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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted dictator, has been sworn in as Philippine president. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BOSTON (AP) — He was the uncle I never met. But in my family’s origin story, Emmanuel “Manny” Yap always loomed large. The life of great potential cut short. The cautionary tale. But also the reminder of doing what was right, no matter the cost. A rising leader in the youth-led opposition to President Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, Manny Yap joined his parents and siblings for lunch at his mother’s favorite Chinese restaurant in their hometown of Quezon City. It was Valentine’s Day in 1976, a few years into martial law, the moment in the country’s history when Marcos Sr. suspended civil government and effectively ruled as a dictator. After the meal, the 23-year-old grad student went off to meet a friend. Days later, an anonymous caller delivered the news his family had dreaded: Manny had been picked up by the military and detained. My uncle was never seen again. Now his story is flooding back: The son of the man my family has held responsible for his death all those decades ago is set to...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Speaking in Beijing's Great Hall of the People during his first state visit to China in 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte heralded a bold new era in his country's foreign policy: "America has lost now," he said. "I've realigned myself in your ideological flow."While Duterte later clarified that he was not planning to sever ties with the United States -- a treaty ally and longstanding diplomatic partner -- he continued to threaten to downgrade the relationship while pivoting to China, despite a simmering territorial dispute with Beijing.Now, with the election to decide Duterte's successor days away, analysts say there is an opportunity for a reset of the Philippines' relationships with both major powers -- and its outcome could shift the balance of power in Asia.How that shapes up may come down to the aims of current presidential frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr. -- the son and namesake of the Philippines' late deposed dictator -- who is widely seen as more friendly to China than his nearest rival Leni Robredo, the sitting vice president. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes...
    Chinese President Xi Jinping holds talks with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, the Philippines on Nov. 20, 2018.Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images The Philippines has been warming up to China since President Rodrigo Duterte was elected in 2016. As Filipinos head to the polls on May 9 to elect a new leader, observers will be watching closely to see what the new leadership could mean for the Philippines' growing ties with Beijing. Foreign policy is typically not a hot button issue in Philippines elections, but there are good reasons why it should be this time, said Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby, associate professor of international studies at De La Salle University in the Philippine capital city of Manila. "There are compelling reasons why the 2022 candidates should articulate a China policy, not least because a president's preference for a particular country at the expense of other partners has ramifications extending beyond one administration," she said in a report published by Singapore-based think tank, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. Duterte's presidency marked a dramatic shift in the Philippines' foreign policy when in 2016,...
    As formidable marketing boss Sylvie Grateau in the Netflix drama Emily In Paris, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu won rave reviews from critics. And the actress's star continues to rise – as she reveals today that her next TV challenge will be in the new series of The Crown. While the 58-year-old remains coy about who she will play in the forthcoming fifth series, which covers the 1990s, including the fire at Windsor Castle and the collapse of several Royal marriages, she admits: 'I was so, so happy to be in it.' But The Mail on Sunday understands Philippine will play Monique Ritz, the widow of Charles Ritz, who sold the famous hotel in Paris to Mohamed Al Fayed in 1979. Her scenes are part of a back-story that culminates with the death of Princess Diana and Mr Al Fayed's son Dodi in a crash in 1997 after they left the hotel. And Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu's star continues to rise – as she reveals today that her next TV challenge will be in the new series of The Crown In an exclusive interview with...
    China sent 39 warplanes - mostly fighter jets - into Taiwan's air defense zone on Sunday, the island's government said, in the second-largest daily incursion on record. Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which sees the self-ruled, democratic island as part of its territory to eventually be reclaimed, by force if necessary. The final quarter of 2021 saw a massive spike of incursions from China into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ), with the biggest single day coming on October 4, when 56 Chinese warplanes entered the zone. The island's defense ministry said late Sunday it saw 39 warplanes from China enter Taiwan's ADIZ - the second-largest number of incursions on record, which is shared with October 2 last year. Chinese military personnel stand near a Chinese military's J-10C airplane. China flew 39 warplanes including J-10 fighter jets toward Taiwan in its largest such sortie of the new year, continuing a pattern that the island has answered by scrambling its own jets in response Ten US Navy ships, including aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS...
    A critically endangered Philippine eagle chick is bizarrely fed by a hand puppet at a conservation centre to help reduce human contact. The seven-week-old eaglet, named Chick 29, is being cared for at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao, Philippines and is being 'puppet reared' to help prepare it for the wild. Footage, taken on January 17, showed the white-feathered chick being fed from a pair of large tweezers through the mouth of the odd-looking puppet. A critically endangered Philippine eagle chick is bizarrely fed by a hand puppet at a conservation centre to help reduce human contact The seven-week-old eaglet, named Chick 29, is being cared for at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao, Philippines and is being 'puppet reared' to help prepare the young bird of prey for the wild RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Memphis man, 42, is charged with attempted murder for... Furious dad shames pathetic cafeteria lunch given to... Emirates president calls 5G rollout fiasco the 'most... Share this article Share In the video, the...
