Hinihinalang magnanakaw ng manok, arestado sa Lipa

Lungsod ng Lipa, Batangas – Diretso sa kulungan ang isang 34-anyos na farm caretaker matapos na mahuli sa aktong nagnanakaw ng manok panabong sa pinagtatrabahuhan niyang poultry farm sa Barangay Lumbang nitong Martes ng madaling araw.

Kinilala ang suspek na si Francis Sobremisana.

Ayon sa report, bandang alas-3:30 ng madaling araw ihinahanda ni Hermilo Diaz ang mga manok panabong ng mga oras na iyon ng mahuli niya sa akto ang suspek na ninanakaw na ang ibang manok dito.

Agad nilang isinumbong sa barangay ang pangyayari at don na inaresto ang suspek. Nakakulong na sa Lipa City Police Station ang sus

PHL has third highest number of terrorists in Canadian gov’t agency’s list

 

Story submitted to the Asia Pacific Report

 

MANILA–Lists developed by the Canadian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) tagged the Philippines as having the third highest number of individual terrorists behind Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

The DFAIT list of over-1,800 identified individual terrorists, and a separate list for groups, was released by Canada’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Feb. 6 and posted under the office’s anti-terrorism financing page.

About 68 Filipinos were identified on that February 2017 DFAIT list, with the Philippine total behind the 113 of Saudi Arabia and the  88 of Iraq.

The listed Filipinos, which included  are affiliated with local rebel groups like the National Democratic Front (NDF) and Abu Sayyaf, which were identified by the Philippine government as terrorist organizations.

Part of the list was Jose Maria Sison of the National Democratic Front (NDF). The NDF group was negotiating a peace deal with the Philippine government until President Rodrigo Duterte ordered government negotiators last Feb. 4 to pull out of the peace negotiations.

Another person in the list is Mukhlis Saifulla, one of the suspects in the bombing of the Light Railway Transit couches on December 30, 2000. On the list also is Julkipli Salim Salamuddin, an Abu Sayyaf member arrested in 2003 for a bombing  incident in Zamboanga City that killed three, including an American green beret (special force) officer.

Some of those Filipinos identified in the list had been detained, like five of them who are members of the Rajah Solaiman Movement

 

The DFAIT also has a separate list of terrorist groups. Those from the Philippines made part of the list include the Aub Sayyaf group, the New People’s Army/Communist Part of the Philippines, the Southeast Asian group Jema’ah Islamiyah that has operations in the Philippines, and the Rajah Solaiman Movement.

The lists’ release comes at a time Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had called for the end of peace negotiations between the government and the NDF, as well as his orders to pummel the Abu Sayyaf group.

In the list of individuals, Yemen was ranked fourth with 43 terrorists. Syria (36) and Russia (33) were fifth and sixth.

Other countries included in the DFAIT terror list (individuals) is the United Kingdom (26), France (23), Turkey (10), and even the United States (seven).

US President Donald Trump earlier banned the entry of nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the US as part of his administration’s anti-terror campaign.

But among the groups listed, three Filipino groups who were earlier identified to be linked with ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) were not in the DFAIT list: the Ansarul Khilafa Philippines, the Maute group, and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Duterte tagged the Maute group, allegedly led by Abdullah Maute, as behind the Sept. 2, 2016 bombing of a night market in Davao City (President Duuterte’s hometown) that killed 14 and injured 70 people.

The Canadian terrorism database has included notorious terrorists like Ibrahim al-Asiri, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Nasir al Whuayshi, as well as Hasan Izz-al-Din and Abdul Rahman Yasin (both tagged by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation as among the most wanted terrorists). Among the groups included in the list were ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Boko Haram.

The lists were posted on the anti-terrorism financing page of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Last year, though not related to terrorist financing, the Philippines was on the receiving end of the world’s largest online bank hacking incident that saw the Bangladesh central bank lose US$81 million to casino operators based in Manila.

Some money had been recovered and returned to the Bangladeshi government, while a Filipino-run remittance company and  a commercial bank are being investigated.

 

Roy Abrhamn Narra and Carlo Casingcasing are graduate journalism students of the University of Santo Tomas. This story was submitted as a class exercise in the ongoing course ‘Global Journalism Practice and Studies’ at UST (second term, academic year 2016-2017). 

 

 

Wrap-up: Mining as PHL ‘goldmine’ faces biggest test given crackdown by Duterte govt’s environment agency

Philippines' Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is in hot water from the mining industry given her closure orders to 23 mining companies and suspension orders to five others, all announced early February (photo from King Rodriguez of the Presidential Communications Office, Republic of the Philippines)

 

News wrap-up for the Asia Pacific Report 

 

MANILA—The Philippines is among the world’s top sources of metallic deposits like nickel. But in this Southeast Asian mining haven, love may have been lost between the Philippine government and the mining industry.

