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BREAKING: Taal Volcano’s status lowered to Alert Level 3

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 01/26/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — The alert on Taal Volcano has been downgraded to Alert Level 3, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Sunday. “This serves as a notice for the lowering of Taal Volcano’s…

Ex-envoy warns: Scrapping VFA will benefit China

Doris Dumalo-Abadilla, Jerome Aning, Leila Salaverria - Philippine Daily Inquirer 01/26/2020

The abrupt termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) could deal a big blow to the country’s efforts to combat terrorism, warned a former envoy to the United States. Jose Cuisia Jr., former Philippine ambassador to the…

Blacklisting Angkas CEO to spook foreign investors, lawmaker warns

Christia Marie Ramos - INQUIRER.net 01/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday rejected a fellow lawmaker’s proposal to declare as persona non grata the Singaporean chief operating officer (CEO) of motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas, as it might scare away foreign investors.…

Confirmed: US voids Senator Bato dela Rosa’s visa

Maila Ager - INQUIRER.net 01/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa confirmed Wednesday that his US visa had been canceled. Dela Rosa, in separate text messages to reporters, disclosed that his US visa had been canceled and was told to…

P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC

Consuelo Marquez - INQUIRER.net 01/18/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Over P16.5 million worth of assistance have been sent to families who are now sheltered at various evacuation centers following the Jan. 12 eruption of Taal Volcano, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management…

P1.4T worth of projects to be passed on to Duterte successor

Ronnel W. Domingo 01/17/2020

President Duterte will leave to his successor “an impressive P1.4 trillion worth of projects ready to be implemented” compared to just P50 billion at the end of Benigno Aquino III’s term, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez…

Crimes vs humanity? Democracy ‘robust’ under Duterte, says Palace

Julie M. Aurelio 01/17/2020

President Duterte has not retaliated against those responsible for “vilifying” him in the International Criminal Court (ICC), which shows to the world that the Philippines had a “robust democracy” despite complaints that the nation’s leader had committed…

Manila Cathedral offers to host weddings disrupted by Taal eruption

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 01/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Cathedral is opening its doors to couples whose scheduled weddings in churches in Batangas and Cavite were disrupted by the eruption of the Taal Volcano. The Manila Cathedral on Thursday has invited…

3 young volunteers die in car crash after giving aid to Taal evacuees

Cathrine Gonzales - INQUIRER.net 01/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — It was supposed to be a day dedicated only to sending a beam of hope to evacuees affected by the fury of the Taal Volcano. But this act of volunteerism turned out to be…

7 cheat death as vehicle rams concrete railing in Negros

Florence Baesa 01/15/2020

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental- Seven construction company employees cheated death when the vehicle they were riding ascended through the railing of a bridge in a freak vehicular accident at 2:10 am, Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the…

POEA totally bans deployment of OFWs to Iraq

Krixia Subingsubing 01/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) has imposed a total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Iraq, formalizing the government’s efforts to repatriate Filipinos amid escalating tensions between the United…

Maid in Kuwait sustained multiple, severe injuries; brain, heart missing – NBI

Tetch Torres-Tupas 01/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines – The brain, heart and some internal organs of Jeanelyn Villavende, the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who died in Kuwait were missing based on the autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Villavende’s…

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