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  • Police say Vallejo woman kidnapped for ransom; suspects arrested

    07/10/2016 8:54:15 AM PDT · by DFG · 4 replies
    Vallejo Times Herald ^ | 07/09/2016 | Matthew Adkins
    Four suspects were arrested Friday night and Saturday morning in connection with kidnapping a woman and holding her for ransom. The Vallejo Police Department was contacted July 1 by John Babb, 36, of San Francisco, who reported his mother, Elvira Babb, 57, of Vallejo, was kidnapped, explained Lt. Jeff Bassett. Babb said he received a text June 30 from an unknown number, advising they had his mother and demanding cash. Police say the caller also threatened to kill Elvira if Babb contacted the police or did not produce the money.
  • China takes Philippine atoll

    03/01/2016 6:17:32 PM PST · by · 130 replies
    Philstar ^ | March 2nd, 20016 | Jaime Laude
    MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese have taken over another traditional Filipino fishing ground near Palawan where they have stationed up to five ships to keep local fishermen at bay, sources said. Now effectively under Chinese control is Quirino or Jackson Atoll, which has been a rich source of catch for a long time for fishermen from Palawan, Southern Luzon, Western Visayas and even Manila. Gray and white Chinese vessels have not left the atoll, which Filipino fishermen also call Jackson Five, because of the existence of five lagoons in the area. The Chinese are claiming almost the entire South China...
  • Laundry Worker Returns Money Found in Washed Clothes

    05/20/2014 3:09:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    The sum had been raised by friends to help the man move to another houseAn Asian laundry worker returned nearly Dh8,800 to its owner in Saudi Arabia after he found the sum in trousers he had just ironed, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. The worker also found a piece of paper with the money saying that the sum had been raised by friends to help a man move to another house. “The worker called his sponsor who phoned the owner of the trousers to tell him about the SR8,800…the thankful customer was given back all his money,” Sada daily said...
  • Filipino Caregiver a Favorite to Win ‘X-Factor Israel’

    01/08/2014 10:30:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 7, 2014 | ISAAC SCHARF
    Rose Fostanes, one of Israel’s thousands of foreign workers, has discovered instant fame on reality TV and receives support from around the worldA 47-year-old Filipino caregiver has emerged as the newest star of Israeli reality television, putting a human face on the thousands of foreign workers who toil away in menial, back-breaking jobs in this country Israeli viewers of the country’s myriad of reality shows have grown accustomed to successful candidates from various backgrounds, including black-clad ultra-Orthodox Jews, Ethiopian immigrants and a German convert to Judaism who became a celebrity chef. But they’ve never seen someone like Rose Fostanes before.
  • Filipino war veterans' claims

    10/19/2012 8:46:00 PM PDT · by Rabin · 13 replies
    Asia News Network ^ | October 19, 2012 | Nimfa U. Rueda
    More than 250,000 Filipinos fought for the United States during the war and were promised equal treatment as American veterans after the war. Weeks after Obama took office in 2009, Congress approved a stimulus package that included one-time payments of $15,000 to Filipino veterans in the United States and $9,000 to those living in the Philippines. Obama's administration yesterday created a working group to look into the plight of Filipino veterans.... presidential assistant Chris Lu.
  • My Filipino right-wing bud goes ballistic (when asked if he spoke Spanish):)

    02/23/2012 4:46:48 PM PST · by max americana · 57 replies
    vanity ^ | 2/23/2012 | Max Am
    Right after lunch, I met up with my Filipino bud whose girlfriend will be working at this Sunday's Oscar's telecast for a local television crew from ABC. We were close to Union station in L.A. and we were talking how much gas it costs to get to Anaheim and I told him there was A train that costs $7 to Anaheim. He didn't believe me so we went to the Metrolink window.. There was a black lady from Metrolink who did not understand the mexican woman who INSISTED that someone there speak spanish to her. The employee looked around and...
  • Manila asks Japan to receive Filipinos from S Korea in emergency

