19, The Philippine
immigration bureau ordered the deportation of Sister Patricia Anne
Fox, an Australian nun, who has angered the president by joining
anti-government rallies. Her lawyers called the move "persecution"
and said they would appeal.
2018 Jul 20, In the Philippines
radio commentator Joey Llana (38) was shot about a dozen times as he
was leaving for work in a new fatal attack in a country with an
alarming record of killings of journalists.
2018 Jul 21, In the Philippines
riot police used shields and a water hose to disperse more than 100
left-wing activists in front of the US Embassy in Manila.
(SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A4)
2018 Jul 23, In the Philippines
former leader Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (71) was elected speaker of
the lower house of Congress, following a dramatic move by lawmakers
to replace a loyalist of President Rodrigo Duterte with one of his
most influential allies.
2018 Jul 24, In the Philippines
Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front,
said six of the largest guerrilla camps in the south were being
converted into "productive civilian communities" to help the
insurgents return to normal life. He also said that 30,000 to 40,000
armed fighters would be "decommissioned" if an autonomy deal that is
expected to be signed into law by the president this week is fully
2018 Jul 25, Dr. Richard
Jarecki (b.1931), the scourge of European casinos in the 1960s and
early 1970s, died at his home in Manila. He had develped a system to
beat roulette wheels based on minute mechanical defects and
reportedly accumulated more than $1.2 million before manufacturing
techniques improved the wheels.
(SFC, 8/10/18, p.D2)
2018 Jul 26, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he has signed a law which grants
expanded autonomy for the mainly Catholic nation's Muslim south, a
key step to ending one of Asia's longest and deadliest conflicts.
The bill creates a new region to be called Bangsamoro.
(AFP, 7/26/18)(AP, 7/26/18)
2018 Jul 26, In the Philippines
the six winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as
Asia's version of the Nobel Prize, were announced. The recipients
included a Cambodian genocide survivor (Youk Chhang) who helped
document the Khmer Rouge atrocities, an Indian psychiatrist (Bharat
Vatwani ) who led the rescue of thousands of mentally ill street
paupers to treat and reunite them with their families, a Filipino
(Howard Dee ) who led peace talks with communist insurgents, a
polio-stricken Vietnamese (Vo Thi Hoang Yen) who fought
discrimination against the disabled, an East Timorese (Maria de
Lourdes Martins Cruz) who built care centers for the poor amid civil
strife and an Indian (Sonam Wangchuk) who tutored village students
to help them pass exams.
2018 Jul 26, Ombudsman Conchita
Carpio-Morales (77), the Philippines' top anti-corruption prosecutor
and one of the few remaining critics of President Rodrigo Duterte in
government, retired and was replaced by a loyalist of the leader.
2018 Jul 29, It was reported
that China has donated four 12-meter-long boats and 30
rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers to the Philippines,
continuing the closer relations between the two countries under
President Rodrigo Duterte.
2018 Jul 30, Philippine police
vowed to revamp and intensify a fight against crime and drugs, a
week after President Rodrigo Duterte promised no letup in a bloody
crackdown that has alarmed the international community.
2018 Jul 31, It was reported
that the Philippines has lifted a two-year moratorium on approving
mining exploration permits, in a move that the government and
industry hope will help determine the potential of some prospects in
the world's No. 2 nickel ore exporter.
2018 Jul 31, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded in a van on Basilan Island, killing 11
people at a military checkpoint in Colonia village in an attack
officials blamed on militants with ties to Islamic State. The attack
targeted a big public gathering but failed after the vehicle stalled
and instead killed the suspect and 10 others.
(AP, 7/31/18)(SFC, 8/1/18, p.A3)(AP, 8/9/18)
2018 Aug 5, In the Philippines
hundreds of mothers simultaneously nursed their babies in public,
some of them two at a time, in a government-backed mass
breastfeeding event aimed at combating child deaths.
2018 Aug 7, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kill corrupt police,
including those accused of involvement in illegal drugs and other
crimes, in an expletives-laden encounter on live TV.
2018 Aug 8, Philippine leader
Rodrigo Duterte said there would be no new casinos set up during his
presidency, a day after abruptly shelving Landing International's
$1.5 billion integrated casino project in Manila.
2018 Aug 13, A presidential
spokesman said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has fired 20
people, including colonels and a general, over accusations of fraud
and graft in purchases of military medical supplies.
2018 Aug 27, In the Philippines
Roman Catholic Rev. Amado Picardal, who was one of the earliest
critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown
on drugs, said he has gone into hiding due to signs of being
targeted by motorcycle-riding hitmen.
2018 Aug 28, Relatives of
several people slain in the Philippine president's anti-drug
campaign asked the International Criminal Court to prosecute him for
alleged crimes against humanity, in the second such request for a
ruling on thousands of deaths that have occurred during the
2018 Aug 28, In the southern
Philippines a bomber killed two people and wounded 35 at a town
festival in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat province. The bomber fled on a
2018 Aug 29, In the southern
Philippines a bomb concealed in a bag went off near a night market
in Isulan, leaving three people dead and 35 wounded.
2018 Aug 30, A Malaysian
amnesty program for illegal immigrants that began in 2016 ended
today and the Philippine government advised Filipinos, especially
those without immigration permits, to expect a crackdown as early as
2018 Aug 31, In the Philippines
six people were honored as this year's winners of the Ramon
Magsaysay Awards, known as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize.
2018 Sep 2, Philippines's Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Israel for a four-day visit, the first
presidential visit since the countries established diplomatic
relations in 1957.
2018 Sep 2, In the southern
Philippines suspected Muslim militants detonated a second bomb in
less than a week, killing at least one and wounding 15 in Isulan
town, Sultan Kudarat province.
2018 Sep 4, It was reported
that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, his fiercest critic in Congress after
revoking the senator's amnesty for involvement in unsuccessful
military uprisings years ago. Trillanes condemned the move as
arresting officers waited outside the Senate in a looming standoff.
2018 Sep 4, In Israel
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte praised his country's close
security ties with Israel as dozens protested Israeli arms sales to
his government. At a meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Duterte
said he considers Israel a key strategic partner and weapons
2018 Sep 5, In the Philippines
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV told reporters after staying overnight in
the Senate that his lawyers would file a petition to the Supreme
Court to challenge the legality of Duterte's proclamation voiding
2018 Sep 6, In the Philippines
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who has taken refuge in the Senate to
avoid an arrest order by President Rodrigo Duterte, asked the
Supreme Court to declare the order illegal and called on the
military to defy it.
2018 Sep 6, Speaking in Jordan
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered to send troops to
Jordan to help combat Islamist militants, after agreeing to deepen
military cooperation with the Middle Eastern nation to fight
2018 Sep 7, It was reported
that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided not to seek
the arrest of opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who has taken
refuge in the Senate, without a court warrant after the defiant
lawmaker asked the Supreme Court to declare Duterte's order illegal.
