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2000s continued

  • (2004) Hundreds of people killed in floods and mudslides caused by powerful storms and typhoon
  • (2005) Fighting between Filipino troops and MILF rebels broke 2003 cease fire
  • (2005) Peace talks in Malaysia between government and MILF rebels resulted in breakthrough of issue of ancestral land
  • (2005) Demonstrations and calls for President Arroyo's resignation over allegations of vote-rigging in election
  • (2005) Congress voted against filing of impeachment against Arroyo
  • (2006) Mudslide on island of Leyte killed more than 1,000
  • (2006) President Arroyo declared state of emergency in response to coup rumors
  • (2006) Typhoon Durian battered east coast, triggered mudslides, hundreds dead
  • (2007) Army confirmed death of Abu Sayyaf leader, Khaddafy Janjalani
  • (2007) Military increased offensive against Abu Sayyaf, after the beheading of seven Christian hostages
  • (2007) Government report accused military of being responsible for killings of hundreds of left-win activists
  • (2007) Soldiers on trial for 2003 mutiny, made coup attempt at luxury hotel in Manila
  • (2007) Former President Joseph Estrada was convicted of plunder
  • (2008) Government negotiators, MILF rebels reached an agreement for a Muslim autonomous region in the south; deal collapsed after objections from Christian communities and fighting on island of Mindanao which left more than 30 people dead
  • (2009) Army captured MILF base on Mindanao
  • (2009) People traveling to file election nomination papers in Mindanao were attacked, 57 were killed
  • (2009) Peace talks resumed between government and MILF rebels in peace talks in Malaysia
  • (2009) Three volunteers of the International Committee of Red Cross kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf rebels
  • (2009) Former President Corazon Aquino died
  • (2009) "State of calamity" declared by President Gloria Arroyo due to Typhoon Ketsana which caused landslides, flooding; nearly 500 people died
  • (2010) Prosecutors charged 196 people with murder over the Maguindanao massacre
  • (2010) Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino elected president
  • (2010) Manila Hostage Crisis occurred when dismissed national police officer hijacked tourist bus in Manila in attempt to get his job back
  • (2010) Typhoon Megi killed 31 people, caused major damages in Luzon, one of the costliest typhoons in the Philippines
  • (2011) U.S. committed to defense of the Philippines amid rising tensions in South China Sea with China over the Spratly Islands
  • (2011) Former President Gloria Arroyo arrested on vote-fraud over Senate election in 2007, she denied charges
  • (2011) Ban ordered on deployment of workers to 41 countries for failure to sign agreements to protect foreign workers from abuse
  • (2011) More than 1,000 died after Typhoon Washi struck Mindanao; entire neighborhoods swept away, tens of thousands forced into shelters
  • (2011) Abu Sayyaf group blamed for explosion at small hotel in Zamboanga which killed three, injured nearly 30
  • (2012) Gunmen in speedboats opened fire on fishermen off Sibago Island, killed 15
  • (2012) Military announced it killed man on FBI most-wanted terror list, two other militants in pre-dawn air strike on Sulu Island
  • (2012) Philippines, Chinese naval vessels confronted one another in South China Sea
  • (2012) Torrential rains caused flooding which paralyzed most of Manila
  • (2012) Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo missing after the light aircraft he was traveling in crashed into the sea
  • (2012) Approximately 3,000 protesters from the Philippines Muslim minority burned U.S. and Israeli flags in Marawi over amateur anti-Islam video produced in the U.S.
  • (2013) Filipino coastguard killed Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters, set off major diplomatic row
  • (2013) Over 75,000 residents fled Zamboanga during stand-off between Moro National Liberation Front rebels and the army, 200 people were killed, including 166 rebels
  • (2013) Typhoon Haiyan decimated central area of the country, over 6,000 killed, millions lost homes, major international aid effort was organized
  • (2013) Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed power-sharing accord
  • (2014) Benito Tiamzon and wife Wilma, leaders of the Communist Party-New People's Army-National Democratic Front, and five others were arrested by armed forces for for their crimes against humanity that included multiple murders
  • (2014) Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed peace accord, ended four decades of fighting
  • (2014) U.S. and Philippines reached 10-year agreement giving American warships, planes and troops greater access to bases in Philippines
  • (2014) National Police arrested 11 Chinese fisherman for poaching more than 500 endangered sea turtles in disputed South China Sea

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