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Boxing icon, Pacquiao, takes over as head of Philippine ruling party
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Boxing icon, Pacquiao, takes over as head of Philippine ruling party

Philippine boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao has taken over as head of the ruling political party in Phillippines, it was announced on Thursday. . Pacquiao, who is a senator in the Philippines, was sworn in as the national president of the political party of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night, said Ron Munsayac, Executive Director of the PDP-Laban party. . The takeover took place more than one year before the country’s next presidential elections in 2022. . When asked if the takeover was a prelude to Pacquiao’s presidential run, Munsayac said, “It’s still too early to talk about the presidential elections. . “What we can expect is more activities and avenues to help our countrymen in the grass-roots levels. . “Senator Pacquiao will bring not only more energy to the part...
8,000 People Evacuated In Philippine As Volcano Spews Ash, Steam And Lava
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8,000 People Evacuated In Philippine As Volcano Spews Ash, Steam And Lava

The Philippine government is on full alert, bracing itself for the possible eruption of the Taal volcano, the second most active in the Southeast Asian nation. Forced evacuations took place on Sunday and about 8,000 people were moved to safer ground or housed in evacuation centres. Roads to an evacuation centre in Talisay town on Monday were blocked with police saying that the volcanic ash had made the roads too dangerous to cross. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage but there was no power in affected areas and water was in short supply. We have to be very cautious," said Pong Mercado, the mayor of Taal town. "The roads are slippery and dangerous. I myself am making plans to move to safer ground." Volcanology and Seismology Department (PhilVocs) has bee...
Dirty December In Philippine As Typhoon Phanfone Kills 28 People
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Dirty December In Philippine As Typhoon Phanfone Kills 28 People

Typhoon Phanfone, which made landfall on Tuesday, caused severe floods and destroyed homes in several provinces. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, 12 people remain missing. The typhoon led to the evacuation of more than 58,000 people and stranded thousands over the holiday period. Officials said some of the dead were hit by trees, while others were electrocuted or drowned. Phanfone struck close to regions hit by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 6,000 people and considered one of the Philippines' deadliest storms. Typhoon Phanfone, known locally as Typhoon Ursula, made its way through many islands of central Philippines on 25 December. It reached winds of 200kmph (125 miles per hour), leaving thousands stranded as they tried...
Manny Pacquiao tells his 19-year old son ‘Don’t go into boxing’
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Manny Pacquiao tells his 19-year old son ‘Don’t go into boxing’

Philippine boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao says he has urged his eldest son to stay out of the ring after the 19-year-old’s foray into fighting made his mother cry. Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, said he and his wife have even made a point not to have gloves and equipment at home because he's trying to push his son Emmanuel Jr, who is known as Jimuel, to choose another path. “It pains me that he is boxing because I know how hard it is. I told him, ‘Daddy only went into boxing because of poverty… You, you don’t need to box'. But he said: ‘Daddy, like you boxing is my passion also. I want to be a representative of this country as an athlete”, Pacquiao said. Pacquiao made the comments after a video of Jimuel sparring during an exhibi...
2 Nigerian Students Arrested With N48m Worth Of Counterfeit Drugs In Philippine
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2 Nigerian Students Arrested With N48m Worth Of Counterfeit Drugs In Philippine

Two Nigerian students have been arrested with 500 grams of shabu and counterfeit drugs amounting to P2.5 million (about N48m), following an entrapment operation in Bacoor, Cavite, on Friday. According to ABS, the suspects Agu Austin Chukwuebuka and Nkwocha Chimaobi were arrested after they sold 11 sachets of suspected shabu stashed in electronic adaptors to an undercover agent. Both suspects denied they were drug peddlers, claiming they are students in Metro Manila. Intelligence reports, however, linked Chukwuebuka and Chimaobi to an African drug syndicate operating in parts of Cavite. The suspects are temporarily under the custody of PDEA’s regional office in CALABARZON and will be facing charges for alleged violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002
Storm Kai-Tak: Central Philippines Suffers Widespread Flooding
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Storm Kai-Tak: Central Philippines Suffers Widespread Flooding

