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Immigration: Marilou Danley left Philippines on Tuesday

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday said that Marilou Danley, the alleged companion of the Las Vegas shooter left the country on Tue.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarOct 4th, 2017

Immigration confirms Fil-Aussie companion of Vegas shooter was in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration on Tuesday has confirmed that alleged half-Filipino Marilou Danley, initially a person of interest in the Las.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017

3rd Methodist missionary leaves Philippines after expulsion

MANILA, Philippines – Methodist missionary Miracle Osman left the Philippines after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) served her an order to leave due to her alleged involvement in political activities, her lawyer said Friday evening, July 13. Osman of Blantyre, Malawi, exited the Philippines on Thursday, July ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Typhoon Gardo leaves PAR, but monsoon rain to persist

What's the weather like in your area? Report the situation through Rappler's  Agos  or tweet us at  @rapplerdotcom . MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Gardo (Maria) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 6 pm on Tuesday, July 10, but PAGASA warned that rain from the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

FIBA: Goulding s racist tweet is fake

MANILA, Philippines --- There's more to the Gilas-Boomers brawl for sure. However, fake news have no place in the coverage of this story. In the aftermath of the unfortunate incident Monday, a Twitter screenshot from Australia's Chris Goulding started floating around online. Goulding allegedly said, "Philippino Monkeys!!! Trash team. Trash crowd. Trash Federation. Trash country." Goulding of course, was the one RR Pogoy knocked down to the floor with the shove. Almost immediately after that, Australia's Daniel Kickert knocked down Pogoy. And then the brawl went out of hand. The "deleted tweet" obviously got the ire of Pinoys but in a report by Reuben Terrado of Spin, Basketball Australia has denied the validity of the tweet. It's fake. "I can categorically state that tweet is not real and is 100 percent photoshopped," Basketball Australia media manager Grant Richardson said in an email via Spin. The Boomers declined media interviews Monday night after the game and the team reportedly left the country Tuesday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Philippines orders 3 Methodist missionaries to leave

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday, July 3, confirmed it has ordered 3 Methodist missionaries to leave the Philippines because two allegedly overstayed in the country while all of them engaged in "political activities." In a statement, the BI said the following Methodist ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Bullet pierced the heart of Mayor Antonio Halili – PNP

MANILA, Philippines – A skilled marksman needed only one bullet to end the life of  Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili . The Philippine National Police (PNP) Calabarzon regional police office Chief Inspector Pete Malinao said in a press briefing Tuesday, July 3, that the fatal bullet pierced Halili's heart.  "[The bullet] hit the left ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

U.S. Methodist bishops call on Philippines to free missionary

MANILA — Bishops from an American Methodist church called for the Philippines on Tuesday to release a missionary from Zimbabwe, detained six weeks ago on suspicion of belonging to a “subversive” group. Tawanda Chandiwana has been held at an immigration facility in Manila since May 9 following his arrest last month, while attending a seminar on the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Duterte not yet blaming anyone for Samar misencounter

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte so far does not think anyone is to blame for the "misencounter" between police and soldiers in Samar that left 6 cops dead. In a speech on Tuesday, June 26, he said the incident was merely Murphy's law in action and that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

De Lima: Probe influx of Chinese nationals in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima filed a resolution urging the Senate to investigate the supposed "influx of Chinese nationals," both legal and illegal, in the Philippines. Her office filed Senate Resolution 751 on Tuesday, May 29. The "immigration surge," said De Lima's office, "steals jobs away from ordinary Filipinos," and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Foreign students suing Canadian school, consultant for ‘false’ immigration promise

