LUCENA CITY, Philippines – A security guard accidentally killed a colleague with his service firearm in Mauban town in Quezon province Saturday, police said. A police report said Francis Obal, 21, was fixing his shotgun inside the guard house when he unintentionally pulled the trigger and hit Jerome Arquilla, 21, who was standing outside. ADVERTISEMENTThe incident happened inside the compound of Global DHI Philippines Incorporated in Barangay (village) Cagsiay 2 at about 12:50 p.m.Arquilla sustained a bullet wound in the left lower abdomen and died on the way to the Mauban District Hospital. Obal was arrested and detained at the town police jail. /cbbRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
February 24, 2019 02:15 UTC
VATICAN CITY, Holy See – A top Catholic cardinal admitted Saturday that Church files on priests accused of sexually abusing children were destroyed or never even drawn up in a move which allowed pedophiles to prey on others. ADVERTISEMENT“Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created,” Marx told the landmark Vatican summit on a problem that has dogged the Roman Catholic Church for decades. But survivors have lambasted the centuries-old institution for not releasing the names and case files of priests convicted of abuse or possessing child pornography. The Vatican has in the past refused to hand over internal documents about child sexual abuse cases to civil authorities investigating pedophilia. Marx said transparency was needed in other areas of the Church, such as “the area of finances”.
February 24, 2019 01:07 UTC
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia has replaced its ambassador to the United States, a royal decree announced Saturday, as the fallout over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder tests relations between the two allies. Princess Rima bint Bandar was appointed the kingdom’s first woman envoy to Washington, replacing Prince Khalid bin Salman, who was named vice defense minister. The reshuffle comes as ties with Washington are under strain following Khashoggi’s murder last October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. US lawmakers have threatened to take tougher action against Saudi Arabia over the brutal killing amid claims that the crown prince was personally responsible. The House of Representatives committee has voiced fears that Saudi Arabia could convert US expertise into making a nuclear bomb, heightening already severe tensions with regional rival Iran.
February 24, 2019 00:00 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The weather bureau sees fair weather prevailing over the country on Sunday as typhoon “Wutip” (international name) remained outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said it last spotted Wutip 1,815 kilometers east of the Visayas. ADVERTISEMENTIt continues to move northwest at 15 kph, the weather bureau added. The Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and the provinces of Aurora may expect partly to cloudy skies with isolated rain. In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies are likely to prevail.
February 23, 2019 23:48 UTC
Even before members of the interim government of the new Muslim autonomous region could take their seats, some complaints are already emerging against the composition of the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA). Babao said the MNLF central committee in Sulu under Yusop Jikiri nominated 22 members but only five were chosen. The government is bound to fulfill its commitment to the MNLF, to give the remaining 39 seats to the MNLF,” he said. It does not say how many MNLF members should be included in the interim government. Former Bangsamoro Transition Commission members like Nabil Tan, Susana Anayatin, Joe Lorena and Hatimil Hassan also are BTA members.
OKINAWA, Japan – Residents of Japan’s Okinawa go to the polls Sunday in a closely watched referendum on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island. ADVERTISEMENTThe ballot will ask residents whether they support a plan to reclaim land at a remote coastal site for the relocation of the Futenma base from its current location in a heavily-populated part of Okinawa. Although the referendum is not legally binding, “it is significant that people in Okinawa can express their will through the vote,” said Jun Shimabukuro, a professor at Ryukyu University in Okinawa. ‘Making a fool of Okinawa’The Futenma base has stoked tension with local residents over problems ranging from noise and military accidents to crime involving base residents. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government says the relocation will address those concerns, but many in Okinawa want the base relocated elsewhere in Japan.
A document revealing the existence of 19 Filipino comfort women in Iloilo was also found by then Rep. Hideko Ito of Japan’s Diet on March 10, 1992. “The people in communities there gather thrice a day just to guard the comfort women statue, so that it won’t be demolished,” Suarez said. There are no such services for former comfort women in the Philippines. But Filipino comfort women now speak out against the structures that made the violence against them possible—and against all wars. Hopefully, she said, they would succeed in preventing more wars of aggression and more women victims of military sexual slavery.
