Phillippines : A country of eastern
Asia consisting of the Philippine Islands, an archipelago in the western
Pacific Ocean southeast of China. Inhabited by Malays and various indigenous
groups, the islands were first sighted by Magellan's expedition in 1521
and were colonized by the Spanish after 1565. They came under U.S. control
in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. A commonwealth was created in
1935 and full independence achieved in 1946. The islands were occupied
by Japan during much of World War II. Political turmoil led to the dictatorship
of Ferdinand Marcos after 1965 and his exile in 1986 following the election
of Corazón Aquino. Manila is the capital and the largest city.
Philippines prepares emergency plans for Filipino workers in Iraq (Boston Herald)
M ANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government is preparing contingency plans to evacuate more than 4,000 citizens working in Iraq if violence escalates ahead of U.S. and British elections, the labor secretary said Sunday.
Major assault in Philippines o get Abu Sayyaf leader (The Star Online)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - U.S.-backed forces have launched a major assault to capture or kill an Abu Sayyaf leader wanted by Washington, sparking clashes that killed a Philippine marine and left an undetermined number of rebels dead, officials said Tuesday.
Guerrillas possibly behind killing of Filipino renegade rebel (The Star Online)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Communist guerrillas may be behind the slaying of a prominent communist leader who broke away from the main Marxist rebel group, the Communist Party of the Philippines said Monday.
Philippines prepares emergency plans for Filipino workers in Iraq (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)
The government is preparing contingency plans to evacuate more than 4,000 Filipinos working in Iraq if violence escalates ahead of elections in the United States and Britain, the labor secretary said Sunday.