Business, Finance & Economics

Philippines fuel hike protest makes a splash

Sudden fuel price hikes in the Philippines compelled a small throng to grab paint, march to Shell Petroleum's Manila headquarters and start splattering everything in sight.

Including Agence France Presse photographer Noel Celis.

Here's the wind up...

... and here's the paint making contact.

Fuel prices have increased by more than 15 percent. More protests are expected in coming weeks.

Public outcry over fuel prices helps explain why the Philippines is risking naval clashes with China to draw oil and gas from disputed island territory in the South China Sea. Past waves of fury over the price of gasoline have triggered raucous protests and highway blockades.