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Turkmenistan to build $5-B city for leader

ASHGABAT: Turkmenistan will spend nearly $5 billion to build a city named in honor of strongman Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, officials said on Wednesday. The reclusive Central Asian country bordering the Caspian Sea has been ruled by the Berdymukhamedov family for more than 16 years. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, a former dentist-turned-autocrat, officially stepped down as president of the ex-Soviet nation last year and was replaced by his son...


Baby killed, 4 injured in Maguindanao ambush

An 8-month-old baby girl was killed while four others were injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire at the tricycle they were riding in Datu Hoffer town, Maguindanao del Sur, police announced on Tuesday. Capt. Ramillo Serame, Datu Hoffer municipal police chief, said the mother was carrying the baby in her arms when they were ambushed. Injured were the baby's father Sadam Mamadra Mamasainged, his wife Faira and two other children, all...


PH-China relations in the new era and circumstances

First of 2 parts DESPITE existing differences, the rapprochement with China and the renaissance in the friendly and good bilateral relationship between the Philippines and China is one of the legacies of the Rodrigo Duterte administration that yielded tangible and concrete benefits for both countries and their people. Philippines-China bilateral relations not only improved under the Duterte administration but was upgraded to a "comprehensive...


PDEA dismantles La Union drug den

A SUSPECTED drug den was dismantled in Barangay Bacani in Rosario, La Union by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Ilocos Region. They also arrested four drug suspects during the operation on Monday. PDEA-1 Regional Director Joel Plaza identified one of the arrested suspects as Raymart Dumo, who was categorized as the second most wanted drug personality in La Union. Also collared by the authorities at around 9:30 p.m....


Senator wants ICC prosecutor to attend probe

SEN. Francis Tolentino said he will invite International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Kamir Khan to an inquiry on Senate resolutions seeking to defend former president Rodrigo Duterte. "I'm thinking of having a resource person coming from the ICC itself. If they agree they can attend even through Zoom," the senator said in an online interview on Wednesday. The chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights is set to hear the...


Priest nabbed in Bacolod City for alleged rape of 17-year-old

Authorities arrested a priest in Bacolod City for the alleged rape of a minor, according to a report on “Saksi” on Wednesday. An initial investigation on the case showed that Father Conrad Mantac reportedly assaulted a 17-year-old girl inside a church convent in 2022. GMA Integrated News reached out to Mantac for a comment but has yet to respond. The Diocese of San Carlos said it suspended the priest's pastoral duties and vowed to coordinate...


Student, 24, stabbed to death in dormitory

Camp Vicente Lim, Laguna, Philippines — A student was found dead with 14 stab wounds in her room at a dormitory in Dasmariñas City, Cavite on Tuesday afternoon. The body of Leanne Duguesing, 24, was discovered by the caretaker of the dormitory in Barangay Sta. Fe at around 4:40 p.m. when a classmate of the victim asked if she was in her room. Village chief Emmanuel Noora reported the incident to the police. Col. Christopher Olazo, Cavite police...


Revilla undergoes emergency gallbladder removal

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. underwent emergency laparoscopy on Tuesday to remove his gallbladder. The senator was rushed to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City before dawn on Monday after suffering severe stomach pains that were later found to be due to gallstones. In a Facebook Live video yesterday, Revilla said he is well and has been allowed by his doctor to be discharged. Revilla said after undergoing tests, his doctors...