2018 Sep 8, In the southern
Philippines an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck the east coast of
the island of Mindanao.
2018 Sep 13, Philippine
authorities began evacuating thousands of people from the path of
Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful typhoon this year.
2018 Sep 14, Typhoon Mangkhut
made landfall on the northeastern tip of Luzon island in the
Philippines with top-of-the-scale Category 5 winds of 165 mph.
2018 Sep 14, Muslim militants
freed three Indonesian men they kidnapped at sea early last year off
Malaysia then brought them to their jungle hideouts in the southern
2018 Sep 15, In the northern
Philippines Typhoon Mangkhut slammed ashore before dawn and left at
least 12 people dead, mostly in landslides and houses that got
pummeled by the storm's fierce winds and rain.
2018 Sep 16, In southern China
Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into Guangdong province, killing two
people after lashing the Philippines with strong winds and heavy
rain that left at least 64 dead and dozens more feared buried in a
2018 Sep 17, Typhoon Mangkhut
was confirmed to have killed 66 people in the Philippines and four
in China, where it weakened to a tropical storm as it churned
inland. In the Philippines 40 to 50 miners and their families were
believed killed inside a chapel in Benguet province.
2018 Sep 20, In the central
Philippines a landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least 21
people on the fringes of Naga City, Cebu province. Security forces
and rescue workers raced to uncover dozens more feared trapped. The
tally of missing stood at about 50.
2018 Sep 25, In the Philippines
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest
critic in Congress was arrested, after the president revoked his
2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges
against him in an unprecedented legal move the senator called a blow
to democracy. Trillanes posted bail.
2018 Sep 27, In the Philippines
Pres. Duterte said in a speech to government executives that he had
told the military they could remove him if they were unsatisfied
with his rule, and asked what "sins" he had committed. "Did I steal
even a peso?" he said. "My only sin is the extrajudicial killings."
2018 Sep 28, The Philippine
military said its joint defense and security activities with US
forces, including annual combat exercises, will increase next year
in a show of the treaty allies' continuing robust relations.
2018 Oct 1, In the northern
Philippines gunmen killed a town mayor and two other people and
wounded the mayor's wife late today in Bangar town, La Union
2018 Oct 4, Philippine police,
backed by troops, killed nine drug suspects and arrested more than
100 others in two days of raids that ended today in central Cebu
province. The government's massive crackdown has left more than
4,800 suspects dead.
2018 Oct 12, The Philippines
became one of 18 new council members elected to the UN Human Rights
Council despite rights groups' complaints that its government,
widely condemned internationally for a deadly drug crackdown,
doesn't belong in a group meant to call out abuses.
2018 Oct 25, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte fired the head of the Bureau of Customs
and ordered all top bureau officials replaced after the agency
failed to intercept more than a ton of drugs, the second such case
in two years.
2018 Oct 26, In the Philippines
boatloads of tourists sailed to Boracay island, which officials
reopened to visitors after a six-month closure to clean waters the
president had called a "cesspool" due to years of overcrowding,
partying and neglect.
2018 Oct 28, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte put the Bureau of Customs temporarily under military
control after two large shipments of illegal drugs slipped past the
agency through the port of Manila.
2018 Oct 30, Typhoon Yutu blew
across the northern Philippines setting off landslides that left at
least six people dead.
2018 Oct 31, In the northern
Philippines rescuers pulled out four bodies and four survivors, but
at least 19 others remained missing after a massive Typhoon Yutu
triggered landslide crashed down on two government buildings.
2018 Nov 3, In the Philippines
Sister Patricia Anne Fox, an Australian nun who angered the
Philippine president by joining anti-government protests, used her
final hours in the country to call on Filipinos to unite and fight
human rights abuses.
2018 Nov 6, In the Philippines
lawyer Benjamin Ramos (56) was shot and killed as he left his office
by men on a motorcycle near the town of Kabankalan. He was the 34th
lawyer killed since Pres. Rodrigo Duterte took office.
(SFC, 11/9/18, p.A4)
2018 Nov 9, A Philippine court
found former first lady Imelda Marcos (89) guilty of graft and
ordered her arrest in a rare conviction among many corruption cases
that she plans to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in
Congress. Marcos was ordered to serve 6 to 11 years in prison. She
posted a $7,400 bail on Nov. 16 pending an appeal.
(AP, 11/9/18)(SFC, 11/17/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 11, Philippine
prosecutors said they will file charges of tax evasion against a
news website, Rappler Holdings Corp. and its president, journalist
Maria Ressa, that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte.
2018 Nov 20, China's Pres. Xi
Jinping held talks with President Rodrigo Duterte and other
officials on a visit to the Philippines aimed at deepening relations
with the American treaty ally. Jinping said negotiations between
Beijing and Southeast Asian nations on a nonaggression pact to
prevent clashes in the disputed South China Sea could be concluded
in three years and promised that any differences will be dealt with
2018 Nov 27, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the resignation of his adviser on
peace talks with insurgents and sacked two other officials due to
corruption in an anti-poverty program created for insurgency-hit
2018 Nov 29, A Philippine court
found three police officers guilty of killing a student they alleged
was a drug dealer. Kian Loyd delos Santos (17) was killed during a
raid in Caloocan city's slums in the Manila metropolis last year.
The court sentenced officers Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin
Cruz, to be imprisoned for up to 40 years without parole, although
they can appeal.
2018 Dec 6, Philippine
immigration authorities said they have arrested an American Roman
Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys was
arrested in a church in Naval town on the island province of
Biliran. Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks (77) has been indicted in
Ohio for alleged illicit sexual conduct in the Philippines.
2018 Dec 11, The US returned
three bells to the Philippines that were seized in 1901 from the
town of Balangiga following a rebel attack on an American garrison.
US troops were ordered to kill every male citizen ten or older and
capable of bearing arms to avenge the death of 48 US soldiers.
(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 12, The Philippine
Congress approved a request by the president to extend martial law
in the country's volatile south by a year due to continuing threats
by Islamic State group-linked militants and communist insurgents.
2018 Dec 14, A Philippine court
found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping
dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in
2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim
2018 Dec 17, In Thailand
Catriona Gray (24) of the Philippines was named Miss Universe 2018
in the 67th competition held in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93
2018 Dec 19, In the southern
Philippines communist guerrillas abducted two soldiers and at least
a dozen militiamen and seized several rifles in an attack on an army
base near Sibagat town, Agusan del Sur province.
