Lorenzana: No more militants in Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday declared an end to combat operations in Marawi City, saying the capital of Lanao del Sur had been cleared of militants after five months of fighting.

“There are no more militants in Marawi City,” Lorenzana, who was in Clark, Pampanga for an international summit of defense ministers, said.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds a press briefing with the Lanao del Sur Provincial Crisis Management Committee in Marawi City. Department of National Defense/Released, file © Philstar.com Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds a press briefing with the Lanao del Sur Provincial Crisis Management Committee in Marawi City. Department of National Defense/Released, file

He told reporters Monday in Clark that troops recovered 42 bodies of the last group of militant stragglers.

He said, “Those are the last group of stragglers of Mautes and they were caught in one building so there was a firefight, so they were finished.”

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This was a reiteration of a declaration on Sunday from Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., commanding officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command, who said troops were clearing a building where around 30 Abu Sayyaf and Maute terrorists were making a last stand.

“We are clearing the last floors,” Galvez said in a brief text message to reporters.

Troops had been working Sunday to put an end to the crisis by midnight.

“It’s either they all get killed, because they’re determined to die inside, or we capture them or they surrender,” Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Force Ranao, said then. — with a report from the Associated Press

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Duterte pays last respects to Cardinal Vidal

President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to the late former Archbishop of Cebu Ricardo Vidal during his visit to the wake at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral before dawn Monday, October 23, 2017. Richard Madelo/PPD © Provided by GMA News Online President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to the late former Archbishop of Cebu Ricardo Vidal during his visit to the wake at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral before dawn Monday, October 23, 2017. Richard Madelo/PPD

President Rodrigo Duterte on early Monday visited the wake of Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.

Present during the visit at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral were Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Vidal’s brother Juanito, and Presidential Assistant for Visayas Michael Dino.

Vidal will be laid to rest on October 26, which Cebuanos wanted to be declared a holiday.

He passed away on October 18 at the age of 86. He served as the archbishop of Cebu for 29 years until he retired in 2011.

Vidal paid a courtesy call on Duterte in Malacañang in July 2016. — Trisha Macas/RSJ, GMA News

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PNP admits failing on this

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald © Amita Legaspi Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 said the PNP will now focus on child exploitation and human trafficking

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa admitted Monday that they failed to keep track of cases against women and children when they focused on government’s war against drugs and terrorism.

“Dahil sa busy sa war on drugs, terrorism, hindi natin natutukan na ‘yung sarili nating mga bata, infant na ginagamit sa exploitation,” Dela Rosa said in his speech during the flag ceremony and awarding of outstanding Women and Children Protection Center personnel.

He said with the war on drugs now out of their hands, it is time for them to focus on women and children’s welfare.

“Now is the right time that we support this unit, WCPC,” he said.

“‘Yung siraulong mga foreigner na ginagamit ang mga bata natin, WCPC tutukan niyo ‘yan. Our counterparts expect so much from us,” he said.

He said every time he meet chiefs of police from other countries, especially those from European countries and Australia, they always call his attention to child exploitation and human trafficking.

“Everytime may international gatherings like ASEANAPOL, ‘yung European countries and Australia, gusto ko mag-share ng issues sa respective police forces like drugs and terrorism pero wala silang ibang binabato kung di ‘yung problema sa child exploitation and trafficking in person,” he said. —KG, GMA News

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PHL flag raised at Marawi City Hall for the first time after liberation

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The Philippine flag was raised on Monday morning for the first time at the Marawi City Hall after the city was declared liberated from terrorists.

According to a report by Benjie Liwanag on radio dzBB, the flag ceremony was held even if some gunfire could still be heard in the distance.

On October 17, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi City liberated from terrorists belonging to the ISIS-inspired Maute group.

Government troops have started to go home, although some have remained to flush out the remaining few terrorists in the city. —KG, GMA News

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Leader, 4 members of gun for hire group killed in firefight with Cavite cops

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A leader and four members of a gun for hire group were killed in a reported firefight with Cavite cops Monday morning.

An initial police report said among those killed was Airon Cruz alias Toyo or Praning while the four others remain unidentified.

At 4:15 a.m., members of the gun-for-hire group allegedly fired at members of the Cavite City Police Station who were conducting Oplan Galugad on Lopez Jaena Street in Barangay 30, Cavite.

A firefight ensued which resulted to the deaths of the five suspects. — Amita Legaspi/RSJ, GMA News

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Alleged bully stabbed by own nephew 14 times in Batangas

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An alleged bully was stabbed to death by his own nephew in Rosario, Batangas, according to a report by Bernadette Reyes on Unang Balita on Monday.

Michael Loduvice was drunk when he supposedly bullied Jeffrey Condenza hard enough for the latter to stab him 14 times at their own home.

Police believe Condenza may have killed his uncle out of anger as Loduvice supposedly victimized him well before the stabbing occurred.

“According sa witnesses, binu-bully ‘tong suspect. Kaya ‘tong suspect, kumuha ng itak, pinagtataga ito,” PSI Ronald Aniwasal, Rosario deputy chief of police, said.

Condenza was arrested immediately and will be charged with murder. The bolo used for the murder was also recovered.

Lorena Loduvice grieved her son’s death as he was supposedly the breadwinner of the family.

