Month: December 2014

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Seniang Intensifies; Storm Signals Up in Several Areas

‘Seniang’ (international name: Jang-mi) has re-intensified into a storm, placing several areas in Visayas and Mindanao under storm signals, state weather bureau PAGASA said. According to PAGASA’s 5 a.m. update, Seniang was estimated at 35 km southeast of Mactan, Cebu City as of 4 a.m. Tuesday. Seniang is forecast to move west-northwest at 11 kph....

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AirAsia Plane with 162 Aboard Missing

An AirAsia plane bound for Singapore carrying 162 people went missing Sunday morning, various reports said. Flight QZ8501, which departed from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java at 5:20 in the morning, lost contact in Indonesian airspace about an hour after it took off. “AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya...

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NDFP Open to Resuming Peace Talks with Gov’t

Peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Philippine government might resume in 2015, said Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison. In a podcast uploaded on Dec. 21, Sison said the NDFP and a special team from the Aquino administration have been having preliminary talks since...

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US State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

In light of the recent lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia, the United States State Department issued a worldwide travel alert to its citizens worldwide. The emergency message, posted on the official website of the US Embassy in Manila, called on its nationals to be vigilant and extra cautious. “The lone wolf attack in Sydney,...

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Weapons Selection and Training for Security

Since ‘weapons training’ is a favorite topic of most people in the security industry, and I have seen so much questionable methods being taught, I decided to get in the fray and put my two cents in! I have been making comments about the type and quality of training our poor security guards have been...

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US Says No to PH Custody of Pemberton

The United States on Wednesday turned down the Philippines’ request for the custody and transfer to a local jail of Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, the US Marine accused of murdering transgender Filipino woman Jennifer Laude. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) demanded that the US government transfer Pemberton’s custody to the Philippines while he is...

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The Hypocrisy of Firearms

Of late, there has been much debate in the public sphere on firearms ownership by civilians, i.e., ownership and carrying of licensed firearms by persons other than members of law enforcement and the military. This has been caused both by the usual spate of firearms-related crimes in the Philippines, as well as by the enactment...

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Nine Killed as Bomb Explodes on Passenger Bus in Bukidnon

Nine people were reportedly killed when a bomb blew up inside a passenger bus in Barangay Dologon, Maramag town in Bukidnon around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the military said. According to various reports, the Rural Transmit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) bus, with plate number KVP-178, was traversing the national highway in front of Central Mindanao University when...

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Ruby Weakens into a Tropical Depression; Death Toll Rises to 27, Affected Families Breaches 1-M Mark

Typhoon “Ruby” (international name: Hagupit) has weakened into a tropical depression as it headed toward Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro and made its fifth landfall, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tuesday morning. In its 5 a.m weather bulletin, the weather bureau said Ruby was packing maximum sustained winds of up...

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Typhoon Ruby Update: Class Suspensions for Dec. 9

In anticipation of bad weather due to Typhoon Ruby, classes have been suspended in all levels in different parts of the country tomorrow, Dec. 9. In NCR, class suspensions are up in the cities of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong City, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig,...