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October 23, 2017 10:41 UTC
The combat operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Marawi City have ended. About 30 to 40 Maute terrorists were reportedly killed. The three children of Isnilon Hapilon and two foreign terrorists are believed to be among the fatalities. AFP Spokesperson Restituto Padilla notes, although fighting has ended, clearing operations for explosive devices are still ongoing. Troops found bodies of two soldiers beheaded and burned by Maute terrorists.
October 23, 2017 08:15 UTC
Davao City Mayor and Presidential daughter Sara Duterte on Monday said she has no plans of running for a national position come 2019 midterms election. Sara also denied that the alliance she founded was a “show of force” and a “political party” in preparation for the next elections. (I don’t need the votes of the people in Luzon for my candidacy in Davao.) “If you don’t want to work with us just be positive,” she added. The Davao mayor said the alliance aims to “unite Filipinos for the country’s development.” /je
October 23, 2017 06:45 UTC
SYDNEY: Australian music pioneer George Young, a driving force behind AC/DC which was fronted by his brothers Angus and Malcolm, has died aged 70, the band and his publishing house said Monday. “It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young,” the band said in a statement. “George was a pioneer who, with close friends Harry Vanda and Ted Albert, created a new sound for the Australian music industry,” said Albert chief executive David Albert. “He will be missed.”Fellow Glaswegian and Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes also paid tribute, tweeting: “George Young RIP. A great songwriter, producer and a great human being.” AFPAFP/CC
October 23, 2017 06:40 UTC
WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday he does not object to France and Germany continuing trade with Iran, despite his refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal. Advertisements“I told them just keep making money,” the real estate mogul-turned-president told the Fox News program Sunday Morning Futures. “Don’t worry. Whether it’s Emmanuel or Angela,” Trump said, referring to French President Emmanuel Macron and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “When they buy those things, it is a little harder,” Trump said of French and German commercial dealings with Iran.
October 23, 2017 06:00 UTC
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTr) has filed graft charges against former Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya for the perennial poor services of the Metro Rail Transit - 3 (MRT-3). DOTr's Legal Affairs and Procurement Division filed the 29-page complaint at the Ombudsman on Monday. The department cited that in 2016 alone, the MRT-3 encountered a total of 649 service interruptions in which passengers were made to alight from the trains. The complaint also said, MRT's maintenance service provider, Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI), is not just a newly-found corporation that lacked the required years of experience, but more importantly, it had not joined the bidding at all. Included as respondents are four former transportation officials, six ex-members of the department's Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and 10 officers and staff of BURI.
October 23, 2017 05:26 UTC
CLARK FREEPORT – Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has announced that the Marawi City siege is now over, exactly five months after fighting between government troops and ISIS-linked Maute Group started. “After 154 days of siege in Marawi with Daesh-inspired Maute-ISIS group, after a week the commander-in-chief declared the liberation of Marawi City, we now announce the termination of combat operations in Marawi City,” Lorenzana told reporters on Monday. ADVERTISEMENT“It was a big relief for the people of Marawi City, who have (long wanted) to return,” said Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra. Now the Secretary of Defense (Lorenzana) had already made the announcement so I am sure the war is over,” Gandamra noted. Lorenzana said the defeat of the terrorists in Marawi also contributed to the prevention of violent extremism from spreading in Asia.
October 23, 2017 05:15 UTC
The Philippine Flag was raised anew in Marawi City on Monday morning. Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gadamra led the flag-raising ceremony at the city hall signalling the local government's effort to return to normal operations. Gadamra said some functions of the city hall will resume today. This development comes, five months after Maute terrorists invaded Marawi City. He expressed hope that all the promises the national government and many private entities made to rehabilitate his devastated city will come true.
