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An early morning shootout that left 6 dead rocked the town of Albuera in Leyte, with the fatalities linked to Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. The mayor was the one President Rodrigo Duterte accused of involvement in illegal drugs. Duterte, meanwhile, turned emotional when he met a blind soldier at a military hospital. The President also reiterated to soldiers that he is their “friend” and will protect them.
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In Albuera, Leyte, 6 men linked to Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr were killed in a shootout with police. The armed encounter comes a day after Espinosa surrendered to the PNP. The mayor and his son – whose whereabouts remain unknown – are accused of involvement in illegal drugs.
Tough-talking President Rodrigo Duterte was moved to tears when he met Jerome Jacuba, a 28-year-old blind soldier at the AFP Medical Center. Jacuba became blind when shrapnel exploded near his eyes in Maguindanao last March.
While it seems Metro Manila’s traffic problem will haunt us forever, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said it can be solved in 2 to 3 years through road projects. Everyone will definitely want to see Villar’s prediction come true.
Another provocative act from North Korea – the reclusive state test fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, August 3, according to Seoul. The missile was reportedly launched from the western city of Unyul.
Scientists are painting quite a scary picture of the Earth’s health. In 2015, global heat and sea levels rose to record highs, worsened by El Niño. Sea level rise will also speed up in the coming decades – spelling trouble for coastal communities.
Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy Note7, which will launch in the Philippines on August 20. It’ll come in Onyx Black and Gold Platinum, with a price tag of P39,990.