2018 Dec 29, In the southern
Philippines a magnitude 7.2 undersea earthquake struck off Davao
Oriental province, prompting people to scramble out of shopping
malls and buildings and authorities to warn villagers to stay away
from beaches in case of a tsunami. The death toll from the storm
eventually rose to 126. Authorities said landslides caused by
torrential rain were the top cause.
(AP, 12/29/18)(AFP, 1/6/19)
2018 Dec 30, Philippine
authorities said least 22 people died from a storm that swept
through the central islands at the weekend, with rescue operations
under way in flood-inundated communities.
2018 Dec 31, in the southern
Philippines a remotely controlled bomb, blamed by security forces on
a small pro-Islamic State militant group, killed two people and
wounded dozens at a shopping mall in Cotabato city.
2019 Jan 2, Philippine
officials said the death toll from weekend landslides and
devastating floods triggered by a tropical depression in the Bicol
and eastern Visayas regions has climbed to 85.
2019 Jan 4, In the Philippines
Talib Abo, a former mayor of the town of Parang, was killed in a
shootout with police. His brother, Bobby Abo, was also killed in a
separate raid. In 2016 Pres. Duterte had accused them of being
involved the drug trade. Police reportedly found guns and
methamphetamine at both of the brothers' homes.
(SFC, 1/5/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 4, A Philippine court
ordered the arrest of Japanese pachinko billionaire Kazuo Okada,
about a month after the country's Department of Justice recommended
the filing of charges against him over three counts of fraud. The
warrant of arrest was made public on Dec. 6.
2019 Jan 9, In the Philippines
a mammoth crowd of mostly barefoot Catholics joined a raucous
procession in Manila of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus
2019 Jan 16, Philippine
officials turned over to China a former government official wanted
back home on charges of corruption that amounted to $210 million.
Xie Haojie (49) was arrested on Jan. 13 in Manila in an operation
coordinated with Chinese authorities.
2019 Jan 19, The Philippines'
wealthiest man Henry Sy (94), who rose from being a penniless
Chinese immigrant to leading a multi-billion dollar business empire,
died. Sy made history in 1985 when he opened his first "Supermall"
2019 Jan 19, In Las Vegas Manny
Pacquiao of the Philippines showed flashes of his old speed in
winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Adrien Broner to easily
defend his piece of the welterweight title.
2019 Jan 21, Muslims in the
southern Philippines voted in a referendum on a new autonomous
region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest.
2019 Jan 25, In the Philippines
the Commission on Elections announced that the Bangsamoro Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao is deemed ratified following a referendum
on Jan. 21.
2019 Jan 27, In the Philippines
twin bombings killed 20 people during a church service in the
country's restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for
the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming "yes" vote. In
July Indonesian police reported that a husband and wife team,
members of the banned Jemaah Anshorut Daulah extremist group, had
carried out the bombing.
(AP, 1/27/19)(SFC, 7/24/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 30, In the southern
Philippines a grenade was thrown into a mosque where Muslim teachers
were sleeping early today, killing two of them and injuring four in
2019 Feb 1, Bangladesh's
central bank said it has filed a lawsuit in a New York court against
a Philippine bank, seeking damages and the return of $81 million
stolen from its account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in
2019 Feb 2, Philippine troops
clashed with Abu Sayyaf gunmen in fierce jungle fighting that left
five soldiers and three militants dead, as the military pushed
forward with a fresh offensive following a deadly church bombing
2019 Feb 4, The national police
chief of the Philippines said five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants
accused of involvement in the deadly Jan. 27 suicide attack at a
Roman Catholic cathedral in Jolo town have surrendered to
2019 Feb 13, In the Philippines
Maria Ressa, the award-winning head of an online news site that has
aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, was
arrested by government agents in a libel case. She was freed on bail
the next day.
(AP, 2/13/19)(SFC, 2/15/19, p.A2)
2019 Feb 18, The Philippine
health secretary said that 136 people, mostly children, have died of
measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed
partly on vaccination fears.
2019 Feb 22, In the Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte led a ceremony to name Moro Islamic
Liberation Front leader Murad Ebrahim and some of his top commanders
as among 80 administrators of a transition government for the
five-province region called Bangsamoro.
2019 Feb 26, In the southern
Philippines former Muslim guerrillas took over governance of a
poverty and conflict-wracked Muslim autonomous region, a
five-province region called Bangsamoro, under a peace deal partly
aimed at combating Islamic State group-aligned militants.
2019 Mar 3, Philippine
authorities found 1,529 live exotic turtles stuffed inside luggage
at Manila's airport. The various types of turtles were found inside
four pieces of left-behind luggage of a Filipino passenger arriving
at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Philippine Airlines
flight from Hong Kong.
2019 Mar 8, In the Philippines
Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad met with Filipino Muslim rebel leader
Murad Ebrahim, who has become a regional governor under a
Malaysian-brokered peace deal.
2019 Mar 11, It was reported
that a Philippine appeals court has upheld a decision that an online
news site critical of President Rodrigo Duterte violated a
constitutional ban on foreign ownership of news media.
2019 Mar 14, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte publicly named 46 government officials, including
three congressmen, who he says are involved in illegal drugs, and
said criminal investigations of them are underway.
2019 Mar 14, In the Philippines
a spokesman for Manila Water Co. Inc., Jeric Sevilla, said that
water supplies will be cut for at least six hours a day for an
estimated 6.8 million people in more than a million households until
the rainy season fills dams and reservoirs in May or June.
2019 Mar 14, In the Philippines
Abu Dar, the leader of Dawla Islamiya, an alliance of pro-Islamic
State fighters, was believed to be one of four rebels killed during
fighting in Lanao del Sur province. The gunbattle that also left
four soldiers dead near southern Tubaran town. DNA tests later
confirmed his identity.
(Reuters, 3/15/19)(AP, 4/14/19)
2019 Mar 19, Philippine
authorities seized methamphetamine concealed in tea wrappers and
biscuit cans in their second-largest drug haul this year. Three
Chinese nationals and a Chinese-Filipino interpreter were arrested.
2019 Mar 21, Two former
Philippine officials said they filed a complaint last week with the
International Criminal Court accusing Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping of
crimes against humanity over his government's assertive actions in
the disputed South China Sea, which they say deprived thousands of
fishermen of their livelihood and destroyed the environment.
2019 Mar 24, In the Philippines
more than 10,000 motorcycle riders staged a motorcade in the main
highways of Manila to protest at new regulations forcing them to
display bigger license plates, saying the measure would not solve
the problem. President Rodrigo Duterte signed a measure into law
earlier this month requiring all licensed motorbikes to display
bigger front and rear plates to make them more visible to the
authorities and any witnesses to crimes.
