PH apologizes to South Korea for businessman kidnapped-slay

The Philippine government has issued an open statement apology to South Korea over the dubious kidnap-slay of a South Korean businessman inside the country’s police headquarters.

ick-joo-jee

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella extend the country’s deep regrets and assured the government will resolve it quickly and bring to justice the culprits behind the death of Jee Ick-Joo.

“We apologize to the South Korean government and people for this irreparable loss but we commit to the full force of the law to ensure that justice is served and not delayed,” Abella said in a Palace news conference.

“To the Korean people, please accept our sincerest and deepest regrets,” he added.

Abella additionally extended the President and the country’s condolence to the family of the killed Korean businessman.

“We wish to take this occasion to express condolences and sympathies of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Filipino people to Mrs. Choi Kyung-jin, the widow of Mr. Jee Ick-joo, the South Korean national who met untimely death while in police custody,” Abella said.

Jee was captured by policemen in his residence in guise of an anti-drug operation last October and was later murdered in Camp Crame. The culprits requested ransom payment from Jee’s family without informing them he was dead.

Malacañang recently vowed that there will be no whitewash or concealing in the examination concerning the kidnapping and murdered of the Korean national by suspected rogue policemen.

Abella said the government does not allow corrupt, abusive and errant policemen who deceive the Philippine National Police (PNP) organization and the people.

Earlier, the President rejected calls the resignation of PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa over the murder of the Korean businessman, proclaiming he continues to trust his top police.

How to send load to the Philippines? Checkout TopUp Philippines

Duterte in like manner practically cleared Dela Rosa from liability over the incident, saying there was no criminal intention on the part of the PNP chief.

“There are two ways of committing crime under the revised penal code. What are they? Felony, malice or negligence,” he said. “Who would want that to happen inside your camp? No one,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Palace admits that the murdering of the South Korean demonstrates the “depth” of corruption inside government organizations including the PNP.

“Let’s go back to the President’s campaign theme to stop crime, corruption and illegal drugs. And apparently this is particular situation indicates there is truly a depth of corruption within the government system,” Abella said.

On concerns Dela Rosa seems to be untouchable, Abella insisted that the President totally trusts the PNP chief as part of the government group.

Source: http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/01/24/ph-apologizes-to-south-korea-for-businessmans-kidnap-slay/

Advertisements

Sinulog Festival 2017

Philippines – Cebu is celebrating the yearly Sinulog Festival, held each third Sunday of January.

sinulog-2017
Street dancing parade in Cebu

The city is the focus of the Sto. Niño Catholic celebrations around the country.

Foreign and local tourists congregate in Cebu City as it holds a rstreet dancing party and also a parade where devotees depict the centuries-old image of the Sto. Niño, an image of the beginning of Christianity in the Philippines, in their performances.

How to send load to the Philippines? Checkout Topup Philippines

Cebuanos traditionally shout “Viva Pit Señor!” to praise the child Jesus during the festival.

The event portrays Cebu’s rich culture and religiosity passed from generations to another.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/nation/2017/01/15/1662924/live-updates-sinulog-festival-2017

Baby Antonio Primo gets baptized, son of Iya Villania and Drew Arellano

Manila, Philippines – Antonio Primo the son of Iya Villania and Drew Arellano was baptized on Sunday last November 13.

iyadrew

On Instagram, Sid Maderazo a friend of Drew who is a commercial and TV director, shared photos from the happy occasion, held at the Christ The King Church in Quezon City. Sid is one of Primo’s godfathers.

Other celebrities present in the event include Jericho Rosales and wife Kim Jones, Ryan Agoncillo, and TV host Paolo Abrera, who came with wife Suzi.

Drew thanked everyone for being there for his son on this important day.

Learning at home with Ma’am and Mom’s Educational Hub

“Thank you ninongs, ninangs, friends and family for spending the afternoon with us,” he wrote.

Iya also posted a thank you message.

“Thanks to yesterday’s event, sumobra ako sa asukal at chika at napaos tuloy ako! (had too much sugar, chatting and ended up with a hoarse voice) Thank you to all the ninongs, ninangs, friends and family that spent the afternoon with us .Our boy is lucky to be loved by all of you Thank you Lord for allowing this to all come together for these rookie parents!”

Iya and Drew welcomed Primo last August 30, the couple’s first child who got married last January 2014.

Source: http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/152366-iya-villania-drew-arellano-son-antonio-primo-baptism

Updates: Miss Universe 2016 in PH

Miss Universe 2015 titleholder Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has been in the Philippines since last week to celebrate her 27th birthday with her friends and loved ones.

miss-universe

Aside from discussing her week-long celebration, the Filipina beauty queen additionally gave an update on the upcoming Miss Universe 2016 pageant through her latest Facebook Live video.

Last July, Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo affirmed that the prestigious international pageant will be organized in Pia’s “home court” on January 30, 2017.

When asked what her birthday wish was, Pia said, “I’m really hoping and praying that the pageant will be held here and we’re working very hard in making that happen. It’s always been a dream of mine to have the pageant here.”

According to Pia, even Miss Universe Organization’s president Paula Shugart wants the event to be staged in the country.

“It’s always been a dream of hers as well to have the pageant here. It’s kind of like everybody’s dream. We want the pageant to be in the Philippines. We’re waiting, working hard, and making sure everything’s okay. We’d get the approval of everyone so that it can finally happen,” Pia said.

