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March 2016

Angeles City police extorted American after minor traffic mishap

Two Police men are facing criminal and administrative charges after they extorted an American after he committed a simple traffic violation. The American is not being named in the report due to security reasons. His complaint says that police officers Neil Gopilan and Teoderico Pelayo extorted 50,000 pesos from him in exchange…





Negros Island’s Kanlaon volcano throws up mile-high plume of ash

The Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Island has erupted, shooting a column of ash on Tuesday evening. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology issued an advisory on the eruption, saying the activity took place at about 6.20pm and lasted for 12 minutes. Philvolcs said the eruptions “was accompanied by a booming sound”…



Abu Sayyaf kidnaps 10 Indonesian sailors from tugboat

Ten Indonesian crew members on board a tugboat were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines at the weekend, officials in Manila said late on Monday. Two Philippine military officials said the militant group had demanded an undisclosed ransom amount from the boat’s owners. The officials declined to be…


Man arrested after girl, 15, escapes two-year captivity

Japanese police early Monday caught a 23-year-old man who had been sought since a teenage girl escaped his apartment after being held captive for nearly two years. The girl’s disappearance from her hometown in Saitama, near Tokyo, when she was just 13, was major news in Japan at the time….


Miriam Defensor Santiago’s new role to protect the rule of law

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has accepted an invitation to the International Development Law Organisation in Rome. Santiago will join several international luminaries as part of IDLO’s International Advisory Council. Founded by Bill Gates, IDLO is an inter-governmental body devoted to promoting the rule of law. Among its members are Microsoft’s founder…


SaSa Port modernisation project delayed in Davao City

The Department of Transportation and Communications pushed back the bid submission deadline for the Davao Sasa Port Modernisation deal. The delay is just part of a string of delays concerning its other public/private partnership projects. The DOTC also pushed back the bid submission of the general airports PPP project –…