    11/27/2010 8:46:20 AM PST · by FromLori · 6 replies
    JapanToday ^ | 11/27/2010
    The Philippines has sounded Japan out on the possibility of evacuating tens of thousands of Filipinos in South Korea to Japan in case of an emergency situation on the Korean Peninsula, an official said Friday. Edwin Lacierda, spokesman of President Benigno Aquino, told a news briefing at the Presidential Palace that part of the government’s contingency plan is to evacuate the country’s nearly 60,000 nationals in South Korea to the ‘‘nearest’’ safe place, which is Japan. Lacierda said the Foreign Affairs Department is already in talks with the Japanese ambassador in Manila to seek Japan’s permission ‘‘to allow our nationals...
  • Dismissed cop takes tourists hostage in Manila (demands reinstatement with benefits)

    08/22/2010 9:10:07 PM PDT · by rawhide · 8 replies ^ | 8-22-10 | Dennis Carcamo
    (UPDATE) MANILA, Philippines – A dismissed police official has taken hostage 25 passengers of a tourist bus, including some children, in Manila this morning, a radio report said. The report said Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, formerly with the Manila Police District-mobile division, was sacked from service for drug charges. Armed with an M-16 assault rifle, Mendoza boarded a Hong Tai tourist bus that was parked at the Luneta Grandstand in Manila. Mendoza allegedly demanded to be reinstated to his previous post with benefits, the report added. As of posting time, SWAT members have already surrounded the bus where Mendoza and...
  • Airmiles Andy jets off with model friend - who IS single

    08/08/2010 5:33:15 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 52 replies · 3+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 10:22 PM on 8th August 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    When Prince Andrew was pictured on a yacht getting touchy-feely with a woman half his age, the denials came thick and fast. They're just friends, said a source, and anyway, she's married. But now it turns out 25-year-old Alexandra Escat is in fact single - and the pair have since been seen jetting off together. The Duke of York, 50, was seen engrossed in a playful conversation with the Filipino model on a luxury yacht last week.
  • (Killer Karaoke In The Philippines) Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord

    02/09/2010 6:06:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies · 977+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 6, 2010 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord By NORIMITSU ONISHI GENERAL SANTOS, the Philippines — After a day of barbering, Rodolfo Gregorio went to his neighborhood karaoke bar still smelling of talcum powder. Putting aside his glass of Red Horse Extra Strong beer, he grasped a microphone with a habitué’s self-assuredness and briefly stilled the room with the Platters’ “My Prayer.” Next, he belted out crowd-pleasers by Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. But Mr. Gregorio, 63, a witness to countless fistfights and occasional stabbings erupting from disputes over karaoke singing, did not dare choose one beloved classic: Frank Sinatra’s version of...
  • Scores of Filipino troops, [Islamic] militants die in clash

    08/12/2009 10:47:07 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies · 636+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 08/13/2009 | Jim Gomez
    Philippine troops suffered some of their worst losses in an offensive against al-Qaida-linked militants on a southern island in which at least 23 soldiers and 20 guerrillas were killed, officials said Thursday. Troops continued to scour the battlefield following clashes Wednesday with Abu Sayyaf militants in two of their jungle camps on Basilan Island, and the tally of slain guerrillas could rise, said regional military commander Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino. "It was a slugfest," Dolorfino told The Associated Press by telephone. "It was really close-quarter fighting so we couldn't use our artillery," he said, adding troops were pursuing small pockets...
  • Stimulus bill to reward Filipino vets

    02/17/2009 11:02:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 37 replies · 1,037+ views ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    President Obama's signature today on the stimulus bill will grant Filipino World War II veterans long-awaited recognition and compensation for their service alongside U.S. forces against the Japanese. The measure calls for a one-time lump sum payment of $15,000 for Filipino veterans who are U.S. citizens, and $9,000 for non-citizens. It sets aside $198 million for the veterans. And, in what many Filipino-American organizations say is more important, it recognizes the role they played defending the U.S. flag in the war. "The recognition is the most important," said Jose Red, an 84-year-old veteran who lives in Jersey City. "We've been...
  • Priest with secret marriage pleads guilty to half-million-dollar embezzlement

