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HR firm warns of Facebook page using its credentials to lure job applicants
MANILA, Philippines --- Manpower Group Philippines, a human resource company, warns that a page on Facebook --- named Global Hire International --- has been using its credentials and pretending to part of it to lure job seekers into applying. Global Hire sends e-mails using the name of Prime Manpower Resources Development Inc., which is under the management of Manpower Group. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Manpower Group said it had not opened any job vacancies or job orders for Canada with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). "It has come to our attention that certain individuals have posted in a Facebook group, Global Hire International, overseas empl...Keep on reading: HR firm warns of Facebook page using its credentials to lure job applicants
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Groups urge DOH, FDA to stop asking funds from foreign groups trying to sway PH policies
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should stop soliciting money from foreign charities such as Bloomberg Philanthropies so that they could be objective in regulating electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs), consumer advocacy and industry groups said in a statement issued on Wednesday. According to the statement, the FDA admitted during a congressional probe last March 16 that it applied for a grant in 2016 from a foreign anti-tobacco organization --- the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), which is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies --- to fund the drafting of vape an...Keep on reading: Groups urge DOH, FDA to stop asking funds from foreign groups trying to sway PH policies
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Bear Grylls plucks ‘The Falcon,’ ‘Machete’ stars out of their comfort zones
It may be the "wrong" TV show to get emotional about---after all, "Running Wild With Bear Grylls" is a survival-skills adventure series that features megastars tagging along its dashing 46-year-old host as they're pushed beyond their physical and mental limits. But, the show is as compelling for its do-or-die pursuits as it is for the intimate scenes capturing celebrities at their most "emotionally" vulnerable. In his previous adventures, Bear's lineup of guests is a veritable who's who of movie stars and public figures, including Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Shaquille O'Neal, Roger Federer, Brie Larson, Cara Delevingne and former US President Barack Obama....Keep on reading: Bear Grylls plucks ‘The Falcon,’ ‘Machete’ stars out of their comfort zones
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Front-line nurse shocked, touched by Taylor Swift gift
An American flight nurse says she was shocked and touched to receive a surprise gift box and personal note from music star Taylor Swift thanking her for her work in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Britta Thomason, who heads the Air Evac Lifeteam base in Dublin, Georgia, last month gave an interview to a local newspaper about her job, in which she said she liked to listen to Swift's music when relaxing. A few weeks later, Thomason, a member of the Nurse Navigation Line for Global Medical Response crews sent to New York and New Jersey last year, received an answerphone message from the singer's representatives about a package being delivered to her. A day later, a big bo...Keep on reading: Front-line nurse shocked, touched by Taylor Swift gift
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2-part story about doomed romance in Dan Ombao’s music videos
Singer Dan Ombao presents a two-part narrative about failed romance in the newly released music videos for his "hugot" songs "Saranggola" and "Muling Maramdaman." The video for his latest single "Saranggola"---which explores one's emotions upon seeing the inevitable end of a relationship---serves as the first part of the story, depicting a couple who is going through a rough patch. On the other hand, the video for his debut single "Muling Maramdaman" continues the tale by showing someone's struggles in coping with the loss of a lover. Both music videos were directed by Dan Orozco. The ex-"Idol Philippines" finalist is set to release an EP that will comprise five tracks, incl...Keep on reading: 2-part story about doomed romance in Dan Ombao’s music videos
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Vivamax titles on SkyCable
SkyCable subscribers can soon enjoy Viva's recent hit offerings, such as "Paglaki Ko, Gusto Kong Maging Pornstar," "Kung Pwede Lang: The Rantserye," "Parang Kayo Pero Hindi" and more on Vivamax via subscription. Vivamax is Viva Entertainment's newest streaming app that offers subscribers access to its vast library of Philippine and Hollywood movies, K-dramas, concerts and documentaries for only P149 a month, which SkyCable or Sky Fiber subscribers can charge to their monthly billing starting April 15. Lovers of K-drama can catch "Exit," "Love Forecast," "Ashfall," "Bounty Hunters," as well as the world premiere of the highly anticipated Korean sci-fi film "Seobok," starring Gon...Keep on reading: Vivamax titles on SkyCable
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Jovelyn Gonzaga waives slot in national team tryouts
