Mexico campaign rally stage collapse kills at least 9, hurts 121

SAN PEDRO GARZA GARCIA, Mexico — The collapse of a stage in heavy winds at a campaign rally in northern Mexico has killed at least nine people, including a child, and injured 121, the governor of Nuevo Leon state said Thursday. The collapse occurred during an event Wednesday evening attended by presidential long-shot candidate Jorge Álvarez Máynez, who ran to escape. Videos of the collapse on social media showed people screaming, running away,...

Amnesty week sees 150 knives and swords handed in

A week-long amnesty was held from 13 May at police stations in Peterborough and Cambridge.

LP partnering with Marcos\' coalition? Lagman says \'options are open\' | INQToday

WATCH: While the Liberal Party and the coalition President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. forged may carry different political principles, Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman is not ruling out any possible partnerships for the 2025 midterm polls.

Britain's top civil servant sorry for calling Boris Johnson 'feral'

Britain's top civil servant Simon Case admitted yesterday he did not understand how 'difficult' Boris Johnson found the pandemic and said messages he sent 'required apologies'.

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Fil-Am charged with alleged ambush murder of childhood friend

SANTA ANA – Filipino American Rhean Jalipa Fontanoza 46, was accused this week of killing his Fil-Am co-worker and childhood friend, 50-year-old Expedito Cuesta De Leon in Orange County, California. Fontanoza was charged with murder with a special circumstances allegation of a drive-by shooting and murder by lying in wait. He was also facing a sentencing enhancement for shooting a gun causing death. De Leon was shot 14 times in 19 seconds,...

Strike 2 at SC for Marcos ‘antipoverty czar’ Gadon

The Supreme Court has again penalized disbarred lawyer and presidential antipoverty adviser Lorenzo Gadon, this time for gross misconduct when he committed perjury and made accusations based on hearsay, fining him P150,000. In a resolution dated May 21, a full copy of which is yet to be made public, the Supreme Court en banc found Gadon guilty of gross misconduct in a disbarment case filed against him by lawyer Wilfredo Garrido Jr. in 2018....

MMDA moves Magallanes flyover rehab to October

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the rehabilitation of the Magallanes Flyover in Makati City has been moved from this month to October. But motorists who regularly pass through Edsa should not heave a sigh of relief just yet. The MMDA also warned of heavier traffic starting in September due to the construction of a temporary steel bridge that would serve as an alternative to Guadalupe Bridge. The bridge,...

Muntinlupa village chair shot dead by 2 men

Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon ordered the police on Thursday to catch the killers of a barangay official, saying “violence has no place” in the city. Barangay Buli Chair Ronaldo “Kaok” Loresca was shot dead on Wednesday night by two unidentified men on a motorcycle outside a store on Manuel L. Quezon Street, according to a police report. A witness described one of the suspects as dressed in a shirt with the logo of ride-hailing app JoyRide,...

Angat water now below minimum operating level

Angat Dam’s water level dipped below its minimum operating level on Thursday, losing 0.39 meters in over 24 hours to hit 179.68 meters. The dam supplies around 90 percent of the water needs for Metro Manila, Rizal, parts of Cavite and Bulacan. Its minimum operating level is 180 meters. Data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) showed other dams across Luzon also losing water, with La Mesa...

Security Council to vote on resolution decrying attacks on UN and aid workers, demanding protection

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote Friday on a resolution that strongly condemns attacks on humanitarian workers and U.N. personnel, and demands that all combatants protect them in accordance with international law. The Swiss-sponsored resolution expresses grave concern at the growing number of attacks and threats against U.N. and humanitarian personnel along with the continuing disregard and...

Space wars? Russia launched an anti-satellite weapon into space according to the US

Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

It began last month with the arrest of a Russian deputy defense minister. Then the head of the ministry’s personnel directorate was hauled into court. This week, two more senior military officials were detained. All face charges of corruption, which they have denied. The arrests began after President Vladimir Putin began his fifth term and shuffled his ally, longtime Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, into a new post. It immediately raised...

