Month: July 2014

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Tropical Storm ‘Inday’ Enhances Monsoon; Rains Over Parts of Luzon, W. Visayas

Metro Manila, parts of Luzon, and Western Visayas will experience rains as Tropical Depression ‘Inday’ has intensified into a Tropical Storm Thursday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. In its 5 a.m. bulletin, the weather bureau said ‘Inday’ packs maximum sustained winds of 75 kph and gustiness of 90 kph. ‘Inday’...

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GPH, MILF to Resume Talks on Bangsamoro Basic Law

The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels are set to convene in a 10-day meeting from Aug. 1 to 10 in Davao City to continue working on an agreed version of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The panels met the weekend before President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA)...

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NPA Frees 4 Cops in Agusan del Norte

The New People’s Army (NPA) on Tuesday freed four policemen they held captive for more than two weeks in the town of Alegria, Surigao del Norte. An Inquirer.net report said a certain Ka Joaquin of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) read the order of release of the four captive cops in an...

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MILF: Government Violates Ceasefire

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) accused the government of violating a ceasefire agreement after hundreds of soldiers clad in full battle gear and backed with several tanks were deployed to the villages of Kitango, Tatapan, Kitapok, Maitem a Ig, and Pagatin in the towns of Datu Unsay and Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao. MILF...

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LTFRB Imposes 3-day NLEX Truck Ban for INC Centennial

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has imposed a three-day truck ban from July 26 to 28 on a portion of the North Luzon Expressway and parts of two major Luzon roads for the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s centennial celebration in Bulacan this weekend. The LTFRB said the ban applies to trucks for hire...

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Plane Crashes in Taiwan, 47 Killed

A TransAsia Airways plane crashed while attempting to land in stormy weather on an island off Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people, setting buildings on fire, and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. According to reports, the plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed near the runway on the island of Penghu in the Taiwan...

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Israel Sees Philippines as Market for Homeland Security Technologies

Israel intends to increase trade with the Philippines particularly by expanding the market for homeland security technologies. Israeli companies providing Homeland Security (HLS) technology and solutions are hopeful in expanding markets in the Philippines. This was the was the message during the press conference of the Business Forum on Homeland Security held last July 15,...

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Alert Level 2 Raised in Israel, West Bank; Filipinos Told to Prepare for Evacuation

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday raised the alert level in Israel and the West Bank amid threats to security stemming from the continued Israel-Hamas conflict. The DFA said the alert level in those two areas is now at “2,” or restriction phase. “Filipinos are instructed to restrict non-essential movements, avoid open spaces,...

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Inside Hazing

What is hazing? Why is there hazing? Why do people participate in it? What is its purpose? What is the relationship of hazing to fraternities? Is hazing really necessary? These are just some of the questions I will try to answer during this brief sharing. I experienced physical hazing from age 15 to 17 as...

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Malaysian Plane Shot Down Near Ukraine-Russia Border, 295 Dead

DEVELOPING Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down and crashed over Donetsk in east Ukraine near the Russian border killing people 295 on board. Flight MH17, a Boeing 777-200, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it lost contact with air traffic control over Ukrainian airspace at around 4:20 p.m. Ukraine time. According to...