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2 fall in Albay, Camarines Norte drug stings

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 41 min ago
LEGAZPI CITY ---- Two alleged drug pushers were arrested in separate anti-drug operations in Albay and Camarines Norte on Tuesday. Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Bicol police, said Edwin Mina, 48, was caught selling two sachets of suspected shabu (crystal meth) in Barangay San Roque, Malilipot, Albay around 4:30 p.m. In Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte, police collared Mia Yaba, 42, of North Poblacion while creating alarm and scandal at 8:20 p.m. When a search was conducted, police found that the suspect had 14 sachets of suspected shabu.   Edited by Lzb...

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Around 50 Filipinos in Wuhan want to go home amid virus scare

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 3 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Around 50 Filipinos in Hubei province, mostly from Wuhan City, have so far expressed desire to return to the Philippines as the novel coronavirus death toll in China rises.   Citing estimates from the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai, Foreign Affairs Secretary Eduardo Meez said there are around 300 Filipino in Hubei province, with 150 in Wuhan City, which is the epicenter of the virus outbreak.   "About 50 so far have indicated desire to leave. Any repatriation would need to consider their safety, in coordination with Chinese authorities' approval," Meez told reporters in a Viber message on Wednesday.   "Mostly from Wuhan ...

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2 Chinese killed in Taguig just released from jail — police

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 15 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The two Chinese nationals gunned down in Taguig City had just been released from the detention facility of Camp Bagong Diwa when they were killed on Tuesday, according to police. Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said the two victims identified as Ninjie Zhang, 42, and a certain "Kauyu" were released after the court dismissed their charges for sale and possession of illegal drugs under the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. "The case was dismissed because the apprehending officer was not able to solidify their case that created doubts that led to the dismissal of the case,"...

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Man accused of killing missing wife is in critical condition

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 16 min ago
FARMINGTON, Conn. --- A Connecticut man charged with murdering his estranged wife was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after being found unresponsive in a vehicle inside his garage, authorities said. Fotis Dulos was found when officers went to his house in Farmington because he was late for a bond hearing in the murder case. He is being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Farmington Police Lt. Tim McKenzie, who would not confirm if it was a suicide attempt. Dulos and his wife, Jennifer Dulos, were going through bitter divorce and child custody proceedings when she vanished months ago. He has denied any role in the disappearance of his wife, who hasn't ...

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PNP chief orders intensified drive vs prostitution

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 40 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa has ordered the PNP's Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) to "intensify further" the campaign against prostitution.   This will be in coordination with local government units, and local social welfare offices, PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said on Wednesday.   Gamboa's directive was issued after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the PNP will lead the probe on the reported emergence of Chinese prostitution dens in the country, which is supposedly linked to the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) industry.   https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1220520...

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Plane carrying Japanese evacuees from Wuhan lands in Tokyo

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 54 min ago
TOKYO --- A plane carrying Japanese nationals evacuated from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of a new coronavirus outbreak, landed Wednesday at a Tokyo airport. An AFP reporter saw the plane arrive at Haneda airport around 8:45 a.m. (1145 GMT), with officials saying 206 people were on board. Airport workers wearing face masks immediately began unloading luggage from the aircraft, and several buses pulled up, but there was no immediate sign of passengers leaving the plane. Earlier, health ministry officials said medical professionals on board the flight would carry out health checks but that there were no plans to quarantine the arriving passengers. The flight arrives as sever...

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Hontiveros: ‘Personnel within PNP’ possibly conniving with gangs in prostitution dens

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 2 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- It is possible that "personnel within our PNP" are colluding with syndicates and protecting groups involved in Chinese prostitution in the country. Senator Risa Hontiveros offered this theory as she raised doubt about the continued proliferation of prostitution dens nationwide despite supposed anti-crime drive. In an interview with ABS CBN News Channel, Hontiveros was asked if she thinks it is possible that members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are conniving with crime gangs involved in prostitution. "That's possible kasi kung sino ang nagbabantay, kung masyadong marami ang nakakalusot o hindi nabibigyan ng pansin, hindi na su-surveillance, hindi nare...

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9-year-old boy charged with attempted murder after his younger sister was stabbed

CNN Top Stories - 13 hours 3 min ago
A 9-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder in the first degree after he allegedly stabbed his 5-year-old sister with a kitchen knife in an apartment, according to the Ocala Police Department in Florida.
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Danger lingers as Taal quakes indicate possible eruption, Phivolcs warns

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 10 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Low-frequency earthquakes are still jolting Taal Volcano, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Wednesday.   In its 8 a.m. bulletin, Phivolcs said that the Philippine Seismic Network recorded three volcanic earthquakes between 5 a.m. on Tuesday to 5 a.m. on Wednesday.   The earthquakes were measured at magnitudes 1.7 to 2.1, with one felt at Intensity III.   "These earthquakes signify magmatic activity beneath the Taal edifice that could lead to eruptive activity at the main crater," Phivolcs said.   Meanwhile, activity in the volcano's main crater was characterized as "moderate to volumi...

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Kobe Bryant’s body identified among helicopter crash victims

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 11 min ago
LOS ANGELES --- Medical examiners identified the body of NBA legend Kobe Bryant among helicopter crash victims through the use of fingerprints, officials said Tuesday. Bryant's remains, as well as those of three others on board the aircraft, were identified two days after the helicopter crashed into a rugged hillside northwest of Los Angeles, killing nine. The bodies of pilot Ara Zobayan, baseball coach John Altobelli and Sarah Chester have also been identified, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said in a statement. The remaining five bodies have not yet been officially identified....

