High Profile American Fugitive Arrested in Angeles City News 

High Profile American Fugitive Arrested in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – A high profile American fugitive was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday this past week. U.S. Federal authorities sought the assistance of BI officials to help arrest 63-year-old Wayne Russell Collins after they say he is directly involved in a string of criminal cases throughout the U.S. Collins was arrested in Angeles City, Pampanga after several days of surveillance by members of the Fugitive Search Unit. U.S. authorities say that Collins was indicted on kidnapping, homicide, robbery, six counts of burglary, seven counts of…

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UK, Canada Issue Warning to Citizens – Avoid Southern Cebu News 

UK, Canada Issue Warning to Citizens – Avoid Southern Cebu

CEBU, Philippines – British and Canadian Embassies in the Philippines both issued warnings telling citizens to avoid regions of Southern Cebu due to intelligence reports that terrorist groups plan on kidnapping foreigners. Both embassies issued the warning after the United States Embassy issued a travel warning just a day prior. All three embassy websites urged their citizens to avoid visiting the islands in and around Southern Cebu. The United Kingdom advisory noted ““There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. There has been an increase in kidnapping of foreign…

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Kidnapping Risk Warning, Southern Cebu – U.S. Embassy, Manila News 

Kidnapping Risk Warning, Southern Cebu – U.S. Embassy, Manila

MANILA, Philippines – The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens that terrorist groups are planning to conduct kidnappings in areas frequented by foreigners on the southern portion of Cebu Island, specifically the areas around Dalaguete and Santander (to include Sumilon Island). U.S. citizens should avoid travel to these areas and are reminded to review personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. Furthermore, the Embassy wishes to remind all U.S….

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Cagayan De Oro City Cleansing Foreign Nationals in Drug War News 

Cagayan De Oro City Cleansing Foreign Nationals in Drug War

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – In an attempt to cleanse the city in the war on drugs, Cagayan de Oro is now focusing its sights on foreigners involved in the illegal drug trade. This past week an Italian national was arrested in an inn within the city limits, along with a 45-year-old Bahraini who was arrested on October 26th (the Italian was arrested on the 28th). Waled Isah Mohammaed Qasim was arrested in possession of a drug den, one that authorities believe has attracted many foreigners. Local drug agents…

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Italian National Arrested in Drug Bust in CDO News 

Italian National Arrested in Drug Bust in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – An Italian national, who was on a watch list since June,  has been arrested in a drug bust in CDO this past Friday. 40-year-old Nicola Notortomaso from Rome, Italy was arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – the agency said Nicola was considered a ‘high value target’ and had been under monitoring since June of this  year. When arrested, Nicola was found in possession of three sachets of shabu worth P5,000. Police said that the foreigners admitted to using drugs and said he…

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What to do when things go very wrong in the Philippines. Current Article Daily Life 

What to do when things go very wrong in the Philippines.

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There is one thing that strikes terror into the heart of every foreigner living in the Philippines. What happens if something goes seriously wrong with your health while you’re living in a remote part of the republic? While it didn’t happen to me, it did happen to my father last week who was on one of his regular visits to our place in Northern Luzon. In the last 12 months he has visited several times, he lives in Hong Kong so it’s not a particularly difficult journey, or should I…

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Beautiful Bungalow with attached apartments for sale on North Luzon Coast Current Article Real Estate 

Beautiful Bungalow with attached apartments for sale on North Luzon Coast

We are reluctantly selling the property that we’ve just finished refurbishing on the North Luzon coast. It has three apartments attached which we rent out for between P500 and P1500 per night depending on the apartment and the season. So what are you getting? Comfortable family home. 2 story apartment block with 3 apartments (2 studios and a one bedroom). Planning consent to put two more apartments on top of the block. A 266 sqm lot which is on a clean title. A family home and business which is 10…

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma: Better-Than-Ever Fakes Worsen Piracy War News 

Alibaba’s Jack Ma: Better-Than-Ever Fakes Worsen Piracy War

  CHINA – (Bloomberg) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. founder Jack Ma said Chinese-made counterfeit goods today have gotten better than the genuine article, complicating the effort to root out fakes on the country’s largest online shopping services.   Global brands have long relied on China and other low-cost manufacturing bases to beef up margins. But those same factories have gotten savvier over the years and are now using the Internet — including Alibaba’s platforms — to sell their own products straight to consumers, Ma told the company’s investor conference…

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Boracay Bridge To Ease Congestion on Major PH Tourism Destination News 

Boracay Bridge To Ease Congestion on Major PH Tourism Destination

  BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – A proposal to construct a $100 million (U.S. Dollar) bridge connecting Caticlan and Boracay has been brought to the table by San Miguel Corp.   The 1.9 kilometer bridge would bring together one of the Philippines most traveled destination, Boracay Island. The proposal is in hopes to ease the traffic of the ferry service and bring people to the island with ease.   San Miguel, in an interview, said they are prepared to offer the project, and have no fear of any competition as the…

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82 Years Ago This Week, The Largest Pearl in the World Was Discovered in Palawan Sea Current Article 

82 Years Ago This Week, The Largest Pearl in the World Was Discovered in Palawan Sea

  PALAWAN, Philippines – Just over 80-years-ago this week, one of the largest and rarest pearls had been discovered off the coast Palawan, Philippines in the Palawan Sea.   The pearl measures and astonish 9.4 inches in diameter and weighed 6.4 kilograms.   So rare in fact, today the gem is known as the ‘Pearl of Allah.’   It is well known as the largest pearl to have ever been discovered.   In 2007, the pearl was valued at $93 million (USD), now almost ten years later appraisers believe the…

