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July 30, 2015, Thursday
  • Tolentino thanks gov’t agencies, private sector & media for their participation in metrowide earthquake drill. about 1 hour ago |
  • MMDA’s night-time earthquake drill to be held in Pasig City on Thursday. about 1 hour ago |
  • MMDA’s metrowide earthquake drill ended at 12:20 noon Thursday. about 1 hour ago |
  • MMDA & Makati gov’t give Makati earthquake drill an ‘almost perfect’ 9 out of 10 success rating. about 1 hour ago |
  • Marikina 161 Rescuers hope gov’t personnel & people will remember the quake drill in case of an actual tremor. about 1 hour ago |
  • NDRRMC Exec. Dir. Alexander Pama notes gov’t agencies’ response to quake drill was very quick. about 1 hour ago |
  • MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino declares the metrowide earthquake drill a success. 3 hours ago |
  • Arrest warrant sent to U.S. Embassy for Fil-Am Jonathan Viane who is suspect in a woman’s brutal slay in Olongapo City. 3 hours ago |
  • 133 Filipino soldiers who served as U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti return to the Philippines. 3 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe not surprised that Pres. Aquino picked Mar Roxas as LP’s standard bearer. 3 hours ago |
  • House Minority Bloc to hold ‘Kontra-SONA’ next week. 3 hours ago |
  • China conducts military drill in South China Sea. 3 hours ago |
  • Agusan del Norte experiences rotational blackouts. 3 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino joining 10:30 am earthquake drill in Malacanang. 3 hours ago |
  • Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo not ready to run for the vice presidency in 2016. 3 hours ago |
  • MMDA’s earthquake drill all over Metro Manila happens at 10:30 am Thursday. 3 hours ago |
  • Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice says a wider consultation will be held on who will run as Mar Roxas’ running mate. 19 hours ago |
  • Erice says LP members who are congressmen, governors & local gov’t ofcls. will endorse Roxas as pres’l bet in a separate event next week. 19 hours ago |
  • LP congressman Erice confirms Roxas will be endorsed by the President as LP’s standard bearer at 9 am on Friday. 19 hours ago |
  • QCPD Chief Joel Pagdilao named new PNP NCRPO Chief. 19 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero to decide in September on whether or not he will run for the vice presidency in 2016. 19 hours ago |
  • Prosecution blocks Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s plea for a medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan. 19 hours ago |
  • LP Sec. Gen. Mel Sarmiento says Pres. Aquino will endorse Roxas as LP’s standard bearer on Friday, July 31 at Club Filipino. 19 hours ago |
  • Marquez saddened by CHR's seeming lack of interest in suing protesters who attacked 2 cops during SONA. 22 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe sees no need to resign from Senate cmte. chairmanships as she considers a possible presidential bid. 22 hours ago |
  • Manila Mayor Estrada plans to seal a joint venture with a private company to operate Manila Zoo. 23 hours ago |
  • Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada defends the joint venture with private firm to renovate Quinta market. 23 hours ago |
  • 14 injured as a bus falls off a ravine in San Narciso, Quezon. 23 hours ago |
  • DOJ team in Jakarta to talk with Mary Jane Veloso to strengthen case against her recruiter. 23 hours ago |
  • 8-man DOJ team arrives in Jakarta to talk with Indonesian authoroties about Mary Jane Veloso's case. 23 hours ago |
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7 dead in Semirara mishap; Aquino orders state probe

By Joyce Pangco Panares | Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:01am
PRESIDENT Aquino on Thursday ordered the departments of Energy and Local Interior to investigate the accident in a coal site in Caluya, Antique owned by Semirara Mining Corporation that left seven miners dead.

“My understanding is that it was supposed to be a surface mining so why was there a tunnel?” Aquino said.

The President asked Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla to get updates from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

“We want to find out what caused this accident to happen,” Aquino said.

In a statement, the SCC said that around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, the west wall of the pit collapsed and trapped the 13 miners under it.

The company earlier confirmed that three of the 13 miners had been rescued, and four had died.

Those rescued were identified as Marjun Catoto, Adrian Celmar and Leonardo Sojor.

PNP Region 6 director Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said

Cruz said three survivors were pulled out immediately after the incident. Two of the survivors sustained minor injuries and were brought to the Semirara Infirmary for treatment, while the other was airlifted to Manila. With Anna Leah Estrada
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