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Pagasa: `Ruby’ weakens further, is now a tropical storm

MANILA, Philippines — Ruby (international name: Hagupit) further weakened into a tropical storm before noon on Monday. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Ruby, spotted moving west northwest at 10 kph, packed maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 135 kph. Ruby’s next […]

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Japan recession worse than thought—data

TOKYO — Japan’s economy contracted more than initially thought in the July-September quarter, revised official data revealed Monday, showing the world’s third largest economy sank deeper into recession.   The economy shrank 0.5 percent quarter-on-quarter, worse than the 0.4 percentestimated in initial data released three weeks ago, the Cabinet Office said.   The reading was […]

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Canadian Embassy closed due to Ruby

The Canadian Embassy in Metro Manila is closed on Monday amid the threat of bad weather conditions from Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). Read full news here – GMA News Online / News / Metro Manila

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‘Ruby’ weakens; Metro Manila braces for heavy rains, storm surges

MANILA, Philippines—Typhoon “Ruby” (international name: Hagupit) has slightly weakened as it traversed the Sibuyan Sea, now packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) from 140 kph and gusts of up to 150 kph from 170 kph, the state weather bureau said Monday morning. Jori Loiz, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical […]

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Typhoon spares Palo Cathedral, people this time

PALO, Leyte—As the furious winds of Typhoon “Ruby” came to a halt on Sunday morning, Palo Archbishop John Du went down from his hilltop residence, happy to see that his worst fear did not materialize.   The soon-to-be completed five-building complex, Pope Francis Center for the Poor, to be blessed by Pope Francis himself when […]

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Filipino US postal worker in Fremont charged with mail theft

FREMONT, California — A Filipino letter carrier who has been a US postal service worker for 16 years was charged with mail theft for allegedly stealing many cell phones meant to be delivered to customers. Romeo Moog Talag, 56, of Hayward, was named in a complaint filed Tuesday, December 2 in US District Court in […]

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Young girl’s kin saddled with hospital bills

For over a month, eight-year-old Pian Lee Daniele Bacol was confined in the intensive units of two hospitals. Up to this day, however, doctors do not know what sent her there.   The Grade 3 student of Victorious Montessori School Foundation, in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite, was brought to De La Salle Medical Center intensive […]

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NLEX stops slide, edges Pacquiao-less Kia

MANILA, Philippines — NLEX stopped a three-game losing skid just in time for the playoffs after an 88-80 win over Kia in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Sundayat the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Asi Taulava posted his sixth double-double of the conference with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Nio Canaleta had 16 points for the […]

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52,000 in Mimaropa flee Ruby’s fury

LUCENA CITY, Philippines–At least 52,092 persons from 12,670 families have been evacuated in the Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) region to escape Typhoon Ruby’s fury, according to the regional Office of Civil Defense (OCD). In a situation report issued at noon Sunday, Eugene Cabrera, OCD-Mimaropa director, said Romblon has the highest number of evacuees with […]

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Elderly woman drowns, 1,000 houses damaged in Samar

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—An elderly woman reportedly drowned in Catarman town, Northern Samar where at least 1,000 houses were damaged by storm surges spawned by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). Jonathan Baldo, Municipal disaster risk reduction officer of Catarman, identified the victim as Luz Cuanico, 75, of Barangay Banquerohan Catarman town. He said waist-deep floods were reported in […]

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Ruby downs power lines, forces evacuation of 716,639—NDRRMC

MANILA, Philippines—Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) has caused power outages, downed telecommunication signals, and forced the evacuation of 146,785 families or 716, 639 persons, the state disaster agency said Sunday. In a press briefing, Romina Marasigan, spokesperson of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said that the no casualties have been recorded yet, […]

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Roque to press prosecutor’s ouster

MANILA, Philippines—Unfazed by a reprimand from the justice secretary, the lawyer of the family of slain Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude will go ahead with his bid to have Olongapo City prosecutor Emilie de los Santos disqualified from the case, saying her removal would guarantee impartiality.   Lawyer Harry Roque said yesterday he would formalize […]

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5th Indie Bravo! on Dec. 11 celebrates best of 2014

  For the fifth straight year, we are holding the Inquirer Indie Bravo!, a tribute to Filipino actors and filmmakers who brought home awards from various international film festivals in the past 12 months. This year’s celebration reflects significant movements in the ever-expanding indie community.   The tribute itself, set on Thursday, Dec. 11, now […]

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Signal No. 1 up in Metro Manila, 7 Luzon provinces as ‘Ruby’ heads to Masbate—Pagasa

          MANILA, Philippines—Typhoon “Ruby” (known internationally as Hagupit) has maintained its strength, packing winds of up to 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 210 kph, as it barrels through the vicinity of Eastern Samar, the state weather bureau said Saturday night.   According to […]

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MMDA Christmas shuttle service starts tonight—and it’s not free

The buses will start plying their routes along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) at 11 p.m., radio dzBB's Sam Nielsen reported. Read full news here – GMA News Online / News / Metro Manila

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