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Sierra Leone churches hold services for mudslide victims

FREETOWN — Churches across Sierra Leone held special services yesterday in memory of the more than 450 people who were killed in mudslides and flooding earli.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 21st, 2017

Local leaders say 1,000 dead from Sierra Leone mudslides

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — More than 1,000 people have died from the mudslide and flood that hit Sierra Leone's capital nearly two weeks ago, a local leader an.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 28th, 2017

No Filipino victims in Sierra Leone mudslides, says foreign affairs

No Filipino victims in Sierra Leone mudslides, says foreign affairs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 17th, 2017

Martial law victims vow to challenge any compromise plan with Marcoses

"We strongly hold on to our stand that this is a reversal of history and an escape from accountability for their crimes of plunder and human rights violations.” The post Martial law victims vow to challenge any compromise plan with Marcoses appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated News10 hr. 3 min. ago

Western Union to refund victims of money transfer scams

SAN FRANCISCO -- There's good news this holiday season for some victims that used the world's largest money transfer company to send money to scammers -- a refund may be forthcoming to ease the burden of these scam victims. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Western Union (WU) Company agree to return of $586 million to estimated hundreds of victims who used Western Union to unwittingly wire money to scammers. This repayment is the result of a lawsuit was filed against WU after an FTC, DOJ and U.S. Postal Inspection Servicejoint investigation of scammers who used the wire transfer services of WU. In a telebriefing held recent...Keep on reading: Western Union to refund victims of money transfer scams.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Power consumers’ forum launched

CONSUMERS of Panay Electric Company (PECO) now have another venue to air their complaints and concerns – a regular weekly forum set every Friday. This, as PECO management and father-and-son lawyers Romeo and Iloilo City Councilor R Leone Gerochi agreed to hold the forum. Councilor Gerochi said the forum aims to shorten the usual process […] The post Power consumers’ forum launched appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 18th, 2017

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

TERRORISTS THEY HAD IT COMING. Five Presidents offered the communist rebels and its armed militia peace but the settlements have not arrived into a fruition. The peace negotiation is done thousands of miles away and extremely is expensive. It is not a walk in the park in that if we consider the number of time the peace panel has to fly to the Netherlands every word can translate to a dollar. The last one is the 5th round  under the Duterte administration alone, and each round a new agenda and new demands are put across the table. It is an endless exercise and personally I am amazed at the patience of  Sec. Jess Dureza and Sec. Bebot Bello in what looks like a bumpy ride in theme park. In the meantime  police and military peace patrols are ambushed, in some cases the victims dead bodies are mutilated and if civilians happen to be along the path they are consigned to mistaken casualty. In an apparent affront to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte even the Presidential Security Guards are not spared. And what about the helpless corporate farms and road contractors’ equipment in remote areas that are being harassed and are set on fire for not paying the so-called “revolutionary tax”. I was told by a government official from Davao Oriental that even the PPP beneficiaries are also being taxed! What classic tomfoolery is this? At the height of the Marawi siege when the President was forced to declare martial law in Mindanao CPP chieftain Jose Maria Sison ordered the escalation of NPA hostilities against the government forces. If you do not call that a declaration of war it must be something’s  else. Still, Duterte hold his forces and another attempt at backdoor negotiation was dispatched. Before Jess and Joma could say hello, an infant was killed in an ambush in Talakag, Bukidnon. Talks were suspended and finally we are back in ground zero. President Duterte had declared the CPP/NPA a terrorist organization.  In hindsight, it is, or was, the peace negotiation that provided the Netherlands to continually extend Joma and his ilk the mantle of protection even as they were extended some degree of security for having been granted political asylum then. This, even as the CPP/NPA had been tagged by both America and the European Union as terrorist.  But time has changed. The reason for their escape to the Netherland, former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, is now six feet below the ground. It is now President Duterte in the helm of the government and known for his closeness with the NPA rebels. But Duterte cannot allow that intimacy to be abused and his leadership insulted or ridiculed by Joma, his former professor. He is now President and the entire nation depends on him on how to address syndicated crime, corruption and radical insurgency. Duterte has goals to achieve and Joma’s antiquated ideology cannot be a deterrent to his government pursuit in achieving these objectives. Duterte made it clear to Jose Ma. Sison that neither government or any piece of the Philippine territory is subject to negotiations and demands.  But one thing is clear, and President Duterte is not reneging on his  promises and guarantees, members of the New Peoples Army may return to the folds of the law and live a normal life. Lands, housing and opportunities Duterte will give them. An offer which, I surmised, is not for eternity. After the terrorist tag there are only two options left for the members and  those identified and supportive of the CPP/NPA.  Lay down their arms and seek amnesty or continue with the armed struggle.  A refurbished Armed Forces of the Philippines is more prepared  now and ready to deal with those who cannot live in peace. (Jun Ledesma)   247 total views, 247 views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Power supplier faces franchise loss

