DEMPSEY REYES

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THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned the public on Saturday from sharing news that a big quake will happen between February 24 and March 8. “There is no reliable technology in the world that can confidently predict the date, time and location of large earthquakes,” Phivolcs said…

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THE criminal charges filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Sen. Leila de Lima constitute a “mistrial,” according to former senator Rene Saguisag. In a chance interview after the book relaunching of Primitivo Mijares’ “The Conjugal Dictatorship” at the Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani center on Tuesday night, where Saguisag…

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Heart-wrenching cries and lamentations filled the air when parents and relatives claimed the remains of the students who died in a bus accident on Monday on their way to a training camp in Tanay, Rizal. When the bus smashed into an electric post killing a dozen students on the spot,…

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Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo over the weekend criticized anew a pending measure in Congress seeking to lower the age of criminal responsibility, saying that the move is a “brewing concern.” House Bill 002, filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, seeks to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to…

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A palace spokesperson over the weekend belied claims that President Rodrigo Duterte has been flip-flopping on his earlier claims that he came from a poor family in the wake of a recent declaration that his family is well off. “First of all, it is not a flip-flop. It’s just an…

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Passing the death penalty bill is like drawing a line between the rich and the poor, a lawmaker said on Sunday. In a statement, Rep. Lito Atienza of Buhay party-list noted that the House majority members have “clearly drawn” the line between rich and poor offenders. “[With] moneyed defendants likely…

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THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is planning to give more indigent seniors monthly stipends after the program budget was doubled this year. In a statement, the DSWD said this year’s budget allocation totaled P17.9 billion, significantly higher than last year’s P8.7 billion. As a result, the target…

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Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, leaders and consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF) peace panel, on Wednesday asked the Quezon City-Regional Trial Court (QC-RTC) Branch 216 to defer its action on the motion filed by the Philippine government for their re-arrest. In their petition, the couple, through their legal counsel…

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THE Quezon City Council passed an ordinance mandating the seismic retrofitting of all buildings owned by the city and barangays (villages) in preparation for a big quake. City Ordinance 2549-2016 empowers the City Engineering Department to identify potentially-hazardous buildings. The ordinance also covers wood-frame structures constructed prior to the 7.8…

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has put in place “Oplan Linog” in the CARAGA region to make resources readily available to those badly affected by the 6.7-magnitude quake that rocked Surigao City last Friday. The plan will also facilitate extension of technical assistance in rescue and rehabilitation…

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