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Airport security beefed up following blast

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has beefed up foot patrol and police visibility following the explosion that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. MIAA Officer-in-Charge Bryan Co called on the airport community to be vigilant and report suspicious activities in the airport complex. Investigators from the Airport Police Department and the Aviation Security Unit of the Philippine National Police are looking for the man who lobbed...


FACES OF CEBU: Father Samuel Mary Liedel, 29, Cebuano speaking American priest

CEBU CITY, Philippines—In the bustling city of Cebu, where Cebuano is the language of the streets, learning the local language is an essential part of any foreign visitor in order to navigate, adapt and understand the local culture, traditions, and customs of the area. Among those who recognize that learning the language is an effective


Taal vog subsides – Phivolcs

(UPDATE) THE volcanic smog above Taal area has cleared, the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Saturday. "In Taal, it's clear now unlike the low visibility yesterday (Friday). So now, the Taal Volcano is visible from Batangas, so basically there is no vog already," Phivolcs Director Teresito Bacolcol told The Manila Times. Vog is composed of fine droplets mixed with volcanic gases, including sulfur dioxide from...


Ten people dead after truck bomb explosion in central Somalia

A truck bomb exploded at a checkpoint in the central Somali town of Beledweyne on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and obliterating nearby buildings, a police officer said. It was not immediately clear who was responsible but the Islamist group al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in the Horn of Africa country. "So far I have seen 10 dead...


CCTO: Part of Osmeña Blvd near Capitol to be closed to traffic for 10 days

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — A portion of the southbound lane of Osmeña Boulevard, located close to the Cebu Capitol, will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic for 20 days, starting on Sunday, September 24, until October 14. Road closure was needed for the ongoing construction of the Capitol bus station for the Bus Rapid Transit


Russia's Lavrov says Armenia, Azerbaijan have settled Karabakh dispute

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a speech at the UN General Assembly on Saturday that time was ripe for trust-building measures between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, and that Moscow's troops would help that. Lavrov accused the West of trying to force themselves as mediators between the two countries, which he said was n...


Chinese national, tortured, forced to work for online scam business, rescued in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A Chinese national, who was allegedly tortured and forced to work in an online scam business, was rescued by authorities after being detained for around two weeks inside a hub used for illegal activities. Bienvenido Panican, executive officer for operation of National Bureau of Investigation-Cebu District Office (NBI-CEBDO), told reporters in


Last day of Bar Exams 2023 for more than 10,000 aspiring lawyers

The last day of the grueling Bar examinations 2023 has come on Sunday, September 24, for more than 10,000 aspiring lawyers. Well-wishers — parents, siblings, school mates — trooped to 14 local testing centers nationwide to cheer for the Bar examinees. At the Manila Adventist College in Pasay City, examinees began arriving before 6 a.m. for the test which was to start at 8 a.m., according to a report by Mao dela Cruz on Super Radyo dzBB. The...


Taal Volcano vog now 'very light' —Batangas PDRRMO

The situation in the province of Batangas has improved as fewer amounts of volcanic fog or vog caused by Taal Volcano’s activity have been observed, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMO) said Sunday. “Simula kahapon, malaki na ang improvement. Walang nakitang smog. Kung mayroon man, very little lang dahil very light lang, magaan lang ang binubuga na gas, ‘yung gas emission natin at saka height ng plume,” Batangas...


Explain premature campaigning, 1,955 BSKE bets told

MANILA, Philippines — The number of candidates in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) who are being asked to explain why they engage in premature campaigning has increased to 1,955. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday said show-cause orders have been issued to the candidates. The poll body said it has so far received 228 responses. Upon initial asssessment, the Comelec said 66 candidates are facing disqualification...


New poll shows most Americans want to keep supporting Ukraine


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Mexican police cuff crooked ‘demon doll’ Chucky

MEXICO CITY --- Handcuffed, a knife still sticking out of his overalls, the Chucky doll hunches against the wall as police hold him by his bright orange hair to take his mug shot. In a bizarre twist, Chucky and his owner were taken into lock-up in a town in northern Mexico earlier this week. The puppet master, identified only as Carlos "N" under Mexican norms, allegedly used the "demon doll" to scare people and demand money, local media...