Graduating student, natagpuang patay at tadtad ng saksak sa loob ng inuupahang dorm | Saksi

Saksi is GMA Network's late-night newscast hosted by Arnold Clavio and Pia Arcangel. It airs Mondays to Fridays at 11:00 PM (PHL Time) on GMA-7. For more videos from Saksi, visit http://www.gmanews.tv/saksi.News updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/covid-19/#Nakatutok24OrasBreaking news and stories from the Philippines and abroad:GMA News and Public Affairs Portal: http://www.gmanews.tvFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/gmanewsTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/gmanewsInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/gmanewsGMA Network Kapuso programs on GMA Pinoy TV: https://gmapinoytv.com/subscribe


PHL Navy at PCG, nakapagtaboy umano ng Chinese vessel sa Pag-asa Island | Saksi

Saksi is GMA Network's late-night newscast hosted by Arnold Clavio and Pia Arcangel. It airs Mondays to Fridays at 11:00 PM (PHL Time) on GMA-7. For more videos from Saksi, visit http://www.gmanews.tv/saksi.News updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/covid-19/#Nakatutok24OrasBreaking news and stories from the Philippines and abroad:GMA News and Public Affairs Portal: http://www.gmanews.tvFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/gmanewsTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/gmanewsInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/gmanewsGMA Network Kapuso programs on GMA Pinoy TV: https://gmapinoytv.com/subscribe


US to transfer 2 patrol ships to Philippine Navy

MANILA, Philippines — The United States Navy is set to transfer two Cyclone-class patrol ships to the Philippine Navy to further boost its capabilities in guarding and patrolling territorial waters. Both the USS Monsoon and USS Chinook were officially decommissioned in a ceremony held in Bahrain on Tuesday after 28 years of coastal patrol service. The US Naval Forces Central Command itself announced that the vessels designed for shallow-water...


Priest arrested for rape in Negros

BACOLOD CITY: A 62-year-old Catholic priest wanted for rape was arrested at Camelot Subdivision, Barangay Estefania, Bacolod on Monday, March 27. Police records show that Fr. Conrado Ursua Mantac is facing criminal charges for the alleged rape of a 17-year-old choir girl in Sagay City in 2022 with no bail granted for his temporary liberty. The alleged rape happened while the priest was assigned in Sagay City. Mantac, who is from Barangay...


Are you prepared for the coming global freshwater crisis?


Man takes daughter hostage in Manila

MANILA, Philippines — A man was arrested in Sampaloc, Manila on Tuesday afternoon after he held his youngest daughter hostage in a bid to force his wife and other children to return to him following an argument. John Eric Bernal Morales, 31, barricaded himself and his six-year-old daughter on the roof deck of the apartment building where they lived at around 2 p.m., according to a report from the Manila Police District (MPD)’s Barbosa station....


LRTA to suspend operations from April 6-9

LRTA to suspend operations from April 6-9


Philippines to be guided by Constitution in joint exploration talks with China

The Philippines and China will start discussions on the proposed joint oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea. According to JP Soriano's report on "24 Oras", Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo said the Philippine side will be guided by the Constitution. “In any negotiations, we undertake on oil and gas, the Philippine position has always been that we would be guided by the Constitutional requirements," Manalo said. "And that's...


PNP files raps vs Teves brother over guns, explosives

MANILA, Philippines — Charges for possession of illegal firearms and explosives have been filed against former Bayawan City mayor Pryde Henry Teves before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported yesterday. The criminal complaints filed against Teves last Monday are in connection with the seizure of a cache of firearms, ammunition and explosive materials unearthed last weekend from his five-hectare property...


LTO district chief suspended over fixers

MANILA, Philippines — The head of the Land Transportation Office (LTO)’s Novaliches district unit has been suspended following the arrest of five alleged fixers in front of the district office on Tuesday. LTO chief Jay Art Tugade said yesterday the official was suspended while under investigation for fixing activities at the district office. While Tugade did not identify the official, the LTO’s website named the Novaliches district office’s head...


Adnan Syed's murder conviction reinstated: shock ruling in 'Serial' podcast case


President Marcos economic managers, Cabinet members back Cha-cha

MANILA, Philippines — While President Marcos does not consider Charter change a priority, key members of his economic team and Cabinet support moves to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution, a congressional leader said yesterday. “We are encouraged by the statements/position papers of members of the President’s economic team and of the Cabinet who share our desire and goal for the country to attract more foreign investments...


