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MANILA – Batanes was first hit with a tremor with magnitude 5.4, and right after that a second stronger quake, recorded at magnitude 5.9 struck a few hours later. Mr Ricardo Jalad from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has confirmed that eight people died and 60 at least injured. Batanes is known for ancestral homes. As the quake first hit Batanes, thousands were disturbed from their sleep, right during

Grade school

A four-story college building that has become a victim of local politics in San Juan will lastly open this Monday, July 29, almost four years after it was constructed. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said the P38.8 million West Crame Elementary School, the first public school in San Juan’s most strongly populated barangay, will lastly open its gates after building was completed on December 8, 2015. Zamora said the

Duterte

According to presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, the oral agreement between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping was duly registered by an agent and publicly revealed. Panelo also said House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, as then Secretary of Foreign Affairs, made statements, stating that the Philippines and China co-control the disputed waters and that the fishermen should be free to fish in them. This representation touched on this topic

Cayetano

The House of Representatives officially appointed Taguig City Representative Alan Peter Cayetano as the House’s 22nd Speaker. Cayetano beat fellow nominee Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante Jr. with a 266 vote, who received 28 votes. Two lawmakers abstained and one did not vote. Davao City Representative Paolo Duterte, Marinduce Representative Lord Allan Velasco and Leyte Representative Lord Allan Velasco nominated Cayetano as speaker. Iloilo Representative Janet Garin and the

Senate

On Monday, Senate President Vicente Sotto III maintained his position as Senate President as the majority of senators voted for him at the beginning of the 18th Congress. Twenty-two senators were present at the opening of the meeting. Absent were Senators Leila de Lima, who is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center, and Manny Pacquiao, who is still in Las Vegas after his boxing victory against thurman. Voting

Leila De Lima

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima accused the administration using Vice President as a “scapegoat” and the threat of impeachment against her as a “diversionary tactic” to cover up the guilt of President Rodrigo Duterte. The former senator said that presidential anti-corruption commissioner Manuelito Luna was only attempting to gain the president’s brownie points when he (Luna) issued the impeachment threat against Robredo. Calling for the Vice President’s impeachment is also

Zamboanga

There is a rise in dengue instances led local authorities in Zamboanga Sibugay and South Cotabato to declare a state of calamity. Some dengue patients from Zamboanga Sibugay were taken for therapy to Zamboanga City and put in a hospital room as the rooms were complete. The amount of dengue instances in Zamboanga Sibugay increased by 2,000 percent compared to the amount of instances in 2018, based on information from

COMLEC

Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel intends to move back to October 2021 for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections planned for May 2020. Pimentel submitted House Bill 905 requesting the postponement of the said elections from 11 May 2020 to 11 October 2021. The lawmaker said this is to offer more time to prepare for the Commission on Elections (Comelec). He stated that they want to offer the Comelec

Dengue

Although the amount of fatalities is primarily attributed to Cebu being the most populated island, Cebu City Councilor David Tumalak calls on local authorities to be prepared. So far this year, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said at least 35 individuals have already died owing to dengue in Cebu. The province of Cebu also has the largest amount of dengue instances in the Visayas with 5,935, followed

Andanar

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Friday that an effort to impeach President Rodrigo Duterte will not succeed because Congress’s chief executive enjoys majority assistance. Fisherfolk community Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said previously that it was preparing an impeachment complaint to be lodged against Duterte at the House of Representatives for supposedly compromising the fishing rights of the Filipinos in the West Philippine Sea. The group quoted