    10/30/2007 10:26:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 316+ views
    CNA ^ | October 29, 2007
    Richmond, Oct 29, 2007 / 10:47 am (CNA).- A retired Roman Catholic priest faces forty years in jail for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two rural Virginian parishes, the Associated Press reports. On Friday Father Rodney L. Rodis, 51, pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one of money laundering.  Father Rodis embezzled money from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bumpass and St. Jude Church in Mineral between 2002 and 2006, prosecutors said.  He wired at least $515,231 to relatives in his native Philippines to purchase property.Authorities said Father Rodis established bank accounts and a post...
  • Filipino/Filipino Americans plan $500 MILLION dollar lawsuit against ABC

    A group of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans is preparing a 500 million-dollar class suit against ABC Network in the United States in response to a slur against Philippine medical schools and Filipino medical professionals, aired in the premiere episode of the fourth season of “Desperate Housewives”. In that episode, the character Susan Mayer (played by actress Teri Hatcher) questioned the credentials of her gynecologist over a disputed diagnosis. Mayer said she wanted to check the doctor’s diploma to make sure it didn’t come “from some med school in the Philippines”. The class suit is being filed by the Northern California chapter...
  • Filipinos fight to be recognized as U.S. vets

    09/05/2007 10:41:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 93 replies · 1,208+ views ^ | September 5, 2007 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    They lived in the Philippines, but they were members of the U.S. armed forces. More than 200,000 of them fought during World War II. Tens of thousands died before the final hard-won triumph over Japan. But in the decades following the war, the title of U.S. veteran -- and resulting compensation -- has eluded them.  Now, Filipino-American World War II veterans, aided by their adult children, have stepped up a decades-long fight to get Congress to recognize them as bona fide U.S. veterans – a move that would qualify them for VA benefits."Our community has been lobbying for this...
  • The Filipino Lions are Coming

    08/21/2007 8:08:10 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 282+ views
    Moro International Center via ^ | August 20, 2007 | Laura Mansfield
    New video shows jihadists in Philipines training A video showing jihadists in what appears to be the Philipines has been advertised heavily on the Arabic language message boards. The video, which claims to have been produced by the Moro International Center, shows jihadists in the Philipines making statements and training. A full translation is in progress. A copy of the video can be downloaded from Translation: The Filipino Lions are Coming Last week's video from the jihidist groups in the Philipines entitled "The Filipino Lions Are Coming" shows old speeches by leaders of the Abu-Sayyaf Group, Abdurajik Janjalani, aka...
  • Bishop: Dolls, magazines turn girls into sex objects

    07/04/2007 5:19:51 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 1,955+ views
    With popular children’s doll lines featuring sexy clothing and gossip magazines aimed at preteens, society is turning girls into sexual objects earlier and earlier.   This was the lament of a senior Catholic bishop, who said such premature sexualizing of girls at a tender age should be one of the most serious issues confronting Philippine society. “The messages they receive through popular culture is that to be attractive, to be accepted by society, you have to dress and behave in a sexual manner. There are now lingerie clothing lines for preteen girls, and bras for girls under 10, T-shirts with...
  • Filipino remittances hit $12.8bn

    02/16/2007 3:17:45 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 10 replies · 1,157+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007
    Globally, remittances make up about $230bn Money sent home by Filipinos working overseas last year totalled a record $12.8bn (£6.5bn), the Philippines' central bank has said.The remittances - a 20% rise on 2005 - account for about 10% of the country's economy, the bank added. Most of the eight million overseas workers are in the US or Middle East. According to the World Bank, the Philippines is the fifth-largest recipient of foreign remittances behind India, China, Mexico and France. It has forecast that Filipinos will send home about $14.1bn this year. Their remittances play an increasingly significant role in...
  • Simbang Gabi (Day 5 pre-dawn Masses and Novena)

    12/20/2006 9:01:46 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 873+ views
    WITL ^ | December 20, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    Happy Simbang Gabi to all. OK, be honest -- how many are scratching their heads? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but those who fail today's Wide World of Catholicism pop quiz. However, fret not. It's a big church, it happens -- and while it's no easy task serving as the cheat sheet, somebody's gotta do it. In that vein, today's the fifth day of the traditional novena of pre-dawn Masses that are a revered (not to mention numerically huge) tradition in the Philippines. And where the Filipino community goes, the tradition comes along, packing parishes and...
  • Beloved Priest defends Marines angering Filipino's

