Palace expresses relief over peaceful end of Quezon City demolition

MANILA, Feb 2 (PNA) — Malacanang on Sunday expressed relief over what began as a violent demolition of shanties in Agham Road, Quezon City which later ended peacefully. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan that although informal settlers refused to leave their homes at first, some of them eventually gave in. “It ended well in the sense that the day after, they dismantled their own houses (themselves),” Valte said […]

Storm “Basyang” kills 3, affects 42,000 people

MANILA, Feb.2 (PNA) — At least three people were killed while more than 42,000 individuals in Visayas and Mindanao were affected due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain brought by tropical depression “Basyang”, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday. NDRRMC identified the fatalities as Jose Haji Aque Babatid; 22, resident of Highway, Brgy. Baliwagan, Balamban, Cebu; Danny Tundag. 24, Daanbantayan, Cebu; and Dionesio Paler, 66, resident of […]

No special birthday plans so far for Aquino — Palace

MANILA, Feb 2 (PNA) — Five days from now, President Benigno S. Aquino will be turning 54, but according to a Malacanang official, the President has not yet planned anything special. It has been known that the President has always treated his birthday as an ordinary working day. On his birthday last year, the President visited a 15-year-old bone cancer patient at the Philippine Orthopedic Center in Quezon City. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said […]

Estrada settles P613 million power bill of Manila gov’t

MANILA, Feb.2 (PNA) — Mayor Joseph Estrada has already settled the P613 million power bills to Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) incurred by previous administration. Vice Mayor Isko Moreno said that the P613,697.511 Meralco bill is one of the biggest issues addressed by Mayor Estrada, noting the efficiency in collection of taxes this year. He said that under the leadership of Mayor Estrada, the city government has collected 3.5 billion pesos in less than 30 days […]

Storm “Basyang” exits PAR; fair weather felt in most of the country

MANILA, Feb. 2 (PNA) –Fair weather is to be experienced in most parts of country on Sunday with the absence of any weather disturbance seen near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR)within the next three days, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical ad Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that tropical depression “Basyang” which weakened into low pressure area around 8:00 p.m. Saturday and exited the PAR midnight. “Basyang” […]

Warmer temperature recorded in Metro Manila Sunday

MANILA, Feb. 2 (PNA) -–Temperature in Metro Manila rose to 24.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday morning due to weakening northeast monsoon, the state weather bureau said. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather observer Lenny Ruiz said the temperature record was warmer compared on Saturday morning at 22.5 degrees Celsius and Friday’s temperature at 18.7 degrees Celsius However, Ruiz said cold mornings were still expected in the metropolis until mid-February due to the […]

Storm “Basyang” makes 8 landfalls in Visayas

MANILA, Feb. 1 (PNA) — Tropical storm “Basyang” (Kajiki) has maintained its strength and speed as it continues to make landfall over the islands of Visayas, the state weather bureau said on Saturday. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said tropical storm Basyang has a total of eight landfalls after making five landfalls Friday night. He said that around 12:30 a.m. Basyang made a landfall at the City of Naga in Cebu then […]