Tropical Storm Kai-Tak made landfall over Policarpio in eastern Samar on Saturday, according to the Philippines’ national weather authority Pagasa. In the Municipality of Taft, days of rain have left many homes under chest-deep water, displacing at least 1,800 families. Winds have been as high as 100 kilometres per hour and waves have been measured at over four metres, but the most significant aspect of this tropical storm is the persistent and heavy rain. Satellite measurements have suggested rainfall of 143mm per hour from a few of the most intense thunderstorms generated ahead of Kai-Tak. Tropical Storm Kai-Tak, locally named Urduja, is wandering slowly westwards through the Visayan Islands of the central Philippines. With sea temperatures of 29C it has plenty of energy t...
Philippines Rodrigo Duterte Warns Of  Revolutionary Government’
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Philippines Rodrigo Duterte Warns Of Revolutionary Government’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned he is prepared to establish a “revolutionary government” to fend off alleged efforts to oust him, fuelling fears of a looming dictatorship. He issued the warning on state television late Friday as he railed against the press, European lawmakers and other critics of his drug war that has left thousands dead and led rights groups to warn of a crime against humanity. Duterte said he would resort to a revolutionary government, as opposed to martial law that would require congressional approval, if communists and other opponents tried to destabilise his rule. “If your destabilisation is taking place and there is chaos already, I will not hesitate to declare a revolutionary government until the end of my term and I will arrest all of you a...
Steven Seagal Meets ‘The Punisher’ Duterte, Talks Drug War
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Steven Seagal Meets ‘The Punisher’ Duterte, Talks Drug War

U.S. actor Steven Seagal, famous for playing action roles like a vice squad detective in "Above the Law", met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte while on a location scouting trip in Manila. Video footage released by government channel RTVM showed Seagal animatedly talking to Duterte. Seagal, 65, was in the Philippines to look for a location for his upcoming movie which will be "about illegal drugs and other crimes", a presidential palace statement said. The statement said that Duterte told Seagal that "movies are a reflection of life" and "reiterated his strong stance against illegal drugs because it enslaves people to a form of synthetic chemical." Duterte has been involved in a deadly drug war since taking office last June, and on Wednesday ordered all drug operations be left to th...
U.S. Gun Lobby Agrees To Examine ‘Bump Stocks’ After Las Vegas Massacre
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U.S. Gun Lobby Agrees To Examine ‘Bump Stocks’ After Las Vegas Massacre

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The U.S. gun lobby, which has seldom embraced new firearms-control measures, voiced a readiness on Thursday to restrict a rifle accessory that enabled a Las Vegas gunman to strafe a crowd with bursts of sustained fire as if from an automatic weapon. Police have said the gunman, Stephen Paddock, equipped 12 of his weapons with so-called bump-stock devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to operate as if they were fully automatic machine guns, which are otherwise outlawed in the United States. Authorities said his ability to fire hundreds of rounds per minute over the course of 10 minutes from his perch in a 32nd-floor hotel suite was a major factor in the high casualty count of 58 people killed and hundreds wounded. Paddock, 64, killed himself before police stormed ...
Philippine Church Leader Urges End To Drug Killings
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Philippine Church Leader Urges End To Drug Killings

The head of the Philippines’ powerful Catholic Church called for an end to the “waste of human lives” following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in which a 17-year-old boy was among dozens killed. Police raids described as “one-time, big-time” saw at least 76 people shot dead, authorities said, as rights groups and legislators condemned the operation as an alarming “killing spree” in Duterte’s flagship campaign. On Sunday, the highest-ranking church official in the predominantly Catholic nation expressed concern about the increase in the number of deaths. “We knock on the consciences of those who kill even the helpless, especially those who cover their faces with bonnets, to stop wasting human lives,” Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle said in a statement read in Sund...
North Rejects UN Sanctions, Promises ‘Righteous Action’
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North Rejects UN Sanctions, Promises ‘Righteous Action’

