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PAGASA: Tropical depression east of Central Luzon may enter PAR tonight or on Thursday morning

(Eagle News)–The tropical depression being monitored east of Central Luzon may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility tonight or on Thursday morning. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the weather disturbance, which was estimated 2025 kilometers east of the main island group, is likely to intensify into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours. So far, tonight until tomorrow morning, the outer circulation of “Quinta,” which is located 400 kilometers of […]

PHL COVID-19 tally at 373,144; 353 more recover

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 373,000 mark on Tuesday, Oct. 27, after the Department of Health reported 1524 additional cases. The DOH said of the 373144 total cases, 10 percent or 37489 were active. Of these, 82.8 percent were mild, 11 percent asymptomatic, 4 percent critical, and 2.2 percent severe. Of the 1524 newly-reported cases, 1473 were cases that tested positive today. The areas with the most cases reported on this day […]

Philippines’ ambassador to Brazil ordered home after ‘mistreating’ employee

  MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — The Philippines ordered its ambassador to Brazil to return home Monday after video footage showed her “mistreating” a Filipino domestic helper. Marichu Mauro, who was posted to Brazil in 2018 and also had jurisdiction over Colombia, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela, was under investigation, the foreign ministry said. “The Department of Foreign Affairs has instructed the Philippine Ambassador to Brazil to return home immediately following release of video footages showing her […]

3 dead, dozen missing after typhoon Quinta hits Philippines

  Three people died and a dozen others are missing after typhoon Quinta (international name Molave) triggered flooding across the central Philippines, officials said Tuesday, with thousands still sheltering in evacuation centers. Typhoon Quinta struck Sunday, inundating low-lying villages and farmlands, knocking down power lines and destroying hundreds of houses as it crossed the archipelago. The typhoon is now sweeping across the South China Sea towards Vietnam, the national weather forecaster said. The National Disaster […]

Pres. Duterte: PHL to do gov’t-to-gov’t transaction for COVID-19 vaccine acquisition

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte said that a government to government transaction would be done in the acquisition of vaccines for COVID-19 from China for the Philippines to prevent any incidence of corruption and delay. In his address to the nation aired on Tuesday, Oct. 27, Duterte said that he believes that the Chinese government already has a vaccine. He said that going through Chinese businessmen or private groups is not the way […]

“Quinta” leaves PAR but Signal No. 1 still in effect over Kalayaan Islands

(Eagle News)–“Quinta” has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Signal No. 1, however, remains in effect over Kalayaan Islands with  “Quinta” located 775 kilometers west of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. Today, “Quinta” will also bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Western Visayas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands, and light to moderate with at times heavy rains over […]

PAGASA: LPA east of S. Luzon may enter PAR this week

(Eagle News)–The low pressure area east of Southern Luzon may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this week. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said as of 4 a.m., the LPA was located 1855 kilometers east of the island group, and is likely to enter PAR on Wednesday or Thursday. PAGASA said it is likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours. So far, however, Signal No. 1 remains […]

President Duterte orders DOJ-led task force to probe corruption in gov’t

  (Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a  Department of Justice-led task force to probe corruption in the entire government. The President gave the order to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra in a memorandum from the Office of the President the chief executive read out in his taped address aired on Tuesday morning. The President said the task force, which was formed in August to probe corruption allegations in PhilHealth, could focus on government corruption allegations […]

Pres. Duterte: GCQ in Nov for NCR, Batangas, Lanao del Sur; cities of Bacolod, Tacloban, Iligan, Iloilo

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte said that General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will remain in effect from Novermber 1 to 30 in Metro Manila, Batangas, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Tacloban City, Iligan City, and Lanao del Sur. In his televised address to the nation on Tuesdat, Oct. 27, Duterte said that GCQ is the preferred mode of community quarantine protocol by many because it has resulted in the decrease of COVID-19 cases. The quarantine […]

Signal No. 1 in effect over Kalayaan Islands as “Quinta” moves over W. PHL Sea

(Eagle News)–Signal No. 1 is in effect over Kalayaan Islands as “Quinta” continued to move west over the West Philippine Sea. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said “Quinta” was 605 km west of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro or 305 km north northeast of Pag-asa Island, Palawan. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph as it moves at  25 kph. “Quinta” […]

Seven fishermen missing as Typhoon Quinta drenches Philippines

  POLA, Philippines (AFP) — Searches were under way Monday for seven fishermen in the Philippines as a typhoon swept across the archipelago, flooding low-lying areas and forcing thousands of people into emergency shelters. Packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour, Typhoon Quinta (international name Molave) made landfall Sunday on the southern end of the main island of Luzon before moving west across the country. Villages and farmland in the typhoon’s […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL breach 371,000 mark; 245 more recover

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 371,000 mark on Monday, Oct. 26, after the Department of Health reported 1607 additional cases. The DOH said of the 371630 total cases, 9.8 percent or 36,333 were active. Of these, 82.6 percent were mild, 10.9 percent were asymptomatic, 4.1 percent were critical, and 2.3 percent were severe. The DOH said Davao City had the most additional cases reported today, with 90, followed by Cavite with 88, […]