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Ali and me and my father

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)



The greatest is dead. And so is that forever signifier of innocence, mine and perhaps our country's too.

Muhammad Ali came to Manila in 1975 ostensibly to fight his ferocious archrival, Joe Frazier. I learned much later that he also came for a more sinister reason.

I was in the throes of high school a short jeepney ride away from the fight venue, Araneta Coliseum. I remember nearly all ...

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Philippines: Five things to know about the Abu Sayyaf

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 14 2016 08:43 AM


MANILA, Philippines - Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic militant group from the southern Philippines notorious for abducting foreigners, was reported to have killed a second Canadian hostage on Monday.

Canadian Prime Minister ...

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Orlando Gunman Was Cool and Calm After Massacre, Police Say

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)



ORLANDO, Fla. — The gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a popular gay nightclub here shot nearly all of his victims in the first stages of the assault, then was utterly “cool and calm” while he talked by phone to law en...

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Abu Sayyaf beheads second Canadian hostage

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The military early Tuesday morning confirmed that Canadian Robert Hall was beheaded by the bandit group Abu Sayyaf, GMA News' JP Soriano reported.

According to the statement from the military's Western Mindanao Command, civilians found a severed head near the Jolo Cathedral at around 8:45 p.m. on Monday.

Local security forces recovered the remains, which were brought to the Kuta Heneral Teodolfo Bautista military camp.

A few hours later, the "brutal beheading...

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Orlando gay nightclub shooting :confirmed Casualties updated

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

By: Reggie  R. Vistal


At least 51 people, including the gunman, were killed; another 53 people were injured in the shooting, with many requiring surgery in local hospitals.Thirty-nine people, including the gunman, were pronounced dead at the scene, while eleven people were taken to hospitals and later pronounced dead.[1] The nightclub is three blocks from Orlando Regional Medical Center, the primary regional trauma c...

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Orlando gay nightclub shooting: Who was Omar Mateen?

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Researched by:

Reggie R. Vistal

Omar Mateen, pictured in an undated photograph, worked as a security guard


A gunman who killed dozens of people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, has been identified as Omar Mateen, a US citizen who had been known to the FBI since 2013.

Mateen opened fire inside Pulse nigh...

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FLORIDA GAY BAR CARNAGE:Pulsing music, strobe lights, then gunfire: I just saw bodies going down

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Orlando — It was a Saturday night at the Pulse nightclub, which could mean only one thing: a raucous, high-spirited celebration that would not end until well after daybreak.

Strobe lights were flashing and music blaring at the popular lounge, home to one of the hottest party scenes in Florida — and where around 20 people were killed and 42 injured in a mass shooting on Sunday.

Just a few days earlier, Orlando's vibrant LGBT community had marked the annual Gay Days cel...

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50 killed in Florida gay bar shooting, worst in US history

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

ORLANDO, Florida - A man armed with an assault rifle killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in US history, which President Barack Obama described as an act of terror and hate.

Police killed the shooter, who was identified as Omar Mateen, 29, a Florida resident and US citizen who was the son of immigrants from Afghanistan.

Law enforcement officials were probing evidence that suggested the attack may have ...

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In Bohol, killings highlight drugs

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A RESIDENT of Banacon Island in Getafe town, Bohol, views the remains of suspected drug lord Rowen Secretaria, who was killed during a raid by Cebu policemen on his hideout on the island. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS


A week after a suspected drug lord was killed on Banacon Island in Getafe town, Bohol, another fell in the province, this time in In...

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IN PHOTOS: Bulusan volcano erupts, ash estimated at 2000 meters

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Posted at Jun 10 2016 12:27 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2016 01:00 PM


Bulusan volcano erupted Friday and ash fall is expected to affect several villages in Casiguran, Sorsogon, official said.


The phreatic explosion occurred around 11:35 a.m., according to reports from Raffy Alejandro, director of the Office of Civil Defense in the Bicol Region. It lasted for...

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