Davao del Norte village chief gets 13 years

Over sale of barangay dump truck MANILA, Philippines — A village chief in Kapalong, Davao del Norte may spend up to 13 years in prison over the sale of a dump truck owned by his barangay. In a 37-page decision promulgated on Sept. 19, the Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division junked the appeal of Arthur Lontoc Jr., chairman of Barangay Pag-asa, to reverse the ruling of the Tagum City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 1, which found him guilty of...


Kindergarten In The Philippines, Is It Mandatory?

Let's take a closer look at the law that made Kindergarten mandatory (and some history, too!)


Government urged: Protect Sta. Ana ‘heritage zone’

MANILA, Philippines — Residents of Sta. Ana, Manila are appealing to national government agencies and the city government to protect the area’s “heritage zone.” Residents gathered at the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, the 303-year-old parish church of Sta. Ana, yesterday morning. They then staged a rally in front of a house less than 300 meters away from the site where three high-rise buildings would reportedly be...


Philippines: Upholding int'l law to keep Indo-Pacific free, open

Adherence to international law will help keep the Indo-Pacific region ''free and open,'' the Philippines told the United Nations on Saturday (early Sunday morning in Manila) as it reiterated its call for amicable resolution of disputes in the South China Sea. Speaking at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo said the ''preservation of a rules-based global order is our collective...


Crowds march through Westminster in protest against the American Bully XL ban

Crowds, many of them dog owners, march through Westminster and stage protests outside New Scotland Yard and in Parliament Square against the American Bully XL ban.


Butcher dies in freak accident as he was slaughtering a pig in Camotes

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A butcher in Camotes Island in northern Cebu died of a freak accident. This was while he was slaughtering a pig on September 22, 2023, in Pilar town. Police Captain Michael Echavez, Pilar Police Station chief, identified the victim as Marcelito Lapeciros of Sitio Batang, Barangay Moabog, Pilar town of Camotes


Habagat to affect CV, Metro Cebu until Wednesday — Pagasa

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Rainy days in Cebu will still prevail in the following days. According to the forecast by Engineer Al Quiblat, chief of Pagasa Mactan, the southwest monsoon, locally known as “habagat” will continue to affect Central Visayas including Metro Cebu. For the next four days, which is until Wednesday, September 27, Metro


Golden Haven Iligan's vision becomes reality

GOLDEN Haven Memorial Parks — a subsidiary of the publicly listed, Villar-owned Golden MV Holdings Inc. — stands proud as the Philippines' most trusted provider of premium death care services. With chapels, crematoria, columbaria and more than 30 themed memorial parks located nationwide, Golden Haven, likewise, enjoys recognition as one of the country's largest and most prominent names in the real estate industry. The centerpiece of Golden Haven...


Former Marikina mayor Bayani Fernando's wake open to public viewing on Sept. 24

The wake of former Marikina City mayor Bayani Fernando has been opened to public viewing on Sunday, September 24. On Sunday morning, residents were seen paying their respects to the former mayor at the Queen of Angels Chapel at Riverbanks Center in Marikina City. Personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority were also deployed to the venue to help out in assisting visitors to the wake of Fernando who also became chairman of the...


Asian Games open with Obiena, Didal leading PH team in parade of nations

HANGZHOU, China — The 19th Asian Games opened with a festival of lights, a dazzling visual show which started after Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium on Saturday night on September 23, 2023. The space-age opening ceremony featured splendid cultural attractions and the best China could offer. This is


Alleged Socorro cult ready to face any impartial investigation

The Socorro Bayanihan Services Inc. (SBSI), an organization accused of abusing minors in Surigao del Norte's Socorro town, said it was willing to face any impartial investigation and urged Senators to participate in the probe. “Ang hiling ko lang is ‘yung fair naman, fair,” said the group leader, Jey Rence Quilario, also known as “Senior Aguila” in a “24 Oras Weekend” interview with Marisol Abdurahman. (All I ask is that it be fair.) Quilario...