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Negosyante, agaw-buhay; 1 pa sugatan sa pananaga sa Lipa

Lungsod ng Lipa, Batangas – Agaw-buhay pa rin sa ospital ang isang 62-anyso na negosyante, habang sugatan naman ang isa pang  biktima matapos na pagtatagain ng nakainom na suspek sa Barangay Marawoy nitong Huwebes.

Kinilala ang biktimang si Samuel Dacanay, na ngayo’y nasa kritikal na lagay habang sugatan din ang isa pang biktimang kinilalang si Yolanda Dacanay.

Batay sa report ng pulisya, dakong alas-8:30 ng gabi, kapwa lango sa alak ang biktima at ang suspek na si Tedd Dacanay at habang nag aayos ng TV ang huli ay pinasabihan umano niya na itigil ang kanyang ginagawa kaya’t nagalit umano ang suspek at pinagtataga si Samuel sa kanyang leeg at ibang parte ng katawan habang nadamay din sa pananakit ng suspek ang isa pang biktima na si Yolanda Dacanay na nooy umaawat lang sa dalawa.

Agad na dinala sa pagamutan ang mga biktima, ngunit nasa kritikal na kundisyon pa din si Samuel. Agad namang nadakip sa follow-up operation ng pulisya ang suspek, na ngayo’y nakakulong na sa Lipa City police station at nahaharap sa patong patong na reklamo.

[Rewind #AwaNgDiyosPH] Family ‘issues’ still tricky territory for Catholic Church

Miriam College and ABS-CBN organized a national congress on the Filipino that discussed thorny issues affecting today's families. Discussions during the said event showed how tricky dealing with these issues is (photo by the National Congress on the Filipino Family's Facebook account)

 

 

For Easter, The Filipino Connection releases articles from its special edition on the apostolic visit of Pope Francis last January 15-19, 2015.

 

 

PASAY CITY—A Filipino family congress here that coincided with the recent apostolic visit of Pope Francis provided a local version of how the Catholic world’s top bishops discussed and debated ticklish issues as an extraordinary synod.

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Lalaki, ninakawan ng motor sa Lipa

Lalaki, ninakawan ng motor sa Lipa

Lungsod ng Lipa – Isa na namang lalaki ang nabiktima ng hinihinalang carnapper sa lungsod na ito matapos na tangayin ng di kilalang suspek ang kanyang Honda Wave Motorcycle sa may P. Torres Street nitong Biyernes.

Ayon sa biktimang si Richard Africa ng Barangay Sico, ipinarada lang umano niya sa nasabing kalsada ang motor pero naiwan niyang nakasaksak ang susi nito.

Makalipas ang ilang segundo ay narinig na lang umano niyang umandar ang makina ng naturang motor at laking gulat na lamang niya nang makita ang isang lalaking pinaandar at tuluyan nang tinangay ang naturang motor.

Agad siyang nagsumbong sa pulis pero hindi na  nahabol pa ang carnapper. Napag-alamang nakasabit din sa naturang motor ang kanyang bag na naglalaman ng cellphone, wallet na may lamang mahigit P20,000, ATM, IDs at iba pang mahahalagang mga gamit.

Nagpapatuloy naman ang imbestigasyon ng pulisya sa insidente.

[#AwaNgDiyosPH] An evangelical’s reflection: Hope that the Pope brought

A participant of the encounter of the youth by Pope Francis at the University of Santo Tomas (photo by JEREMAIAH OPINIANO / The Filipino Connection)

 

In October 1980, I was a grade 6 student at Crusader’s Academy in Ongpin, Binondo, Manila.  Our class, Grade 6 Rose, was brought to the Alvin Angchapel  to learn a new song.  That a song was dedicated to the beatification of Lorenzo Ruiz.  His beatification on was to be held on the occasion of the first visit of St. Pope John Paul II to the Philippines (the first beatification to be held outside the Vatican).  This was to be since this was the school where Lorenzo Ruiz served as church secretary.  We practiced until we remembered the song by heart, only to be told that another choir was going to sing it during the beatification rites at the Quirino Grandstand.

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Teaching, learning at a ‘volcanic’ classroom

Rica Liwanag, 25, volunteered to teach elementary students at a public school in Taal Volcano island (photo by Marlon Luistro / The Filipino Connection)

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BALETE, Batangas—Want to teach elementary school children studying within a volcano’s premises?

Rica Liwanag is up to the challenge.

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