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Mary Jane Veloso Spared From Execution In Indonesia

Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina drug convict who was to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia today, has been spared at the eleventh hour, reports say.

According to Indonesian TV reports, eight of the nine scheduled executions pushed through. Veloso reportedly received a last-minute reprieve after Maria Kristina Sergio, the woman who allegedly tricked her into bringing a luggage with illegal drugs into Indonesia, turned herself in to authorities in the Philippines Tuesday morning.

Veloso was arrested at the Yogyakarta Airport in 2010 after she was found carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin in her luggage. She, however, denied being a drug mule, saying she was tricked into bringing the luggage by Sergio without knowing it had illegal drugs.

2 Die From Drinking 'Contaminated' Milk Tea In Manila

Two people died while another remains hospitalized after drinking a contaminated milk tea at a teashop in Manila.

Authorities say Suzaine Dagohoy, 28, and Arnold Aydalla, 34, ordered Hokkaido Milk Tea in Ergo Cha Milk Tea House in Sampaloc at around 11am on Thursday. After noticing its unpleasant taste, the dating couple immediately returned it to the store's owner, 57-year old William Abrigo, who then took a sip of the product.

Dagohoy lost her consciousness just a few minutes later. Aydalla tried to help his girlfriend but he also collapsed. Abrigo, meanwhile, fell unconscious inside his store.

The three were taken to a nearby hospital where Dagohoy and Abrigo died.

Aydalla is still confined in the hospital and is now in stable condition.

The police are now waiting for the results of the autopsy to determine the cause of the deaths.

Araw Ng Kagitingan Pay Rules And Other Benefits

Araw Ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor is being celebrated in the Philippines on the 9th of April each year. It is considered as a regular holiday and thus workers in both public and private sectors are entitled of some benefits on that day

According to the Department of Labor and Employment, if the employee did not work on Araw ng Kagitingan, he/she shall be paid 100% of his/her salary for that day [(Daily Rate + Cost Of Living Allowance or COLA) x 100%]. While if he went to work, he/she shall receive 200% of his/her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours [(Daily rate + COLA) x 200%).

For a work done in excess of eight hours, (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her hourly rate on said day. (Hourly Rate of the basic daily wage x 200% x 130% x number of hours worked).

It added that for work done during a regular holiday that falls on a worker’s rest, or off, day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her daily rate of 200% [(Daily Rat…

Pope Francis In Philippines: Itinerary And Live Streaming

Pope Francis is set to embark on his first Apostolic Journey to the Philippines on January 15-19, bringing with him God's message of mercy and compassion to the Filipino people, especially the victims of Typhoon Yolanda that hit the country in 2013.

During the five-day visit, the pontiff is scheduled to meet with the nation’s bishops, priests, seminarians, members of the religious, youth, and families in separate activities, apart from celebrating a holy mass at the Quirino Grandstand which is expected to gather a huge number of the Filipino Catholic faithful.

Pope Francis will also fly to Tacloban and Palo, Leyte where he will interact with typhoon survivors. While in the province, the pope will also bless the construction site of the new chapel of Pope Francis Center for the Poor and preside a eucharistic celebration at the Tacloban International Airport open field.

Below is the complete itinerary of Pope Francis in the Philippines:

January 15, 2015 (Thursday)
5:45pm    Arrival …

Bukidnon Bus Bombing Leaves 11 Dead, 42 Wounded

A bus bombing in Bukidnon killed 11 people and wounded 42 others on Tuesday afternoon, December 9, 2014.

Authorities said the bomb went off just moments after the Rural Transit bus picked up some travelers and student commuters at a bus stop near Central Mindanao University (CMU) main gate in the town of Maramag at around 5:40pm.

Nine of the 11 dead passengers were identified as Kim Valiente, 17, of Malaybalay City; Anita Santillan, 54, of Dologon, Maramag, Bukidnon; Catherine Villahermosa; Johnrey Valdesco; John Bernard Cuhanap; Jonathan Balida; Marielle Achacoso, 17, of Kalasungay, Malaybalay City; Niezel Dee Gonzaga, 22, of Hagkol, Valencia City; and Michael Buctos of Purok 5, South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon.

