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4.2 quake rocks Bohol

By Angeline Valencia/CNN Philippines – A 4.2-magnitude earthquake woke residents in at least seven towns and Tagbilaran City in Bohol at around 4:19 a.m Tuesday (August 11). The tremor had a depth of six kilometers with its epicenter located two kilometers northeast of Cortes. Nolan Evangelista, Philippine Institute of Volcanology Read more »

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2 Navy ships donated by Australia arrive in Philippines

By Alexis Romero/ – The two landing craft heavy (LCH) ships donated by Australia have reached Philippine waters and are expected to reach Sangley Point in Cavite on Friday. Navy chief Vice Adm. Jesus Millan said the two transport ships were sailing the waters of Zamboanga as of Tuesday night. Read more »

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Multi-million Airbus used by Iglesia leaders being sold

By Chay F. Hofielan/ – The multi-million-peso Airbus 330-202 which the leadership of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has been using for trips abroad has been put on the market for “immediate” lease or sale, informed sources told Rappler. Listed under “used Airbuses” on the site as of May Read more »

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Philippines’ President Endorses Mar Roxas as Successor

By Floyd Whaley/ – President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines on Friday endorsed his interior secretary, Mar Roxas, as the presidential candidate most likely to carry on his anticorruption efforts, which have been credited for half a decade of high economic growth. “I know in Mar Roxas, the Read more »

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Shake drill boosts Metro Manila readiness

By Mike Frialde/The Philippine Star – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) declared yesterday’s metro-wide earthquake drill a success. The drills simulated conditions before, during and after Metro Manila is hit by a 7.2 magnitude and intensity 8 quake due to Read more »

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Transport officials roll out ‘MRT Bus Route’ scheme

By Mikas Matsuzawa/CNN Philippines – Instead of the usual queue of people, a line of buses was seen at the North Avenue Station of MRT-3 early Tuesday morning (July 28). Around ten buses were parked along the sidewalk on the southbound lane of EDSA. The buses participated in the trial Read more »