Vog still observed over Taal Volcano: PHIVOLCS

(Eagle News)–Volcanic smog or vog continues to be observed over Taal Volcano, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said on Saturday, Sept. 23. PHIVOLCS said also monitored was an upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in the main crater lake and a plume 1800 meters tall. It reminded the public about the ban on the entry into Taal Volcano Island, especially in the main crater and Daang Kastila fissures, and the ban on occupancy and […]

DENR says it condemns any activity that leads to coral damage, destruction in West PHL Sea

(Eagle News)–The Department of Environment and Natural Resources said it strongly deplores the conduct of any activity that leads to the damage or destruction of coral reefs in the West Philippine Sea, as the agency expressed readiness to support any legal options the Philippines may pursue in the event of  marine environment  destruction. The DENR issued the statement after the Philippine military expressed suspicions about  a harvesting of corals by China in Rozul Reef. The […]

Vehicular emissions, not just Taal, also to blame for smog monitored in Metro Manila: PHIVOLCS

(Eagle News) — The smog observed in Metro Manila cannot be fully attributed to Taal Volcano, a Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology official said. In a dzbb radio interview, PHIVOLCS’ Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division head Mariton Bornas said a “thermal inversion” of the atmosphere was taking place, which also prevents pollutants from dissipating. “This is mainly vehicular emissions,” she added. In an advisory on Thursday afternoon, PHIVOLCS warned of a volcanic smog […]

Court operations suspended: Trece Martires, General Trias, and Tanza Courts close due to Taal volcano smog

In response to the hazardous volcanic smog emanating from Taal Volcano, the Philippine Supreme Court Public Information Office announces the suspension of work for all courts in Trece Martires City, General Trias City, and the Municipality of Tanza. This suspension will take effect starting at 12:00 P.M. today, September 22, 2023. Stay safe and stay tuned for further updates regarding this situation. WORK SUSPENSION: All courts in Trece Martires City, General Trias City and Municipality […]

Manila suspends in-person classes at all levels

In response to the volcanic sulfur dioxide emissions from Taal Volcano, Manila has taken precautionary measures. The Manila Public Information Office, following recommendations from the Manila DRRM Office, has announced the suspension of face-to-face afternoon classes for both public and private schools at all levels. Stay tuned for updates on this developing situation. BREAKING: Per recommendation of the Manila DRRM Office, IN PERSON or FACE-TO-FACE afternoon classes in ALL LEVELS for both public and private […]

President Bongbong Marcos certifies agricultural economic sabotage bill as urgent

(Eagle News) — President Bongbong Marcos has certified as urgent a measure that explicitly defines the crime of agricultural sabotage and stipulates hefty penalties for violation of the same. In a letter addressed to Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, the President emphasized the need to facilitate the passage of Senate Bill No. 2432, which aims to repeal Republic Act No. 10845, or the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016. In his letter, the President said the […]

PNP catches fugitive ex-cop convicted of 1990s killing

(Eagle News)–Authorities re-arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 19, a dismissed policeman convicted of the killing of an Armed Forces of the Philippines officer in the 1990s. The re-arrest of Joel Consuelo Villanueva by virtue of a warrant issued by Branch 56 of the Lucena Regional Trial Court came  years after he escaped from the Orthopedic Hospital after conviction while undergoing a medical checkup, the PNP said. Prior to this, in 1995, he also managed to escape […]

PHL registers 7.874% crime rate drop: PNP

(Eagle News)–The Philippines has registered a 7.874% crime rate drop this year, the Philippine National Police said. According to the PNP, this translates to 11,975 fewer incidents reported from January 1 to Sept. 17. Also seized in 34,496 operations was P7.2 billion worth of illegal drugs. Over 50,000–or 54,653—individuals were also arrested, including 56 wanted persons with a bounty on their head, and 34,404 firearms were seized and surrendered. “To ensure the safety and security […]

ITCZ affecting Mindanao: PAGASA

(Eagle News)–The Intertropical Convergence Zone is affecting Mindanao. As a result, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Mindanao will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Flashfloods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. The entire country will have light to moderate winds and slight […]

16,297 cybercrime cases probed from January to August: PNP

(Eagle News)–The Philippine National Police has investigated over 16,000 cybercrime cases from January to August. PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group Director Brigadier General Sydney Hernia said of the 16297 cybercrime cases, online scams were the most prevalent. The remaining top nine crimes reported were illegal access, computer-related identity theft, ATM/credit card fraud, threats, data interference, anti-photo and video voyeurism, computer-related fraud, and unjust vexation. Also investigated during the period were crimes involving the use of emerging technologies […]

Customs bureau seizes P42 million worth of smuggled rice in Zamboanga City

(Eagle News)–The Bureau of Customs has seized P42 million worth of what authorities said was smuggled rice following a raid in a warehouse in Zamboanga City. The raid, the Presidential  Communications Office said, was conducted by BoC-Port of Zamboanga in Barangay San Jose Gusu following a tip. An inventory of the items in the warehouse yielded 42180 sacks of  rice. According to the PCO, the owner’s representative submitted import documents purportedly covering the sacks of […]

Southwest monsoon affecting western sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas

(Eagle News)–The southwest monsoon is affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said, as a result, cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are expected in Palawan. Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will have partly cloudy  to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. PAGASA said the entire country will have light to moderate winds and slight to moderate […]