    A team from Caladan Oceanic went hunting for in the Philippine Sea for the USS Johnston, a World War II ship that sank in 1944, when they came across something even more amazing - an world's deepest-dwelling squid. More than 20,000 feet below the surface, the two explorers inside the submarine captured a shadow trailing along the seafloor and a later investigation proved it was a young bigfin squid. The squid, which featured long slender terminal arms and tentacle filaments, is the first to be observed at hadal depths that represents that deepest marine habitats on Earth. The last time a bigfin squid was seen by human eyes was in 2014, but this specimen was just 15,400 feet below the surface. Scroll down for video  More than 20,000 feet below the surface, the two explorers inside the submarine captured a shadow (pictured) trailing along the seafloor and a later investigation proved it was a young bigfin squid Bigfin squid – or Magnapinna – are known for their long arms and tentacles and can measure up to 22 feet in length,...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, 2019 in Beijing, China.Kenzaburo Fukuhara | Kyodo News | Getty Images More than five years on, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's Beijing-friendly postures have not tamed China's aggression in the disputed South China Sea — and the next Philippine leader should be bolder in challenging Beijing, said a political and risk analyst. The Philippines will hold general elections to vote for a new president in May as Duterte's six-year term comes to an end. Duterte has sought closer ties with Beijing and declared that he was willing to set aside his country's territorial contest with China in the South China Sea.   China and its Southeast Asian neighbors including the Philippines have been embroiled in territorial disputes in the South China Sea for decades. China claims almost the entire waterway. In the last few years, China built artificial islands in the sea, while Chinese fishing fleets and maritime militia vessels swarmed areas internationally recognized as belonging to other countries.     "The most favorable scenario for the Philippines would be...
    Philippine senator and retired boxing legend Manny Pacquiao vowed Thursday to ensure that China does not “abuse” or “bully” the Philippines if he is elected president of the country next year, the Philippine Star reported Friday. “We must protect our country and fight for our rights. We must always look after the best interest of our people,” Sen. Pacquiao told reporters during a regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Manila on November 4. “That doesn’t mean we will allow them to belittle our country. We don’t need to fight against anybody. We must be friends with them also. But we should not allow them to abuse us,” he continued. “Let us remember this line in our national anthem: ‘to die for you (our country).’ So, we should be willing to fight for our country,” the Philippine public servant advised. “Let’s not allow others to bully us. Like me, I did not allow my bigger opponents to bully me, as you have seen in my boxing career,” he noted. Sen. Pacquiao added that “Filipinos don’t have to choose between two...
    MANILA, Philippines — As COVID-19 patients fill Philippine hospitals to the brim, officials say the virus has hit an orphanage and infected almost 100 children. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the outbreak in the orphanage could have been prevented and “the children could have been saved from the life-threatening risks of COVID” had minimum health standards been followed strictly. Of the 122 people infected, 99 are age 18 and younger while the rest are personnel of the Gentlehands Orphanage, the mayor said in a statement Thursday. The virus apparently spread when an adult who was infected but didn’t have symptoms visited the orphanage in the city in metropolitan Manila. The Philippines reported 12,751 new cases and 174 deaths on Wednesday and has now counted 2.1 million cases with 34,672 deaths. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — From the election to the coronavirus, 9/11 conspiracies cast a long shadow — Crushed by pandemic, business conventions mount a cautious return — ‘Long COVID’ can affect children and teens as well as adults, but estimates vary on how many — Japan...
    The Best Dress Watches for Men Aren’t Just for the Office Anymore Ben Simmons trade rumors: Kings unwilling to include DeAaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton in offer, per report 'On the Job: The Missing 8' BTS Erik Matti Filipino genre maestro Erik Matti takes a big step up in Venice this year with On the Job 2: The Missing 8, his first feature to arrive in an A-list international festival’s main competition. The film is a sprawling three-and-a-half-hour sequel to his acclaimed neo noir thriller On the Job, which made a critical splash in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes in 2013. On the eve of Venice, the two films were acquired by HBO Max, which has commissioned Matti to re-edited them into a six-part mini-series that will air later this year on HBO Go, the company’s legacy streaming service in Asia Pacific (to be replaced by HBO Max whenever WarnerMedia’s flagship subscription video service eventually rolls out in the region). More from The Hollywood Reporter Why Venice Is the Model for Pandemic-Era Film Fests Jamie Lee Curtis Reflects on...
    After the defeat of Manny pacquiao in front of the Cuban Yurdenis Ugas everyone is wondering if this will be the definitive retirement from boxing of the Philippine legend and everything seems like it will be as he tries to seek the presidency of the Philippines next year. At the end of the fight and being asked about his future, he assured: “I don’t know”, “Let me relax and make a decision whether to keep fighting or not.” A few words that did not confirm his retirement, however then he made it clear what his next future will be. “I will make a final announcement next month (regarding his candidacy for the Philippine presidency). I know I am facing a bigger problem than boxing. “. He acknowledged that he did not have the usual leg mobility: “My legs were tense and so it was difficult to move,” Pacquiao said. Pacquiao’s return after more than two years without a fight was with the clear goal of being president of the Philippines. Pacquiao is an idol in the Philippines and according to...
