PDEA to file raps vs. 207 village execs in narco list

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set to file charges against the 207 barangay (village) officials included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘narco list’ or those allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said the filing of charges against the officials on the list, which include 90 barangay captains and 117 barangay kagawads, should least be expected in a “week or two.” He noted that Bicol Region has the most number with 70 barangay officials, followed by Caraga (Region 13) with 34, Autonomous Region of…

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Sayyaf gunmen seize 2 lady cops, 2 others in Sulu

Troops have been deployed to track down and rescue four people, including two policewomen, seized by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in the province of Sulu, a top military official said Monday. Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, identified the victims as PO3 Benierose Alvarez, PO1 Dinah Gumahad, Jakosalem Blas, and Faizal Ahidji. Alvarez and Gumahad are both assigned with the Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9). Sobejana said the victims were aboard a tricycle driven by Blas when they were seized around 12:40 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Liang, Patikul,…

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LeBron, Cavs pushed to limit but not done yet

LeBron James walked sluggishly down a corridor inside Quicken Loans Arena following Game Seven surrounded by the usual squadron of security personnel, some business associates and his publicist. Each step seemed a challenge. His eyes were heavy. He ached from head to toe. He wanted to lie down. James was moving on to the second round of the NBA playoffs — almost on his hands and knees. “I don’t think he’s appreciated enough for just how much energy he puts into every single game to do what he does,” Cavaliers…

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Warriors mangle Pelicans; Celtics clinch semis berth

Kevin Durant had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Draymond Green dazzled all over the floor with his fourth career postseason triple-double, and the Golden State Warriors thoroughly overmatched the New Orleans Pelicans for a 123-101 win in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals Saturday night. Green finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks and just with his hustle and energy helped the defending champions pull away with a superb, decisive second quarter. Now, they likely get Stephen Curry back for Game 2 on…

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The search for the next Boracay: Gigantes Islands, Iloilo

The Gigantes Group of Islands, popularly known as Isla de Gigantes, which means “Islands of Giants” in Spanish, are a remote cluster of islands in the northernmost part of Iloilo province in the Philippines. The Gigantes Islands consists of about 10 islands, the two largest being Gigantes Norte (North Gigantes) and Gigantes Sur (South Gigantes). The chain of islands located in Panay in Western Visayas is located on the opposite corner of the world-famous Boracay and offers a different kind of beach experience. Though the islands have become more popular…

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Oops! Duterte unaware of Philippine News Agency

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday admitted he did not read particular broadsheets but at least he knew they existed. “I do not read your paper, but I have been searching for you,” he told a correspondent of a Manila-based broadsheet. However, the President appeared to have been surprised when Philippine News Agency (PNA) Davao bureau chief Lilian Mellejor introduced herself and her news outfit. “What’s your? What’s your entity?” the President asked Mellejor. “Philippine News Agency, sir,” Mellejor replied. “Is there such a thing [as PNA]?” Duterte…

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Six months to save Boracay

Sustainable Tourism Development has been the subject of both international and domestic discourse, and is particularly important when the life cycle of many tourist destinations, including Boracay, is at risk of irreversible collapse. In his study, “A New Approach to Sustainable Tourism Development,” Frederico Nato has cautioned developing countries and pointed to evidence how over-exploitation and over-development has caused many tourist destinations irreversible damage arising from environmental degradation and consequent loss of revenues. The problem hounding Boracay has been persistent for over two decades — presence of algal bloom along…

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Google celebrates Levi Celerio’s 108th birthday with a special doodle

MANILA — Google celebrates one of the Philippines’ most prominent composer and lyricist, Levi Celerio, with a special doodle. Born on April 30, 1910, this year marks what could have been Celerio’s 108th birthday. While he wrote the lyrics for more than 4,000 Filipino folk songs and love songs, Celerio is perhaps best known for playing music using leaves. This talent has earned him an entry in the Guiness Book of World Records. In 1997, Celerio was named National Artist for Music and Literature by then-President Fidel V. Ramos for…

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