October 23, 2017 04:52 UTC
Duterte last week traveled to Marawi to declare it had been “liberated”, a day after the Southeast Asian leader for IS, Isnilon Hapilon, was shot dead there. Mattis flew to the Philippines to attend a meeting hosted by Southeast Asian defense ministers at the former American military base of Clark, two hours’ drive north of Manila. The Philippines is a former American colony and the two nations are bound by a mutual defense treaty. Defense ministers from Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Russia are also scheduled to attend the two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) event. Mattis’ Asia trip, which will also take him to Thailand and South Korea, comes ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Asia next month.
October 23, 2017 04:41 UTC
Malacanang announces that November 13, 14 and 15, 2017 are special non-working holidays in Metro Manila, Bulacan and Pampanga. This covers all government and private offices, as well as public and private schools in all levels. The proclamation is in view of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit. Last October 10, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) declared November 16 and 17 (Thursday and Friday) holidays. This means that for students in Metro Manila, there will be no classes for a full week in the middle of next month.
October 23, 2017 04:30 UTC
Army Col. Romeo Brawner has said troops were aiming to end the crisis before midnight Sunday. The fighting has left at least 1,131 people dead, including 919 militants and 165 soldiers and policemen. While the fighting raged at noon on Sunday, troops continued to us loudspeakers to ask the gunmen to surrender, Brawner said. The two governments have deployed surveillance aircraft and drones to help Filipino troops rout the Marawi militants. Last Monday, troops killed the final two surviving leaders of the siege, including Isnilon Hapilon, who is listed among the FBI’s most-wanted terror suspects in the world, and Omarkhayam Maute.
October 23, 2017 03:56 UTC
Authorities are now preparing a criminal complaint against an American pedophile, who was arrested upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last week. “His conversations with the would-be victims allegedly suggested that Alderman was going to meet them when he comes here and have sexual intercourse with them,” Morente noted. Mariñas said the PNP-WCPC operatives immediately took Alderman into custody and brought him to Camp Crame where he is undergoing investigation. The WCPC is the PNP’s lead unit in cases of violence against women and children (VAWC), and trafficking in persons (TIP). BI acting spokesman Grifton Medina said that aside from a criminal case, Alderman would be subjected to deportation proceedings for being an undesirable alien.
October 23, 2017 03:45 UTC
October 23, 2017 at 11:20 amPresident Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign an executive order declaring October 26 a non-working holiday in Cebu. This is to that people can attend the funeral mass and procession for Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal on Thursday. The Cardinal's remains will be laid to rest at the mausoleum located at the back of Cebu Metropolitan Church in downtown Cebu City. The President told Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma his intention to declare a holiday when he visited the wake for Vidal at midnight on Sunday. The Chief Executive greeted Juanito Vidal, the Achbishop's brother, upon arrival.
October 23, 2017 03:45 UTC
CALAPAN CITY — When the administration announced that there were no extrajudicial killings (EJKs) on President Rodrigo Duterte’s watch, it must have missed the case of anticrime crusader Zenaida Luz. As far as Luz’s family is concerned, her death in Oriental Mindoro is one that perfectly fits the EJK profile. “Isn’t it [an EJK] when a state agent, someone in authority, unjustly kills a helpless civilian?” her sister Perlita Alvarez asked. 35, refer to the killings of journalists or people affiliated with cause-oriented organizations — whether political, environmental, agrarian or labor. Alvarez said the legal battle was taking its toll on her family but it was standing firm against any offer of settlement.
October 22, 2017 23:26 UTC
Whale sharks, locally called “butanding,” should be reclassified from vulnerable to endangered, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The DENR will propose the inclusion of the butanding (Rhyncodon typus) and three other migratory species for protection under the international convention of the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) of Wild Animals. Appendix I lists migratory species in danger of extinction, while Appendix II refers to “vulnerable” migratory species, or those with “unfavorable conservation status,” to be conserved through international agreements. Last year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s largest network of government and civil society organizations, declared the whale shark endangered. According to researchers, the number of whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, has halved in the past 75 years.
October 22, 2017 23:15 UTC