2019 Mar 28, In the Philippines
a rebel assault on a police station in eastern Victoria town
backfired when officers fought back and killed three insurgents and
captured three others. In the north two Muslim militants were
arrested with guns, explosives and Islamic State group-style black
flags in in Baggao town, Cagayan province, far from the traditional
territory of Muslim militants in the volatile south. Militants
Altero Bello and Greg Bello belonged to an IS-aligned jihadist group
named Syuful Khilafa Fi Luzon, which was established in 2016.
(AP, 3/29/19)(AP, 4/1/19)
2019 Mar 29, In the Philippines
the rebel New People's Army marked a half a century after its
founding with an attack on a police patrol in northern Mountain
Province that killed a policeman.
2019 Mar 29, In the Philippines
the head of Rappler Inc., an online news site that has been critical
of President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested for the second time in
two months, this time over a ban on foreign ownership of news media.
Maria Ressa later posted bail at a regional trial court.
2019 Mar 30, Philippine police
killed 14 suspected communist rebels after they opened fire during
raids in a central province. Rights groups countered that the men
were farmers and the latest victims of extrajudicial killings.
2019 Apr 1, Philippine
officials said they have protested the presence of more than 200
Chinese vessels that were sighted from January to March near the
Philippine-occupied Thitu island, called Pag-asa by Filipinos, in
the Spratlys, in the disputed South China Sea.
2019 Apr 1, The Pacific Daily
News reported that More than 350 Philippine workers have been
approved by the government of Guam to work at projects on the
2019 Apr 1, Philippine customs
officials opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal
flown in all the way from Poland and found 757 of live tarantulas at
a mail exchange center near Manila's international airport. A
Filipino man was later arrested when he tried to claim the venomous
2019 Apr 2, The Philippine
Supreme Court ordered the release of police documents on thousands
of killings of suspects in the president's anti-drug crackdown, in a
ruling that human rights groups say could shed light on allegations
of extrajudicial killings.
(AP, 4/2/19)(SFC, 4/3/19, p.A4)
2019 Apr 4, The Philippine
government protested the presence of large numbers of Chinese
vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines in the
disputed South China Sea as illegal and vowed to take "appropriate
2019 Apr 6, Philippine
officials said an Indonesian hostage held by Muslim militants in
southern Sulu province swam his way to freedom but another drowned,
and a Malaysian was shot in the back while escaping over the last
two days. At least three more hostages were still in the custody of
the Abu Sayyaf.
2019 Apr 10, The Philippine
government imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers
to Libya because of fighting between rival militias for control of
the North African nation's capital.
2019 Apr 11, Philippine troops
killed 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes as they pressed an
offensive in a southern province where the extremists have been
blamed for the deadly bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral.
2019 Apr 16, Philippine police
arrested four women they said were wives of Abu Sayyaf commanders
who took care of their financial transactions, helped procure guns
and bomb parts and arranged the travels of foreign militants to the
2019 Apr 19, In the Philippines
several Roman Catholic devotees were nailed to wooden crosses in a
gory Good Friday ritual, and others flogged themselves or took part
in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering.
2019 Apr 22, In the northern
Philippines a magnitude 6.1 earthquake killed at least 11 people and
trapped others in a collapsed building that housed a supermarket in
Pampanga province. A number of people remained unaccounted for at
the collapsed Chuzon supermarket.
(AP, 4/22/19)(SFC, 4/23/19, p.A2)
2019 Apr 23, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte threatened to ship containers of garbage back to
Canada and dump some at the country's embassy in Manila if Canadian
officials don't take back waste that Filipino officials say was
illegally shipped to Manila years ago.
2019 Apr 23, In the central
Philippines a new magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Eastern Samar
province, a day after a magnitude 6.1 quake rattled the country's
north and left at least 16 people dead.
2019 Apr 23, In Boston Derrick
Semedo (26) of New Hampshire pleaded guilty to smuggling rare
lizards from the Philippines to the US in 2016 by hiding them in
socks and placing them inside electronic equipment.
2019 Apr 29, In the Philippines
a fire raged through the top floors of a 21-story residential
building in Manila in the middle of a scorching summer, killing an
elderly woman and injuring five other people.
2019 Apr, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte signed legislation penalizing a range of acts of
sexual harassment including catcalling, wolf-whistling and
persistent telling of sexual jokes.
(SFC, 7/16/19, p.A2)
2019 May 13, Filipinos voted in
midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between Pres. Rodrigo
Duterte's allies who aim to dominate the Senate and opposition
candidates fighting for checks and balances under a leader they
regard as a looming dictator.
2019 May 16, The Philippines
recalled its ambassador and consuls in Canada over Ottawa's failure
to comply with a deadline to take back truckloads of garbage that
Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines
2019 May 22, In the Philippines
official results showed that Pres. Duterte’s allies won a majority
of the 12 Senate seats at stake in the May 13 midterm elections. The
opposition's shutout heralds a stronger grip on power by a leader
accused of massive human rights violations.
2019 May 22, A spokesman said
that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has moved to have
truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally
shipped to the Philippines years ago be forcibly shipped back to
2019 May 22, Canada said that
by the end of June it will remove truckloads of garbage which
Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines
years ago. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the
government has awarded a contract to French shipping giant Bollore
Logistics Canada that calls for the return of 69 containers filled
with household waste and electronic garbage.
2019 May 31, The Philippines
shipped 69 containers of what its officials called illegally
transported garbage back to Canada.
2019 May 31, In the southern
Philippines Ewold Horn, a long-held Dutch hostage, was fatally shot
by his militant captors when he tried to escape during a gunbattle.
He had made a dash to freedom during a fierce firefight between the
Abu Sayyaf militants and army troops in Sulu province's mountainous
Patikul town. At least six militants were killed and 12 others were
2019 Jun 4, US and Philippine
officials discussed a new 3-year program to thwart efforts by Muslim
extremists to recruit and mobilize followers in the country's south
after a bloody siege by jihadists aligned with the Islamic State
2019 Jun 8, The Philippine
government attacked UN human rights experts for "unpardonable
intrusions", after a call for an international investigation into
killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
2019 Jun 9, An anchored
Filipino fishing boat sank in the disputed South China Sea after
being hit by a suspected Chinese vessel which then abandoned the 22
Filipino crewmen. The 22 Filipino crewmen of the sunken F/B Gimver 1
were rescued by a Vietnamese vessel. On June 13 Beijing described
the incident as an ordinary maritime accident.
(AP, 6/12/19)(AFP, 6/13/19)
2019 Jun 12, In the Philippines
about 300 protesters burned a mock Chinese flag and yelled
anti-China slogans in a rally outside the Chinese Consulate in
Manila's Makati financial district. The mostly left-wing activists
timed their protest for Philippine Independence Day.