    09/06/2006 7:44:34 AM PDT · by crymeariver · 5 replies · 630+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 2, 2006 | New York Times
    LEANING forward in his wheelchair at the front of a courtroom is a small, bald man in a crisply ironed white cassock, his eyes darting from witness to judge to angry lawyer, drawing his own conclusions. “I think it was seduction,” said the man in the cassock, the Rev. James B. Reuter, of the highly charged case in which four American marines are accused of raping a Filipino woman.
  • Filipino Catholics: “Two-child norm is absurd obstacle for better society”

    12/01/2005 4:42:20 PM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies · 691+ views
    Asia News ^ | 11.29.05 | Santosh Digal
    PHILIPPINES Filipino Catholics: “Two-child norm is absurd obstacle for better society” A Catholic MP told AsiaNews about the limitations, contradictions and risks inherent in laws controlling family planning: “Look at the West or Japan. They are rich nations but without youth. Manila (AsiaNews) – Obligatory family planning is “simply absurd” and is merely “an obstacle in the path towards a better Filipino society”. Rene Velade, Catholic MP, told AsiaNews what he thinks about the laws in Manila, roundly condemning them because “they oblige people to have two children”.He said: “The Responsible Parenthood and Population Management Act, better known as...
  • Visiting ‘Amerika’ (THREE-BAG BARF ALERT!)

    09/30/2005 3:21:41 PM PDT · by SinisterDexter · 40 replies · 1,633+ views
    Phillipine Daily Independent ^ | 9/30/05 | Luis V. Teodoro
    THE United States is “America” to most people. But that word refers to the continent. When applied to the United States, it is better spelled with a “k,” as in “swastika.” It’s the country most Filipinos want to visit. But if you’ve ever been involved in any group or activity faintly progressive; if you have relatives or friends who have been there; or you’re from a country that its officials say harbors “terrorist groups,” you’d be tempting fate to go there. No matter how vague or past your involvement, it could earn you a strip search, an interrogation session with...
  • Girl Allegedly Dismembered by Next-Door Neighbor

    08/02/2005 8:07:45 AM PDT · by Millee · 39 replies · 2,115+ views
    A 16-year-old girl who had been missing since Saturday was found stabbed to death and dismembered — and police say her killer lived right next door. Jonathan Zarate, 18, appeared Monday in Morris County Court to face charges of murder, weapons offenses, and hindering apprehension in the slaying of Jennifer Parks. Zarate lived next door to Parks in their Randolph, N.J., neighborhood, and prosecutors say the 16-year-old victim left her house early Saturday morning to watch TV with Zarate. But then, authorities said, the two became embroiled in an argument that led to Parks' gruesome killing.
  • 1st ‘Pinoy Church’ rises in NY

    07/19/2005 12:18:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 533+ views ^ | July 20, 2005
    A Catholic church in New York City will be officially designated a "Church of Filipinos" on July 30, and President Arroyo has been invited to preside over the event, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) said yesterday. The NCCA said a church hall adjoining the San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel will also be formally dedicated to the memory of the late archbishop of Manila Jaime Cardinal Sin, to be dubbed "Cardinal Sin Memorial Hall." NCCA executive director Cecille Guidote-Alvarez said the Cardinal Sin Memorial Hall could be a center for culture and values education outreach for Filipinos abroad,...
  • Philippine MPs challenge Arroyo

    07/25/2005 12:25:50 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 231+ views
    BBC ^ | July 25, 2005 | BBC
    Opposition MPs in the Philippines have launched an impeachment motion against the country's President, Gloria Arroyo. The move against Mrs Arroyo, who is battling allegations of electoral fraud, was widely expected. But the procedure is set to be slow - the motion was first sent to the lower house's justice committee, which has 60 working days to weigh its merits. The move came as Mrs Arroyo prepared to give a crucial state of the nation address. The impeachment motion submitted to the country's House of Representatives, or lower house, accused the president of betraying her country over a telephone call...
  • Veterans to protest Japan's refusal to apologize; revisionist textbooks deny war crimes...

