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Lost Japanese hikers rescued after 10-day ordeal sorry for ‘causing trouble’

SCMP Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:38
Two women in their 60s reportedly got lost along a trail on Mount Misen when thick mist set in, triggering a search party.
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Talisay police to conduct target practice once a month

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:34
THE Talisay City Police Station has set aside one day of every month so police personnel can familiarize with their issued firearms and practice their marksmanship.

Station chief Lieutenant Colonel Randy Caballes said it’s important for his men to know how to handle firearms while in the line of duty.

Aside from practicing their shooting skills, they must also know how to store their guns safely as well as know how to clean them, he said.

"That’s why our police personnel must practice regularly so they won’t forget how to use their guns. Plus they must know how to clean their firearms properly and keep them safe,” he said in Cebuano.

Caballes said the Talisay City Government has offered to shoulder the cost of bullets that will be used during the activity.

Meanwhile, the police official urged his men to always be patient and to exercise maximum tolerance when responding to alarms.

However, when their lives are put at risk, they must be able to protect themselves by using their guns properly, he said.

So far this year, Talisay police have been forced to use their firearms twice after suspects engaged them in a shootout. (BBT, PJB)

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Woman caught after pawning snatched jewelry in Dumanjug

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:26
A 42-YEAR-OLD woman who allegedly snatched the necklace of a minor inside a mall in Barangay Poblacion, Dumanjug town, southwest Cebu was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, August 16, 2022.

Master Sergeant Romeo Legazpi, investigating officer of Dumanjug Police Station, identified the suspect as Liza Balaba, of Barangay Bonbon, Camiguin Province, but currently residing in Barangay Cogon, Dumanjug.

Legazpi told SunStar Cebu that Kristine Codilla, mother of the victim from Barangay Basdiot, Moalboal town, reported the incident to their station at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 14.

Codilla narrated to the police that they went to the mall around 2 p.m. to buy some grocery items, while her three-year-old daughter was roaming around. Minutes later, her daughter came back with her necklace worth P14,000 already gone.

Legazpi said they immediately notified all the pawnshop branches nearby to call their station if somebody would pawn the jewelry.

They also reviewed the CCTV footage that was able to capture the face of the suspect and the way she grabbed the necklace.

On August 16, at 3:20 p.m., Legazpi said a pawnshop employee in Barangay Poblacion, Dumanjug called their station and reported that Balaba pawned the necklace at their shop.

The suspect reportedly attempted to run away when responding policemen arrived.

"Karon padayon gihapon namo nga gisusi ug basin naa pa ni siyay mga kauban," Legazpi said.

(We are still checking now if she has partners).

During Balaba's arrest, three sachets of substance believed to be shabu were also confiscated from her possession.

The mother of the victim already filed a case for theft against Balaba, who is currently detained at Dumanjug Police Station detention cell. (GDC, TPT)

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PBBM eyes extension of state of public health emergency

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:24

MANILA - President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said he is considering extending the validity of the state of public health emergency amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

In a media interview during the "PinasLakas" vaccine campaign at SM City Manila, Marcos

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PJ Garcia files ‘Passengers’ Rights’ bill

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:18
REP. Pablo John “PJ” Garcia (Cebu, 3rd) has filed a bill mandating the posting of passengers’ bill of rights in areas in airports and seaports where the public can easily view them.

In a statement sent to Cebu media on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, Garcia said he filed House Bill (HB) 3654 or the Informed Passenger Act before the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Garcia said he filed the bill in order to step up current measures to ensure travelers’ rights and to prevent “dreaded scenes” in the country’s airports and seaports such as long queues, delayed and canceled flights; passengers being bumped off and delayed or lost baggage return together with passenger travel.

HB 3654 also bolsters administrative orders already previously issued by the former Department of Transportation and Communications and the Maritime Industry Authority by mandating that “clear, usable, concise and easy to understand” copies of passengers’ list of rights be posted areas like in ticket offices, check in counters, departure waiting lounges, boarding gates and baggage claim areas.”

The same information is also to be posted in online platforms of all persons and companies operating air and sea ports, passenger carriers and all others engaged in the transportation business.

It also tasks the Department of Transportation to conduct a regular nationwide information campaign through all forms of media, including social media about passengers’ bill of rights.

Penalties

HB 3654 provides a penalty of P100,000 to P500,000 for violators. “In the case of publicly-operated airports and seaports, the general manager shall be principally liable.”

