Phivolcs raises Alert Level 3 on Mayon

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:26 a.m.

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Mayon Volcano’s alert status to Alert Level 3 at 10 p.m. Monday.

Phivolcs resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta said this means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks.

Hundreds flee 3 California wildfires; homes burn

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:29 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — A wildfire that broke out in far Northern California on Monday burned at least 75 structures, forced the evacuation of about 1,500 residents and caused the closure of a major interstate freeway.

Winds gusting up to 40 mph (64 kph) spread the fire near the town of Weed, about 50 miles south of the California-Oregon border, to at least 200 acres (80 hectares), said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

UN withdraws many peacekeepers from Golan Heights

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations said Monday it has withdrawn its peacekeepers from many positions on the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the war between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters.

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told The Associated Press that he doesn't think every single post has been vacated. The UN peacekeepers withdrawn Monday have been moved to the Israeli side of the border.

Lee, Raz, Cornejo allowed to post bail in mauling case

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:08 p.m.

MANILA -- Businessman Cedric Lee, model-stylist Deniece Cornejo and martial artist Simeon "Zimmer" Raz may soon leave detention after a Taguig court allowed them to post bail in the case involving the alleged mauling of actor-television host Vhong Navarro last January 22.

The Taguig City Regional Trial Court branch 271 set a bail of P500,000 each for the three accused in the serious illegal detention case, which is a non-bailable offense.

Palace: Up to Binay to say if he’s Aquino's ally or foe

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 05:54 p.m.

MALACANANG said Monday that it would be up to Vice President Jejomar Binay if he considers himself as an ally or a foe of President Benigno Aquino III.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said while Binay has expressed support on the President's agenda, but there were also areas where the two leaders disagree with.

Bangsamoro bill gets bipartisan support

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 04:54 p.m.

MORE than half of the senators support the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Monday.

Drilon said the bill is amassing support from the two parties, noting that other four members of the minority group signed as co-authors of the bill.

DavNorte clash kills 3, hurts 2

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 04:32 p.m.

DAVAO (Updated) -- Three suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) were killed while two government soldiers were wounded in an encounter Sunday in Davao del Norte.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) public information officer Captain Alberto Caber said the Philippine Army's 72nd Infantry Battalion has yet to identify the three rebels killed in the encounter.

Senate panel formally invites Binay to Makati probe

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 03:30 p.m.

(UPDATED) The Senate Blue Ribbon committee formally invited on Monday Vice President Jejomar Binay to its next subcommittee hearing on the controversial Makati City Hall building 2.

The letter signed by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, chair of the subcommittee, was sent to Binay's office last September 11.

Typhoon 'Luis' exits PH, new LPA seen

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 03:24 p.m.

MANILA -- Typhoon Luis (Kalmaegi) maintained its strength but is now out of the Philippine area of responsibility, while a low pressure area (LPA) is moving closer to Mindanao, the state weather bureau said Monday.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, Luis was located at 372 kilometers (km) west of Laoag City and it continues to move west northwest at 30 kilometers per hour (kph).

Court allows Palparan transfer to Fort Bonifacio

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 03:04 p.m.

MANILA -- A Malolos court granted on Monday retired Major General Jovito Palparan's request to be put under military custody instead of an ordinary jail.

Malolos Regional Trial Court branch 14 Teodora Gonzales allowed the transfer of Palparan from Bulacan provincial jail to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Custodial Center in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.

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