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4 students involved in frat hazing suspended

DAVAO CITY: The management of the University of Mindanao (UM) announced in a statement on Monday, September 26, the suspension of four out of 14 students implicated in a recent hazing incident which resulted in the death of a graduating criminology student.According to a police report, the remains of the victim, identified as August Ceazar Saplot, were found at Purok Santo Niño, Sison Village, Upper Mandug, Buhangin District. Saplot was a pledgee of the Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity, Alpha Delta Chapter.Another pledgee was seriously injured and is now confined in a hospital. The UM management said that out of the… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Troops recover guns, ammo in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government troops pursuing Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the troubled province of Basilan have recovered ammunition for machine gun, gun parts and assorted bandoliers, including a uniform of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.Soldiers from the 18th Infantry Battalion and members of the 5th Scout Ranger Battalion, 4th Special Forces Battalion and the 12th Division Reconnaissance Company continue to comb Tuesday, September 27, the hinterlands in the town of Ungkaya Pukan where the war materiel was found.Among those seized by soldiers was a rocket propelled grenade launcher, a shot gun, 40mm rifle grenade, and a radio transceiver.Also recovered were a… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

A PARTNERSHIP has been sealed between the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the Bataan provincial government that would pave the way for a modern township project in Mariveles.DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar said on Tuesday that he brought along with him key department and shelter agency officials, particularly Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Marilene Acosta, who expressed her commitment to supporting the project.The Pag-IBIG Fund and the provincial government headed by Gov. Albert Garcia. The laying of the capsule was held at the project site in Barangay Alasasin.Under the deal, the… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Rosal seeks impartial Comelec decision

LEGAZPI CITY: Albay Gov. Noel Rosal said he wants to get an impartial decision from the Commission on Elections en banc as he seeks to reverse the disqualification order against him by the Comelec First Division.The Comelec First Division has disqualified Rosal from the 2022 provincial race for violating the ban for releasing public funds by government agencies 45 days prior to Election Day.Rosal, who was then mayor of Legazpi City, disbursed social welfare aid to senior citizens in March 2022 and tricycle drivers in April 2022. The Election Day was on May 9, 2022."This is part of political exercise.… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

CHR lauds Bong Go's drug rehab measure

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has lauded the intent behind the bill introduced by Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go that seeks to establish drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers in every province.In a statement, lawyer Jacqueline Ann de Guia, CHR executive director, was referring to Senate Bill 48 which seeks to establish a Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in every province.In its explanatory note, the bill states, "[w]hile it is true that the national government has consistently centered its campaign against drugs on crime prevention and eradication, it has not lost sight of its duty to aid in… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Japan honors Abe at controversial funeral

TOKYO: Japanese and foreign dignitaries paid tribute to assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe at a controversial state funeral on Tuesday, as long lines of people gathered to offer flowers and prayers.Abe's ashes, carried by his widow Akie, arrived at the storied Nippon Budokan venue in the capital Tokyo, where a 19-gun salute sounded in honor of the slain ex-leader.In a eulogy, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida described the politician as a "person of courage" and listed his achievements, including efforts to strengthen Japan's diplomatic ties."I feel heartbreaking grief," Kishida said as he faced a photograph of Abe that was hung… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Covid lockdown prompts protest in Shenzhen

BEIJING: Dozens of people have taken part in a rare protest in the southern Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen, social media footage shows, after officials announced a snap lockdown over a handful of coronavirus cases.The megacity of more than 18 million people in Guangdong province reported just 10 infections on Tuesday, but officials still ordered residents in three districts to stay home as China sticks to its strict zero-Covid policy.Officials are also under pressure to snuff out outbreaks quickly ahead of a key congress of the ruling Communist Party in the capital Beijing next month.Videos circulating on China's Twitter-like platform… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

'Era of blind China engagement to end'

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan: Former United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo told an audience in Taiwan on Tuesday that the era of "blind engagement" with China was ending, and Beijing's increasingly aggressive behavior had brought like-minded nations closer together.One of former president Donald Trump's most hawkish advisers on China, Pompeo is the latest in a recent spate of Western politicians to visit Taiwan, often angering Beijing.Pompeo's visit comes ahead of a major gathering of Chinese Communist Party officials next month, where President Xi Jinping is expected to secure an unprecedented third term.In a speech to a business forum in the city… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Vietnam orders mass evacuations ahead of typhoon

