Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Brokenhearted man live streams death after allowing black mamba bite him


A heartbroken snake expert and blogger filmed himself to death after allowing his pet black mamba to bit him after his marriage broke down.

Arslan Valeev, 31, from St. Petersburg, Russia, was apparently distraught following marriage break-up with wife Ekaterina 'Katya' Pyatyzhkina.

In the video, Arslan pleaded with viewers to contact his ex-wife as he visibly deteriorated on camera.

His breathing quickened and his eyes started rolling before his limbs appeared to become numb from the deadly snake's venom.

The actual snake bite was not shown, but Arslan, a former zoo employee, showed off the bite on his hand.

At the end of the footage, he got up from his chair and staggered off the camera. He died soon afterwards.

At least one viewer is believed to have called emergency services, which later arrived but were unable to save him.

In the live stream footage, he said: "If I die, then I die... I just will stay with you for some time. Just in case - on my mobile there is a message for Katya..."

"Pass on to Katya that I loved her very much," he said, while showing his bitten finger with blood on it.

"Beautiful, isn't it? Oh, damn, how it... Bye to everyone... I can't believe it is happening to me..."

He and Katya were famous for running YouTube channels BobCat TV (about felines) and Exotarium (about snakes) with hundreds of thousands of followers.

Earlier this month, Arslan publicly apologised after he allegedly beat Katya so badly she suffered a concussion after accusing her of cheating.


[With reports from Metro UK and The Sun.]

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

PSG officer found dead in Malacañang shooting


A Presidential Security Group (PSG) officer was found dead inside the Malacañang compound Tuesday morning.

A report from GMA News cited PSG commander Brigadier General Lope Dagoy confirming the officer as Major Harim Gonzaga, a member of the operations section.

In another report from Interaksyon, Gonzaga's lifeless body was discovered by his wife at around 9:20 a.m. inside his quarters at the PSG compound, where President Rodrigo Duterte's official residence, Bahay ng Pagbabago, is also located. He had a gunshot to the chest.

A palace official who asked not to be named said Duterte was not there at the time, but presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella could not confirm where Duterte was.

He also said the incident is currently being investigated and the nature of the situation is still something that needs to be verified.


[Photo: malacanang.gov.ph]

Monday, September 25, 2017

13-year-old boy shot dead outside Pasay home


A 13-year-old boy was shot dead just outside their home in Pasay City on Sunday afternoon.

A report from GMA News said the victim, Jayross Brondial, was sitting outside his home at around 2 p.m. when a motorcycle-riding gunman in full-face helmet showed up and opened fire.

Initial police report revealed Jayross was shot repeatedly.

"Paglabas ko ng pinto, bigla na lang may nagpaputok, tumakbo ako," the victim's mother, Rosanna, recounted the incident.

"Pero hindi ko po alam na anak ko ang babarilin. Kasi nakita ko, sa kapitbahay namin nakatutok ang baril."

"Paglabas ko ulit... nakabulagta na ang anak ko diyan," she added. "Sumigaw pa nga yung ang anak ko na wala siyang kasalanan, ba't daw siya ina-ano."

Jayross was rushed to the hospital but eventually succumbed to the gunshot wounds.

The boy's neighbors believe he was mistaken for a drug personality who lived on their street and was wearing a similar pair of dark blue shorts and hat.

A cousin of the drug personality confirmed that their relative used and pushed illegal drugs and said they went into hiding after the fatal shooting.

Other witnesses said the suspect jammed his gun while shooting Jayross multiple times.

Police recovered six .45 caliber slugs and three casings from the crime scene. The motive for the shooting is still unknown.

PH is 4th laziest country in the world — study


The Philippines ranked fourth laziest country in the world according to a recent study from Stanford University.

Smartphone data from more than 700,000 people around the globe has been collated by scientists to find out the most active and laziest countries, by measuring the number of steps people take each day.

The study was published last July in the advance online edition of Nature research journal.

The Philippines was among the "activity poor" countries with 4,008 daily steps on average.

