Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 05:43 p.m.

BEIJING -- Many Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence, they don't want to start compensation claims.

Malaysia's government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and said all those on board were presumed dead, paving the way for claims to begin.

1 dead, another hurt in bomb explosion

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 05:39 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- A person was killed while another was injured in a bomb explosion in the hinterlands of Basilan province, the police said Friday.

Killed was Mannah Jallama, 25, and wounded was Sopia Abduhu, 16, both residents of Limbocandis village, Sumisip, Basilan.

Widow of slain SAF trooper denies her husband, comrades after huge bounties

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 05:23 p.m.

(Updated) AN EMOTIONAL widow of one of the slain members of the Special Action Force (SAF) on Friday denied allegations that the elite police forces launched the secret operation against two suspected high-value terrorists because they were after the huge rewards placed on their head.

Erica Pabalinas said that her late husband, Police Senior Inspector Ryan Pabalinas, and the other 43 fallen SAF troopers were not after the $5-million and $1-million worth of bounties placed on the heads of Zulkipli Bin Hir, alias Marwan, and Abdul Basit Usman, respectively.

SAF OIC seeks for reinstatement of relieved chief

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 04:46 p.m.

THE officer-in-charge of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) defended Friday relieved SAF chief Police Director Getulio Napenas and sought for his reinstatement.

Police Chief Superintendent Noli Talino, PNP-SAF OIC, described Napenas as a "good man."

Filipinos trend #LateAngPangulo worldwide

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 03:44 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III earned the ire of netizens on Friday for arriving late in the necrological service for 44 slain members of Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Taguig City.

Aquino, who skipped the arrival honors for the fallen elite policemen at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City last Thursday, was scheduled to arrive at Camp Bagong Diwa at 10 a.m. but he arrived few minutes late.

Creation of Truth Commission urged to probe killing of SAF men

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 02:07 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Senator Teofisto Guingona III is calling for the creation of an independent Truth Commission that will ensure a "thorough and impartial" investigation of the massacre of over 40 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Gas blast at Mexico City children's hospital, dozens injured

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

MEXICO CITY -- A gas tank truck exploded outside a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, collapsing much of it. At least one person was reported dead and dozens injured.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told MVS radio that the body of a woman was found inside the hospital. He earlier told the Televisa network that at least 54 people were injured, 22 of them children.

Philippines warns Asean over China reef reclamation

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:36 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to demand that China immediately stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs, warning the 10-nation bloc's credibility may be undermined if it remains silent on the issue.

WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 08:07 p.m.

LONDON -- Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.

The UN health agency said the three most affected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — have reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.

DSWD opens account for donations for families of slain cops

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 06:51 p.m.

MALACANANG said Thursday that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has established a bank account for anyone who wishes to give donations for the families of slain policemen in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the opening of the account was in line with the appeal of President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday night to the public to "extend utmost support" to the bereaved families of the 44 fallen members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force.

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