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CHR receives 55 EJK complaints during quarantine period

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 52 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday said it received 55 complaints related to alleged extra-judicial killings (EJKs) during the implementation of community quarantine in the country. In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit said the CHR has monitored 817 complaints related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, mostly related to government assistance and torture or "cruel, inhumane, degrading" treatment or punishment. "[Complaints on] arrests and detention are 107, and EJKs are 55. So even in terms of numbers, even if it slowed down, it's still a death. It's still an EJK allegation. We are investigat...

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Duterte to meet PNP, AFP commanders in Mindanao

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 4 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Mindanao to meet with military and police commanders following the so-called misencounter between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Jolo, Sulu that left four soldiers dead. According to Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao, Duterte's visit will happen "very soon" but he did not disclose further details due to security reasons. "The President is going to the South to talk to our PNP and AFP commanders (there), sabi ko nga kung may time pa siya kausapin niya yung mga suspect (I even told him to visit the suspects if he has time)," Ao said in a televised Palace press briefing. ...

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Iloilo gov bans travelers from Negros Occidental, Capiz, Antique until July 15 to stop COVID-19 spread

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 16 min ago
BACOLOD CITY ---- Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. has banned the entry of travelers from Negros Occidental, Capiz, and Antique to his province until July 15 to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Defensor's restriction on travel from the three provinces was contained in his Executive Order No. 128-E Series of 2020 extending the modified general community quarantine in Iloilo province until July 15. He said only the following persons from the three provinces would be allowed to travel to Iloilo: government officials and personnel traveling in the performance of their functions, health and emergency frontline personnel, persons traveling for medical or humanitarian...

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WATCH: Moira Dela Torre sings ‘Hanggang sa Huli’ for ABS-CBN amid shutdown

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 20 min ago
Moira Dela Torre dedicated a heartfelt performance of her song "Hanggang sa Huli" to ABS-CBN after two more cease-and-desist orders were issued to the network. The National Telecommunications Commission ordered on June 30 the shutdown of Sky Direct, the direct broadcast satellite service of ABS-CBN subsidiary Sky Cable Corp., and TVPlus, ABS-CBN's digital broadcast in Metro Manila. The day after, Dela Torre penned a short yet thoughtful message for her home network alongside a clip of her singing "Hanggang sa Huli" on her Facebook page. The track speaks about standing by someone no matter what happens. "To my [ABS-CBN] family, as the seasons get harder and harder, [I] hope you remem...

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China forcibly sterilizes Uighurs to control population: report

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 20 min ago
BEIJING --- Chinese authorities are carrying out forced sterilizations of Uighur and other ethnic minority women in an apparent campaign to curb the population, a study said Monday, triggering swift international condemnation. China called the allegations baseless but the United States demanded an immediate end to the campaign described in the report, which was based on a combination of official regional data, policy documents and interviews with ethnic minority women. China is accused of locking more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in re-education camps. Beijing describes the facilities as job training centers aimed at steering people away from terr...

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6 more COVID-19 ‘suspects’ in Quezon die

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 21 min ago
LUCENA CITY ---- At least six more individuals suspected of having contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Quezon province have died, the Quezon public information office (QPIO) reported Thursday. In its 8 a.m. bulletin, the QPIO, quoting the latest data from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), revealed that the total number of fatalities among "suspects" reached 63 from 57 in its last tally on Wednesday (July 1). The list of 63 "suspects" who died covers only the period April 14 to the present. From March 15 to April 13, the IPHO record showed 44 deaths under the "person under investigation" (PUI) classification, which was replaced by the "suspect" category...

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‘DOTS’ star Jon Lucas hosts online dance tutorial, marks first anniversary as Kapuso

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 25 min ago
Ex-Hashtags member Jon Lucas is getting busy once again after dealing with COVID-19 as he is now set to teach fans some of his dance moves online. The "Descendants of the Sun" (DOTS) actor will be hosting a TikTok dance tutorial, aptly titled "DOTS How To Do It", tonight at 7 p.m., July 2, via Facebook Live. "Mag-stretch na dahil sasayaw tayo (Go do some stretching as we are set to dance) with Jon Lucas this Thursday sa (on) #DOTSHowToDoIt!" the official Facebook page of the GMA network show announced on Monday, June 29. https://www.facebook.com/dotsphofficial/photos/a.110197090620048/163278258645264/?type=3&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAZNJ2P3yk5SeI0lX3lxcL2dR8hJp-AnNvQJEYnJyyZi...

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Ex-soldier hurt in shooting in Sorsogon

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 28 min ago
LEGAZPI CITY ---- A retired member of the Philippine Army was hurt in a shooting in Donsol town in Sorsogon province on Wednesday night. Major Jose Michael Aurelio, chief of the Donsol police, said while standing beside his motorcycle, Nomer Dacillo, 59, was shot by an unidentified gunman in Barangay Rawis at 11:40 p.m. Dacillo suffered bullet wounds in his stomach and left foot and was taken to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital. The police recovered six cartridge cases of unknown caliber and four unfired live bullets of unknown caliber. Investigators have yet to determine the motive behind the attack. LZB...

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Heart Evangelista on why she won’t join politics: ‘I can help without that kind of power’

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 36 min ago
Actress Heart Evangelista once again clarified that she is not interested in entering politics. "Politics is not for me. I can help without that kind of power," Evangelista said on Twitter yesterday, July 1. Evangelista is married to Sorsogon governor Chiz Escudero. The actress addressed the question of whether or not she will eventually run for office by responding to a netizen's post. A certain @fudgeeBarNamanO posted a screengrab of Evangelista's Instagram Stories on Twitter, stating, "Hoping [Heart Evangelista won't] enter politics." Evangelista has been aiding citizens in Sorsogon, as seen on her Instagram Stories yesterday.   https://twitter.com/heart021485/...

