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Hottest temperature this year recorded at 40.4 °C in Tuguegarao

MANILA (PNA) — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recorded on Sunday, June 1, the highest temperature in country so far for this year. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said Tuguegarao, Cagayan experienced its hottest temperature when temperature sizzled to 40.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The latest reading surpassed the previous high of 39.8 degrees Celsius recorded last May 22 also in Tuguegarao. However, Quitlong […]

Malacanang asks for cooperation for orderly school opening today

MANILA — Malacanang has called on the public to work together and observe the ‘bayanihan’ spirit in assuring an orderly school opening where some 26 million public and private school students are expected to troop back to their schools nationwide. Some 18,000 policemen will also be deployed nationwide as part of maintaining peace and order for the school opening today. “We are calling on to all citizens to execute the spirit of bayanihan in the […]

Chinese national and Filipino worker kidnapped in Borneo, freed by Abu Sayyaf

May 31 (Reuters) – Two women, including a Chinese national, who were kidnapped on the Malaysian island of Borneo in early April have been freed with no ransom demanded by the abductors, local media reported. The two women, a Chinese tourist and a Philippine hotel worker, were released from an island in the southern Philippines by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group on Friday, The Star reported. Philippine police then took a speedboat to transfer the […]

Party-list representative asks Congress to take note of proposed tuition fee bill

Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon is asking Congress to take note of his proposed bill seeking to create a regulatory board that will look into the tuition fee increases in private schools.  The private school fee regulation Act of 2013 was proposed in July last year, along with other members of the so-called Makabayan bloc, but it has yet to gain ground in Congress. “The legislative branch cannot sit idly as the cost of education […]

PNP ready for school opening; 18,000 cops to be deployed nationwide

The Philippine National Police is ready for the school opening on June 2, and they will respond not only to petty crimes but to acts of bullying as well.  Some 18,000 policemen will be deployed nationwide for the school opening next week.  At least 2,500 will be deployed in Metro Manila alone.  The police also gave some safety tips for student and their parents, particularly to avoid robbers, kidnappers and other criminals. [youtube id =”dmz5LBO-SVs”]

8 women, locked inside a room by their employer, die in Pasay City fire

A commercial/residential building in Pasay City was gutted by fire dawn Friday, May 30, with eight recorded dead because the owner locked the employees inside the building.  All the fatalities were women who were reportedly locked inside their room by their Filipino-Chinese employer during the night.  Firemen found the dead women inside the locked room.  They apparently died from suffocation.  Nine other women employees were able to escape.  Authorities are now investigating the incident. [youtube […]

Php 8.50 minimum fare starts on June 14

From Php 8, the minimum fare will now be Php 8.50 for the first four kilometers and an additional 10 centavos for the succeeding kilometers. The fare increase is approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. [youtube id=”jkGGdUSgLto”]