MIAA: 36 flights canceled due to Seniang

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 04:56 p.m.

AT LEAST 36 flights of Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific Air, and Tiger Air at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were cancelled Monday due to bad weather conditions brought by tropical storm Seniang, the Manila International Airport Authority said.

The canceled flights are as follows:

NPA kills 3 soldiers in Compostela Valley

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 04:31 p.m.

THREE soldiers on their way for a holiday break were killed by members of the New People's Army in an ambush in Mabini, Compostela Valley on Monday morning.

The troops were on civilian clothes and unarmed when communist rebels attacked them, said First Lieutenant Vergel Lacambra, public affairs officer of the Army's 10th Infantry Division.

Poll: 11M families consider themselves as ‘poor’

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 03:45 p.m.

AROUND 11.4 million families or 52 percent consider themselves as poor, according to the fourth quarter survey of Social Weather Stations.

Results of the November 27 to December 1 survey was slightly lower from 55 percent (estimated 12 million) in the third quarter to 52 percent in the last quarter this year.

190 still trapped on Greek ferry as 49 reach land

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

BARI, Italy — A cargo ship with 49 people evacuated from a Greek ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea arrived in the Italian port of Bari on Monday, the first big group to reach land. Nearly 200 more people remained trapped on the smoke-filled vessel adrift in rough seas between Italy and Albania.

One person was killed in the risky rescue operation and two others were injured as Italian and Greek navy and coast guard ships and helicopters plucked passengers off the stricken vessel and brought them to safety aboard the 10 or so mercantile ships nearby.

AirAsia plane has tire problem in Philippines

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 02:36 p.m.

MANILA -- Airline and government officials said that an AirAsia Zest plane developed a tire problem in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, prompting the airline, which is partly owned by AirAsia Philippines, to cancel its flight Sunday to Manila with 178 passengers and six crewmembers, said Monday.

The incident comes as rescuers search for a missing AirAsia plane that disappeared on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 on board.

Rebels gun down 3 unarmed soldiers in ComVal town

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 02:24 p.m.

MANILA -- Three unarmed soldiers were treacherously shot and killed by New People's Army (NPA) fighters at Mabini town, Compostela Valley province on Monday morning.

10th Infantry Division spokesperson Vergel Lacambra said that two of the soldiers were from the 71st Infantry Battalion while the other is a militiaman assigned to the unit.

28 areas under storm warning signals

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 01:02 p.m.

CEBU -- Twenty-eight areas are now placed under storm warning signals as Tropical Storm Seniang maintained its strength and is now moving towards Agusan Del Norte province Monday morning, according to the country's weather agency's 11 a.m. bulletin.

Scaffold collapse at Beijing school kills 10

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 11:43 a.m.

BEIJING — Chinese state media are reporting that a scaffolding collapse at a Beijing high school has killed 10 people and injured four.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday that the accident occurred at a construction area at Tsinghua High School in the city's northwest.

‘Seniang’ now a tropical storm; makes landfall

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 05:26 a.m.

CEBU (Updated, 4 a.m.) - Tropical Depression Seniang is now a tropical storm and has made its landfall over Barangay Bakulin, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur on Monday, the weather bureau said in its 3:45 a.m. update.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) earlier said Seniang has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center.

‘Seniang’ maintains strength; Cebu under signal no. 1

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 01:28 a.m.

CEBU (Updated) - Tropical Depression Seniang has maintained its strength as it threatens northeastern Mindanao.

Seniang is expected to make landfall in the vicinity of Tandag on Monday morning, then cross Surigao del Sur and will exit the landmass of Agusan del Sur by noon.

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