Month: December 2016

Breaking: 16 ang nasugatan sa bomba sa simbahan sa North Cotabato The online news portal of TV5 MANILA – Sixteen people were wounded in a grenade explosion outside a Catholic church during a Christmas eve mass in Midsayap town in North Cotabato late Saturday evening, a priest and police said on Saturday. Residents told the blast happened just as the Sto. Niño Shrine was packed with Catholic churchgoers. “Traditionally, that Mass draws so many people that some bring their own chairs or stools.” Security forces across Southeast Asia are on alert ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays, as police in Australia and Indonesia said they had foiled bomb plots and Malaysian security forces arrested suspected militants. No group has claimed responsibility for the Mindanao attack, but Muslim rebels and Islamist extremists are known to be active in the province, where there have been blasts in the past. Bernardo Tayong, Midsayap town police chief, said most of the injured had been standing outside the Sto. Nino parish church in Midsayap town, North Cotabato. Father Jay Virador said the blast sent the congregation fleeing. “There was no more concluding prayers as there was a commotion,” Virador said. “People hurriedly left the Church.” One police officer was wounded because he was standing near a patrol car where the grenade exploded, about 30 meters from the church entrance, Tayong said. Tayong said bomb experts were still at the site. There...

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May pamaskong lechon ang mga marinero

Victoria, B.C. Stranded Filipino crew members of the Hanjin Scarlet will have a feast of the traditional ‘lechon’ tonight, thanks to the generosity of kababayans in Victoria. The South Korean-owned cargo ship is moored off the coast of Victoria as it awaits resolution of the bankruptcy proceedings against the world’s 7th largest shipping company. Philippine Bayanihan Community Centre in Victoria collected donations for the sailors including a 20-kg. pig complete with 90 kgs. of coal. The sailors plan to do the roasting on deck and will be joined by carollers from Pender Island. In addition to clothing, canned food and rice, the association is also collecting Filipino food and desserts for the crew, as well as cash for them to send home to their families. “I feel for them, just staying there in the ocean,” Agnes Myhre, president of the association told CBC News. “The are so near with us, yet so far, because of what is going on with the ship.” Thirteen crew members were able to go home in late October, but a similar number have not been able to leave the ship since the bankruptcy in late August. The vessel went to DP World’s Vancouver terminal on Oct. 25 after the ship had been seized on Sept. 14 and was held in Prince Rupert’s outer harbour for 55 days, according to a report by The Northern View....

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Editorial: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..

Editorial Philippine Canadian December 25, 2016 By Ted Alcuitas It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. As we reflect on the year about to end and look forward to a new year, one can say that 2016 was the worst of times not only for our motherland the Philippines,but for the United States of America and indeed, throughout the world. In the Philippines, a new breed of leader came to power in June. Rodrigo Duterte was elected on the promise of getting tough on crime especially the drug problem. Less than six months...

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Breaking: Moncton man dies saving drowning Pinay

Canadian  drowns while trying to save drowning woman A Moncton, N.B. man drowned while trying to save a Filipina swimmer in Casiguran, Aurora Province on Wednesday (Dember 21) CBC News reports. Citing GMA News, CBC said both the man and the woman drowned. Gerald Arthur of Moncton, N.B., 48, was holidaying in the Philippines with his Filipina girlfriend when the accident happened. Arthur’s friend, Stephen Walton, said Arthur was travelling with his girlfriend, who is from the Philippines, and by all indications was enjoying the trip. GMA News said the woman who drowned was also a Filipina but not Gerald’s girlfriend. She had become an American citizen and was also a tourist in the area. Looked forward to trip “It’s hard to grasp,” said Walton. “He was looking forward to that trip so much, and he and his new girlfriend Sally were having fun … and you couldn’t write a more tragic story in my mind.” Arthur’s actions were an example of bravery at its best, said Walton, who describes Arthur as a kind person who loved his humour.  “Most of us know that one person that doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and doesn’t have an enemy in the world,” said Walton. “A pretty gentle soul — that was Gerald for sure. “Gerald was pretty far from the athletic type and I’m pretty sure he was just at a modest skill of...

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U.S. stops aid to Philippines over ‘killings’

U.S. stops aid package to PH over rights concerns (UPDATED) The country’s socioeconomic planning chief, however, says he ‘won’t lose sleep’ over the loss of the grant Published 5:14 PM, December 15, 2016 Updated 8:18 PM, December 15, 2016 MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The United States has not renewed a major aid package to the Philippines because of “significant concerns” about the rule of law under President Rodrigo Duterte, the US embassy said on Thursday, December 15. “This decision reflects the Board’s significant concerns around rule of law and civil liberties in the Philippines,” embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina...

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