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  • Southwest transport terminal construction start still in limbo MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    The construction of the country’s first intermodal transport facility is in limbo as both the government and the winning private concessionaire are waiting on each other before finally pushing through with the contract signing. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the ongoing titling of the project site for the R2.5-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) Southwest Terminal should not delay the concession agreement signing, which has been indefinitely postponed since February 25. “Land titling is ongoing but it’s not a default or a factor for them not to sign,” Abaya said, referring to the winning concessionaire MWM Terminals, which is a consortium between Megawide Construction Corp. and Walter Mart’s Property Management Inc. There are reportedly two project sites for ITS Southwest terminal, which will soon rise at a 4.59-hectare property of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) along Coastal Road in Parañaque City. The first site allotted for the bus terminal that is currently named under the Public Estates Authority while the second site set aside as staging area for vehicles is a reclaimed land. More »

  • How probers will determine why Germanwings A320 jet crashed MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    Cockpit voice recordings and, hopefully, flight data will provide the main clues to investigators trying to understand what caused Germanwings Flight 9525 to crash. If that is the case, it could indicate that the pilots were unconscious. More »

  • Germanwings cancels flight as pilots refuse to fly MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    A number of pilots at German low-cost airline Germanwings refused to fly Wednesday following the deadly crash in the French Alps, saying they were mourning the victims of the doomed aircraft. A spokeswoman for Germanwings' parent company, German flag carrier Lufthansa, said that ''Lufthansa flights are going ahead as planned. One Germanwings flight has been cancelled because pilots don't feel they are in a position to fly.'' She declined to say how many pilots declined to work on Wednesday. ''That is such a heavy emotional burden that it's better not to get into the cockpit.'' Already on Tuesday, Germanwings had reported ''occasional flight disruptions within its route network'' as pilots were too shocked to fly following the news of the crash of an A320 Germanwings jet. More »

  • Windfall of infra projects in Tukanalipao MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    After the notoriety it gained for being ground zero of the bloody Mamasapano incident, the barangay of Tukanalipao now stands to reap some blessings for enduring through the tragedy. Government officials launched the construction of vital infrastructure projects worth over R53 million in and around barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao, the scene  of the January 25 bloody clash between Moro rebels and police commandos hunting two long-wanted suspected terrorists then. The infamous incident sparked national debates and even put a snag on the government peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), particularly on the congressional deliberations on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a legal translation of the peace deals forged by the two parties. Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), officials led by Governor Mujiv Hataman alongside Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, head of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, and his field officers, led the symbolic ground-breaking rites Wednesday, exactly two months after the deadly encounter. More »

  • 3 NPAs face multiple charges in Bukidnon MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    Camp Bancasi, Butuan City – Three alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) are now facing multiple charges in a Bukidnon court, a regional Army spokesman yesterday said.Capt. Joe Patrick A. Martinez, acting regional spokesman of Northeastern and Northern Mindanao Army’s Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division (4th ID), identified the alleged suspects as Rey O. Flores, 16; Henry P. Omandam, alias Empoy, 19; and Vergel Pitogo, alias Marmar, 23.The suspects were captured at 8 a.m. on March 15 by the joint Army-police pursuit operation in Bukidnon, Capt. Martinez said. ... More »

  • Graduation of 10,000 students in peril due to Marawi City schools squa … MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    With a single stroke of the pen or just a verbal order, President Aquino or Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman can end the nine-month-old gridlock in the leadership and operations of the schools division in this city. This was the common belief of parents, students, teachers and other stakeholders in public elementary and high schools comprising the nine districts of the beleaguered city division who have been caught in the middle of a tug-of-war for leadership here. Anticipating protracted court litigations of the petitions filed by incumbent schools division superintendent (SDS) Mona Macatanong against the combined camps of the ARMM government and its designated OIC-SDS and OIC-assistant SDS (ASDS), concerned parents are pressing for a short-term remedy to facilitate the graduation rites for some 10,000 grade six and senior high school students here. More »

  • Mindanao Newsbits for March 27, 2015 MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    SOYBEAN THRUSTButuan City – To put Caraga region in the forefront of the soybean industry in the country, farmers and agriculture extension workers, as well as nutrition action officers from the soybean producing municipalities in this region, are eyeing to develop 1,000 to 2,000 hectares soybean plantation this year and beyond. Caraga Region, particularly the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur, are among the major producing soybean areas of the country. ... More »

  • Jesuit school confers honors on Deles, Ferrer, Iqbal MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    Despite heavy opposition from the alumni and even parents of students, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan conferred on Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles a degree on Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa Wednesday. The Jesuit-run university also recognized the other major players in the ongoing peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as it awarded GPH peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and her counterpart Mohagher Iqbal, who is also chair of the Bagsamoro Transition Commission, the Fr. Several sectors have criticized the school administration for the conferment of honors to Deles, Coronel-Ferrer and Iqbal due to the Mamasapano incident, but Xavier University remained firm, saying that it wished to honor these three leaders because they “courageously walked the arduous way of peace.” Some parents reportedly threatened not to allow their children attend the graduation rites due to rumors that armed MILF members will be escorting Iqbal to the rites. More »

