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2006-09-05 13:10:48

By Carmel Crimmins CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - James Ayunga thinks of death whenever a motorcycle roars past. "I get goosebumps when I hear one come up behind me," said the farmers' activist and father of three. Across the Philippines, masked gunmen on motorcycles have killed scores of left-wing community leaders and Ayunga fears he could be next. The 40-year-old, like other leftist organizers, believes the government is behind the murders. He has not returned to his...

2006-09-04 04:13:36

MANILA (Reuters) - Imelda Marcos, the Philippines' former first lady, may return to politics next year and run for mayor of the capital Manila, her eldest daughter Imee said on Monday. The widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, famous for owning 1,200 pairs of shoes and a vast collection of jewelry that the cash-strapped government is trying to auction, was a one-term member of the lower house of Congress from 1995 to 1998. "My mother has a solid vote in the depressed areas of...

2006-05-04 18:54:20

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly 10,000 victims of human rights abuses by former Philippines ruler Ferdinand Marcos' government should share the $30 million to $40 million that heirs of a treasure hunter imprisoned by Marcos had sought for themselves, a U.S. court ruled on Thursday. Roger Roxas, a locksmith turned treasure hunter, found gold he claimed to be part of the so-called Yamashita treasure, named for a Japanese general who during World War Two allegedly stashed booty from...

2006-03-01 11:30:00

By Manny Mogato GUIMBA, Philippines (Reuters) - Gregorio Concepcion did not hesitate in 2004 when he was chosen to plant hybrid rice on his small farm in a northern province known as the rice bowl of the Philippines. It looked like a good deal to Concepcion, one of millions of farmers still waiting for the benefits of a land reform program, funded by money seized from late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, that is caught up in political warfare in Manila. He would be paying just half price for the...

2006-02-28 02:32:17

By Manny Mogato and John O'Callaghan MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine government said on Tuesday it may lift emergency rule within days, but police geared up for more arrests of suspected plotters as fears lingered of an attempt to topple President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. A string of petitions seeking to halt the state of emergency stumbled in the Supreme Court as the justices put off a hearing on whether Arroyo's move was constitutional until next Tuesday. Arroyo imposed her...

2006-02-26 21:47:12

By Rosemarie Francisco and John Chalmers MANILA (Reuters) - Tensions within the Philippine military over a foiled coup receded on Monday but problems loomed on a new front for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as lawyers prepared to challenge her emergency rule in court. Schools were closed for the day in Manila, but it was otherwise business as usual in the capital and the financial markets were calmer after being spooked on Friday by the crisis. The peso moved 0.2 percent lower to...

2006-02-25 08:45:27

By Manny Mogato and Carmel Crimmins MANILA (Reuters) - Suspected coup plotters were hauled in for questioning and the office of an opposition newspaper was raided in the Philippines on Saturday, a day after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of emergency. But Manila's streets were calm, in sharp contrast to the chaotic scenes 20 years to the day when one million people stood up to army tanks on the EDSA highway, forcing dictator Ferdinand Marcos to flee in a...

2006-02-25 06:52:02

By Manny Mogato and Carmel Crimmins MANILA (Reuters) - Suspected coup plotters were hauled in for questioning and the office of an opposition newspaper was raided in the Philippines on Saturday, a day after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo imposed a state of emergency. But Manila's streets were calm, in sharp contrast to the chaotic scenes 20 years ago to the day when one million people stood up to army tanks on the EDSA highway, forcing dictator Ferdinand Marcos to flee in a...

2006-02-25 03:27:16

By John O'Callaghan MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines marked 20 years of freedom from dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Saturday as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo used a state of emergency to weed out opponents she blames for an alleged plot to oust her. Manila's streets were calm after officials banned celebration rallies, contrasting with the chaotic scenes of 1986 when 1 million people stood up to tanks on the EDSA highway, forcing Marcos to flee after a two-decade rule marked by...

2006-02-25 00:40:00

By John O'Callaghan MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines marked 20 years of freedom from dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Saturday under a state of emergency as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo confronted an alleged plot by communists, soldiers and politicians to oust her. Marcos was chased from the country by a "people power" revolt after a two-decade rule that included nine years of martial law used to jail opponents and close down the free press. Arroyo, who survived a crisis last year over...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'