NDRRMC: Damage to crops now at P1.04B

MANILA, Dec 9 (Mabuhay) — Damage estimates inflicted by Typhoon Ruby in the agriculture sector slightly rose to P1.04 billion, with most of the damage on rice and corn subsectors, latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) show. In...

Ombudsman asks Drilon, nine others to answer raps on ‘overpriced’ ICC construction

MANILA, Dec 9 (Mabuhay) — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered Senate President Franklin Drilon, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, and seven other public officials and private individuals to answer the accusation of a former Iloilo...

‘Ruby’ won’t affect Pope Francis’ itinerary — officials

MANILA, Dec 9 (Mabuhay) — Pope Francis’ itinerary for his Philippine visit will not likely be changed because of typhoon “Ruby” (international name “Hagupit”), according to Fr. Anton Pascual, chair of the papal visit media relations...

Ruby affects 2 million people, causes P1 billion in damage

MANILA, Dec 9 (Mabuhay) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Tuesday said the number of people affected by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) had breached the two-million mark while damage breached the P1-billion mark. The NDRRMC also overhauled its list of...

Ruby death toll rose to 27 — Red Cross

MANILA, Dec 9 (Mabuhay) — The death toll from a giant storm crossing the Philippines rose to 27 on Tuesday, the Red Cross said, but there was widespread relief after it brushed the capital without causing major damage. Most of the people killed were on the far eastern...

Ritz Azul inspired by pageant wins of Megan Young, Valerie Weigmann

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Aside from being both in showbiz, what do Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Miss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann have in common? Both beauty queens were in the cast of TV5 shows (“Misibis Bay” and “Kidlat”, respectively) that starred Ritz Azul, who...

Aquino cancels South Korea visit due to storm

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Philippine President Benigno Aquino has cancelled a trip to South Korea for an ASEAN summit this week to deal with the damage caused by Typhoon Hagupit, his spokeswoman said Monday. Aquino was scheduled to attend the Association of Southeast Asian...

Hagupit sparks calls for climate action

While loved ones braced for the full impact of Typhoon Hagupit back home, Filipino activists in Lima urged climate negotiators Saturday to act with more urgency in drafting a global plan to limit such potentially life-threatening events. “To us in the Philippines, we are not any...

23 perish in typhoon Hagupit

By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines | AFP | – Millions of people in the Philippine capital hunkered down on Monday as a major storm churned towards the megacity, after claiming at least 23 lives while ripping apart homes in remote island communities. Soldiers and aid workers...

Typhoon survivors find homes in ruins again

By Imelda Magbutay Tacloban, Philippines | AFP |  –Typhoon Hagupit tore apart homes and dumped fierce rains across the eastern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least two people while creating more misery for millions after a barrage of deadly disasters. The typhoon roared in...