    The name of Manny pacquiao is respected worldwide in boxing. The Filipino, named best boxer of the decade in the 2000s, he won twelve world titles in his tenure. After his first retirement he ran as a deputy and later a senator, positions to which he was elected. In the Philippines, moreover, it is well known for its philanthropy to his people. However, there is a prism in his life that has little transpired, his career as a basketball player. Basketball as a way of life Pacquiao has always said that his first great love was not boxing, but basketball. Basketball is one of the most popular sports in his native Philippines, along with baseball, badminton or soccer. Brands like Nike find their third largest market in the Asian country, after the United States and China. However, they have never had a representative in the NBA, although many experts such as Jordan Willmore consider Kai Sotto as the potential first Filipino player in the league. In 2014 the PBA team Kia-Sorento Owned by Kia Motors, it appointed Pacquiao as head...
    By Jaime Estrada [email protected] Photos Raymond Spence For one as a reporter, it is a great satisfaction to return to normality as far as possible due to the health problems that everyone is going through, but for now the show has to continue and return to the mess of the sport of women. Cauliflower flats and ears if it is a delight that inspires me to continue with my collection of championship fighting credentials and make my articles and share them. Everything related to the protagonists is covered, from the documentation of their lives, their opinions, their adversaries etc., and of course with more emphasis their arrival at the place where the fight will be in this case it will be Manny Pacquiao versus Yordenis Ugas and it will be in the Arena T-Mobile, this was on Tuesday, the press conference was on Wednesday in the arena of the MGM Grand where to tell the truth if there were 120 reporters there were many, as well as the welcome ceremony that only gathered about 50, perhaps the...
    Hong Kong (CNN)The Philippines is restoring a military agreement with the United States that makes it easier for US forces to move in and out the country and signals to China a renewed commitment to the 70-year-old US-Philippine alliance.Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the restoration of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) in a joint news conference in Manila on Friday. The VFA, originally signed in 1988, gives US military aircraft and vessels free entry into the Philippines and relaxes visa restrictions for US military personnel. It is seen as important to Washington being able to act to protect the Philippines under the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the two nations.Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had previously vowed to terminate the agreement, but had repeatedly pushed back the expiration date, Reuters reported, maintaining it until the end of the year.Austin welcomed Duterte's decision to reverse course, thanking the President for his decision to fully restore the agreement. "A strong, resilient US-Philippines alliance will remain vital to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific," Austin...
    A health worker prepares a Sinovac vaccine dose in Manila, the Philippines Ted Aljibe/Getty Images Philippines President Duterte lashed out at anti-vaxxers on Monday, threatening to jail those who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine. He also said he would order officials to inoculate anti-vaxxers with a drug meant for animals. But Duterte has not provided the legal basis for his arrest order yet, reported The Philippine Star. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to arrest those who refuse Covid-19 vaccines, as the nation grapples with one of Asia's worst outbreaks. The Philippines has recorded 1.3 million cases and 23,000 deaths. It has also recorded 17 cases of the delta variant that has been rampaging across India, reported local website Rappler. "If you don't want to get vaccinated, I'll have you arrested then I'll inject a vaccine into your buttocks," said Duterte in a televised address on Monday. "Get vaccinated, or I'll jail you in a cell," he said. He also told those who do not want the vaccine to leave the Philippines...
    Chinese fishing boats set sail into the South China Sea, here seen on August 16, 2020.VCG | Visual China Group | Getty Images The Philippines has drastically stepped up its patrols in the South China Sea recently, and came into closer contact with the China Coast Guard, according to ship tracking data. Between March 1 to May 25, 13 law enforcement or military vessels from the Philippines visited waters around the contested Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal at least 57 times, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said in note this week. "This was a substantial increase over the previous 10 months … when 3 vessels were tracked making 7 total visits to contested features," the report said. It pointed out that this boost in patrols is "beyond anything seen in recent years" from the Philippines. The South China Sea has been a regional flashpoint in Asia, involving territorial disputes between some countries and China. The Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam are among the countries that lay claim to parts of the waterway, but China sees much of the area —...
    The arrest of an accused paedophile in Victoria has led to 14 children being rescued from sexual abuse in the Philippines. Six girls and eight boys, aged between two and 17, were removed from harm on May 7 after the Australian Federal Police provided intelligence to the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Centre. The Philippine National Police arrested three women and a man in Bombon, in the province of Camarines Sur, accused of facilitating the online child sexual abuse. Investigators from the Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team, comprising AFP and Victoria Police, in March charged Anthony Scott, 68, with possession of child abuse material. A young child is seen being rescued from the alleged child sex ring in the Philippines, with the youngest just two years old Six girls and eight boys (pictured, some of the victims), aged between two and 17, were removed from harm on May 7 The maximum penalty for the offence is 15 years imprisonment.  They then tipped off the AFP International Command in the Philippines.    A computer seized from the man contained child...
