MANILA–The weather bureau officially declared on Friday the onset of La Niña, which is likely to persist until the first quarter of 2022. “Recent oceanic and atmospheric conditions indicate La Niña has developed in the tropical Pacific,” said Philippine Atmospheric,… Read More


UPLB’s Mt. Mayon discovery ‘a breakthrough’ for PH, Asean

 August 12, 2021

MANILA – The discovery of bacterial species with antibiotic and anti-cancer properties from the soils of Mt. Mayon Volcano is a breakthrough for both the Philippines and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).”These bacterial isolates may be turned into potentially useful… Read More

Philippine population stands at 109 million as of May 2020

PH population stands at 109 million as of May 2020

 July 7, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved Proclamation 1179 declaring the Philippines’ official population count at over 109 million in 2020.The Philippines had a total population of 109,035,343, as of May 1, 2020, according to the latest presidential proclamation inked on… Read More

Total lunar eclipse visible in Philippine skies tonight

 May 26, 2021

MANILA – Filipinos can enjoy yet another celestial phenomenon as the total lunar eclipse will be visible in the sky tonight.State weather forecaster Benison Estareja said Wednesday the partial lunar eclipse will begin at 5:44 p.m. (Philippine Standard Time), while the greatest eclipse will be… Read More

MT. BULUSAN UPDATE: Pilots told to avoid flying close to volcano’s summit

Phivolcs strictly bans entry into Bulusan’s 4-km danger zone

 May 14, 2021

LEGAZPI CITY– After seven months, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has again strictly prohibited entry into the four-kilometer permanent danger zone (PDZ) around Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon after Alert Level 1 has been raised when it shook over a hundred times… Read More


Remains optimistic about economic growth

 May 11, 2021

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday expressed optimism that the Philippine economy would recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic-induced slump.This, after the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) posted a… Read More


One of the framers of the 1987 Constitution said the present attempt on charter change is motivated by power and money.

Lawyer Christian Monsod made the comment as legislators start tinkering with the Constitution to amend its economic provisions.

The Senate committees on constitutional amendments and economic has started hearings on proposed economic amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

At the House of Representatives, a motion has been filed by House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco seeking to convene Congress as a constituent assembly to amend Articles XII, XIV, and XVI of the Constitution.

“There have been five previous attempts to change the Constitution….all of these past attempts were unsuccessful because the people perceived the articulated purposes as a smokescreen for self-serving ends,” Monsod said.

“The real motive, just like previous attempts, is power and money,” sadi Monsod.

MEDICO-LEGAL REPORT: Dacera died of natural causes

Based on the available information on hand, the manner of death is classified as natural death


Flight attendant Christine Dacera died of natural causes, said a medico-legal report.

Dacera was found dead in a Makati City hotel room after celebrating New Year’s Day with her friends.

The report was submitted to the prosecution at the resumption on Wednesday, January 27,of of the preliminary investigation into the rape with homicide complaint filed by the Philippine National Police against the 11 known companions of Dacera in a New Year’s Eve party.

“Manner of death as homicide is ruled out in Dacera’s case because the aortic aneurysm is considered a medical condition. Rape and/or drug overdose will not result to the development of aneurysms,” the medico-legal report, signed by Police Lt. Gen. Joseph Palmero, read.

“No alcohol or recreational drugs taken the night prior to her death will case that kind of dilatation or defect on her aorta. That dilatation is a chronic condition and was present long before she died,” it added.

The report said that Dacera’s heart had an abnormal weight, which “supports [her] apparently undiagnosed hypertension.”

“Based on the available information on hand, the manner of death is classified as natural death,” the report stated. Read More


DepEd to consider NegOr as pilot area

 January 25, 2021

DUMAGUETE CITY – Secretary Leonor Briones of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said they will consider including Negros Oriental in the pilot testing areas for face-to-face classes in the near future.Briones was speaking to DepEd officials and the media in a virtual presser via… Read More


7 volcanic quakes recorded as Mayon remains under Alert Level 1

 January 24, 2021

MANILA – Seven volcanic earthquakes were recorded in Mayon Volcano for the past 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Sunday.Volcanic earthquakes are caused by movements or eruptions of magma from the volcano.Phivolcs also observed moderate emission… Read More