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  • Government ready to punish those who commit abuses under martial law

    June 24, 2017 9:26 AM 4

    MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is ready to prosecute and to punish those who commit abuses under the martial law in Mindanao even as it urged critics to be “considerate” in their judgment of the efforts of security forces on the ground. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines Lanao del Sur Chapter has claimed that the military rule in Mindanao, which

  • P10-M shabu in ex-Marawi mayor’s house affirms narco terrorism — Palace

    June 24, 2017 8:55 AM 3

    MANILA, Philippines — The recovery of P10 million worth of shabu in the house of former Marawi mayor Omar Solitario Ali affirmed the link between the ongoing crisis in the city and illegal drugs, Malacañang said on Saturday. Security forces seized two kilos of shabu worth P10 million from a house of Ali while conducting clearing operations in battle

  • AFP, PNP attain ‘very good’ net trust ratings

    June 24, 2017 7:00 AM 4

    Filipinos have expressed much trust in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), gaining record-high “very good” net ratings in a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results released last Friday evening. The nationwide survey conducted last March 30-April 2, 2016 among 1,500 respondents found 75 percent of Filipinos

  • Isnilon Hapilon may have fled Marawi City—AFP general

    June 24, 2017 5:51 AM 3

    Abu Sayyaf leader and one of America’s most wanted terrorists, Isnilon Hapilon, may have escaped a five-week battle with Islamist militants in Mindanao, which began with a raid to capture him, the military said Saturday. Hapilon, a veteran Filipino militant said to be the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in Southeast Asia, has not been seen in the battle

  • Gov’t won’t tolerate alleged military, police abuses in Mindanao—Palace

    June 24, 2017 4:57 AM 3

    Malacañang on Saturday vowed to investigate possible human rights abuses in Mindanao amid the implementation of martial law in the region. “The President, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, and the Department of National Defense Secretary, who is the Mindanao administrator for martial law, do not encourage or tolerate

  • UCPB assures readiness of e-channels on Eid'l Fitr

    June 24, 2017 4:22 AM 3

    MANILA -- All United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) branches will be closed on Monday, which Malacanang declared a regular holiday for the observance of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. However, the bank, in an advisory, assured its clients that its electronic channels namely automated teller machines (ATMs), Connect, Mobile Phone

  • 5 electrocuted at Turkey water park — reports

    June 24, 2017 12:32 AM 4

    People wait outside a hospital after five people were caught up in an electrical current in the pool at the park in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province, western Turkey, Friday, June 23, 2017. Turkish media reports say five people — three of them children — were electrocuted at a water park pool in northwest Turkey and have died. (IHA via AP) Five people

  • NBA: Detroit guard Caldwell-Pope suspended for two games

    June 24, 2017 12:17 AM 3

    Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was suspended for two games without pay by the NBA on Friday after pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The 24-year-old US guard, who has played four seasons for the Pistons, was charged in March and last week was sentenced to probation, according to the Detroit Free Press

  • Brazil to try to reverse US ban on Brazil meat

    June 23, 2017 8:26 PM 5

    SAO PAULO — Brazil's agriculture minister says he will travel to the United States to try to reverse the American ban of beef imports from Latin America's biggest country. Blairo Maggi's comments were posted late Thursday on social networks, hours after US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced in a statement the immediate suspension of all Brazilian

  • Parcel claimant at Naia in trouble over ‘weed’

    June 23, 2017 6:54 PM 4

    Agents of the Bureau of Customs arrested a man who appeared at Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Central Mail Exchange Center to claim a parcel found to be containing 1.3 kilos of marijuana. Tyrone Lopez of Meadowood Executive Village, Bacoor City, Cavite, came to get a package containing five plastic bags of marijuana leaves as well as a vial of cannabis