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September 2015


Judge cancels bail of British man accused of child abuse in Davao City

Regional Trial Court Judge Lope Calio has cancelled the bail previously granted to British man Lenox James Ellis. 71-year-old Ellis is accused of keeping six young boys at his home. Ellis’s bail was revoked after he failed to appear before the court on his arraignment hearing yesterday. Judge Calio said: “The return for the…


Despite the danger, Tawi-Tawi wants to become tourist destination

Tawi-Tawi’s famous mountain peak, Bud Bongao, will soon receive a 54-million peso allocation to help it become a tourist destination within the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. The Department of Public Works and Highways made the announcement last week. The money will be spent on building an access road into…



Banged up: Dynamite fishermen arrested in Carles, Iloilo

Three fishermen from the coastal town of Carles in the province of Iloilo have been arrested for dynamite fishing. The Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force have charged the three men the violation of Section 88 of Republic Act 8500 (Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998). 27-year-old Jay-ar Bensorto, 31-year-old Jerald…


Eight year old boy dies after being hit by firework at public display

Festivities in the town of Cordova on Mactan Island, Cebu, took a tragic turn on Monday when a fireworks hit and killed a young boy watching the event. The firecracker known as the “bombshell” hit and exploded onto the stomach of eight-year-old Sam Alia Monteron, who was only about 20…


Scientists discover glow-in-the-dark turtles near the Solomon Islands

Marine biologists have discovered a species of Hawksbill turtles that have an unusual bioflourescence  capability. Bioflourescence is the ability to emit light into different colors, such as green and red. The difference from bioluminenscence and biolflourescence is that bioluminescence is the act of creating an animal’s own light through a…


Abu Sayyaf extremist arrested for 2011 kidnap of mother and son

Police have arrested a member ofAbu Sayyaf who was involved in the 2011 kidnapping of a Filipino-American woman and her son in Zamboanga City. Regional police say Wajir Arijani, alias Abu Maqtad, is being interrogated following his arrest in a hideout in the town of Santa Catalina. Authorities say Arijani was involved…



Hong Kong man with 571 card-skimming devices arrested at Manila airport

  A Hong Kong man and his 571 card-skimming devices have been seized at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. The skimming devices were found in a checked-in bag owned by the as yet unnamed man. NAIA District Collector Edgar Macabeo issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD)…