ILOILO CITY---The city's lone power supplier faces the loss of its franchise to operate amid protests from consumer groups and the city council over allegedly poor services, erroneous billing and overpricing.   A resolution passed by the council expressed opposition to the franchise extension for Panay Electric Co. (Peco), which has been the lone electricity supplier in the city for decades.   The resolution, authored by Councilor R Leone Gerochi, cited consumer complaints over Peco services.   It came after the filing by Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo of House Bill No. 6023 in July seeking to extend Peco's franchise for another 25 years.   ...Keep on reading: Power supplier faces franchise loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Lady Warriors advance to Finals despite bench-clearing brawl

The UE Lady Warriors advance to the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Basketball tournament for the first time as they came back and downed the UST Tigresses, 69-62 at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday afternoon.  With the game at hand for UE, UST's Larosa threw a punch at Love Sto. Domingo after the former split her charities, leading to a bench-clearing brawl which resulted in the ejection of Larosa and for UE players Marieny Requiron, Erica Ebeza, and Princess Pedregosa.  UE head coach Aileen Lebornio also was assessed a technical foul for letting her players enter the court during the scrum. The Lady Warriors had erased a nine-point UST lead at the beginning of the payoff period with an 11-0 blitz capped by a Joyce Francisco corner triple with 5:56 left. UST responded with a Kikay Gandalla three to regain the lead, 59-58, however UE banked in on their stifling defense to force errant turnovers and timely free throws to erect a 64-59 lead with 1:30 left in the game. The Tigresses had control for much of the three quarters, even leading by as much as 14 points early in the first half 26-12, and were led by Anjel Anies’ 16 first-half points. Anies however did not score for UST in the final 20 minutes. Jhenn Angeles, in her final game for UST, had an all-around game of seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Also playing their final games donning the gold are Anies, Tata Jerez, Bettina Peñaflor, and Marielle Isanan. Larosa also scored 15 for UST and grabbed eight boards. Sto. Domingo paced UE’s offense with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Eunique Chan added 16 markers and 12 boards.  UE had a big advantage at the foul line with 35 free throw attempts to UST’s 19. The Lady Warriors may miss the services of Pedregosa, Requiron, and Ebeza as they will face idle NU, who hold a 62-game win streak on Wednesday, Nov. 29, for Game 1 of the best-of-three finals starting Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. "Doon ko nakita ‘yung five years na pinaghirapan namin. Sabi ko sa kanila nga noong natalo kami against UST noong Game 1 namin, sabi ko, masakit pero kailangan nating bumangon, isipin natin ‘yung goal natin kasi limang taon na tayo magkakasama tayo dito, hindi tayo pwedeng paatras, kailangan ang Warriors puro pasulong," UE head coach Aileen Lebornio said after the game. UST head coach Haydee Ong meanwhile was very much happy with their overachieving season, though was critical of the way how their season ended. "May mga fouls na hinahatak na yung mga player ko, hinahawakan yung jersey and they were not calling pero sa amin manipis. Kumbaga sa ano, kinontrol ng referee yung game," Ong said. "Kung pinaglaro lang kami ng mga referees dito, sana it would be a different outcome." The scores: UE (69) – Sto. Domingo 18, Chan 16, Francisco 14, Tacula 8, Cortizano 7, Ramos 4, Requiron 2, Gayacao 0, Antonio 0, Nama 0. UST (62) – Anies 16, Larosa 16, Gandalla 9, Angeles 9, Rivera 7, Peñaflor 3, Jerez 3, Sanggalang 2, Isanan 2, Aujero 2, Portillo 0, Manuel 0, Magat 0, Valera 0. Quarter Scores: 10-16, 27-35, 47-56, 69-62......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

IBP partners with CHR to provide free legal aid to victims of rights violations

MANILA, Philippines – To help hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable, members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will now assist victims through the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). On Friday, November 24, CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon and IBP President Abdiel Fajardo signed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Comment on NOTHING TO FEAR: 'NoToPECO supporters to hold rally at City Hall by Nick Rivas, Jr.

