Duterte wants OFWs in Saudi repatriated

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the repatriation of stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were affected by the financial crisis in Saudi Arabia. Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said Duterte issued the directive during a Cabinet meeting last Monday in Malacañan. “The president wants to repatriate …

Quake in remote west China kills 617, buries more

XINING, China – China poured rescue crews and equipment into a mountainous Tibetan region Thursday in a bid to find survivors more than a day after strong earthquakes killed more than 600 people and injured thousands. The series of quakes flattened buildings across remote western Yushu county and sent survivors, …

21 killed in political violence in southern Philippines (Roundup)

Manila – Twenty-one people, including journalists and human rights lawyers, were killed Monday in the southern Philippines in what appeared to be political killings, the military said. At least 20 more were unaccounted for and feared dead in what presidential aide Jesus Dureza described as a ‘gruesome massacre of civilians …

Get principal’s killers, Arroyo orders

PRESIDENT Arroyo yesterday ordered the National Police and the Armed Forces to launch a massive manhunt against the Abu Sayyaf group behind the kidnapping and subsequent beheading of a school principal in Sulu. Deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said Arroyo ordered the police and the military to embark on full-stream …

100 tons of food arrive from UN

MANILA, Philippines – The first of two of the largest high-energy food shipments from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) arrived in the country yesterday for victims of storm “Ondoy” and typhoon “Pepeng.” Stephen Anderson, WFP country director, said the first 100-metric-ton shipment of nutritious biscuits was loaded from …

Peace in Mindanao

THE time for finger-pointing on the ongoing conflict in Mindanao should end now and what is needed to attain lasting peace is an institution that has the political will to appeal to both parties to sit down and discuss solutions, according to a party-list representative. This is the gist of …