Elderly Fil-Am freed as SC resolves citizenship

The Supreme Court has ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to release a 74-year-old Filipino American who has been detained for over seven years following his arrest in 2016. In a 32-page decision promulgated in December 2023, but made public only on Wednesday, the high tribunal ruled that Walter Manuel Prescott, who was born of a Filipino mother and American father under the 1935 Constitution, is a natural-born...

Palace orders MinDa chief Acosta to vacate post

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. asked Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Maria Belen Acosta to vacate her post "due to loss of trust and confidence." The order was given through a letter signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on May 22, 2024. In the letter, Bersamin told Acosta that Secretary Leo Tereso Magno's assumption as the new MinDA chairman took effect on May 21 when he took his oath of office.He...

Philippines opens coast guard post after China build-up

MANILA, Philippines: The Philippines said Friday it had opened a coast guard post in the country's far north to boost security following China's "military build-up" near Taiwan over the past two years. The outpost "shall gather essential maritime data and intelligence, enabling the (Philippine Coast Guard) to respond effectively to threats such as illicit trade, trafficking, piracy, and foreign intrusions", National Security Adviser Eduardo Ano...

PCG boosts Batanes presence by opening monitoring post

The Philippine Coast Guard on Thursday stepped up its presence in Batanes, the country’s northernmost province near Taiwan, with the inauguration of a monitoring station in Itbayat town. Rear Adm. Armand Balilo, the PCG spokesperson for the West Philippine Sea, said the facility would increase maritime domain awareness in the province. It would likewise help the Coast Guard regularly check the situation of local fishermen in the area, he added....

Marcos renews promise to finish land title distribution to ARBs during his term

President Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. on Friday renewed his commitment to finish the distribution of land titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) under his term. ''Talagang pipilitin natin. Siyempre ang ambisyon ko talaga matapos sa term ko,'' Marcos said in an ambush interview at the sidelines of the distribution of land titles in Koronadal City. (We will really push for it. It's my ambition to finish this under my term.) ''Pero...

‘Notorious’ gunman killed in shootout with police in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A man, tagged as a notorious gunman, was killed in an armed encounter with law enforcers in Cabangcalan Dos, Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City, on Thursday afternoon, May 23, 2024. The deceased was identified as Albert Padayao, alias “Perot,” 35, jobless, and a resident of Purok Camanchili, Barangay Candulawan, Talisay City. Police, in a report, revealed that officers were conducting validation of information they received...

Man, 18, denies attempted murder after stabbing

Two teenagers face trial in September after a man in his 30s was hospitalised in March.

Marcos tells military: Thwart attempts to overthrow govt

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the military's "mission is not over" as they still needed to fight those who would attempt to overthrow the government. In his speech during his visit to the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi headquarters in Bongao municipality on Thursday, Marcos said he has been going around military camps to reiterate the fight against government destabilization. "When I go around our camps, I always explain...

Boy, 16, arrested on suspicion of rape

Police appeal to anyone who may have seen something suspicious near Summerhill Country Park.

Ejercito: Somebody higher than Senate may have influenced leadership change | INQToday

WATCH: Senator JV Ejercito believes \"somebody higher than the Senate\" might have influenced his colleagues to replace former Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Teodoro: China’s order to arrest SCS ‘trespassers’ a provocation

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. on Friday described China’s directive to arrest “trespassers” in the South China Sea as "provocation." “It is not trespassing, ‘di ba? They threatened to arrest. That is a provocation and a violation to me of the United Nations charter,” Teodoro told reporters in an ambush interview during the Philippine Navy anniversary celebration at its headquarters in Manila. In his speech during the ceremony, Teodoro...