    Teodoro Loscin, the Philippine foreign minister who took to Twitter to tell China to ‘GET THE F--- OUT’ amid tension over the South China Sea, apologized on Tuesday to his Chinese counterpart after appearing to irk his own president. "I won’t plead the last provocation as an excuse for losing it; but if Wang Yi is following Twitter, then I’m sorry for hurting his feelings, but his alone." Loscin was referring to Beijing's alleged actions within the Philippines' 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. His Department of Foreign Affairs announced it had protested the Chinese coast guard’s "shadowing, blocking, dangerous maneuver and radio challenges" of Philippine coast guard ships patrolling and carrying out exercises from April 24 to 25 at disputed Scarborough Shoal. "China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see…O…GET THE F--- OUT," he posted on his personal account without the censor. His tweet continued, "What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You’re like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province." NPR reported in...
    The Chinese Foreign Ministry interrupted its five-day “May Day” holiday on Tuesday to condemn Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin for telling China to “get the fuck out” of Philippine territories in the South China Sea during a weekend Twitter tirade. China has posted hundreds of ships – Beijing claims they are fishing vessels, but Manila insists there is evidence to believe they are maritime militia vessels – near Julian Felipe Reef, a Philippine territory, since March. China insists they are present in Chinese sovereign waters and has refused to move them. President Rodrigo Duterte has made flippant comments about involving the United States in war with China over the latter’s illegal claims in the South China Sea but has taken no major measures to reclaim the area. Duterte has authorized, however, maritime patrols meant to assert sovereignty over the region. China claims that it is sovereign over nearly the entire South China Sea. Territories belonging to the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei appear within China’s “five-dash line,” allegedly detailing Chinese territory. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte rebuked his top diplomat for telling China to “get the f--- out” of disputed waters, explaining other officials in his government lack the prerogative to speak so indelicately. "The message of the president is: In the area of diplomacy, there is no place for cursing,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque told local media. "Only the president can curse, no one else can copy him.” That censure prompted a public and private apology from Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who erupted Sunday evening in response to the Chinese Coast Guard’s reported harassment of Philippine Coast Guard vessels. Locsin’s outburst made Duterte uncomfortable, in keeping with his penchant for maintaining a conciliatory posture toward Beijing. "China remains to be our benefactor,” Duterte said on camera. “Just because we have a conflict with China, does not mean to say that we have to be rude and disrespectful.” ‘UNTAPPED WEAPON’: PHILIPPINE LEADERS WARN CHINA BY TOUTING DEFENSE TREATY WITH US That statement represents a reassertion of Duterte’s docility toward China’s aggression, despite Beijing’s failure to deliver the economic investments that...
    A confrontation between Chinese the Coast Guard and Philippines Coast Guard vessels in a disputed area of the South China Sea provoked a series of public remonstrances from Philippine officials, punctuated by a profane message from the island nation’s top diplomat. “China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE F--- OUT,” Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin tweeted late Sunday. “What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You.” Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has maintained a warm and conciliatory posture toward the Chinese Communist Party in recent years, to the discomfort of U.S. strategists in Washington. Yet, Beijing has adopted an aggressive stance in prosecuting its claim to vast swathes of the South China Sea, including areas that an international tribunal ruled belong to the Philippines — but Chinese officials have ignored this ruling and, according to Locsin’s team, harassed Philippine vessels in the area. “The Department of Foreign Affairs has protested the shadowing, blocking, dangerous maneuver, and radio challenges by the Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) of Philippine...
    PHILIPPINE foreign secretary compared China to an "ugly oaf" and asked Beijing to " get the F*** out" of the South China Sea in a fiery tweet. Teodoro Locsin Jr. took it to Twitter to slam China and suggest the moving of its vessels out of disputed waters amid tensions between the two countries. 4Teodoro Locsin Jr. slammed China on a tweetCredit: AP 4Credit: Twitter His comments come after Manila's protests of the "illegal" presence of Chinese coast guard vessels in the Philippines territorial waters. "China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE F--- OUT," he tweeted. "What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We're trying. You. You're like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province…," he added. In response to Twitter users who criticised his tweet he said "usual suave diplomatic speak gets nothing done;" His tweet was followed by a statement of the Philippine foreign ministry accusing the Chinese coast...
    The Philippines foreign minister has warned Beijing to 'get the f*** out' of a disputed area of the South China Sea amid an escalating war of words between the countries. Teddy Locsin Jr sent the expletive message on Monday as the Philippines foreign ministry complained that Chinese coast guard vessels have been harassing their own ships near a disputed island in the sea. 'China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see... GET THE FUCK OUT,' Locsin said in a tweet from his personal account.   'What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We're trying. You. You're like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province...', Locsin said. Teddy Locsin Jr, the foreign minister of the Philippines, has told China to 'GET THE F*** OUT' of the South China Sea in an angry tweet Locsin sent the message amid reports that Chinese coast guard had been harassing Filipino vessels near a dispute island called Scarborough Shoal Asked about his use...
