Drug-hit hosts Thailand fail to lift ban for weightlifting worlds

Thai weightlifters will not be allowed to compete at the world championships despite the country hosting the event, the sport's global body confirmed Wednesday, dashing hopes of a late reprieve after a doping scandal. Nine Thais including two reigning Olympic champions were suspended after positive drug tests since November, prompting Thailand to voluntarily ban itself from the September championships in Pattaya as well as next year's Olympics. Last month the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (TAWA) changed tact, saying lifters who did not fail tests should be allowed to compete and have a shot at the Tokyo Games, while athletes and coaches were told to get ready. But t...

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Makati hits 83% of revenue target
MAKATI City hit 83 percent of its full-year revenue target of P17.1 billion in July, with total collections reaching P14.2 billion, Mayor Mar-Len Abigail “Abby” Binay said. Binay said the…READ
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Red Cross partners with Gcash
DONATIONS to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) can now be made through the GCash mobile application. PRC Chairman Sen. Richard Gordon signed a partnership agreement with Globe Fintech Innovations (Mynt)…READ
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Manila creates panel vs ‘hot’ meat
MANILA Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso has ordered the city’s Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB) to create an enforcement unit to spearhead the campaign against “hot” meat and double dead meat or…READ
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Sanchez should serve his full term – Año
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on Saturday said former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez should serve his full sentence to pay for the heinous crimes he committed. “Sanchez committed…READ
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House bill seeks to abolish prison term for libel
A measure that seeks to amend the libel law to abolish the penalty of imprisonment has been filed at the House of Representatives. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, who filed House Bill…READ
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Bong Go defends Malasakit centers
SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has defended the establishment of Malasakit Centers, saying they provide swift, effective and reliable medical services to Filipinos, especially the poor. “Basta Pilipino, matanda o…READ
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Recto seeks probe of POGOs
SENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has urged the Senate to investigate Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) to determine if foreign workers employed by gaming hubs abide by the country’s…READ
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‘Prison records should be digitalized’
SEN. Richard Gordon wants prison records digitalized to ensure prompt and accurate information of the time served by a convict. Gordon aired his proposal after Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief…READ
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Willful breach of trust
Dear PAO, I was hired as a sales clerk in May 2017. My tasks were attending to the needs of our customers, coordinating orders from our clients, cashiering, preparing inventory…READ
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Volunteers’ group laments death of member, injury of another
MANILA, Philippines --- The Jesuit Volunteers Philippines (JVP) issued on Saturday a statement mourning the death of one of its female volunteer teachers during an apparent robbery in their quarters in the town of Pangantucan in Bukidnon. Another female volunteer was also injured. According to JVP, the slain volunteer, 24-year-old Genifer Buckly, served as a teacher in Pangantucan Community High School (PCHS). Buckly's colleague, 30-year-old Ann Kathleen Gatdula, was also harmed but was in stable condition in the hospital. According to the police, both volunteers were stabbed several times, allegedly by Arnold Naguilla, 36, a suspect who was nabbed shortly after the incident...Keep on reading: Volunteers’ group laments death of member, injury of another
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Cate Blanchett as fascinating in person as she is onscreen
  LOS ANGELES---Cate Blanchett is as fascinating to talk to as she is to watch onscreen. Often likened to the legendary Katharine Hepburn, Cate is, of course, very much her own person.   In director Richard Linklater's film adaptation of Maria Semple's bestselling comedy novel "Where'd You Go Bernadette," Cate plays the title role, an agoraphobic, brilliant architect who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica.   As Richard was quoted as saying about his lead actress, "I always say to portray a genius, you need a genius. If you're going to make a movie about Beethoven, the actor you get to play him better be a genius. Most people aren't, and it...Keep on reading: Cate Blanchett as fascinating in person as she is onscreen
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More to May-December tale than its steamy romance