Spain restaurant roof collapse kills 4, injures 21

PALMA, Spain — The roof of a restaurant in Spain’s popular tourist island of Mallorca collapsed on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 21 others, local rescuers said. “There are four dead and around 21 injured,” an emergency services spokeswoman said, adding that “several nationalities” were among the victims. The emergency services wrote on X that seven of the victims were in a “very serious” state and nine others had “serious” injuries,...

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Rishi briefing the King contrasts with Ted Heath

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Rishi's pre-briefing of the King about his General Election plans contrasts with Ted Heath in 1974, who called a snap election when the Queen was 11,500 miles away.

Taiwan tracks dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast on 2nd day of drills

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan tracked dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast Friday on the second day of a large exercise China's People’s Liberation Army held in response to the inauguration of the island’s new leadership. China has issued elaborate releases to media showing Taiwan being surrounded by forces from the ruling Communist Party's military wing, the People's Liberation Army. A new video on Friday showed animated...

Why are thousands of people protesting in Taiwan?

Opposition efforts to push through a controversial bill have raised concerns about the island’s democracy.

Papua New Guinea landslide: More than 100 killed

More than 100 people are believed to have been killed in a landslide in remote Papua New Guinea.

Wreath-laying ceremony for the 40th death anniversary of PMGen. Tomas Karingal

Members of the Quezon City Police District together with Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, lead the wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 40th death anniversary of PMGen. Tomas B. Karingal at Camp Karingal in Quezon City on Friday, May 24. Karingal became the QCPD chief from July 5, 1967, to December 19, 1975, by virtue of presidential appointment under the late former President Ferdinand Marcos. He was assassinated on May 24, 1984, on Scout Borromeo Street in Quezon City. Subscribe to the Manila Bulletin Online channel! - Visit our website at #ManilaBulletinOnline#ManilaBulletin#LatestNews

China's 'Monster' ship held intrusive patrol near Scarborough —expert

China Coast Guard 5901 known as "The Monster," the largest coast guard ship in the world, conducted a “brief intrusive patrol” near Scarborough Shoal, a maritime expert said on Friday. “Over the past 24 hours the world's largest coast guard ship, the 165-meter China Coast Guard 5901, together with the 102-meter CCG 5203, conducted a brief intrusive patrol into the Philippines' EEZ west of Scarborough Shoal,” said US Air Force official and...

Marcos to visit Brunei, Singapore next week

President Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. will leave the country for Brunei Darussalam and Singapore next week to have a state visit and participate in the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue, respectively. The Department of Foreign Affairs said First Lady Louise "Liza" Araneta-Marcos would accompany the President on these foreign trips. Marcos will have bilateral meetings with the Brunei Sultanate and meet...

More countries should oppose ‘illegal’ China order–Manalo

Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo said other countries should also oppose China’s illegal order that authorized its coast guard to detain, for up to 60 days without trial, what it considers foreign “trespassers” in waters being claimed by Beijing. According to Manalo, the order has no legal basis yet affects not only the Philippines, which has an active maritime dispute with China, but also other countries with vessels plying the South China Sea,...

Indictments filed against ambulance driver who transported eight illegal residents

Indictments were filed against an ambulance driver and his assistant on Friday for attempting to transport eight illegal residents at a crossing on Route 443 a week and a half ago, according to an Israel Police statement. Nine counts were filed against the driver, including conspiracy to commit a crime, assisting an attempt to enter or stay in Isra...

Judge orders child to see mum accused of sex abuse

In a ruling, the Court of Appeal called the decision "fundamentally flawed".

Bamban Mayor Alice Guo can run in 2025 despite suspension, says Comelec

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Alice Guo of Bamban, Tarlac may still run in the May 2025 elections even if she gets suspended from holding public office, according to the Commission on Elections. Comelec Chairman George Garcia explained that a local official cannot be barred from running in an election until there is a final conviction by a court. Thus, Garcia said, a suspension from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will...