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New Zealand’s health minister resigns after virus blunders

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 45 min ago
WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- New Zealand's health minister resigned Thursday following a series of personal blunders during the coronavirus pandemic.       David Clark had earlier described himself as an "idiot" for breaking the nation's lockdown measures and then last week appeared to blame a beloved health official for border lapses, generating an angry response from the public. Announcing his resignation, Clark said he'd put all his energy into the job. "But it has become increasingly clear to me that my continuation in the role is distracting from the government's overall response to COVID-19," he said. Clark said he intended to remain in the pa...

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Pooh to host interactive musical talk show with Yeng Constantino as guest

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 55 min ago
Comedian Pooh (real name: Jay Patrick Roquero) is set to host an interactive musical talk show online this month with OPM star Yeng Constantino as his guest. "Homeoke" will be available to fans via Facebook Live, YouTube and Cornerstone Entertainment's online television, CSTV, at 8 p.m. on July 15, Pooh announced on Instagram yesterday, July 1. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCGGVc-FncY/ CSTV, one of the platforms the show will air on, is the talent management and entertainment events company's online TV outlet launched last April amid the quarantine. Interested fans can take part in the show by writing to [email protected] or calling/texting 09190052558 to register, accordi...

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Defiance and fear as Hong Kong settles into new normal after China-backed law takes hold

CNN Top Stories - 9 hours 58 min ago
If Beijing thought a new national security law would guarantee a quiet birthday for Hong Kong, it was mistaken.
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Focus on other issues other than ABS-CBN amid pandemic, says Angel Locsin

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 1 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, Angel Locsin couldn't help but question why ABS-CBN remains the object of focus despite other pressing matters that need to be addressed.   Locsin aired her concerns in an open letter posted on Instagram Wednesday. The open letter was addressed "to whom it may concern." "Make sure you have plans for the many workers and business owners who lost their income," the actress said. "Ang daming time pag-initan ang ABS, i-prioritize pa ang renaming ng airport, anti-terrorist bill," she added, referring to the shutdown of her mother network ABS-CBN, the bid to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the imp...

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Big hospitals in Cebu City in ‘critical’ level due to surge in COVID-19 cases

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 1 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Big hospitals in Cebu City are already in "critical" level due to the surge of cases of coronavirus disease in the city, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the city's overall critical care resources such as isolation beds and mechanical ventilators is "nearing critical point," while big hospitals are already swamped with patients. "'Yung ating malalaking hospital sa Cebu city ay nandoon na sa critical na marami na talagang naka-admit at 'yung mechanical ventilators nila ay maraming gumagamit," she said. (Big hospitals in Cebu City are nearing critical point where many people are admitted due to ...

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Controversial anti-terror bill up for ‘final review’, Palace says

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 8 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The highly-contested anti-terrorism bill is now with the Office of the Executive Secretary for final review before being handed to President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacaang said Thursday. "Wala na po sa lamesa ng Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs, nailipat na po 'yan sa tanggapan ni Executive Secretary for final review," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a televised Palace press briefing. (It is no longer on the desk of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs, it has been transferred to the office of the Executive Secretary for final review.) "Ibig sabihin po meron nang memorandum recommending a course of action to the President su...

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Ciara Sotto turns 40, thanks her idols Sharon Cuneta and Pops Fernandez

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 9 min ago
As Ciara Sotto marked her 40th birthday today, July 2, the actress and singer expressed her gratitude to those who she holds dearly in her heart, including Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Concert Queen Pops Fernandez. She has been thanking some of the people she is grateful for on Instagram, through her series #RoadTo40 posts. Ciara, daughter of actress Helen Gamboa and comedian-turned-politician Tito Sotto, narrated how Cuneta and Fernandez inspired her, via Instagram yesterday, July 1. She described the two veteran singers as both "beautiful inside and out." "Grateful for Ate Sharon @reallysharoncuneta and Ate Pops @popsfernandezofficial," she said. "My [two] icons who, luckily...

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‘Roadworthy’ jeepneys may ply NCR roads without QR codes this weekend

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 16 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Traditional jeepneys that are roadworthy would be allowed to resume operations without the required QR codes from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), which is having technical troubles that prevented it from dispensing such codes. LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra explained that they are implementing a "migration" for the agency's website which would mean the issuance of QR codes would temporarily be unavailable. "We will upload the list sa Facebook page para makita yung pangalan ng operators. Kapag andun na pwede na kayo bumiyahe without the QR code this weekend," Delgra said in an online press conference about resumption of operati...

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Colombia, US seize 7.5 tons of cocaine near Panama waters

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 18 min ago
  BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombian and US authorities have seized 7.5 tons of cocaine near Panamanian waters, the Defense Ministry in Bogota said Wednesday. The cocaine was mixed with a construction product and transported aboard a ship heading from Cartagena on Colombia's Caribbean coast to the Panamanian port of Colon. "During an operation by the Colombian national police and navy, in coordination with United States authorities, more than 7.5 tons of cocaine hydrochloride were seized from a Colombian-flagged boat near Panama," Colombia's Defense Ministry said in a press release. The cargo, intercepted in international waters, allegedly belonged to Colombia's powerful ...

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Australia considering ‘safe haven’ offer to Hong Kongers

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 18 min ago
SYDNEY --- Australia is actively considering providing safe haven to Hong Kong residents in response to China's sweeping new security law, it said Thursday, a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the situation in Hong Kong was "very concerning" and his government was "very actively" considering proposals to welcome in residents of the former British territory. Asked by a reporter whether Australia could extend an offer of safe haven, Morrison responded "yes." He said the measures would soon be considered by his Cabinet, hinting strongly that it would be approved. "We think that's important and very consistent with who we...

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