Rappler Newscast | August 13, 2014
Today on Rappler.
- A Metro Rail Transit train derails and slams into the Taft station... injuring passengers.
- A court orders retired Major General Jovito Palparan jailed in Bulacan.
- The Vatican asks the Philippine government to help Christians persecuted in Iraq.
MRT-3 DERAILED, INJURIES REPORTED
A Metro Rail Transit or MRT train derails and slams into a terminal in southern Metro Manila, injuring several passengers Wednesday.
In a radio interview, a passenger says the problems began at the Magallanes station when the air-conditioning stopped working.
Passengers panicked when doors opened as the train approached Taft station.
The incident caused a small stampede at the station.
Reports say the train hit a post that fell on a car.
38 passengers were injured and were brought to nearby hospitals.
The youngest victim is 6 months old.
DOTC-MRT3 issues an advisory on its official Twitter account citing a “technical problem.”
LRTA and MRT3 spokesman Hernando Cabrera says train coach 003B lost power between the Magallanes and Taft stations a little over past 4 pm.
Another train came to its rescue, linked with the stalled train and tried to push it out of harm’s way -- all part of standard procedure.
Caught between stations, passengers of the stalled train were not allowed to get off.
Cabrera says “The problem was, while it was being pushed, the trains became uncoupled.”
He says since the stalled train had no power, its brakes weren’t working, causing it to derail.
Transportation secretary Jun Abaya defends the train system’s maintenance but says a probe will determine the cause of the accident.
JUN ABAYA, TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: There's no lapse in our maintenance. The little that I know so far, there might be a lapse in the procedure, rather than a failure parts or failure in main... but again, I'm not closing the fact but we have to investigate and share to the public the real cause.
Apart from the transportation department, police will also investigate the two train drivers.
The MRT resumed operations 5pm Wednesday, but officials say trains will be delayed with only a single track operational at the Taft station.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority advises motorists to “expect heavy traffic” near the station.
This is the train system’s worst accident.
COURT ORDERS PALPARAN JAILED IN BULACAN
A Bulacan court answers the question: Where to detain the most wanted man in the Philippines?
Malolos Regional Trial Court Judge Teodora Gonzales orders the detention of fugitive Major General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan Provincial Jail.
On the day of his arrest, Palparan said he can be jailed anywhere, as long as he is safe from the “enemy”-- referring to the communist movement.
But Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the government needs to “absolutely ensure” Palparan’s safety.
She says “As the current custodian… the National Bureau of Investigation or NBI doesn’t want to be blamed should anything bad happen to Palparan.”
Palparan’s arraignment is set on Monday.
He and 3 other military personnel are charged with two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention for the 2006 abduction of students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno.
Palparan evaded an arrest warrant from the same court in 2011, hiding from authorities until his capture.
The Human Rights Watch group says Palparan’s arrest gives President Benigno Aquino an opportunity “to make real progress on his long unfulfilled promise to end rights abuses.”
VATICAN ASKS PH TO HELP CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ
The Vatican's ambassador to the Philippines asks the Philippine government to exert all efforts to help thousands of Christians persecuted in Iraq.
In a letter dated Monday - Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto through the Catholic Bishops' Conference or CBCP...
requests the Philippines for “prayers and solidarity for the suffering people of Iraq.”
CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas says the Vatican “will course their request through diplomatic channels.”
DFA spokesman Charles Jose says the feasibility of giving asylum to Christians in Iraq is up for discussion.
VATICAN'S APPROVAL OF IRAQ STRIKES A RARE EXCEPTION TO PEACE POLICY
The Vatican gives its approval to US military air strikes in Iraq -- a rare exception to its policy of peaceful conflict resolution.
The Holy See's ambassador to the United Nations Silvano Tomasi says he supports US air strikes aimed at halting the advance of ISIS militants.
Tomasi calls for intervention, before it is too late.
He adds, "Military action might be necessary.”
The Vatican disapproved of the US-led campaign in Iraq in 2003 and planned air strikes on Syria in 2013... but fears of a Christian genocide forced a policy change.
