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8 dead as Holy Week parties turn tragic in Northern Luzon

TUGUEGARAO CITY --- Eight people, three of them children, drowned in separate incidents in Cagayan and Pangasinan provinces during the Holy Week break, according to police reports. Kent Santos, 23, a construction worker, drowned when he and his friends were swept by the strong current while swimming on Good Friday at the Pozorobo beach in Barangay San Vicente in Sta. Ana town, Cagayan. They were among hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts who converged at Pozorobo for the Partakan Festival, a private event. Santos' body was found in nearby Anguib beach on Easter Sunday. Still missing Also on Friday, Rowel Trinidad drowned after taking a dip at the Duba cave and lagoon at Baranga...Keep on reading: 8 dead as Holy Week parties turn tragic in Northern Luzon.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerApr 1st, 2018

A reminder from ‘Lawin’

Amid this country’s woes on the domestic and international fronts, typhoon “Lawin” ripped through Northern Luzon this week, leaving in its trail at least seven people dead, five missing, homes and livelihoods destroyed, and billions of p.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 21st, 2016

3 soldiers dead, 2 hurt in clash with Reds in Mt. Province

THREE soldiers were killed while two others were wounded in an encounter with suspected members of New People’s Army (NPA) the other day in Mt. Province. AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesperson Col. Isagani Nato said the identities of the slain soldiers were not available as of press time while the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

3 dead, 4 wounded as NPA clash with AFP in Cordillera

Three soldeirs were killed while four others were wounded in separate armed clashes between the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) and the New People's Army (NPA) forces in the Cordillera over the weekend......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

1,000 Catholics in Bacolod call end to killings

BACOLOD CITY - About 1,000 Catholics in blackon Fridayjoined the Diocese of Bacolod Day of Reparation and Mourning to call an end to killings in the country. Among the messages on their T-shirts were "Stop killings, Pray for healing" #pray for your enemies." The activity began with a Holy Hour at the Sacred Heart Shrine (Lupit) at3 p.m., a penitential procession from Lupit to the San Sebastian Cathedral at4 p.m.and capped by a Mass for the Dead at the Cathedral at5:15 p.m. "Let us not turn a blind eye to the violence that has come upon us for our 'brothers' blood cries out' to the Lord from the ground," Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon said in a letter calling on the faithful to jo...Keep on reading: 1,000 Catholics in Bacolod call end to killings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Woods on expectations for another major win: Absolutely

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Hoist the anchor, and set sail the great ship Privacy on a course for Carnoustie Bay, Pebble Beach or some other future site of a golf major. Tiger Woods isn't going to win the U.S. Open this year. He still thinks he can win another major before he's done. "Absolutely," Woods said after shooting a 2-over 72 at Shinnecock Hills on Friday for a 36-hole total of 10 over that saw him miss the cut. "They're not easy," he said. "I mean, I've won a few of them over the course of my career, and they're the hardest fields and usually the hardest setups. So they're meant to be testers, and you don't win major championships by kind of slapping all around the place and missing putts. "You have to be on," he said. "You just can't fake it at a major championship." Woods couldn't even fake it for the first 34 holes in Southampton, and despite birdies on the last two holes, he needed a lot of help to avoid the cut for the fifth time in his last eight majors. That means he won't need to bunk for the weekend at the Sag Harbor Yacht Club on the 155-foot boat he jokingly calls "the dinghy." Woods also missed the cut when he brought Privacy to the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot in New York City's northern suburbs. He has not played the weekend at a U.S. Open since 2013, or won one since 2008 — his last major victory. He remains stuck at 14 in his career, four short of Jack Nicklaus' record. "Our whole careers are pretty much measured as if you can win four times a year," Woods said. Woods' chances were effectively eliminated after two holes. He shot a triple bogey on Thursday on No. 1 — a 399-yard par 4 that is the fourth-easiest hole on the course — needing three tries to manage a short rise to the elevated green and then two-putting. He entered the second round nine strokes behind the leaders and thought if he could shoot in the 60s on Friday he would have a chance to get back into it. Now he won't even have a chance to play. "I couldn't chase down the leaders right away. It's going to take me probably 2½ to 3 rounds to do it," he said. "Unfortunately, I went the other way." Starting the second round on No. 10, Woods made the turn at even par and came back around to No. 1. His drive was fine, but he yanked his approach shot to the right of the green into deep rough, and then rolled his third shot over it. After pitching to about 14 feet, he missed a bogey putt. He then bogeyed No. 2 for the second straight day. "I didn't play the first and second hole very well," said Woods, who started on No. 10 for the second round. "I was kind of hanging in there until, unfortunately, first and second hole kind of derailed it." Woods said he would take the week off before playing the National and then heading to Carnoustie, Scotland, for the British Open......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-World Cup friendly snub