  Don't be fooled by its seemingly "sampu-sampera" premise, but "Just a Stranger" quickly distinguishes itself from recent movies of the May-December persuasion, like Cinemalaya's "Belle Douleur" and "Malamaya."   While Joji Alonso's "Belle Douleur" is crafted like a proficiently helmed Star Cinema offering, it is for the most part too sterile and thematically "aseptic" for its own good. But at least it works as a showcase for the thespically sublime Mylene Dizon, whose performance is way better than the movie itself.   On the other hand, Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez's "Malamaya" makes its neither-here-nor-there pursuit of art more trifling or sn...Keep on reading: More to May-December tale than its steamy romance
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What Dennis told Gerald and his advice to his daughter Julia about controversy with Bea
  "Pare, anak ko 'yan."   That was Dennis Padilla's terse reminder for Gerald Anderson, who reportedly cheated on his ex-girlfriend, Bea Alonzo, with Julia Barretto---the comedian's daughter with Marjorie Barretto.   At a recent press conference for his Sept. 4 comedy film, "Sanggano, Sanggago't Sanggwapo," he related that he got in touch with Gerald when the controversy involving the ABS-CBN stars blew up.   "I texted him, then he called me up ... I reminded him of that fact. And I'm pretty sure that, as a man, he understands the weight of my words," he said.   Dennis made no threats against Gerald, he stressed, adding that he beli...Keep on reading: What Dennis told Gerald and his advice to his daughter Julia about controversy with Bea
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Guiao not worried about Ravena despite long layoff
MANILA, Philippines---No longer suspended, Kiefer Ravena's basketball career is officially back in full swing, starting Sunday with Gilas Pilipinas. Ravena has been practicing with the team for two months but he can only join the squad in a regulation game on Sunday in the when the Nationals face Australian ball club Adelaide in the second of their two-game series on Sunday at Meralco Gym. Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said he expects nothing less from Ravena. "Kiefer kept himself in good shape and he worked very hard for this," said Guiao. "He's mentally strong, he has a high basketball IQ and I think he'll look for his spots in the first few minutes but he'll get his game ba...Keep on reading: Guiao not worried about Ravena despite long layoff
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Carly Rae Jepsen has ‘more to offer’ in 3rd PH show
  Three months ago, Carly Rae Jepsen released "Dedicated," her fourth studio album and much-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Emotion." And on Oct. 23, her fans will get to imbibe feelings of love and the loss she encapsulates in her pop-dance ditties, old and new, at New Frontier Theater.   Mounted by local promoter Wilbros Live, the Canadian singer-songwriter's upcoming concert---her third overall in Manila---is part of Carly's ongoing world tour. (Tickets go on sale starting Aug. 31; call 911-5555.)   The 33-year-old pop star was a finalist in "Canadian Idol" in 2007, then got her mainstream breakthrough via the viral bubblegum pop song "...Keep on reading: Carly Rae Jepsen has ‘more to offer’ in 3rd PH show
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Amazon wildfires worsen
PORTO Velho, Brazil: Wildfires that eat up around 4,000 hectares of Amazon rainforests continue to worsen Saturday morning with indications that it can reach neighboring Peru. The raging fires prompted…READ
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Timothée and Saoirse’s ‘bonfire’ chemistry
      Greta Gerwig is pleased that two actors, Saoirse Ronan and Timothe Chalamet, whom she worked with on her acclaimed directorial debut, "Lady Bird," share an authentic bond that translates impressively in her upcoming film, "Little Women."   The auteur is proud of her young actors, who are real-life pals and consummate thespians. Ronan plays an aspiring author, and Chalamet, her wealthy suitor, in the remake of the coming-of-age classic.   "There is some true pairing between them that feels like what's in the tradition of great cinematic pairings," Gerwig told People magazine. "They have an energy between them ... like they become a b...Keep on reading: Timothée and Saoirse’s ‘bonfire’ chemistry
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LOTTO RESULT August 25, 2019
LOTTO RESULT August 25, 2019 – Draws for 6/58 Ultra Lotto, 6/49 Super Lotto LOTTO RESULT August 25, 2019 – Here is the official result of the 6/58 Ultra Lotto and 6/49 Super Lotto draw for today, Sunday, August 25, 2019. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five major […] The post LOTTO RESULT August 25, 2019 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Laure admits she still has a lot to learn after facing former UST teammate Rondina
MANILA, Philippines---Eya was a force to be reckoned with in her maiden year with University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP on her way to being named as the league's Rookie of the Year in Season 81. She did that feat, though, as part of a one-two punch that included the mercurial Cherry Rondina, who won the MVP plum in that same year. When Laure transitioned into the club scene in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference her partner, and senior at UST, Rondina was standing on the other side of the net. Rondina, a seasoned player with Petron, won the first matchup between the two teammates as the Blaze Spikers overcame Foton in five sets, 28-26, 25-27, 25-21, 24-26, 15-1...Keep on reading: Laure admits she still has a lot to learn after facing former UST teammate Rondina
