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Taken as war booty during the Spanish-American War, fought over for years during the Philippine-American War, and given independence after World War II.

For many years, run by dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, shoe-fetishist Imelda Marcos. Marcos' agents assassinated dissident Benigno Aquino, ultimately leading to his downfall.

Although primarily a Catholic nation, the Philippines is a hotbed of Islamic terrorists, such as the al Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Ramzi Yousef spent a lot of time plotting in the Philippines. Terry Nichols just happened to be passing through at about the same time.

Notorious for criminal mail-order-bride services, aimed at pathetic schmucks and/or homicidal madmen (like Terry Nichols).


27 Apr 1521 Philippine natives kill explorer Fernando de Magellan.
1 May 1898 Philippines seized from Spain by the United States, and turned into a colony. President McKinley called the occupation "benevolent assimilation." But what actually followed was the slaughter of 200,000 Filipinos.
12 Jun 1898 A date celebrated by some Filipinos as their independence day.
1934 U.S. grants semi-autonomy to Philippines.
20 Oct 1944 American forces land at Leyte. 20,000 Americans die retaking the Philippines back from Japan.
4 Jul 1946 Independence formally granted by the United States.
21 Aug 1983 Opposition leader Benigno Aquino is assassinated by agents of President Marcos.
22 May 1988 Marine Sgt. Marciano Contaoe, a guard of President Corazon C. Aquino, runs amok in Manila with his .45 and an M-16, killing 9 people and wounding 3 others in a drunken rage. He is sentenced to 300 years.
28 Sep 1989 Former President Ferdinand Marcos dies in exile in Hawaii.
15 Jun 1991 Pinatubo, which had been active since June 9, erupts with massive force. Because of advance warnings, relatively few people die; but Clark Air Force Base is abandoned, over 50,000 people lose their homes, and 650,000 lose their jobs as a result.
16 Sep 1991 Philippine Senate refuses to renew U.S. leases on American military bases.
Dec 2000 A series of terror bombings occurs in Manila; suspected mastermind is Hambali.

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