The Philippines is a country of more than 100 million people. Its history and its proximity to China have made it an important U.S. ally, but it's had its share of challenges.
Former Giffords aide to run for full term in Congress
Ron Barber, who served as district director for former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, says he plans to run for a full term representing
Barber was wounded in the January 2011 attempt on the Congresswoman’s life. Earlier this year, Giffords announced she would retire to focus on her health. That triggered a special election to find an interim replacement for Giffords’ term in the current eighth district.
Barber is already running in that election, which will be held in June. He announced Monday that he will also run for a full term representing
Updated 3-19-2012 11:05 p.m.: The first version of this story stated that State Representative Steve Farley was also in the race. Farley has since announced that he's dropping out.