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LIST: Class suspensions Monday due to transport strike

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 10 min ago
Some schools have announced the suspension of classes and office work on Monday, Feb. 27, due to the scheduled transport strike of jeepney operators:   -Elementary and high school levels in National Capital Region (NCR) -Adamson University (all classes and office work) -Far Eastern University(all classes in Manila and Makati campuses) -De La Salle University (all levels, including office work, in all campuses) -De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (all classes and office work) -Colegio de San Juan de Letran Manila(all classes and office work) -Lyceum of the Philippines University(all classes and office work) -University of Santo Tomas(all classes and offic...

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AFP offensive continues amid Abu Sayyaf threat to behead German

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 39 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine military says troops are pressing efforts to eradicate Abu Sayyaf militants, who have threatened to behead a German hostage by a ransom deadline that has lapsed. Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said Sunday that troops were continuing operations to rescue foreign and local hostages, including German hostage Jurgen Gustav Kantner, believed to be held by the militants in the jungles of southern Sulu province. Kantner said in a video that circulated online earlier this month that the militants have threatened to behead him by mid-afternoon of Sunday if a ransom were not paid. There was no immediate sign whether the militants pus...

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13 drug suspects bolt PDEA jail in Camp Olivas; hunt on

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 12 min ago
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Thirteen drug suspects escaped from the jail of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency inside the Central Luzon police headquarters in Camp Olivas here at 1 a.m. on Sunday (Feb. 26).   The fugitives' identities were not made public at press time.   They used a chainsaw to cut open the steel bars of their cell, but how they obtained the tool and got past the gates of Camp Olivas are still being investigated, said Juvenal Azurin, PDEA Central Luzon director.   Most of the escaped inmates are from Bulacan. Several of them have been in jail for five months, Azurin said.   "We all consider them high value targets because the v...

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There’s No Lack of Misogyny in this Country, Just Look at Harry Roque

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 13 min ago
This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. This week in misogyny, a lawyer who once represented the family of a slain transgender woman made a blithe comment in a pathetic attempt at humor, suggesting that besieged Senator Leila De Lima preferred to be incarcerated at the Custodial Center of the Armed Forces of the Philippines so she could be surrounded by men. His exact words,recorded at a press conference, were, "Bakit gusto niya saAFP, dahil puro kalalakihan dun(Why does she want to stay at AFP, because it's full of men)?" I'm sure there were men---and w...

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Jan. 25 declared National Day of Remembrance for SAF 44

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 15 min ago
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared January 25 of every year as Day of National Remembrance for the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers killed during the botched Mamasapano operation two years ago.   In Proclamation No. 164 released by Malacaang on Sunday, Duterte said: "As the nation honors the memory of the SAF 44, their heroism also serves as a constant reminder of continuing sacrifices being made by our valiant uniformed men and women in the line of duty.   "I ask all our countrymen to remember the heroism of the SAF 44 and recall the daily sacrifices of our uniformed personnel for the sake of the continued peace and security of our nation," the Presid...

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BSP shutters Iloilo rural bank

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 26 min ago
      The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has shuttered a rural bank in Iloilo due to insolvency, the second so far in 2017.   In a bulletin, state-run Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) said the Monetary Board, the BSP's highest policy-setting body, on Feb. 23 prohibited Rural Bank of Barotac Viejo (Iloilo) Inc. from doing business.   As designated receiver, the PDIC last Feb. 24 took over the rural bank as well as its affairs, assets, branches and records.   Rural Bank of Barotac Viejo (Iloilo) had two branches: one each in Jaro, Iloilo City as well as Concepcion, Iloilo.   The PDIC was also ordered to liquidate...

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Cebu City readies vehicles to help ferry stranded passengers

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 38 min ago
CEBU CITY - Kaohsiung buses, Ceres buses and Vans-for-Hire (V-Hire) will be placed on standby to help ferry passengers who will be stranded on Monday when transport groups hold a strike to protest the phase-out of 15-year-old public utility vehicles and older.   Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) operations chief Francisco Ouano said the city is ready for the transport strike, which will be headed by Pinag-isang Samahan nga mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston-Cebu). The group expects at least 700 members to join.   "We will start monitoring as early as 4 a.m. If we see stranded passengers in a certain area, we will deploy the vehicles," Ouano said. &nb...

