Coast Guard to probe Bohol-bound boat grounding

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 05:23 p.m.

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is launching an investigation into the failures that led M/V Clarin Cruiser running aground off Cordova Point last Friday.

Rear Admiral William Melad, Coast Guard Central Visayas chief, said they will conduct an investigation on the boat's skipper, Raul Alipuyo, who proceeded with the voyage to Bohol despite a travel restriction due to a gale warning issued last Friday.

5.0-magnitude earthquake hits North Cotabato

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 03:22 p.m.

A MAGNITUDE 5.0 earthquake struck North Cotabato on Saturday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake struck at 12:26 p.m. with a depth of 11 km.

Marikina River water level drops

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 02:50 p.m.

THE Marikina River's water level dropped to 15.5 meters on Saturday afternoon, a day after reaching the critical level of 19 meters.

From 19.9 meters on Friday, the water level depreciated by 4.4 meters, as of 1:26 p.m.

Aquino arrives in Germany

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 02:04 p.m.

BERLIN, Germany -- President Benigno Aquino III arrived here on Friday for the last leg of his four-nation tour in Europe to meet top German officials and business executives.

President Aquino touched down at the Berlin Tegel Airport here at 10:45 a.m. (4:45 p.m. Manila time) and motored to the Federal Chancellery, the official residence of Germany’s Chancellor, where arrival honors were afforded to him.

Indonesia named host of 2018 Asian Games

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:04 p.m.

INCHEON, South Korea — Indonesia was formally named the host country for the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday, filling the void created when Vietnam relinquished its hosting rights over financial concerns.

Indonesia's National Olympic Committee said Saturday that events would be held in the capital of Jakarta, along with the regions of South Sumatra and West Java.

'Mario' moves north, leaves 5 dead

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:25 a.m.

MANILA (4th Update) — State disaster officials said Tropical Storm "Mario" (international name: Fung-Wong) that brought torrential monsoon rains, which flooded much of the Metro Manila, has gained strength and battered Luzon provinces with heavy downpours and strong winds.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Saturday that more than half a million people were affected by the tropical storm in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, forcing close to 90,000 people to evacuate. At least five have been killed.

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease.

Wooden tables lay empty at the capital's usually vibrant food markets. Police stood guard at roadblocks in this nation of six million people. This crumbling seaside capital, its streets normally crowded with bumper-to-bumper traffic, seemed like a ghost town.

3 dead in flooding; thousands displaced

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

MANILA -- Torrential monsoon rains worsened by Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong) flooded large swathes of Metro Manila and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon.

Filipino peacekeepers from Golan arrive home

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- More than 240 Filipino peacekeepers arrived in Manila on Friday after pulling out two weeks early from a UN mission in the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the border region, the military said Friday.

Areas hit by power cuts after Tropical Storm Mario

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 07:35 p.m.

THE Manila Electric Company (Meralco) shut down its operation in some parts of Metro Manila after Tropical Storm "Mario" (international name: Fung-Wong) made landfall over Luzon on Friday.

As of 2 p.m., the electricity was cut off in 2.6 percent of Meralco's customers to prevent accidents amid the flooding due to heavy rains.

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