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Boy, 13, drowns in Ilocos river

DINGRAS, Ilocos Norte – A 13-year old student drowned Wednesday while swimming in a deep portion of Padsan River in Barangay Espiritu, Dingras, Ilocos Norte. Police identified the victim as Jomel Foronda, a Grade 8 student of Suyo National High School, this town. It was reported that the victim and his two classmates went to Padsan River during their lunch break. More articles: Student drowns in... 

Sistine Chapel gets brighter look

VATICAN CITY – The Sistine Chapel has a brighter, cooler new look. The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled a state-of-the art illumination and air-conditioning system designed to better show off the chapel’s precious frescoes and protect them from the dirt, breath, and heat of the nearly six million people who marvel at them every year. More articles: Guardian angels exist, says Pope Francis Papal... 

Red tide hits Islas Gigantes

ILOILO – Officials are sternly warning residents in emerging tourist destination of Islas Gigantes in Carles town, Iloilo province, of red tide poison. “They should heed the warning,” said Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. More articles: Red tide alert up in Masbate, Samar Flooding hits Panay, Guimaras Typhoon hits land Criminal raps vs rice trader 5 industrial firms tagged in fish kill... 

VP refutes new proof in hearing

The camp of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay downplayed photos and posts of his daughter Joanna Marie Bianca Binay on Instagram presented by Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano indicating that they own the sprawling 350-hectare Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park in Rosario, Batangas yesterday. More articles: Businessman denies being dummy of VP 2 VP spokesman barred Binays no-show at hearing Trillanes... 

Flavier, 79, passes away

Former senator and Health Secretary Juan Flavier, 79, died due to multiple organ failure caused by pneumonia at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City yesterday. Flavier is survived by his wife, Susan, 79, four children, and nine grandchildren. The family has yet to announce wake and interment plans. More articles: Papal visit panel formed Aquino looking for new NFA head Ebola... 

Poor to be kicked out for papal visit

By Ellson A. Quismorio TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Some 100 families, who live near the airport, face relocation because their shanties will be torn down to make way for Pope Francis’ visit in January. Residents of Barangay 88, San Jose have accused the government of hypocrisy, reminding officials of the Pope’s real intention. “Hindi naman yung kagandahan ng airport ang ipinunta ng Santo... 

2 dead in road accident

BUTUAN CITY – Two persons died while scores of others were injured Wednesday when a multi-cab collided with a truck at Purok 6, Barangay Alubijid in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Senior Inspector Marife M. Farol, public information officer of Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office, identified the fatalities as Remegio Q. Mamba and Mirasol D. Deloso. More articles: Girl dead, 4 hurt in road mishap... 

Canadian hangs self

PAETE, Laguna – A 59-year-old Canadian committed suicide by hanging himself inside his boarding house in Barangay 4 Quinale, yesterday morning. Senior Inspector Virgilo Solleza, town police chief, said the body of the victim, Michael Katc, was discovered when his neighbor, Romy Claridad, went out to check foul odor coming from the house of the victim at about 7:40 a.m. yesterday. More articles: Boy... 

2 VP spokesman barred

Senators yesterday barred two spokespersons of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay – Navotas City Rep. Toby Tiangco and lawyer JV Bautista – who came to the hearing of the Makati City Hall Parking Building 2 uninvited and manifested they wanted to present proof refuting whistleblower former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado’s statement he was not hospitalized. More articles: Binay answers charges... 

10 nabbed for raiding waste firm

Police arrested 10 men, including two policemen, who allegedly forced their way into a waste disposal company at the South Harbor in Port Area, Manila Wednesday night. A report released by the General Assignment and Investigation Section of the Manila Police District (MPD) said about 20 men forced their way inside the Golden Dragon operations office on Muelle de San Francisco St. at around 6:45 p.m....