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Helen has slowly intensified into a typhoon, the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Sunday. According to the weather bureau, Typhoon Helen was last located 880 km east of Calayan, Cagayan, and is moving west-northwest at 22 kilometers per hour (kph). It packs…

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A lawmaker on Saturday vowed to push for a bigger budget for the modernization of equipment in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to reduce human intervention between inmates and officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Rep. Robert Ace Barbers of Surigao del Norte, chairperson of the House committee on…

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THE House committee on information and communications technology for the passage of a bill mandating the registration of SIM cards to make phone users more responsible. Valenzuela Rep. Wes Gatchalian, the author of House Bill 2648, pressed for the bill’s passage after several schools and establishments in Metro Manila received…

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Tropical storm Helen entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and will most likely affect Batanes, the weather bureau said Saturday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Helen entered the country at 4 p.m. yesterday, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) near…

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Northern Luzon can expect heavy rains starting today as the weather bureau forecast that another tropical storm will enter the Philippine area of responsibility today. The storm will be named “Helen” once it enters the country. “Helen” (international name “Megi”) will bring stormy weather and gusty winds in most parts…

AGUIRRE ADMITS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE PRESENTED BY CONVICTS

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THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DOJ) does not have enough evidence yet to file criminal charges against Sen. Leila de Lima, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd admitted before a House inquiry on Wednesday. Aguirre made the admission when he was quizzed by Surigao del Norte Rep. Ace Barbers on whether the…

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is encouraging several airlines to transfer flights to Clark International Airport in order to decongest traffic in Metro Manila, Undersecretary Bobby Lim said on Wednesday. According to Lim, Clark airport located in Pampanga will soon handle more airline operations because both Cebu Pacific Air (CPA)…

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Bukidnon Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri Jr. on Tuesday said the Office of the Ombudsman has suspended the wrong governor. “The Ombudsman says that in January 2013, I supposedly refused to act on the former provincial assessor’s clearance and request for leave commutation. But it was impossible for me to have…

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MEMBERS of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Order and Safety agreed last week to drop the use of term “extrajudicial killings’ to refer to the deaths of drug suspects in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, pointing out that there is no “judicial killing,” or death penalty, in…

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Members of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs have been urged to fast-track passage of 11 bills seeking to establish provincial and regional drug rehabilitation centers in the country. In a recent briefing, officials of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Philippine National Police-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG), and the…

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