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SCORES of people were left homeless after several houses were destroyed by a tornado that hit a small village in Polomok, South Cotabato province Friday afternoon, a government disaster report said on Saturday. Reports at the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (Ndrrmc) said the tornado struck at around 1…

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A social worker abducted by suspected members of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan has been released on Thursday night, a military spokesman said. Col. Rodrigo Gregorio, spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, said on Friday that Jenely Luna Enpera was released by her abductors to Mayor Gulam…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed new judges of the lower regional trial courts (RTC) and municipal trial courts (MTC) in the provinces. In the transmittal letters of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno, there are 13 new judges appointed in different stations in the…

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Some 5,700 families in remote areas of Region 12 (Soccsksargen) stand to gain from the P16-billion water systems project that has been completed. Bai Zorahayda Taha, director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 12, said on Friday that the “community-owned water systems” were installed in 10 barangays…

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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) approved on Friday tuition increases for nine colleges in Eastern Visayas, mostly in Ormoc and Tacloban. The CHED regional arm in Eastern Visayas said there were a total of 14 colleges requesting for the tuition increase but only nine were approved because of their…

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A TRANS Asia vessel carrying 379 passengers caught fire while it was sailing from Ozamiz City to Cebu province, a report from Coast Guard Station in Cebu City (CGS-Cebu) reported on Friday. M/V Trans Asia II was sailing 2.4 nautical miles off the coast of Balicasag Island in Bohol province…

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REPRESENTATIVE-elect Gwen-dolyn Garcia of Cebu province is not backing down on her criminal charges related to the P99-million Balili estate scam, saying that the charge sheets against her lacked recital of facts that constitute an offense. In a nine-page motion, Garcia said that the charge sheet showed that it was…

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Operation at the Davao International Airport was suspended for over an hour when an AG-Cat single-engine biplane crash landed shortly after it took off at the airport’s runway 05, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Friday. The incident had caused the delays of several flights bound…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A homemade bomb exploded at the parking area of a mall in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province, police said. Police said there were no reports of casualties, but the explosion destroyed two cars parked outside the Gaisano Mall in downtown Pagadian. No individual or group claimed…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police arrested a 54-year-old man for mauling his widowed septuagenarian partner in the coastal town of Liloy in the province of Zamboanga del Norte. Police said Romulo Bayubay was arrested after neighbors phoned authorities to say that he was beating Rosario Borling, 71, during a heated argument in…