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Dozens of foreign students, led by two Filipinos, are suing a private Edmonton college and an immigration consultant for allegedly promising them falsely that they could extend their stay in Canada by signing up for a diploma program. "These individuals, through no fault of their own, were taken advantage of and now are left in limbo," Edmonton lawyer AvnishNandatold CBCRadio'sEdmonton AM last Wednesday, according to a report by CBC News. Nanda represents a dozen students from the Philippines, Israel, and Ukraine in a class-action lawsuit against Solomon College and immigration consultantAmarjotSingh. Some 100 current and former students have come forward t...Keep on reading: Foreign students suing Canadian school, consultant for ‘false’ immigration promise.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

WATCH: LeBron James surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in playoff field goals made

MANILA, Philippines – On Tuesday, May 22, Manila time, LeBron James just added another personal milestone to a very long list of achievements. With 3:07 left in the second quarter of Game 4 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics, James calmly sank a mid-range jumper to surpass Hall of Famer ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Roque: We’re not behind our rivals in reef dev’t

Malacaang on Tuesday disputed the Inquirer report that the Philippines had been left behind by its rivals in the development of territorial claims in the hotly contested South China Sea. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque disagreed with the report published on Tuesday, which was about the development of islands, reefs or atolls in the Spratly archipelago disputed by the Philippines, China, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan. The Philippine government deferred development of the country's claims in the Spratlys in 2014 to give way to arbitration in a case it had brought to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague challenging China's claim to almost all of the South C...Keep on reading: Roque: We’re not behind our rivals in reef dev’t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Unique Salonga releases statement after leaving IV of Spades

MANILA, Philippines – A few days after IV of Spades announced that their vocalist Unique Salonga would leave the band, Salonga himself released his own statement about his exit. (READ:  Unique Salonga exits IV of Spades ) In a Twitter post on Tuesday, May 8, Salonga didn’t explain why he left the band, but thanked his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Zark s-LPU forces winner-take-all for PBA D-League title vs Che Lu-Baste

CJ Perez proved why he is the Conference MVP as he towed Zark’s Burger-Lyceum of the Philippines University to a 98-90 Game 2 conquest of Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian College-Recoletos in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals. The 24-year-old forward scattered 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists to anchor the Jawbreakers in forcing the winner-take-all Game 3, slated next Tuesday. “Again, we just have to battle our way. Just to have the peace of mind that we know we did our best, we’ll be at peace whatever the outcome is,” said coach Topex Robinson. Jaycee Marcelino also put up 13 markers off the bench while Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu registered a double-double of 11 points, 11 boards, two assists, and two blocks. MJ Ayaay also wound up with 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists. More than the offense, Zark’s-LPU got things done on the defensive side, holding Che’Lu-San Sebastian to just 37-percent shooting from the field compared to its 44-percent clip. It also helped that the Jawbreakers got off to a strong 21-8 start, setting the tone and taking a 20-point lead by halftime, 52-32. The Revellers did make a run behind Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan in the fourth period, closing in to within six, 90-96, with 6.7 seconds left, but Jayvee Marcelino put the nail in the coffin with his pair of foul shots in the final 5.4 to extend the series to a do-or-die Game 3. “For us, it’s about us inspiring others and we’ll not get away from that. We’ll never get out of our mantra of honoring the game, playing it the right way, value integrity, and do the right things,” he said. Game 3 is scheduled at the Ynares Sports Arena. Bulanadi led Che’Lu-San Sebastian with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Ilagan shot 2-of-7 from threes to pour 13 markers. Samboy de Leon, the team’s Game 1 hero, was limited to just five points on a 2-of-10 shooting. BOX SCORES ZARK’S BURGER-LPU 98 — Perez 15, Jc. Marcelino 13, Ayaay 11, Nzeusseu 11, Baltazar 10, Yong 9, Pretta 8, Ibañez 7, Caduyac 6, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 2, Serrano 0. CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 90 — Bulanadi 23, Ilagan 13, Batino 12, David 12, Costelo 11, Calisaan 7, De Leon 5, Ablaza 4, Siruma 3, Capobres 0, Collado 0, Faundo 0, Taganas 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-16, 54-34, 75-56, 98-90......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Ex-immigration execs in Jack Lam bribery case detained

