Passengers, families stranded in southern luzon

MANILA, Philippines – Southern Luzon was not spared from the heavy rains brought about by Topical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) on Friday, September 19. As of posting, rains continued to batter provinces in the regions of Calabarzon and Mimaropa, causing trip cancellations and high floodwaters, stranding families and passengers. In Rizal, one of the provinces on alert level 3, water is above head. About 20 families from North Libis, Barangay Banaba, are waiting for help from the San Mateo municipal government to be rescued, according to the Philippine Information…

Poe backs inclusive mining industry

Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday asked mining companies to foster more transparency and openness in the industry to address the public’s negative perception on mining. Poe, speaking before the Mining Philippines Conference and Exhibition at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay City, said “people’s perception of mining is colored through the prism of post-colonialism rhetoric, environmental disasters and a lack of transparency in the mining industry.” “I know that the Philippine mining industry has been diligently conducting disaster relief operations across the country. Yet, the image of the once-pristine and…

Utos ng SC na patalsikin si Reyes ‘di susundin ng HRET

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi susundin ng House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal ang kautusan ng Korte Suprema na patalsikin na bilang kinatawan ng Marinduque sa Kamara si Congw. Regina Reyes. Ayon kay Gabriel Rep. Luz Ilagan, miyembro ng HRET, 4-3 ang naging resulta ng botohan. Ibig sabihin, pinagtitibay ng HRET ang kanilang kapangyarihan na sila lang ang may hurisdiksyon na humawak ng mga kasong may kaugnayan sa electoral case ng mga miyembro ng mababang kapulungan ng kongreso. Dahil rito, ang susunod na proseso aniya ay ang pagtalakay sa merito ng kaso,…

NDRRMC: 1 Killed as Heavy Rain Triggers Rockslide, Landslide in Marinduque

Lola Susana F. Peralta, a candidate in the 2012 Gandang Lola Buangan Town Fiesta A 75-year-old woman was killed in a rockslide caused by heavy rain in Marinduque province Tuesday afternoon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Wednesday. In its report, the NDRRMC identified the fatality as Susana Frias Peralta, a resident of Barangay Buangan in Torrijos town in Marinduque. The NDRRMC said the rockslide occurred at about 3 p.m. in Barangay Buangan. Also, it said a minor landslide in the same area rendered some roads there…

Councilor to MGB, no such thing as responsible mining

A CITY councilor on Monday stood pat against mining saying there is no such thing as “responsible miners.” Davao City Councilor Danilo C. Dayanghirang, proponent of the mining ban ordinance in the city and former head of the committee environment said this in relation to the statement of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau in Davao Region (MGB 11) on Friday that the city can choose companies who practice responsible mining to operate in order to avoid the adverse effects of mining. It was reported that during the Kapehan sa Abreeza…