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We’ll survive, with or without President Aquino—Yolanda survivors

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They have kept the faith. And they intend to keep it, with or without President Benigno Aquino III.

Posted: November 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t to rebuild only 10 of 25 churches

October 13, 2014
Loay church after  being heavily damaged by the October 15 earthquake that occured in the province 1 year ago.  --
On October 15, 2013 at 8:12 am a 7.5 earthquake shook through the Bohol and Cebu province killing 222 people and leaving thousands of infrastructure damaged beyond repair. It was the deadliest earthquake in the Philippines in 23 years. Centuries old churches, some built since 1602 by Jesuit missionaries succumbed to the force of the earthquake and were destroyed beyond recognition. From the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc, Church of Our Lady of Light in Loon, Santissima Trinidad Parish in Loay, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in Baclayon, Our Lady of Assumption Church in Dauis, St. Isidore the Farmer Church in tubigon and Santa Cruz Church in Maribojoc. 
An outline on acetate showing the former structures of the churches were overlapped with new photographs taken a year after the devastation is shown here, a before and after look , of the iconic churches that once symbolised the soul of the community, and now evidence of nature's true power.

“Let’s admit it. No one was really prepared [for this]. The sheer magnitude of the destruction was and remains unprecedented,” conservation architect Melva Rodriguez-Java said, summing up the difficulty of rebuilding the churches damaged by last year’s earthquake.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

10 cops in bungled drug bust axed

A police station chief, his deputy and eight other policemen in Ormoc City, Leyte province, have been relieved from their posts pending investigation on the bungled buy-bust operation that resulted in the death of the operation’s target, a suspected drug dealer, and two civilians, and injuries to six others.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Suspected pusher, 2 others killed in buy-bust shootout


A dentist and a government employee were killed while at least six others were injured when a drug suspect fired on a crowd in a makeshift cockpit in Ormoc City on Tuesday to evade arrest.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Reds may not like it, but gov’t to pursue peace

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita “Ging” Deles. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The government remains committed to forging peace with the communist rebels despite a recent declaration by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) that it would not be returning to the negotiating table during the Aquino administration.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »