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Swing Out Sister back to PH this April

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After 12 years, the Swing Out Sister, the 1980s British duo that helped define the genre now known as “sophisti-pop,” is set to return to the Philippines for a three-night tour.

Mounted by Ovation Productions, the concerts will be held on April 16 at the Araneta Coliseum (call 8911-5555); April 17, SMX Convention Center in Davao City; and April 19, Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City (via SM Tickets and Ticket Net).

Composed of singer Corinne Drewery and keyboardist Andy Connell, the Swing Out Sister is known for its brand of pop music that melds jazz, soul and flourished with synths. The act’s biggest hit was its breakthrough second single, “Breakout,” which charted not only in the …

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4 Chinese nabbed for foiled kidnap

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4 Chinese nabbed for foiled kidnap

Ghio Ong (The Philippine Star) – January 20, 2020 – 12:00am

MAKATI,  Philippines — Four Chinese men tagged in the foiled kidnapping of a Filipina were apprehended in Makati over the weekend.

Zhi Lin, 28; Shi Jun Yi, 25; Sun Xiao-hui, 22, and , 26, were taken into police custody.

Police said the suspects allegedly attempted to kidnap Gella Velasco in front of her house along Einstein street in Barangay San Isidro on Saturday night.

Velasco was about to board a taxi when the suspects reportedly grabbed her.

The victim managed to escape and sought help from barangay watchmen patrolling the area, which resulted in the arrest of the suspects.               

Inspect power facilities in Batangas, DOE asked

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Inspect power facilities in Batangas, DOE asked

Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) – January 20, 2020 – 12:00am

BATANGAS,  Philippines — The Department of Energy (DOE) should inspect power facilities in Batangas as these may have been affected by the explotion of Taal Volcano, a lawmaker said over the weekend.

“There are concerns that the volcano’s looming major eruption might hamper the operations of vital power plants as well as of oil and gas installations in Batangas,” Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said, noting the province supplies a third of Luzon’s power needs.

“Apart from the vulnerability of the turbines to ashfall, there are also concerns about the sensitivity of fuel facilities to recurring volcanic quakes,” Campos said.

He said the DOE should look into these possible threats to power infrastructure in Batangas as well as draft  contingency plans. 

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned that Taal’s “explosive eruption” could send a cloud of rocks, dust, gas and pyroclastic materials into the atmosphere, which may collapse and create a rapid flow of hot volcanic matter.

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8 hurt as bridge snaps in Negros Occidental

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8 hurt as bridge snaps in Negros Occidental

Gilbert Bayoran (The Philippine Star) – January 20, 2020 – 12:00am

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines –  Eight persons including four minors were rushed to a hospital after they fell from a hanging bridge in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental yesterday.

The victims were watching a fluvial parade in Sitio Camugao, Barangay 6 when the cables supporting the 20-meter bridge snapped, according to Mayor Pedro Zayco.

One of the four minors suffered a fractured arm. Another minor, who was initially reported missing, was found and revived by members of a search and rescue team.

Elbert Javellana, chief of the city disaster risk reduction management council, told journalists that the bridge was 30 years old.

Zayco ordered the bridge closed. He said there could have been too many people on the bridge and the weight caused the cables to snap.

The city government will extend assistance to the victims, especially the minor who suffered a fractured arm.

Aside from the hanging bridge, Zayco said a P126-million bridge inaugurated two years ago is being used by residents and motorists.          

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2 fugitives held in Pasay, Makati

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2 fugitives held in Pasay, Makati

Ralph Edwin Villanueva (The Philippine Star) – January 20, 2020 – 12:00am

PASAY,  Philippines — Police have arrested two men wanted in the cities of Pasay and Makati.

Officers from the Pasay police warrant and subpoena section served Mark Kevin Ang, 24, the city’s third most wanted fugitive, along M. Tengco street in Barangay 173.

Bonifacio Pascua, acting Presiding Judge of the Pasay Regional Trial Court Branch 113, issued the warrant for Ang’s arrest for two counts of rape in November last year.

No bail was recommended for Ang’s temporary freedom, police said. ?

Alejandro Andaya, 28, Makati’s seventh most wanted fugitive, was served an arrest warrant for attempted homicide along Dogwood street, Sitio Kababan in Cainta, Rizal by the police.

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7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province

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ECHAGUE, Isabela, Philippines — Seven members of the communist New People’s Army in this province surrendered to authorities on Friday, the military said on Sunday.

Among them was a certain Ka Dennis, a 37-year-old squad leader of the Platon Uno of the Central Front-Kilusang Rebolusyonaryo-Cagayan Valley.

Ka Dennis and six other rebels were presented to the media on Sunday after turning themselves in to the 502nd Infantry Brigade in Barangay Soyung here.

Speaking on behalf of his fellow rebel returnees, Ka Dennis said the hardship of life in the mountains forced them to surrender.

