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At least 8 killed as boat sinks in central Indonesia

JAKARTA, July 25 — Rescuers have evacuated at least eight bodies after a speed boat with about 47 people on board capsized in waters off North Kalimantan province of central Indonesia on Tuesday, a senior official of rescue office said. Rejeki Baru speed boat, heading to Tanjung Selor of Bulungan district, sank after sailing 1 …

Smugglers offer crammed big rigs as ‘VIP treatment’ to US

SAN DIEGO— When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometres) southeast of San …

Transnat’l drug trafficker arrested in Vietnam

HANOI, July 25 — A Vietnamese man, said to be the leader of a transnational drug trafficking ring, was arrested in Vietnam’s northern Hai Phong city as he was transporting more than 9.8 kg. of heroin and 8 kg. of ecstasy, the municipal police said Tuesday. 52-year-old Ngo Trac Hiep from Hai Phong, and other …

Bacolod residents reminded to practice ‘4S’ to prevent dengue

BACOLOD CITY, July 25 — The City Health Office (CHO) reminded residents of Bacolod to practice the “4S” to prevent and control dengue. Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO Environment Sanitation Division, issued the reminder after dengue cases in Bacolod continued to increase as of this July 15. The “4S” means Search and destroy …

Duterte puts end to talks with Reds

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday closed the door for the resumption of talks with communist rebels and ordered state forces to gear up for a possible all-out war with the New People’s Army (NPA). In his State of the Nation Address (SONA), the President slammed the National Democratic Front (NDF) and its armed …

Ilonggo troops in Marawi City grateful to Duterte’s unwavering support

ILOILO CITY, July 25– Troops of the Philippine Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion based in Miag-ao, Iloilo who were deployed in Marawi City are very much appreciative of the support they get from President Rodrigo Duterte. On Monday, President Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), reiterated his unwavering support to the Armed …

2 killed, 25,000 evacuated in western India amid heavy rains, floods

NEW DELHI, July 25 — Authorities have shifted over 25,000 people to safer places as heavy rains and floods killed two people in India’s western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, officials said Tuesday. Apart from disaster response force teams, authorities have sought help from Indian army and Air Force for relief and rescue in the …

Tourism a ‘bright spot’ in PHL economy with PHP220-B revenues in first year

MANILA, July 25 — Setbacks did not slow Philippine tourism down as it continued to flourish in the first year of the Duterte administration in terms of foreign arrivals, revenues and staging of various international events. “With selfless dedication and faith in God and good old Filipino resiliency among the stakeholders, we have hurdled obstacles …

Troops clear Marawi conflict zone of bombs

MARAWI CITY, July 25— Troops are carefully advancing towards the positions of the Maute group members and Abu Sayyaf bandits while clearing this city’s conflict zone of improvised bombs. Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, newly-designated Joint Task Force Marawi spokesperson, on Tuesday said the fleeing Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – inspired Maute group members …

2017 State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte

Kindly sit down. Thank you for your courtesy. When I was a member of Congress, I – my seat was over there. The seat… The lady with a violent – not violent but rather violet dress – seated. But I was always absent together with the Speaker and Tonyboy Floirendo, who is still absent until …