    The top diplomat for the nation of the Philippines, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr., reportedly urged the country’s Senate on Wednesday to embrace a mutual defense treaty between the nation and the United States to involve the American military in its ongoing territorial conflict with China. Locsin, the most powerful diplomat representing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, reportedly repeated an argument that Duterte himself has made in the past: the Philippine military does not have the power to confront China, but its treaty-bound ally, the United States, does. Locsin urged lawmakers to have the “courage” to invoke the treaty in light of a fleet of hundreds of Chinese ships spotted illegally occupying Julian Felipe Reef, a Philippine territory, this week. “We do have a Mutual Defense Treaty which says very clearly, and has been explained by (former State) Secretary (Mike) Pompeo and (current) Secretary of State (Anthony) Blinken after him, that any attack on a Philippine vessel – however small, as long as it is a government vessel like a Coast Guard – is an attack on the United States...
    By The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines — The president’s spokesman, who also has been the country's leading voice on dealing with the pandemic, has tested positive for the coronavirus amid alarm over an infection spike that has forced key cities to reimpose curfews and lockdowns. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque held a regular televised news conference Monday where he disclosed that he has been infected but showed no symptoms. He was last with President Rodrigo Duterte in a provincial trip four days ago but said he tested negative on the eve of the trip and did not endanger the 75-year-old leader. Roque’s infection is noteworthy because he has been leading a high-profile campaign for the public to do everything to beat back the virus. “The lesson is you can get infected however careful you are ... so, be extra careful all the time.” The Department of Health has been reporting a surge in infections for more than a week, adding to concerns over a sluggish start of a vaccination campaign that has faced supply problems and public reluctance. The Philippines has...
    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine capital placed two villages and two hotels on lockdown Thursday and police have renewed warnings against kissing and other “public display of affection” after a new surge in coronavirus infections. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said police would not allow people to go in and out of their houses and the two hotels during the three-day lockdown and violators would be forced into 14-day quarantine. Isolated residents would be given food boxes, and medical workers and other authorized personnel would be exempt. Other cities in the capital reimposed lockdowns in several neighborhoods and longer night curfews after detecting new infections. National police chief Debold Sinas said a ban on “public display of affection” like holding hands and kissing would be strictly enforced again due to infection spikes. Violators would be reprimanded, he said. Authorities have blamed public complacency a year into the pandemic for the surge in COVID-19 cases, specifically in metropolitan Manila. The Department of Health has reported more than 603,000 COVID-19 cases, with 12,545 deaths. The totals are the second highest in Southeast Asia...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte must receive his Chinese coronavirus vaccine in private because it will be administered “in the ass,” his spokesman told reporters on Tuesday. When asked by CNN Philippines if Duterte’s stated decision to receive the coronavirus vaccine privately is final, presidential spokesman Harry Roque answered, “I think so. He has said so. As he said, because he is going to be injected in the ass, it cannot be done in public.” Various government health officials in charge of the Philippines’ coronavirus vaccine campaign have pressured Duterte in recent weeks to receive a coronavirus vaccine in public to assure Filipinos of its safety and encourage participation. Duterte volunteered in August to be the first person to receive Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, then in development, adding that he would receive it “in public.” However, since the Philippine government secured coronavirus vaccine supplies from China’s state-run pharmaceutical company, Sinovac Biotech, on January 11, the president has said that healthcare workers will be prioritized for coronavirus vaccination and that government officials will be the last in line. A number of Duterte’s presidential...
    More On: philippines Flight attendant found dead in gruesome hotel crime scene, 11 charged Philippine president’s guards ‘smuggled’ COVID-19 vaccines One-legged man is a basketball star Philippines police threaten social distancing violators with caning The three men arrested for the hotel death of a flight attendant in the Philippines were released from custody Wednesday — as prosecutors slammed the lack of proof that she had been raped or murdered. The trio — the only ones arrested out of 11 charged for Christine Angelica Dacera’s death after a New Year’s Eve party in her hotel — were released as prosecutors threw the case back to Makati City, which had prematurely ruled it a “solved case,” CNN said. Prosecutors insisted that “the pieces of evidence so far submitted are insufficient to establish that she was sexually assaulted or raped” — and if so, which of the group partying with her were responsible, with many of the 11 saying they are gay. They also insisted that even if the 23-year-old Filipino attendant had been raped, cops had yet to show that it caused her death...
