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Taal still on alert level 4 as it continues to emit steam, registers infrequent weak explosions

(Eagle News)-An alert level 4 remains hoisted over Taal volcano as it continued to emit steam and registered infrequent weak explosions that generated white to dirty white ash plumes 500 to 1000 meters tall. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said sulfur dioxide emission was  at an average of 4353 tons per day. The Philippine Seismic Network also plotted a total of  714 volcanic earthquakes since January 12, 1 p.m. Of these, 176 registered at […]

Duterte vows to look for funds for construction of Cebu elevated railway

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, Jan. 19, vowed to look for funds for the construction of an elevated railway in Cebu. The President made the promise as he noted what he said was the horrendous traffic in the province in his short speech at the Cebu City Sports Center. The President said the trains were needed as there was no more space  for road expansion. President Duterte has urged his Cabinet members to look […]

Robredo on lawmaker’s push for House probe into PHIVOLCS: Now is not the time

(Eagle News)–Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday, Jan. 19, said now was not the time to probe the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Robredo issued the remark on her radio program, after Rep. Elpidio Barzaga accused PHIVOLCS of  failing to warn the public of Taal’s volcanic activity. Taal had a phreatic eruption on Sunday, Jan. 12. President Rodrigo Duterte, however, has said he was satisfied with PHIVOLCS performance, the Palace said. “Hindi naman masama […]

PCOO: Duterte, other ASEAN leaders invited to attend summit in US in March

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte and nine other leaders of Southeast Asian countries have been invited to attend a summit in the United States in March. The Presidential Communications Operations Office said in a statement on Sunday, Jan. 19, that the summit between the  United States and ASEAN leaders was to take place in Las Vegas on March 14. “The meeting between Duterte and (US President Donald) Trump is expected to reaffirm the longstanding alliance between […]

Rains forecast in parts of PHL

(Eagle News)–Rains are expected in parts of the country today, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. In its recent advisory, PAGASA said Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, CALABARZON, and Aurora will have cloudy skies with isolated light rains due to the northeast monsoon affecting parts of Luzon. PAGASA said Ilocos region and the rest of Central Luzon, on the other hand, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated […]

Taal still on alert level 4 as it continues to emit steam-laden plumes 300 to 500 meters high

(Eagle News)–Taal remains on alert level 4 as it continues to weakly emit steam-laden plumes 300 to 500 meters high since this morning. In its recent advisory, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the Philippine Seismic Network has also recorded 701 volcanic earthquakes since 1 p.m. of January 12. Of these, 176 were felt with intensities ranging from Intensity I to V. Since 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, there were ten  volcanic […]

House plans to pass measures creating new departments before next recess in March

(Eagle News)–The House of Representatives has plans of passing  measures creating the Departments of Filipino Overseas and Foreign Deployment, Water Resources, and Disaster Resilience before the next  recess in March. In a statement, House Majority Leader  Martin Romualdez said the House will soon vote on second reading on the proposed law creating the DFO to “keep an eye on the safety and protection of overseas Filipinos, including seafarers and household service workers.” So far, it […]

Binay calls on financial agencies, offices to impose six-month to one-year loan payment moratorium for Taal victims

(Eagle News)–Senator Nancy Binay has urged financial agencies and offices to impose a six-month to one-year loan payment moratorium for those affected by the volcanic activity of Taal volcano. Covered by Binay’s appeal were the Social Security Service, Pag-Ibig and the Government Service Insurance System. She also urged local government units to refrain from seeking penalties from those affected who failed to pay real property taxes and from businesses who can’t renew their business permits […]

Rains expected in parts of PHL due to northeast monsoon, tail-end of a cold front

(Eagle News)–Rains are expected in parts of the country today, Jan. 19. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Aurora will have cloudy skies with light rains due to the northeast monsoon affecting northern and central Luzon. Metro Manila, Ilocos Region and the rest of Central Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains on the other hand. CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, […]

Alert Level 4 still hoisted over Taal as intense seismic activity continues

(Eagle News)–An alert level 4 remains hoisted over Taal, as the Taal Volcano Network recorded over  700 volcanic earthquakes in the volcano for the past 24 hours. In its 8 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the 787 volcanic earthquakes included 15 low-frequency earthquakes. According to PHIVOLCS, the Philippine Seismic Network, on the other hand, recorded  691 volcanic earthquakes since 1:00 PM, January 12. Over 100, or 175 of these, registered […]

Weak steam emissions, only 2 ash explosions noted in Taal volcano, but alert level 4 still up – Phivolcs

  (Eagle News) – “Weak emissions of steam-laden plumes have been observed since Saturday morning, as ’weak ash explosions” were seen in Taal Volcano, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). Since 8 a.m. this morning, Taal Volcano’s activity has been generally characterized by these weak steam-laden plumes 500 to 800 meters high from the Main Crater that drifted to the general southwest, noted PHIVOLCS 5 p.m. bulletin. It said that only […]

De Lima denies she was behind Sabio’s complaint vs Duterte before ICC

(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. […]