‘Good Samaritan’ in Philippine Student Death Now ‘Person of Interest’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine officials have said the so-called “good samaritan” who reportedly found the body of a dead student in Manila is now a person of interest. John Paul Solano said he found Horacio Castillo III dead in the street from what authorities now suspect are hazing injuries. Castillo was a law student … Continued

Filipino Lawmakers Ask for Immunity for Traffic Violations

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Filipino Majority House Leader Rodolfo Fariñas has asked for immunity for lawmakers who commit minor traffic violations while on their way to work in Quezon City. During a House transportation hearing on Monday, Sept. 18, he said police officers should assist Congress members, not arrest them. For example, he said, if … Continued

Davao Police to Replace Caloocan City Cops

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine National Police will be replacing the more than 1,000-strong Caloocan police force with officers from Davao City. The entire Caloocan police force was relieved of duty last week after the deaths of teenagers in anti-drug operations and the warrantless raid of a house. Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela … Continued

Duterte Invites UN to Monitor Anti-Drug Operations

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has invited the United Nations Human Rights Council to monitor the police’s anti-drug raids for themselves. Duterte’s administration lashed out at the council last week after its high commissioner said he was gravely concerned by Duterte’s open support for a shoot-to-kill policy. Duterte told reporters on Sept. … Continued

Suspected Hazing Injuries Cause Philippine Law Student’s Death

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Passersby found a Philippine law student dead in the street from what authorities suspect are hazing injuries. Horacio Castillo III was a 22-year-old law student at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He reportedly told his parents he was going to the Juris Aegis fraternity welcoming party on Saturday … Continued

Massive Fire on Boracay Island Destroys More Than 150 Businesses

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A massive fire on the Philippines’ Boracay Island burned down more than 150 businesses. The inferno broke out the morning of Monday, Sept. 18 and raged for at least five hours. The fire destroyed souvenir shops, restaurants, grocery stores and boarding houses at the popular D’Talipapa-Boracay in Sitio Manggayad. Five homes … Continued

Duterte Declares National Day of Protest

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to close schools and government offices nationwide on Thursday. Demonstrators had planned rallies to protest the president’s violent war on drugs and Duterte responded by inviting others who wanted to protest the government to join on Sept. 21. Duterte said the day won’t be holiday, … Continued

Philippine Troops Rescue Marawi Priest

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines have rescued a kidnapped priest and one other hostage from militants in Marawi City. Father Chito Soganub appeared in good health alongside Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and armed forces chief Eduardo Año at a press conference on Monday Sept. 18. Soganub and a teacher who … Continued

Entire Caloocan Police Force Relieved

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The entire Caloocan police force in the Philippines was relieved from duty. Chief of National Capital Region Police Office, Oscar Albayalde, broke the news on September 15 during an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel. Albayalde said substations 2, 4 and 7 were first to be relieved. The other substations will follow in … Continued