Of ashfall and earthquakes: More hazards after Taal Volcano’s eruption

MANILA, Philippines — Ashfall and earthquakes followed Taal Volcano’s phreatic eruption on Sunday leaving many residents in an around the previously serene tourist attraction in distress and in search of safer gorunds. Ashfall perils ADVERTISEMENT The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in its January 13 update at 3:20 a.m.,  said ashfall was reported […]

Robredo willing to appear in Congress to discuss drug war report

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday expressed willingness to attend Congressional hearings to discuss her findings and recommendations on the Duterte administration’s war on illegal drugs, which she has called a “massive failure.” This was in response to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s pronouncements that the House of Representatives was prepared to hold […]

Return tickets now required for visiting Chinese

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese tourists will now be required to present return tickets and hotel reservations for every place they plan to visit in the Philippines before they are issued tourist “visas upon arrival.” The Department of Justice (DOJ) also announced that the visas issued upon arrival to Chinese visitors would no longer be extended […]

Baguio rehab to take 3 years

MANILA, Philippines — Interior Secretary Eduardo Año estimated on Sunday that Baguio City’s rehabilitation could take three years based on the extent of the city’s environmental degradation in the last three decades. In an interview aired Sunday over radio station dzBB, Año said the rehabilitation was off to a good start but pointed out that […]

BI nabs 3 potential victims of human trafficking

MANILA, Philippines — Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) have foiled another human trafficking attempt with the interception of three women who were illegally recruited to work as bar girls in Hong kong. The bureau’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) said the women were intercepted on Friday morning at […]

Mexico volcano belches fiery cloud

The Popocatepetl Volcano spews ash and smoke as seen from Puebla, central Mexico, on Jan. 9, 2020. (Photo by CARLOS SANCHEZ / AFP) MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano dramatically spewed a fiery cloud of ash and rock into the sky Thursday, though it did not prompt authorities to raise their eruption alert level. […]

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