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Eco-airport of Bohol Panglao International opens for commercial flights
Eco-airport of Bohol Panglao International opens for commercial flights

We get it. Bicolanos and travelers to and from the region will have to get used to flying and landing on four dated airports, one each in Legazpi, Pili (for Naga), Virac and Masbate. The one and only, but much vaunted, Bicol International Airport, or the Southern Luzon International Airport, […]

Award for Mocha came from alumni group, not from UST
Award for Mocha came from alumni group, not from UST

The University of Santo Tomas distanced itself from the recognition given to Malacanang’s communication assistant secretary Mocha Uson by one of its alumni organization. The educational institution has to make a clarificatory statement the recognition given to Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux ‘Mocha’ Uson was given by […]

Delos Santos stays as BuCor chief despite resignation, but for a while
Delos Santos stays as BuCor chief despite resignation, but for a while

He is staying, but for a while. Yes, Bureau of Corrections director Benjamin Delos Santos, after all, will stay put in his post even as he has tendered an irrevocable resignation last July 13 already. It was because justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre ordered him to stay. What can he do […]

Abu Sayyaf beheads 2 kidnapped Vietnamese sailors in Basilan
Abu Sayyaf beheads 2 kidnapped Vietnamese sailors in Basilan

Zamboanga City, July 5 — The decapitated remains of two of the remaining five abducted Vienamese sailors stunned residents of a Basilan town early this morning. The bodies were found about 5:40 in the morning first by a resident of a barangay of Sumisip town. The horrifying discovery was disclosed […]

Typhoon Auring makes second landfall in Bohol
Typhoon Auring makes second landfall in Bohol

In its recent update, the state weather bureau said typhoon Auring made a second landfall over Ubay in Bohol province. Residents of areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 are warned of possible flash floods and landslides. Areas under TCWS No. 1 are Cuyo Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros […]

Palawan islet home to dozens of rare bird species going underwater
Palawan islet home to dozens of rare bird species going underwater

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Dec. 22 — An islet in Palawan that is host to dozens of bird species is in the brink of going under seawater due to continuous erosion. The bird islet on the North Atoll of Tubbataha Reefs was confirmed undergoing a progressive erosion as officials of the […]

President Duterte appoints Martin Diño as new SBMA chief
President Duterte appoints Martin Diño as new SBMA chief

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Sept. 30 — Former May 2016 presidential candidate Martin Diño was appointed chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority or SBMA. The appointment was dated September 23, 2016. The new SBMA head will take the place of chairman Roberto Garcia, an appointee of former President Benigno S. […]

Batanes, Northern Luzon areas under tropical storm signals as ‘Ferdie’ enters PAR
Batanes, Northern Luzon areas under tropical storm signals as ‘Ferdie’ enters PAR

Batanes island group was placed under tropical cyclone signal 4 on Tuesday evening as typhoon ‘Ferdie’ approaches the area. The state weather bureau, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, in its midnight bulletin warns that the typhoon will make its first landfall in Batanes between 11:00PM and 1 AM. […]

NAIA on full allert status after Davao City bombing
NAIA on full allert status after Davao City bombing

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been placed in full alert status following Friday’s bombing in Davao City. Manila International Aairport Authority general manager Ed Monreal clarified that the alert status was raised as a proactive measure to ensure safety and security of airport users. Monreal clarified that the […]

Three Bacolod policemen facing charges for pawning service firearm
Three Bacolod policemen facing charges for pawning service firearm

What could be the reason why three Philippine National Police personnel of Bacolod Police Office had to pawn their service firearm issued by the government? This and some boiling questions will have to get prompt and fitting answer from Police Officers 3 Joel Gacho and Eugene Tamayo, and Senior Police […]

A 34-kilo pearl found off Palawan waters maybe worth $100-M
A 34-kilo pearl found off Palawan waters maybe worth $100-M