Fellow Asian countries are behind PH - Malaysia with 3,963 steps, Saudi Arabia with 3,807, and Indonesia with 3,513.

Residents of Hong Kong are the "most active" in the world, taking 6,880 daily steps.

On average, the number of daily steps taken was 4,961, or around 4km, according to the study.

Researcher Scott Delp connected the results of the study to the obesity rate per country.

"If you think about some people in a country as 'activity rich' and others as 'activity poor,' the size of the gap between them is a strong indicator of obesity levels in that society," Delp noted.

The research aims to improve public health campaigns against obesity and support policies to make cities more "walkable" and pedestrian-friendly.


[Photo: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA]

Friday, June 30, 2017

Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto movies among official entries in MMFF 2017


After being rejected by the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) committee last year, Vice Ganda and Vic Sotto are back in this year's festival.

The MMFF executive committee on Friday announced the first four (of eight) entries of the annual filmfest.

Of the 26 screenplays submitted for consideration, these four films made the cut:

  • Ang Panday
    Director: Rodel Nacianceno
    Producer: CCM Creative Productions, Inc.
    Lead Actor: Coco Martin

  • Almost Is Not Enough
    Director: Dan Villegas
    Producer: Quantum & MJM Productions
    Lead Actor: Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales

  • The Revengers
    Director: Joyce A. Bernal
    Producer: Star Cinema and Viva Films
    Lead Actor: Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

  • Love Traps #FamilyGoals
    Director: Antonio Y. Reyes
    Producer: OctoArts Films
    Lead Actor: Vic Sotto and Dawn Zulueta

In a statement, MMFF executive committee chairman Tim Orbos said the selection committee a hard time choosing given the quality of the films.

"We have to thank them for their exhaustive and thorough deliberation," he said.

The entries were evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • 40 percent artistic excellence
  • 40 percent commercial appeal
  • 10 percent promotion of Filipino cultural and historical values
  • 10 percent global appeal

[Photo: Bandera]

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bulacan massacre: Man high on drugs rapes 2 women, kills 3 children


"Trip trip lang."

These are the words of 26-year-old construction worker Carmelino Ibañez after murdering five members of a family in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News, Ibañez said he and his cohorts, only identified as "Tony" and "Inggo", were under the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol when they killed Auring Carlos, her daughter Estrella, and three grandchildren aged 1, 5, and 11.

"Wala lang po, parang trip-trip lang... Naisipan lang pasukin, ganoon. Hindi naman po sinadya namin na talagang - kusa lang pong pinasok."

Police Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Director of the Police Regional Office 3, said the suspect confessed to the crime in front of his mother and sister.

"On his way home, bigla na lang daw may bumulong sa kanya na pasukin niya bahay ng biktima and since naka-lock yung front door, doon siya sa likod. May nakahambalang daw lang na kahoy kaya madali niyang nabuksan," Aquino said.

The suspect, who lives in the same subdivision, just two blocks away from the victims' house, first killed the grandmother who was sleeping downstairs, then raped her. She obtained 32 stab wounds.

When Estrella heard the commotion, she went downstairs to check.

"Nung nakita niyang nire-rape, tumakbo siya sa likod ng bahay para tumakas siguro. Ang ginawa nung suspect, hinabol niya yung mother and again doon niya sinaksak ulit," Aquino said.

Estrella, who received 45 stab wounds, was also raped.

The suspect also killed the three children who were upstairs. The eldest child sustained 15 stab wounds, his sister was stabbed 19 times, and their 1-year-old brother was stabbed 5 times.

The suspect used a knife found in the victims' kitchen to kill the family.

Dexter Carlos Jr., a bank security guard, was devastated after coming home from work to see his family murdered.

Police are still investigating other persons of interest.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WATCH: Dog delightfully interrupts news broadcast


A friendly black dog wanted to say hello to a live news broadcast in a television station in Russia.

Anchorwoman Ilona Linarte of Mir21 TV tried her best to continue despite the surprise guest's insistence on being the center of attention, but she was soon forced to acknowledge the breaking news.