By Aron Heller, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina's abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country's leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. Israel was eagerly awaiting the sold-out international friendly scheduled for Saturday night at Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium and the arrival of some of the world's best players. Argentina is one of the most popular national teams among Israelis and fans had been scrambling to get a chance to see Messi in person. But after a fierce Palestinian campaign, which included images of Argentina's white and sky-blue striped jersey stained with red paint resembling blood and threats to burn Messi posters, Argentina's football federation announced it was skipping the event. Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, apologized for cancelling the match but said the safety of the players was at stake. "What has happened in the last 72 hours, the actions, the threats that have occurred have led us to take the decision not to travel," he said during a news conference in Barcelona, where the Argentine team is training prior to the start of the World Cup next week. "(We) apologize to the Israeli community. It's nothing against the Israeli community, the Jewish community and I would like everyone to take this decision as a contribution to world peace," he said. "In the end, they've done the right thing, and this is behind us," Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN. "Health and common sense come first. We felt that it wasn't right to go." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Argentine President Mauricio Macri and urged him to intervene, to no avail. Later Wednesday, Israel's Sports Ministry said a "negotiation" about the match was underway, perhaps in hopes of salvaging it, but gave no further details. "It's unfortunate the soccer knights of Argentina did not withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters, whose only goal is to harm our basic right to self-defense and bring about the destruction of Israel," said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. "We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters." The head of the Palestinian football association, Jibril Rajoub, had called on Arab soccer fans to burn Messi posters and T-shirts if he participated. He has long tried to get soccer's world governing body, FIFA, and the International Olympic Committee to impose sanctions against Israel. Rajoub believes Israel should be punished for restricting movement of Palestinian players, and for forming teams in West Bank settlements. Rajoub had also objected to holding the match in Jerusalem, whose eastern sector the Palestinians claim as their capital. Although the Kollek stadium is in west Jerusalem, it is located in a neighborhood built where a Palestinian village once stood before it was destroyed in the war surrounding Israel's independence in 1948. Following the move, he held a press conference in Ramallah featuring a picture of him with Messi and a sign reading: "From Palestine, thank you Messi." Rajoub had accused Israel of playing politics with the game, by moving it from its original location in Haifa to Jerusalem, and by trying to link it to celebrations surrounding Israel's 70th anniversary. He called it a victory for "ethics and values" of sports. "They tried to use sport as a tool for political ends, and for this I think, they failed," Rajoub said. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said it was a sad morning for Israeli sports fans, including his own grandchildren. "But there are values that are greater than even Messi. The politicization of the Argentinean move worries me greatly," he said. Opposition figures, however, accused Israel's headline-seeking sports minister Miri Regev of bringing on the politicization of the sporting event by insisting on moving the game from Haifa to contested Jerusalem and by trying to orchestrate a politicized photo-op with Messi. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognized. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital, while the Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Regev rejected the backlash at a press conference Wednesday evening saying "there is no bigger lie" than claims her decision to hold the match in Jerusalem aided in its cancellation. She said the Argentinians had not objected and that Messi himself had wanted to visit sacred Christian and Jewish sites in the holy city. Regev said the match was canceled following "threats by terror elements sent to Messi and his family and to other players." Opposition leader Isaac Herzog called the snub a "spectacular own goal" by Regev that delivered victory to boycotters of the Jewish State. Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay called for a police investigation into Regev's "corrupt conduct." "We just absorbed a shot in the face. This is not just sports," he tweeted. "This, unfortunately, could start an international tsunami." Regev claimed that "terrorist" groups had made threats against Argentina's players and their families, sending them images of dead children, though she gave no further evidence. She accused members of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, of backing the boycott advocates. "Unfortunately, we have Trojan Horses in the Knesset who give headwind to terrorism," she said. The Palestinian militant Islamic group Hamas praised Argentina for canceling the game. Spokesman Husam Badran said Hamas "applauds" the move and reiterated its position that rejects "all forms of normalization" with the Jewish state. A senior official at the Argentine Football Federation said the national team decided to call off the match with Israel after receiving threats from Hamas. The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to safety concerns, did not provide evidence or details of the alleged threats. A Hamas official mocked reports that the group had threatened the players, calling them unrealistic, and saying they don't deserve a comment. The Hamas official was not authorized to comment in the issue and also spoke on condition of anonymity. Hamas is sworn to Israel's destruction and has ruled Gaza with an iron fist since it took over the territory in 2007. Israel and the United States consider it a terror organization for its bombings, shooting and rocket attacks targeting civilians. Israel has largely fended off the boycott campaign with only a small number of artists and organizations shunning the country. Argentina's snubbing would appear to be the boycott movement's greatest achievement thus far. The grassroots movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a way to promote Palestinian rights through nonviolent means. Israel says the campaign goes beyond Israeli occupation of lands claimed by the Palestinians and masks a deeper aim of delegitimizing or even destroying the country. It has formed a government ministry whose primary mission is to combat the boycott movement. The Argentinean move, which featured on the front pages of all the major Israeli dailies, raised fears that it could serve as a template for future boycotts of Jerusalem, most notably next year's scheduled hosting of the popular Eurovision song contest. The Palestinians celebrated the cancellation as a major triumph. Israeli organizers said an offer had been floated to have the game played in Barcelona instead, but it was highly unlikely. "I think sports should never be involved with politics," said Shahaf Ashraga, a fan in Jerusalem. "It just makes me sad to think that the game has to be canceled because of the Palestinian pressure." Argentina opens its Group D campaign in Russia against Iceland on June 16. It then plays Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26. It is unclear whether Argentina will play another warmup, or if it will arrive in Moscow ahead of schedule. ___ Associated Press writers Debora Rey and Victor Caivano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