What do you do when you were entrusted with a huge pearl weighing 34 kilos and measures 2.2 feet in width and one foot long which could be the biggest in the world and a rare find? Before your answer, read our story first. City tourism officer of Puerto Princesa […]

Duterte hints De Lima in Muntinlupa Matrix and multi-million pork barrel scam
Duterte hints De Lima in Muntinlupa Matrix and multi-million pork barrel scam

Are we in for some bombshell from “protagonists” President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Lilia de Lima? It seems the bickerings will linger for sometime. As the government initiative on the war on drugs continue, Duterte on Tuesday said that Malacañang is now in possession of a matrix that shows the […]

Cebu provincial jail warden resigns amidst controversies
Cebu provincial jail warden resigns amidst controversies

CEBU CITY — The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center again grasped the news limelight, but on a different angle. The detention center in the premier city of the south used to be famous with the dancing inmates in years past. But a new series of controversies engulfed CPDRC which […]

Last pillar for LRT line 2 extension to Antipolo nears completion
Last pillar for LRT line 2 extension to Antipolo nears completion

Construction of the last pillar for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 extension up until Masinag Junction in Barangay Masinag of Antipolo City is nearing completion. The extension that connects with the Santolan station in Pasig City to Masinag covers 3.9 kilometers of elevated guideway. After Santolan, two stations […]

Inclement weather triggers suspension of classes in these Luzon areas
Inclement weather triggers suspension of classes in these Luzon areas

Expect there will be suspension of more classes in all levels for both private and publics schools in affected areas of the country due to prevailing inclement weather situations brought about the southwest monsoon and identified low pressure area. The 13 cities under the National Capital Region all have declared […]

8 dies in Cotabato war on drugs campaign
8 dies in Cotabato war on drugs campaign

MIDSAYAP, Cotabato — A fire fight erupted when joint government forces were to serve warrants of arrest against a certain Commander Mabrook, leader of armed elements in Barangay Nabalawag, Midsayap, (North) Cotabato at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The clash resulted into at least eight persons killed and eight soldiers wounded during […]

Five dead as monsoon rains cause floods and landslides
Five dead as monsoon rains cause floods and landslides

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday reported that five people died due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain brought by the southwest monsoon. Identified as fatalities, include Benedict Brasileño, 68, resident of Barangay Canauiklian, Janiuay, Iloilo, who died due to drowning while crossing […]

9,000 Marikina residents in evacuation centers while La Mesa Dam on red alert
9,000 Marikina residents in evacuation centers while La Mesa Dam on red alert

Heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon caused 9,000 individuals to now stay in different evacuation centers in Marikina City, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said Sunday. In a text message, Teodoro said that as of 10:30 a.m., 1,781 families or 9,152 individuals still staying in 21 evacuation centers in the city. […]

Lanao Sur mayors surrender, admit involvement in drug trade
Lanao Sur mayors surrender, admit involvement in drug trade

Two of the three drug mayors from Lanao del Sur identified by the president surfaced in the office of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Friday. The suspeced drug personalities, Maguing Mayor Mamaulan Abinal Molok and former Mayor Mohammadali Abinal of Marantao, Lanao del Sur, husband […]

BSP slaps RCBC P1-B over Bangladesh bank cyber heist
BSP slaps RCBC P1-B over Bangladesh bank cyber heist

Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) get slapped with a P1 billion fine in connection with the US $81 million cyber bank heist from Bangladesh Bank. The BSP said the policy-making Monetary Board-approved supervisory action against the bank was made “in connection with the special examination conducted by the Bangko Sentral […]

Manhunt on for 3 Lanao Sur town mayors in drug trade
Manhunt on for 3 Lanao Sur town mayors in drug trade

Three town mayors of Lanao del Sur tagged as allegedly involved in big time drug operation are subject of manhunt by police authorities of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. And yet, ARMM police director Chief Supt. Agripino Javier is still mum on the name of the local government executives […]

Prank calls congest hotlines ‘8888’ and ‘911’ on first day
Prank calls congest hotlines ‘8888’ and ‘911’ on first day

