A Palace official clarified on Saturday that the appointment of CNN hero Efren Peñaflorida as the next commissioner to be assigned at the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) is not yet final as he has yet to respond to President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer. Both parties also need to personally discuss and thresh out expectations to the job and/or position,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. ADVERTISEMENTREAD: Duterte to appoint ‘kariton hero’ Efren Peñaflorida to urban poor commissionIn a speech in Davao City on Friday, Duterte announced he would appoint Peñaflorida to the PCUP to replace sacked chair Terry Ridon. Duterte last week fired Ridon for his supposed junkets abroad and for not holding meetings as a collegial body. All other PCUP commissioners were also sacked.
December 16, 2017 08:37 UTC
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency filed on Friday criminal cases against a 47-year-old woman detained for possession of P75,000 worth of shabu and unlicensed firearms, a PDEA official said Saturday. Suspect Vicky Sangikay also yielded more than P2 million worth of cash to PDEA and police agents who raided her hideout in Barangay Semba in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Wednesday. Sangikay is included in PDEA’s list of the ten most wanted drug traffickers in Datu Odin Sinsuat municipality. Azurin said vigilant neighbors helped the PDEA-ARMM monitor the movements of Sangikay and even led agents to her lair last Wednesday. Sangikay, now in PDEA-ARMM’s custody, was charged with violation of Republic Act 9165, which prohibits possession and sale of narcotics and regulated substances, in a court in Cotabato City on Friday.
December 16, 2017 08:37 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants Efren Peñaflorida, a 2009 CNN Hero of the Year awardee known for his efforts in educating kids in slums, to head the Presidential Commission on Urban Poor. According to Roque, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go has been tasked to look for Peñaflorida, who started the “Kariton Klassroom” to bring education to poor children. In 2009, Peñaflorida was selected as CNN Hero of the Year after getting the highest number of online votes, which reached 2.75 million in seven weeks. Duterte’s decision to appoint Peñaflorida came after he fired all commissioners of the PCUP because of alleged unnecessary trips and their supposed failure to hold meetings. According to the president, dismissed PCUP chairperson Terry Ridon traveled seven times since being appointed in September last year.
December 16, 2017 08:03 UTC
NDRRMC spokeswoman Mina Marasigan said in a text message that the casualties were reported hours before Urduja touched land in Eastern Samar. Also among the fatalities, Marasigan said, were a fishermen and another local resident. The local resident died in a landslide in Biliran while the details about the fisherman’s death has yet to be verified. Two persons were reported injured due to a landslide in Biliran, while two others were hurt because of a landslide in Tacloban, according to the NDRRMC spokeswoman. /jpvRELATED STORYLOOK: ‘Urduja’ pummels Tacloban CityADVERTISEMENTProvincial council declares Northern Samar in state of calamity
December 16, 2017 07:52 UTC
LEGAZPI CITY—At least 917 families or 4,565 persons living in places prone to flash flood, lahar and storm surges were evacuated in Albay on Saturday due to the threat of Tropical Storm “Urduja.”Mayor Ann Gemma Onjoco of Guinobatan town said 888 families or 4,440 persons from Barangay (village) Maninila, Muladbucad Grande and Tandarora were evacuated in Guinobatan East Central School and Lower Binogsacan School. These families were living in lahar-prone areas. ADVERTISEMENTIn Malilipot town, 18 families or 70 persons, in areas prone to flash floods and storm surges in Barangay 3 were evacuated to the Barangay Hall, said Zeus Borromeo, head of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO). Sancho Alcantara II, head of DRRMC of Ligao City, said 11 families or 55 persons, living along river banks, were also evacuated in Barangay Baligang.# Ma. April Mier, @MaAprilMierINQ, Inquirer Southern Luzon
December 16, 2017 07:41 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines recorded the highest number of killings related to land conflicts and struggles in 2017 amid a government crackdown on rural communities, a report by a rights group released Friday found. The rights group then flagged the wave of killings under the Duterte administration following the collapse of peace talks with communist rebels. They cited the November 28 murder of a farmer and a land rights activist who were gunned down while participating in a fact-finding probe into reported human rights abuses against farming communities in Negros Oriental. “One month before the end of 2017, the Philippines sees no end in the current administration’s spate of killings,” PANAP said. “In fact, human rights and peasant organizations fear for the worst as President Rodrigo Duterte terminated the peace talks and declared a crackdown on organizations defensing human and land rights,” they added.
December 16, 2017 07:30 UTC
FIFA said Del Nero was under an ethics investigation and has been banned for 90 days from all soccer activities. Del Nero fled Zurich in May 2015 when other FIFA colleagues were arrested. Infantino was photographed at last year’s Olympics receiving a Brazilian soccer shirt from Del Nero, and reporters questioned him about Del Nero at the World Cup draw this month in Moscow. In one taped conversation, jurors heard Hawilla in an exchange talk about a $900,000 payment apparently owed to Del Nero or Marin. Tite signed an open letter opposing Del Nero before Tite was hired as coach last year.
