GMA News : International (99)

P100k worth of damage in QC commercial area fire

Fire hits a commercial area located along Commonwealth Avenue in Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City early Thursday morning, GMA News' Vonne Aquino reported on 'Unang Balita.'

AFP, PNP still on full alert in Visayas region

The security forces in Central Visayas remained on full alert following the arrest of suspected Abu Sayyaf member Renoor Lou Dongon and his alleged lover Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza.

China willing to help Pinoy fishermen at risk in WPS

China is willing to help Filipino fishermen who would find themselves in trouble while at the West Philippine Sea, according to a report by GMA News' Mariz Umali on 'State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.'

Ex-Knights of Malta head defies pope order, plans Rome return

The ousted Grand Master of the Knights of Malta Catholic charity will attend a meeting that could elect his successor, the group said on Wednesday, in a direct defiance of Pope Francis' order for him to stay away.

Malacaang responds to NY Times editorial: Duterte committed to saving Filipino lives

Malacaang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte is committed to saving lives of Filipinos by stopping drugs in response to an editorial published by the New York Times titled 'Let the World Condemn Duterte.'

PHL's draft ASEAN statement hit for lack of leadership tone amid sea dispute

'The draft of the Chairman's Statement is deeply disappointing and, if not revisited, would manifest an absence of the desired leadership,” former Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario said.

Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight to United States

LONDON -- A 3-foot giant rabbit has died on a United Airlines flight from London, prompting a review at the Chicago-based airline which faced a global backlash this month over its treatment of a passenger who was dragged from his seat.

Nobleza, Dongon undergo physical examination, booking procedures

Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza and suspected Abu Sayyaf member Renoor Lou Dongon underwent physical examination and booking procedures Wednesday afternoon.

Still no final judgment on Jennifer Dalquez case

The Court of Appeals in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, once again deferred its decision on the execution of Filipina domestic helper Jennifer Dalquez after her victim's two sons skipped Wednesday's hearing.

My brother died doing what he loves, UST prof's sister says

The sister of Fernando Torres, the UST professor who died after joining a marathon, shared on Wednesday her brother's enthusiasm for running.

Kuwait suspect nabbed in PHL confesses IS planned attacks --media

A suspected member of the Islamic State group earlier arrested in the Philippines has confessed to plotting attacks on targets in Kuwait including the US military and a Shiite religious hall, local media reported Wednesday.

De Lima slams 'obnoxious' SolGen for threatening Sabio with disbarment case

Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday slammed Solicitor General Jose Calida for threatening lawyer Jude Sabio with a disbarment case.

Duterte adviser to talk to DOJ about case of Mary Jane Veloso's recruiters- Migrante exec

An adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to talk to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II about the case of the alleged illegal recruiters of convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso, an official of Migrante International said Wednesday.

Direct hiring of OFWs temporarily suspended -Bello

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has ordered the temporary suspension of direct hiring of OFWs pending the result of the investigation on the anomalous deployment of directly hired OFWs not covered by the exemption.

Cop who helped Nobleza find apartment in Bohol denies involvement in 'rescue try' of Abu Sayyaf men

The female police officer who helped Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza find an apartment in Panglao, Bohol has denied that she colluded with the latter in attempting to aid Abu Sayyaf members, a television report said Wednesday.

Activists, farmers tear down walls, watchtower in 500-ha. land in Luisita

Youth activists and farmers on Wednesday trooped to Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac on Wednesday -- smashing walls and bringing down a watch tower inside a 500-hectare land owned byRizal Commercial Banking Corp. -- as they insisted ownership over the property.

US judge blocks Trump sanctuary city order

A US judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's immigration priorities.

US military begins moving THAAD missile defense to S.Korea site -- report

The U.S. military has started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system into a planned deployment site in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, amid high tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.

France's Macron under fire for communication misstep as he eyes Elysee

French presidential favorite Emmanuel Macron came under fire from both potential allies and his run-off rival Marine Le Pen on Tuesday for acting as if victory next month was already in the bag.

Booed in Berlin for praising father, Ivanka Trump says fine-tuning role

Ivanka Trump was booed in Berlin on Tuesday when she described her father Donald as a 'tremendous champion of supporting families' and said she was still fine-tuning her role as first daughter and informal White House adviser.

Death toll in Venezuela's political protests rises to 26

A man was shot dead on Tuesday at a political demonstration in Venezuela's western state of Lara, bringing to 26 the number of deaths since protests against the socialist government began a month ago.

'Corporate genius' at dating Manila congressman Mark Jimenez, pumanaw na

Pumanaw na sa edad 70 nitong Martes ang negosyante at kongresista ng Maynila na si Mark Jimenez. Minsan din tinawag ni dating Pangulo at ngayo'y Manila mayor Joseph Estrada na 'corporate genius” ang kaniyang kaklase na si Jimenez.

Police say 'minimal but necessary force' used on United passenger

A police officer said 'minimal but necessary force' was used to remove a United Airlines customer from a plane in what has become a public relations disaster for the company.