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Peru court orders Keiko Fujimori to return to prison

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 17 min ago
LIMA, Peru --- A Peruvian judge ordered opposition leader Keiko Fujimori to return to prison for a further 15 months' pre-trial detention Tuesday as part of an investigation into Latin America's sprawling Odebrecht corruption scandal. Fujimori, 44, who was in court to hear the ruling by Judge Victor Zuniga, was immediately arrested and taken to Chorrillos women's prison in south Lima. "I impose preventive detention for a period of 15 months," Zuniga told the court in Lima after a hearing that lasted 10 hours. Fujimori previously spent 13 months in pre-trial detention at the Chorrillos facility before she was released in November, but anti-corruption prosecutors had appealed that d...

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‘Hard to keep going’ as injured Durant mourns for Kobe

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 26 min ago
  NEW YORK --- Injured NBA superstar Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets said it's "hard to keep going right now" as he mourns the death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Bryant died Sunday at age 41 in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles, sending devastated NBA players and fans into grieving the loss of one of the game's most iconic superstars. "It's hard to keep going right now," Durant said. "But as a basketball community, as a world as a whole, I know we're all just mourning and sticking together when it comes to this." Durant, who was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the Golden State Warriors in their 2017 and 2018 championship runs, suffered a torn right A...

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Here's what happened in the minutes before Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash

CNN Top Stories - 13 hours 26 min ago
• Pilot's last words could be key clue
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2 busted in Lucena City drug sting

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 28 min ago
LUCENA CITY -- Police arrested two drug suspects suspected in buy-bust operations here early Wednesday. Romeo Ederon, 40, was collared after he sold shabu to an undercover police officer in Barangay 4 at around 5:50 a.m., Lt. Colonel Romulo Albacea, Lucena City police chief said. Recovered from Ederon were six plastic sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of almost P5,000. Policemen also arrested Jezrael Almira, 33, in another operation in Barangay 10 at around 6:40 a.m. The suspect yielded eight sachets of shabu. Police said they learned of the illegal activities of the suspects from concerned citizens and rehabilitated drug users.   GSG...

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Retired Army nabbed for illegal firearms, ammunition in Camarines Sur

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 41 min ago
LEGAZPI CITY --- A retired member of the Philippine Army has been arrested for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition in Pamplona, Camarines Sur. Camarines Sur police director Col. Roderico Roy Jr. said suspect Edgar Pedido was arrested after a search warrant was served in Barangay Del Rosario at around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. Confiscated from Pedido were two shotguns, a caliber .45 pistol, two magazines for caliber .45, a caliber .38 revolver, a caliber .25 with inserted magazine loaded with eight live ammunition, a magazine for caliber .25, two airguns, a shotgun butt, 22 live ammunition for 12-gauge shotgun, and 15 live ammunition for caliber .45. Pedido will be charged with vi...

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50 US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike

CNN Top Stories - 13 hours 43 min ago
Fifty US military personnel have now been diagnosed with concussions and traumatic brain injuries following the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month, according to a statement Tuesday from the Pentagon.
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Pedestrian dies in Laguna railroad mishap

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 45 min ago
SAN PEDRO CITY - A man died after he was hit by a Philippine National Railways (PNR) train in Los Baos, Laguna on Tuesday evening, police said Wednesday.   The Laguna police identified the fatality as Bobby June Benegas, 32, a resident of Barangay San Antonio.   Investigation showed that Benegas was crossing the railway with his bicycle in tow at around 9 p.m. when he was hit by the train.   Benegas was rushed to the Bay District Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival due to multiple injuries.   In December last year, a woman was also killed after a train hit her car as she and a companion crossed the tracks in Bian City, Laguna. &nb...

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Virus outbreak death toll in mainland China rises to 132, cases increase to 5,974

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 48 min ago
BEIJING --- The death toll in the new China virus outbreak in mainland China has increased to 132 as cases also swelled to 5,974.    ...

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At Harvey Weinstein’s trial, a big role for other accusers

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 17 min ago
NEW YORK --- In his former life as a Hollywood big shot, Harvey Weinstein knew the importance of a good supporting role. In his New York City trial, it's the prosecution's supporting witnesses who could a big factor in whether he goes to prison. While Weinstein is charged in sexual attacks on two women, Manhattan prosecutors are having four more to testify about alleged misconduct as part of an effort to portray him as a serial offender. The same strategy helped convict comedian Bill Cosby at his Pennsylvania molestation retrial in 2018. There, prosecutors brought in five additional accusers, even though Cosby was only charged with sexually assaulting one woman. "The problem...

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In snub to US, Britain will allow Huawei in 5G networks

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 38 min ago
LONDON --- Britain decided Tuesday to let Chinese tech giant Huawei have a limited role supplying new high-speed network equipment to wireless carriers, ignoring the U.S. government's warnings that it would sever intelligence sharing if the company was not banned. Britain's decision is the first by a major U.S. ally in Europe, and follows intense lobbying from the Trump administration as the U.S. vies with China for technological dominance. It sets up a diplomatic clash with the Americans, who claim that British sovereignty is at risk because the company could give the Chinese government access to data, an allegation Huawei denies. "We would never take decisions that threate...

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