The principal question that needs to be addressed is: Who will take over the provision of power in the event PECO's franchise is not renewed? Pointing to the Constitution as basis for government or other entities to run the system is not overly dependable and sensible since government has other priorities, and other power groups may not have the financial capabilities to buy out PECO to effectively provide Iloilo City's power requirements. What should be worked on instead by those for aiming non-renewal is to prod the government (ERC) to lower the power rates PECO is charging its consumers and to institute an all-round improvement of services. While I, too, am not favorable of PECO's present rates and services, I would rather suggest a status quo to ensure that power is readily available instead of opting for a new and untested power provider who may not efficiently answer/provide Iloilo's power needs......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Lawyers’ groups to hold human rights summit on Nov. 23 to 24

Law practitioners will come together for a two-day summit as they call to uphold the rule of law and aid victims of President Duterte’s War on Drugs. The post Lawyers’ groups to hold human rights summit on Nov. 23 to 24 appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Cargo Movers stretch unbeaten run to six

Unblemished F2 Logistics added Cignal to its growing list of victims in a walk in the park, 25-22, 25-13, 25-12, victory as the Cargo Movers solidified their hold of the solo top spot in the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cargo Movers stretched their winning streak to six straight while handing the HD Spikers their fourth loss in six games. Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez and American reinforcement Kennedy Bryan led the way for the Cargo Movers with 17 points each. F2 Logistics dictated the tempo early and was dominating the match even before Cignal lost top spiker Jovelyn Gonzaga to a knee injury late in the second frame. “Actually, nakikita namin both wings ng kabila hindi naman ganoon kalaki so hindi man mag-work ang gitna namin talagang ang dalawang import namin medyo dominated kapag local ang buma-block sa magkabilang side,” said Cargo Movers coach Ramil De Jesus. “So 'yun ang nakikita naming advantage.” Bryan pounded 15 attacks while Perez had 13 kills and three kill blocks for F2 Logistics, which will round up the elims against Foton and Iriga City. Kim Fajardo scored nine and tallied 12 excellent sets while Majoy Baron, Kianna Dy and Aby Marano combined for 12 markers. Gonzaga was stretchered off the court and was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center after hurting her knee following an attack with Cignal down, 13-21, in the second set. Australian Beth Carey and American import Alexis Mathews finished with seven points each for Cignal, which dropped to sixth place.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

Pimentel lauds possible entry of 3rd telco player in PH

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III welcomedon Tuesday the proposed entry of a third telecommunications company in the country from China, saying it is the only way to force the two giantlocal telcos to improve their services.   Pimentel was apparentlyreferring to Smart Communications Inc.and Globe Telecom.   "A third telecommunications firm is exactly what our country needs to end a telco duopoly mired in mediocrity; a situation that has allowed them to hold the Filipino consumer hostage to poor communications and data services," Pimentel said in a statement.   "By acting decisively to address this problem, the President is showing the kind of ...Keep on reading: Pimentel lauds possible entry of 3rd telco player in PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

Free legal aid for EJK victims eyed

MANILA, Philippines — The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) is set to tap lawyers to provide free legal services to victims of extrajudicial killings a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

From Under This Hat: Violet is blue

At the International Association of Women in Broadcast and Television 37th Biennial Assembly last week in Quezon City, I met a vibrant and warm people of the women broadcast community from all over the world. It also was where places in Africa as Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sierra Leone became real for me; not just a news clip on TV news or video documents, but somebody in front and a solid living community representative and a woman......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

Relatives of Philippine drug war victims call for justice

MANILA (Reuters) - The families of thousands of victims in the Philippines' bloody war on drugs mourned on Wednesday at gatherings in churches and cemeteries in the capital, Manila, to call for j.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Marawi war victims unite, threaten to launch ‘holy war’