TRO sa 'photobomber' na Torre de Manila, inalis na ng SC

Tuloy na ang pagpapagawa sa kontrobersiyal na Torre De Manila condominium sa Maynila matapos alisin ng The Supreme Court ang ipinataw nitong temporary restraining order nitong Martes. Nabansagang pambansang 'photobomber' ang naturang proyekto dahil agaw-pansin ito sa likod ng monumento ni Jose Rizal ...

Police raid Nobleza's house in Bukidnon, seize firearms, EID parts

Various firearms, ammunition, and improvised explosive device components were seized Monday night at a house in Malaybalay, Bukidnon believed to be owned by Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza.

DMCI to immediately resume construction of Torre De Manila after SC lifts TRO

Consunji-led DMCI Homes Inc. on Tuesday welcomed the favorable ruling of Supreme Court on the controversial construction of its condominium project near the historical Rizal Park in Manila.

Ombudsman: Up to the ICC to push through with case vs. Duterte

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday said it is up to the ICC to decide whether it will hear a case against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ex-DFA chief: PHL should lead ASEAN in taking stand vs. 'illegal' Chinese moves in South China Sea

Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Tuesday called on the Philippines to lead the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in taking a united stand against what he calls China's 'unlawful efforts to expand its footprint” throughout the disputed South China Sea.

Ejercito: Pandi housing units not suitable for 'usual Pinoy family'

The heads of Congress' housing committees agreed that the government housing in Pandi for uniformed personnel may not fit its intended beneficiaries.

Ombudsman reaches 'penultimate' point in filing pork cases vs. solons

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday said her office is close to finishing the filing of cases against lawmakers accused of being involved in the pork barrel scam.

JV Ejercito promises to reform socialized housing

PANDI, Bulacan - Senator JV Ejercito on Tuesday promised Kadamay members that the socialized housing industry will be reformed.

De Lima chides LP solons for rejecting impeach bid vs. Duterte

Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday chided Liberal Party congressmen for deciding not to support the impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives. 

Lookout bulletin issued vs. suspected Korean-American drug supplier Jun No

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered Bureau of Immigration personnel to report to authorities any attempt of suspected Korean-American drug supplier Jun No to leave the country.

AFP chief: Indonesians, Malaysian among fatalities in clash with Maute

The military on Monday has confirmed that three Indonesians and a Malaysian national were among those killed when troops raided a camp of the Maute group in Piagapo, Lanao del Sur last week.

Cayetano defends drug war anew following ICC raps

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano defended the administration's war on drugs anew following the filing of a criminal complaint against him, President Rodrigo Duterte, and 10 other government officials before the International Criminal Court .

Malacañang: Deeply disappointing if ICC believes confessed killer's statements

Malacañang on Tuesday said it would be disappointing if the International Criminal Court would believe the statements of a confessed killer.

Ombudsman asks SC to set rules to define 'inordinate delay' in cases

When exactly does a delay in court cases become 'inordinate?' This was the question raised by the Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday as it urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to come up with guidelines to determine when a case is considered to be suffering from inordinate delay.

Strong quake strikes off Chilean coast, near Santiago -- USGS

A major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck off the west coast of Chile on Monday, near the capital Santiago, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Church experts to inspect Batangas basilica

Lipa Archbishop Gilbert Garcera said further structural study is needed for the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, according to a news report posted on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines website.

Former Haiti coup leader pleads guilty in US drug case

The leader of a 2004 coup that toppled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide pleaded guilty on Monday to a money laundering charge related to an international drug trafficking scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

ICC unveils arrest warrant against ex-Kadhafi Libyan security chief

The International Criminal Court Monday unsealed an arrest warrant for Libya's former security chief, accusing him of war crimes in 2011 during the regime of late dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Thailand approves $393M purchase of Chinese submarines

Thailand's cabinet has approved the first of three planned submarine purchases from China worth $393 million, a government spokesman said on Monday.

China's first home-built aircraft carrier ready for launch

China will launch its first home-built aircraft carrier, Type 001A, as part of its strengthened naval forces.

Obama says ready to train new leaders in first post-presidency speech

Former US president Barack Obama returned to the public spotlight Monday, saying he hopes to spend the next phase of his life helping to 'prepare the next generation of leadership.'

Alejano: Chinese Navy harassed Bataan fishermen

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano on Monday said Filipino fishermen were harassed not by a Chinese Coast Guard speedboat but by a Chinese Navy ship in Mariveles, Bataan last week.

Federalism is the last chance to resolve Mindanao conflict - former chief justice

A federal form of government may be the last chance for the Philippines to resolve the decades-long conflict in Mindanao, former Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno said Monday.

Panelo says complaint vs. Duterte at ICC will fail

A Malacaang official on Monday said he believes the complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte at the International Criminal Court will not prosper as the administration's campaign against illegal drugs is not a crime against humanity.

Pacquiao calls for probe on road safety following Nueva Ecija bus mishap

Senator Manny Pacquiao has filed a resolution calling for a legislative probe on the government's road safety policies and regulations, following the Nueva Ecija bus accident that killed more than 30 people.

Top officials, allies in Congress included in ICC raps vs. Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte's top allies in both the executive and the legislative branches of government were included in the raps filed against him before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Andanar: Piol apologized for calling Palace media ops 'slow'

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday revealed that Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol had apologized for saying that Malacaang's media operations were 'slow.”