Lt. Colonel Gladiuz Calilan, 95th Infantry Battalion commander, said the former rebels, whose …

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Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead

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PLARIDEL, Bulacan, Philippines — A former vice mayor and an incumbent barangay chief of Pandi town were gunned down while inside a restaurant here on Sunday, police said.

Maj. Joy Villanueva Placido, chief of the Pandi Municipal Police Station, said former Pandi Vice Mayor Oca Marquez and Barangay Chairman Mauro Capistrano of Bagbaguin were shot dead by unidentified assailants.

Marquez was the younger brother of former Pandi Mayor Celestino Marquez.

Placido said the victims were at a meeting at Delo Restaurant on Plaridel Bypass Road in Barangay Bulihan when the two armed men on a motorcycle arrived, barged into the establishment, and suddenly fired at them at around 1 p.m.

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8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — Eight persons, four of them minors, were rushed to a hospital on Sunday after they fell from a 20-meter hanging foot bridge while watching a fluvial parade in Sitio Camugao, Barangay 6, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Some cables of the 20-meter hanging foot bridge snapped at about 6:30 a.m., causing it to tilt and some spectators to fall, Kabankalan Mayor Pedro Zayco said.

Zayco said that one of the four minors suffered a fractured hand, while another was located after being reported missing and revived by rescuers.

Elbert Javellana, Kabankalan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council chief, said the steel hanging …

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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas

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MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 4.2 earthquake rocked Batangas Sunday evening, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

In a bulletin issued by Phivolcs, the temblor reportedly hit 5 kilometers southwest of Mabini town in Batangas at 8:59 p.m.

The quake was of tectonic origin and had a depth of 12 kilometers.

It was felt at Instrumental Intensity I in Tagaytay City.

According to Phivolcs, no aftershocks or damage are expected.

Since its phreatic eruption on Jan. 12, the Taal Volcano has been in a state of unrest.

It remains on Alert Level 4 and volcanic quakes have been recorded continuously.


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Government looks for safer homes for volcano residents

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TAGAYTAY — Officials said Sunday, January 19, the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting volcano lies, warning that living there would be “like having a gun pointed at you.”

Taal volcano has simmered with smaller ash ejections in recent days after erupting on January 12 with a gigantic plume of steam and ash that drifted northward and reached Manila, the capital, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) away. While the volcano remains dangerous, with large numbers of local villagers encamped in emergency shelters, officials have begun discussing post-eruption recovery.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said officials in Batangas province, where the volcano is located, have been asked to look for a safer housing area, at least three hectares (seven acres) in size, for about 6,000 families that used to live in four villages and worked mostly as tourist guides, farmers and fish pen operators on Volcano Island. The new housing site should be at least 17 kilometers (10 miles) away from the restive volcano to be safe, he said.

The island has long been declared by the government as a national park that’s off-limits to permanent villages. The government’s volcano-monitoring agency has separately declared the island a permanent danger zone, but impoverished villagers have lived and worked there for decades.

“We have to enforce these regulations once and for all because their lives are at stake,” Año said, adding that closely regulated tourism work could eventually be allowed on the island without letting residents live there permanently.

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a recommendation for the island to be turned into a “no man’s land,” but he has yet to issue formal guidelines.

After an initial visit last week, Duterte plans to return to hard-hit Batangas province on Monday, January 20, to check conditions of displaced villagers, Año said.

Although it’s one of the world’s smallest volcanoes, the 311-meter (1,020-foot) -high Taal is the second most-active of 24 restive Philippine volcanoes. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has placed Taal and outlying cities and towns at alert level 4, the second-highest warning, indicating a more dangerous explosive eruption is possible within hours or days due to fewer but continuous earthquakes and other signs of restiveness.

“They lived on the volcano itself with 47 craters. That’s really dangerous. It’s like having a gun pointed at you,” Renato Solidum, the head of the volcanology institute, told The Associated Press.

Taal left more than 200 people dead in a powerful 1965 eruption, then again exploded in 1977. Officials of the government institute said they began issuing advisories about Taal’s renewed restiveness as early as March last year, helping local officials prepare and evacuate thousands of villagers rapidly from Volcano Island hours before the volcano erupted thunderously.

Lucia Amen, a 45-year-old mother of six, said she started packing up clothes in bags in November after hearing from her children that their teachers were warning that the volcano was acting up again. When the volcano erupted, she said she was ready with her family and rapidly moved out of Laurel town, which lies near Volcano Island.

Amen wept quietly Sunday while attending Mass in an evacuation center in Tagaytay City in Cavite province, saying she was worried about her children as the eruption dragged on.

A senator from Batangas, Ralph Recto, has recommended the creation of a commission to oversee the recovery of the volcano-devastated region. It will be similar to a government body that was established after Mount Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption north of Manila.

A long-dormant volcano, Pinatubo, blew its top in one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, killing hundreds of people and devastating the Philippines’ main rice-producing region.