Buko vendor, 2 others nabbed, P88,400 shabu seized in CebuCity buy-bust

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A 58-year-old buko vendor in Cebu City and two others will be spending time in jail after they were arrested with approximately P88,400 worth of suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation on Friday evening, September 22, 2023. The anti-illegal drugs operation took place in Sitio Mahayahay II, Barangay Calamba, Cebu City


Marcos: Supply of rice in the country not a problem

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Saturday said the country does not have a problem with the supply of rice, but instead faces issues regarding its distribution. “Ang dami pa rin kulang sa pag-distribute. Marami naman tayong bigas. Hindi lang nailalabas nang tama,” Marcos said in a speech in Iriga City, Camarines Sur. (There are still deficiencies regarding the distribution. We have plenty of rice but it is not released properly.) “Kaya’t hindi...


This Western tank used in Ukraine is the best at crushing Russian tanks


Civilian militias ambush cop in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur -- A member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) and a civilian community peace volunteer, ambushed a police officer in Barangay Parangbasak, Lamitan City, on Friday afternoon, police said. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. as Police Staff Sgt. Jun Jabbal Arasal was driving past the village going to Ungkaya Pukan town when met with a volley of fires, said Colonel Arlan Delumpines, city...


Man confesses to stabbing, killing wife, 2 kids

MANILA, Philippines — The murder of a woman and her two children in Barangay Pupua in Catbalogan, Samar on Aug. 30 has taken a new twist after her partner and father of the victims confessed to the killing. Edito Candiz surrendered to the police on Thursday. Rhea Orio, 26; her daughter, Rina, 3, and her five-month-old son were found dead at their house. Candes, who said he found the bodies which bore multiple stab wounds, reported the incident...


Presyo Merkado: Current prices of food in Metro Cebu markets

Presyo Merkado is a daily guide of prices of goods in different markets around Metro Cebu. Stay updated by checking our site and social media platforms every morning. (UPDATED) CEBU CITY, Philippines —The prices of fuel have soared again, so you might want to check the prices of your basic needs today, September 24, at


Clark Devt Corp. issues desist order to illegal earth moving

THE Clark Development Corp. (CDC) issued a cease and desist order (CDO) on September 12 to stop the unauthorized digging and other "earth moving activities" within the Clark Special Economic Zone. The order was prompted by the lack of the required environmental and construction permits as mandated by CDC. Leoncio Tan, CDC acting building official and Building Facilities Permits Division manager, issued the CDO to Rolando Capiz pursuant to the...


Get to know the 12 World Cup-bound heroes of Gilas Youth

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POC vows to keep fighting for Gilas, but issues reminder to NSAs

Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino reiterated his earlier statement of standing by Gilas Pilipinas and appeal for the inclusion of the four PBA veterans- Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Moala Tautuaa and Jason Perkins - into the final 12 in time for the 19th Asian Games men's basketball in Hangzhou, China. Justin Brownlee (left) PHOTO BY RIO DELUVIO Tolentino said the appeal he has been making to the Hangzhou Asian Games...


Fentanyl caused the death of Austin Majors, 27, from 'NYPD Blue'


Suspect killed, 9 cops wounded in shootout

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — A drug suspect wanted for illegal possession of firearms was killed while nine police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos were wounded in a shootout in Panamao, Sulu before dawn on Friday. The fatality was identified as Muksidal Jumadil. In a report to Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao police director Brig. Gen. Allan Nobleza, Sulu police chief Col. Narciso Paragas said Capt. Nolie Agmaliw; Lieutenants...


Filipinos and English language teaching in Japan

THE need to learn and communicate in English is becoming more and more apparent in the present age of globalization. And even countries with highly-intellectualized national languages are aware of this need for English. Countries like China, South Korea and Taiwan are now taking bigger and bolder steps to enhance the teaching of English in their educational systems. And one such country is Japan. The East Asian country has been a global...


Philippines, Japan, US reaffirm cooperation

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo held a trilateral meeting in New York with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko to ensure cooperation in establishing a rules-based order in the South and East China seas and in the Indo-Pacific region. The three officials met on Friday during the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Week in New York. In his remarks before the meeting held...


Marcos launches service caravan

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Saturday led the simultaneous launch of the Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF), a caravan bringing major government services to underprivileged Filipinos. "This program is just one of the first initiatives of the government to give Filipinos new hope and a new beginning. Our islands may be detached from one another, but we are united by one spirit and one dream — a new Philippines for the new Filipino,"...