VATICAN CITY — Cardinals attending Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called on Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests. ADVERTISEMENT“We must repent and do so together, collegially, because along the way we have failed,” said Mumbai Cardinal Oswald Gracias. The Pope summoned the bishops for the four-day tutorial on preventing sex abuse and protecting children after the scandal erupted again last year in Chile and the United States. The US conference proposal, which called for a code of conduct for bishops and a third-party confidential reporting system, would have been voluntary. Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope, called the summit after he himself botched a well-known sex abuse cover-up case in Chile last year.
Then a shriek: “Senator, can we have a selfie?”It was addressed to Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, who was strolling with his son, Javier, 7. Angara’s wife, Tootsy, told their son: “Look, your father is also a senator.”Angara took his son to where he and his late father, Edgardo, studied. It was not just about Javier’s first jeepney ride, though, or the boy’s first taste of the famous tapsilog. “I am proud of my father,” Angara said. You should do what’s best for your country,” Angara added.
Former President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday urged the public not to allow themselves to be fooled twice as he warned them that the evils the Edsa People Power Revolution eradicated in 1986 seemed to be making a comeback. “This coming election, I believe this expression is apt: ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me,’” Aquino said, referring to an American adage. He lamented what he said was the beating he had received over the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy despite the case’s lack of factual basis. “Despite medical evidence, they chose to repeat the charges by people who are not even experts in this field,” Aquino said. For the 837,000 who were given the dengue vaccine, this only translates to about 16 persons, Aquino said.
A gunfight followed, killing Denosapal’s wife, Arlene, 49, according to police. —Edwin O. FernandezBaguio airport drains clearedClogged drains will be cleaned and improved to prevent a repeat of last year’s floods at the Loakan Airport in Baguio City and a nearby village that is separated from the runway by a wall. In a seven-page resolution promulgated on Feb. 12, the antigraft court’s Fifth Division denied Suplico’s motion for consideration. The court dismissed Suplico’s argument that the case against him should be dropped for inordinate delay and for forum shopping. He faces a graft case from his alleged involvement in a controversial courier service deal that the Philippine National Police entered into in 2011.
With policemen and supporters, De Guzman returned to the town hall to reclaim the mayoral seat. De Guzman and Andres are rivals for the mayoral post in the May midterm elections. On Aug. 13 last year, the Court of Appeals rejected De Guzman’s petition to stop the Ombudsman from enforcing her dismissal. The Ombudsman had found De Guzman guilty of grave misconduct for allowing an amusement company to operate without council approval. The Ombudsman dismissed De Guzman from service and penalized her with perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines — Former special assistant to the president Christopher “Bong” Go appealed anew to his supporters to remove campaign materials in places not allowed by the Commission on Elections. “If you want to help in my campaign please hang these at your houses,” Go said in Filipino. Go urged his supporters to follow the rules of the poll body. “I’m begging you, let’s follow the rule of law,” Go said. “If you want to support the President, let’s combat the evils of society,” the senatorial candidate said.
February 23, 2019 23:03 UTC
Traded to San Antonio in the offseason deal that sent Leonard to Toronto, DeRozan received a warm welcome in the homecoming, but was denied a second victory over his former team. Pascal Siakam added 22 points to help Toronto win its seventh straight game. Kyle Lowry and Danny Green each had 17, Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin had 11 points in his second game with the Raptors. In Dallas, Nikola Jokic had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Denver beat Dallas 114-104 for its third straight victory. Paul Millsap added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas had 16 points over 16 minutes in his second game since offseason hip surgery.
February 23, 2019 23:03 UTC
The bakwit school offers regular classes with volunteer teachers from various Metro Manila schools. Duterte: Get out of therePresident Rodrigo Duterte has accused the communities of conniving with communist rebels and ordered the military to close down the lumad schools. Hayahay expressed fears that more lumad schools would be forcibly closed because of the extension of martial law in Mindanao, the militarization of ancestral lands, and the continuing Red tagging of lumad teachers and students. According to the Save Our Schools Network, seven volunteer teachers from lumad schools in Mindanao have joined their students here in Metro Manila. For Hayahay, the lumad students’ choice to continue their studies is also a form of resistance that rallies national institutions, like UP, to uphold their right to education.