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Man arrested for calling teenage girl a whore

The Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office has indicted a man who they say verbally abused a teen. Noel Capote Andrino was arrested under Republic Act 7610 (the Anti-Child Abuse Law) because the girl he verbally abused was 17-years-old. The prosecutor’s office said that Andrino committed the acts of child abuse, cruelty (or exploitation) by…



Tourists from Australia and Finland robbed in Malate

The first victim, 29-year-old Quang Minh Tran, a Vietnamese-Australian, told authorities that he was talking on his cell phone when a riding-in-tandem couple aboard a black motorcycle grabbed his backpack. The bag contained 200 Australian dollars, a Go-Pro camera, an iPad and an MX watch, all worth about $2,300. The Fin was…


Australia is latest nation to issue Philippine travel warning

SYDNEY, Australia – The Australian government has followed the lead of the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada by issuing a travel warning for the Philippines, citing terrorism, crime and other issues. Australia has warned its citizens to exercise extreme caution when traveling to the Philippines. The warning told Aussies to…


Kidnapped German woman killed by Abu Sayyaf terrorists

TAWI TAWI, Philippines – Abu Sayyaf bandits claim to have killed one of two German hostages they kidnapped in Tawi Tawi. The terrorist organization told The Inquirer: “Unfortunately, the other one died. She tried to shoot us, so we shot her. She died.” Abu Sayyaf claims it is still holding a 70-year-old…


Vietnam arrests blogging doctor in crackdown on dissent

Vietnamese police have arrested a blogger for posting anti-state comments in the communist country’s latest crackdown on dissent. Ho Van Hai was arrested in southern Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday. According to the southern city’s police department, the 52-year-old is accused of “spreading information and documents on the internet…


Philippines steps up security after US warns of kidnap threat

CEBU, Philippines – (Reuters) – Philippine police have stepped up security on the holiday island of Cebu, the president’s spokesman said on Friday, after the U.S. embassy warned its citizens that “terrorist” groups could be planning kidnappings there. The travel advisory was issued in response to comments made to media…


Americans warned of kidnapping risk in southern Cebu

The warning states that people should avoid unnecessary travel to these areas, review personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings and monitor local news stations for updates. Furthermore, the Embassy has reminded US citizens of the most recent Department of State Worldwide Caution, dated September 13, 2016, which indicated an ongoing…


Indonesia resumes coal shipments to Philippines despite piracy fears

Indonesia will resume some shipments of coal to the Philippines, a government official said on Sunday, after a months-long halt due to concerns about piracy. Indonesia earlier this year slapped a moratorium on coal shipments to its neighbour after a string of hijackings by militants based in the southern Philippines,…