We leave it to the military and government what to do,” said Rufino Larroza, an uncle of Fr. Suganob, vicar general of Marawi City, was among those abducted on May 23 after the Maute group members barged into the Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians. ADVERTISEMENTLarroza, Barangay Maite Grande chairman in Lambunao town in Iloilo and a retired soldier, said the sincerity of the Maute group in negotiating for the release of the hostages has not been determined. A leader of the Maute group purportedly told intermediaries that they were willing to free Suganob and his companions in exchange for the release of the detained parents and relatives of the Maute brothers. For donation from overseas:Inquirer Foundation Corp account:Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860Swift Code: BNORPHMM
June 27, 2017 09:06 UTC
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday rejected the offer of a leader of the Maute terror group for an exchange of prisoners—their parents for an abducted Catholic priest. “The government never negotiates with terrorists,” Aguirre said in a text message to reporters. He added that the exchange of prisoner proposal made by Abdullah Maute is also illegal. ADVERTISEMENTEarlier reports said that the Maute terror group leader offered to swap abducted Marawi priest Fr. The justice chief added that he is confident of the capability of the military to rescue the hostages of the Maute group including Fr.
June 27, 2017 08:48 UTC
MADRID — Spain’s interior minister says firefighters have brought under control a wildfire that threatened Doñana National Park, a celebrated conservation wetland and home to the endangered Iberian lynx. In a note on his official Twitter account Tuesday, Juan Ignacio Zoido says that roads had been reopened in the area and some 250 soldiers deployed to combat the blaze were returning to base. Some 600 firefighters, including the soldiers, have been working to prevent the fire on Spain’s southwestern coast from spreading east to Donana, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994. ADVERTISEMENTIt was not immediately known when the fire, which started Saturday, might be fully extinguished./rga
June 27, 2017 08:37 UTC
Malacañang on Tuesday said Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon’s alleged escape from strife-torn Marawi City was an act of “cowardice.”“Granting that this (Hapilon’s escape) is true, it would be a clear sign of his cowardice because he abandoned his companions and has ran away from the battle,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a Palace briefing. Abella said the possible escape of Hapilon from Marawi could be an indication that the group is bound to break apart. The Palace official said the military was still validating reports that Hapilon had fled Marawi City. “There has been information saying that Isnilon Hapilon has left Marawi and abandoned his group. The fighting in Marawi City erupted after the military raided the hideout of Hapilon on May 23, which prompted the President to declare martial law in the entire Mindanao./rga
June 27, 2017 08:26 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — It may be a matter of time before the Maute terror group disintegrates as in-fighting reportedly occurs in the group, a Malacañang official said Tuesday. This follows reports that Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon, Islamic State emir for Southeast Asia, has abandoned the group in Marawi City. READ: AFP: Hapilon has likely abandoned Maute group"Granting that this is true, it would be a clear sign of his cowardice because he abandoned his companions and has run away from the battle. It may also be indicative of the in-fighting that may now be going on within the group," Abella said in a televised press briefing. Hence, we cannot issue any categorical statement on the matter until we get proof," the presidential spokesperson said.
June 27, 2017 08:08 UTC
The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Philippine Navy Financial Center (PNFC) for virtually acting as a collecting agent of private lending firms and making unauthorized deductions from the salaries of military personnel. In its audit report for 2016, the COA recommended that the PNFC stop salary deductions made in favor of unaccredited private associations and adjust the salary deductions so as not to eat up too much of the personnel’s take-home pay. The COA took note of the PNFC’s effort to deduct the personnel’s obligations to unaccredited financial institutions. “In effect, the PNFC is undertaking the collection function, resulting to loss of government time and resources,” the report read. ADVERTISEMENTSome employees’ net take-home pay have fallen below the P3,500 minimum set by the General Appropriations Act of 2016.
June 27, 2017 06:00 UTC
Imee Marcos at the House of Representatives if she fails to appear at the next congressional inquiry into her province’s alleged irregular purchase of P66.45 million-worth of vehicles, a lawmaker said Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENTIn that case, Pimentel said his committee would order Marcos’ arrest on the same day of the scheduled hearing if she would snub it. Pimentel said Marcos has already explained in media interviews how the tobacco funds were spent, and so she should not fear attending the House investigation. “She’ll be okay in detention, though she might miss certain luxuries, considering the high life she’s accustomed to,” Pimentel added. The House committee has been investigating the provincial government’s alleged misappropriation of public funds representing Ilocos Norte’s share of excise tax collections from locally manufactured Virginia type cigarettes.
June 27, 2017 05:56 UTC
The House of Representatives has mandated that only the original version of "Lupang Hinirang" must be sung in public places and government institutions. The measure states that only the original version of Julian Felipe must be used. Filipinos are told observe utmost reverence to the national anthem. When the song is played, people must stop walking, stand at attention and sing the anthem. Lack of respect for the national anthem carries a penalty of one-year imprisonment.