December 16, 2017 07:07 UTC
GUINOBATAN, Albay—More than 700 families residing at the foot of Mount Mayon were evacuated by local officials early Saturday mornin g as Tropical Storm “Urduja” continued to pour rains over Bicol. Igmedio Pavericio, municipal disaster risk reduction officer, said police cars and government service vehicles transported the residents from Maninila and Tandarora villages to evacuation centers. ADVERTISEMENT“We are doing (pre-emtive evacuation) whenever there is a calamity to avoid casualty, particularly around Mayon which is very prone to floodings,” he said. For Rene Pilaza, 43, resident of Barangay (village) Maninila, following the evacuation order is the best thing to do during bad weather. It’s OK if we would only have flood but flood from Mayon carries rocks with it,” he said.# Michael B. Jaucian, @InquirerSLB, Inquirer Southern Luzon
December 16, 2017 06:56 UTC
In a case information sheet filed before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on December 12, the ombudsman charged Sabio with failure to render accounts under Article 218 of the Revised Penal Code. Syjuco allegedly received the cash advances in the form of two checks dated Dec. 15 and Dec. 23, 2008. Sabio is currently facing three counts of malversation of public funds before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division over his alleged failure to liquidate litigation-related cash advances in 2008 and 2009 amounting P632,428. The ombudsman, which filed the cases in December 2016, said Sabio influenced his late younger brother, then Court of Appeals Associate Justice Jose SabioJr. to rule in favor of the GSIS in a case filed by the Lopez-owned Meralco.
December 16, 2017 06:33 UTC
PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook said goodbye to a three-overtime thriller and trolled Joel Embiid with a smile and a wave. Embiid irked Westbrook earlier in the game when the 76ers’ social media star waved goodbye toward the crowd once Oklahoma City center Steven Adams fouled out. I guess we would have had a better chance of actually winning the game,” Embiid said “But he told me to go home. Embiid and Westbrook combined to score eight straight points in the third overtime, and Embiid waved see-ya later when Adams fouled out of the game. Embiid’s health woes have dogged him since his college career at Kansas and every slip, ache or bump throws Sixers fans into a panic.
December 16, 2017 06:22 UTC
ADVERTISEMENTCedric Daep, chief of Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), said they have sent trucks for the possible evacuation of residents in the coastal villages of Libon town. Marites Quismoro of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol said they have distributed 1,000 packs of relief goods for the stranded passengers in Matnog Port in Sorsogon. “Most of the stranded passengers stayed inside buses, ports, and evacuation centers and schools of nearby towns,” she said. As of 12 noon, according to the Philippine Coast Guard District Bicol, a total of 4,524 passengers were stranded in different ports in Bicol. May Flor Jumamil, spokesperson of the Department of Education Bicol, said 154 evacuees were sheltered in five classrooms of Matnog Central School.
December 16, 2017 06:22 UTC
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set to acquire 100 drug-sniffing canines next year to further intensify its efforts in intercepting smuggled narcotics in cargo terminals nationwide. “PDEA is expected to acquire an additional 100 NDDs (narcotic detection dogs) in 2018 with training worth P500,000 for each dog,” PDEA director general Aaron Aquino said in a statement on Saturday. “PDEA also requested them to provide the agency a small and secured room to inspect suspected parcels containing dangerous drugs. The operations led to the seizure of millions worth of illegal drugs and arrests of consignees since 2013, the PDEA chief said. “PDEA remains vigilant to ensure that packages containing illegal drugs are intercepted,” Aquino said.
December 16, 2017 06:20 UTC
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Saturday about 11,000 passengers were stranded in various seaports nationwide as the slow-moving tropical storm “Urduja” continued to batter Visayas with heavy rains. In its advisory issued on Saturday morning, the PCG said that at least 11,101 passengers were stranded in ports in Eastern, Southern and Western Visayas, Bicol region and Southern Tagalog. Urduja was last tracked at 75 kilometers north-northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, according to the 10:00 a.m. bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). The tropical storm was last recorded slowly moving west at 15 kilometers per hour and was expected to make landfall in the areas of Northern Samar and Eastern Samar on Saturday afternoon. /jpvRELATED STORYLOOK: ‘Urduja’ pummels Tacloban CityProvincial council declares Northern Samar in state of calamity
December 16, 2017 04:41 UTC
TACURONG CITY–Unidentified gunmen riding on motorbike shot dead an Indian national in Barangay San Emmanuel Friday morning, police said. Raul Supiter, Sultan Kudarat police director, said Harpeet Singh Dhillon, 27, was driving his motorbike from the city to Barangay San Emmanuel in this town when two men riding in tandem on a separate motorbike shot him from behind at about 7:20 a.m.Dhillon died on the spot. ADVERTISEMENTPolice said the victim, who was into money lending business, was on his way to collect money in the village when shot. Identities of the suspects and motive of the attack remained unknown. Last month, two foreign traders, an American and a Pakistani, were separately killed in Pikit,North Cotabato.
December 16, 2017 03:45 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO — Two unusual sea lion attacks in a San Francisco Bay cove led authorities to close the popular area to swimmers Friday as officials try to determine the reason for the aggressive behavior. Another swimmer was seriously injured Thursday after a sea lion bit him on the arm. When he turned to swim back, the massive sea lion was right there, he told San Francisco television station KGO. “When it didn’t work, he yelled at it and then the sea lion came up and bit him on the arm,” Reiter said. “It could just be a sea lion being territorial, or it could be an injured or sick mammal,” he said.
December 16, 2017 03:22 UTC