Ninety-five pecent of the initial calls received for the government’s public service hotlines “8888” and “911” were, guess what, prank. On Tuesday, Philippine Long Distance Telephone company Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said, “Actually, we expected that (receiving many prank calls),” on the sidelines of the telco giant’s briefing on its […]

Albuera mayor surrenders, son now on “shoot on sight” order
Albuera mayor surrenders, son now on “shoot on sight” order

Alleged drug trafficker and coddler Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr. of Albuera town, Leyte province has surrendered to police authorities. The mayor was the subject of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ultimatum on Monday, ordering him to surrender within 24 hours or ultimately confront with the “shoot on sight” directive to the police. […]

War on Drugs: Leyte mayor, son, shoot on sight if don’t surrender in 24 hours
War on Drugs: Leyte mayor, son, shoot on sight if don’t surrender in 24 hours

The mayor of Albuera town in Leyte province and his son are given only 24 hours by President Rodrigo Duterte to surrender to police authorities. On Monday, Duterte gave the mayor of Albuera, Leyte and his son, who are both being linked to illegal drugs, 24 hours to surrender or […]

Duterte tells NPA deadline to declare truce until Saturday only
Duterte tells NPA deadline to declare truce until Saturday only

As if part of the present political establishment, the New Peaople’s Army just got word from President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday it has to declare a truce or else. Duterte on Friday gave the ultimatum that the rebels have until Saturday afternoon to declare a truce during his visit to […]

Arroyo freed from detention, out of VMC with convoy of cars
Arroyo freed from detention, out of VMC with convoy of cars

After nearly four years of continued detention, former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was finally released Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City. Arroyo was released after the promulgation of the Supreme Court of the Philippines’ (SCOTP) decision junking the plunder case against her […]

NGCP hits Leyte, Samar provinces with one-day power outage
NGCP hits Leyte, Samar provinces with one-day power outage

Samar and Leyte provinces braced for a day-long power outage Saturday as the National Power Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) transfer transmission wires from emergency restoration system to permanent tower structure. The scheduled interruption starts from 6 AM to 5 PM said to hit the three provinces of Samar […]

Signal No. 1 in 7 areas as TD ‘Ambo’ approaches
Signal No. 1 in 7 areas as TD ‘Ambo’ approaches

The low pressure area located east of Borongan City has developed into a tropical depression now named ‘Ambo’ as the first tropical cyclone to affect the country this year, according to the state weather bureau. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said as of 11:30 a.m., ‘Ambo’ […]

ASG frees kidnap victim in Sulu, Duterte warns day of reckoning
ASG frees kidnap victim in Sulu, Duterte warns day of reckoning

DAVAO CITY — Kidnap victim Marites Flor was finally released in Sulu by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). This as President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Friday warned the ASG against continuing its kidnapping activities, saying the day of reckoning is coming. Duterte’s statement was issued after receiving the kidnap victim from […]

Abu Sayyaf beheads another Canadian hostage
Abu Sayyaf beheads another Canadian hostage

Another Canadian hostage in the province of Sulu may have been beheaded by Abu Sayyaf kidnappers even as a Malacanang executive on Monday said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is confirming the reports. ”AFF is verifying,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said. It must berecalled that armed […]

More Mindanao politicians, personalities on incoming Duterte cabinet
More Mindanao politicians, personalities on incoming Duterte cabinet

KORONADAL CITY — Four leaders from the provinces of  (North) Cotabato, Maguindanao and South Cotabato were among the favored faces of the new cabinet of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Foremost among the four was incoming Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol who, after his appointment was made public,  immediately embarked on “Biyaheng […]

PH Air Force receives 2 FA-50 jets from South Korea
PH Air Force receives 2 FA-50 jets from South Korea

CLARK AIR BASE, PAMPANGA, Nov. 28 — A deep-throated roar in the sky heralded the arrival of the country’s first two FA-50PHs and return of the supersonic capability of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Saturday morning. The two aircraft, with tail numbers OO1 and 002, landed at Clark Air Base, […]

