AP Exclusive: Philippines scraps Russian chopper deal

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has canceled a purchase agreement 16 Russian military transport helicopters due to fears of possible US sanctions, Philippine officials said. Former Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Tuesday evening that he had canceled the 12.7 billion peso ($227 million) deal to acquire the Mi-17 helicopters in a decision … Read more

Philippines: All 85 people from burned ferry safely rescued

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The 85 passengers and crew of an inter-island ferry that caught fire near its port destination south of Manila have been safely rescued and search efforts have been halted, Philippine officials said Saturday. The last two missing passengers on the M/V Asia Philippines, which was carrying 47 passengers and 38 crew, … Read more

Philippine militants accused of beheading tourists surrender

Manila, Philippines — Two long-wanted militant Abu Sayyaf commanders accused of beheading two kidnapped Canadian tourists and a German in the southern Philippines have surrendered to authorities, officials said Friday. Almujer Yadah and Bensito Quitino surrendered to military officials in the town of Jolo, in the southern province of Sulu, and surrendered their assault rifles, … Read more

More than 80 people rescued from Philippine ferry fire

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine Coast Guard staff and volunteers have rescued more than 80 passengers and crew from an inter-island ferry that caught fire as it approached a port south of Manila, prompting many to jump into the water as the flames spread rapidly. in windy weather, officials said Saturday. Only two passengers are … Read more

Philippines earthquake: 7.0-magnitude quake in Abra kills five, injures 130

CNN — At least five people have died and 130 others have been injured after a powerful earthquake hit the northern Philippines on Wednesday, authorities in the Southeast Asian country said. The 7.0 magnitude quake hit northern Luzon, the country’s most populous island, at 8:43 a.m. local time (8:43 p.m. ET), according to the US … Read more

Philippines inmates protest on prison roof over food, warden

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — About 100 inmates from an overcrowded prison climbed onto the roof of a prison building in the central Philippines and protested loudly with raised fists and signs, saying they weren’t not well fed and demanding the dismissal of the prison guard, who was immediately suspended, prison officials said Thursday. The detainees … Read more

Consortium Backed By Billionaire Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Wins $11 Billion Philippine Airport Project

Travelers wearing face masks line up at immigration counters upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino … [+] International airport on March 10, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. Ezra Acayan/Getty Images A consortium including billionaire Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia and partners from the Philippines, South Korea and Europe has won the $11 billion contract to build an international airport … Read more

Philippine kids back in school after 2 years lost to virus

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Millions of students wearing face masks returned to primary and secondary schools across the Philippines on Monday for their first in-person classes after a two-year coronavirus lockdown that is believed to have worsened alarming illiteracy rates among the children. Officials grapple with daunting issues, including classroom shortages and lingering COVID-19 fearsan … Read more

Strive CCA-Jiujitsu Methods bags 7 golds in Manila Open

CARRY. Strive CCA-Jiujitsu Methods won seven gold medals, six silver medals and seven bronze medals at the Asian Jiujitsu Federation Manila Open Championship on August 20-21 at Festival Mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa. / CONTRIBUTED CEBU-BASED Strive CCA-Jiujitsu Methods won an impressive medal haul at the Asian Jiujitsu Federation Manila Open Championship on August 20-21 at … Read more

The Manila Times Lifestyle fashion picks – the standouts

The Manila Times Lifestyle fashion picks – the standouts

THE Manila Times takes a break from its coverage of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s first State of the Nation Address to take a look at the highly anticipated ‘fashion event’ that served as a sideshow to the annual event held a backseat to the Covid-19 pandemic. Below are some of the Times’ Lifestyle picks, starting … Read more