With the help of the house helper who survived the carnage last Sunday, the killer of an octogenarian couple in Quezon City was arrested with impressive speed by police in Caloocan on Tuesday. Carl Joseph Bananola, 37, was presented to the media late Wednesday morning. House helper Editha Fernandez identified him as the one who broke into the home of Nicolas Austria, 86, and his wife Leonora, 87, in Barangay San Agustin in Quezon City, and fatally stabbed and bludgeoned the couple with a pipe. Fernandez reportedly recognized Bananola because he used to deliver eggs to the couple. About seven hours after the media presentation, Bananola, who reportedly took P16,100 in cash from the house, was himself dead. The cops gave conflicting details of what happened. But the emerging official version, it seems, is that while being transported in a police vehicle from the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office, where he was brought for inquest, back to Camp Karingal, Bananola asked to have … [Read more...] about Iron fist
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1 vote settles Leyte mayoralty race Miriam Desacada (The Philippine Star) - May 16, 2019 - 12:00am TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — By the skin of his teeth, San Isidro town in Leyte has a new mayor. Remedio “Wingbebot” Veloso of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) was proclaimed yesterday as the new mayor, defeating incumbent Susan Ang of the administration’s PDP-Laban by a margin of just one vote. Veloso obtained 8,829 votes over Ang’s 8,828, poll officials said. Ang’s husband, Alan, also appears to be losing in his reelection bid as a board member representing Leyte’s third district. Veloso is a nephew of Rep. Vicente Veloso, reelected representative of Leyte’s third congressional district. Veloso expressed thanks to all who supported his candidacy against the incumbent in a tight race. The town has about 22,367 registered voters in its 19 barangays.?The town of San Isidro … [Read more...] about 1 vote settles Leyte mayoralty race
Palace expects winners of Senate race to be independent MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is expecting incoming senators, including President Rodrigo Duterte's closest allies, to be independent and to rise above partisanship when tackling issues involving national interest. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo allayed concerns that the administration coalition's victory in the midterm polls would affect the checks and balances in government, saying no Senate "has ever been under any president." "The history of the Senate shows (that) members of that chamber (have been) independent ever since. No Senate has ever been under any president. They always rise above parties and considerations when issues involve national interest, national security and the interest of the Filipino people," Panelo said in a press briefing Tuesday. "We expect them (senators) to be fealty to the duties imposed to them by the constitution and the laws. They have to … [Read more...] about Palace expects winners of Senate race to be independent
By Laurie Mason Schroeder The Morning Call Mon., May 13, 2019 LEHIGH VALLEY, PA.—On her third try at the mobile home park, Donna Peiffer finally trapped Big Fluffer. He wasn’t happy about it. Fangs bared, the beefy grey tomcat hissed and thrashed in his cage, shooting Peiffer a murderous look as she covered the trap with a sheet and loaded it into her car for the trip to the veterinarian. Big Fluffer didn’t know it, but he’d be back in a day or two, minus his testicles. “The neighbours think he’s the one fathering most of the kittens around here,” Peiffer said, panting from the exertion of lifting the heavy trap into the back of her SUV. “Well, that’s done.” Called feral, free-roaming or community cats, the Lehigh Valley is teeming with animals like Big Fluffer — the name given to him by the residents of the Breinigsville, Pa., mobile home park. Each spring, the feral cat population swells as females … [Read more...] about ‘Kitten season’ opens for feral-cat catchers
By Audra D. S. Burch The New York Times Tues., April 30, 2019 ATLANTA—On the fifth floor of the Atlanta Police Department headquarters, more than a dozen investigative files of dead children are neatly spread across three tables. A handwritten list, scribbled in red ink, provides the names of some of the children who were killed. The years of each killing — 1979, 1980 and 1981 — are taped on three walls, along with grainy photos of the children, almost all of them smiling. Old homicide logs are stacked on another table. Inside the pages, among the details is the story of the Atlanta child killings, one of the most vexing cases in the city’s history. Forty years ago, Atlanta was terrorized by a serial killer who snatched and killed two dozen children, aged 7 to 17. They vanished with spine-chilling regularity, only to have their bodies discovered weeks or months later. In rivers. Under a bridge. Behind dumpsters. The menacing drumbeat of child … [Read more...] about Who killed Atlanta’s children?