2019 Jun 18, Filipino
kidnap-for-ransom gangs raided two fishing boats and abducted 10
crew members in Malaysian waters off Borneo island.
2019 Jun 21, Former Philippine
foreign minister Albert del Rosario was denied entry to Hong Kong,
in what critics called retaliation for his attacks on Beijing's
contested claims over the South China Sea.
2019 Jun 28, In the southern
Philippines two suspected Muslim militant suicide bombers attacked a
military base killing three soldiers and two civilians in the Sulu
archipelago, home to the Abu Sayyaf militant group. Nine others were
wounded. Norman Lasuca (23), was later identified as one of the
bombers. The other suicide attacker remained unidentified.
(Reuters, 6/28/19)(AP, 6/28/19)(SFC, 6/29/19,
2019 Jul 5, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte pledged to continue his war against drugs
in his final three years in office despite international calls for a
probe into the rising death toll.
2019 Jul 8, Amnesty
International urgently called for international pressure and an
immediate UN investigation to help end what it says are possible
crimes against humanity in the Philippine president's bloody
2019 Jul 11, The United
Nations’ top human rights body voted to launch an investigation into
thousands of killings in the Philippines’ brutal war on drugs. The
Human Rights Council voted 18-14 with 15 abstentions to approve the
2019 Jul 27, In the Philippines
police in Manila closed hundreds of lottery outlets following orders
by Pres. Duterte for an indefinite closure of government lotteries
because of alleged corruption.
(SSFC, 7/28/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 27, An earthquake and
aftershocks struck the Batanes islands off the north of the
Philippines killing eight people and injuring 60.
2019 Aug 3, In the Philippines
three ferry boats capsized in rough conditions between Guimaras and
Iloilo provinces. At least seven people died and 31 others rescued.
(SSFC, 8/4/19, p.A4)
2019 Aug 28, In the Philippines
the M/V Lite Ferry burned overnight off Dapitan city in Zamboanga
del Norte province. 245 people were rescued, but at least three
(SFC, 8/29/19, p.A2)
2019 Aug 29, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte was in Beijing for a meeting with
counterpart Xi Jinping in which the Southeast Asian leader is
expected to discuss a ruling on the disputed South China Sea.
2019 Aug 30, In Beijing
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s much-touted meeting with
Chinese leader Xi Jinping yielded no agreement on the South China
Sea territorial dispute between the two nations or a plan to explore
the area for oil and gas. Xi and Duterte agreed to form committees
to advance oil exploration talks, with the goal of lifting a
Philippine moratorium on existing contracts. A spokesman Duterte
said Chinese President Xi Jinping told Duterte that Beijing will not
recognize an international arbitration ruling that has invalidated
most of China's claims to virtually the entire South China Sea.
(Bloomberg, 8/30/19)(AP, 8/30/19)
2019 Sep 1, In the Philippines
all nine people aboard a medical evacuation plane were killed when
the aircraft crashed into a resort compound in Pansol village,
(SFC, 9/2/19, p.A2)
2019 Sep 4, Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte said that while he was not a fan of online
gambling he was unwilling to ban the business, as China has called
for, because of the harm that would do to the country's economy.
2019 Sep 4, In the Philippines
US citizen Jennifer Erin Talbot (43) was arrested as she tried to
board a jet with a 6-day-old baby hidden inside a sling bag. Talbot
was charged with human trafficking.
(SFC, 9/6/19, p.A5)
2019 Sep 10, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he will ignore an international court
ruling affirming his country’s territorial claims in the South China
Sea in order to advance oil exploration plans with Beijing.
2019 Sep 16, Philippine
immigration agents and government troops arrested 324 Chinese
accused of involvement in illegal online gambling. A week earlier
agents arrested 277 Chinese in a raid on an online investment scam
syndicate that defrauded hundreds of people in China.
(SFC, 9/18/19, p.A2)
2019 Sep 19, Philippine health
officials declared a polio outbreak in the country, 19 years after
the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it to be free of the
highly contagious and potentially deadly disease.
(AP, 9/19/19)(SFC, 9/20/19, p.A2)
2019 Sep 23, The Philippines'
Department of Agriculture said it has detected more African swine
fever outbreaks in the country, such as in a village in Antipolo,
Rizal, east of the Philippine capital Manila, and some areas in
2019 Sep 25, In the central
Philippines a dragon boat overturned off Boracay island. Seven
rowers drowned and 14 others were rescued.
(SFC, 9/26/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 4, In the Philippines
at least four gunmen abducted Allan Hyrons, an elderly British man,
and his Filipino wife, Wilma, in Zamboanga del Sur province.
(SFC, 10/5/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 5, President Rodrigo
Duterte (74) of the Philippines, on a state visit to Russia,
revealed that he has myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune disease
that leads to skeletal muscle weakness. The disease has led to a
slew of medical problems, including making his eye droop.
(NY Times, 10/7/19)
2019 Oct 16, A magnitude 6.4
earthquake struck the southern Philippines, killing at least one
child and injuring more than two dozen other people.
2019 Oct 25, In the Philippines
David Navarro, a town mayor on Mindanao listed on President Rodrigo
Duterte's list of local officials suspected to have drug links, was
killed by still unidentified gunmen. Navarro was arrested by the
police a day earlier after he was accused of assaulting a massage
therapist in Cebu.
2019 Oct 31, In the Philippines
another strong earthquake, the third this month, killed five people
in Cotabato province.
(SFC, 11/1/19, p.A2)
2019 Nov 19, In the Philippines
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered a sweeping ban on vaping in public and
threatened to use the police and military to enforce the order.
(SFC, 11/22/19, p.A2)
2019 Nov 22, Philippine troops
killed militant Talha Jumsah, aka Abu Talha, in a clash in Sulu
province. Jumsah had acted as a key link of the Islamic State group
to local jihadists.
(SSFC, 11/24/19, p.A4)
2019 Dec 3, In the Philippines
Typhoon Kammuri blew across the country after slamming ashore
overnightin Sorsogon province.
(SFC, 12/3/19, p.A5)
2019 Dec 8, Pope Francis named
Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (62) to a major global Vatican
post in a move likely to increase the Filipino's chances of one day
being elected pope himself. He will become the new head of the
Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which oversees the
Roman Catholic Church's work in many developing countries.
2019 Dec 15, In the Philippines
a magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolted Davao del Sur province, killing at
least one child and causing a three-story building to collapse in
2019 Dec 19, A Philippine court
found key members of a powerful political clan guilty of a 2009
massacre in a southern province that left 57 people dead, including
32 media workers, in a brazen execution-style attack that horrified
2019 Dec 25, Typhoon Phanfone
barreled through the central Philippines and left at least 20 people
dead. Thousands were forced to flee their homes, devastating
Christmas celebrations in the predominantly Catholic country.