Phivolcs to study Zamboanga City fault lines
Phivolcs to study Zamboanga City fault lines

ZAMBOANGA CITY -– The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is set to conduct a thorough study on two fault lines found in this city. Phivolcs Zamboanga city officer Allan Labayog said Tuesday that the city sits between two fault lines. Labayog said one of the fault line is located […]

33 Fishermen in Catanduanes Missing; Virac Commercial Building Hit with Fire
33 Fishermen in Catanduanes Missing; Virac Commercial Building Hit with Fire

Thirty-three fishermen from four towns in Catanduanes were confirmed missing since Saturday, an official of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said in a phone interview on Sunday. Catanduanes province is under public storm warning signal no. 3, due to the presence of tropical Storm “Labuyo.” Edna […]

Typhoon Labuyo Strands 3,485 Passengers in Bicol
Typhoon Labuyo Strands 3,485 Passengers in Bicol

The number of stranded passengers since Saturday in major ports in Bicol due to Typhoon “Labuyo,” has reached 3,485 as of 11:00 a.m. Sunday, according to an official of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC). Bernardo Rafael Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense Regional Director and RDRRMC chair, […]

World’s Largest: Albayanos Lay 65 Meter Long Rosary-Shaped Artificial Coral Reef
World’s Largest: Albayanos Lay 65 Meter Long Rosary-Shaped Artificial Coral Reef

Albay folks get the assistance of divers from various government agencies and civic organizations in laying out over the weekend a 65-meter-long artificial coral reef shaped like a rosary about 20 feet underwater off the coast of San Vicente and Pandayan, a kilometer from the town proper of Sto. Domingo. […]

World Youth Day: Albay Priest Helps Disabled Woman Get Near Pope Francis
World Youth Day: Albay Priest Helps Disabled Woman Get Near Pope Francis

COPACABANA BEACH, Brazil, — A World Youth Day (WYD) delegate-priest from the Diocese of Legazpi in Albay literally became the angel who bridged a car accident victim to a rare opportunity to kiss and hug Pope Francis amid millions of Catholics gathered here in Rio de Janeiro. Fr. Jonathan Bailon […]

BFAR: Widespread Corruption, Overfishing Plagues Bicol Fishing Industry
BFAR: Widespread Corruption, Overfishing Plagues Bicol Fishing Industry

Overfishing, widespread corruption and uncooperative local executives are the key factors hampering the government’s campaign against illegal fishing practices slowly killing the industry according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. In a media briefing, Francisco Ombao, BFAR Fisheries Regulatory and Law Enforcement Division chief, said that a study […]

Baluko of Sorsogon Emerges as Exotic Food for Seafood Aficionados
Baluko of Sorsogon Emerges as Exotic Food for Seafood Aficionados

Baluko is a meaty shellfish that can be cooked in many ways like fried, adobo or seasoned in coconut milk with lots of chili to taste like the super hot Bicol express. Ii is now a popular wet market commodity in Sorsogon province as exotic delicacy for seafood lovers. Baluko […]

Bicol Regional Unemployment Rate Balloons to 7.8 Percent in April
Bicol Regional Unemployment Rate Balloons to 7.8 Percent in April

Employment rate in the Bicol region dropped by 0.9 percentage point in April this year in comparison to the same period last year. This information was released by the National Statistics Office based on the result of their current labor force survey. The jobless rate in April of 2012 was […]

55 Towns, 5 Cities in Bicol Vulnerable to Landslide and Flooding
55 Towns, 5 Cities in Bicol Vulnerable to Landslide and Flooding

The Bureau of Mines and Geosciences in Bicol (MGB-V) reiterates its previous warning made earlier this year to residents of at least five cities and 55 towns in all six provinces of the region highly susceptible to landslide and flooding. Regional Director Engr. Theodore Rommel E. Pestano said “… with […]