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  1. It gets worse. He was killed in Camp Crame, headquarters of the PNP. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/863628/korean-businessman-killed-inside-pnp-headquarters
  2. Duterte cancels order of 26,000 rifles from US By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo / @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net / 04:56 PM November 07, 2016 Duterte cancels order of 26,000 rifles from US President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he is ordering the cancellation of the purchase of assault rifles from the United States. “I would like to announce now that the 26,000 of M16 ordered already, I am ordering its cancellation sa police,” he said of the order for 26,000 assault rifles. The US earlier said that it will halt the supply of arms to the Philippines but the Philippine National Police said its supplier confirmed the purchase already.“And we will just have to look for another source that is cheaper but maybe as durable and as good,” Duterte said during a speech in Malacañang. “They will be arriving July 2017. I am ordering the police to cancel it,” Duterte said, who earlier belittled the US threat to call off the sale. The President, who has been trading barbs with the US, said the government should not buy expensive weapons when it can get it at a better rate from other suppliers. At the same time, he said buying more weapons will just result in more violence. “’Yung baril na ‘yan bilhin ko, sino patayin ko n’yan? Wala naman tayong kalaban. Tayo-tayo nagpapatayan dito,” he said. Duterte said he will just use the money to “contribute it to the success of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC)” or for other endeavors. The President gave his statement during the signing of the Executive Order reconstituting and expanding the BTC. Source: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/149121/duterte-cancels-order-of-26000-rifles-from-us
  3. It seems this couple has been sailing the world and have been kidnapped before by pirates in Somalia. This may explain why the couple was armed. Apparently the wife died shooting at the kidnappers. His name is Jurgen Kantner, not Juegen. Some links about the previous kidnapping. http://www.allatsea.net/the-strange-unreality-of-yacht-piracy-and-its-sad-savage-reality/ http://www.dawn.com/news/914066/a-sailing-mad-german-s-somali-odyssey
  4. German kidnapped, and if I read this correctly, another German killed? Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/841650/abus-kidnap-german-man-in-tawi-tawi
  5. MANILA -- Another week, another rant from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who continued his anti-U.S. tirade while in Japan last week. The remarks are unlikely to affect the tremendous popularity Duterte enjoys at home, but will add to growing international concerns. The U.S. withdrew its military installations from the country by 1992, due in part to local resentment. With the U.S. presence in Asia changing, China has stepped up maritime expansion in the region. In 2014, the U.S. and the Philippines concluded an agreement to bolster the two countries' military alliance, effectively paving the way for the return of U.S. troops to the Philippines. People close to Duterte say his stance can be traced back to his time as mayor of Davao on the southern island of Mindanao. Back in 2002, an explosion occurred in a hotel room in the city, injuring it's American occupant, Michael Meiring. Local police concluded that the blast was caused by explosives in Meiring's possession. A few days later, men carrying FBI badges removed Meiring from the hospital where he was being treated and allowed him to leave the country without permission from local authorities, according to Duterte. The U.S. Embassy is said to have arranged the flight carrying Meiring, an alleged FBI agent himself. The American ambassador to the Philippines at that time promised a thorough investigation and that a report would be submitted to Duterte, the Philippine leader told reporters on Oct. 21 before his trip to Japan. The report never materialized, which constituted an insult to the Philippines, he added. Some analysts trace Duterte's anti-American attitude even further. As a student in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he is said to have belonged to a leftist group, when anti-Vietnam War movements across the world were in full-swing. Jose Maria Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines, was one of his teachers at college. The Duterte cabinet also includes certain members recommended by the communist party. Source: http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Tracing-the-roots-of-Duterte-s-anti-US-stance
