7 dead after tropical storm hits Philippines

Philippine rulers say that at least seven of the severe storms, the country hit the country on the weekend, and the President Ferdinand Marcos said today and the effort to continue.

Et deciver brought the wind in the sky in the South Millis, closing the airport at the port and disturbing the ability to supply. The typhoon is heading to the east coast of Japan today, with sustained winds of up to 130 km/h and gusts of up to 160 km/h.

A 14-year-old girl was pronounced dead in the southern province of Misamis Oriental when a tree fell on the parked vehicle she was riding in. Another student was injured, the national disaster agency said in a report.

In Quezon province, east of the capital, six people were reported killed, police Major Elizabeth Capistrano told DWPM radio. The victims included two men aged 56 and 22 who drowned and a 39-year-old man who was struck by a falling tree.

Marcos, speaking before a state visit to Brunei, said the storm affected nearly 27,000 people and disrupted operations at three airports and nine seaports over the weekend. Ewiniar is the first typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.

Southeast Asian countries experience an average of 20 monsoons per year, often bringing heavy rain, strong winds and landslides.

A Thai court today sentenced opposition lawmaker Chonthicha Jangrew to two years in prison for insulting the monarchy, his lawyer said, following his speech three years ago at a government protest.

Chonthicha, 31, denied the lese majeste charge and was released on bail pending an appeal against the decision, lawyer Marisa Pidsaya told Reuters. The court has yet to comment on the case.

The law is one of the strictest of its kind in the world and aims to protect Thailand’s powerful monarchy from criticism, with up to 15 years in prison for any defamation. Chonthicha is currently a member of parliament for the prominent opposition Move Forward Party, which has the largest number of seats in parliament and is facing its own legal battle over a previous plan to change the law on insults, which was granted by a court. his command to do to remove from your program. .

More than 272 people have been charged with defying the monarchy since 2020, including 17 in pre-trial detention, according to the legal aid group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, which collects data and defends most of them. the plaintiffs. Last year, a court sentenced Move Forward MP Rukchanok Srinork to six years in prison for social media criticism of the monarchy.

The move comes two weeks after the death of lawmaker Netiporn “Bung” Sanesangkhom in prison, where he was being held in custody on charges including insulting the king. He was starving, Thai human rights lawyers said.

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