“Ang sakit sa aking kalooban ang nangyari sa aking anak. Siya po ang katulong ko sa aking hanapbuhay,” she said. —Rie Takumi/KG, GMA News

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Angeline, bakit laging nakanganga sa ‘ICSYV’?

Ni REGGEE BONOAN

TAWA kami nang tawa kay Angeline Quinto tuwing napapanood namin sa I Can See Your Voice dahil parating nahuhuli sa kamera na nakanganga habang pinapanood ang contestant sa stage of truth.

Kaya nitong Sabado na si Jed Madela ang guest singer na huhula kung sino ang tunay na Seen-tunado at Seen-nger ay tinext na namin si Angeline ng, ‘Bakit ba lagi ka nakanganga sa ICSYV?’

Angeline Quinto

Angeline Quinto

Agad kaming sinagot ng dalagang singer ng, “Ha-ha-ha, nawawala sa isip ko may camera Ate Reggee.”

Biro namin, mabuti at walang lamok o langaw sa studio.

“Ha-ha-ha, wala po,” sagot niya.

Magaling kumilatis si Angge ng tunay na singer na madalas niyang isinisenyas sa guest singer kaya tinanong namin kung paano niya nalalaman. Seryoso kasing pinagmamasdan ng dalaga ang contestants.

“Nararamdaman ko talaga, Ate Reg, e. Kasi minsan sa tayo pa lang sa stage makikita mo na agad,” sagot ni Angge.

Kung doon makikita, bakit hindi nahuhulaan nina Andrew E at Kean Cipriano? Si Wacky Kiray ay tumatama rin ang hula kung minsan, samantalang sina Bayani Agbayani at Alex Gonzaga ay puro kalokohan ang pinagsasabi kung minsan.

Anyway, sa lahat ng naging guest singers ng I Can See You Voice ay tatlo pa lang sa bilang namin ang nakahula ng mas maraming tama, sina Lea Salonga, Jolina Magdangal at Jed Madela.

Maraminang nanonood ng show nila dahil nakaka-good vibes.

Going back to Angeline, may mga project pa siya bukod sa ICSYV at bilang isa sa Birit Queens ng ASAP na ayaw pa niyang sabihin dahil, “Secret po, ha-ha-ha. Balitaan na lang po kita kapag sure na.”

Wala pa ring love life si Angeline dahil ang lalaking gusto niya ay mas inuuna raw ang career.

Hmmm, hindi kaya ikaw ang mas inuuna ang career, Angge?

Source: Balita

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Michael Phelps says Katie Ledecky has a quality he rarely sees in swimmers

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  • Michael Phelps believes Katie Ledecky is going to become the next start of US Swimming.
  • After training with Ledecky and competing with her for years, Phelps said what stands out about her most is how goal-oriented she is.
  • Heading into Tokyo 2020, with several events on her schedule, Phelps believes Ledecky could win seven or eight medals.

At Rio 2016, Katie Ledecky established herself as a breakout star, setting herself up to become the face of US Swimming.

Ledecky not only won five medals, four of them gold, she often did so in convincing fashion, setting world records and celebrating while other swimmers finished the race.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history and the face of US Swimming since 2004, has seen Ledecky train and compete for years and said she is in a class of her own.

She’s someone that’s very goal-oriented,” Phelps said while speaking to Business Insider. “When she writes a time down or she writes a major milestone down, she’s gonna do whatever she can to make sure that happens. I’ve only seen that really a couple times in the sport. So it’s a true treat for me to be able to see her kind of truly coming up in the sport like she is.”

After a strong World Championships performance and freshman year at Stanford, Ledecky is poised to have a strong showing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 2020 Olympics will now include the 1,500-meter freestyle for the first time, a race in which Ledecky currently holds the world record. Phelps said with such a busy slate, Ledecky could have the chance to win seven or eight medals.

“Ledecky has just been on fire the last couple of years,” Phelps said.

However, there’s also a drawback to that. Asked about the possibility of Ledecky one day challenging Phelps’ medal record, Phelps said it takes almost perfect conditions to win so many events.

“When you start building a program like that, when you’re swimming seven or eight races, it’s just a combination of everything — mental, physical, emotions — that really have to be pretty much perfect throughout that whole eight-day program,” Phelps said.

Still, Phelps said he would love to see someone like Ledecky challenge his record.

“I would love to see it, I would enjoy watching it, and I hope somebody has that chance to make history again.”

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Del Potro overcomes Dimitrov to retain Stockholm title

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Fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro put himself in contention for the ATP World Tour Finals when he successfully defended his Stockholm Open title on Sunday, defeating top seed and 2013 champion Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-2.

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The Argentine, who secured his first title since he lifted the trophy in Sweden last year, dominated the final with his serve, notching up nine aces and saving all four break points he faced.

Fittingly enough, Del Potro ended the championship with a big serve in the deuce court down the middle, eliciting an error from his opponent. When the ball landed in the net, Del Potro’s arms rose in celebration.

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“I played the best match of the week against Grigor today. Unlucky for that, sorry Grigor,” Del Potro said. “It’s amazing to come back and hold this big trophy and hopefully I can come next year as well.”

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Not only did Del Potro capture his 20th ATP World Tour title but he launched himself into contention for the season-ending finals in London next month. The 29-year-old will move up to 14th in the ATP’s Race to London with 2,135 points, 470 behind Pablo Carreno Busta who currently occupies the final qualifying spot.

(Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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