Red faces: Senate tongue lashings sees LTFRB backflip on habal-habal trial (video)

Road traffic bureaucrats in the Philippines have performed a dramatic backflip on a decision announced earlier today (Jan 20) to abruptly cancel a pilot motorcycle taxi (habal-habal) programme more than two months ahead of its scheduled end. The embarrassing backflip followed a torrid Senate public hearing examining the possibility of legalising motorcycle taxi services as public […]

Philippines morning news for January 20

Philippines morning news for January 20

Taal still on alert level 4 as it continues to emit steam-laden plumes 300 to 500 meters high Taal remains on alert level 4 as it continues to weakly emit steam-laden plumes 300 to 500 meters high since this morning. — Eagle News Most Taal Volcano evacuees complain of acute respiratory infections -DOH Between 50 […]

Philippines morning news for January 17

Philippines morning news for January 17

Philippine FM fumes: “I want an eye for an eye, 2, 3 Kuwaiti lives for a Filipino life” The Philippine government yesterday (Jan 15) began enforcing a ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait following a local autopsy report which found household service worker (HSW) Jeanalyn Villavende had been sexually abused and tortured […]

Philippine FM fumes: “I want an eye for an eye, 2, 3 Kuwaiti lives for a Filipino life”

Philippine FM fumes: “I want an eye for an eye, 2, 3 Kuwaiti lives for a Filipino life”

The Philippine government yesterday (Jan 15) began enforcing a ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait following a local autopsy report which found household service worker (HSW) Jeanelyn Villavende had been sexually abused and tortured before she died. The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) announced the ban on newly-hired Oversea Filipino Workers […]

Philippines morning news for January 16

Philippines morning news for January 16

3 Taal evacuees die in Batangas At least 3 evacuees in Batangas have died due to cardiac arrest, the police and military said on Wednesday, January 15. — Rappler Taal eruption displaces 18,000 families The number of families in Batangas affected by Taal Volcano’s activity has already climbed to more than 18,000, the Provincial Disaster […]

Philippines morning news for January 15

Philippines morning news for January 15

POEA imposes total OFW deployment ban to Iraq The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has ordered the total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Iraq amid tensions between the United States (US) and Iran. — Philippine News Agency 40,000 people bear brunt of Taal eruption More than 40,000 people or about 9,500 families […]

Philippines morning news for January 14

Philippines morning news for January 14

Batangas declares state of calamity due to Taal Volcano eruption The provincial government of Batangas on Monday, January 13, declared state of calamity in the province due to the eruption of Taal Volcano . — Rappler PNP declares full alert status for Taal Volcano eruption The Philippine National Police (PNP) has declared full alert status […]

Philippines morning news for January 13

Philippines morning news for January 13

“Imminent hazardous eruption” for Taal volcano, says PHIVOLCS as it stresses need for total evacuation of island Taal volcano is now on alert level 4, meaning there is imminent hazardous eruption within hours or days, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (PHIVOLCS) which reiterated the need for “total evacuation” of the volcano island. — […]

China’s South China Sea expansion plans hit a wall in Indonesia (video)

China’s seemingly unstoppable expansion through the South China Sea finally hit a wall last week, an unyielding, uncompromising wall named Indonesia. Unlike in the Philippines where Chinese fishing and coast guard vessels seemingly have almost free reign to plunder as much Philippines sea produce as they can harvest, Beijing’s attempt to steal fish from Indonesian […]

Philippines morning news for January 10

Philippines morning news for January 10

AFP: Dozens of Chinese vessels spotted near Pag-asa Island Chinese fishing vessels continue to stay near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). — Inquirer.net PH cancels repatriation bid The government has called off the mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon following what appeared to be a de-escalation of […]

Philippines morning news for January 9

Philippines morning news for January 9

Philippines orders citizens to evacuate Iraq after Rodrigo Duterte warns of ‘protracted war’ The Philippines has ordered a mandatory evacuation for Filipinos in Iraq, its foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after Iran attacked American forces there in response to a US strike that killed an Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, last week. — South China Morning […]

Philippines morning news for January 8

Philippines morning news for January 8

Solon urges gov’t to adopt animals affected by Australian bushfires Davao Oriental Representative Joel Mayo Almario is urging the Philippine government to adopt animals affected by the ongoing Australian bushfires. — GMA Network Inflation jumps to 2.5% in December, overall 2019 figure within target Transportation expenses pushed up inflation in December 2019 to 2.5%, said […]

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