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Ateneo takes down UP in straight sets

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 43 min ago
Ateneo needed only three sets to take down erstwhile undefeated University of the Philippines, 25-14, 25-19, 25-21, in the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournamentSundayat Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Eagles improved to 5-1 and extended its win streak to four games while the Lady Maroons (4-1) slipped to second place after getting its unbeaten run snapped. The Lady Maroons, down 19-9, managed to fight back in the third set with a 12-5 run to cut the deficit to three, 24-21, but Jhoana Maraguinot had enough of UP's persistence and ended the match with a down-the-line kill. Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses said their win against the Lady Maroons was a huge co...

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No classes in Iloilo City on Monday due to transport strike

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 55 min ago
ILOILO CITY - Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on Sunday afternoon declared a suspension of classes at all levels here on Monday due to a planned strike by transport groups.   Covered by the declaration are all public and private schools in the city.   Transport groups with members plying routes within the city and between the city and towns in the province have announced the strike to protest the proposed scrapping of public utility vehicles 15 years old and older.   The strike will also be joined by transport groups in Capiz, Aklan, Negros Occidental and Cebu.     Iloilo City Administrator Hernando Galvez said the city government...

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Visayas transport groups to join strike vs PUV phaseout

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 29 min ago
ILOILO CITY -- Transport groups in the Visayas are expected to hold a strike on Monday to protest the phaseout of public utility vehicles (PUV) that are 15 years old and above. Expected to be affected are the provinces of Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental and parts of Cebu. The No To Public Utility Jeepney, Public Utility Bus, Asian Utility Vehicle Phaseout Coalition in Panay said the strike would be joined by drivers and operators of public jeepneys, buses, vans and tricycles. The coalition includes the Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association, Confederation of Iloilo Provincial Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association, Hugpong Capiz, Federation o...

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DBP bus topples on way out of Baguio, 41 passengers safe

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 55 min ago
BAGUIO CITY -- A bus fell on its side as it exited Baguio City beforeSundaynoon but its 41 passengers survived the accident along Marcos Highway, with 7 undergoing treatment for minor injuries, a rescue group said. The vehicle was carrying employees of the Development Bank of the Philippines who were here for a seminar, said Rafael Valencia, president of the rescue organization 911 On Call. The bus driver, Johnson Binabay, said he lost control of the brakes between11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The bus toppled as Binabay tried to control the vehicle's descent along Badiwan subvillage in Poblacion village, Tuba town in Benguet province, Valencia said. The injured passengers were taken to the B...

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Thai princess swims with whale sharks in Oslob

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 12 min ago
CEBU CITY---Even a visiting princess cannot resist the allure of swimming with famed whale sharks in Oslob town, 121 km south of here. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand and her party arrived in Barangay Tan-awan, Oslob on Saturday morning to fulfill her desire to swim with the whale sharks, a tourist attraction of the municipality. Security was tight and no one was allowed to take photos of the princess, said PO2 Jun Emar Jerusalem, desk officer of Oslob police station. The visit was unannounced which caught several residents by surprise. "Only a few tourists and residents knew about her visit because some of them were curious why there were many policemen present in th...

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Streaking La Salle blanks winless UE in UAAP women’s volleyball

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 30 min ago
Defending champion De La Salle stretched its winning streak to three games after disposing of woeful University of the East, 25-18, 25-14, 25-16, in the UAAP Season79 women's volleyball tournament,Sundayat Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers upped their mark to 5-1 while also extending the Lady Warriors' losing streak to six for a 0-6 slate.Lady Spikers head coach Ramil De Jesus said his team has a newfound mean streak during their unbeaten run as they have not dropped a set for the past three games."They want to win more than ever, because it would be really difficult to come back if you give your opponent any ounce of confidence," said De Jesus, whose team's last loss was against l...

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Murder raps filed vs Capiz village chief for farmer’s slay

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 51 min ago
ILOILO CITY---Police have filed a murder and frustrated murder complaint against a village chief and several others for the Feb. 11 killing of a land beneficiary and the wounding of four others in Capiz province. In a complaint filed before the Capiz Provincial Prosecutor's Office on Feb. 23, the President Roxas town police tagged Barangay (village) Captain Ferdinand Bacanto of Culilang in the killing of Orlando Eslana and the wounding of Melinda Eslana-Arroyo, Ana Bocala, Nida Amo and Adel Vergara. Also named respondents were Leopoldo Lachica, Morito Vega, John Manuel Bacanto, Christopher Bacanto and several unidentified persons. Ferdinand Bacanto, administrator of the disp...