Garcia said the bill aims to “improve the quality of service and upgrade passenger experience” both in air and sea travel. (PR)
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PJ Garcia files ‘Passengers' Rights’ bill in Congress

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:18
CEBU Representative Pablo John “PJ” Garcia (Cebu, Third District) has filed a bill mandating the posting of passengers’ bill of rights in areas in air and seaports where the public can easily view them.

In a statement sent to Cebu media on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Garcia said he filed House Bill (HB) 3654, or the Informed Passenger Act before Congress on Tuesday, August 16.

Garcia said he filed the bill in order to step up current measures to ensure travelers' rights and to prevent "dreaded scenes" in the country's air and seaports, such as long queues, delayed and canceled flights, passengers being bumped off, and delayed or lost baggage return together with passenger travel.

HB 2654 also bolsters administrative orders already previously issued by the former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) by mandating that “clear, usable, concise and easy to understand” copies of passengers’ list of rights be posted areas like in ticket offices, check in counters, departure waiting lounges, boarding gates and baggage claim areas.

The same information is also to be posted in online platforms of all persons and companies operating air and sea ports, passenger carriers and all others engaged in the transportation business.

It also tasks the Department of Transportation to conduct a regular nationwide information campaign through all forms of media, including social media about passengers’ bill of rights.

Penalties

HB 3654 provides a penalty of P100,000 to P500,000 for violators. “In the case of publicly operated airports and seaports, the general manager shall be principally liable.”

Garcia said the bill aims to “improve the quality of service and upgrade passenger experience” both in air and sea travel. (JKV/PR)

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DavOr gov't to push for massive corn production

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:16

DAVAO CITY-The Davao Oriental provincial will be pushing for massive corn production as well as engaging farmers to become entrepreneurs.

In an interview Wednesday, provincial information officer Karen Lou Deloso said the government's thrust in pushing for the project is to reduce the provin

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US tells India that Indian ship used to move Russian-linked fuel to New York

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:15
August 17, 2022 2:15 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - The United States has told India that an Indian ship was used earlier this year to export fuel made from Russian crude to New York through high-seas transfers, a top Indian central bank official said on Saturday (Aug 13).

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North Korea fires two cruise missiles from west coast town of Onchon

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:07
August 17, 2022 2:07 PM

SEOUL (REUTERS, AFP) - North Korea fired two cruise missiles from the west coast town of Onchon early on Wednesday (Aug 17), a South Korean military source said, without giving details such as the missiles' range or altitude.

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North Korea fires cruise missiles into Yellow Sea ahead of US military drills with the South

SCMP Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:04
The launches came after South Korea and the US kicked off their four-day preliminary joint drills in preparation for next week’s long-suspended live field training Ulchi Freedom Shield.
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Multiple bomb, arson attacks rock Thailand's south

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:55
August 17, 2022 1:55 PM

The bombings and arson attacks happened after midnight and targeted convenience stores and a gas station.

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Marcos says PH to study new vax vs. Covid variants

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:51

MANILA - President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said he is assessing the need to purchase new types of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines against Omicron coronavirus subvariants.

Marcos made the statement, as he acknowledged that the presence of Omicron subvariants r

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Former Australian PM Morrison defends secret power grab

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:40
August 17, 2022 1:40 PM

He rejected calls that he resign from parliament, including those from his own home affairs minister.

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DAR settles land row involving NoCot IPs

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:36

COTABATO CITY - Officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in North Cotabato have settled long-drawn land disputes involving the indigenous peoples (IPs) in Carmen town.

In a statement Wednesday, DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Charish Pana said they facilitated the

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Scott Morrison: Australia ex-PM resists pressure to step down

BBC Asia News - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:21
Scott Morrison, who is still an MP, was revealed to have secretly held additional government roles.
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‘Mastermind’ pleads ‘not guilty’ in killing of Baringui-an couple

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:18
STAFF Sergeant Alvin Entoma Enad, the alleged mastermind in the killings of Barangay Balungag, San Fernando, Cebu councilor Ma. Louella Baringui-an and her husband Peter, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment at the Regional Trial Court Branch 77 in Carcar City on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.

The arraignment before the sala of Judge Joy Redoble was done virtually with Enad, who was detained at the San Fernando Police Station some 20 kilometers away. The children of the Baringui-an couple went to the court to witness the proceeding.

Samantha Barangui-an, daughter of the slain couple, said they will pursue the case as they want justice for their parents’ death.

With Samantha during the arraignment were her brothers Sherwin and Stephen.

