US fighter jet crashes off Philippines; pilot safe

By Janvic Mateo/The Philippine Star – A US Navy pilot ejected safely from his fighter jet while attempting to land on aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Celebes Sea in southern Philippines. In a statement on Friday, the US Navy said a helicopter recovered the pilot after ejecting from an Read more »

Russian warship visits port of Manila

By Jaime Laude/The Philippine Star – The commander of the Russian guided-missile cruiser warship described yesterday their four-day port call in Manila as a very important mission for the Russian Pacific Fleet. Capt. Alexsei Ulyanenko, Varyag’s commander, issued the brief statement shortly after docking his Slava-class warship at Manila’s Read more »

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines

via – Scientists have found live specimens of the rare giant shipworm for the first time, in the Philippines. Details of the creature, which can reach up to 1.55m (5ft) in length and 6cm (2.3in) in diameter, were published in a US science journal. The giant shipworm spends its Read more »

31 dead, 46 injured in Nueva Ecija bus crash

via – At least 36 people were killed and 46 injured after a bus fell into a 100-foot ravine in Barangay Capintalan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija at around 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra told CNN Philippines’ New Day of the 46 injured, Read more »

At least nine dead in Cebu flooding

By Dale Israel/ – Nine people — including four children — were killed in Cebu due to heavy flooding brought about by tropical depression “Crising.” Eight of the nine fatalities came from northern Carmen, Cebu where a river overflowed due to nonstop rains since Black Saturday. Carmen is 48 Read more »

H-1B visa quota for 2018 filled in less than a week

via – The H-1B visa’s congressionally mandated cap 85,000 for fiscal year 2018 was met within five days, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in a statement. The applications opened on April 3, and this is the fifth consecutive year that the cap has been Read more »