Fresh twist in case of fruit picker accused of amputating man's leg

John Yalu, 29, allegedly killed Innisfail farm labourer and grandfather Kalman Tal, 66, with a circular saw in a park on February 19, 2022.

Palarong Pambansa 2024 budget likely to be slashed – Garcia

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The P400 million budget allocation for the Palarong Pambansa 2024 is likely to be reduced. This follows after the three-day suspension of the procurement transactions by Acting Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia to be able to conduct a review of the procedures and expenditures related to the Games. During a press conference on Thursday, May 23, Garcia announced that he was almost done and stated that the possibility of slashing...

The state leaders who have actually faced justice at the ICC

Group hits Army’s ‘indiscriminate’ firing, bombing in Aurora; AFP denies claims

MABALACAT CITY—Human rights group Karapatan-Central Luzon has denounced what it called “indiscriminate firing and bombing operations” by the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Aurora province on Tuesday night. In a statement on Wednesday, Karapatan said two Army helicopters “bombed” the villages of Diamanen, Toytoyan, Puangi, Dimabuno, Salay and Sapang Kawayan in Dipaculao town around 6 p.m. The group said the military helicopters then proceeded...

Three days of mourning declared after Majorca beach club tragedy that killed 4

Majorca has been struck by tragedy after a local tourist hotspot collapsed, leaving at least four dead and many more injured on Thursday night

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China's second day of war games around Taiwan tests ability to 'seize power'

By Bernard Orr and Yimou Lee BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) -China's military carried out a second day of war games around Taiwan on Friday, with drills to test its ability to "seize power" and control key areas in exercises Beijing has said were launched to punish Taiwan's new president, Lai Ching-te. The two days of drills in the Taiwan Strait and around groups of Taiwan-controlled islands near the

In Bohol, state of calamity up as agri losses hit P420 million

TAGBILARAN CITY—Bohol has been placed under a state of calamity after damage to agriculture and fisheries caused by the prolonged dry spell and drought brought about by the El Niño weather phenomenon reached at least P420 million. The declaration made by the provincial board was in response to the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on May 21 to allow the provincial government to tap the...

Carlos put \'under guidance\' of AFP chief after leaked West PH Sea call | INQToday

WATCH: Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos has been reassigned to the military\'s general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo after being relieved of his duties as chief of Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command.

‘Even Zambales fishermen hit by China water cannon assault’

BOTOLAN, Zambales — Fishermen in Masinloc and Sta. Cruz , Zambales also experienced a series of water cannon attacks from the Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) while fishing in Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), a lawmaker said on Thursday. Zambales 2nd District Rep. Doris Maniquiz disclosed that this was revealed to her by fisherfolk from both municipalities in the amid reports of continued harassment faced by the Philippine...

Family's 'eternal love' for killed Gaza aid worker

The wife of John Chapman says he was "a fine example of a husband" and "a really good human being”.

Italian activist on trial in Hungary assualt case

An Italian anti-fascist activist accused of attacking alleged neo-Nazis in Hungary is to go on trial in a Budapest court on Friday, in a case that has sparked tensions between Rome and Budapest. Salis's father has accused the Hungarian authorities of double standards, claiming that they treated neo-Nazis, who allegedly assaulted anti-fascist activists around the same time, much more leniently.

Russian spy chief says Ukraine was directly involved in Moscow concert hall attack, says TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian military intelligence was directly involved in a deadly attack on a concert hall near Moscow in which over 140 people were killed, the head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov said, TASS reported on Friday. Russia has made such allegations before. Bortnikov did not provide evidence to underpin his assertion. "The investigation is ongoing,

The world's top 10 most powerful nuclear nations

The world's bloodiest conflicts come from politic and diplomatic tensions between two or more countries, and this is why certain nations have such strict and often scary defense policies. With the current political scheme around the world, nuclear weapons have become a dangerous reality. Click here to see World Population Review ranking of the 10 countries with the most powerful nuclear weapons.