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Philippine Muslim rebel group expels top leader linked to beheading; disputes terrorist label

MANILA, Philippines – A hard-line Muslim rebel group said Tuesday it expelled a top leader and about 30 of his followers for beheading a farmer in the southern Philippines and said that it does not practice such brutality. Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement spokesman Abu Misry said the expulsion of vice chairman Mohammad Ali Tambako proves …

Philippine Supreme Court says online snooping illegal but libel on the Internet punishable

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines Supreme Court has ruled that online surveillance by authorities is illegal without a court order, but it upheld libel as criminal offence in a cybercrime law that will now be enforced. The law was passed in 2012 but suspended shortly after that. The court ruled Tuesday on petitions in which …

Philippine agents arrest 9 accused of running Internet child pornography operation from school

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine government agents have raided an alleged Internet child porn operation based in a school and arrested its president and eight other people. Cybercrime investigation head Ronald Aguto says the suspects used a room at the Mountaintop Christian Academy in Metropolitan Manila to post images and video on the Internet for foreign …

NAPOLCOM confirms special posthumous promotion of 5 cops in Zambo siege

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) confirmed the special posthumous meritorious promotion of five (5) police officers who were killed in action during the series of armed encounters against the members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga City from September 9 to 24, 2013. NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said …

Lawyer: Napoles has ovarian tumor, may seek hospital arrest

The camp of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles on Tuesday asked a Makati court to allow the detained businesswoman to have a comprehensive medical check-up and place her under hospital arrest, if deemed necessary. In an urgent motion to conduct medical examination filed before Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Tuesday morning, lawyer …

5 govt hospitals in Manila now charging fees

Five out of six government hospitals in Manila are now charging patients who are not from the city for treatment, according to a report on GMA News’ Saksi” on Monday. Following the passage of Manila Ordinance 8331, the five hospitals will charge non-Manila residents for confinement and other services. “Libre ‘yan para sa mga taga-Maynila, …

Suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists abduct couple in southern Philippines, military says

MANILA, Philippines – Suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists kidnapped a Filipino couple in the southern Philippines on Sunday, adding to a group of hostages they are holding that includes two European tourists, military officials said. Bonifacio Salinas and his wife got off a motorcycle taxi and were walking back to their home in Jolo town in …

Huge Philippine charity walk for Typhoon Haiyan survivors breaks 2 Guinness records

MANILA, Philippines – A Philippine Christian sect has broken two records for organizing the largest charity walk in an effort to raise funds for survivors of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, a Guinness World Records official said Sunday. Guinness adjudicator Kirsty Bennett said 175,509 members of the Iglesia ni Cristo took part in Saturday’s record-setting walk …

Enrile advises Jinggoy to ‘stay strong’

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile turned 90 on Valentine’s Day. Photo courtesy of PCIJ.   Former senate president and veteran politician Juan Ponce Enrile advised Sen. Jinggoy Estrada to “stay strong” amid the controversies being hurled at them because of their alleged involvement in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, especially with the recent appearance of Ruby …

Enrile rushed to the hospital due to ocular blood clot

  Former senate president Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was rushed to the hospital due to an ocular blood clot. His son, Cagayan Congressman Jack Enrile confirmed the news. The younger Enrile said that they started to notice the blood clot in his father’s eye on Thursday and it caused the veteran senator to worry. However, …

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