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Aquino happy Germans released; Palace won’t confirm payment of ransom

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In this photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, kidnapped German nationals Stefan Okonek, left, and female companion Henrike Dielen, center, rest inside the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, after they were freed from the hands of the Muslim extremist group the Abu Sayyaf. Okonek and Dielen, who had been kidnapped and held for six months in the southern Philippines were released Friday by the militant group just hours after it had threatened to behead one of them if no ransom payment was made, the Philippine defense chief said. (AP Photo/Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command)

President Benigno Aquino was happy to receive the news that German nationals Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrite Dielen have been released by their captors but Malacañang Saturday said it could not confirm reports that ransom was paid in exchange for their freedom—and their lives.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Key witness in transgender slay now in witness protection program

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Lawyer Harry Roque. Photo by RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

The primary witness in the brutal killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” laude has been admitted to the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Americas,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Bangsamoro must prove itself better than ARMM–British envoy

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The proposed Bangsamoro regional setup for Mindanao must demonstrate its capability to be a substantial improvement over the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao if it wants mass-based support, British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said Friday.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Philippines readies for Ebola

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WHO Asia Pacific Region Regional Director Shin Young-soo, right, and  Health Secretary Enrique Ona shake hands following a joint news conference ahead of the next week's 65th WHO Regional Conference Friday in Pasay City. AP

Foreign experts on infectious diseases are coming to the Philippines to help local health workers boost defenses against the outbreak of the Ebola virus, a Palace official said Saturday.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipinos’ prayer for Pope Francis: Good health, guidance

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FAITH CAN’T WAIT Pope Francis, who is visiting the country in January, radiates such a charm that even a standee of his image is sooo “selfie”-worthy for these law students of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila shown taking a snapshot at the Arzobispado de Manila (Archdiocesan Chancery Office) in Intramuros. RICHARD REYES

Ninety-five days leading up to the papal visit, the faithful are praying for Pope Francis’ good health and safety, especially during his visit to the country.

Posted: October 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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