Day: August 18, 2020

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolts Masbate

Debris are scattered at a house after a magnitude quake struck in Cataingan in Masbate on Tuesday. (John Mark Lalaguna/Philippine National Red Cross via AP) MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck Masbate at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday as an aftershock of a strong quake that rattled the central Philippines Tuesday. The latest tremor, which […]

Slain activist was monitoring Negros abuses, killings

Negros-based activist Zara Alvarez (Photo from the Facebook account of Cristina Palabay of Karapatan) BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — For the past three years, Zara Alvarez had been monitoring and documenting the killings and arrest of farmers, lawyers and activists on Negros Island. She organized missions to look into cases of suspected human rights […]

SC thumbs down warrantless drug searches in vehicles

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs by ruling that the campaign against narcotics cannot be won by subverting the people’s constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures. In an 11-3 decision dated June 16 but released only on Tuesday, the Supreme Court invalidated warrantless police […]

Local tourists not enough to revive Boracay economy

SERENITY With tourists coming in trickles amid travel restrictions, Boracay’s white beach has become a picture of serenity. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — Officials of Aklan province and business owners in Boracay are planning to open the island to selected domestic and foreign tourists by October in a bid to revive the local […]

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