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Major General Allen Paredes is next commanding general of the PHL Air Force

(Eagle News) — Major General Allen Paredes is the next commanding general of the Philippine Air Force. The Palace said Paredes will  assume the post from Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez, who is set to retire. It said a turnover ceremony will be held on Thursday, and this will be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte. Paredes is at present the commanding general of the Air Logistics Command.

First batch of Filipinos repatriated from Iraq arrives

(Eagle News) — The first batch of Filipinos repatriated from Iraq amid brewing tensions between the United States and Iran arrived on Wednesday, Jan. 15. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the batch, composed of 11 adults and two children, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from Baghdad and Erbil, and was received by officials of the DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs. The batch includes the seven […]

PHL gov’t formally imposes total ban on deployment of OFWs to Kuwait

(Eagle News) — The Philippine government has imposed a total ban on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers to Kuwait. The Department of Labor and Employment announced the ban  in a statement after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration  Governing Board signed a resolution for the same. The ban was imposed after an autopsy report found that Jeanelyn Villavende, who was killed in the Middle Eastern country, had been sexually abused. Prior to the release of […]

Palace on Sabio’s withdrawal of ICC case vs Duterte: Trillanes “must be squirming in his disgraced retirement”

(Eagle News) — Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV “must be squirming in his disgraced retirement” after lawyer Jude Sabio withdrew the complaint for crimes against humanity against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court. This is according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who issued the statement a day after Sabio, lawyer of Edgar Matobato, who had claimed he was a member of the Davao Death Squad, withdrew the complaint over the drug war. “Lies […]

Gov’t begins mandatory repatriation of Filipinos from Iraq

(Eagle News)–The government on Wednesday, Jan. 15, began the mandatory repatriation of Filipinos from Iraq, as tensions between the United States and Iran brewed following a US airstrike that killed a top Iran military official. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said  two groups will be coming from Baghdad and Erbil and will arrive today. The first group from Baghdad composed of seven adults and two minors was supposed to arrive yesterday, the […]

DOH sends N95 masks, other items to Taal-affected Calabarzon, M. Manila

(Eagle News)–The Department of Health has sent medical supplies and other items to Metro Manila and Calabarzon, areas affected by the volcanic activity in Taal. In a statement, the DOH said those sent included drugs, medicines such as eye drops and asthma medication, medical supplies including N95 and surgical face masks, collapsible water containers and jerry cans, water purification tablets, and hygiene kits. The DOH Central Office has been placed on Code White Alert. This […]

3.6-magnitude quake hits Batangas

(Eagle News)–A 3.6-magnitude earthquake struck Batangas on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, which took place at 8:34 a.m., had its epicenter 6 kilometers northwest of Laurel. It had a depth of focus of one kilometer. No damage to property nor aftershocks were recorded.

PHIVOLCS recommends evacuation from Pansipit River Valley too as fissures observed in area

(Eagle News)–The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has recommended an evacuation from the Pansipit River Valley where fissuring has been observed, signs it says of a Taal imminent eruption. PHIVOLCS made the recommendation in its 8 a.m. advisory as it noted new fissures and cracks in Sinisian, Mahabang, Dahilig, Dayapan, Palanas, Sangalang, Poblacion, Mataas na Bayan, Lemery; Pansipit, Bilibinwang, Agoncillo; Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, Poblacion 5, Talisay and Poblacion, San Nicolas; and […]

Batangas to have cloudy skies, isolated rains today due to Taal volcanic activity, northeast monsoon

(Eagle News)–Batangas will have cloudy skies with isolated rains today due to the volcanic activity in Taal and the northwest monsoon affecting Luzon. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate and Samar provinces will, on the other hand, have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms due to the tail end of a cold front. PAGASA said Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, Quezon and the rest of Bicol […]

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions for Wednesday, Jan. 15

(Eagle News)–Classes on Wednesday, Jan. 15, were suspended in some areas due to the effects of Taal’s ash fall. Below is a list: Batangas province – all levels Cavite province – all levels Laguna province – all levels The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has said the volcano remains under an alert level 4, which means an explosive eruption was possible.  

Duterte visits areas affected by Taal volcanic activity, says he is satisfied with gov’t response

(Eagle News)-President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, Jan. 14, said he was satisfied with the response of government agencies to Taal’s volcanic activity that has prompted the evacuation of thousands. “I am very satisfied with the response of everybody. The fact that no one was killed and that there’s nobody really sick,” the President said during a situation briefing when he visited Batangas City, one of the most affected. According to Duterte, local and national government […]

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over parts of Mindanao

(Eagle News)-A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over parts of Mindanao. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said moderate to heavy rainshowers with lightning and strong winds due to thunderstorms are expected over Sarangani and  Sultan Kudarat within one to two hours. PAGASA said these  conditions are being experienced in Davao Occidental, particularly on Sarangani island and Jose Abad Santos and nearby areas. PAGASA said these may persist within one to two hours. […]