Associated France Press (AFP) 31/12/2005
Philippine judge murdered in ambush
MANILA (AFP) - A Philippine judge who ordered the government to pay tens of millions of dollars in a legal battle over a Manila airport terminal has been murdered in an ambush.
Two motorcycle-riding gunmen shot dead Henrick Gingoyon as he was walking home in the town of Bacoor, provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Benjardi Mantele said Saturday.
Earlier this month the Supreme Court upheld a January 2005 ruling by Gingoyon ordering the government to pay three billion pesos (56.5 million dollars) in a dispute over the terminal.
The consortium of German firm Fraport AG and its Filipino partners, known as the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. or Piatco, built a 650 million dollar terminal in Manila under a deal with the government in 1998.
But after current President Gloria Arroyo came to office, she revoked the contract in 2002, citing what her advisers said were terms that were unfavorable to the government.
The government has since taken over the terminal.
Fraport AG had demanded compensation of 465 million dollars, and the case is currently subject to international arbitration. It is not clear how the Supreme Court decision would affect that case.