  MANILA, Philippines -- After representing the country on the international stage countless of times, Jovelyn Gonzaga has decided to beg off from the national team tryouts this year. Gonzaga revealed her decision in an Instagram post Wednesday evening as she expressed her gratitude to the team and the program. "Maraming salamat sa tiwala, pag-aalaga at pagmamahal (Thank you for the trust, care and love). Thank you. Good luck Philippine indoor volleyball!" she wrote on Instagram. "For now it's time for me to take a new route. Bigay na natin 'to sa mas karapat-dapat," she also said on her Instagram story.   View this post on Instagram...Keep on reading: Jovelyn Gonzaga waives slot in national team tryouts
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Duterte not ready to grant plea for shortened quarantine for returning OFWs
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte hinted on Wednesday that he was not ready to grant a request for returning overseas Filipino workers to be allowed to cut short their quarantine so that they could go home earlier. Currently, OFWs are required first to go on 14-day quarantine and have a negative COVID-19 test result before they could be allowed to return to the Philippines. However, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asked Duterte during Wednesday's pre-recorded briefing if the quarantine could be shortened as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was already overwhelmed by the huge number of OFWs who wanted to come home. "I'm quite not comfortable with ...Keep on reading: Duterte not ready to grant plea for shortened quarantine for returning OFWs
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Vanessa Sarno continues impressive streak to become Asian weightlifting champ
MANILA, Philippines---Vanessa Sarno showed everybody in the IWF Asian Championships proof of her ability to become the next weightlifting celebrity from the Philippines. The 17-year-old reigning Asian junior champion hoisted 128 kilograms in the clean and jerk to seal her triumph in the women's 71kg final of the continental meet Wednesday night in Turkmenistan. Sarno's final lift put her safely ahead with a total of 229 kilograms that resulted in a pair of gold medals after carrying 101 kilograms earlier in the snatch, which was good for a silver performance. "She's the reigning Asian junior champion. It was really impressive since she ruled the seniors division of her weigh...Keep on reading: Vanessa Sarno continues impressive streak to become Asian weightlifting champ
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DOH experts: Asymptomatic in-bound travelers may be quarantined for 10 days
MANILA, Philippines --- Department of Health (DOH) experts said on Wednesday that returning overseas Filipinos could be quarantined for only 10 days as long as they are asymptomatic all the way through. This was their response to the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) request for returning old policies where returning Filipinos are tested for COVID-19 as soon as they get to the airport rather than on the fifth day. "We can shorten the duration of quarantine from 14 days if there are no symptoms to the end of 10 days, basta walang (as long as there are no) symptoms, we can do it 10 days," infectious disease expert Dr. Edsel Salvaa, a member of the DOH's technical advisory g...Keep on reading: DOH experts: Asymptomatic in-bound travelers may be quarantined for 10 days
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Cop dead, 2 others wounded in Cotabato town drug raid
COTABATO CITY---A policeman was killed and two others were wounded in a pre-dawn operation against drug suspects in the town of Alamada, Cotabato province on Wednesday (April 21). Police said Patrolman Emmanuel David Vales, of the Alamada municipal police office, was dead on the spot while his companions---Sgt. James Byron Lagarto and Patrolman Mario Rapusas---were wounded during the operation. Maj. Sunny Leoncito, Alamada town police chief, said Vales' team, backed by several Army soldiers, were sent to serve a search warrant for illegal drugs on a certain Pilong Salangan at the village Guiling past 3 a.m. on Wednesday. But Salangan and other suspects resisted arrest and opened f...Keep on reading: Cop dead, 2 others wounded in Cotabato town drug raid
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DOLE chief wants old testing protocols back, citing depleting gov’t funds
MANILA, Philippines --- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has proposed returning the old quarantine and testing protocols where inbound overseas Filipinos are tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport, citing government's dwindling resources. In a pre-recorded meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, Bello said overseas Filipinos are complaining about their length of stay in quarantine facilities due to the recent protocol requiring them to only get tested on the fifth day of their isolation. READ: Gov't requires all inbound passengers to get tested on 5th day of quarantine "Kami po nakikiusap sana Mr. President, kung maaari, we go back to the original protocol. Na pagdat...Keep on reading: DOLE chief wants old testing protocols back, citing depleting gov’t funds
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Adelaide assures no conflict as Kai Sotto reaffirms Gilas committment
