MetroVan Independent News November 2015

November 2015 FILIPINO FASHION DESIGNER RETURNS TO TOP MODEL LUISA MARSHALL AS TINA TURNER ON ELLEN Francis Libiran returns to Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model: Guys & Girls for the long running series' 22nd cycle. Luisa Marshall's Tina Turner Tribute invite d to the Elle n DeGeneres Show as part of Ellen's squad war with Taylor Swift. >ENTERTAINMENT PAGE 20 >ENTERTAINMENT PAGE 12 Vol. 1 No. 8 METROVAN INDEPENDENT MEDIA Manila airport screeners in silent protest over ‘tanim-bala’ claims By MetroVan Independent News team Hostages in Southern Philippines. Two Canadians kidnapped in Southern Philippines could mar Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s APEC visit By MetroVan Independent News team Suspected Abu Sayyaf abductors of two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman on Samal Island off Davao City last Sept. 21 suddenly released a video of their victims apparently timed to coincide with the arrival in Manila sometime next week of newly sworn Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. There are no known negotiations for their release although sources in Manila told Metrovan Independent News that the initial demand was one billion pesos for Connect with us: @MetroVanNews each Canadian. Police identified the victims as Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, who was the resort’s marina manager, and Canadians John Ridsdel, 68 and Robert Hall 50. The Filipino woman was identified as Teresita Flor, Hall’s common law partner. Ridsdel is reportedly a former reporter of Calgary Herald. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, said Canada was “pursuing all appropriate channels to seek further information.” Releasing more information “may compromise ongoing efforts and risk endangering the safety of Canadian citizens.” Canada’s footprint in the Philippines is small, so Canadian officials are likely working closely with Philippine authorities to contact the hostage-takers, perhaps through an intermediary, it was earlier reported. Shirley Anthony, spokeswoman for Calgary-based mining firm, TVI Pacific Inc., where Ridsdel serves as a consultant, said the company was “doing all it can to secure John’s release and help his family through this difficult time.” > NEWS PAGE 3 Employees of the Of fice for Transportation Security (OTS) yesterday held a silent protest at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) over allegations implicating them in the “tanim-bala” (bulletplanting) scandal that has already tainted the image of the country in the international community. Wearing pink armbands, the OTS employees decided to gather in a holy mass officiated by airport chaplain Rev. Fr. Ananias “Sonny” Merida at the NAIA Terminal 2 as they condemned sweeping allegations portraying that all of them are involved in the bullet-planting mess. > NEWS PAGE 2 An international arbitral tribunal gives nod to West Philippine Sea claims MANIL A , Philippines – One of the Philippines' top legal scholars said that the international tribunal hearing Manila's historic case against China “totally ignored” Beijing's controversial 9-dash line. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said that The Hague-based arbitral tribunal did not consider the 9-dash line in its initial ruling on jurisdiction, the first round of the Philippines' case against China on the South China Sea. Manila calls the parts it claims as the West Philippine Sea. > NEWS PAGE 3