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Palace denies Duterte has been hospitalized

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Sunday denied that President Rodrigo Duterte has fallen ill and is confined in a hospital. "There is no truth to the rumor circulating that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is confined in Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan," Panelo said in a brief statement. "Th ...

President Duterte was last seen on May 13, election day, when he cast his vote in Davao City.

Jon Joaquin | 21 hours ago


Texas police raid Catholic diocese in sex abuse probe vs Filipino priest

Chicago, United States | AFP | -- Texas police investigating child sexual abuse on Wednesday raided offices of the Catholic diocese in Dallas, after alleging that church officials had not been fully cooperative. Police served search warrants at the headquarters of the diocese, a storage location and ...

Catholic priest Edmundo Paredes is believed to have fled to his native Philippines

Agence France Presse | 3 days ago


Norwegian woman dies of rabies after rescuing puppy in the Philippines

Oslo, Norway | AFP | -- A 24 year-old Norwegian woman died this week of rabies, after she was bitten by a puppy she rescued while on vacation in the Philippines, her family announced. In February, while on holiday with friends, Birgitte Kallestad found a "helpless" puppy on the side of the road during a scooter ride. ...

Photo from Birgitte Kallestad's Facebook profile

Agence France Presse, MDM | 1 week ago


Whistleblower says Facebook generating terror content

San Francisco, United States | AFP | -- Facebook is unwittingly auto-generating content for terror-linked groups that its artificial intelligence systems do not recognize as extremist, according to a complaint made public on Thursday. The National Whistleblowers Center in Washington carried out a fi ...

Photo by Tim Bennett on Unsplash

Agence France Presse | 1 week ago


Filipinos in Papua New Guinea safe after 7.2 quake: DFA

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said none of the estimated 36,000 Filipinos in Papua New Guinea was hurt in the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit the eastern part of the country on Tuesday morning. In a bulletin sent to reporters on Wednesday, Chargé d’Affaires Mary Grace Villamayor sai ...

Graphic from USGS

PNA | 1 week ago


Filipino pastor takes new gay marriage fight to Hong Kong court

Hong Kong, China | AFP | -- As a transgender pastor of a small Hong Kong church that welcomes all sexualities, Marrz Balaoro wants to conduct religious marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples but fears arrest -- a battle he is now taking to the courts. Despite growing support for gay ...

In this picture taken on May 5, 2019 Filipino Christian pastor Marrz Balaoro (left) meets a compatriot (right) who recently performed same-sex wedding ...

Agence France Presse | 1 week ago


5.8 magnitude quake hits Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has  deployed teams to assess structural integrity and damages of key infrastructure in Ilocos Norte and Tuguegarao ater the 5.4 magnitude earthquake that hit the area of Pagudpud at 10:48 a.m. on Monday. Build Build Build committee chair Anna Mae Lamentillo sa ...

MDM | 1 week ago


41 dead as Russian plane bursts into flames on landing 

Moscow, Russia | AFP | -- A Russian passenger plane erupted in a huge ball of fire and black smoke after making an emergency landing at Moscow's busiest airport, killing 41 people including at least two children.   Dramatic footage that went viral on social media showed Aeroflot's ...

This handout grab of a video obtained from the Instagram account of Gunkevitch on May 5, 2019, shows a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremet ...

Agence France Presse | 1 week ago


Duterte 'deeply saddened' by Nograles' death

DAVAO CITY -- They were bitter rivals for many years, but as former House Speaker Prospero Nograles passed away on Saturday morning, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed "deep sadness" and hailed Nograles’ legacy as a leader “who used his voice to speak on behalf of the Filipino people.” ...

Former House Speaker Prospero Nograles (right) expresses his support for President Rodrigo Duterte in this file photo taken at the birthday celebratio ...

Jon Joaquin, Ayan Mellejor | 2 weeks ago


UP breaks into top 100 of Asia universities

The University of the Philippines is now in the top 100 for Asia in two of the world’s most influential university rankings. In an announcement on its website dated May 2, 2019, the university said it had placed 95th in the newly released  ...

MDM | 2 weeks ago