Samantha thanked the Central Visayas police for the arrest of Enad and the other accused, SSgt. Rene Catamora, Junrey Ypil, Junrey Batobalonos and former police officer Esmeraldo Quillosa.

They too pleaded not guilty when they were arraigned last March 16 despite issuing an extrajudicial confession just before they were charged earlier this year.

Judge Redoble said the pre-trial hearing will start on Sept. 14.

Start of long court battle

Samantha told SunStar Cebu that while she and her sibling were relieved that the five accused were finally facing trial, she was aware that the family was in for a long court battle.

She admitted that she was hurt when Catamora, Ypil, Batobalonos and Quillosa entered a “not guilty” plea last March, but that didn’t stop the family from pushing through with the case.

SunStar Cebu tried to get Enad’s side, but he refused to comment when the news team visited him at the San Fernando Police Station.

Enad, Catamora, Ypil, Batobalonos and Quillosa were accused of murdering the Baringui-an couple in front of their children and bodyguards at their house in Barangay Panadtaran, San Fernando on the night of Feb. 13, 2022.

According to the extrajudicial confession executed by Catamora, Ypil, Batobalonos and Quillosa, Enad had hired them to commit the crime.

The four men had surrendered separately a few days after the murder.
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Another accused in Baringui-an killing pleads ‘not guilty’

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:18
STAFF Sergeant Alvin Entoma Enad, one of those accused in the killing of Barangay Balungag, San Fernando, Cebu Councilor Ma. Louella Baringui-an and her husband Peter, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment at the Regional Trial Court Branch 77 in Carcar City on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. Judge Joy Redoble is handling the case.

The arraignment was done virtually with Enad detained at the San Fernando Police Station some 20 kilometers away, but the children of the Baringui-an couple still went to the court to witness it.

Samantha Barangui-an, daughter of the slain couple, said they will pursue the case as they want justice for their parents’ death.

With Samantha during the arraignment were her brothers Sherwin and Stephen.

Samantha thanked the Central Visayas police for the arrest of Enad and the other accused, SSgt. Rene Catamora, Junrey Ypil, Junrey Batobalonos and former police officer Esmeraldo Quillosa.

They too had pleaded not guilty when they were arraigned last March 16 despite issuing an extrajudicial confession just before they were charged earlier this year.

Judge Redoble said the pre-trial hearing will start on Sept. 14.

Start of long court battle

Samantha told SunStar Cebu that while she and her sibling were relieved that the five accused were finally facing the case, she was aware that the family was in for a long court battle.

She admitted that she was hurt when Catamora, Ypil, Batobalonos and Quillosa entered a “not guilty” plea last March, but that didn’t stop the family from pushing through with the case.

SunStar Cebu tried to get Enad’s side, but he refused to comment when the news team visited him at the San Fernando Police Station.

Enad along with the four others was accused of murdering the Barinqui-an couple in front of their children and bodyguards at their house in Barangay Panadtaran, San Fernando on the night of Feb. 13, 2022.

According to the extrajudicial confession executed by Catamora, Ypil, Batobalonos and Quillosa, Enad had hired them to commit the crime.

They four men had surrendered separately a few days after the murder. (JKV, BBT)
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Another suspect in Baringui-an couple killing pleads not guilty

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:18


STAFF Sergeant Alvin Entoma Enad, one of those accused in the killing of Barangay Balungag councilor Ma. Louella Baringui-an and her husband, Peter, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

Enad was arraigned at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 77 in Carcar City, Cebu. The arraignment was done virtually, but the children of the Baringui-an couple went to the court to witness it.

Samantha Barangui-an, daughter of the slain couple, said they will pursue the case as they want justice for her parents’ death.

With Samantha during the arraignment Wednesday were her brothers Sherwin and Stephen.

Samantha thanked the Central Visayas police for the arrest of Enad and the other suspects in the killing of the Baringui-an couple.

The other suspects -- Staff Sergeants Rene Catamora, Junrey Ypil, and Junrey Batobalonos, as well as former police officer Esmeraldo Quillosa -- also pleaded not guilty during their arrangement on March 16, 2022. (JKV, BBT)

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Thai opposition party vows better living standards as polls near

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:04
August 17, 2022 1:04 PM

Pheu Thai Party unveiled a large list of candidates in a show of strength ahead of general elections expected early next year.

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China president Xi Jinping makes first public appearance in two weeks

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 13:04
August 17, 2022 1:04 PM

It is an indication that he and other top leaders held their traditional secretive summer gathering at the seaside resort of Beidaihe.

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