US at South Korea, kailangan maghanda para sa nuclear war? | Stand for Truth

Hindi pa rin natatapos ang banta ng pag-atake ng North Korea dahil wala pa ring pormal na peace treaty na naihahain matapos ang 1950 Korean war. Tila ginagamit ng North Korea ang nuclear weapons at testing upang mapanatag sila na hindi mawawalan ng kapangyarihan lalo na’t mukhang naghahanda ito para sa potensyal na transition of power ni Kim Jong Un sa kaniyang anak na si Kim Jun-ae. Dapat nga ba maghanda ang alyansang US at South Korea sa posibilidad ng nuclear war sa North Korea? Panoorin sa video.


'Nashville school shooter hid 7 firearms in house'

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: The 28-year-old who shot dead six people at a private elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee was able to buy and conceal multiple weapons in the family home despite evidence of mental health issues, police said on Tuesday. Two nine-year-old girls, a nine-year-old boy, two teachers and a school custodian died in Monday's attack, which recharged the bitter debate over gun rights in the United States. Parents with their...


Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu could succeed Putin as leader of Russia


Palace names new execs in AFP, DPWH, PSC

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced yesterday new appointments in the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), public works, trade and labor departments and the military. In a Facebook post, the Presidential Communications Office said Matthew Gaston has been named commissioner of the PSC. Gaston is a former commissioner of the Games and Amusement Board and a retired Philippine Basketball Association player. President Marcos has also appointed...


Sara blasts ACT on call to hire 30,000 teachers

VICE President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte blasted the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT Teachers) over its call to hire 30,000 public school teachers and allocate a budget of P100 billion per year for classrooms, calling these proposals "unrealistic and impossible." The ACT Teachers said in a statement that to resolve the teacher shortage, the Department of Education (DepEd) should hire at least 30,000 teachers up to 2028 and aim to...


Rody on ICC probe: They won’t catch me

Government won’t bar ICC probers – SolGen Davao City , Philippines — Former president Rodrigo Duterte is not inclined to believe the International Criminal Court (ICC) can catch him in this lifetime, and even if it does, he says he couldn’t care less if he rots in prison. “Hindi nila ako mahahabol (They won’t be able to catch me),” Duterte, still feisty after turning 78 the other day, said here yesterday at the national convention of the...


High Seas Treaty offers opportunities for PH

EARLIER this month, member states of the United Nations, including the Philippines, approved a landmark High Seas Treaty, ending a decade of contentious negotiations capped off by a marathon, 38-hour session just before the final draft was approved by the UN General Assembly. Almost two-thirds of Earth's surface is covered by seas, and the ocean makes up 95 percent of Earth's total habitat by volume, but only about 39 percent of the planet's...


MWSS: Angat Dam water supply good until December

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) yesterday assured the public of enough water supply from Angat Dam until December even as concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. started implementing daily rotational water interruption. In an interview with The STAR, MWSS Deputy Administrator Jose Dorado Jr. said the water interruption was not due to the shortage in water supply from the Angat Dam. Based on latest...


Mexican State leader welcomes delegation from Isabela, Tarlac

ENRIQUE Ibarra Pedroza, the secretary-general of the Mexican State of Jalisco, received the delegation from the Republic of the Philippines represented by Gov. Rodolfo Albano 3rd of the province of Isabela and Gov. Susan Yap of the province of Tarlac, in a bid to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two regions. The Mexican and Filipino officials identified and talked about the opportunities in commercial matters and exchanged good...


Photo evidence shows Russia may be deploying 70-year-old tanks


Myanmar military govt dissolves Suu Kyi's party

BANGKOK: Myanmar's military government took another major step in its ongoing campaign to cripple its political opponents on Wednesday, dissolving dozens of opposition parties, including that of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, for failing to meet a registration deadline ahead of elections. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) was one of 40 parties ordered dissolved in an official announcement by the election commission published on...