MANILA, Philippines---The Adelaide 36ers gave an assurance that there won't be any scheduling problems once Kai Sotto gets called up for national team duties. Sotto, who has yet to make his debut in the senior Gilas Pilipinas team, announced on Wednesday that he's joining the 36ers in Australia's National Basketball League after he left G League Ignite in February of this year. Adelaide general manager Jeff Van Gronigen said the team is used to working with the Boomers in the past as center Isaac Humphries and guard Josh Giddey also play for the national team. "Our club works with the Philippine national team program," said Van Gronigen in a virtual press conference. "We are used to...Keep on reading: Adelaide assures no conflict as Kai Sotto reaffirms Gilas committment
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Philippine Airlines joins global trial for COVID-19 digital passport 
MANILA, Philippines--Philippine Airlines (PAL) is joining a global trial for the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) COVID-19 digital passport---part of a worldwide effort to safely ease travel restrictions. PAL said in a statement on Wednesday (April 21) that the trial period for the IATA Travel Pass mobile app will runon select dates from May to June 2021 for flights from Manila to Los Angeles and Singapore. The Travel Pass program aims to create a digital health ID based on standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. IATA said the program hopes to provide governments "the confidence to open borders." "We want to make it simple for our customers to trav...Keep on reading: Philippine Airlines joins global trial for COVID-19 digital passport 
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NUJP reminds journos: Be sensitive with questions over red-tagging issues
  MANILA, Philippines --- The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has reminded journalists to be more sensitive and respectful when they ask questions, especially about red-tagging. NUJP said on Tuesday that they understood that sometimes reporters need to press hard questions. However, the group stressed that this should be done in a way that does not "add credence" to red-tagging allegations. The issue came after Ana Patricia Non, the organizer of the Maginhawa Food Pantry, was forced to close down the initiative due to fears of being red-tagged. However, during a press conference, a reporter asked Non whether she really had links with communist groups...Keep on reading: NUJP reminds journos: Be sensitive with questions over red-tagging issues
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PH’s Vanessa Sarno wins 2 gold medals Asian Weightlifting Championships
MANILA, Philippines--Filipino weightlifter Vanessa Sarno ruled the women's 71-kilogram division of the 2021 Asian Weightlifting Championships, plucking two golds and a silver medal on Wednesday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Sarno lifted her way to the top of the podium with a total of 229 kg, besting Turkmenistan's Gulbanat Kadyrova (223 kg) and Kazakhstan's Yekatarina Bykova (213kg) in the overall count. The 17-year-old from Tagbilaran, Bohol dominated the clean and jerk portion of the competition with a lift of 128 kg. She finished second behind Kadyrova in snatch, registering 101 kg and kilogram less than the top finisher. Widely seen as heir to Hidilyn Diaz's throne as th...Keep on reading: PH’s Vanessa Sarno wins 2 gold medals Asian Weightlifting Championships
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‘Nanlaban’ in Cotabato City: 3 drug suspects dead in buy-bust operation
COTABATO CITY---Three drug suspects were killed in a buy-bust operation here on Tuesday (April 20). Capt. Rustom Pastolero, Cotabato City police station 2 chief, said the operation was conducted around 11 a.m. at the village of Rosary Heights 7 where the suspects also lived and allegedly peddled crystal meth. The slain suspects were identified as Motalib Sumurang, 35, Benjie Fortich, 38, and Saidamen Kasanguan, 26. Pastolero said a police undercover agent bought three packets of meth from one of the suspects who sensed he was dealing with a law enforcer, pulled out a gun and opened fire. A brief clash ensued between the suspects and policemen which led to the death of one of the su...Keep on reading: ‘Nanlaban’ in Cotabato City: 3 drug suspects dead in buy-bust operation
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GenSan mayor’s resort closed for COVID-19 protocol violations
GENERAL SANTOS CITY---A city government official has ordered the temporary closure of a beach resort, owned by the city mayor's family, after it hosted a party that violated COVID-19 health protocols on Saturday (April 17). Policemen escorted city officials in serving the closure order on Monday (April 19) on the resort owned by the family of Mayor Ronnel Rivera. Geraldine Zamora, head of the city licensing and permits office, said officials decided to temporarily suspend the license to operate of Tropicana Beach Resort at the village of Tambler for violations of health protocols. The resort hosted the party dubbed "Rise Up Reggae Night Jam in Celebration of 4:20," which the local Int...Keep on reading: GenSan mayor’s resort closed for COVID-19 protocol violations
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4 dead, 7 rescued, 9 missing in Surigao del Norte sea mishap at height of Bising
