They’re all safe: Ochoa, Coloma on light plane that skidded in Tacloban

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) — Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. were on board the private jet that skidded off the runway of the Daniel Z. Romualdez airport in Tacloban City upon its takeoff Saturday. Aside from Ochoa...

PNP: More ‘frivolous’ security checks before Pope’s Luneta Mass due to expected rains

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) — More “frivolous” security checks will be conducted at the Rizal Park on Sunday before Pope Francis’ Mass due to expected rains brought by Tropical Storm Amang, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Saturday. PNP’s Director for Operations...

Albay gov. orders preemptive evacuation amid Amang threat

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) — Residents in areas of Albay province that may be threatened by Tropical Storm Amang (Mekkhala) were ordered preemptively evacuated Saturday. Governor Jose Salceda said Amang may be closest to the province by Sunday morning. Albay was one of the...

Pope Francis apologizes for shortened Leyte visit

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) — Inclement weather in the Visayas region has forced Pope Francis to cut short his trip to Leyte province, where he met with survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. In Palo town, his next stop after Tacloban City, the jolly Holy Father took time to personally...

Pope Francis consoles Yolanda victims: Jesus is there for you

TACLOBAN CITY, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) – The Lord is with you. Pope Francis in his Mass here at the Daniel Romualdez International Airport on Saturday consoled victims of super typhoon Yolanda. “Jesus understands because he also underwent all the trials you have also underwent,” the...

Pope surprises pilgrims in Tacloban, goes around Mass area in Popemobile

TACLOBAN CITY, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) – At the end of the Mass he celebrated at the airport here, Pope Francis surprised pilgrims as he went around the area aboard his Popemobile. The crowd, some of whom were still receiving Holy Communion, cheered at the surprise treat. The Pope even...

Palo archbishop thanks Pope Francis: May you lead us to peaceful waters

TACLOBAN CITY, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) – Palo Archbishop John Du on Saturday thanked Pope Francis for coming to Leyte province despite a prevailing bad weather, and for consoling the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. “You came here despite this weather,” Du said before the end of the...

Jamming mobile signals does the public more harm than good, says lawmaker

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) – A party-list representative has criticized the government for ordering telcos to turn off mobile coverage in conjunction with the papal visit, saying this is “deleterious to public safety” and “tramples on the people’s right to communicate with each...

Coast Guard: 6,483 stranded due to Amang

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) – At least 6,483 passengers were stranded as of Saturday morning due to bad weather conditions from Tropical Storm Amang (Mekkhala), the Philippine Coast Guard said. In its 8 a.m. update, the Coast Guard also said 32 vessels, eight motor bancas and 451...

Homily of Pope Francis at Tacloban airport

HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS Mass with survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” Daniel Z. Romualdez International Airport, Tacloban City 17 January 2015 (Delivered originally in Spanish) We have a high priest who is capable of sympathizing with our weakness but one who is seemingly being...
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