After appeal rejected, Marcos claims PH ‘disengaging’ from ICC

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr says the Philippines will be 'disengaging' from the International Criminal Court or ICC after it junked the Philippine government’s bid to suspend an ongoing probe into former president Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. Full story: https://www.rappler.com/nation/marcos-jr-claims-philippines-disengaing-international-criminal-court-following-rejected-appeal-march-2023/


2 dead, 26 hurt in Zambo road mishap

Zamboanga City, Philippines — Two women died and 26 other passengers were injured when a truck rammed a house along the highway east of this city early yesterday. The victims are canning factory workers and residents of Barangay Lamisahan. The accident occurred in Sitio Daap in Barangay Sangali, Lt. Col. Paul Andrew Cortes, spokesman for the Zamboanga City police, said. Initial investigation showed the truck driven by Banny Martinez Jr., 26, was...


Jinggoy files bill to modernize Coast Guard

RECENT developments in the maritime sector, the massive oil spill from a sunken tanker in Oriental Mindoro that affected four provinces, and the continued Chinese incursions and aggressions in waters within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone highlight the need to modernize the fleet of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to make it more responsive to emerging sea emergency trends, Sen. Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada said. "Instead of finger-pointing...


PBM, iginiit na hindi na makikipag-ugnayan ang Pilipinas sa ICC

PBM, iginiit na hindi na makikipag-ugnayan ang Pilipinas sa ICC


Baguio achieves Zero Open Defecation Grade 1 status

BAGUIO CITY: Mayor Benjamin Magalong signed City Council Resolution 151, series of 2023, endorsing the certification of the City of Baguio to the regional director of the Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region (DoH-CAR) as having achieved Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) Grade 1 Status pursuant to the Philippine Approach to Sustainable Sanitation (PhATSS). Authored by councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, the measure stated that under...


3 nabbed in Cavite drug buy-bust

DASMARIÑAS CITY: Three men were arrested in a drug buy-bust here on Tuesday by joint operatives from the Dasmariñas City Police Station and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Pampanga. Authorities identified the drug suspects as Saidamen Balbal, 24, of Bahay Karangalan, Lot 2 Block 7, Barangay Paliparan 3; Eugene Coyoca, 32, of Paliparan 3 Site, Barangay Paliparan 3; and Samroding Macalnas, 28, of Sitio Katuparan, Barangay Paliparan 3, all...


Filipinos eyed for Ukraine reconstruction

UKRAINE Deputy Head of Mission to the Philippines Denys Mykhailiuk has raised the possibility of tapping Filipino workers in the reconstruction of Ukraine. Ukraine has an embassy in Malaysia which has jurisdiction over the Philippines. Kyiv has a consulate in Manila. In a press conference on Wednesday, Mykhailiuk said the hiring of Filipino construction workers is one of the "possible" cooperation between Ukraine and the Philippines. "We will be...


Pedaling for cash! Countries that pay people to cycle to work


Dating Pangulong Duterte: Wala akong pakialam sa ICC | Saksi

Saksi is GMA Network's late-night newscast hosted by Arnold Clavio and Pia Arcangel. It airs Mondays to Fridays at 11:00 PM (PHL Time) on GMA-7. For more videos from Saksi, visit http://www.gmanews.tv/saksi.News updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/covid-19/#Nakatutok24OrasBreaking news and stories from the Philippines and abroad:GMA News and Public Affairs Portal: http://www.gmanews.tvFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/gmanewsTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/gmanewsInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/gmanewsGMA Network Kapuso programs on GMA Pinoy TV: https://gmapinoytv.com/subscribe


Marcos rolls out P10 billion program vs malnutrition

MANILA, Philippines — Citing the role of well-nourished and healthy citizens in economic development, President Marcos yesterday launched a P10-billion program aimed at addressing malnutrition in the country. Speaking at the launch of the Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Project (PMNP) at the Manila Hotel, Marcos warned against the insidiousness of the malnutrition problem. “Malnutrition is, in turn, linked to long-term adverse developmental...


