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Newsline: Philippine Embassy in Japan to aid seamen aboard ship that collided with US Navy destroyer

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Japan is ready to help the Filipino crew onboard the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel that collided with a US Navy destroyer south of Tokyo Bay, a Palace official said on Saturday. The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo was closely monitoring the situation in coordination with Japanese and US authorities after US Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with the Philippine-flagged container ship ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan. The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier said it is monitoring updates in the collision incident. Seven US crew members are missing and at least three hurt in the collision incident, the US Navy said.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/614874/phl-embassy-in-japan-to-extend-assistance-to-pinoy-seamen-onboard-ship-collided-with-us-navy-destroyer-palace/story/

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Newsline: US, UK, Australia Embassy warn citizens after Philippines attack

The US, UK and Australian governments issued separate travel advisories on Friday, June 2, urging their citizens to exercise caution following the attack that left 37 people dead at Resorts World Manila. A gunman stormed the Resorts World Manila and torched gambling tables in the crowded area on Friday before dawn, June 2. Aside from 37 fatalities, dozens were injured. The resort hotel is located in Newport City, opposite the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City. In a statement posted on its website, the US Embassy advised American citizens to “exercise caution and review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.” The United Kingdom, meanwhile, advised its citizens to “avoid the area and follow the advice of local authorities.” British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad said in his tweet that there were no Britons harmed in the incident.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2017/06/02/us-uk-australia-warn-citizens-after-resorts-world-attack-545284

Newsline: US embassy warns of kidnapping threat on Philippine tourist island

Terrorists are planning to kidnap foreigners on a Philippine island popular with tourists, the US embassy has warned, a month after a foiled abduction attempt by Islamic militants at another tourism hotspot. An advisory from the US embassy in Manila on Tuesday warned Americans to “carefully consider” going to Palawan, naming a World Heritage-listed underground river as one area of specific concern. “The US Embassy has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas of Palawan,” the advisory said. The Philippine military on Wednesday said in a statement it “shared the same concerns” as the US government, and that it had increased security at Palawan’s tourism sites. The embassy identified two locations — the capital city of Puerto Princesa and the nearby underground river that attracts thousands of visitors daily — as areas the kidnappers were targeting. Puerto Princesa is about 400 kilometres (240 miles) northwest of southern islands that are strongholds of the Abu Sayyaf, militants who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and frequently kidnap foreigners. The Abu Sayyaf has since its founding in the 1990s kidnapped dozens of foreigners and many more locals to extract ransoms. The militants beheaded two Canadians last year and an elderly German sailor in February after demands for millions of dollars were unmet. The Abu Sayyaf has also kidnapped people from Malaysian coastal resorts, which are a short speedboat ride from its southern Philippine bases.

US embassy warns of kidnapping threat on Philippine tourist island  

Newsline: Hostages arrive at German embassy after Philippine ordeal

Two Germans kidnapped by Islamic militants in the Philippines are safely back at their Manila embassy, officials said Saturday after a harrowing six-month ordeal in which they endured threats of beheading and seemingly routine cruelty. Officials said a private plane flew Stefan Okonek, in his 70s, and his partner Henrike Dielen, in her 50s, to Manila from the southern port of Zamboanga at dawn after the Abu Sayyaf gunmen released them late Friday. “With the release from captivity of the two German nationals, our security forces will continue efforts to stem the tide of criminality perpetrated by bandit elements,” President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma said in a statement. Germany’s foreign ministry and the Philippine military also confirmed the hostages had arrived at the embassy in Manila. The Abu Sayyaf had given the German government until Friday to pay a $5.6 million ransom and withdraw its support for US offensives against jihadists in Syria and Iraq. The group also threatened to behead one of the hostages unless the demands were met. Philippine authorities said the two hostages were snatched at sea in April as they sailed near the western Philippine island of Palawan.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/438250/hostages-arrive-at-german-embassy-after-philippine-ordeal

Newsline: Philippine militants picket US embassy over transgender woman’s killing

Traffic near the United States Embassy in Manila was slowed down before noon Tuesday after some 30 militants picketed the facility to protest the killing of a transgender woman in Subic last weekend.
Members of militant groups including the League of Filipino Students waved red flags and placards with anti-US slogans, radio dzBB’s Manny Vargas reported. While police prevented the militants from getting near the embassy premises, the confrontation took up two lanes of the boulevard’s southbound lane. A video posted by Vargas showed anti-riot police blocking the path of the militants. Following the incident, US Pacific commander Admiral Samuel Locklear III ordered US ships in the country to stay in the Philippines until the investigation is done.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/383469/news/nation/militants-picket-us-embassy-over-transgender-woman-s-killing

Newsline: US Embassy working with Philippine authorities in probing slay of transgender

The US Embassy in Manila is working closely with Philippine authorities in identifying the suspect in the killing of a transgender woman in Olongapo City over the weekend amid allegations the foreign companion the victim was last seen with may be a US national. In a statement aired on Monday, the US Embassy sent its condolences to the family and friends of the victim, who was found dead inside the Celzone Lodge in Barangay East Tapinac Saturday night. “We are aware of the situation and express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. We are also aware that there are allegations that a foreigner, including possibly a US national, was involved in the incident. We are currently looking into these allegations and working closely with the PNP (Philippine National Police) to take all necessary steps to help identify the suspects,” it said. A team from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) joined the police Sunday in inspecting the crime scene and was also present during the victim’s autopsy. NCIS is a US federal law enforcement agency tasked with investigating actual or suspected major criminal offenses involving the Navy and Marine Corps. Meanwhile, a Marine Corps Times report posted Sunday night said a US Marine has been placed in custody on board the amphibious assault ship Peleliu in connection with the incident.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/383312/news/nation/us-embassy-working-with-phl-authorities-in-probing-slay-of-transgender-in-olongapo

Newsline: South Korean Embassy in Manila alarmed by rising number of Korean fatal victims of crime in Philippines

The Korean Embassy in Manila has expressed alarm over the rising number of deaths of its nationals who had become victims of crimes here and said that if this trend continued, Korean would be discouraged from coming to the Philippines. In a statement, the Korean embassy said that so far, nine Koreans have died in violent crimes since January. The latest case involved a Korean businessman who was killed last July 27 in a car-jacking, the embassy said. The man’s wife was also abducted but was later released unharmed and police have arrested the family driver “for possible involvement in the crime,” it said. The embassy also mentioned the abduction and murder last March of 21-year-old student named Lee Ji Won, noting that one of the suspects in his murder included a taxi driver. It also said the “brutal and senseless crime (against Lee) rattled the Korean community in the Philippines.” “The rising incidence of crimes committed against Koreans while in the Philippines either on vacation or on business is a trend that has alarmed the Embassy of the Republic of Korea,” the embassy said.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/109233/embassy-alarmed-by-rising-number-of-korean-fatal-victims-of-crime-in-ph