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How to Watch the Oscars the Right Way

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 13 min ago
Raise your hand if you hate waking up extra early but wantto watch the Oscars tomorrow morning. Seriously though, watching the Academy Awards every year is exciting because you get to root for your favorite films and actors.Think of the feeling as when we all wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to win his first Oscar. Plus, it's the one Monday affair that we love waking up to. (Come on, admit it.) To enhance your Oscars experience in the comforts of your home, note down these tips. #1 Dress comfortably Nothing like watching an awards show in your PJs and messy bun. Get cozy in these H&M cotton pajamas before getting up and prep for work. Fluffy slippers are optional. Available a...

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Number coding for PUVs lifted Monday due to strike

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 33 min ago
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the number-coding scheme for public utility vehicles (PUVs) for Monday, Feb. 27, due to the planned nationwide transport strike of jeepney operators. "Due to the scheduled transport strike tomorrow, Feb. 27, the number coding scheme is lifted for PUVs ONLY," the MMDA said in an advisory. Transport groups PISTON, STOP and GO Coalition, and No To Jeepney Phase Out Coalition will hold another demonstration in Metro Manila and other cities nationwide on Monday in protest against the government's jeepney modernization program. The same groups staged a similar strike earlier this month, which stranded passengers and forced suspensi...

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Dureza pleads with Abu Sayyaf to spare German hostage’s life

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 35 min ago
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza has called on the Abu Sayyaf group holding German national Juergen Kantner to spare the life of the kidnap victim. "I am appealing to them to please spare the life of innocent and helpless Kantner," Dureza said in a text message to the Inquirer. The Abu Sayyaf earlier set 3 p.m. Sunday as deadline for the payment of the P30 million ransom. Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz were sailing on Malaysian waters when they were kidnapped on November 5 last year. Merz was killed by the bandits. JE RELATED STORIES German hostage pleads for help Dead German woman found in yacht...

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Ms Intl Kylie Versoza, stars put charm on Panagbenga floats

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 37 min ago
BAGUIO CITY --- Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza and other celebrities lent their glitter to the various floats that competed in the grand parade of the 22nd Panagbenga Festival here on Sunday morning. Versoza, a native of Baguio City, rode the float of Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc. It was the first time that Versoza, wearing a beaded terno, paraded the streets of Baguio since she won Miss International in Tokyo, Japan, last year. Actor Jericho Rosales rode the float of M Lhuillier. Fans mobbed Rosales as he climbed the float at 9 a.m. After waving to the crowd, he grabbed his DSLR camera and took photos of his shrieking fans. Basketball star Asi Taulava and his coach ...

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Siblings drown in Pangasinan river

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 3 min ago
DAGUPAN CITY -- The remains of two girls were discovered in a river in Manaoag town in Pangasinan province on Saturday. Irish Mae Relosa, 15, and her 12-year-old sister Angel Joy were found by residents, who had intended to swim at the Bued River in Barangay (village) Sapang at 4:20 p.m. Police said the Relosa sisters were submerged in 6 feet of water and were wearing their clothes. Investigators said the Relosas may have drowned while crossing the river. Rescuers took the victims to a hospital but doctors there declared them dead on arrival. JE/rga...

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Ex-aviation security chief is new Calabarzon PNP director

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 8 min ago
  LUCENA CITY -- Chief Supt. Ma O Raada Aplasca, the former director of the PNP Aviation Security Group, has been assigned as the new police director of the Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) region.   In a press statement on Sunday, Supt. Chitadel Gaoiran, public information officer of the Police Regional Office 4 PRO 4, said Aplasca, a member of PMA "Hinirang" Class of 1987, replaced Chief Supt. Valfrie Tabian who retired on Feb. 24.   PRO 4 is based in Camp Vicente Lim in Canlubang town in Laguna province.   After his assumption into office on Friday, Gaoiran said Aplasca issued three marching orders to Calabarzon policemen and of...

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