  6. Against the backdrop of increasing property prices in China, a particular property story made waves on Chinese social media last week. A user by the name of Proud Qiaoba posted the story on popular Tian Ya Yi Du forum about her friend Xiaoli who had asked each of her 20 current boyfriends to buy her the newly launched iPhone 7, reported the BBC. Xiaoli (not her real name), who hails from southern Shenzhen, then sold all the 20 iPhones to a mobile phone recycling site called Hui Shou Bao for 115,010 yuan (S$23,571) before using the money to pay for the deposit for a countryside house. Proud Qiaoba and her friends were all very surprised when Xiaoli showed them her new house and revealed how she had obtained the money, BBC reported. “Everyone in the office is talking about this now,” wrote Proud Qiaoba. “Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public.” Proud Qiaoba also mentioned that Xiaoli “is not from a wealthy family”. Her mother is a housewife and her father is a migrant worker, and she is the oldest daughter, it was reported. “Her parents are getting old and she might be under a lot pressure hoping to buy them a house… But it’s still unbelievable that she could use this method!” Proud Qiaoba wrote. Netizens on China’s microblogging website Weibo have expressed their surprise at Xiaoli’s enterprise and ability to convince all her 20 lovers to each buy her an iPhone. An impressive feat, considering the phone was only launched on Sept 16. The hashtag ’20 mobiles for a house’ (translated from Chinese) soon began to circulate on Weibo and became China’s top trending topic. The hashtag has been used more than 13 million times since. Some users have expressed admiration for Xiaoli’s efforts. One of them, ‘small sand is growing’, wrote: “I can’t even find one boyfriend. She can actually find 20 boyfriends at the same time and even get them to buy her an iPhone 7. Just want to ask her to teach me such skills.” Others however, like ‘Little Bee’ commented that Xiaoli was ‘the most shameless person’. Some also suspected that the whole story was a marketing ploy by mobile phone recycling business Hui Shou Bao. BBC confirmed that the company had purchased 20 iPhones from a female client at the start of October, paying about 5,750 yuan for each phone. However, a request by the BBC to interview Xiaoli through the company was rejected. “Her day-to-day life has been affected (from the local media attention) and she doesn’t want the media to continue covering this story,” they said, “so she has turned down your interview request.” Source: http://technology.inquirer.net/54414/woman-in-china-buys-house-by-selling-20-iphones-given-by-20-lovers
  7. I found some more info here: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/109616/rescued-2 Strange conflicting story. 38 kids in 1 house, without each their own bed. A budget need of $3,500 monthly, which the Filipino's claim as a profit-making venture. I'd say it's low to take care of 40 kids. At least some kids were happy with the couple and are quoted in the news article. They moved from Cebu to Bohol. And claim that "We recently learned Bohol is one of the most expensive, if not the most expensice, islands to stay in the Philippines". http://www.streetkidspm.org/financial-contributions/ I've had some contacts with DSWD in the past and in general they were nice, caring, decent people. My best guess is that the couple could not afford to take care of this many children and let standards slip way below acceptable. Praise the lord.
  8. It's allowed to pay half of the 13th month in May, and half in December. That worked fine for me in the past. Although salaries are low in the Philippines, the number of holidays and sick leave are high in many companies. 30 days per year was common for office jobs in Makati. I wouldn't mind increasing salaries if staff is actually available to work. The government should fix infrastructure and education instead of increasing labor cost.
  9. I have said in the past that the only way out of corruption for the Philippines is a benevolent dictator. Duterte comes close. I just wonder whether he would be 'benevolent enough' for a number of years and step down afterwards. Wishful thinking?
  10. That is true. The risk is much higher than 500 pesos. For example, land is mostly owned by political families. As a poor Filipino, your nipa hut is on a politician's land. And if you get caught not voting for that politician, you loose your house.
  11. No, I don't expect so. He's popular with working girls in Davao and protects them. He understands they need to work and does not see them as criminal.
  12. This obviously only concerns direct payments between consenting adults. Indirect payments through joint household accounts, child support and alimony are still legal. If convicted you will also have to follow classes to learn about the conditions faced by prostitutes.
  13. What idiot pays a 4.6M payroll in cash? BDO has payroll accounts. As do other banks. Makes me wonder whether the Korean is in on it. Great 'safety manager'.
  14. If Disney princesses were Filipina http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35340371
  15. I think in both cases (the ship with the migs and the ship the Philippines impounded) it was the US monitoring. They just gave the Panamanians and Filipinos a call. I don't think the Philippines would have reacted that quickly and decisively otherwise.
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