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F2 clips Cignal in 5 sets for 1-0 lead in PSL Finals
MANILA, Philippines---F2 Logistics stayed composed in the clutch to stop Cignal in five sets, 25-22, 26-25, 18-25, 17-25, 15-8, and take a 1-0 series lead in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference Finals Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Cargo Movers recovered from their disastrous third and fourth sets and took the fifth set with the poise befitting of a three-time champion team. Coming off the gates fast, F2 took a 3-0 lead in the deciding set after Kianna Dy's off-the-block kill, building enough cushion to keep gutsy Cignal at bay. Ara Galang and Desiree Cheng exchanged kills that put F2 up, 11-6, before a couple of errors from the HD Spikers bumped...Keep on reading: F2 clips Cignal in 5 sets for 1-0 lead in PSL Finals
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5 Makati cops held in Parañaque mall
Five Makati police investigators were allegedly illegally detained by the security personnel of a mall in Parañaque City last Friday as they were investigating a kidnapping, an official said yesterday.
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Brace for ‘monstrous’ traffic in Metro Manila – DPWH
Motorists and commuters are likely to experience “monstrous” traffic in Metro Manila until Tuesday, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Friday.
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‘Brutalist’ martial law museum to rise in UP Diliman
The martial law museum to rise within the University of the Philippines (UP)’s Diliman campus will be a “brutalist” architectural structure, designed after a clenched fist to memorialize the struggles of those who fought against the Marcos dictatorship.
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Cop convicted for investment scam
A policeman was convicted of estafa by a Quezon City court for a multimillion-peso investment scam that targeted other members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
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Pray your way past the urge to do wrong.
Pray your way past the urge to do wrong.
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Lured away
Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. — James 1:14
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EDITORIAL - ‘The most dangerous tumor’
The Chinese embassy pointed it out in a strongly worded statement, and the country’s foreign ministry reinforced the message in Beijing: their citizens who are employed by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators are doing illegal work under Chinese laws.
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Why is faith hard?
In our Gospel today, someone asks Jesus, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus answers, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”
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The September 2019 priority dates
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month, for the various family and employment based categories.
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Bonifacio and the Cry of Pugad Lawin
National Heroes Day is celebrated every last Monday of every August to honor all Filipino heroes.
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Johnriel Casimero KOs Cesar Ramirez, arranges title clash with Zolani Tete
MANILA, Philippines---Johnriel Casimero knocked out Cesar Ramirez in the 10th round to retain his WBO interim bantamweight title Saturday night at San Andres Gym in Malate, Manila. Casimero landed a crushing right hook to the face that finally put the tough-as-nails Ramirez to sleep. The victory also set Casimero up as a mandatory challenger for a showdown with South African southpaw Zolani Tete, who is the regular WBO champion later this year. "He (Ramirez) is very tough and has a big heart," said trainer Nonoy Neri. Ramirez took his first loss after heading into the bout with a six-fight streak but he made sure not to go down quietly into the night. https://twitter.com/MarkGiong...Keep on reading: Johnriel Casimero KOs Cesar Ramirez, arranges title clash with Zolani Tete
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Police chief in Maguindanao warns vs ‘holen’ rifles
PARANG, Maguindanao, Philippines --- Lt. Col. Ebrahim Jambiran, the police chief of this town, warned residents against possession and use of home-made rifles using marbles as bullets after a 5-year-old boy was killed in a freak accident involving the said weapon. Jambiran said the so-called 'holen' rifles could be dangerous as shown by an incident that happened last Thursday, Aug. 22, in Barangay Gumagadong-Calawag. The boy playfully poked a holen rifle at the end of his cousin, a 5-year-old boy, not noticing that it was loaded. He accidentally squeezed its trigger, pumping a marble into the boy's head. The boy was rushed to a hospital in Cotabato City, where he declared...Keep on reading: Police chief in Maguindanao warns vs ‘holen’ rifles
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12 dead in Niger Boko Haram village attack
NIAMEY, Niger – A night raid blamed on Boko Haram has left a dozen villagers dead in southeastern Niger on the frontier with Nigeria, a local official said Saturday, August 24.   The attack on Friday night, August 23, in the border district of Gueskerou, is the latest to hit the Diffa ...