Tomasi's appeal follows warnings from Church leaders in Iraq the persecution of Christians and Yazidis in the war-torn region will exterminate religious groups and their way of life.
Earlier, the Vatican was criticized for being slow to react, with Pope Francis limiting himself to calls for a peaceful resolution.
ISIS ADVANCES IN SYRIA'S ALEPPO PROVINCE – NGO
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS seize control of villages in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday says the capture is a strategic conquest... setting the stage for the attack of Marea and Azaz towns.
Marea is a stronghold of the coalition of Islamist groups fighting against ISIS while Azaz is at the border of Turkey – a gateway for the ISIS caliphate’s expansion.
ISIS emerged from an Al-Qaeda spin-off in Iraq – initially fighting alongside Syrian opposition...
but its brutality against civilians and rival fighters sparked a backlash.
More than 170,000 have been killed in Syria since the conflict began March 2011.
TECHNOCRATS, POLITICIANS TOP ONLINE POLL FOR JOKOWI CABINET
Technocrats and politician supporters of Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo or Jokowi top the online poll for Indonesia’s next cabinet.
The initial phase of the People's Proposed Alternative Cabinet got inputs from more than 109,000 participants.
Leaders of the Jokowi Center online poll are...
Jokowi spokesman Anies Baswedan for the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs...
Indonesian economist Faisal Basri for two ministries -- public housing and national development planning.
and IT expert Onno Purbo for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
A few well-performing incumbents also received strong support: Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa…
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Pangestu...
and, Corruption Eradication Commission chairman Abraham Samad.
The second phase of the online polls begin Wednesday, August 13.
POLICE: ROBIN WILLIAMS HANGED BY BELT IN APPARENT SUICIDE
Police reveal more details behind the death of award-winning Hollywood actor Robin Williams.
Reports say Williams was found in his bedroom with a belt around his neck and shallow cuts on his wrist.
Williams died from asphyxia due to hanging.
An official report will only be released upon the completion of toxicology tests.
Williams’ wife Susan Schneider was the last person to see him alive Sunday night.
Schneider left the house Monday morning, assuming Williams was asleep in a separate room.
Williams was reportedly dealing with severe depression at the time of his death.
He battled alcoholism and drug abuse in the past and openly spoke about it.
Williams leaves behind his three children and Schneider, his third wife.
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DEPRESSION, A SILENT KILLER
Robin Williams’ suicide puts the spotlight on depression as a mental illness.
Williams is not the first Hollywood star to suffer from depression.
Jim Carrey, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stephen Fry also dealt with this problem.
A French psychiatrist says “artists are often people who are more sensitive, who feel emotions more strongly.”
The World Health Organization says more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
OBAMA URGES CALM IN TEEN SHOOTING
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday appealed for calm in Missouri…
as riots escalate over the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.
Obama urges the public to remember the young victim in “a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”
Brown was shot in broad daylight Saturday.
A dozen businesses in a St. Louis suburb were looted after a vigil for Brown ended in clashes with the police.
GOOGLE TO BUILD SUPER-FAST US-ASIA UNDERSEA CABLE
Google announces plans to build a new undersea cable in partnership with 5 Asian telecom companies.
Called FASTER, Mashable reports NEC, KDDI, China Telecom Global, SingTel, China Mobile International, and Global Transit are all part of the consortium.
The cable will boast of speeds of up to 60 terabytes per second and will cost $300 million.
It is scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.
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BALLMER IS NEW LA CLIPPERS OWNER, ENDING STERLING ERA
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is now the official owner of NBA team Los Angeles Clippers.
The $2 billion transaction pushed through after a California court said Shelly Sterling had the authority to sell the team.
The team was put up for sale after the NBA slapped a lifetime ban…
on former Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, for making racist remarks.
A video aired on celebrity website TMZ showed Sterling criticizing his girlfriend for having her picture taken with black people.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers says the team can now focus on basketball.
He says "I couldn't be more excited to work with Steve…
as we continue to build a first-class, champion organization."
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