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Rains to prevail in parts of PHL as southwest monsoon affects Luzon

(Eagle News)–Rains are expected in parts of the country today, July 19, as the southwest monsoon affects Luzon. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Ilocos Region, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, and Bataan will experience the monsoon rains. Flash floods or landslides due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains are expected. Metro Manila, Cordillera Administrative Region, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and the rest of Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley on […]

LP on sedition raps vs Robredo, others: “Gawa-gawa, kasinungalingan, walang basehan”

(Eagle News)–“Gawa-gawa, kasinungalingan, at walang basehan.” This was how Liberal Party president Kiko Pangilinan described the raps filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and several others over the “Ang Totoong Narco-list” videos against President Rodrigo Duterte and his family. In a statement, Pangilinan said “ginagawa ito ng mga kalaban ng demokrasya..” He said this was because “si VP na lang ang nakaharang sa kanilang hangarin na ituloy ang patayan sa huwad na war on drugs […]

Duterte meets with Customs employees sacked over corruption allegations

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, July 18, met with Customs employees he had relieved over corruption allegations. There were so far no details on the meeting held at the Palace. Last week, Duterte announced the relief of 64 Customs employees assigned to the administrative section. “Napuno na ako, sabi ko hindi talaga mahinto itong p***ng i**ng ito, umalis kayo diyan,” he said.

“Falcon” now outside PAR; LPA seen to develop into tropical depression within 36 hours

(Eagle News)–Tropical Storm “Falcon” is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but the low pressure area spotted near Ilocos Sur may develop into a tropical depression. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said as of 4 p.m., the center of  “Falcon” was estimated at 655 kilometers north northeast of Basco, Batanes. As of 3 p.m., the LPA was estimated at 310 kilometers west northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur outside PAR, and may […]

Raps filed vs Robredo, several others over “Ang Totoong Narco-list” videos

(Eagle News)–Charges on Thursday, July 18, were filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and other personalities allegedly behind the “Ang Totoong Narco-list” videos against President Rodrigo Duterte and his family. Acting as complainant to the charges of inciting to sedition, libel, cyber libel, estafa, obstruction of justice and harboring a fugitive  filed against Antonio Trillanes IV, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, priests Robert Reyes, Socrates Villegas, Teodoro Bacani and Albert Alejo, former Education Secretary Armin Luistro, […]

Robredo camp “extremely disappointed” over PET denial of bid to immediately resolve poll protest

(Eagle News)–The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday, July 19, expressed “extreme disappointment” over the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s  denial of their bid for the electoral protest against her to be resolved immediately. In a statement, Robredo’s lawyer Bernadette Sardillo said they however   “fully respect” the PET resolution that called the motion “premature,” and expressed confidence the Supreme Court would rule Robredo rightfully won the vice presidential elections in 2016. “We anchored our motion […]

Gatchalian wants to scrap expiration of prepaid load credits

(Eagle News)–Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has filed a bill that seeks to scrap the expiration of prepaid load. Under Senate Bill No 365, or the Prepaid Load Forever Act of 2019,  all Public Telecommunications Entities and Information and Communications Technology providers are banned from imposing an expiration period on the validity of prepaid load credits and their forfeiture. Prepaid Load Forever Act of 2019 specifically bans the  imposition of an expiration period on the validity of […]

“Falcon” intensifies slightly as it continues to move northward

(Eagle News)–Tropical Storm “Falcon” intensified slightly as it continued to move northward on Thursday morning. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said as of 10  a.m., the center of the tropical storm was estimated at 385 kilometers north northeast of Basco, Batanes. It is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per hour, and is moving at 20 kilometers […]

PET denies Robredo’s bid for immediate resolution of electoral protest vs her

(Eagle News)–The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has denied Vice President Leni Robredo’s bid for the immediate resolution of the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against her. In a resolution, the PET said Robredo’s motion was “premature” as the tribunal has yet to complete the proceedings on the matter following rule 65 of the 2010 PET rules. The tribunal said the proceedings include a judicial recount, revision and appreciation of the votes cast in […]

A first in history: PHL Philharmonic Orchestra to play at President Duterte’s SONA 2019

  (Eagle News) – For the first time in its history, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the fourth State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte. The 65-piece orchestra will start playing at the Batansang Pambansa starting 11:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22, to welcome the President for his 2019 SONA, as well as the lawmakers and guests that will arrive that day. Included in the songs to be performed by the […]

Angat dam water level continues to dip despite rains; but water in La Mesa, Ipo dams still up

  (Eagle News) – The water level of Angat dam continued to go down despite the rains brought by storm Falcon as it dipped to 158.27 meters as of 6 a.m. today, Thursday, July 18. From 158.38 meters on Wednesday 6 a..m., July 17, the water level decreased by 11 centimeters, according to PAGASA’s latest dam update. This meant that the water level is now almost two meters below the 160 meter critical level. But […]

LPA spotted near Ilocos Sur seen to develop into tropical depression within 48 hours

Storm signals hoisted over two areas as “Falcon” moves northward (Eagle News)–The low pressure area near Ilocos Sur may develop into a tropical depression within 48 hours,  the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said, while  Tropical Storm “Falcon”   maintained its strength as it moved northward on Thursday morning. PAGASA said as of 4 a.m., the LPA was located 265 kilometers west of Sinait. The eye of “Falcon” on the other hand was located […]