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Romanian arrested for 2015 ATM scam nabbed again with accomplices

Three foreigners were arrested yesterday (Monday, July 24) for allegedly stealing money from ATMs in San Fernando, Pampanga. Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon police director, identified the suspects as Nicaraguan Radu Minodor Sandor, aged 43, Italian Marcu Bogdan, 26, and Romanian Petro Ioan Uveges, 44. As we reported in…

UK study claims 10 million pesos spent on pro-Duterte “troll army”

A study by the UK’s University of Oxford has found that about 10 million pesos was spent to hire online trolls to spread propaganda for President Duterte and target his opponents. The study entitled Troops, trolls and troublemakers: A global inventory of organized social media manipulation examines how political parties and candidates in 28…

Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address – key points in brief

In a fiery State of the Nation Address today (Monday, July 24), President Duterte often veered off script, and as always laced his rhetoric with some colourful language. Here are some of the key points of the two-hour speech:   The war on drugs will be “unrelenting”. “The fight will be unrelenting….


Six cool places to really chill out in the Philippines

There are times in the Philippines when no matter how cool the pool, or how cold the beer, the constant heat can get on top of you. A trip to the mall — or any other air-conditioned place — can provide a temporary reprieve, but sometimes only fresh, crisp air and…

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Marawi City death toll passes 500 as 50th day of crisis looms

The number of fatalities confirmed since chaos broke out in Marawi has passed the 500 mark. Speaking at a press conference today (Monday, June 10), presidential spokeswoman Marie Banaag gave a breakdown of the casualties: The number of civilians killed by terrorists remained at 39. The number of slain militants…

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