Today on Rappler.
- At least 43 policemen killed in a bloody encounter in Maguindanao.
- Makati mayor Junjun Binay faces arrest for contempt.
- ISIS says it beheaded one of two Japanese hostages.
PNP RETRIEVES 43 BODIES OF SLAIN COPS
At least 43 policemen were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in Maguindanao in southern Philippines, Sunday. The policemen were hunting down alleged Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli Abdhir or Zulkifli bin Hir. Better known as “Marwan,” he had survived a 2012 military airstrike in Sulu. Marwan is on the Most Wanted Terrorists list of the US FBI and has a 5-million dollar bounty on his head. Military sources say at least 10 Special Action Force or SAF members are still missing. A Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF spokesman said 5 rebels were killed. This encounter tests a one-year-old peace agreement between the Aquino government and the MILF. It’s the first major armed conflict between the MILF and government troops since the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro last year. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas calls the bloodbath a “mis-encounter.” He says the SAF attack was not directed against the MILF but was a law enforcement operation.
SENATE ORDERS ARREST OF MAYOR BINAY, 5 OTHERS FOR CONTEMPT
The Senate orders the arrest of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr and 5 others for refusing to attend hearings on corruption allegations. Blue Ribbon committee chair Senator TG Guingona signs the arrest order only to be held back by Senate President Frank Drilon. The Senate Committee of Rules will convene Tuesday to discuss the decision. The Senate resolution cites in contempt Binay and five other individuals working for the city government. Binay says he will follow the committee’s decision and is ready to be detained. He adds, he only wants fairness and due process, which he says he does not find in the subcommittee hearings.
AMLC: JINGGOY HAS HIDDEN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ACCOUNT
The Anti-Money Laundering Council or AMLC reveals Jinggoy Estrada’s hidden peso and dollar deposits. AMLC looked into Estrada’s bank records vis-a-vis his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth or SALN from 2004 to 2012. Data show Estrada did not declare in his SALN a foreign currency deposit unit amounting to $280,000 or P12.3 million. Also undeclared were dollar denominated life policies totalling $75,000 or P3.3 million for the years 2005 to 2010 and $134,000 or P5.9 million for the years 2011 to 2014.
ISIS CLAIMS IT EXECUTED JAPANESE HOSTAGE
The ISIS or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group says it executed one of its two Japanese hostages. The claim comes a day after the jihadist group released a video announcing the execution of security contractor Haruna Yukawa. ISIS says Yukawa was killed because Japan failed to pay a $200 million ransom within a 72-hour deadline. This raises the pressure on Japan to secure the release of the other captive, freelance journalist Kenji Goto. ISIS demands the release of an Iraqi female bomber on death row in Jordan in exchange.
BIG ASTEROID FLIES BY EARTH MONDAY
A big asteroid flies by Earth but space agency NASA tells people not to worry. The asteroid is called 2004 BL86 and will be at least 1.2 million kilometers or 745,000 miles from the planet… Monday morning in the US or Tuesday midnight Manila time. It will be close enough for the average person to see through strong binoculars and for NASA to observe. It will be the closest known asteroid this large to pass near Earth until 2027.
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