"I've got a dog here. What is this dog doing in the studio?" Linarte shouts to someone offscreen before turning to address the audience: "I actually prefer cats. Yeah, I'm a cat lady."

Charmed by the pup, she still gave him a few pets.

The news station explained that the dog belongs to a guest from a different segment, and he somehow got loose.



[via The Dodo]

New 'Darna' chosen


After months of speculations, the newest "Darna" is finally revealed.

According to a Ricky Lo's The Philippine Star report, Kapamilya actress Liza Soberano will be playing as "Darna" in the upcoming movie to be directed by Erik Matti.

The actress is reportedly undergoing intense training and is done in a "secret place so that there would be no leak."

Angel Locsin, who was originally assigned for the role, backed out due to her spine problem.

Other actresses who portrayed the role of the iconic Pinay superhero were Vilma Santos and recently, Marian Rivera.

"Darna" is set to fly this year and will be under the production of Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment.

[Photo: @DARNAofc/Twitter]

Friday, May 19, 2017

Gilas Pilipinas sweeps SEABA, books FIBA Asia Cup ticket


Gilas Pilipinas dominated over Indonesia, 97-64 on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum to earn its 8th Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) title, formalizing its entry into the FIBA Asia Cup in August and the Asian Qualifiers in November.

Gilas swept the entire tournament with six wins by an average of 58.6 points, proving again that they are the kings of ASEAN basketball.

Andre Blatche led the charge with a total of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Jayson Castro added 14 markers, 7 boards, and 4 assists.

June Mar Fajardo scored 13, 4 rebounds, and two blocks for Gilas.

Indonesia's naturalized forward Jamarr Johnson only scored 4 points on 2-of-6 shooting. Arki Wisnu led his team with 11 points off the bench while Mario Wuysang added 10.

The Scores:

PHILIPPINES (97) - Blatche 21, Castro William 14, Fajardo 13, Wright 9, Rosario 9, Aguilar 6, Jalalon 6, Romeo 6, Pogoy 5, Abueva 5, Malicsi 3, Almazan 0

INDONESIA (64) - Wisnu 11, Wuysang 10, Setipu 8, Grahita 8, Pratama 8, Kurniawan 7, Sitorus 4, Johnson 4, Nugroho 2, Dhyaksa 2, Lakudu 0

Quarterscores: 34-14, 51-30, 78-47, 97-64

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dog meat sales to be banned at China's Yulin Festival


Chinese officials are set to ban the notorious Yulin Festival in China, activists have claimed.

In a May 17 press release, Humane Society International and the advocacy group Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project reported that the city is poised "to prohibit restaurants, street vendors and market traders from selling dog meat at the event."

The ban is believed to come into effect on June 15, a week before the Yulin Festival. Traders who break the law will be imposed fines of up to 100,000 yuan ($14,500).

Thousands of animals are slaughtered every year at the event, which started in 2010. It has since sparked global controversy. Animal advocates condemned the event for slaughtering thousands of dogs and cats every year, many of them stolen pets or strays.

"The Yulin dog meat festival is not over just yet," said Peter Li, a China policy specialist at Humane Society International. "But if this news is true as we hope, it is a really big nail in the coffin for a gruesome event that has come to symbolize China’s crime-fueled dog meat trade."

The ban however is not expected to prevent cats and other animals from being sold at the festival.

"Even if this is a temporary ban, we hope this will have a domino effect, leading to the collapse of the dog meat trade," said Andrea Gung, executive director of Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project.

At the height of the festival, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 dogs were killed. The numbers were reduced to 2,000 to 3,000 in recent years. Most of the dogs are stolen pets and strays grabbed from the streets still wearing their collars when they reach the slaughterhouse, where they are typically beaten to death.

Most people in China don't eat dogs, and pet owners and dog thieves have had numerous violent clashes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also warned about the threats to health of eating dog meat.

While many dogs and cats will still be killed for the Yulin festival in advance of the ban, Li said the temporary ban is "a milestone victory and we commend the Yulin authorities for taking this action."

[With reports from National Geographic, Independent, and Daily Mail. Photo: ChinaTopix/AP]