- The storm also caused heavy rains that swamped parts of the Philippine capital, Manila.
- Some 6,000 Philippine troops are involved in operations against the Abu Sayyaf on Basilan.
- The Philippine economy seemed to have turned the corner under Ramos's stewardship.
- Estrada himself had won the biggest mandate ever in a Philippine presidential election.
- The locals came up with an ad that showed the candidate eating a fish that is very popular in Philippine culture.
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