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‘Yolanda’ death toll continues to rise 4 months after disaster

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‘YOLANDA’ SURVIVOR Melvin Castro sits in the rubble of his home in Tacloban City where 18 of his family members were killed. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

Over 120 days after Super Typhoon “Yolanda” wreaked havoc in the Visayas, more bodies were recovered as the death toll rose to 6,268.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino: We could have acted faster on ‘Yolanda’

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

Four months after Super Typhoon Yolanda slammed into Eastern Visayas, killing more than 6,000 people, President Aquino acknowledged that the government’s post-disaster response could have been “faster.”

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Tenants may not be ejected from coco farms in disaster areas—DAR

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DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. Photo from www.dar.gov.ph/

Coconut farmers unable to pay rent for their farms due to a natural calamity cannot be ejected from the land unless the ejectment is allowed by a court, the Department of Agrarian Reform said Wednesday.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t disaster response to suffer sans lump sum items in budget, warn 2 senators

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Senators Sergio Osmeña ans Francis “Chiz” Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Two senators defended on Tuesday the legality of the lump sum amounts in the 2014 national budget now being questioned at the Supreme Court, saying that the funds would give the executive branch “flexibility” to immediately respond to urgent situations like calamity.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rumbling volcano in western Indonesia erupts again

Villagers watch as Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flow during an eruption in Tiga Kicat, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) volcano has sporadically erupted since September. AP

Authorities have extended a danger zone around a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia after it spewed blistering gas farther than expected.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Solon wants higher penalty for looting during calamities

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Residents force open a small grocery as they start to loot in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. AP

Citing reports of looting after the onslaught of super typhoon “Yolanda” in November, a lawmaker is proposing to increase the penalty for such acts.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Despite calamities, PH unbowed–Del Rosario

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Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario: Philippines not alone. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

At the end of a year of unprecedented calamities, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario paid tribute to the resilience of the Filipino people as well as the “overwhelming solidarity” of the peoples of other nations.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Calamity resiliency fund urged

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Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (in photo) is pushing for the creation of a calamity resiliency fund, which the government may tap to fund projects aimed at helping the country withstand extreme weather disturbances and other natural disasters.   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima is pushing for the creation of a calamity resiliency fund, which the government may tap to fund projects aimed at helping the country withstand extreme weather disturbances and other natural disasters.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino: ‘Calamities test our spirit’

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President Benigno Aquino III INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

On the eve of Christmas, President Benigno Aquino III exhorted the nation to “show the light and hope of Christ” in the wake of back-to-back calamities that, he said, tested the limits of millions of Filipinos this year.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ death toll at 6,033—NDRRMC

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A typhoon survivor stands on rubbish in Tacloban, central Philippines on  Dec. 8, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

At least 24 bodies more were recovered as the death toll from Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) breached 6,000 on Friday.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

National catastrophes

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“Killing of journalists a national catastrophe” shouted the Inquirer’s banner headline yesterday.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

Roxas to meet media anew over controversial YouTube videos

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Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II will face the media anew on Tuesday afternoon to speak in his defense on the “videos peddling in the social media” showing him and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez having a heated discussion.

Posted: December 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PNP mulls pull out of Metro cops in Leyte for holiday season

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

There is a possibility that Metro Manila policemen sent to Tacloban as augmentation force in the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in the city will go back to their home bases before Christmas, police said.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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