  • US military challenged maritime claims of 19 countries in 2014 MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    The US military conducted freedom of navigation operations last year challenging maritime claims by 19 countries, from China to Argentina, asserting US transit rights in defiance of efforts to impose restrictions, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. It was the largest number of countries challenged in more than a decade, establishing the program's return to levels from before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when US forces had to curtail operations because of other priorities, officials said. The military has regularly conducted operations disputing some of China's maritime claims in recent years and did so again in 2014. The official said China has not attempted to assert maritime claims around those newly created islands and would not be able to do so under international law. More »

  • High-tech equipment boosts Ormoc’s fire-fighting capabilities MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    This city’s firefighting and rescue capabilities have been boosted with the arrival of high-tech anti-fire gear. As part of its observance of Fire Protection Month, the Bureau of Fire Protection has turned over three state-of-the art equipment donated by the government of Japan to the city government. One such equipment is a fire truck pumper with beacon light, antenna, spotlight and portable pump. The water from these and other sources can be loaded into a fire truck and subsequently used to extinguish fire. More »

  • Long dry spell destroys P68-M crops in Cotabato MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    Some P68 million worth of crops in North Cotabato, majority of which considered high-value, have been destroyed by the long dry spell in the province, data from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) showed. North Cotabato provincial agriculturist Engineer Eliseo Mangliwan said the damaged crops could no longer be recovered. In Kidapawan City, the city agriculture office reported crop damage of about R7.02 million. Mangliwan said that his office has already requested cloud seeding for North Cotabato to help farmers irrigate their crops which were just planted last month. More »

  • Cebu City mountain barangays in dry spell crisis MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    The Cebu City government was hopeful that a P10 million fund allocation that had been intended for use in setting up communal catch basins in upland barangays here would help farmers cope up with the effects of the ongoing dry spell. He said he will also ask the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) to allow the barangays to have access to the water district’s fire hydrants. More »

  • NPA admits executing ‘hired gun’ MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    San Andres, Quezon — The New People’s Army (NPA) announced the other day executing a man it described as being No. 1 in its order of battle (OB) for allegedly dealing drugs and being a gun-for-hire.The NPA Apolonio Mendoza Command (AMC), through an email sent to media on Wednesday, said it has sentenced Cielito Heron to death and carried out his execution because of his alleged illegal activities.The AMC said its court established Heron as having operated in San Francisco, San Narciso and this town.It added that an NPA member, a certain “Ka Udyr,” was killed in the operation to liquidate ... More »

  • New coal-fired plant to boost power output for the Visayas MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    Construction is underway for a new 135-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Concepcion, Iloilo.The new plant, said Palm Concepcion Power Corp. (PCPC) President Roel Castro, will bring a total of 270 MWs of power for the Visayas.In an exclusive interview with Manila Bulletin, Castro said construction of PCPC’s second unit started this month as the first unit is more than 80 percent completed.It was Secretary Jericho Petilla of Department of Energy (DOE) who had earlier challenged PCPC to construct the additional 135-MW unit. ... More »

  • Zambales produces 2,484 TESDA graduates MB - 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    Around 2,484 Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students from all over the province of Zambales will be armed with the skills needed for a brighter future after graduating from their desired courses last Tuesday at the Zambales Sports Complex. The ceremony was led by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Joel Villanueva who distributed the certificates to the graduates. The education secretary also gave out toolkits to 770 beneficiaries of the Special Training Program (STEP) of TESDA. More »

  • What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other
    What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

    By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS OMG. I almost fell off my chair upon reading the text exchanges between President Aquino and his sister, Kris Aquino posted by journalist Cecil Morella in Facebook. Tuesday afternoon, Kris Aquino posted in her Instagram account (withlovekrisaquino) her text exchanges with the President last Friday just to disprove rumors that PNoy …

  • Malik quits 'One Direction', says wants normal life
    Malik quits 'One Direction', says wants normal life

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Zayn Malik said on Wednesday he was quitting the best-selling pop band One Direction because he wanted to live a normal life and apologized to fans of the hugely popular British-Irish group for doing so. The decision by Malik to quit came after he dropped out of an Asian tour due to what he said was stress when pictures of the singer, who is engaged to Perrie Edwards of Little Mix, were published showing him partying with another woman in Thailand. …

  • Woman who had baby cut from belly released from hospital
    Woman who had baby cut from belly released from hospital

    LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman whose unborn baby was cut from her womb by a stranger with a kitchen knife has been released from a hospital a week after the gruesome attack. …

  • AP investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?
    AP investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?

    The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ... …

  • Saudis begin airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen
    Saudis begin airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do "anything necessary" to restore a deposed government that has been routed by the Iranian-backed group. …

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