132,908 families affected by 'Nina' in 4 regions, 1 death so far - NDRRMC

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National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Mina Marasigan (right), briefs media men covering the agency on the onslaught of typhoon "Nina" Tuesday (Dec. 27, 2016) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. (PNA photo by Joey O. Razon)National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Mina Marasigan (right), briefs media men covering the agency on the onslaught of typhoon "Nina" Tuesday (Dec. 27, 2016) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. (PNA photo by Joey O. Razon)

In its Wednesday update, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced that 132,908 families or 602,770 persons were affected by the severe weather conditions brought about by Typhoon "Nina" during its onslaught on Dec. 25 and 26, with one person being reported dead due to the weather disturbance.

These individuals are mostly residents of 785 barangays in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Regions V and VIII, NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said.

He added that strong winds and rains brought by "Nina" has damaged a total of 30,897 houses, of which 21,225 are partially damaged and 9,672 totally, in...

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President Duterte encourages village leaders to support a Federal form of government

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by locals officials of Pili, Camarines Sur during his visit to the Typhoon Nina-stricken communities in the same town on Dec. 27, 2016.(Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo/PNA)President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by locals officials of Pili, Camarines Sur during his visit to the Typhoon Nina-stricken communities in the same town on Dec. 27, 2016.(Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo/PNA)

President Rodrigo Duterte urged over a hundred village leaders to vote for a Federal form of government when it will be presented to a plebiscite, probably three years from now.

Speaking before 182 barangay captains and over a hundred kagawads from the three districts here on Tuesday night’s gift giving at Davao City Recreation Center, the President said a Federal government is the answer to the decades-old problem in Mindanao.

“Mao ni ang gusto sa Moro. Mao pud ni ang gusto nako ihatag sa ila (This is what the Moro wants. This is also what I want to give them),”...

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Hero’s welcome awaits Pacquiao, Donaire in General Santos, Sarangani

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Another grand hero’s welcome awaits world boxing champion and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao when he returns home to this city and nearby Sarangani Province after his historic win on Sunday against Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas.

City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said Monday they are currently coordinating with the senator’s team for the schedule of his homecoming, which is already being anticipated by local residents.

He said they will partner with the provincial government of Sarangani regarding the activities and other arrangements for the hero’s welcome.

“We’re very happy for his victory and for again bringing pride and honor to our...

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Sueno orders parallel probe into deaths of Espinosa, Yap

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Body of Mayor Rolando Espinosa. Photo by Byron Alcoba/GMA NewsBody of Mayor Rolando Espinosa. Photo by Byron Alcoba/GMA News

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno on Monday ordered National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) to conduct a parallel investigation on possible culpability of police into deaths of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa and Raul Yap inside cell in Leyte last Saturday morning.

Sueno said that NAPOLCOM had the top priority to initiate its own probe in the incident considering that it was the agency mandated under the law to exercise administrative and operational supervision over the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“NAPOLCOM should make this (probe) as their top priority. We have to know what really transpired on that day. We owe...

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