The disaster-prone Philippines lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a string of faults around the ocean basin where many of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. (AP)

Fire destroys residential area in Quezon City

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MANILA, Philippines — Fire hit a residential area on Don Pepe Street in Barangay Santo Domingo, Quezon City, according to a report from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

The fire, which started at around 5:30 p. m. and immediately reached the fifth alarm, spread rapidly as the houses were made of light materials.

More than two hours after it started, the fire was declared under control.

According to BFP, around 90 houses got destroyed in the fire, leaving around 180 families homeless.

In addition, the damage was estimated at P750,000.

Fire investigators are still determining the cause of the fire.


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Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation

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ILOILO CITY, Philippines — Kalibo Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc called on devotees of the Santo Nio to take care of impoverished and downtrodden as tens of thousands of Aklanons still reeling from the devastation of Typhoon Ursula (internationally known as Phanfone) took to the streets of the capital town of Kalibo in Aklan in this year’s celebration of the Kalibo Santo Nio Ati-Atihan Festival.

Talac-oc, who celebrated the Pilgrim Mass in front of the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Kalibo on Sunday, urged the faithful to be like the Child Jesus, the Santo Nio.

“Like a child, we must humble ourselves. This, however, does not mean that we should stop growing and remain as a ch…

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Ex-vice mayor, village chief shot dead in Bulacan

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CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — A former vice mayor and incumbent village chief of Pandi town in this province were gunned down by still unidentified armed men while in a restaurant in Barangay Bulihan, Plaridel on Sunday afternoon.

Col. Emma Libunao, acting provincial director of Bulacan PNP identified the victims as Oscar “Oca” Marquez, 54, resident of Barangay Manatal and former vice mayor of Pandi and Mauro Capistrano, 56, incumbent village chief of Barangay Bagbaguin, also of said town.

Investigation showed that the shooting incident took place at about 12:50 p.m. at the Mang Celo Nipa Restaurant along Bypass Road in Barangay Bulihan, Plaridel town.

Witnesses Vincent John Garengo, kitchen aide, and Joseph Fernandez, pump attendant said the two victims arrived on board a Toyota Fortuner with plate number NBU 7644 at the Petron gas station along Bypass Road at around 11 a.m. reportedly to transact with a client over a lot being sold by the victims.

“It was learned that the victims went inside the Mang Celo Restaurant and while having a transaction with their clients, the armed suspects arrived, alighted, and shot Capistrano several times hitting him on the head and body that caused his instantaneous death,” Libunao said.

She added Marquez managed to run away but was chased by the suspects who continuously fired on him that resulted in his instantaneous death near the gas station.

Libunao said the suspects immediately fled towards Bustos town.

Found at the crime scene were .45-caliber empty shells and deformed slugs.

Libunao immediately directed the police stations of Bustos, Balagtas, and Plaridel to conduct checkpoints for the possible arrest of the suspects. 

The police are investigating the attack on Marquez and Capistrano. (PNA)

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PRO 11 welcomes Gamboa’s appointment

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Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa

DAVAO CITY — The Police Regional Office in Region 11 (PRO 11) hailed the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte appointing Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa as the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“The appointment of Lt. Gen. Gamboa brings closure to any doubt about the current leadership of the PNP. The appointment carries with it the trust and confidence of the President to Lt. Gen. Gamboa, so every member of the PNP must support his leadership,” Brig. Gen. Filmore Escobal, director of PRO 11, told Philippine News Agency on Saturday.

He also assured Gamboa that PRO 11 would fully support his leadership and program thrust most especially in intensifying the campaign against criminality, illegal drugs, and corruption following the rule of law and with utmost respect for human rights.

“We have witnessed how Lt. Gen. Gamboa worked and we are confident that he will unite to work as one with the entire PNP population to bring the organization to greater heights,” Escobal added.

Gamboa is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986. A native of Malaybalay, Bukidnon, he has been assigned in various capacities in the Davao Region.

Duterte announced Friday evening the appointment of Gamboa as the official chief of the PNP during the thanksgiving gathering of Fraternal Orders of Eagles here.

“We have the PNP chief (here). I’m going to appoint you as the regular PNP (chief) but you and (Interior) Secretary (Eduardo) Año and I will have a long, long talk first,” he said.

The President said he saw Gamboa’s sincerity in his stint as acting PNP chief. (PNA)

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2 suspected drug pushers nabbed in Bicol

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LEGAZPI CITY — Anti-narcotics operatives nabbed on Saturday two alleged drug pushers in separate police drug stings in Sorsogon and Camarines Sur.

The drug operations also netted 16 sachets of suspected shabu and two sachets containing suspected dried marijuana, Maj. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson said.

Yolanda Petero, 50, of Barangay Labao in Libmanan town, Camarines Sur was caught selling 10 sachets of shabu and two sachets of marijuana in a drug buy-bust at around 11:45 a.m.

In Sorsogon, police operatives collared Ryan Relato, 37, of Bulan town while in possession of six sachets of shabu in a drug operation in Barangay JP Laurel at around 11:35 a.m. (PNA)

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