1 dead, 12 hurt in encounters with NPA in Cordillera

  BAGUIO, Philippines – The New People's Army launched a June offensive in Northern Luzon with two encounters in Isabela and Mountain Province, resulting in one death and 12 injuries on the government side.  In the morning of Tuesday, June 5, members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 and Mountain ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Almazan, Sangalang, Aguilar Luzon All-Star

Two former national pool members try to show the way for the Luzon selection when it takes its turn to host the Philippine men’s team during the PBA All-Star week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Almazan, Sangalang form dreaded frontcourt with Aguilar for Luzon All-Star

  MANILA, Philippines – Two former national pool members try to show the way for the Luzon selection when it takes its turn to host the Philippine men’s team during the PBA All-Star week. Raymund Almazan and Ian Sangalang form a dreaded frontcourt trio with Japeth Aguilar for the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

SM Prime to open second Pangasinan mall this week

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. is opening its second mall in Pangasinan on Friday, taking advantage of the strong domestic market and the growing tourism sector in Northern Luzon. In a disclosure to the stock exchange on Thursday, May 3, the property holding firm of the country’s richest man Henry Sy, Sr. said SM City Urdaneta […] The post SM Prime to open second Pangasinan mall this week appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

1 dead, 595 nabbed during Holy Week

MANILA, Philippines — An alleged drug pusher was killed while 595 others were arrested during an intensified anti-drug campaign in Metro Manila during the Ho.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

