An explosion has ripped through a small hotel in the southern Philippines, killing three people and injuring at least 27 more.
Reports said most of the casualties were at the hotel in the city of Zamboanga to celebrate a local wedding.
The explosion blew the roof off the hotel and destroyed the upper levels, according to witnesses.
Officials blamed the Abu Sayyaf group - a small Islamic militant organisation with links to al-Qaeda.
Members of the New People’s Army assassinated a government soldier this morning in Paquibato District here, the military said.
Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesman of the 10th Infantry Division, identified the victim as Corporal Wenie Carampatan, who was shot to death around 6:30 a.m. at Poblacion Malabog village.
“He was non-combatant, and worst, his death was witnessed by his family. This is a clear manifestation of NPAs brutality even if it involves defenseless civilians”, the military official said.
About 30,000 people fled from their houses after floods submerged several towns in Davao del Norte, officials said today.
Hours of torrential rain Tuesday night burst the banks of Lasang river in the area, inundating rice paddies and banana plantations in Carmen and Dujali, according to Sonio Sanchez, provincial disaster risk reduction and management division chief.
Floodwaters as high as nine feet swamped 16 villages in Carmen town, forcing some 5, 980 families to flee, Octavio Valle, the town administrator, he added.
The One Network Bank Inc. (A Rural Bank), or ONB, will be opening five micro-banking offices (MBO) in the greater Davao City area within the next few months.
Last month, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) approved the ONB request for five MBOs in Davao City “pursuant to BSP Circular No. 694 dated Oct. 14, 2010.”
The five MBOs will be located in Brgy. Catalunan Grande, Brgy. Cabantian, Brgy. Bunawan, Brgy. Sasa and Piapi (to be replaced by another location in Sandawa), all within Davao City.
The total estimated capital expenditure (capex) for the five units is P4.17 million or roughly P834,000 each. This represents cost of leasehold improvements, furniture and equipment on a rented five meters by six meters commercial stall space.