2020 Jan 8, The Philippine
government ordered the mandatory evacuation of Filipino workers from
Iraq and Iran due to hostilities between the US and Iran. Filipino
workers were also urged to leave Lebanon.
(SFC, 1/9/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 9, In the Philippines
a mammoth crowed of barefoot Filipinos began the annual procession
of the wooden Black Nazarene in Manila.
(SFC, 1/10/20, p.A3)
2020 Jan 12, In the Philippines
clouds of ash from the Taal volcano reached Manila, 65 km (40 miles)
to the north, forcing the shutdown of the country's main airport,
with more than 500 flights canceled. Tens of thousands of people
fled through heavy ash and frightening tremors, and authorities made
plans to evacuate hundreds of thousands more for fear of a bigger
2020 Jan 14, In the Philippines
the Taal volcano near Manila spewed lava into the sky and trembled
constantly Tuesday, possibly portending a bigger and more dangerous
eruption, as tens of thousands of people fled villages darkened and
blanketed by heavy ash.
2020 Jan 16, Eight Indonesians
were abducted in Malaysian waters in Sabah. Three were released,
while the remaining five were probably brought by their captors to
the southern Philippine province of Sulu.
2020 Jan 18, In the Philippines
soldiers clashed with Abu Sayyaf members in Sulare island in Parang
town, in Sulu, killing one militant and destroying a speed boat
believed to have been used in a recent kidnapping of Indonesian
2020 Jan 29, Philippines' Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte ordered all members of his Cabinet not to travel to
the United States after Washington blacklisted, Sen. Ronal dela
Rosa, his former national police chief over the government's drug
(SFC, 1/31/20, p.A6)
2020 Feb 1, Three Philippine
airlines cancelled flights to China, joining many others around the
world that have done the same, after health officials confirmed the
Philippines' first case of coronavirus.
2020 Feb 2, The Philippines
recorded the first death outside China from the new coronavirus, as
countries around the world evacuated hundreds of their citizens from
the infection zone and Chinese authorities completed a new, rapidly
constructed 1,000-bed hospital for victims of the outbreak.
2020 Feb 2, The Philippines's
Department of Agriculture said blood samples taken from pigs in a
southern province tested positive for the African swine fever virus.
2020 Feb 9, The Philippines
confirmed that African swine fever infections had spread in the
south of the country, which accounts for nearly a third of the
nation's 12.8 million pig herd.
2020 Feb 10, The Philippine
government moved to end the franchise of the country's leading
broadcast network for allegedly broadcasting for a fee. ABS-CBN has
been critical of the leadership of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
(SFC, 2/11/20, p.A3)
2020 Feb 11, The Philippines
notified the United States it would end a major security pact
allowing American forces to train in the country, in the most
serious threat under President Rodrigo Duterte to their 69-year
treaty alliance. The termination would take effect after 180 days
unless both sides agree to keep it.
2020 Feb 26, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte said Filipino forces can fight insurgents and Muslim
extremists without american military help.
(SFC, 2/27/20, p.A4)
2020 Mar 4, The Philippines
said it is resuming aid talks with Western countries it had rebuked
just months earlier for backing a UN resolution to review human
rights abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte's rule.
2020 Mar 7, The Philippines
health department reported the country’s sixth infection. President
Rodrigo Duterte agreed to declare a state of national public health
emergency after a local transmission of coronavirus.
2020 Mar 7, In the Philippines
a regional commander said troops have killed at least 14 Muslim
militants aligned with the Islamic State in Maguindanao province.
The Islamic State group claimed militants killed 43 soldiers, but
that claim was denied.
2020 Mar 12, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte announced strict immigration curbs and a
halt on domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Manila, in
what he called a "lockdown" of the capital to arrest the spread of
2020 Mar 12, In New York City a
female diplomat from the Philippines mission to the United Nations
tested positive for coronavirus.
2020 Mar 15, The Philippines
recorded 4 additional coronavirus deaths and 29 new cases, bringing
the domestic tally of infections to 140, as authorities placed the
entire capital Manila under "community quarantine" for about a
(Reuters, 3/15/20)(Reuters, 3/16/20)
2020 Mar 16, The government of
the Philippines imposed "Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) across
the island of Luzon, home to Manila and about half of the country's
107 million people.
(Econ., 7/11/20, p.30)
2020 Mar 16, In the Philippines
the farm minister said an outbreak of avian flu has been detected in
a quail farm in the northern Nueva Ecija province. Tests showed the
presence of the highly infectious H5N6 subtype of the influenza A
2020 Mar 21, The Philippines'
health ministry reported 45 more confirmed cases of coronavirus,
bringing today's tally to 77. Confirmed cases in the Philippines now
totaled 307 and 19 dead.
2020 Mar 25, Communist
guerrillas in the Philippines said they would observe a cease-fire
in compliance with the UN chief's call for a global halt in armed
clashes during the coronavirus pandemic. By the end of April the NPA
said they would not extend the ceasefire and would return to
(AP, 3/25/20)(Econ., 6/20/20, p.50)
2020 Mar 28, The Philippine
health ministry reported 14 new coronavirus deaths and 272
additional cases, marking the country's single largest daily
increase in fatalities and infections. This brought total infections
in the Philippines to 1,075 and deaths to 68.
2020 Mar 29, In the Philippines
a medical evacuation plane exploded in a ball of flames during
takeoff in Manila, killing all eight passengers and crew on board.
2020 Mar 29, The Philippines
reported 1,418 cases of coronavirus and 71 deaths. Police said
nearly 50,000 people have apprehended over the last two weeks for
violating quarantine regulations and night curfews.
(SFC, 3/30/20, p.A6)
2020 Apr 1, Philippines' Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte in a televized speech urged the police and armed
forces to shoot down anyone in Manila breaking down coronavirus
(Econ., 12/12/20, p.42)
2020 Apr 2, The Philippines
issued an order to stop doctors, nurses, medics and other healthcare
workers from going abroad while it needs their skills to meet the
threat of the coronavirus spreading at home. The order was made
public on April 10.
2020 Apr 4, The Philippines
recorded 8 new coronavirus deaths and 76 more infections. The health
ministry said a total of 144 people have died in the Philippines
while 3,094 were infected.
2020 Apr 5, The Philippine
health ministry reported 8 additional coronavirus deaths and 152
newly confirmed cases. Positive cases rose to 3,246, while the death
toll rose to 152.
2020 Apr 11, The Philippines
reported 26 new coronavirus-related deaths, taking the total to 247.
It also confirmed 233 new infections for a tally of 4,428.
2020 Apr 12, The Philippines
recorded 50 coronavirus deaths, its highest in a single day, taking
the toll to 297. The health ministry said 220 new infections took
the tally of cases to 4,648.