    05/05/2005 6:59:27 PM PDT · by MagnusMaximus1 · 27 replies · 1,029+ views
    American Coalition for Filipino Veterans, Inc. MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Eric Lachica or Ms. Maurese Owens CELL: 202 246-1998 or 703 606-8796 May 6 Noon Protest: Japan Ambassador's No Apology WASHINGTON, DC - Elderly Filipino American WWII veterans and family survivors will hold a news conference on Friday May 6 at NOON 12:15 PM outside the Japanese Embassy to protest the recent controversial Japanese government approval of junior high school textbooks "whitewashing" the atrocities committed by their military during WWII. The Japanese Embassy is located at 2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW ( 5 blocks north of DUPONT METRO) The veteran' group's goal...
  • Private Action for Philippine Statehood (Want to become 51st State)

    03/07/2005 11:25:38 AM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 28 replies · 724+ views
    What We Propose. The Expansionist Party ("XP") advocates reannexation of the Philippines, a former U.S. colony, to the United States, but this time as up to three States of the Union: Luzon, Mindanao (the two largest islands, in the far north and south respectively) and the Visayas (the islands in between). We feel this is the only thing certain to secure both political and social democracy for the archipelago and set its people on the road to fairly distributed prosperity. We also believe the Philippines can help restore perspective and purpose to a U.S. that has lost sight of its...
  • Phillipine government withdrawing humanitarian force from Iraq to save hostage

    07/13/2004 6:19:16 AM PDT · by georgiadevildog · 17 replies · 464+ views
    CNN ^ | 7-13-04 | Ressa;Arraf
    Militants holding a Filipino in Iraq have said they will release him on Tuesday, according to a diplomatic source in Baghdad. The news came moments after the Philippine government said it would withdraw its 50-member humanitarian force from Iraq "as soon as possible" to save the life of Angelo de la Cruz, a 46-year-old father of eight.
  • Family Pray as Deadline Passes for Filipino Hostage

    07/11/2004 3:28:07 PM PDT · by knak · 3 replies · 227+ views
    abc ^ | 7/11/04
    BUENAVISTA, Philippines (Reuters) - Relatives and friends of a Filipino hostage being held by militants in Iraq prayed at his house into the early hours as a deadline for his execution passed with no news of his fate. The relatives had already complained bitterly at their government's refusal to bow to the demands of Angelo de la Cruz's captors and pull its troops out of Iraq ahead of time. The family had been told by the government on Saturday that De la Cruz was about to be freed, but their celebrations turned sour when the militants issued a new threat...
  • Philippines Rules Out Early Troop Withdrawal From Iraq While Awaiting Word on Filipino Hostage

    07/11/2004 6:31:54 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 556+ views
    AP ^ | July 11, 2004
    Philippines Rules Out Early Troop Withdrawal From Iraq While Awaiting Word on Filipino Hostage Paul Alexander/Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippines - still hoping a kidnapped Filipino trucker driver will be released - rejected demands Sunday of the hostage takers for an early troop withdrawal from Iraq. The group that snatched Angelo dela Cruz, 46, near the restive city Fallujah on Wednesday gave Manila until 3 p.m. EDT to advance its pullout by a month to July 20. "In line with our commitment to the free people of Iraq, we reiterate our plan to return our humanitarian contingent...
  • 'Overdue' honors arrive: Former POW given Purple Heart, medals from Army.

    07/10/2004 5:05:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 607+ views
    Al Felsen, left, who served most of World War II as a prisoner of war, talks on Friday about his experiences with George Timmons and Brig. Gen. Warner Sumpter. Sumpter presented Felsen with a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal and the Philippines Defense Medal. (Mark Levy-Herald/Review)FORT HUACHUCA - For more than three years in the 1940s, Al Felsen suffered under the brutality of Japanese guards in a number of camps after he was captured in the Philippines. Felsen has been trying for years to receive a Purple Heart Medal for the wounds he received while a prisoner of war....
  • Philippines Says Hostage Freed in Iraq