&'160; MARAWI CITY – A shadowy group calling itself the “Meranaw Victims Movement” has threatened to launch its own jihad or holy war if a set of demands, among them government compensation for the destruction of Marawi and the victims of war between security forces and local IS militants in the besieged city in southern Philippines. Speaking in Arabic, the group &'' comprising about 3 dozen masked gunmen &'' released a 14-minute video and statement on social media and stated the following demands: First, we would like to ask our kinsfolk from among the so-called ISIS/Maute Group to leave Marawi City at once and free their hostages, Muslims and Christians alike; Second, we would like to ask the Philippine Government, especially President Rodrigo Duterte, the following – to allow the civilians to return to their homes in areas in Marawi City that were already cleared by the military; stop the aerial bombings of Marawi City if only to salvage houses or buildings that may not have been destroyed yet; stop the abuses of some military and police personnel at checkpoints and accord respect to civilians, especially the women. And ease the access to and from Marawi City, especially the roads through the village of Maliwanag so that people in the 1st District of Lanao del Sur would have better and convenient road access; secure the remains of civilians so they may not be mixed with the garbage in the process of military clearing operations and so that they may be given proper burial even if only skeletons are left of them; to provide immediate appropriate material and financial support to all wounded civilian victims similar to the support being provided by the government to wounded military and police personnel; compensate for the damaged houses and buildings, wasted goods and merchandise of civilians and provide for their livelihood as well. And to rebuild or rehabilitate the mosques and madrasahs and other destroyed structures that represented the Meranao culture and heritage; importantly, the government should not make any hint that it would occupy the land of the Meranaws on the basis of military reservation, instead it should help legitimate owners to have their respective land titles; and for the military and police personnel to avoid occupying mosques and madrasahs. It also demanded from local politicians to account for all the relevant government funds such as the Calamity Fund and all other assistance and donations, and ensure transparent and equitable implementation or spending of the same. And has urged the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front to support its demands by ensuring that these reach all those concerned. The Meranaw Victims Movement strongly denied that locals &'' whom the government and authorities blamed for allowing militants to build up forces and occupy the city &'' condone the violence and said it is willing to face off with IS fighters in an effort to drive out the gunmen. It also blamed local leaders as responsible for failing to prevent the IS attacks. “First, we did not conform with the using of Marawi City as sanctuary neither did we approve of what some of our kinsfolk who claimed to be ISIS/Maute Group did which ignited the war in Marawi City that has brought about grave sufferings to the Meranaw people. Second, we deem unacceptable the actions of the Government that caused the displacement of tens of thousands and deaths of several civilians due to the aerial bombings and use of heavy armaments in Marawi City which are among those prohibited under International Humanitarian Law.” “Third, we hold our local leaders, past and present alike, responsible for failing to prevent the ISIS/Maute Group from carrying out their plan since they were fully aware of the group’s presence in the city prior to the siege, and for literally forsaking the civilians like orphans in the midst of great danger during the onset of the siege on May 23, 2017. Fourth, we are dismayed with the MILF since, until now, nothing was heard of them, let alone have they made a categorical position on the current Marawi crisis,” it said. If all the demands are not met, the group said it will take actions not only against IS militants, but the Duterte government as well. “To our ISIS/Maute Group kinsfolk, if you would not heed our call, we would be compelled to face you because by then you no longer care for the welfare of the people and you did not only fail to realize but have violated the essence of Jihad in Islam. To the Government, this will be the last time that we will ask in relation to previous demands of various sectors of the Meranaw society, and that if the foregoing demands will fall to deaf ears, likewise, we will be compelled to fight for our rights that have been trampled upon and that Jihad becomes our legitimate recourse.” “To our leaders, should we find out that you defraud or corrupt the assistance and support intended for the evacuees, we will unrelentingly pursue until we take them for the people in whatever means possible. To the MILF, take note that the demand for the approval of the BBL becomes irrelevant if the key area where it should be implemented would no longer be in the hands of the Meranaw, and that by then the support of the people of Lanao becomes weak in time that [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Humanitarian crisis looms as Sierra Leone deaths reach 400

Humanitarian crisis looms as Sierra Leone deaths reach 400.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2017

Death toll from Sierra Leone floods passes 400 – Red Cross

Death toll from Sierra Leone floods passes 400 – Red Cross.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 18th, 2017

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2017