39 drowning incidents mar Holy Week

THERE was a generally peaceful observation of the Holy Week nationwide although it was marred by 39 incidents of drowning, the PNP leadership said yesterday. The PNP recorded 39 drowning incidents in 10 regions around the country with 10 incidents reported in Calabarzon region; nine in Central Luzon; eight in….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Peaceful holy week noted — PNP

IT was a generally peaceful Lent nationwide although the solemn week was marred by 39 incidents of drowning, the PNP leadership said yesterday. The PNP recorded 39 drowning incidents in 10 regions around the country with 10 incidents reported in Calabarzon region; nine in Central Luzon; eight in the Cagayan….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Northern adventure

The long Holy Week break provided a peaceful opportunity for millions of stressed Metro Manila residents to abandon the city and drive north......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Thousands crowd ports to return to Manila after Holy Week

  Sea travelers have started flocking to different ports in the country after the Holy Week break.   The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported about 24,692 passengers were already going back to Metro Manila on Easter Sunday.   In its latest breakdown, the PCG monitored the biggest number of passengers in Southern Tagalog ports wih 6,043 travelers, followed by Western Visayas with 5,95, and Central Visayas with 5,583 passengers.   The PCG also monitored 1,721 passengers in Southern Visayas ports, 1,442 in Northern Mindanao ports, and 1,439 passengers in Eastern Visayas ports.   Meanwhile, 390 passengers have passed through the seapor...Keep on reading: Thousands crowd ports to return to Manila after Holy Week.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Five people drown in Holy Week picnics in Isabela

CITY OF ILAGAN --- Police and rescue workers recorded five drowning victims in Isabela at family gatherings during the Holy Week break. Resty Tumbaga, 21, was found dead in the morning of Easter Sunday at the Cagayan river in Angadanan town. On Black Saturday in the same town, a fourth-grade student was recovered after drowning in the river, according to PO2 Ruben Acoba, police investigator. The victim's name has not been released. Also on Saturday In Reina Mercedes town, 15-year-old John Mark Capalungan drowned at the Cagayan river. In Cabatuan town on Good Friday, five-year-old Nicole Zara drowned while nine-year-old Cesar Dictado died at a waterway on Maundy Thursday. /cbb...Keep on reading: Five people drown in Holy Week picnics in Isabela.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Kung Fu lets Golden Tigresses recover during Holy Week

University of Santo Tomas has stumbled into a positive turn this late into the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament after winning two straight games that brought its record to 4-7. This little winning run came after the Golden Tigresses lost five straight games across the first and second rounds and after overcoming such adversity, head coach Kung Fu Reyes wants his team to lay low for the Holy Week. Reyes said he wants his players, especially those who have suffered injuries during the season like libero Rica Rivera and rookie Milena Alessandrini,to rest up. "This break will help them recover especially those we got injured," said Reyes in Filipino. "They can recove...Keep on reading: Kung Fu lets Golden Tigresses recover during Holy Week.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

7 dead in road accidents

MANILA, Philippines — Road accidents have spiked as people flock to the provinces for the Holy Week, prompting transport and police officials to remind the p Source link link: 7 dead in road accidents.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

7 dead in road accidents

MANILA, Philippines — Road accidents have spiked as people flock to the provinces for the Holy Week, prompting transport and police officials to remind the p.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 28th, 2018

Maynilad: Southern NCR, Cavite to have waterless Lenten break

  There's an old Filipino superstition that taking a bath should be avoided on Good Friday because Jesus was dead.   Customers of Maynilad Water Services Inc. in some cities in southern Metro Manila and Cavite province, however, might be forced to do it because of a three-day water service interruption in time for the Holy Week break.   In an advisory, Maynilad said water supply in the cities of Las Pias, Muntinlupa and Paraaque, as well as in Bacoor and Imus would be cut off from 5 a.m. Wednesday (March 28) to 5 a.m. Saturday (March 31).   The water utility said it would conduct a major cleaning activity in its Putatan Water Treatment Plant i...Keep on reading: Maynilad: Southern NCR, Cavite to have waterless Lenten break.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 28th, 2018