Court belies use of AI in checking Bar exams

THE Supreme Court on Saturday belied social media posts claiming the 2023 Bar exams would be sorted, checked and corrected using artificial intelligence (AI). "The Office of the 2023 Bar Chair condemns these social media publications as false, baseless, irresponsible, defamatory, contumacious, detestable, and formulated with apparent intent to erode the integrity of the digitalized Bar Examinations," Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando said in...


Ex-BI officer in ‘pastillas’ scam fined P5,000

MANILA, Philippines — A former Bureau of Immigration (BI) officer ended her legal battle in connection with the so-called “pastillas” scam with a fine of P5,000. During the proceedings on Thursday, former immigration officer Asliyah Maruhom was allowed by the Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division to plead guilty to a lesser offense of “prohibited acts and transactions” under Section 7 (d) of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical...


EPD: Bayani Fernando’s death an accident

MANILA, Philippines — The death of former Marikina congressman and mayor Bayani Fernando was the result of an accident, police reported on Saturday. Brig. Gen. Wilson Asueta, Eastern Police District (EPD) director, said in a phone interview that this was the information gathered by police officers. Asueta declined to give other details, stressing they want to respect the privacy of Fernando’s family. The 77-year-old Fernando was rushed to the...


Drug boss jailed in M. Manila allegedly ordered hit on man killed in Camp 7 — police

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The killing of the man, who was shot dead and whose body was dumped in a ravine in Camp 7, Minglanilla town last week, was a hit ordered allegedly by a drug boss, who was inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila. Police Captain Kelvin Jomari Golitod, Minglanilla Police


Teodoro blasts China’s ‘hypocrisy’ for claiming BRP Sierra Madre causes harm in WPS

MANILA, Philippines --- Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro on Saturday did not mince his words against China after it claimed that the BRP Sierra Madre causes "irrevocable harm" and pollution in the West Philippine Sea. "The statement of China that the grounded Sierra Madre is causing irrevocable harm is to put it as politely as possible --- hypocritical," Teodoro said in a statement. "Talk about the pot calling the kettle black," he added. On...


Surigao gov seeks deeper probe on alleged ‘shabu’ lab in cult village

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur — Surigao del Norte Gov. Lyndon Barbers on Tuesday met with members of a provincial interagency task force to further investigate the alleged shabu laboratory inside a cult-infested community in the island town of Socorro. Barbers told Inquirer in a mobile phone interview that the probe by the police authorities


HEADLINES: Bautista faces money laundering raps in US | September 24,2023

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Sunday, September 24, 2023. Today's episode is brought to you by Wilcon Depot, The Philippines' leading home improvement and construction supplies retailer—your Trusted Building Partner. READ: Bautista faces money laundering raps in US The U.S. Justice Department has filed money-laundering charges against Andres Bautista, former chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), in a case...


Philhealth temporarily shuts down systems after hackers attack website

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) has temporarily shut down affected online systems after computer hackers attacked the website and its application system. The computer hackers managed to take down the systems of Philhealth on Friday and blocked access to the site for more than 24 hours. READ: For weeks, PNP staff


Weak explosion reported at NAIA T3 parking area; MIAA, PNP launches probes

MANILA, Philippines — A faint explosion was reported in the open parking of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on Saturday morning. According to the initial information, people who were near the parking area facing Terminal 3 at that time heard a noise that was like a weak explosion. Reports also indicated a


Broader world damning the dams; PH continues love affair

HIGH UP in Ukraine's Carpathian mountain range, determined farmers and environmentalists recently dismantled the Bayurivka Dam, a minor dam, undeterred by the ongoing war. The dam's dismantling is part of a global effort to decommission aging dams that have outlived their usefulness, which, in turn, is driven by the effort to free up rivers for both fishery and navigation. Over the past several years, over 150,000 minor dams, weirs and culverts...


China Embassy stresses importance of cooperation amid rescue of Pinoy fishermen

The Chinese Embassy in Manila on Saturday said the recent rescue of two Philippine fishermen by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) emphasized the importance of humanitarian efforts and cooperation between nations. "The PLA naval medics kindly examined the wound then brought the fisherman aboard their vessel for further treatment, immediately disinfecting, bandaging, and closing the wound," the embassy said in a statement. On Friday...