The said bus departed Banisilan in North Cotabato at about 2:15 p.m. passing by Wao in Lanao del Sur before it headed towards Maramag. Its final destination would have been Cagayan de Oro City.

Just over a month ago, 4 individuals sustained injuries when a bomb, concealed …

Jennifer Laude's German Boyfriend Marc Sueselbeck Violated Philippine Law - AFP

German Marc Sueselbeck, boyfriend of murdered Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, might be in trouble for climbing the fence of a military facility on Wednesday.

According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Sueselbeck violated the Presidential Decree No. 1227, or the law Punishing Unlawful Entry into Any Military Base in the Philippines when he climbed the perimeter fence of the MDB-SEB facility in Camp Aguinaldo where murder suspect US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton is detained.

The AFP said it will submit a letter to the German Embassy and the Bureau of Immigration regarding the German national's misbehavior, claiming Sueselbeck also assaulted the on-duty Filipino soldier guarding the holding facility by forcefully shoving him.

"We also like to ascertain through the German Embassy the true identity and pertinent background information about Mr Sueselbeck whose misbehavior caught the attention of Philippine authorities," it said. "It …

Fetus In Fetu: 2-Year-Old Boy's Twin Found In His Stomach

Doctors in Pandan, Antique found a fetus inside a 2-year-old boy's stomach. The fetus is believed to be the child's embryonic twin absorbed into his abdomen when they were both in the womb.

The phenomenon is called "fetus in fetu" which occurs in about one of every 500,000 live births.

"Fetus in fetu" takes place at the very early stage of twin pregnancy, when one fetus wraps around and envelops the other. The dominant fetus grows, while the fetus that would have been its twin lives on throughout the pregnancy, feeding off its host twin like a kind of parasite. Usually, both twins die before birth from the strain of sharing a placenta but sometimes the host twin survives just like the case in Antique and about a dozen more that have reported by the media over the years.

The little boy, whose name has not been released publicly, was supposed to get a surgery to remove the fetus from his stomach last year but because of Typhoon Yolanda his parents failed to …

Free Mobile Internet For Smart, TNT And Sun Prepaid Subscribers Launched

Starting September 26, prepaid subscribers of Smart, Talk N' Text and Sun Cellular will now be able to access mobile internet for free. The offer will end on November 30, 2014.

Subscribers only have to have a minimum cellphone load balance of P1 or to be currently subscribed to a load promo. To activate the free internet, subscribers must register daily by sending FREE to 9999.

The free internet access covers most websites and mobile apps but excludes video streaming websites (Youtube, Vimeo), VOIP apps (FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, Skype, Viber, Tango), messaging apps (Whatsapp, WeChat, Line, Viber) and peer-to-peer file-sharing sites and apps like Bittorrent.

Data usage is limited to 30Mb per day which will allow the subscriber to do the following:
    20 social media posts with photo    50 web pages loads    20 plain emails    15 minutes of music streaming Speed will depend on several factors, such as the device/handset being used, the location and the time of use of the subscrib…

Mayon Volcano Alert Status Upgraded To Level 3

Mayon Volcano's alert status has been raised to Level 3 by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Monday night, September 15, 2014.

According to Phivolcs, Alert Level 3 means Mayon Volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks.

Phivolcs says that a noticeable escalation of unrest was recorded by the Mayon Volcano monitoring network from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Monday, with 39 rockfall events that are ascribed to incipient breaching of the growing summit lava dome across the southeastern crater rim, and 32 low frequency volcanic earthquakes that indicate magma intrusion and/or volcanic gas activity, have been detected.

Crater glow has also become observable, indicating incandescence of the crater from molten lava and hot volcanic gas, it adds.

The government agency, therefore, recommends that the 6-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano and the 7-km Exte…

Bystander Saves Child From Hostage Taker In Surigao City (Video)

A video of a dramatic rescue by a bystander to a young girl from her hostage taker is currently getting viral online.