    Legendary boxer and Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao reignited speculation that he will run for the Philippine presidency in 2022 this month after he was elected president of the country’s ruling PDP-Laban party. PDP-Laban is the political party of the current Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, who in December 2017 said he hoped Pacquiao would succeed him as the country’s top leader. “I told him while we were alone, I want you to become president,” Duterte said during a speech at Pacquiao’s 39th birthday party in Manila. When Pacquiao’s six-year senatorial term ends in 2022, he will become eligible to seek another term or higher office, including the presidency. The Philippine president is allowed to serve just one, six-year term, meaning Duterte will be ineligible to run for reelection when his current term ends in 2022. Many political observers consider either Pacquiao or Duterte’s politician daughter, Sara Duterte, to be the frontrunner in the next campaign for the Philippines’ highest office. Speculation that Pacquiao could eventually seek the Philippine presidency precedes his election as head of the national ruling party on December 2....
    This is the moment a surfing rat survived floods in the Philippines by hopping onto a piece of wood and riding the waters to safety.   The drenched rodent found itself caught up in the deluge after the deadly storm swamped streets in Marikina City in the Metro Manila region of the Philippines on Saturday, November 14. However, the smart creature mounted a piece of floating wood and surfed to safety on top of the 6ft-deep muddy water. The drenched rodent found itself caught up in the deluge after the deadly storm swamped streets in the Philippines. the smart creature mounted a piece of floating wood and surfed to safety on top of the 6ft-deep muddy water (pictured) Onlookers watched in astonishment as the creature rode the torrent along the street, where it is believed to have eventually clambered onto a rooftop. 'He's a survivor,' said Yamzon Santos, a resident stranded in the floods. 'He looks so cold and he's shivering but he's very smart.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Doggy paddle: Man swims through 6ft...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say super typhoon has slammed into the eastern Philippines with ‘catastrophic violent winds.’. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Pakasa satellite image until 2:00 pm on October 30, 2020 Louisiana City – Authorities in Quezon have issued a red alert for Hurricane Raleigh (international name “Connie”). “As ordered by Governor Danilo Suarez, the entire province has already been placed under a red alert since 8am (Friday),” said Melkor Avenila Jr., chairman of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRMC). . . The Red Alert is raised in anticipation of immediate emergencies that require an urgent response. Under Red Alert status, activity and monitoring committees should be on duty 24/7 to respond to emergencies and to stabilize assets and resources as the weather deteriorates. Avenila said evacuation centers have already been set up by all local government officials in Guizhon to attack Rowley province. “We are closely monitoring Rowley’s path,” Avenila said. Avenila said she also briefed Sangunyang Panlalavikan on Friday morning on the PDRMC’s efforts to secure the safety of residents on the hurricane route and mitigate the damage of the approaching storm. The latest hurricane “Quinta” (international name Molev) has damaged about $ 488 million worth...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, 2019 in Beijing, China.Kenzaburo Fukuhara | Kyodo News | Getty Images SINGAPORE — After more than four years in power, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is still struggling to show that his country has benefited from a closer alliance with China. In a dramatic shift in the Philippines' foreign policy, Duterte declared in 2016 the country's "separation" from the U.S. — a military ally — and announced closer ties with China. Among other things, the president also set aside his country's territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, in exchange for billions of dollars that China pledged in infrastructure investments. But much of those promised investments have not materialized and many of those projects were delayed or shelved, while anti-Chinese rhetoric has been growing louder within Duterte's own government and among the Philippine public.So on all counts, Duterte is increasingly accused of having abased himself before Beijing and gotten nothing for it.Greg PolingCenter for Strategic and International Studies"China has launched just two of the pledged infrastructure projects — a bridge...
    This new species of forest frog measures between 2.1 and 2.9 cm in length, is bright iridescent emerald green with small white spots of irregular shape, evenly spaced on all dorsal surfaces of the head, body and extremities. “The new species is phenotypically and ecologically more similar to members of the Tirahanulap subgenus, a group of small-bodied tree frogs that inhabit the montane forests of the central and northern islands of the Philippine archipelago ”, point out the researchers. Discovery of Platymantis navjoti increases known diversity of Philippine Platymantis frogs to 32 species. Reference: Arvin C. Diesmos et al. 2020. A new forest frog of the genus Platymantis (Amphibia: Anura: Ceratobatrachidae: subgenus Tirahanulap) from Leyte and Samar islands, eastern Philippines. Zootaxa 4830 (3): 573-591; doi: 10.11646 / zootaxa.4830.3.6
    The Islamic State (ISIS) and other violent extremist groups continue to attack in the Philippines despite American efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an inspector general report. ISIS carried out attacks across the Philippines between April and June, despite Operation Pacific Eagle – Philippines (OPE-P), which the U.S. launched in 2017 to counter terrorism in the Southeast Asian country, according to the report, which was released to the public on Tuesday. ISIS reportedly killed 12 and wounded 13 Philippine soldiers in April and attempted an ambush in May, followed by a rocket attack on civilians, according to the report published by the Lead Inspector General, a team comprised of the inspectors general for the departments of Defense, State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. (RELATED: First American Convicted By Jury For Joining ISIS Top Recieve New Sentence Hearing: Report) “Social media posts by extremists included calls for attacks against individuals adhering to the Philippine government’s COVID19 restrictions and threats of violence if mosques were not allowed to reopen,” according to Defense Intelligence Agency findings in the report. The agency...