MANILA, Philippines – Two former deputy immigration commissioners were put in jail Tuesday, April 10, for the plunder charges they are facing in relation to the bribe they allegedly received in exchange for freeing undocumented Chinese nationals in November 2016.  Al Argosino and Michael Robles, formerly with the Bureau ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Philippines overwhelms Kuwait for first win in Ice Hockey Challenge Cup 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine national men's hockey team blanked cellar-dweller Kuwait, 13-0, on Thursday, April 5, at the SM Mall of Asia Skating Rink.  The nationals bounced back from their 4-7 loss to Southeast Asian rivals Thailand in their opening game last Tuesday, April 3.  Philippines left no mercy ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Senate reprimands Aguirre for private meeting with Jack Lam

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Tuesday, March 20, adopted the Senate blue ribbon committee report on the Bureau of Immigration (BI) bribery scandal, hitting Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for privately meeting with Chinese gaming tycoon Jack Lam . The report, prepared by committee chairman Richard Gordon and submitted ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

Senate recommends bribery, plunder charges vs ex-immigration officials

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Tuesday, March 20, recommended the filing of bribery and plunder charges against two former Bureau of Immigration (BI) commissioners involved in the Jack Lam controversy. The Senate blue ribbon committee report, which the chamber adopted, said former BI commissioners Al Argosino and Michael ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

Manabat, Kanda lead Foton in opening day win

Games Tuesday (Bacoor Sports Center) 4:15 p.m. —- SLR vs Generika-Ayala 7:00 p.m. -— Cocolife vs Cignal   Dindin Manabat announced her return on a sizzling note as she powered Foton to a 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22 victory over Generika-Ayala in the opening salvo of the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City. Sidelined with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury last year, the power-hitting Manabat led the Tornadoes' furious run in the third and fourth sets to emerge victorious. Manabat fired eight kills and a game-high five aces to finish with 14 points, while American import Brooke Kanda delivered 17 attacks and two blocks to finish with 21 points for the Tornadoes, who are looking for a rebound after losing the Grand Prix crown to F2 Logistics last year. Canadian reinforcement Elizabeth Wendel tallied 11 points in her debut. Foton lost the battle in the attack zone, 42-44, but it ruled the blocking department, 8-2, and had more aces, 13-6, to underscore their dominance in the match that lasted for one hour and 36 minutes. Still, new head coach Rommel Abella stressed that they are still far from gaining their championship form. “If I’ll put a number on it, I think around 60 to 70 percent pa lang,” said Abella, who took over the slot left by Serbian coach Moro Branislav. “We’re still a bit stiff and jittery. Hopefully, we could eliminate all the mistakes we had. Anyway, this is still a very good start,” he said. Abella added that although he was expecting more from their imports, the collective effort of the Tornadoes was enough to carry them through. “We were expecting a little more,” he said. “But since this is just their first game here in the Philippines, their performance was still acceptable. Hopefully, they can provide us with a little more offense in our next game.” But the day obviously belonged to Manabat. Looking fit and deadly after 10 months of rehabilitation and therapy, Manabat was impressive on both ends, especially in the third set where the Tornadoes erected a 12-point advantage, 20-8, to clinch the set victory and build enough momentum for the deciding set. The Lifesavers hung around and tried to extend the game to a fifth set, 21-23, but Manabat scored on a sharp kill to claim the match point, 24-21, before Kranda connected a strong hit to seal the victory. “All Dindin needs was mind-setting,” said Abella. “We always ask the PT (physical therapist) about the status of her injury and they always say that it’s a hundred percent healed. So, it's a good thing she stepped up in this game.” Darlene Ramdin of Trinidad and Tobago finished with 19 points while Symone Hayden of United States added seven markers for the Lifesavers, who were off to a slow start under the tutelage of new head coach Sherwin Meneses......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018