The cellphone footage shows the bystander taking the chance to grab the hostage taker's hand that holds a knife while the latter is busy shouting some words. After which, other men swarm the hostage taker to make sure that child is safe. They then maul the criminal.

In the later part of the video, the hostage taker is seen being handcuffed by police officers.

The brave savior is believed to be an employee of Palma Store, where the hostage taking took place.

Check out the said viral video below:
We are still getting more information about the incident.

Cebu Sinkhole 2014: Huge Hole Opens Up In Bantayan (Video)

A sinkhole was discovered in Bantayan, Cebu on Saturday, July 26.

Officials said the 40x40 feet sinkhole appeared in Sitio Dapdap, Barangay Langub, Kinatarkan Island, Sta. Fe town in Bantayan.

The local government unit has since erected a 200-meter perimeter fence around the sinkhole and has evacuated residents to a safer area.

A team from the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office is now assisting the 30 families who were affected.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Office of Civil Defense is expected to conduct an assessment on the sinkhole to determine the next actions that can be done.

Kinatarkan Island is one-hour boat ride away from the mainland town of Sta. Fe.

Check out a video of the sinkhole below:

Philippine Holidays In 2015 Announced

The Philippine Holidays in 2015 have been declared by President Benigno Aquino III.

On Wednesday, the MalacaƱang released a copy of Proclamation No. 831 which declares the national holidays to be observed for the year 2015.

The proclamation, signed by the President on July 17, listed 18 holidays, with eight long weekends to be expected next year.

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day - 1January (Thursday)
Maundy Thursday          - 2April
Good Friday                   - 3April
Araw ng Kagitingan       - 9April (Thursday)
Labor Day                      - 1May (Friday)
Independence Day         - 12June (Friday)
National Heroes Day     -  31August (Monday)
Bonifacio Day               -  30November (Monday)
Christmas Day               -  25December (Friday)
Rizal Day                       -  30December (Wed)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year         -19February (Thursday)
Black Saturday              -4April
Ninoy Aquino Day        -21August (Friday)
All Saints Day              …

Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr Appointed As Next AFP Chief

Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang, Jr. has been appointed as the next Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) replacing General Emmanuel T. Bautista who is set to retire on Friday, July 18.

A member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Dimalupig’ Class 1981, LtGen. Catapang is currently acting as the Vice Chief of Staff of the AFP, a position he held since May. He was the former Commander of the Northern Luzon Command​ and​ 7th Infantry Division. 

There will be a Testimonial Parade and Review on Friday at the General Headquarters parade ground in honor of outgoing Chief of Staff General Bautista, followed by a Change of Command Ceremony to be attended by AFP Commander in Chief and President Benigno S. Aquino III.

July 29, 2014 Holiday In The Philippines

July 29, 2014 is going to be a regular holiday in the Philippines.

President Benigno Aquino III has just signed Proclamation No. 826 which declares Tuesday, July 29, 2014 a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid'l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan).

The declaration of the holiday aims promote cultural understanding and integration and to bring the religious and cultural significance of the said Muslim holiday to the fore of national consciousness.

According to Section 1 of Republic Act No. 9177, the approximate date of Eid’l Fitr may be determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.

Eidul Fitr is the first day marking the end of the 30-day fasting period of Ramadan.

'Dead' Filipino Girl Comes Back To Life During Church Funeral In Zamboanga Del Sur

A 3-year-old girl woke up during her own funeral at a church in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur on Saturday.

A source told NoypiStuff that the toddler was declared clinically dead at a local health clinic at around 9 am on Friday, which prompted her family to arrange her funeral at 1pm the next day.

During the funeral mass prior to her burial, her family went into commotion when they noticed that the little girl started to move her head --they also felt the child's pulse. And thus, her father immediately took her out the coffin and cuddled her in his arms.

Below is a video of the jaw-dropping incident over the weekend:
Update: On Monday, Dr. Mary Silyne Asor-Cabahug, the Municipal Health Officer of Aurora, used a cardiac monitor to assess the condition of the 3-year-old girl who came back to life at her own funeral. She found no signs of life and confirmed that the child is dead. Dr. Cabahug advised the kid's parents to bury the dead body soon to prevent diseases.