    “A monster public reception followed by a complimentary banquet was last night tendered to Gen. Jacob H. Smith, by local Grand Army men and citizens. The reception was from 8 to 9 o’clock, held in the Washington hotel. The factories closed early and thousands of workmen mingled with the business and professional men of the city, in the great throngs that shook the hand of the old warrior. Although the banquet was distinctly as stag affair, hundreds of ladies crowded about in the throng to meet Gen. Smith.” According to the Akron News-Democrat, the banquet was “the most elaborate ever attempted in Portsmouth.” Smith’s hometown return in 1902 surely appeared triumphant, but he was a man whose national reputation and career had recently been destroyed in the wake of a sensational courtmartial for his role in civilian massacres during the Samar Campaign in the Philippine War. Smith first returnd to Portsmouth on August 11th, 1902, arriving by train at the Norfolk and Western Depot. An estimated 3,000 area residents came out to meet him. The crowd’s size spoke to both...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine lawmakers have voted to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, ABS-CBN Corp. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine army chief expressed outrage Tuesday over the fatal police shooting of four soldiers, including two officers, and demanded justice with both sides providing contrasting accounts of the killings. Eduardo Ano, a retired military chief of staff who now oversees the national police as interior secretary, ordered the police involved in Monday’s violence in the southern town of Jolo in Sulu province be disarmed and restricted for investigation. Police said the soldiers were killed in a “misencounter” with a group of police officers. The army has countered that its two officers and two enlisted men were on a mission against Abu Sayyaf militants, including suspected suicide bombers, when they were flagged down and later fatally shot by police without provocation even after the soldiers identified themselves. An army statement said its commanding general, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, “is enraged” and vowed “there will be no let up in our quest for truth and justice.” The violence reflects the often-complicated conditions under which the campaign against the Abu Sayyaf and its allied foreign and local militants...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine coast guard was searching on Monday for 14 people missing since a fishing boat and cargo vessel collided in choppy waters two nights earlier. It was not immediately clear if the fishing boat sank and the search for its occupants was being hampered by strong waves, officials said. The Philippine coast guard said the cargo vessel MV Vienna Wood collided with the FV Liberty 5 for unclear reasons after midnight in the early morning hours of Sunday about 27 kilometers (17 miles) off Mamburao town in Mindoro Occidental province south of the capital, Manila. A coast guard light plane and a helicopter joined the search Monday for the 12 fishermen and two passengers on board the Liberty 5, coast guard spokesman Armando Balilo said. The fishing boat had been heading for metropolitan Manila when the collision happened. The Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel, which first reported the collision, was being escorted by a Philippine coast guard vessel to nearby Batangas province, the coast guard said. The vessel with 20 crew on board was...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the life of former Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos.PersonalBirth date: July 2, 1929 Birth place: Manila, Philippines (some sources say Leyte Province) Birth name: Imelda Remedios Visitacion RomualdezRead MoreFather: Vicente Orestes RomualdezMother: Remedios TrinidadMarriage: Ferdinand Marcos (May 1, 1954-September 28, 1989, his death) Children: Irene, Ferdinand Jr. "Bongbong" and ImeeOther FactsHer nickname in the Philippines was the "Iron Butterfly."Wife of the late Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the Philippines for 20 years until he was ousted in 1986. The Marcos family were accused of stealing billions of dollars from the Philippine people during Ferdinand's presidency. Famous for her lavish spending while first lady. At the time of husband's ouster from office in 1986, she left over 1,000 pairs of shoes and more than 800 purses behind when fleeing to Hawaii.Timeline1954 - Imelda marries Ferdinand Marcos 11 days after meeting him.December 30, 1965 - Marcos becomes First Lady of the Philippines at her husband's presidential inauguration.September 21, 1972 - President Ferdinand Marcos signs a martial law decree, which he publicly declares two days later. December 7, 1972...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police raided a suspected hideout of Islamic State group-linked militants in metropolitan Manila early Friday and killed four of them in a gunbattle, security officials said. Metropolitan Manila Police Chief Debold Sinas said police and intelligence agents were to serve a search warrant after midnight at a house in suburban Paranaque city after months of surveillance when the suspected militants opened fire. An officer was shot in the leg and hospitalized, police said, adding they recovered pistols, suspected bomb parts, money transfer records and two black flags like those of the Islamic State group. The raid comes as President Rodrigo Duterte considers whether to sign a new and more powerful anti-terror law, which has already been passed by Congress. The country’s military chief cited Friday’s gunbattle as a reason Duterte should sign it as soon as possible. “It is public security and general welfare that are at stake. We should protect and defend from terrorists without further delay,” Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. said. He said the presence of the suspects in the Manila area...