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G-7 summit in France a test of unity among world leaders
BIARRITZ, France --- Efforts to salvage consensus among the Group of Seven rich democracies on the economy, trade and environment were fraying around the edges even as leaders were arriving before their three-day summit in southern France. European Council President Donald Tusk said the summit in the seaside resort of Biarritz would be "a difficult test of the unity and solidarity of the free world and its leaders" and that "this may be the last moment to restore our political community." Even as Tusk, who presides over the council of leaders of the 28-member European Union, said the last thing the bloc wanted was a trade dispute with the United States and called for "an end to...Keep on reading: G-7 summit in France a test of unity among world leaders
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Thousands join anti-G7 march as world leaders fly in
HENDAYE, France – More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters joined a mass march across the French-Spanish border on Saturday, August 24, as world leaders arrived for a summit in Biarritz just hours after activists clashed with police.  Since Monday, August 19, anti-capitalist activists, environmentalists, and other anti-globalization groups have begun flocking to ...
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Bangladesh police shoot dead 2 Rohingya in refugee camp
TEKNAF, Bangladesh – Bangladesh police said they had shot dead 2 Rohingya refugees during a gunfight in a refugee camp on Saturday, August 24, after the pair were accused of killing a ruling party official. Nearly a million Rohingya live in squalid camps in southeast Bangladesh, 740,000 of whom fled a 2017 ...
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Rondina delivers, Petron overcomes Foton for bronze in PSL All-Filipino Conference
MANILA, Philippines---Petron held off Foton in a grueling five-setter, 28-26, 25-27, 25-21, 14-26, 15-12, to take the bronze medal in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Cherry Rondina was clutch, scoring five of the Blaze Spikers' last six points. Despite being relegated to the battle for third, Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos said he is still pleased with his team's overall showing. "No matter what happens, we're still proud of what we achieved," said Delos Santos, whose team was the defending champion in the conference, in Filipino. "We knew what we did in the conference and we're happy with what we did and with thi...Keep on reading: Rondina delivers, Petron overcomes Foton for bronze in PSL All-Filipino Conference
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Creamline sweeps Petro Gazz in grudge match
Led by Alyssa Valdez and Michelle Gumabao, the Cool Smashers exacted revenge on their tormentors.
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Severe Tropical Storm Ineng out, but still enhancing monsoon
What's the weather like in your area? Tweet us at  @rapplerdotcom . MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm Ineng (Bailu) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 6 pm on Saturday, August 24, but it continues to enhance the  southwest monsoon  or hanging habagat. In a bulletin issued ...
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LIST: Disney's big announcements at the D23 expo 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Disney’s biennial fan convention, the D23 Expo, kicked off on August 23 (August 24, Philippine time) at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and even if the event just started, there’s already been groundbreaking announcements to make all Disney kids everywhere This year’s announcements were anchored on Disney+, ...