2020 Apr 13, The Philippines
reported a cumulative total of 4,932 coronavirus cases.
2020 Apr 16, The Philippine
central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the third time this
year, bringing it to a record low of 2.75%.
2020 Apr 17, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte threatened martial law style enforcement of a
coronavirus lockdown in the northern region of the country. The
country has reported 5,878 coronavirus infections and 387 deaths.
(SFC, 4/18/20, p.A4)
2020 Apr 17, In the Philippines
state forces battled dozens of Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu
province. 11 soldiers were reported killed as well as an
undetermined number of militants.
(SFC, 4/18/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 29, The Philippines'
tally of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to more than 8,000.
2020 Apr 30, Philippine
communist guerrilas of the New People's Army said that they have
decided to end a 36-day ceasefire because of military attacks.
(SFC, 5/1/20, p.A2)
2020 May 2, The Philippines
said it has recorded 156 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 24
more deaths, bringing the total number of infections in the country
to 8,928 and the fatalities to 603.
2020 May 3, The number of
coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed to 9,223 after the
Health Ministry reported 295 new infections. The Philippines barred
incoming passenger flights from this morning for one week to contain
the spread of the coronavirus and help reduce pressure on quarantine
facilities housing thousands of Filipino repatriates.
2020 May 5, The Philippines'
National Telecommunications Commission ordered the country's leading
broadcaster ABS-CBN Corp to cease operations, as a parliament
dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte's loyalists dragged its feet
over renewing its license.
(Reuters, 5/5/20)(SFC, 5/6/20, p.A2)
2020 May 9, The Philippines
recorded eight new coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 704.
Infections increased by 147 to 10,610. Total deaths have reached
2020 May 14, Typhoon Vongfong
slammed into the eastern Philippines, knocking out power and
threatening food crops in a new emergency for a country already
overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. At least one person was
killed. More than 11,600 coronavirus infections, including 772
deaths, have been reported in the country.
2020 May 16, The Philippines'
health ministry reported 11 more coronavirus deaths and 214
additional infections. Total confirmed cases of the novel
coronavirus have risen to 12,305, most of which are in the capital,
while deaths reached 817. The Philippines started loosening its
lockdown in the capital and other major cities to slowly restart an
2020 May 17, The Philippine
government called for vigilance against the coronavirus, a day after
hordes of people trooped to shopping malls and ignored safety
protocols, as authorities began loosening a two-month lockdown. The
country has reported 12,513 cases of coronavirus infections and a
death toll of 824.
2020 May 20, The Philippines'
health ministry recorded 279 additional confirmed cases of the novel
coronavirus, the highest daily increase in nine days, and five
additional deaths. Total deaths reached 842, while infections rose
2020 May 27, Human Rights Watch
called on the UN’s top human rights body to launch an independent
investigation into the Philippine government’s drug war that has
left thousands dead, pointing in particular to its harmful effects
2020 May 29, The Philippines
reported 21 more novel coronavirus deaths and 1,046 additional
infections. Total deaths rose to 942 while confirmed cases reached
2020 Jun 1, The Philippine
health ministry reported three new deaths and 552 more confirmed
cases of the coronavirus. Total deaths increased to 960 and
confirmed cases reached 18,638 as the government eased strict
quarantine measures in Manila.
2020 Jun 4, The UN human rights
office called on the Philippine government in a new report to end
all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband
private and state-backed paramilitary groups.
2020 Jun 9, Philippine defense
officials flew to a disputed island in the Spratlys to inaugurate a
beach ramp to allow development. The island internationally called
Thitu and Pag-asa by Filipinos has long been occupied by
Filipino forces and fisherman.
(SFC, 6/10/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 12, In the Philippines
hundreds of activists in Manila staged protests against a proposed
terrorism law they say could be used to quash dissent.
(SFC, 6/13/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 13, In the Philippines
two men on motorcycles opened fire on a police station in Parang,
Sulu province, killing two officers and woiunding two others.
(SFC, 6/15/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 13, The Philippines'
health ministry reported 607 new coronavirus infections and 22 more
deaths, taking the total number of cases to 25,392 and fatalities to
2020 Jun 14, The Philippines
reported 539 more coronavirus infections, bringing the total number
of confirmed cases to 25,930. Health authorities said 14 additional
fatalities related to the novel coronavirus took the death toll to
2020 Jun 15, In the Philippines
Maria Ressa, the editor of Rappler, was found guilty of cyber libel
charges, in a verdict widely viewed as a test of press freedoms and
attempt to silence government critics.
(The Telegraph, 6/15/20)
2020 Jun 26, In the Philippines
protesters staged a march without a permit to demand government aid
for poor workers and drivers displaced by a months-long coronavirus
lockdown. 20 protesters were arrested.
(SFC, 7/1/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 29, The Philippines'
anti-money laundering agency said it would conduct a "swift and
thorough" investigation into scandal-hit German payments firm
Wirecard AG and that it has drawn up an initial list of people and
entities of interest.
2020 Jul 3, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte signed a widely opposed anti-terror law that critics
fear could be used against human rights defenders to muzzle dissent.
The law allows the detention of suspects for up to 24 days without
(SFC, 7/4/20, p.A3)
2020 Jul 3, In the Philippines
thousands of jeepneys, flamboyantly decorated jeeps that serve as
cheap public transport across the country, were back on the streets
of Manila, bringing relief to companies and commuters who have
struggled with coronavirus curbs.
2020 Jul 10, Philippine
lawmakers voted to reject the license renewal of ABS-CBN Corp., the
country's largest TV network founded in 1953. The network had been
repeatedly threatened by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte over its critical
coverage. Some network programming continued over paid cable
(SFC, 7/11/20, p.A2)
2020 Jul 11, The Philippines by
this time had recorded some 50,440 cases of the coronavirus and
(Econ., 7/11/20, p.31)
2020 Jul 29, The Philippines
said it had slaughtered nearly 39,000 chickens in a poultry farm
north of the capital Manila to curb a bird flu outbreak, more than
four months after detecting H5N6 infections in a nearby province.
2020 Jul 30, The Philippines
reported nearly 4,000 new coronavirus cases, a record daily jump in
infections for the fourth time this month, just as President Rodrigo
Duterte prepared to announce a major shift in his government's
2020 Aug 2, In the Philippines
coronavirus infections surged past 100,000 in a troubling milestone
after medical groups declared that the country was waging “a losing
battle" against the virus and asked the president to reimpose a
lockdown in the capital. The Department of Health reported a
record-high daily tally of 5,032, bringing the total confirmed cases
in the country to 103,185, including more than 2,000 deaths.
