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2 more Malvar fugitives recaptured

By Lyka Manalo The hunt for the five remaining fugitives who bolted the Malvar Police detention cell on Monday reached Metro Manila. Two more inmates were arrested in Muntinlupa City Tuesday afternoon, October 25. Noel Malpas and Carissa May Salagan were nabbed at around 4:00 p.m. in Alabang by joint operatives of Batangas and Region 4A Police, Batangas Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag Jr. reported. This brings to nine the total number of recaptured inmates. Authorities continue its manhunt on the three other missing detainees.

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Duterte ‘finds more comfort in Japan’

Japan is a generous ally of the Philippines but the United States has been a bully that insults the Filipino people, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday night, October 25. As he started his three-day official visit to Tokyo, the president profusely thanked Japan for its generosity to the Philippines, citing its $6 billion worth of development projects in the country. “Mas komportable ako sa Japan (I feel more comfortable in Japan)... Japan is so kind to us,” the president said in his remarks at the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel. “Japan talaga ang pinakamalaking tulong sa atin (Japan was really our biggest helping hand),” he said, citing he multi-billion-dollar roads and other Philippine projects funded by Japan. The president, however, unleashed another profanity-laced attack against the United States for their …

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Tuesday markets: Peso-dollar rate at P48.34; stocks down

The peso and stock market both ended lower Tuesday, October 25. The Philippine peso–US dollar exchange rate at the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corporation (PDEX) closed at P48.34, weaker than Monday’s (October 24) rate at P48.19. At the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reference exchange rate bulletin, the exchange rate was pegged at P48.29 to the greenback. Likewise, the bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) shed 29.09 points (0.38%) to close at 7,580.22. The all-shares index also slipped by 7.86 points (0.18%) at 4,491.09.

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Deadline today for buses to apply for Undas out-of-line permits

Bus operators only have until 5:00 p.m. today, October 26, to apply for special permits for their units amid the expected influx of passengers on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), for the looming holiday, will allow more Metro Manila and provincial buses to go out of line for those heading to provinces to commemorate their dead loved ones. The agency, through a board resolution, has lifted its limit on the number of buses that may be granted with special permits. Unlike previous years, operators may now apply for more than 25 percent of the total number their authorized units. The LTFRB also extended the effectiveness of special permits; from October 30 last year, the permits will be valid from October 29 to November 3. LTFRB …

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Turkish media: explosion in Mediterranean resort of Antalya

Turkish media reports say an explosion has occurred in the parking lot of the local chamber of trade in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya. The private Dogan news agency says the cause of Tuesday's explosion is not immediately known. Several ambulances have been dispatched to the scene.

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4 killed on river rapids ride at Australian theme park

Four people have been killed in an accident at a popular theme park on Australia's east coast. Miche Paterson, a spokeswoman for Dreamworld, says two men and two women died Tuesday while on a river rapids ride at the park, located on Queensland state's Gold Coast. She had no information on how the accident occurred. Paterson says the park was closed following the accident. Queensland police spokesman Kieran Self said police also did not yet have information on how the injuries occurred. Aerial footage of the park showed paramedics at the Thunder River Rapids ride, which whisks riders in circular rafts along a fast-moving, man-made river.

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Kenya: 12 killed in extremist attack in the country’s north

Gunmen from an extremist group killed 12 people in an attack targeting non-Muslims in Kenya's northern Mandera County, near the Somali border, an official said Tuesday. Somali-based extremist group al-Shabab is suspected of carrying out the early-morning attack on the Bishaaro Guest House, said Mohamed Saleh, Mandera's regional commander. The gunmen used grenades and improvised explosive devices to break into the guest house and then stormed in with guns, he said. Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops into Somalia since 2011 to fight the militants, who are waging an insurgency against Somalia's weak, Western-backed government. Kenyan security forces have managed to stop the wave of al-Shabab attacks in major cities in Kenya that have killed hundreds. However, Mandera County remains a volatile area. Al-Shabab militants hijacked a bus in Mandera in …

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7 Malvar jail escapees recaptured

By Lyka Manalo Seven prisoners who bolted their cell in Malvar, Batangas were recaptured as police continue the hunt for the remaining five fugitives. Provincial Police Information Officer Inspector Hazel Luma-ang said the seven escapees were arrested in Mataas na Kahoy and Tanauan City in Batangas while others were cornered in Tiaong and Pagbilao in Quezon province. Luma-ang identified the arrested as El King Leonida, Melvin Ona, Arvie Villegas, Freddie Santos, Artemio Castillo Jr., John Raniel Castillo and Morris Rap Publico. Six of the inmates are charged with violation of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) while Santos faces murder. Malvar’s chief of police, Senior Inspector Albert Fabregas, and three policemen were relieved from their post right after the jailbreak. Report said the 12 prisoners have managed to escape by sawing off the steel bar of …

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Monday markets: Peso-dollar rate at P48.19; stocks lower

The trading week commenced with the peso and stock market in opposite directions Monday, October 24. The Philippine peso–US dollar exchange rate at the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corporation (PDEX) closed at P48.19, stronger than Friday’s (October 21) rate at P48.33. At the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reference exchange rate bulletin, the exchange rate was pegged at P48.28 to the greenback. On the other hand, the bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) lost 40.91 points (0.53%) to close at 7,609.31. The all-shares index also slipped by 19.16 points (0.42%) at 4,498.95.

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5 Pinoys freed by Somali pirates to return to PH Oct. 28

The five Filipino crew of Naham 3 who were recently freed along with 21 other seafarers after being held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years are scheduled to return home on October 28, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced Monday, October 24. Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the Filipino seafarers already arrived in in Nairobi, Kenya Monday and were met by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jesus Yabes and other officers of the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi. Jose said the Filipinos will undergo medical test and psychological debriefing before they travel back to the Philippines. The crew of the Omani-flagged fishing vessel Naham 3 were taken captive in March 2012 south of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. According to Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), there were a total of 29 crew members who …

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