    07/10/2004 8:04:12 AM PDT · by kattracks · 28 replies · 1,168+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/10/04 | AP
    MANILA, Philippines - Insurgents in Iraq (news - web sites) have freed a Filipino truck driver whom they kidnapped and threatened to behead, the Philippine labor secretary quoted the president as saying Saturday. "While this man is still not in our hands, he will be brought to a hotel in Baghdad, where he will be turned over to our people," said Labor Secretary Patricia Santo Tomas, who was staying with the hostage's family in a hotel at the former U.S. Clark Air Base.
  • Filipino Hostage Begs for Troop Withdrawl

    07/10/2004 3:44:43 AM PDT · by Cagey · 5 replies · 577+ views
    AP ^ | 7-10-2004
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A Filipino worker held by Iraqi insurgents made a last appeal for his government to spare his life and withdraw its troops from Iraq, according to a video broadcast Saturday. The kidnappers of Angelo dela Cruz had threatened in a video broadcast Wednesday to kill him if the Philippines didn't pull its 51 police and soldiers from Iraq within three days. "Please, Arroyo, withdraw your forces from Iraq," dela Cruz pleaded on the new video broadcast on Al-Jazeera, referring to Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. His voice was inaudible, but an announcer read an Arabic translation...
  • Philippines to Pull Troops From Iraq

    07/10/2004 4:10:55 AM PDT · by kattracks · 40 replies · 2,246+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/10/04 | OLIVER TEVES, AP
    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines will withdraw its peacekeeping contingent from Iraq (news - web sites) on schedule next month, the government said Saturday, the day militants vowed to kill a Filipino hostage if the troops were not sent home. As the government made its announcement, the Arab television station Al-Jazeera showed a video of the hostage appealing to Manila to give in to the insurgents and withdraw its 51-member force. In a tape Wednesday, the militants threatened to behead the hostage if the government did not comply within three days. The government decision appeared to be deliberately ambiguous, representing...
  • Kidnapped Filipino's family pleads with Arroyo to pull troops from Iraq

    07/09/2004 5:40:40 AM PDT · by kattracks · 7 replies · 469+ views
    AFP | 7/09/04
    The family of a Filipino held hostage in Iraq made an emotional appeal to President Gloria Arroyo to bow to the kidnappers' demands and withdraw Philippines troops from the shattered country."Please pull out so he can be safe with us," kidnap victim Angelo de la Cruz's 15-year-old son Ulyses said in a quavering voice in a television interview.As the clock ticked closer to a Sunday deadline imposed by the kidnappers, the hostage's wife, children and father were bussed into Malacanang presidential palace to deliver their appeal in person to Arroyo.The president said she was doing everything possible to secure...
  • Philippines bars workers from Iraq

    07/08/2004 9:03:59 PM PDT · by quantim · 9 replies · 379+ views
    AP via ^ | 7/8/2004, 11:44 p.m. ET | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (AP) — The Philippines on Thursday barred its contract workers — the backbone of the U.S. military's support staff in Iraq — from coming here after militants released a videotape threatening to kill a Filipino hostage.The threat left Filipino workers praying for their countryman and worried about their own safety. Also, two Bulgarians were shown handcuffed in a videotape broadcast Friday on Arab television, and a group loyal to insurgency leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi threatened to execute them if the U.S. military did not release all Iraqi detainees within 24 hours.The Tawhid and Jihad group sent the...
  • Philippines/Iraq - RP exec doubts identity of hostage in Al-Jazeera video

    07/07/2004 11:22:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 467+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 8, 2004
    (UPDATE) PHILIPPINE Charge d'Affaires to Iraq Ricardo Endaya has expressed doubts whether the hostage shown in a video broadcast on Al-Jazeera television Wednesday was indeed a Filipino. In a telephone interview Thursday on GMA Network's Unang Hirit morning newscast, Endaya said they have yet to confirm the identity of the hostage. Referring to the Al-Jazeera video, Endaya said the kidnap victim did not appear to be a Filipino nor did he have a Filipino name. Endaya mentioned the name Hafidh Amer. But Endaya said they would still confirm the report. The pan-Arab television station Al-Jazeera broadcast footage of a...
  • Filipino workers barred from going to Iraq