2020 Aug 4, Philippine police
deployed road blocks to enforce a tough new lockdown on about 28
million people in the capital Manila and nearby provinces as the
Southeast Asian country reported the region's biggest daily rise in
coronavirus cases. The health ministry reported 6,352 new cases.
Total infections rose to 112,593 with rising to roughly 2,100.
2020 Aug 10, The Philippines
reported 6,958 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily case
increase in the Southeast Asian country, taking its tally of cases
to 136,638. A Health Ministry bulletin also reported 24 more
fatalities, bringing the country's coronavirus death toll to 2,293.
2020 Aug 13, In the Philippines
Abduljihad Susukan, a leading Abu Sayyaf militant, gave himself up
after being wounded in southern Davao city. He has been linked to
beheadings of hostages including two Canadians and a Malaysian.
(SFC, 8/15/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 14, The Philippines
imposed a temporary ban on poultry meat imports from Brazil after
two cities in China found traces of the new coronavirus in cargoes
of imported frozen food, including chicken wings from the South
2020 Aug 15, The Philippine
health ministry reported 4,351 new confirmed coronavirus cases and
159 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to
157,918 infections and 2,600 deaths.
2020 Aug 18, In the Philippines
a mild coronavirus lockdown was eased in Jakarta and four outlying
provinces to further reopen the country's battered economy. The
Philippines has reported more than 164,000 cases including 2,681
(SFC, 8/19/20, p.A6)
2020 Aug 24, In the southern
Philippines Muslim militant set off a powerful explosive followed by
a suicide bombing that together killed 14 people in Jolo town, Sulu
(SFC, 8/25/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 29, The Philippines
reported 3,637 new coronavirus infections and 94 more deaths, taking
its tally to 213,131 cases and a toll of 3,419. Nearly a third of
the Philippine deaths have been reported over the past 15 days.
2020 Aug 31, In the southern
Philippines gunmen blocked a group of motorcycle riders, then opened
fire killing nine people, mostly farmers, before fleeing in a van in
Kabacan, Cotabato province.
(SFC, 9/1/20, p.A2)
2020 Sep 1, A Philippine court
ordered the early release, based on good conduct, of US Marine
Joseph Scott Pemberton, convicted in the 2014 murder of a
transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude. The order drew protests from
her family and lawyers. On Sept. 7 Pres. Duterte pardoned Pemberton.
(SFC, 9/3/20, p.A2)(SFC, 9/8/20, p.A2)
2020 Sep 13, In the Philippines
US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton (25), convicted of
killing a Filipino transgender woman, was deported after a
presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed
outrage over a pact governing American military presence.
2020 Sep 14, In the Philippines
new rules cut the social distancing minimum to 30 centimeters (12
inches) on public transport, as the country saw another daily record
in newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths. The country reported 259 new
confirmed deaths, a record for the second time in three days. Total
fatalities increased to 4,630, while infections have doubled in the
past 35 days to 265,888.
2020 Sep 22, Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte defended his drug crackdown, dismissed
criticism from human rights advocates and underscored his country's
claims in the South China Sea as the sometimes aggressive critic of
the United Nations addressed its annual gathering of world leaders
for the first time.
2020 Sep 22, The Philippine
health ministry reported 1,635 novel coronavirus cases, the lowest
daily increase in infections in two weeks, and 50 new deaths. Total
confirmed infections have increased to 291,789, the highest in
Southeast Asia, while deaths have reached 5,049.
2020 Sep 26, The Philippines'
health ministry reported 2,747 new confirmed cases of coronavirus
infections and 88 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the
country to 301,256 cases and 5,284 deaths.
2020 Oct 3, The Philippines'
health ministry reported 2,674 new coronavirus infections, the
highest daily increase in five days, and 62 additional deaths. Total
confirmed cases increased to 319,330, the highest in Southeast Asia,
while deaths have reached 5,678.
2020 Oct 5, Students in the
Philippines began taking classes at home after the pandemic forced
its struggling school system to turn to remote learning.
(SFC, 10/6/20, p.A6)
2020 Oct 19, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he accepts responsibility for the
thousands of killings committed during police operations in his
crackdown on drugs, adding that he was even ready to go to jail.
(The Telegraph, 10/20/20)
2020 Oct 23, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said his government will pay the 931
million pesos ($19.25 million) it owes the Red Cross after the
humanitarian agency stopped conducting COVID-19 tests. With 365,799
confirmed infections and 6,915 deaths, the Philippines has the
second-highest number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in Southeast
Asia behind Indonesia.
2020 Oct 26, Fast-moving
Typhoon Molave blew away from the Philippines after leaving at least
13 people missing, forcing thousands of villagers to flee to safety
and flooding rural villages.
2020 Oct, In the Philippines
the government ombudsman decreed that it is not the public's
business to see the declared assets of officials.
(Econ., 10/24/20, p.32)
2020 Nov 1, Typhoon Goni made
landfall in the Philippines. At least 20 people were killed as the
storm triggered volcanic mudflows that engulfed about 150 houses
before weakening as it blew away from the country.
(AP, 11/1/20)(SFC, 11/3/20, p.A3)
2020 Nov 11, In the Philippines
Judge Maria Theresa Abadilla (44) was fatally shot in her office at
Manila’s city hall. Police named a court clerk as a suspect in the
(NY Times, 11/11/20)
2020 Nov 12, In the Philippines
Typhoon Vamco killed at least 42 people and caused extensive
flooding that sent people fleeing to their roofs.
2020 Nov 16, The Philippines'
health ministry recorded 1,738 new coronavirus infections and seven
additional deaths, the lowest daily increase in casualties in nearly
three months. Total confirmed cases increased to 409,574, while
deaths reached 7,839.
2020 Dec 2, Philippines Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte issued an executive order granting the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) the power to clear COVID-19 drugs and vaccine
for emergency use.
2020 Dec 4, In the Philippines
Lt. Gen. Cesar Binag announced that the new, one-meter rattan sticks
being issued to the national Police will be used for enforcement,
for measuring, or for hitting those that are hard-headed.
(Econ., 12/12/20, p.41)
2020 Dec 11, Philippines-based
Asian Development Bank said it has launched a $9 billion facility to
help nations access and deliver COVID-19 vaccines. The Asia Pacific
Vaccine Access Facility (APVAX) will provide support for procurement
and transporting of vaccines from place of purchase to ADB's
2020 Dec 15, The Int'l.
Criminal Court issued a preliminary report saying there was evidence
to show crimes against humanity committed in the Philippines under
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. His bloody drug war has left thousands dead
(SFC, 12/16/20, p.A2)
2020 Dec 31, A province of
islands in the southern Philippines said it will seal itself off for
an initial two weeks from Jan. 4 to keep out a new COVID-19 variant
found in nearby Malaysia.