DANANG, Vietnam: Vietnam ordered hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes on Tuesday as Super Typhoon Noru barreled toward the city of Danang, with forecasters predicting the storm would be one of the biggest to hit the Southeast Asian country.Almost half of Vietnam's airports have been shut, schools and offices across several central provinces were closed and residents rushed to find shelter before the typhoon's expected arrival on Wednesday.After slamming into the Philippines earlier this week, where it killed six people, Noru is predicted to make landfall as a super typhoon before 11 a.m. (12 p.m. in Manila)… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Tokyo protests Russia's expulsion of diplomat

TOKYO: Japan on Tuesday protested to Russia the detention and expulsion of a Japanese consulate official on espionage allegations, denying these and accusing Russian authorities of abusive interrogation.The official was detained on September 22 and interrogated with his eyes covered, and his hands and head pressed and immobilized, Japan's Foreign Ministry said, prompting it to lodge a protest and demand an apology.On Monday, Russia's Foreign Ministry notified Japan's Embassy in Moscow that the official had been declared "persona non grata," or an undesirable person, on grounds he conducted illegal espionage activity and it ordered him to leave the country within… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Afghan Taliban deputy calls for reopening girls' schools

ISLAMABAD: A senior member of Afghanistan's Taliban-run government on Tuesday called on the South Asian country's new rulers to reopen schools for girls beyond the sixth grade, saying there was no valid reason in Islam for the ban.The appeal from Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Taliban deputy foreign minister, came during a top Taliban gathering in the capital Kabul. It was a rare moderate voice amid the harsh measures imposed by the Taliban since they overran the country and seized power in August 2021.The measures include banning girls from middle school and high school despite initial promises to the contrary.… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Indian student loses life over spelling mistake

LUCKNOW, India: Indian police are searching for a teacher accused of beating a low-caste student to death over a spelling mistake, officers said on Tuesday, after suppressing violent protests triggered by the incident.Nikhil Dohre was struck with a rod and kicked until he fell unconscious by his high school teacher earlier this month after misspelling the word "social" in an exam, according to a police complaint by his father.The 15-year-old died from his injuries on Monday at a hospital in northern Uttar Pradesh state, and the accused has fled the area."He is on the run, but we will arrest him… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Polls in Moscow-held areas of Ukraine wrap up

KYIV: The final day of voting was taking place in Russian-held regions of Ukraine on Tuesday in a referendum that is expected to serve as a pretext for their annexation by Moscow and rejected as a sham by Kyiv and its Western allies.As the vote neared its end, a senior Kremlin official issued the bluntest warning yet that Russia was prepared to use nuclear weapons to halt a Ukrainian push to reclaim Moscow-occupied areas.The five-day referendum, in which residents are asked whether they want their regions to become part of Russia, has been anything but free or fair. Tens of… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Iran protest crackdown raises death tally to 75

PARIS: More than 75 people have died in Iran's crackdown on 11 nights of unrest sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a rights group says, as Western nations pile pressure on the Islamic republic to end the violence.Iranian authorities have kept the official death toll at 41 since Saturday — those killed included several members of the security forces — as the West Asian country is rocked by its biggest wave of protests in almost three years.Demonstrators took to the streets again on Monday night, as they have every night since the 22-year-old Amini's death on September 16 following… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Hospital group wants mask mandate back

THE head of the country's group of private hospitals urged the Department of Health (DoH) to bring back the masking mandate in outdoor spaces, as he believes that the optional wearing of face masks is contributing to the increasing cases of Covid-19 in the country.The government earlier lifted the mandatory masking mandate in open spaces and in low-risk settings as the country slowly moves away and heads toward Covid-19 possibly becoming endemic.In a televised briefing on Tuesday, Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines President Dr. Jose Rene de Grano urged the government to bring back the mask mandate in outdoor… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

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