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Pinoy artist to stage ‘Hugis and Kulay’ exhibit in Qatar
MANILA, Philippines --- Filipino artist Frederick Epistola is set to showcase his art exhibit on the Philippines' living traditions at the Katara Art Center in Doha, Qatar. According to a statement issued by the organizers on Saturday, the exhibit, titled "Hugis at Kulay," will display 15 paintings and 15 sculptures that represent the Filipinos' rich history and culture, highlighting "their philosophy and beliefs and their everyday way of life." Epistola said he would want his works to show "his reflection and reaction to these common historical and collective experiences which do not only affect Filipinos but all societies in the world." Epistola is the first Filipino to ho...Keep on reading: Pinoy artist to stage ‘Hugis and Kulay’ exhibit in Qatar
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LOOK: QC City Hall installs all-gender signs in restroom
MANILA, Philippines --- The Quezon City Hall on Saturday installed gender-neutral signs in a restroom of the compound. https://twitter.com/QCPublicAffairs/status/1165184052816576512 A general services staff placed the signs in a restroom, as shown in photos by the Quezon City Public Affairs' Twitter account. The move was in accordance with City Ordinance 2357-2014, also known as the Quezon City Gender-Fair Ordinance. According to Section 5, affirmative acts (D) of the ordinance, it requires "government agencies, private offices, and commercial and industrial establishments to designate all-gender toilet rooms." Mayor Joy Belmonte previously reminded businesses to strictly ...Keep on reading: LOOK: QC City Hall installs all-gender signs in restroom
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Isolated Trump descends on G7, talking trade war
BIARRITZ, France – An isolated President Donald Trump arrived Saturday, August 24, for the G7 summit in Biarritz bearing threats of tariffs against host France and a decision to deepen his trade war with China, despite fears of US or even global recession. Trump dislikes the kind of multilateral forums epitomized ...
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Motorcycle assassins strike amid martial law, kill call center agent in Digos
DIGOS CITY -- A 50-year old female call center agent was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen on Friday morning (Aug. 23) at the village of San Miguel here, police said   Senior MSgt Reagan Patricio, of the Digos police, said Estrella Baisok Camallere, resident of the village and call center agent in Davao City, was walking alone from her house to catch a ride for a land case hearing at the Regional Trial Court when the attackers came.   Camallere suffered multiple gunshot wounds.   Witnesses, according to police, saw the attackers aboard a black motorcycle. The driver wore denim pants and jacket while the other assailant was wearing a gray jacket. &nbsp...Keep on reading: Motorcycle assassins strike amid martial law, kill call center agent in Digos
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Elorde tackles Navarrete for super bantam crown
    MANILA, Philippines – Juan Miguel Elorde gets the golden chance to rekindle the family’s boxing legacy when he challenges Mexican Emanuel Navarrete for the World Boxing Organization super bantamweight crown on Saturday, September 14 (Sunday, September 15, Philippine time) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 32-year-old ...
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TS ‘Ineng’ makes landfall in Taiwan, exits PAR
MANILA, Philippines --- Severe Tropical Storm "Ineng" left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday evening after having made landfall earlier in Taiwan, the state weather bureau said. "At 6:00 PM today, the center of Severe Tropical Storm #InengPH(BAILU) has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility," Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in a Facebook post. Ineng was last spotted at 275 kilometers north northwest of Basco, Batanes, moving west-northwest at 20 kilometers per hour. The severe tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of up to 100 kph and a gustiness of up to 125 kph. Ineng caused heavy r...Keep on reading: TS ‘Ineng’ makes landfall in Taiwan, exits PAR
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Female Jesuit volunteer teacher dead, another wounded in robbery
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY---A Jesuit volunteer was killed and her colleague was seriously wounded on Friday (Aug. 23) after they were repeatedly stabbed by a man they caught stealing in their cottage in the town of Pangantucan, Bukidnon province.   SSgt Mchael Villasan, of the Pangantucan police, said Genifer Buckly, 24, died instantly of multiple stab wounds in the chest and stomach.   Her colleague, Anne Kathleen Gatdula, 30, a lawyer from Quezon City, is still in hospital with stab wounds in the stomach and shoulder.   Buckly, a resident of Guipos town, Zamboanga del Sur, and Gatdula were taking part in the Jesuit Volunteers Program (JVP) and were on a missi...Keep on reading: Female Jesuit volunteer teacher dead, another wounded in robbery
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Heads Up, Marvel and Star Wars Fans: Exciting Updates From Disney Expo
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