Covid jab case respondents asked to present evidence

QUEZON CITY Regional Trial Court Branch 222 Judge Maria Cherell de Castro-Sansaet has set the presentation of evidence by the respondents to the petition questioning the legality of vaccinating minors against Covid-19 on June 6 and June 27, 2023, tentatively. The respondents in the case include former Health secretary Francisco Duque 3rd, Health Officer in Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire and the Department of Health (DoH) Public Health Services...


Singapore, Malaysia PMs to visit China, attend Boao Forum

LEADERS from many countries around the globe are heading to China for the annual Boao Forum, as well as official visits, as the Chinese Foreign Ministry has confirmed that these leaders, including the prime ministers of Singapore and Malaysia, will attend the economic event and pay official visits to China. As Europe is still suffering from the ongoing geopolitical crisis and the US financial system is bringing increasing uncertainties and risks...


Honduras not to be the last to 'sever diplomatic ties' with Taiwan

HONDURAS on Sunday signed a joint communiqué with Beijing on the establishment of diplomatic relations shortly after it announced to sever so-called "diplomatic" relations with the Taiwan island. This is the ninth so-called ally that Taiwan authorities have lost at a rapid pace since the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Tsing Ing-wen authorities came to power in 2016. This once again demonstrates that the international community's...


Atty. Topacio, sinabing may indikasyong mauuwi sa "Kangaroo Court" ang case buildup laban kay Rep. Teves | Saksi

Saksi is GMA Network's late-night newscast hosted by Arnold Clavio and Pia Arcangel. It airs Mondays to Fridays at 11:00 PM (PHL Time) on GMA-7. For more videos from Saksi, visit http://www.gmanews.tv/saksi.News updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/covid-19/#Nakatutok24OrasBreaking news and stories from the Philippines and abroad:GMA News and Public Affairs Portal: http://www.gmanews.tvFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/gmanewsTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/gmanewsInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/gmanewsGMA Network Kapuso programs on GMA Pinoy TV: https://gmapinoytv.com/subscribe


Brgy. kagawad, patay matapos malapitang barilin | Saksi

Saksi is GMA Network's late-night newscast hosted by Arnold Clavio and Pia Arcangel. It airs Mondays to Fridays at 11:00 PM (PHL Time) on GMA-7. For more videos from Saksi, visit http://www.gmanews.tv/saksi. #Nakatutok24Oras Breaking news and stories from the Philippines and abroad: GMA Integrated News Portal: http://www.gmanews.tv Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gmanews TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@gmanews Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/gmanews Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/gmanews GMA Network Kapuso programs on GMA Pinoy TV: https://gmapinoytv.com/subscribe


Marcos to Duterte: ‘Naiintindihan ko na kung bakit napapamura ka’

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. makes a cheeky birthday greeting to his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, March 28. Full story: https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/inside-track/marcos-jr-greets-duterte-birthday-march-28-2023/


Five alleged ‘fixers’ nabbed in LTO Novaliches office

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Wednesday said five alleged fixers were arrested in an entrapment operation conducted with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) outside the agency’s Novaliches District Office in Quezon City. In a statement, the LTO said its chief Assistant Secretary Jay Art Tugade led the operation and personally witnessed the offering of services by the supposed "fixers" outside the Novaliches office....


Who’s afraid of the MUP pension fund?

Even before the start of former president Rodrigo Duterte’s term in July 2016 started, the unsustainable condition of the retirement and pension payouts of the country’s military and uniformed personnel (MUP) was already on shaky grounds. In fact, as early as 2013, then Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno had been pushing for the cancellation of certain provisions in the MUP retirement laws. And recently, as Finance Secretary, Diokno termed the MUP...


World's usable nuke arsenal rose in 2022 – study

THE world's number of operational atomic warheads increased in 2022, driven largely by Russia and China, a new report out Wednesday said as nuclear tensions have risen since the war in Ukraine. The nine official and unofficial nuclear powers held 9,576 ready-to-use warheads in 2023 — up from 9,440 the year prior, according to the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor published by the NGO Norwegian People's Aid. Those weapons have a "collective destructive...