BUTUAN CITY---Coast Guard men in Surigao del Norte continued to search for nine missing crew members of a landing craft vessel which nearly capsized in waters off Surigao del Norte amid strong winds brought by Typhoon Bising on Sunday (April 18). Elaine R. Pangilinan, Surigao del Norte Coast Guard station commander, said the boat, loaded with mineral ore from Tubay town, Agusan del Norte province, was moored near the coast but the chain of its anchor broke amid the heavy battering of strong winds and big waves. The vessel tilted as water flowed in, prompting the crew to abandon ship, Pangilinan said. "We received several calls for help on Monday morning claiming they were the crew of ...Keep on reading: 4 dead, 7 rescued, 9 missing in Surigao del Norte sea mishap at height of Bising
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More workplace infections found as Zambales COVID-19 tally balloons to 1,599
SAN ANTONIO, Zambales--- At least 14 new COVID-19 cases were added to the growing list of infections in Zambales province, which were mostly traced to workplaces, according to officials on Tuesday (April 20). Three of the new cases involved firefighters based in the town of Botolan, said Dr. Noel Bueno, provincial health director, in his daily advisory. Bueno said the other cases included those of a security guard at a remittance center and a call center agent in the capital town of Iba, a nurse in Botolan and an accounting manager in San Narciso town. Most of the patients experienced mild COVID-19 symptoms, like cold, fever and cough. They are now being treated at the President Ramo...Keep on reading: More workplace infections found as Zambales COVID-19 tally balloons to 1,599
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SC to stream online oral arguments on 37 petitions vs anti-terror law
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court will resume oral argument via videoconference on the 37 petitions challenging the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Atty. Brian Keith Hosaka, the High Court's public information chief and spokesperson, said that this is the first time ever that oral arguments would be streamed online. The oral argument will resume on April 27, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. Due to public health concerns, the high court, in its advisory, said that the rest of the oral arguments will also be done via video conferencing. "This arrangement shall be pro hac vice [for this case only] vis-a-vis these consolidated cases," read the advisory released Wednesday. Oral argument on th...Keep on reading: SC to stream online oral arguments on 37 petitions vs anti-terror law
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China ships control PH EEZ off Pangasinan, Zambales but let Filipinos fish
DAGUPAN CITY---Some fishermen in the town of Infanta, Pangasinan province reported seeing a "peaceful co-existence" between Filipino and Chinese fishermen at the Scarborough Shoal and expressed hope that tension in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) would not escalate. "The Chinese fishermen are not driving us away from the shoal and our fishing boats can stay there without disturbance," said Eric Naboa, president of Cato Infanta Fishermen's Association Inc. in a phone interview with Inquirer on Wednesday (April 21). "But there are still some parts that are off limits to us," Naboa said. The group has at least 100 members, most of whom are small boat owners. President Rodrigo Duterte on...Keep on reading: China ships control PH EEZ off Pangasinan, Zambales but let Filipinos fish
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UEFA chief wants to ‘rebuild unity’ after Super League debacle
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said he wanted to "rebuild the unity" of the European football body on Wednesday after six English clubs back-tracked on plans to join the rebel Super League. The withdrawal by Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, just two days after the league's unveiling, left just six Spanish and Italian teams involved. "I said yesterday that it is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake," Ceferin said in a statement. "But they are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game. "The important thing now ...Keep on reading: UEFA chief wants to ‘rebuild unity’ after Super League debacle
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With new skatepark, Margielyn Didal intensifies build up for Tokyo bid
MANILA, Philippines---Olympic hopeful Margielyn Didal now has the opportunity to train on a skatepark she designed herself in preparation for competitions leading to Tokyo. The 2018 Asian Games gold medalist saw the completion of the custom-built skatepark located in Soul Sierra in Cebu, inspired by Red Bull facilities in the United States. "It's a great way to efficiently maximize the potential of an athlete. It's just a great facility to practice in instead of us spending the money and effort to travel to another country," said Carl Sambrano, President of the National Skateboarding Association. "Regionally, the Philippines is number one. We have the most medals than any other coun...Keep on reading: With new skatepark, Margielyn Didal intensifies build up for Tokyo bid