Post by Noypistuff

Miriam Defensor Santiago Suffers From Lung Cancer

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago revealed Wednesday that she is suffering from lung cancer.

In a press conference at the Senate, the 69-year-old feisty senator said she has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the left lung.

"I have come so you can see me personally before cancer ravages my body," she said. "I'm not afraid of cancer. There is nothing I'm afraid of."

She further stated that her cancer is not metastatic or has not spread to other parts of her body and she hopes to be cured after a 6-week medical treatment.

"[My stage 4 cancer] is not metastatic, as you know metastatic is just a high word for spreading. It is not spreading. If you know that cancer has already metastasized, the only cure is chemotherapy and the chances are very low but in my case they are very, very well behaved. I believe I’ve been disciplined all my life. Even my cancer cells are showing excellent discipline," she quipped.

Sen. Santiago's revelation stunned t…

Tornado In Cebu April 8, 2014 (Video)

A "tornado" struck Cebu City on Tuesday afternoon, April 8, 2014.

According to the Philippine Information Agency, the tornado was seen coming from the South Road Properties and passed by Barangays Mambaling, Tisa, Labangon and Alaska.

"The tornado, shaped like a ball, darkened the skies in areas it passed over in Cebu City and caused power fluctuation at Senior Citizens Building," it said.

Mambaling experienced worst damage as roofs were toppled down and electrical wirings were cut, Simeon Romarate, Director of Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said.

Via its official Twitter account, Visayan Electric Co. ‏said emergency crews were deployed to check the damage of the tornado in Mambaling area.

The Philippine Star, meanwhile, reported that the tornado damaged 29 houses and a sports complex.

Check out a video footage of the Cebu City tornado below:

Mall Of Asia Martilyo Gang Robbery Leaves One Hurt

The notorious Martilyo gang staged a robbery at a jewelry store in SM Mall of Asia on Sunday evening, leaving one person injured.

"At 7:14 PM this evening the Martilyo gang had stuck a jewelry counter at SM Store in MOA," SM said in a statement. "The police are already present in the area to conduct a thorough investigation. The mall is working closely with the PNP to resolve this."

The mall operation was back to normal two hours later after the incident was contained, it added.

In an interview with GMA News TV, Senior Superintendent Florencio Ortilla, Pasay City Police chief, said five men robbed the store. He added that the thieves exchanged fire with the policemen in the area. One of the suspects was arrested inside a restaurant, while the rest got away.

According to reports, a male mall employee got wounded from a gunshot. He was brought to a hospital for treatment.

Other details about the incident are currently being investigated.

Summer Jobs For Students Offered By DOLE And DepED

Students can now apply for summer jobs offered by the government.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are now accepting applications for the 2014 edition of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), an annual summer employment program that encourages students to make their vacation productive by working during summer thereby earning extra which they can use during regular school days.

Qualifications to be accepted as a SPES Trainee are the following:
1. Students/out-of-school youth who are at least 18 years old but not more than 25 years old;
2. He/she must be enrolled this school year (in-school) or if not, must have intention to enroll next school year (out-of-school);
3. The combined annual net income of both parents must not exceed Php 143,000; and
4. Applicants must possess office skills with priority given to those with computer-related skills.

The following requirements must be accomplished for the SPES applicat…

Ruby Tuason Yet To Undergo State Witness Procedure

Ruby Tuason, a former social secretary of former President Joseph Estrada who is a potential state witness in the Pork Barrel scam, will undergo normal procedures in the case, MalacaƱang said Saturday.

According to Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, Tuason has to meet some requirements before she could become a state witness.

"We have laws and standards to observe. For any criminal offense where a person who participated in the crime (and) whose participation is not the most guilty, the law allows them to testify and shed truth to the matter," he told the state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Tuason submitted an affidavit to the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday, the day she arrived from the United States. In the document, she said she acted as a conduit for the kickbacks of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada derived from the senators’ own Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

The Ribbon Committee PDAF scam investigation will resume next week. Committee chai…