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Tropical Depression “Josie” heads toward Babuyan Group of Islands

(Eagle News) — The tropical cyclone warning signal hoisted over the northern portion of Ilocos Sur has been lifted, as Tropical Depression “Josie” headed toward the Babuyan Group of Islands. Signal Number One has been hoisted over Batanes, northern Cagayan including the island group, Ilocos Norte, Apayao and the northern portion of Abra, with the center of “Josie” estimated 70 kilometers north of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte or 95 km west southwest of Calayan, Cagayan […]

“Josie” approaching Ilocos Norte; Signal Number 1 hoisted over parts of Luzon

(Eagle News)–Rains are expected in several parts of Luzon as Tropical Depression “Josie” approaches Ilocos Norte, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said on Saturday, July 21. In its 5 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said as of 4 p.m., the center of “Josie” was 55 kilometers northwest of Laoag City, and is closing in on the Burgos-Pagudpud  area. “Josie” is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kilometers per hour near the center, […]

Senator Aquino: Duterte’s SONA should be about addressing effects of TRAIN law on poor Filipinos

(Eagle News)–For Senator Bam Aquino, President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address should be about “addressing the plight of poor Filipinos burdened” by the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law. “Sana pag-usapan ang mga solusyon sa pagtaas presyo sa SONA ng pangulo,” he said in a statement on Saturday, July 21. He also reiterated his position that the excise tax on fuel be suspended para mabigyan ng ginhawa ang […]

CHR urges BI to reconsider decision to deport Australian nun Fox

(Eagle News)–The Commission on Human Rights on Friday, July 20, asked the Bureau of Immigration to reconsider its decision to deport Australian nun Patricia Fox. “The deportation order sets a dangerous precedent for foreign human rights workers and discourages them from doing important humanitarian work in our country,” the CHR said in a statement. According to the CHR, the “principles of human rights must reign supreme when distinguishing between humanitarian work and perceiving something as political […]

LPA now a tropical depression; several areas under Signal No. 1 due to “Josie”

(Eagle News)–The low pressure area spotted west of Ilocos Sur has developed into a tropical depression, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said on Saturday, July 21. According to PAGASA, as of 10 a.m., the center of Tropical Depression “Josie” was located 195 kilometers west northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur. “Josie” is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour near the center, and gustiness of up to 60 kilometers […]

NUPL assails Con-Com’s proposed federal Charter

(Eagle News)–The National Union of People’s Lawyers has assailed the federal charter proposed by the Consultative Committee, saying it “falls into the bait or trap of strongman rule.” According to the NUPL, this was because even if there were “progressive” provisions in the draft, it “effectively grants the incumbent authoritarian powers,” allowing him to appoint “all the members of the independent Constitutional commissions and practically thousands of government officials, which could include the judiciary, while […]

“Inday” leaves PAR but monsoon rains to persist in parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila

(Eagle News)–“Inday” is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but monsoon rains are expected to persist in several parts of the country. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said severe tropical storm “Inday”, which is now 915 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes as of 5 a.m., and a low pressure area located 285 kilometers west of Laoag, Ilocos Norte as of 3 a.m., will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon. Intermittent heavy […]

“Inday” maintains its strength; monsoon rains to persist in several parts of PHL, including Metro Manila

(Eagle News)–“Inday” has maintained its strength as it prepares to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said that as of 10 p.m., the center of “Inday” was spotted 925 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes. “Inday” is packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour near the center, and gustiness of up to 115 kilometers per hour. PAGASA said […]

Dominguez: DOF to file criminal charges vs public officials, private individuals involved in P11-B tax credit scam

  (Eagle News) – The Department of Finance said it would file criminal charges against public officials and private individuals involved in an P11 billion tax credit scam that happened from 2008 to 2014 which was recently uncovered by state auditors. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III made the announcement as the department said there were public officials and private individuals who have unduly benefited from the issuance of over P11 billion-worth of tax credit certificates […]

Sereno supporters say SC decision to reprimand her a move to “gag criticism, opposition”

(Eagle News) — Supporters of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said the Supreme Court’s decision to reprimand her for criticizing her former colleagues was a move to “gag criticism and opposition.” “The Supreme Court has effectively transformed itself from a means of truth and justice to a menace to those who seek them,” the Coalition for Justice said in a statement on Friday, July 20. According to the group, “that the High Tribunal would […]

PHL Red Cross signs MOA with DepEd, CHED for teacher and student training on disaster response

  The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has formally signed agreements with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to have teachers and the youth involved in becoming lifesavers and leaders. In a speech during the ceremonial signing of the memoranda of agreement (MOA) with DepEd and CHED, Chairman Richard Gordon said the partnerships will help more individuals to prepare for and respond to disasters. “This is a strong partnership between […]

Water level of dams in Luzon increasing because of heavy rains, says PAGASA

(Eagle News) — The rains brought by “Inday” and the southwest moonson have a positive effect on the situation of dams in Luzon. Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Servicesn Administration Hydrologist Elmer Caringal said the recent heavy to intense rains have been filling the water reservoirs and dams, particularly the Angat Dam that is supplying water to Metro Manila. Caringal said that the Angat Dam water level has reached 192.98 meters. Although this is still […]