DFA: No reports yet of Pinoys hurt in Paris attacks

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday said it has not yet received reports of Filipinos affected in the terrorist attacks that rocked busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at locations around Paris, France. DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary...

AFP hunts ‘coddled’ most-wanted bombmaker

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – The Philippine military is trying to capture a bombmaker it believes is being “coddled” by Filipino militants who have pledged loyalty to Islamic State, authorities said Sunday. The capture of Abdel Basit Usman is one of the objectives of a major...

Her adventure brings her to the edge of the earth

Lourdes “Odette” A. Ricasa is a globetrotting traveler, author, poet, painter and realtor who has traveled to 257 countries and has accumulated a total of 1.8 million flight time miles, having been awarded a certificate by the Travelers’ Century Club, honoring her for travelling...

Pope to meet Muslim, Buddhist leaders in PHL visit

Manila, Philippines  – Pope Francis will meet with leaders of various religions when he visits the Philippines next month, pushing a message of tolerance in order to combat global religious conflicts, a church official said Monday. The pontiff will hold a 10 to 15-minute dialogue...

20 Filipino repatriates from war-torn Syria on the way home – DFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said some 20 Filipinos from Syria, who availed of the Mandatory Repatriation Program (MRP), will arrive on Thursday (Sept. 18) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on board Emirates Airlines flight...

ISIS recruiting Davaoeños, says Duterte

DAVAO CITY (Mabuhay) – No less than Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed that the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is recruiting young Davaoeños. Duterte said most of those recruited by the group have already left the country in the past month. “I...

Solon suggests pullout of Filipino soldiers in Africa as Ebola virus disease spread in the continent

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said on Monday the government should seriously consider sending home 115 Filipino soldiers in Liberia as Ebola virus is expected to wreak havoc in West Africa for the next six months. “If Ebola continues to thrive up...

Pinoy militants fighting in Iraq, Syria?

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday said it will ask the appropriate agencies to verify reports that Filipino militants are going to Iraq and Syria to fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Bureau...

41 more Pinoys home from strife-torn Syria

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Another batch consisting of 41 Filipinos has been repatriated from Syria with the help of Philippine officials in Lebanon and Syria, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. The DFA said the Philippine embassies in Beirut, Lebanon and Damascus, Syria, worked...

Hagel issues warning over Asian maritime disputes

By Daniel DE LUCE JERUDONG  (AFP) – Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel warned fellow defense ministers Thursday that a growing number of maritime incidents and tensions in disputed Asian waters increase the risk of a dangerous international confrontation. Hagel and his counterparts from...
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