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Mayor seeks probe of P250M ransom

UNDATED photo from the private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on Sept. 23 is reported to show members of the Abu Sayyaf who had held captive two German nationals released allegedly after payment of a P250-million ransom. AFP/SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP

The mayor of the Sulu capital town Jolo is calling for an investigation of the alleged involvement of government officials in the payment of a P250-million ransom for the release of two German nationals who had been held captive by the crime group Abu Sayyaf, which has links to the international terror network al-Qaida.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions,Regions | Read More »

A school garden to remember the dead

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THE GARDEN of Remembrance inside San Joaquin Central School in Palo town, Leyte province, where pupils pray for their    classmates and friends who perished  during “Yolanda’s” fury. Photo by Joey Gabieta

Every time 12-year-old Christine Ong misses her best friend, she goes to a garden inside her school’s compound in Palo town, Leyte.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions,Regions | Read More »

P90M debt imperils Iloilo City electric supply

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ARTIST’S rendering of the Iloilo Convention Center FROM ILOILO BUSINESS PARK

The city, which is preparing to host several meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation next year, is unable to pay close to P90 million in electric bills and may lose its power connection if these remain unpaid.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Man, 103, walks barefoot for P50 aid

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Centenarian Terso Alferes traveled for 50 kilometers from Toledo City to Cebu City, walked barefoot due to a throbbing wound in the toe, and lost P400 to a pickpocket. All these he endured just to get an answer to a nagging question: Why has he not been receiving P50 in monthly financial assistance from the province unlike his relatives?

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions,Regions | Read More »

IS world’s wealthiest terror group

Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. AP

The Islamic State has become the world’s wealthiest terror group, earning tens of millions of dollars a month from illegal oil sales and ransoms, officials said on Thursday.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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