Pampanga town declares state of calamity due to quake

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—The municipality of Porac in this province on Monday night declared a state of calamity following the fatalities and damages caused by the powerful earthquake that…

Magnitude 6.1 quake causes road, infra damage in Pampanga

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that jolted parts of Luzon on Monday caused damages in several roads and other infrastructures in this province. Based on a…

9 penitents ‘crucified’ in San Fernando, Pampanga on Good Friday

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Local and foreign visitors flocked to the crucifixion sites here on Good Friday to witness the reenactment of the passion and death of Jesus Christ. The spectators, unmindful of…

Catholics reminded to fast, abstain from meat this Lent

TACLOBAN CITY — A Roman Catholic priest has called on churchgoers to exercise self-restraint by not eating any kind of meat as part of fasting and abstinence this Holy Week. Fr.…

Pilot hurt in Maguindanao plane crash

TACURONG CITY — A pilot was injured when a light plane crashed while on the way for a chemical spray mission in Maguindanao, police said Tuesday. Capt. Herman Luna, police chief…

1 dies, 40 hurt in NegOcc bus accident

BACOLOD CITY — A young woman died while 40 others were injured after a Ceres Liner bus fell on its side at Purok Kapayas, Barangay Pacol in Bago City, Negros Occidental…

The power of amulets

DASMARIṄAS CITY, Cavite — For amulet believers and keepers, Good Friday is the official testing day – a ritual to re-charge the amulets’ powers, done anytime before 3 p.m. or before…

PRRD signs law dividing Palawan into 3 provinces

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed the law dividing Palawan into the provinces of Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Sur. In Republic Act 11259, signed by…

12 Sayyaf men killed, 5 soldiers hurt in Sulu clashes

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Government troops killed 12 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits while five soldiers were wounded in four separate clashes as offensives against the ASG continue in the hinterlands of…

Albay placed under state of calamity due to dry spell

LEGAZPI CITY — Albay province has been placed under a state of calamity due to the damage caused by the dry spell, now pegged at PHP170 million worth of agricultural products,…

Soldier, 2 militiamen killed in Basilan ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The military has launched pursuit operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits behind Wednesday’s ambush that killed three government troops in the hinterlands of Basilan province. Col.…

LTFRB suspends 10 Vallacar buses plying Antique route

ILOILO CITY — The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) preventively suspended effective Monday 10 Ceres buses of the Vallacar Transit plying the Iloilo City (Molo Terminal) to Caticlan (Aklan)…

Marijuana tops list of illegal drugs seized in Cordillera

BAGUIO CITY — Marijuana topped the list of illegal drugs seized in the Cordillera region during the first three months of the year. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Cordillera reported…

7 hurt in Sultan Kudarat restaurant blast

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat – A suspected improvised explosive device left in front of a roadside restaurant here injured at least seven persons, including the restaurant’s security guard, on Wednesday afternoon. Citing…

64-year-old pedicab driver graduates from college

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — Age doesn’t matter when it comes to learning. Generito Yosores, 64, single, a native of nearby Molave town, this province and a pedicab driver graduated…

2 drug pushers killed, 5 others nabbed in Bulacan

CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan — Two alleged drug pushers were killed and five others were arrested in different buy-bust operations in this province on Monday and Tuesday. Colonel Chito Bersaluna,…

Boracay fire losses estimated at P22.5-M

 ILOILO CITY — The fire that razed about 60 structures in Barangay Balabag in Malay, Aklan on Friday resulted in PHP22.5-million worth of damages to property, the Bureau of Fire Protection…

3 NPAs killed in Northern Samar police station attack

TACLOBAN CITY — Three members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed when they attempted to overrun a police station in Victoria, Northern Samar early Thursday. The 50 armed rebels,…

NegOr police forms body to probe board member’s slay

DUMAGUETE CITY — The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office on Tuesday formed Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Dungog to probe the killing of provincial board member Miguel Dungog. Col. Raul Tacaca,…

1 dead in early morning fire in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY — The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in this city reiterated its call for the public to get serious in the fire prevention campaign after an early morning fire…