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Manila-HK spat: Mayor Estrada giving it a try

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada: Seeking China envoy’s help. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said the city government will seek the help of the ambassador of China regarding efforts to appease Hong Kong, which insists on an apology from President Aquino over the hostage-taking that killed Hong Kong tourists in 2010.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hostage-taker yields after Sunday sermon

Retired US Navy surrender after taking hostage of a cashier of Paradise Apartelle in Timog Avenue, Quezon City. ARNOLD ALMACEN/INQUIRER

A sermon on a Sunday afternoon from a police official convinced a 57-year-old American to free his hostage at an apartelle in Quezon City and voluntarily give himself up, effectively ending a three-hour standoff.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

P60M compensation eyed for HK hostage victims


Chinese-Filipino businessmen based in Manila are planning to raise P60 million to compensate the families of the victims of the 2010 Rizal Park hostage crisis that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Organization of Islamic Cooperation offers to help in ending Zamboanga City crisis


The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has offered to mediate in ending the standoff in Zamboanga City between Philippine government troops and forces loyal to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari.

Posted: September 15th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

UK, Australia, Canada warn citizens against trips to Zamboanga City


Three more governments have advised their citizens against travel to the Zamboanga area amid ongoing clashes between government forces and armed members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Posted: September 10th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Americans advised: Stay away from Zamboanga area


The United States Embassy in Manila told its citizens, on Monday, to stay away from the Zamboanga area amid clashes between government forces and armed members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Posted: September 9th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

4 Filipinos among 6 released by Somali pirates

mogadishu, somalia

Two Danes and four Filipinos who were held hostage in Somalia for more than two years after their ship was attacked by pirates were released on Tuesday, the Danish government said.

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Freed PH peacekeepers to return to their posts

FREE AT LAST  Freed by Syrian rebels, 21 Filipino United Nations peacekeepers are welcomed in Amman, Jordan, by Philippine Ambassador Olivia Palala (right) and Jordanian officials. The Filipinos were monitoring a ceasefire between Israel and Syria when they were taken captive. AP

The Philippines remains committed to deploying troops in UN peacekeeping hot spots despite the brief hostage-taking of 21 Filipino soldiers, who were welcomed back to freedom in Jordan with a traditional military feast, officials said Sunday.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Freed Filipino hostage thought he’d die in captivity in Jolo jungle

Ramel Vela, one of two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV journalist's crew believed to have been kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in June, is interviewed by a police officer in his hospital room Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. “We never thought we’d make it out alive.” A teary-eyed Vela said.  AP PHOTO/NICKEE BUTLANGAN

“We never thought we’d make it out alive.”

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

1000 days in captivity

Gerald Gonzales (seated in front, with cap) poses with other crew members of Iceberg I. COURTESY OF mphrp.org and susanople.com

This is the story of 31-year old seafarer Gerald Gonzales from Iloilo City. He holds the record for being the longest held Filipino hostage in Somalia. Gerald boarded MV Iceberg 1, a cargo ship, way back in 2009 for a 9-month stint as an oiler (all-around shipmate) with a salary of $350. His contract was to expire on April 12, 2010. But Gerald’s ship was hijacked by Somali pirates on March 29, 2010.

Posted: January 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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