    07/08/2004 2:28:53 AM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 468+ views
    AP | 7/08/04 | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — The Philippines barred its workers from traveling to Iraq on Thursday after an Arab television station aired a video in which militants threatened to kill a Filipino hostage if his country does not withdraw from the Mideast nation. The video, broadcast Wednesday by Al-Jazeera, showed three armed and masked men standing behind the seated hostage, threatening to kill him if the Philippines doesn't pull out within three days. It did not give any details of his capture, but the group claimed to have killed an Iraqi guarding him. On Thursday, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered Philippine...
  • Al-Jazeera broadcasts video tape of Filipino hostage (Philippines halts deployment)

    07/07/2004 6:34:43 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 6 replies · 632+ views
    AP ^ | 7-7-04 | Maamoun Youssef
    CAIRO, Egypt – Armed Iraq insurgents threatened to kill a Filipino hostage if his country does not withdraw from Iraq, according to a video that aired Wednesday. The Philippines responded hours later by ordering a halt to further deployment. In the video broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, the group claimed to have already killed an Iraqi security guard who was accompanying the Filipino, the newscaster said. The statement gave no details of his capture. Three armed and masked men stood behind the seated hostage, threatening to kill him if the Philippines doesn't pull out within three days. A banner on the...
  • Al-Jazeera Broadcasts Video Tape of Filipino Kidnapped in Iraq

    07/07/2004 3:07:49 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 13 replies · 619+ views
    AP ^ | 7-7-04 | Maamoun Youssef
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Al-Jazeera television broadcast a videotape Wednesday of armed men holding a Filipino hostage and threatening to kill him if the Philippines does not withdraw its small force from Iraq in three days. The group claimed to have already killed an Iraqi security guard who was accompanying the Filipino, the newscaster said. The channel did not air the part of the video saying this. The statement gave no details of his capture. In the video, three armed and masked men stood behind the seated hostage. A banner on the wall behind them identified the captors as a...
  • Filipino taken hostage in Iraq: Al-Jazeera

    07/07/2004 12:09:54 PM PDT · by kattracks · 46 replies · 1,900+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/07/04 | AFP
    DOHA (AFP) - A Filipino abducted in Iraq (news - web sites) will be executed unless the Philippines withdraws its troops from the country within 72 hours, said a video broadcast on Al-Jazeera television, showing a hostage cowering on his knees. The kidnapped Filipino, employed by a Saudi company working with US troops based in Iraq, was kidnapped by an armed group calling itself the "Khaled Ibn al-Walid Brigade" linked to the "Islamic Army in Iraq," Al-Jazeera said. The pan-Arab television station broadcast footage of a man sitting on his knees, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, and surrounded by three...
  • Jayna Davis: OKC and WTC Bombers Met in Philippines

    05/27/2004 6:54:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 185 replies · 1,723+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/27/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols met with World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef in the Philippines before he and Timothy McVeigh carried out their plot, investigative reporter Jayna Davis said Wednesday. "Terry Nichols and Ramzi Yousef met personally in the Philippines on the island of Mindanao in the early 1990s to discuss, of all things, bombmaking," Davis told ABC Radio Network host John Batchelor. On Wednesday, an Oklahoma jury returned a 161 count murder verdict against Nichols. He is expected to face the death penalty. But the bizarre Yousef-Nichols tie-in did not come up in the trial. Davis said she...
  • Filipino Islanders Blame GM Crop For Mystery Sickness

    03/02/2004 7:10:17 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 167+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-3-2004 | John Aglionby
    Filipino islanders blame GM crop for mystery sickness Monsanto denies scientist's claim that maize may have caused 100 villagers to fall ill John Aglionby in Kalyong, southern Philippines Wednesday March 3, 2004 The Guardian (UK) The recently planted rows of pineapple plants in the four-acre field on one side of the Malayon family home look neat and well-tended, but are otherwise not really worth a second glance. But what occurred last year on and around this plot in Kalyong village, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, is threatening to turn this unremarkable field into a battleground in the war...
  • Filipino military rejects ferry bomb claims

