2 Air Force pilots killed in crash in Batangas

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 01:58 p.m.

TWO Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilots were killed when a training plane crashed in Nasugbu, Batangas Saturday morning, a local government official said.

Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste said the two-seater SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 training plane, which came from Fernando Air Base in Lipa City, crashed 150 meters off the coast of Barangay Wawa in Nasugbu town.

IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:49 a.m.

BEIRUT — The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique.

Far from the high-tech, slickly edited videos involving beheaded Western hostages through which the group impressed supporters and terrorized opponents, recent messages purporting to be from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto have been through digitized, audio dispatches featuring either still photos or text.

Hall of Justice in Oro being razed to the ground

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:32 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- High profile cases in Northern Mindanao might be facing much delay as the Hall of Justice has been gutted as of this posting Friday while the firefighters are still putting out the blaze.

Basilan, Sulu ambush incidents hurt 5

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Five people, including two soldiers, were wounded in separate ambush incidents in Basilan and Sulu provinces, officials said Friday.

Leyte water executives convicted for excessive salary

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 08:07 p.m.

THE anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has convicted executives of a local water district in Leyte province for excessive salary.

The court found general manager Ranulfo Feliciano and Board of Directors (BOD) member Cesar Aquitania, former executives of the Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD), for malversation and violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) for authorizing the increase in the salary of the general manager without proper authority.

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.

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