North Korea has come out fighting following fresh UN Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang and after the US and South Korea celebrated the punishing measures. The North on Monday condemned the sanctions imposed in response to its weapons programmes, saying it would not negotiate over nuclear arms while threatened by the United States. The sanctions passed at the weekend were a “violent violation of our sovereignty”, Pyongyang said in a statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency, adding it would take “righteous action” in return. “We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table” while it faced threats from Washington, it said, “and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might”. The UN Security Council u...
Philippine Police ‘Dumping Bodies’ Of Drug War Victims
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Philippine Police ‘Dumping Bodies’ Of Drug War Victims

Philippine fishermen have revealed that they have been dumping bodies of drug suspects, killed as part of the country's so-called war on drugs, on the orders of the police. The bodies, called "trash" by authorities, have been thrown on the sides of highways and in Manila Bay over the past year. "Police are the ones coming to my house ordering me to take out trash," said Manuel, a local fisherman who has personally disposed off 20 bodies. "We usually throw them out in Manila Bay," he told Al Jazeera. "Sometimes we put weights on it, so it doesn't float up." Al Jazeera's Yaara Bou Melhem, reporting from the capital Manila, verified the identity of one of the dumped corpses, who was known to police as a drug dealer. "Once, I saw the body of a friend," said Manuel. "I'm scared a...
Philippines Says Bodies Of Beheaded Civilians Found In Rebel-Held Town
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Philippines Says Bodies Of Beheaded Civilians Found In Rebel-Held Town

The decapitated bodies of five civilians have been found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels, the military said on Wednesday. The military also warned that the number of residents killed by rebel “atrocities” could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. The discovery of the five victims among 17 other bodies retrieved would be the first evidence that civilians trapped in besieged Marawi City have been decapitated during the five-week stand by militants loyal to the Islamic State group, as some who escaped the city have previously reported. Emmanuel Garcia, a lieutenant colonel of the Western Mindanao Command, said in a text message to reporters that the five decapitated were found with the other 17 civilians killed by militants. Mr. Garcia did not respond immed...
Philippine Police: Casino Attacker Was Indebted Gambler
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Philippine Police: Casino Attacker Was Indebted Gambler

Philippine police have identified the gunman in Friday's deadly attack on a casino in the capital, Manila, as a a heavily indebted Filipino who was hooked on gambling. The suspect was named as Jessie Javier Carlos, a 42-year-old father of three and former finance department employee who owed more than $80,000, according to police. "He is heavily indebted due to being hooked on casino gambling, according to his immediate family," Oscar Albayalde, chief of Manila's police office, told a media briefing on Sunday, reiterating the attack was not "an act of terrorism". A previous statement by Albayalde, hours after the attack was over, had said that the suspect was likely to be a foreigner. "He looks Caucasian, he talks English, he's big and he's white, so he's probably a foreigner,"...
Dozens Dead After Gunman Storms Manila Casino
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Dozens Dead After Gunman Storms Manila Casino

More than 30 people have died after a gunman burst into a casino in the Philippine capital, Manila, firing shots and setting gaming tables alight, according to officials. The attack took place shortly after midnight (16:00 GMT) at the Resorts World Manila complex, police said on Friday, adding that all the victims died from suffocation and smoke inhalation. "Thirty-six deaths, this is due to suffocation," Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde told CNN Philippines. Police had previously said that at least 25 people died in what they described as a botched robbery attempt. The unidentified gunman self-immolated to death after firing at armed officers and causing havoc in the casino, according to police. "He lay down on the bed, covered himself in a thick blanket and apparently d...
Duterte May Impose Martial Law Over Drugs
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Duterte May Impose Martial Law Over Drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will impose martial law if the drug problem becomes "very virulent", a month after dismissing as "nonsense" any suggestion he might do so. Duterte has made a brutal war on drugs a central pillar of his administration since he took office in the middle of last year. Since July, more than 6000 people have been killed in the anti-drug campaign, in both police operations and unexplained killings by suspected "vigilantes". More than one million drug peddlers and users have been arrested or have surrendered to authorities. Duterte, speaking to members of a chamber of commerce in the southern city of Davao late on Saturday, said he has sworn to protect the country against all threats, including drugs, which he says has affected about ...