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“Perla” weakens into severe tropical storm, exits PAR

(Eagle News)–“Perla” has weakened into a severe tropical storm, and has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said it was still monitoring another weather disturbance outside PAR. Severe Tropical Storm “Bualoi” was estimated 2,690 kilometers east of Visayas with maximum sustained winds of 110 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph. It is moving northwest at 20 kph. Occasional gusts may still be […]

Palace thanks former Senate President Nene Pimentel for contributions to nation-building

(Eagle News)–The Palace on Sunday, Oct. 20, thanked former Senate President Nene Pimentel for his contributions to nation-building, as it expressed its condolences to his bereaved kin. “He would forever be etched in our history as a giant among his peers who championed democracy and electoral reform and a visionary who espoused devolution of powers and strong local governance,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. Panelo noted Pimentel’s  enactment of the Local Government Code of 1991, […]

“Perla” maintains strength as it slightly accelerates

(Eagle News)–“Perla” has maintained its strength as it slightly accelerated on Sunday, Oct. 20. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the eye of Typhoon “Perla” was located 750 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is moving north northeast at 20 kph. “Perla” is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) […]

Senators mourn passing of former Senate President Nene Pimentel

(Eagle News)–Senators mourned the death of former Senate President Nene Pimentel, who passed away after battling lymphoma and pneumonia on Sunday, Oct. 20. “My family and I bereave this very sad news. I feel like I lost a close relative and not just a friend. I was his majority leader when he was Senate President and we were very close. He was my idol!” Senate President Tito Sotto said. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Pimentel “lived […]

PAGASA monitors tropical storm “Bualoi” outside PAR; “Perla” intensifies into typhoon

(Eagle News)–The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is monitoring a tropical storm outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, although it is less likely to enter PAR. PAGASA said “Bualoi” was estimated  3,045 kilometers east of Visayas, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is moving west at 20 kph. Meanwhile, “Perla” has intensified into a typhoon as it moved in […]

PHL, India sign 4 deals in state visit of India’s President Kovind; stronger ties vowed at 70th year of PHL-India relations

  (Eagle News) – Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, signed four bilateral agreements covering maritime domain, security, tourism, science and technology, and culture on Friday, October 16, during the five-day state visit in the country of the Indian leader. The state visit of the 74-year old Indian President was significant as the Philippines and India celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations. Kovind said that the signed bilateral agreements “would further […]

“Perla” intensifies into severe tropical storm

(Eagle News)–“Perla” has intensified into a severe tropical storm, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. PAGASA said  the center of “Perla” was estimated  600 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum  sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph. It is moving west northwest at 15 kph. No tropical cyclone wind signal is in effect over any part of the country, but occasional gusts may […]

PNP to “let justice, fairness, due process of law” take their course in Albayalde, Baloyo group case

(Eagle News)–The Philippine National Police on Saturday, Oct. 19, said it would  “let justice, fairness, and due process of law take its course.” The PNP issued the statement a day after the release of the Senate joint panel that probed  recommended  the filing report that recommended the filing of charges against  former PNP chief Oscar Albayalde and 13 other policemen behind a 2013 irregular drug raid in Pampanga. It added however that “all accused remain […]

Pangilinan wants bigger budget for agri department

(Eagle News)–Senator Kiko Pangilinan has called for a bigger budget for the agriculture department so the Philippines could compete with its rice-exporting neighbors. Pangilinan made the call as he noted that Vietnam’s and Thailand’s annual budget for agriculture trumps the Philippines’ 2.45 billion USD annual agriculture budget. Pangilinan said Vietnam’s 70.23 billion USD is over 28 times bigger and Thailand’s 1 trillion baht (or about 32.994 billion USD) is 13.44 times bigger based on Department […]

PET: Robredo lead over Marcos increased by 15,000 votes following recount of votes in Iloilo, 2 other areas

(Eagle News)–Vice President Leni Robredo increased her lead in the three pilot provinces of Negros Oriental, Camarines Sur and Iloilo after a revision and appreciation of the 2016 votes for the vice presidential race there, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal said. According to the PET, Robredo obtained 14,436,337 votes, while Marcos got 14,157,771. “After the revision and appreciation, the lead of protestee Robredo increased from 263,473 to 278,566,” the PET said. The PET, however, required both […]

TS “Perla” maintains strength as it moves slowly over PHL Sea

(Eagle News)–Tropical Storm “Perla” has maintained its strength as it moved slowly over the Philippine Sea. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said “Perla” was estimated at 775 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is moving north northwest slowly. No tropical cyclone wind signal is in effect but occasional gusty conditions may […]

Caguioa: SC majority decision not to junk Marcos poll protest after recount constitutes refusal to apply 2010 PET rules

  (Eagle News)–The poll protest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos should have been junked for his “failure to make out a case using his pilot provinces,” Supreme Court Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa said. In his dissenting opinion, Caguioa said the  decision of the majority of the SC en banc to allow both the camps of Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo to comment on the results of the manual recount covering Iloilo, Negros Oriental and […]