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Four Malaysians Held Hostage in the Philippines Freed, Army Says News 

Four Malaysians Held Hostage in the Philippines Freed, Army Says

JOLO, Philippines – (Reuters) – Four Malaysian sailors kidnapped by Filipino gunmen in April were freed on the southern Philippine island of Jolo on Wednesday, a Philippine army spokesman said. The sailors, part of the crew of a tugboat traveling between Malaysia and the Philippines, were abducted by members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group off the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah on April 1. It was not immediately clear if a ransom had been paid. The Philippines rarely publicizes such payments, but it is widely believed no captives are…

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British Made McLaren Car Maker Looks to PH for Next Dealership News 

British Made McLaren Car Maker Looks to PH for Next Dealership

MANILA, Philippines – British luxury car maker McLaren is looking to open its next dealership in the Philippines – putting the company in-line with all the other British car brands that have come into the country in recent years.   McLaren told reporters that it will open a new showroom within the year – British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said that McLaren came to the Philippines recently and spoke to three car distributors – giving way to an exclusive dealership to one lucky group.   McLaren noted they are the only…

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Philippines’ Duterte Endorses Killing Corrupt Journalists News 

Philippines’ Duterte Endorses Killing Corrupt Journalists

Davao City, Philippines –  (AFP) – Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that corrupt journalists were legitimate targets of assassination, as he amped up his controversial anti-crime crusade with offers of rewards for killing drug traffickers. Duterte won this month's elections by a landslide largely due to an explosive law-and-order platform in which he pledged to end crime within six months by killing tens of thousands of suspected criminals. The foul-mouthed politician has launched a series of post-election tirades against criminals and repeated his vows to kill them — particularly…

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Philippine Arrests 10 Chinese Fishermen in Latest Sea Spat News 

Philippine Arrests 10 Chinese Fishermen in Latest Sea Spat

MANILA, Philippines – (Reuters) – Two Philippine coast guard vessels intercepted a Chinese fishing boat with 10 crew off northeastern Luzon after a two-hour chase, two local broadcasters said on Friday, accusing them encroaching into Philippine territorial waters. It was the latest in a series of similar clashes, with each side saying the other is in the wrong. China and the Philippines are locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway where $5 trillion worth of ship-borne trade passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and…

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Philippines says Malaysian Navy detained Three Fishermen in South China Sea News 

Philippines says Malaysian Navy detained Three Fishermen in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines – (AFP) – A Malaysian naval patrol detained three Philippine fishermen for encroaching in territorial waters in the disputed Spratlys this month, the Philippine military said on Tuesday, in what may be the first such incident involving Southeast Asian neighbors. Malaysia and the Philippines have overlapping exclusive economic zones in the disputed South China Sea, which is believed to have rich deposits of oil and gas and is almost entirely claimed by China. But Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim the sea, through which about…

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U.S. President Obama Speaks to Philippines President-Elect Duterte News 

U.S. President Obama Speaks to Philippines President-Elect Duterte

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States President Barack Obama called Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday to congratulate him on his election win. In the conversation, Obama stressed that their countries’ alliance was based on a commitment to human rights and the rule of law.   Officials also signaled that Washington is willng and able to work with Duterte despite allegations of human rights abuses in Davao City where he led as mayor over a period of two decades   Obama offered his congratulations to Dutere as the presumptive president-elect.  …

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Philippines’ Cash-Strapped Cops Cheer New Crime-Buster President News 

Philippines’ Cash-Strapped Cops Cheer New Crime-Buster President

MANILA, Philippines – (Reuters) – The police force in Manila is so underfunded that officers say they have to buy their own bullets and it is not uncommon for funeral service cars to give cops a lift along to murder scenes because they have no vehicles of their own.   Enter Rodrigo Duterte, who won this week's presidential election in the Philippines on a single-issue campaign of crushing crime, corruption and drug abuse. He has pledged to raise policing standards to the level of Davao, the once-lawless city in southern…

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Leaving The Philippines: For Sale Daily Life Opinion 

Leaving The Philippines: For Sale

After eleven (11) mostly wonderful years here living in the Philippines there is a good chance yours truly Corey and family will be returning to the west. It may be upwards of a year, but but could be way sooner and in this regard I would like to sell off assets that will no longer be practical to keep. This also includes my art work that I have been collecting for decades. I am offering these items at good prices (Starex on the higher side) and I assure you they are all…

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Sea-level Rise Claims Five Islands in Solomons: Study News 

Sea-level Rise Claims Five Islands in Solomons: Study

SOLOMON ISLANDS – (AFP) – Five islands have disappeared in the Pacific's Solomon Islands due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion, according to an Australian study that could provide valuable insights for future research. A further six reef islands have been severely eroded in the remote area of the Solomons, the study said, with one experiencing some 10 houses being swept into the sea between 2011 and 2014. "At least 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing severe…

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Tesla Powerwalls are Being Installed in the U.S. and Australia  – is the Philippines Next? Current Article Daily Life News 

Tesla Powerwalls are Being Installed in the U.S. and Australia – is the Philippines Next?

  TESLA POWERWALLS are currently being installed in homes across the U.S. giving a peace of mind to those in storm prone regions – even to those who intend to go off grid.   America is buying Tesla’s Powerwalls as a backup power source, some even using it to live by, charging a complete solar system that gives power in just the right amount of hours during the night.   But in the Philippines where brownouts (otherwise known as blackouts to other countries) are a common occurrence, often creating problems…

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