June 27, 2017 05:37 UTC
We do not negotiate with terrorists,” Dureza, presidential adviser on the peace process, told the Inquirer by phone. ADVERTISEMENTREAD: Mautes offer to swap priest for parentsOn June 9, Ominta “Farhana” Maute, the mother of brothers Omarkhayyam and Abdullah, was arrested by the police in Masiu, Lanao del Sur. On June 7, the Maute patriarch, Cayamora, and his second wife were arrested in a checkpoint in Davao City. But Dureza said Abdullah’s parents “have to undergo judicial process.”“If we will give in to their demands, it seems they are also terrorizing us. For donation from overseas:Inquirer Foundation Corp account:Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860Swift Code: BNORPHMM
June 27, 2017 03:45 UTC
SENATOR Antonio Trillanes 4th said his interview with BBC’s “Hardtalk” was one of the “proudest moments” of his public life. People who watched the full interview (not the spliced one) are entitled to their own opinions. The haters will hate; the believers will believe,” Trillanes said in a statement. “Personally, knowing the impact of the interview to the global audience and knowing now that Hardtalk is very popular yet the most difficult talk show for any guest, I can honestly say that it is one of the proudest moments in my public life,” he said. Trillanes added: “Setting aside the trolls, the critics who gave very negative feedback presume that they can do better.
June 27, 2017 03:45 UTC
SEOUL: North Korea likened US President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler on Tuesday in its latest diatribe amid high tensions over Pyongyang’s military ambitions and ahead of a visit to Washington by the South’s new leader. Tackling threats from the isolated North is expected to be at the top of the agenda during this week’s Washington summit between Trump and newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-In. Warmbier’s death added to the strains, with Trump slamming the “brutal regime” of the North’s young leader Kim Jong-Un. Pyongyang compared former US president Barack Obama to a monkey after he supported the 2014 cinematic release of “The Interview”, a Hollywood comedy mocking the North Korean leadership. It once called the former South Korean president Park Geun-Hye a “crazy old bitch” and a “female prostitute” who belonged to the “pimp” Obama.
June 27, 2017 03:11 UTC
Police are investigating the discovery of bullets and a gun part in donations for victims of the war in Marawi City. Mutalib, who hails from Marawi, organized a donation drive for his displaced fellow Maranaos and was arranging the items he received when he found the contraband, state-run radio dzRB reported on Tuesday. It was Mutalib who reported to authorities the discovery of the bullets and gun magazine. FM/CBB/rgaInquirer calls for support for the victims in Marawi CityResponding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the attacks in Marawi CityCash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860. For donation from overseas:Inquirer Foundation Corp account:Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860Swift Code: BNORPHMM
June 27, 2017 03:00 UTC
BEIJING: The United States on Tuesday urged China to grant Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife “freedom of movement” and let him choose his own doctors after the cancer-stricken activist was taken from prison to a hospital. Liu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 while serving an 11-year sentence for subversion, was released on medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer said Monday. The conditions of Liu’s parole are not clear and a spokeswoman for the US embassy in Beijing said they were “working to gather more information” about his legal and medical status. “We call on the Chinese authorities to not only release Mr Liu but also to allow his wife Ms Liu Xia out of house arrest,” she told Agence France-Presse. She said Beijing should “provide them the protection and freedom — such as freedom of movement and access to medical care of his choosing — to which they are entitled under the Chinese constitution and legal system and international commitments.” AFPAFP/CC
June 27, 2017 02:37 UTC
(Updated, 3:29 p.m.) Former Bacolod congressman Monico Puentevella was indicted by the Ombudsman for malversation and graft for allegedly receiving in his personal account funds for the 2005 South East Asian (SEA) games. ADVERTISEMENTThe sports commission then transferred the fund to the Bacolod South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (BASOC) through checks payable to BASOC and Puentevella. The Commission on Audit (COA) then sent letters to BASOC and Puentevella from 2008 to 2009 to settle the fund. But as of 2011, P21,565,832.50 remained unsettled, and that the fund was deposited to the personal account of Puentevella, the Ombudsman investigation showed. The COA-PSC demanded Puentevella to liquidate the money in 2009 but the congressman failed to comply, the Ombudsman said.
June 27, 2017 02:15 UTC
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who has been a vocal critic of Depp, said if the allegations were true “there’s a word for that: it is called perjury”. “I might have a another look at this,” he added, in an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Joyce sparked global headlines two years ago when he threatened to have the animals put down unless they “buggered off back to the United States”, igniting a war of words with Depp. The couple released an awkward video apologising, but Joyce mocked Depp as looking like “he was auditioning for the Godfather”. Depp hit back, telling US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that Joyce “looks somehow like (he’s) inbred with a tomato”.
June 27, 2017 02:03 UTC