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On this day August 21, 1983

Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated upon returning home from exile in the United States at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport).

Aftermath of the assassination

Aftermath of the assassination

Aquino born November 27, 1932 was a Philippine Senator, Governor of Tarlac, and an opposition leader against President Ferdinand Marcos.

His death catapulted his widow, Corazon Aquino, to the limelight and subsequently to the presidency, replacing the 20-year Marcos regime.

Despite a convoy of security guards (all assigned to him by the Marcos government), a contingent of 1,200 military and police personnel on the tarmac, three armed bodyguards personally escorting him, and a bulletproof vest Aquino was wearing, Aquino was fatally shot in the head as he was escorted off the airplane. Read More…

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Typhoon Morakot leaves more than 10,000 missing

Torrential rains from the storm killed at least 41 people in Taiwan, with over 600 more missing, many of whom are feared dead after a massive mudslide buried an entire town.

An additional 23 people were killed in the Philippines and six more in China. Damages from the storm amounted to at least $1.3 billion in China and more than $2.1 billion in Taiwan.

In the Taiwan village of Xiaolin, of its 1,300 residents, about 600 are believed to have died in a mudslide. At least 10,000 others were missing in mountainous areas cutoff from the rest of the country, hundreds of whom are feared dead.

Typhoon Morakot set record-breaking heavy rain

Typhoon Morakot kills at least 36 people in the Philippines and Taiwan after producing a record-breaking 2,489 millimetres (98 in) of rainfall.

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Typhoon Morakot Aug 7

In Taiwan, where schools were closed ahead of the typhoon, Morakot caused landslides, severe floods, blew down trees and billboards, and stripped roofs from buildings.

In a positive impact, Morakot brought much-needed rain to Taiwan, ending a months-long drought, and replenished reservoirs enough to warrant an end to water rationing.

On that island, two people were killed with four missing. Almost the entire southern Taiwan (Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsuing, and Pingtung) are flooded by record-breaking heavy rain.

It is estimated that rainfall in Pingtung County may reach as much as 2,500 millimeters, breaking all rainfall records of any single place in Taiwan induced by a single typhoon.

Airlines in Taiwan have held flights in and out of the airport, and seaports are closed. Electricity has been lost to approximately 25,000 homes. Japan experienced rain and strong winds from the typhoon.

Philippines hit by Typhoon Kiko

A powerful typhoon that killed dozens people, affected over 28,000 people in the Philippines and has caused the evacuation of 21,190 people from south east China.Morakat_2009

The Philippines were hit by 175 kilometers per hour gale-force winds with gustiness of up to 210 kph, rainstorms to the regions which triggered flooding, mountain torrents and landslides.

Ten Philippine villages have been inundated by four and five feet deep flooding. Thousands cling to tree tops and are stranded on roof tops awaiting rescue by helicopter. Over 12,000 have been evacuated and over 1,000 are homeless. Read More…

Corazon Aquino dies

Former President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino dies at the age of 76 after suffering from colon cancer.

Maria Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009) was a President of the Philippines and a world-renowned advocate of democracy, peace, women’s empowerment, and religious piety. She served as the 11th president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992.

She was the first female president of the Philippines and was Asia’s first female president. Read More…

Tropical storm hits Philippines

Dante, a tropical storm in Southeast Asia, has killed at least eleven people and displaced tens of thousands in the Philippines.

Government authorities reported that nine persons were missing after a mudslide resulting from the storm in the coastal village of Maganelles.

Regional disaster official Bernardo Alejandro said that the army and police were using shovels to search for the missing people, who are feared to have been buried in the mudslide. Read More…

Philippine exports plunge

According to government figures published on Tuesday, Philippine exports fell by 41% in January to the lowest levels in eight years. The plunge was preceded by a 40.4% year-on-year loss last December.

Philippines’ January export receipts equaled US$2.494 billion, the lowest figures since April 2001, when exports were at $2.246 billion. The statistics are down 6.8% month-on-month from last December. Read More…