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Army finds arms cache believed left by NPA in Albay town
LEGAZPI CITY -- Government forces found an arms cache that the military said was left by communist guerrillas in the town of Oas, Albay province on Wednesday (April 21). Capt. John Paul Belleza, public affairs chief of the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division, said while soldiers from the 49th Infantry Battalion were on combat operations, some villagers reported seeing suspicious materials left by New People's Army guerrillas at the village of San Antonio in Oas around 3 a.m. Belleza said among the high-powered firearms found were a caliber 5.56 Bushmaster sniper rifle and a caliber 5.56 Colt AR-15. Also found were magazines, ammunition, bandoliers and other materials. Army soldier...Keep on reading: Army finds arms cache believed left by NPA in Albay town
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Bishop Emeritus Antonio Palang; 74
CITY OF CALAPAN---Bishop Emeritus Antonio Palang, SVD, died on Wednesday (April 21) following a cardiac arrest in Cebu City, according to the secretariat of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. He was 74. Palang was bishop in Occidental Mindoro from May 31, 2002 to February 2016. Bishop William David Antonio replaced him as apostolic administrator of Occidental Mindoro. He was also assigned to St. Augustine Minor Seminary in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro in the early 1970s and 1980s. He was ordained on July 8, 1972. The late Pope John Paul II appointed him apostolic administrator of the Vicariate Apostolic of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 26, 2000. On March 1,...Keep on reading: Bishop Emeritus Antonio Palang; 74
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Business travelers are increasingly willing to give up flying
Will taking the plane for a business trip soon become a thing of the past? The need for business flights, which are increasingly criticized for their negative environmental impact, is now being re-evaluated. At the same time, the advent of widespread video-conferencing during the health crisis has led to the adoption of new habits. It appears that many business travelers are more than willing to give up flying. In the wake of stormy debates on March 29 and April 17, the French parliament finally voted to outlaw domestic flights of less than two and a half hours in cases where a direct train link already exists. The new measure, which has been decried as harsh by France's airlines ...Keep on reading: Business travelers are increasingly willing to give up flying
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Oxygen leak kills 22 in Indian hospital as coronavirus infections mount
SATARA, India --- At least 22 patients died on Wednesday in a hospital in western India after a disruption to their oxygen supply caused by a leaking tank, the health minister said, as a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases soaks up supplies of the crucial gas. The incident in the city of Nashik, one of India's worst-hit areas, happened after the tank of gas leaked, said Rajesh Tope, the health minister of Maharashtra, the richest state, where the city is located. "Patients who were on ventilators at the hospital in Nashik have died," Tope said in televised remarks. "The leakage was spotted at the tank supplying oxygen to these patients. The interrupted supply could be link...Keep on reading: Oxygen leak kills 22 in Indian hospital as coronavirus infections mount
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Putin warns West of harsh response if it crosses Russia’s ‘red lines’
MOSCOW --- President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Wednesday not to cross Russia's "red lines," saying Moscow would respond swiftly and harshly to any provocations in a way that would force those behind them to regret their actions. Putin made his comments at a time when relations with the United States and Europe are under acute strain over Ukraine and the health of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. "We want good relations...and really don't want to burn bridges," Putin said in his annual state of the nation address to both houses of parliament. "But if someone mistakes our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intends to burn down or even blow up thes...Keep on reading: Putin warns West of harsh response if it crosses Russia’s ‘red lines’
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Indonesia navy says searching for submarine with 53 aboard
JAKARTA --- Indonesia's military said it was searching for a submarine with 53 crew aboard after losing contact with the vessel off the coast of Bali on Wednesday. "The KRI Nanggala 402 lost contact early this morning," said First Admiral Julius Widjojono. "(The navy) is currently searching for it. We know the area but it's quite deep." Indonesia's military chief Hadi Tjahjanto told AFP neighbors Singapore and Australia had been asked for help. The navy had dispatched warships to the area off the northern coast of Bali to search for the submarine, he said. He added there were 53 crew aboard the vessel, which was believed to be in waters about 700 meters (2,300 feet) deep...Keep on reading: Indonesia navy says searching for submarine with 53 aboard
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