    03/01/2004 11:11:06 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 188+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | March 01 2004 | AFP
    A Philippines military spokesman rejects a Muslim group's claim that it bombed a passenger ferry that caught fire last week. At the same time officials say rescuers have found none of the more than 140 passengers and crew of the SuperFerry 14 who are deemed missing. An explosion sparked a fire that consumed the vessel early Friday, shortly after it left the port of Manila with at least 900 people on board. A total of 757 people were rescued on Friday. One passenger was confirmed dead. The Abu Sayyaf Muslim guerrillas, who have been waging a bombing and kidnapping campaign...
  • Rally for Filipino family [U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein implored]

    02/16/2004 4:07:02 AM PST · by risk · 22 replies · 253+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Posted on Mon, Feb. 16, 2004 | Cecilia Kang
    With time running out for the Cuevas family, Filipino and immigration activists gathered Sunday in Union City to rally support for the Fremont residents who face deportation Tuesday. Notified two months ago that they must ``voluntarily depart'' the country they've called home for the past 19 years, the family of five, along with their supporters, asked those at the community forum to contact U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein for assistance.

    01/31/2003 8:35:38 AM PST · by Polycarp · 76 replies · 5,171+ views
    LifeSite Daily News ^ | January 30, 2003 | LifeSite Daily News
    LifeSite Daily News Thursday January 30, 2003 NEW WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION CHIEF INVOLVED IN POPULATION CONTROL VACCINE SCANDAL GENEVA, January 30, 2003 ( - Dr. Jong Wook Lee, a relatively unknown World Health Organization (WHO) insider beat out high profile competitors to become the head of the World Health Organization Tuesday. Other candidates for the post included Dr. Julio Frenk Mora - currently Mexico's Minister of Health and Dr. Pascoal Mocumbi - the Prime Minister of Mozambique. However, Lee's work with WHO included being in charge of and weathering one of the most scandalous accusations to be brought against the...
  • Filipino Gays Accuse Catholic Church Of 'Fanning' Homophobia

    01/24/2003 8:43:21 AM PST · by heyheyhey · 7 replies · 221+ views ^ | January 23, 2003
    23 January, 2003 The Filipino gay community has accused the Roman Catholic Church of 'fanning' the flames of homophobia after they were excluded from an international conference on the role of families in Manila. The Filipino gay community was angry at a statement made by Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin that Christian family values were being eroded by advocates of gay marriage, as well as technology and divorce, reported Agence France-Presse. Oscar Atadero, a spokesman for Progay Philippines, said Sin's attack on homosexuality was totally uncalled for. Atadero likened Christan gays to "Jesus outside the gates" and said that in...
  • Dear American soldier(Michelle Malkin)

    01/21/2003 9:33:06 PM PST · by kattracks · 27 replies · 792+ views ^ | 1/22/03 | Michelle Malkin
    Dear American soldier, You don't know me, but I know who you are, and I will not forget. You are deploying from Fort Carson and Fort Hood and Fort Bliss and Fort Stewart. You hail from Middletown and Middleboro and Greenville and Redding and Thousand Oaks and Maple Tree. You are white, black, brown and yellow -- but always Americans first. You are with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and the 10th Combat Support Hospital and the 571st Air Ambulance Medical Evacuation Company. You are with the 1st Cavalry Division and the 3rd Infantry Division and the "Iron Horse"...
  • CA: Film on WWII Filipino Americans set (Sacto-FRee Movie!)

    11/16/2002 8:38:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 280+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/16/02 | Stephen Magagnini
    <p>SACRAMENTO -- "An Untold Triumph," a documentary detailing the story of Filipino American World War II veterans who proved their loyalty under fire, will be shown at 4 p.m. Sunday in the CSUS University Union Ballroom.</p> <p>The film deals with "California's Own" 1st and 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, 7,000 largely unsung heroes, many of whom had suffered years of discrimination in the fields and farm towns of Hawaii and California.</p>
  • Filipino-American veterans of World War II fighting for full veterans benefits

    11/11/2002 8:35:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 502+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/11/02 | Deborah Kong - AP
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO(AP) - Ernesto Cinco fought in the Philippine jungles alongside Americans and his fellow Filipinos during World War II. He spent 11 months in Japanese prison camps, and was awarded the Bronze Star medal.</p> <p>But Cinco, who was sent to war by President Roosevelt and is a U.S. citizen, is not eligible to receive the same benefits as the other veterans who were his comrades in arms.</p>