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine villagers near a restive volcano on a central island are bracing for possible evacuations that would require physical distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, an official said Wednesday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said it detected dozens of small earthquakes on the western flank of Kanlaon volcano, which emitted plumes of steam up to 300 meters (980 feet) in the air overnight. Kanlaon on Negros island is one of about two dozen active volcanoes in the Philippines. Those signs, along with a slight bulging of Kanlaon’s slope, “indicate that hydrothermal or magmatic activity is occurring beneath the edifice,” the institute said. It added that the volcano “is at an abnormal condition and has entered a period of unrest.” Zeaphard Caelian, who heads the disaster response agency in Negros Occidental province, said authorities issued an initial alert in March after Kanlaon began showing signs of restiveness, which intensified last weekend. More than 20,000 people in eight villages within 6 to 12 kilometers (4 to 7 miles) of Kanlaon would have to be evacuated if...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ iconic passenger jeepney was one of the first casualties of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, with the government imposing a tight lockdown that sidelined Manila’s “king of the road” and its thousands of poor drivers. The restrictions imposed three months ago barred most public transport, forcing the gaudily decorated jeepneys off the road. Many of the jobless drivers have resorted to begging in the streets, displaying cardboard signs bearing pleas for money and food on their jeepneys. “A little help please for us drivers,” one sign said. In a once-bustling passenger terminal in suburban Quezon city’s Tandang Sora village, about 35 drivers have turned their jeepneys into tiny shelters. They squeezed in cooking stoves, a few spare clothes, cellphone chargers and electric fans to fight off the tropical heat and mosquitoes in the cramped passenger compartment where they have now lived and slept for months. “We have no income now. We have nothing to spend for our children,” said Jude Recio, a distraught driver with three children. “I hope we’ll be allowed to drive again.”...
    The former CEO of German payment services firm Wirecard was detained in a financial scandal involving an estimated € 1.9bn ($ 2.1bn) missing, the Munich prosecutor’s office announced Tuesday. Markus Braun resigned on Friday after the company revealed that the auditors had failed to find the accounts with the money and deferred its annual results report. Wirecard said Monday that its board of directors “believes, based on new findings, that there is a high probability that balance sheets in bank accounts worth € 1.9 billion do not exist.” Hours later, he announced the firing of his chief operating officer, Jan Marsalek, who had been suspended from his position on the board the previous week. Marsalek was in charge of overseeing daily operations, including those in Southeast Asia, where the possible fraud occurred, the German news agency dpa said. Two Philippine banks that were supposed to be holding the money on deposit said they had no relationship with Wirecard. The Bank of the Philippine Islands described a document as “spurious” alleging that the company was a customer of the bank. BDO...
    “A monster public reception followed by a complimentary banquet was last night tendered to Gen. Jacob H. Smith, by local Grand Army men and citizens. The reception was from 8 to 9 o’clock, held in the Washington hotel. The factories closed early and thousands of workmen mingled with the business and professional men of the city, in the great throngs that shook the hand of the old warrior. Although the banquet was distinctly as stag affair, hundreds of ladies crowded about in the throng to meet Gen. Smith.” According to the Akron News-Democrat, the banquet was “the most elaborate ever attempted in Portsmouth.” Smith’s hometown return in 1902 surely appeared triumphant, but he was a man whose national reputation and career had recently been destroyed in the wake of a sensational courtmartial for his role in civilian massacres during the Samar Campaign in the Philippine War. Smith first returnd to Portsmouth on August 11th, 1902, arriving by train at the Norfolk and Western Depot. An estimated 3,000 area residents came out to meet him. The crowd’s size spoke to both...
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Yemeni Embassy in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, is shuttering indefinitely due to a number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus among staff. The embassy made the announcement on Twitter late Saturday, but did not specify how many people had contracted COVID-19. Similarly, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh also announced that starting Sunday its office for labor affairs will close after a number of employees were tested for the coronavirus and six people were confirmed positive for the disease. The office is being sterilized and employees were working remotely, according to the embassy. TOP STORIES Four St. Louis police officers charged with beating undercover colleague Trump finalizes rule defining gender as a persons biological sex Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Despite taking early and unprecedented measures to curb the spread of the virus, Saudi Arabia’s numbers continue to climb by more than 3,000 cases daily with more than 123,000 confirmed cases overall. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: - China, Korea, Egypt report rise in...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hundreds of activists in the Philippine capital staged protests Friday against a proposed anti-terror law they say could be used to quash dissent, ignoring police threats that they could be arrested for violating coronavirus restrictions against large public gatherings. The Anti-Terror Act, which Congress has sent to President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law, allows the detention of suspects for up to 24 days without charge and empowers a government anti-terrorism council to designate suspects or groups as suspected terrorists who could then be subjected to arrests and surveillance. Military officials have cited the continuing threat of terrorism, including from Abu Sayyaf militants, as reasons the law is needed. Opponents say the legislation violates the constitution, which restricts detention beyond three days without specific charges, and could be misused to target government critics. “They should not fool us into believing that this terror bill is for terrorists because it’s meant for all of us who are protesting and dissenting,” said Neri Colmenares, a former member of the House of Representatives who took part in a...
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