Indonesia seeks freedom of 10 abducted sailors
Indonesia is in constant communication with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in the Philippines for an immediate release of 10 Indonesia sailors abducted by the Abu Sayyaf in Tawi-Tawi.
According to Indonesian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir, their main concern is the safety of the sailors.
The 10 Indonesian sailors were cargo of tugboat and barge that will bring coal from Borneo to the Philippines when the Abu Sayyaf hi-jacked them.
Foreign vessel of Indonesian sailor recovered in Tawi-Tawi
The vessel believed to be used by 10 Indonesian sailors is already in custody of Languyan Philippine National Police (PNP) after being found and recovered in the province of Tawi-Tawi.
PNP spokesperson Police Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said the submitted report indicates that it was around 4pm on March 26 when the abandoned tugboat with the mark “Brahma 12” was found floating on the sea of Brgy. Dakula in Tawi-Tawi.
Oil companies implemented another price hike
Flying V and Pilipinas Shell spearheaded the announcement of oil price hike which took effect at 12:01 a.m. yesterday. 40 cents was increased for every liter of gasoline, 20 cents for every liter of diesel, and 10 cents for kerosene.
The oil price hike reflects movements in the international petroleum market. Meanwhile, other oil companies in the country also followed the price increase with the same amount as the two oil companies.
Wong to return $4.63 million from casino to Bangladesh bank
The Senate finally succeeded in tracing the remaining money of the $81-million stolen from the Bangladesh bank. This is after one of the businessman involved in the money laundering case expressed his willingness to return the $4.63-million.
According to a junket operator at the Solaire Resorts and Casino and Midas Hotel and Casino, Kam Sin Wong, also known as Kim Wong, he is not involved in the Bangladesh bank heist and put the blame on former Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) Jupiter branch head Maia Santos-Deguito. Wong stated it was two Chinese businessmen who brought in the $81-million stolen funds from the poverty-stricken country into the Philippine’s financial system.
Comelec won’t stop Pacquiao-Bradley fight
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has no power to stop the broadcast of the impending match of senatorial aspirant Manny Pacquiao against Timothy Bradley, the Comelec en banc ruled Tuesday.
The fight is set to happen on April 9, which would be two weeks into the 45-day campaign period for the May 9, 2016 local elections.