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August 28, 2015, Friday
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  • Rains in the area of Padre Faura St. in Manila fail to dampen the spirit of INC members who are protesting at DOJ. 4 hours ago |
  • CBCP says government should not underestimate the message of ‘no remittance day.’ 4 hours ago |
  • Construction of LRT 2 Masinag Extension to begin on Sept. 26. 4 hours ago |
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  • Justice Secretary Leila de Lima not yet seen at DOJ premises as of Friday afternoon. 6 hours ago |
  • Schedule of hearing on libel case filed by Makati Mayor Binay vs. Sen. Trillanes among those postponed on Friday due to INC rally at DOJ. 6 hours ago |
  • INC rally in front of DOJ has prompted the postponement of some hearings in the department. 6 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says he is ready to face any complaint at Senate Ethics Cmte. with regard to his hiring of over 40 consultants. 6 hours ago |
  • 10 members of the Philippine Marines injured in a battle with about 300 ASG bandits in Patikul, Sulu on Friday morning. 6 hours ago |
  • Radio broadcaster Cosme Diez Maestrado killed in an ambush in Misamis Occidental. 6 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel says it is ‘business as usual’ in their QC coffee shop after it was fired upon by gunmen. 6 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel thanks those who are concerned for them after the shooting incident in their QC coffee shop. 6 hours ago |
  • Migrante International says OFWs in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia & Italy are joining the ‘zero remittance day’ on Friday. 6 hours ago |
  • Migrante International leads a rally at Mendiola in Manila as part of their ‘zero remittance day’ protest. 6 hours ago |
  • OFW Amie Emuslan who has been in comatose in UAE for 4 years finally brought back home. 6 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells visiting Thai PM that Filipinos are offering their condolences to the Thai people who are Filipinos’ brothers. 6 hours ago |
  • Thai PM Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expresses sympathy for the Filipino who sustained injury in her hearing during the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast. 6 hours ago |
  • Thai PM who is visiting PH says situation in Thailand now under control since the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast that killed 20 persons. 6 hours ago |
  • Gunmen shot and killed a Chinese tourist who was on board a taxi in Vito Cruz, Manila. 9 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna says cops are looking at his job as a media man as possible motive behind the shooting incident at his coffee shop. 9 hours ago |
  • 2 men seen on CCTV firing at the coffee shop of ABS-CBN broadcaster Anthony Taberna in Visayas Ave., QC. 9 hours ago |
  • Padre Faura St. in Manila still closed to traffic on Friday morning due to INC rally in front of DOJ. 9 hours ago |
  • Some INC members continue their vigil in front of DOJ for the second day. 9 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano tells court that part of his privilege as senator includes giving statements on subjects of senate probes. 9 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano asks Makati RTC to dismiss the P 200-million damage suit filed against him by VP Binay. 9 hours ago |
  • BOC Chief Bert Lina shows at a press conference how prohibited items are being smuggled into PH using balikbayan boxes. 9 hours ago |
  • Customs Commissioner Bert Lina says he is listening to the sentiments of OFWs. 10 hours ago |
  • Customs Chief Bert Lina holds a press conference explaining how BOC is handling and inspecting balikbayan boxes. 10 hours ago |

Gorio dumps heavy rains

By Francisco Tuyay | Jun. 30, 2013 at 12:02am
Typhoon Gorio made landfall in Eastern Samar Friday morning, bringing with it heavy rains that flooded several areas and caused landslides in Biliran and Leyte provinces as it moved toward western Luzon.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration said the typhoon has been dumping 97.8 mm rainfall since Saturday morning and maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometer per hour near the center and gustiness of up to eight kph.

In Tacloban city, two big festival street parades to honor the Sr. Santo Nino’s feast day were cancelled due to the bad weather.

GORIO’S  AFTERMATH. A speed boat maneuvers in Albay Gulf as Gorio batters the Bicol region with heavy rains and strong wind, stranding  at least 281 passengers at the Tabaco International Port on Saturday. In Manila, weather forecaster Aldszar Aurelio points to the location of the Tropical Storm which has grounded several domestic flights and caused massive flood and landslides in parts of Visayas. DANNY PATA, MANNY PALMERO

The annual Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival street parade of Leyte province was cancelled, while the Tacloban city-backed Sangyaw Festival Parade of Lights was rescheduled for Sunday evening, June 30.

Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez  convened the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) to discuss rescue operations after heavy rain flooded some areas of the city.

It said that based on its latest weather update, Gorio’s center was spotted at 60 kilometers north northwest of Catbalogan, Samar after it made landfall at around 8 a.m. in Hernani town in Samar.

The flooding had rendered some major roads impassable, even as the continuing heavy rain left at least 6,000 commuters stranded in various ports in Mindanao, Visayas and the Bicol Region, particularly in Matnog, Sorsogon port and in Quezon province.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council reported that 102 trucks, 52 light vehicles, 53 buses and five RORO (roll-in, roll-out) ships were stuck on roads, terminals and ports.

It said that the number of stranded passengers in various ports in Bicol and Visayas and Mindanao rose to 6,572.

Albay had 469 stranded passengers; Sorsogon, 1,701; Catanduanes, 32; Masbate, 66; Camarines Sur, 77; Cebu, 1,625; Maasin, 337; Catbalogan, 1718; Surigao, 228 and Butuan, 319.

At least 49 passenger ships and 319 buses were also barred from travelling until the storm has passed.

The NDRRMC added that some flights were also cancelled. These are the 2P-925 Manila-Legaspi, 2P-926 Legaspi-Manila, 5J-329 Manila-Legaspi, 5J-330 Legaspi-Manila.

The NDRRMC also reported that landslides had struck portions of a road in Barangay San Pablo, Naval, Biliran while heavy flooding was reported at Barangay Capokpok, Tabango, Leyte.

Tripped wires also resulted to temporary electricity outage in some parts of Northern and Eastern Samar.

In Albay, Governor Joey Salceda has immediately ordered the evacuation of some 60,000 families living in flood-prone areas as Gorio is expected to hit the province at around 10 p.m. tonight.

PAGASA, meanwhile, said that the areas that had been placed under Storm Signal No. 2 include Masbate, Ticao Island, Burias Island, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Marinduque, Quezon, Polilio Island, Samar provinces, Biliran, and Leyte.      Placed under Storm Signal No. 1 are Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bataan, Bulacan, Zambales, Tarlac, La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Metro Manila, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Aklan, Northeastern Iloilo, Northern Cebu, Camotes Island and Bantayan Island.

NDRRMC Executive Director Eduardo del Rosario said the agency had already issued blue alert to all concerned agencies in all the affected areas, including the Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, which were advised to be on standby for immediate disaster response missions. With Florante Solmerin, Rio N. Araja and Ronald O. Reyes
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