#Doha: Filipino actress Isabel Granada, 41, passed away on Saturday night after falling into a coma a week ago in Qatar, a relative of the actress confirmed on Saturday night. “It is with great sadness and grief that my cousin Isabel Granada peacefully joined our creator at 18:00 today with the comfort of the family,” Joseph Rivera said in a Facebook post.Granada fell into a coma due to aneurysm while in a business trip in Qatar.
#Manila: The government aims to fully integrate the tap-and-go payment system to “modern jeepneys” starting 2018, a tentative timetable showed, as designs for the upgraded public transport means were unveiled last week.
Under the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program of the transportation department, the automated fare-collection system should be incorporated in the modern jeep by the first quarter of 2018.
recently, a strike was meant to protest a plan of the government to modernize the country’s public transport system by phasing out old and dilapidated jeepneys.
Vice President Leni Robredo said the government should let jeepney drivers, operators, and passengers join talks on the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.
Robredo made the recommendation after Pedro Defensor Jr, Institutional Development Department acting director of the Cooperative Development Authority, told her that driver-operator groups do not sit in during technical working group meetings on the proposed program.
The transportation department is moving to modernize the public transportation sector in the Philippines by 2020. This involves the phasing out of old jeepneys, and equipping them with Euro 4 emission standard engines.
The Philippines has declared an end to five months of fighting in southern Marawi City between the armed forces and ISIS militants, the country’s defence minister says. The declaration of victory was announced by General Danilo Pamonag, during a military ceremony in Marawi, where he said the operation began with clearing some 3,000 structures or buildings and “now, we have reached our objective.”
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared Marawi City liberated from pro-Islamic State militants who have held the heart of the city for 148 days, media and a government minister said. Duterte was visiting Marawi, a day after two leaders of the rebel alliance were killed.
#Manila: Two top Philippine commanders of an armed alliance that have declared loyalty to the ISIS have been killed, according to authorities, in a major blow to an ongoing armed rebellion in the country’s south.
Isnilon Hapilon, the top commander of the Abu Sayyaf Group and Omarkhayam Maute of the Maute Group, as well as seven of their fighters, were killed on Monday, after military forces launched a major operation in the besieged city of Marawi, General Eduardo Ano, the top military commander, said in a press conference.
Ano said information provided by a female hostage, who escaped recently, led the government troops to the location of the armed fighters.
The siege of Marawi started when military and police tried to serve an arrest warrant against Hapilon in May. Instead of giving up their arms, Hapilon formed an alliance with the Maute Group and launched a bloody rampage across the university town by the picturesque Lake Lanao. That prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.
Philippines: Isnilon Hapilon, an FBI most-wanted terror suspect, and Omarkhayam Maute were reportedly killed in a gunbattle in the southern city of Marawi. The two surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines city of Marawi have been killed in an offensive launched by thousands of troops to retake areas held by pro-Islamic State militants, state security officials have said.