Travelling to the Philippines? Checkout Cushtravel blog

The Filipina beauty queen added, “I’m keeping my fingers crossed and if that happens, it’s gonna be historical. I may not have had my first walk but I will have my final walk here, at home.”

Before passing on the crown, Pia also plans to go back to her hometown.

“I will make sure, before I pass on my crown, I will go back to Cagayan de Oro and maybe do a quick pass by to Iligan City,” she said.

Starting July, the Department of Tourism has been looking at six possible locations for the pageant—including Cagayan de Oro.

According by Teo, “Kino-consider namin ang Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, and obviously, ang headliner would be in Manila.”

The Philippines is home to two different Miss Universe titlists — Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margarita Moran-Floirendo (1973) — and has hosted the coronation twice before, once in 1974 and again in 1994.

 

Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/583702/lifestyle/artandculture/pia-wurtzbach-gives-update-on-miss-universe-2016

Actor Mark Anthony Fernandez arrested for marijuana possession

Actor Mark Anthony Fernandez was arrested for asserted possession of a kilo of marijuana in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Police recovered the illegal substance inside Fernandez’ yellow Ford Mustang after a car chase with authorities from Angeles City Police Station 6.

mark-anthony-fernandez-mug-shot

Chief Insp. Francisco Guevarra Jr. said Fernandez was signaled to stop at a checkpoint along Mc Arthur Hi-way route in Brgy. Virgen Delos Remedios because his car had no front license plate.

After inspection, police found a generally opened blue sack containing a torn plastic with suspected marijuana, but Fernandez sped away.

The actor was arrested in San Fernando City after a car chase with authorities who were forced to shoot at the tires to prevent Fernandez from getting away.

Philippines Travel Guide – CushTravel Blog

He was brought to the Angeles City Police Station 6, where he is temporarily detained. Fernandez confessed to utilizing marijuana however said it’s for medical purposes only.

He went through a drug test at the Philippine National Police’s crime laboratory.

He is also scheduled to face inquest proceedings for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Authorities said the actor stayed calm and helpful after the arrest.

Fernandez, son of late actor Rudy Fernandez and actress Alma Moreno, already entered a drug rehabilitation center in 2004.

“We continue to carry out our anti-drug campaign regardless of who will be arrested,” Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office 3 director, said in a statement. “This only goes to show that, indeed, our all- out war against illegal drugs is not just lip service.”

Source: http://cnnphilippines.com/regional/2016/10/04/Actor-Mark-Anthony-Fernandez-nabbed-with-marijuana.html

Duterte’s reasons for allowing Marcos burial

President Rodrigo Duterte repeated his purposes behind permitting late president Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in the midst of opposition from a few groups.

While visiting the wake of soldiers killed in conflict with communist insurgents in Davao City, the President said the late president is qualified for burial at the heroes’ cemetery in Taguig City being a soldier and previous president.

marcos
Former first lady Imelda Marcos and her late husband president Ferdinand Marcos

“I will allow Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. He was a soldier. He was there to fight for his country,” he said, and that he will let the Marcos family choose when to bury their dead.

Sand and Stone | Medical thoughts on life, love and happiness

A report from the Philippine Star said the family plans to bury Marcos on September 18 after he gave the go signal.

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. explains that the burial of his dad is still in the “planning stage.”

Duterte said that he will fulfill his campaign promise of permitting Marcos’ burial at the Libingan.

The younger Marcos even met Duterte in Davao City around a month after winning the presidential elections.

The remains of Marcos have been lying in his hometown of Batac, Ilocos Norte since his death in 1989 which is open to the public to see.

Different groups demonstrate disapproval to Duterte’s proclamation and spoke to the president to rethink his position.

Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/576648/news/nation/duterte-cites-reasons-for-allowing-libingan-burial-for-marcos

US Summons PH envoy over Duterte’s “Gay” remarks

WASHINGTON – The US State Division summoned Philippine embassy Charge d’Affaires Patrick Chuasoto to look for explanation of what it said were “inappropriate remarks” made by President Duterte against US Representative Philip Goldberg.

duterte-goldberg
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, greets U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg, left

The director of the State Department press office, Elizabeth Trudeau, said Chuasoto was brought in for a clarification of Duterte’s comments however declined to give further details.

Duterte has openly called Goldberg “gay” and “a son of a bitch.”

Duterte’s dislike for Goldberg goes back to the campaign period when the ambassador called him out for making a joke about the rape and murder of an Australian minister during a 1989 Davao City jail riot.

Trudeau said at a news conference, the State Department was worried about the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers urged the Duterte administration to guarantee law enforcement efforts do not violate human rights.

She said US authorities were in discussions with Filipino powers to stress the significance of the rule of law, a fundamental democratic principle.

“We strongly urge the Philippines to ensure its law enforcement efforts comply with its human rights obligations,” she said.

In answer to a question, she said a $32-million assistance package reported by Secretary of State John Kerry during a recent visit to Manila to help the Duterte administration’s strengthened law efforts was intended to promote human rights through training as well as promote professionalism, due process and rule of law. The cash should not be utilized in activities involving extrajudicial killings, she said.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/08/10/1611969/us-summons-philippine-envoy-over-dutertes-remarks