(Eagle News)–Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday, Jan. 18, denied she had a hand in the case filed by Edgard Matobato, through his lawyer Jude Sabio, against President Rodrigo Duterte. Matobato has claimed he was a member of the Davao Death Squad formed to kill in the city when Duterte was mayor. “Jude Sabio says I was behind the case filed by Edgar Matobato with the Ombudsman against Duterte. ‘Behind’ is such a loaded term. […]
(Eagle News)–Acute respiratory infection was among the top five conditions being observed in Taal’s victims who are staying in evacuation centers. This is according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who gave an interview on Saturday, Jan. 18, over radio dzbb. According to Duque, medicines and personnel, however, sufficed for all evacuation centers. Earlier, Senator Imee Marcos urged the Department of Health to conduct a health audit of people staying in evacuation centers due to […]
(Eagle News)–Criminal charges have been filed against an electronics engineer who carried assorted ammunition as he was entering a Metro Rail Transit-3 station on Thursday, Jan. 16, the MRT-3 said. In a statement, the MRT-3 said the charges for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, and RA 9516 or the Illegal Possession of Ammunition and Explosives law have been filed against Xavier Sumaya, who was intercepted at the Taft […]
Gatchalian to DepEd: Have emergency plans in place for schools ahead of Taal’s possible “explosive eruption”
(Eagle News)–Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the Department of Education to have emergency plans in place ahead of what the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said was Taal’s possible “explosive eruption.” “Hindi pa lumilipas ang pinakamalalang maaaring mangyari sa pag-alboroto ng Bulkang Taal, kaya dapat nating paghandaan ang maaaring maging epekto ng isang malaking pagsabog,” Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, said. For example, Gatchalian said it was […]
(Eagle News)–Former child actor Jiro Manio was arrested in Marikina on Friday night. The police said Manio had been arrested for stabbing one Zeus Doctolero earlier. Manio has reportedly said it was Doctolero who hit him first. Manio received accolades for his role in the movie Magnifico in 2004. He has, however, reportedly been in and out of rehab since. In 2015, he was seen loitering at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for days, surviving […]
Alert level 4 still hoisted over Taal as volcano emits steady steam, registers infrequent weak explosions
(Eagle News)–A steady steam emission and infrequent weak explosions have so far been observed in Taal, which has also generated ash plumes 50 to 600 meters tall and dispersed ash southwest of the main crater. In its 8 a.m. bulletin on Saturday, Jan. 18, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said sulfur dioxide emission had gone down to an average of 360 tons per day, consistent with weak plume activity, even as it reiterated […]
(Eagle News)–The northeast monsoon will bring rains in parts of the country today as it affects Luzon. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Aurora and Quezon will have cloudy skies with isolated rains. Flash floods or landslides due to isolated light to moderate rains are possible. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, on the other hand, will have partly cloudy to cloudy […]
(Eagle News)–Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Friday, Jan. 17, welcomed the designation of Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa as the new Philippine National Police Chief. “He is very qualified for the job,” Año said. According to Año, he expects Gamboa to “work harder now that he is the permanent Chief PNP..” He said Gamboa should lead the organization in its “intensified fight against illegal drugs, criminalilties, communist terrorist groups and extremists.” He said he also expects […]
(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, Jan. 17, announced the appointment of Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa as the chief of the Philippine National Police. “Pinakita mo sa akin yung sincerity mo and I’d like you to leave something that you will be remembered by the country,” the President told Gamboa, who was present during his speech in Davao. Gamboa answered with a salute. In a short statement, the PNP welcomed Duterte’s appointment of Gamboa, who […]
(Eagle News)–The Commission on Elections has suspended voter registration in areas affected by Taal’s volcanic activity. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the suspension applies to Agoncillo, Alitagtag, Balete, Laurel, Lemery, Mataasnakahoy, Sta. Teresita, Taal, Talisay and San Nicolas. Jimenez said the suspension also applies to Tagaytay City, Amadeo, Alfonso, Indang and Silang in Cavite, and areas where roads are impassable due to volcanic ash. He said voters registration will resume on Jan. 20.
(Eagle News)–A 3.9-magnitude earthquake struck Davao Occidental on Friday, Jan. 17. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, which hit at 12:28 p.m., had its epicenter 56 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos. It had a depth of focus of 178 kilometers. No damage to property nor aftershocks were recorded.
(Eagle News)–Former Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde welcomed the Department of Justice resolution that found probable cause to charge him with graft in connection with an allegedly anomalous anti-drugs operation in Pampanga in 2013. “I welcome this development as the chance to once and for all clear my name in the proper forum,” Albayalde said in a statement. Albayalde was accused of intervening in the cases filed against his men led by Rodney Baloyo […]