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August 05, 2015, Wednesday
  • Sen. Trillanes cites security risk as primary reason why his witnesses in bribery charge vs. 2 CA justices won’t be able to testify. 13 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says his witnesses in bribery charge vs. CA justices won’t be able to appear before the CA hearing. 13 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says he will appear before CA hearing on Aug. 14 to explain his bribery charge vs. 2 CA justices. 14 hours ago |
  • Trillanes ordered to appear at CA hearing on Aug. 14 at 2 pm & explain why he shouldn’t be cited for contempt for bribery allegations. 14 hours ago |
  • CA tells Sen. Trillanes to explain his allegation that 2 CA justices got P 25M each in bribes to stop Makati Mayor Binay’s suspension. 14 hours ago |
  • DMCI tells Supreme Court that Torre de Manila is outside the boundary of Rizal Park. 14 hours ago |
  • DMCI tells Supreme Court that it followed all ordinances, rules & guidelines in building Torre de Manila. 14 hours ago |
  • Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim says the poll body can adjust its calendar of activities & extend campaign period when there is election. 14 hours ago |
  • LTFRB sues 2 fixers who had long been loitering in the agency’s vicinity & offering fake franchise to applicants. 14 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero says Comelec should castigate candidates abusing election rules instead of extending the campaign period. 14 hours ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has been experiencing light-headedness and acid reflux. 14 hours ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada will undergo medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center from 6 pm Tuesday until Thursday. 14 hours ago |
  • Sandiganbayan grants Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s request for a medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City. 14 hours ago |
  • PAGASA says frequent heavy rains in the afternoon in Metro Manila are just due to thunderstorms. 14 hours ago |
  • PAGASA says there is no weather disturbance currently affecting Metro Manila. 14 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph. 14 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ was located 1,770 kilometers east of Luzon at 2 pm on Tuesday. 14 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ outside PAR has gustiness of up to 245 kph. 14 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ outside PAR carries maximum sustained winds of up to 215 kph near the center. 14 hours ago |
  • Signal Number 3 may be raised over Cagayan when Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ enters PAR on Wednesday morning. 15 hours ago |
  • Batanes may experience Signal Number 4 when Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ (with local name ‘Hanna’) enters PAR on Wednesday morning. 15 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos & Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo attend Liberal Party meeting in San Juan today with Mar Roxas. 15 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos & Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo say no one has asked them to run as Roxas’ vice pres’l bet. 15 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos says she may run for Congress but she has not made up her mind. 15 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos says she is not eyeing the vice presidency. 15 hours ago |
  • Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo says she hopes Sen. Grace Poe will agree to become Roxas’ runningmate. 15 hours ago |
  • Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo says if ever she will seek a higher post, it may be the senate. 15 hours ago |
  • Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo says she has no plans of running for vice president. 15 hours ago |
  • Pampanga to experience power interruptions on Thursday. 20 hours ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada says Binay’s ‘True State of the Nation’ or ‘TSONA’ reflects the real performance of the Aquino gov’t. 20 hours ago |
  • De Lima says DOJ has no evidence that will pin down House members to the alleged BBL payoff. 20 hours ago |
  • House Sgt. At Arms Radovan says their CCTVs store only 5 days worth of videos before these are automatically erased by the system. 20 hours ago |
  • House Sgt. At Arms Nicasio Radovan says CCTVs in Batasan Complex have no recording of alleged BBL payoff last May 25, 26 & 27. 20 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano says Binay should release his ‘true SALN’ instead of delivering a counter-SONA. 20 hours ago |
  • DOTC Sec. Abaya hits back at Binay & says the VP does not understand the root cause of the MRT problem. 20 hours ago |
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Earth Hour

By Christine F. Herrera | Mar. 23, 2013 at 12:00am
For the past five years, the Philippines has supported the worldwide one hour “lights off” campaign for climate change, but the government was “on the dark” on the celebration of 2013 Earth Hour on Saturday.

Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Philippines will join the Earth Hour celebration but she is “yet to see a copy of a memo from President Aquino” about the annual event in which people in their homes and offices switch off the lights for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 on Saturday night.

“I’m still waiting for a copy of the memo from the office of  Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.,” Valte said.

Last year, Malacanang ordered all agencies and local government units to hold simultaneous switch-off ceremonies in the cities of Makati, Cebu and Davao. When Manila Standard Today called about this year’s celebration, Malacanang was apparently in the dark “until the 11th hour.”

A total of 140 countries will take part in this annual event, which was intended to raise people’s awareness about the need to take action on climate change. The worldwide event is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature.

As most of the world turns dark on Saturday, the Got Heart shop, which sells organic products of Aetas and other indigenous people, will turn on its lights using solar power, according to Dakila, an environment and human rights group.

Dakila spokesperson Jam Severo said they decided to use the event to call attention to the need to switch to renewable energy to lessen carbon emissions in a campaign they dubbed as “Go Beyond Earth Hour. Go Solar.”

“Instead of switching off the lights for one hour to help the Earth, the event will highlight the benefits of using renewable energy to lessen the carbon emissions that contribute to heating the planet, thus, helping the earth in the longer run, beyond the celebrated Earth Hour,” Severo said.

She said the Philippines is a country that enjoy a great amount of sunlight, a major source of renewable energy, and solar power is beneficial to the planet and economical for power consumers.

“We decided to go solar because we want to share the light of hope through sustainable social enterprises and green technology,” Severo said.

In Uganda, Earth Hour 2013 was a first step to fight the 6,000 hectares of deforestation that occur in the country every month, according to the WWF-Uganda Team.

In Indonesia, a revolutionary use of Twitter mobilized 30 cities across the country to take ongoing action beyond the hour as part of the “I will if you will” campaign spreading to more than 50 countries.

“People from all walks of life, from all nations around the world, are the lifeblood of the Earth Hour interconnected global community,” said Earth Hour 2013 chief executive officer Andy Ridley.

“They have proven time and time again that if you believe in something strongly enough, you can achieve amazing things. These stories aren’t unique, this is happening all over the world,” he said. With Joyce Pañares
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