Easterlies affect S. Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao on Thursday, April 25

(Eagle News)–The easterlies continue to affect Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao on Thursday, April 25, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. According to PAGASA, Bicol Region, Visayas, and Mindanao will experience  partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms as a result. Flash floods during severe thunderstorms are also possible. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will also have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers, this time, […]

President Duterte leaves for Beijing to attend, speak at 2nd Belt and Road Forum

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte left for China on Wednesay afternoon, April 24, to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing scheduled on April 25 to 27 where he will join more than 35 leaders and heads of international organizations. Duterte was invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the forum where international leaders are set to discuss issues of mutual concern. He and his delegation left […]

President Duterte directs closure of all branches of Chuzon supermarket as officials probe building collapse

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte has directed officials to look into the cause of the collapse of a four-storey building in Porac, Pampanga as he noted that structures beside it still stood strong after the quake. The President, who arrived on Tuesday in Pampanga to conduct an inspection of quake-affection areas in Porac, noted that there could be a structural defect in the construction of the Chuzon Supermarket building, and said that all […]

PNP: DNA samples from scissors used to kill Silawan match suspect’s

(Eagle News)—The DNA samples taken from the scissors police believe were used to kill Christine Lee Silawan matched that of suspect Renato Llenes, the Philippine National Police said. PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said the scissors also contained Silawan’s DNA, based on an examination done by the PNP Crime Lab. The findings appear to affirm the narration of events made by Llenes, who said he used the scissors to stab Silawan several times and to skin […]

Canada working toward “timely resolution” to wastes shipped to PHL

(Eagle News)–Canada on Wednesday, April 24, said it was working toward a “timely resolution” to the wastes that were shipped  by a Canadian company to the Philippines. The Canadian embassy issued the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to “declare war” against Canada over the 50 containers of waste from the country that was intercepted by the Bureau of Customs and that has since been languishing here. “A joint technical working group, consisting of officials […]

Duterte to issue “dismissal letters” to corrupt officials before leaving for China

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, April 24, said he would issue “dismissal letters” to some government officials who were corrupt. Duterte said he would issue these before he left for China to attend the second Belt and Road forum in Beijing from April 25 to 27. He did not say, however, who would be fired. “Corruption is really — (it) seeps down to the core. You have to have something more than just a […]

MWSS imposes P1-billion sanction on Manila Water over water shortage

(Eagle News)—The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System has imposed a sanction of more than P1 billion on Manila Water over the water shortage that grappled its customers in March. MWSS administrator Reynaldo Velasco said in a radio interview of the P1.134 billion sanction, P534 million represents a fine, and P600 million the fund for a new water source. Manila Water president and CEO Ferdinand dela Cruz said the company would comply with the MWSS decision, […]

Duterte: Abuel to remain OIC of Budget department until the end of my term

(Eagle News)—President Rodrigo Duterte will no longer appoint a permanent Budget secretary until the end of his term. According to Duterte, he would let Acting Secretary Janet Abuel lead the department as acting secretary until 2022. She is — spent her lifetime counting the money and dividing it among us. So I am not appointing a new — a regular appointment. Si ma’am will just act as OIC until I — in God’s time matapos […]

All Catholic heritage churches in Pampanga on “lockdown,” closed after quake; damage assessment ongoing

  (Eagle News) – The Catholic Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage (ACCH) – Pampanga has recommended a “lockdown” of all heritage churches in Pampanga following the 6.1 magnitude quake that damaged many structures in the province. In its Facebook page, the ACCH said that it is recommending the lockdown for “everyone’s safety.” The ACCH also received reports of cracks in some of the structures of the old Catholic chuches, many of which had been built […]

PHIVOLCS: No tsunami threat following 6.5-magnitude quake that hit Eastern Samar

(Eagle News)—The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology allayed fears of a tsunami  after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Eastern Samar on Tuesday, April 23. According to PHIVOLCS’ Ishmael Narag, there was no threat of the same based on the information made available to them. The 6.5-magnitude quake struck San Felipe at 1:37 p.m. Aftershocks were recorded afterwards. The Eastern Samar earthquake came a day after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that killed at least four people struck […]

Phivolcs upgrades Eastern Samar quake to magnitude 6.5

  (Eagle News) — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) upgraded to magnitude 6.5 the quake that hit Eastern Samar earlier Tuesday afternoon, April 23, which it had earlier recorded at magnitude 6.2. The quake was located nine kilometers northwest of San Julian, Eastern Samar with a depth of 63 kilometers. Ishmael Narag, OIC of the Phivolcs Seismological Observation and Earthquake Prediction Division, said they raised the magnitude to 6.5 after receiving more […]

Pampanga now under state of calamity

(Eagle News)—Pampanga was placed under a state of calamity on Tuesday, April 23, a day after a 6.1-magnitude quake struck Luzon. Vice governor Dennis Pineda said the declaration of state of calamity done by the provincial board was “to enable the people to immediately rebuild after the 6.1 magnitude earthquake late afternoon on Monday, April 22.” Pineda said he has already ordered  the mayors of Apalit, Sto. Tomas, and Guagua towns where there are Chuzon […]