NE monsoon to bring scattered rains in N. Luzon

MANILA�The northeast monsoon affecting northern Luzon will bring scattered rainshowers Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

In its 24hour weather forecast, Pagasa said the regions of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera, and the provinces of Aurora, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur, …

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BI intercepts Norwegian pedophile at Clark airport

MANILA Immigration officers at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Angeles City, Pampanga barred a 29yearold Norwegian pedophile convicted for a string of sex offenses in his country, from entering the Philippines.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said Kim Vegar Kristoffersen was intercepted …

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PA activates 7 new battalions

MANILA In line with ongoing efforts to beef up its operations on the ground, the Philippine Army (PA) has activated seven out of the 10 additional infantry battalions it has authorized to raise and deploy.

This was announced by PA commander Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito …

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House panel backs temporary closure of Boracay

MANILA The House of Representatives' tourism committee on Wednesday expressed support to the proposal to temporarily close the island of Boracay to address the issue of discharging untreated waste water into the beach.

The island's temporary closure is among the recommendations contained in its committee …

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No LRT, PNR ops on Holy Week break

MANILA The Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will suspend their operations during the Holy Week break for maintenance activities.

In an advisory released by the Department of Transportation on Wednesday, LRT Lines 1 and 2 will have no operation from …

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PCSO releases P797.6M medical aid in February

MANILA The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), through its Charity Assistance Department (CAD), has spent PHP797.6 million for the Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) in February.

In a statement Wednesday, PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said the PCSO head office alone released PHP450.1 million for …

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Duterte backs 6month Boracay closure

MANILA The rehabilitation efforts aimed at bringing back the pristine waters of Boracay island will take about six months, an interagency task force official informed President Rodrigo Duterte.

During a League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) event, Duterte said he was informed by Department …

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2 nabbed for extortion in Batangas port

MANILA The Philippine National Police Counter Intelligence Task Force (PNPCITF) nabbed Tuesday two men involved in extortion who victimized drivers of trucks and other vehicles at the Port of Batangas.

In a statement Wednesday, PNPCITF spokesperson Chief Supt. Jewel Nicanor identified the suspects as Jonas …

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Poe wants creation of transport safety board

MANILA Following the tragic Occidental Mindoro bus crash, Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday highlighted the need for the creation of a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), saying such an agency could have prevented similar recurring transportationrelated accidents.

At least 19 people died while 21 others …

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House panel seeks budget hike for Mindanao

MANILA The House of Representatives' committee on Mindanao affairs is seeking for a substantial budget increase for Mindanao in 2019.

In a press conference on Wednesday, committee chairman Maximo Rodriguez said a realistic target of 20 to 21 percent of the national budget could be …

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