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NCRPO on full alert status after 6.1-magnitude Luzon quake

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 38 min ago
      MANILA, Philippines --- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will be on full alert until Wednesday following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that shook Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon Monday afternoon. READ: Magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes parts of Luzon "Still nasa full alert tayo ngayon and probably [we] will stay this way until tomorrow," NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar told reporters at the sidelines of the National Capital Region-Regional Security Control Center Command Conference in Taguig City on Tuesday. RELATED STORIES: Operations in all Metro train lines suspended due to magnitude 6.1 quake MRT 3 back to n...

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Voting underway in 3rd phase of India’s national election

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 43 min ago
NEW DELHI --- Indians were voting Tuesday in the third phase of the country's general election, amid campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and the opposition that has been marred by bitter accusations and acrimony. People lined up outside voting stations at several places even before the polling started at 7 a.m. The voting for 117 parliamentary seats in 13 states and two Union Territories on Tuesday means polls are half finished for 543 seats in the lower house of Parliament. The voting over seven phases ends May 19, with counting scheduled to begin May 23. The election is seen as a referendum on Modi's five-year rule. He has adopted a nation...

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Sara Duterte condoles with kin of quake victims

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 52 min ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday condoled with the families of the victims of the 6.1-magnitude quake that struck parts of Luzon late Monday afternoon.   "We condole with the families of those who died in Pampanga during the earthquake yesterday," Duterte-Carpio, who is chair of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), said in a statement.   The presidential daughter announced that HNP had canceled its campaign sortie in Bataan on April 26.   "We deemed it best to cancel the Limay, Bataan rally on April 26 to allow Pampanga and Bataan to focus on their post-incident activities," she said.   Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pin...

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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake rattles Eastern Samar

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 54 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked San Julian, Eastern Samar on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. In its initial earthquake bulletin, Phivolcs said the earthquake hit 19 kilometers northwest of San Julian, Eastern Samar at 1:37 p.m. Phivolcs also reported that the tremor was felt in the following areas: Intensity V - Tacloban City; Catbalogan City, Samar; Intensity IV - Masbate City, Masbate; Legazpi City; Sorsogon City; The earthquake of tectonic origin had a depth of 17 km. The epicenter was traced in San Julian, Eastern Samar. Brownouts were reported in Tacloban City, Leyte and th...

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Meralco customers told to brace for brownouts

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 59 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) on Tuesday said some of its customers will experience power supply interruptions after the Luzon grid was placed under red and yellow alerts.     In an advisory on Tuesday, these areas will experience a rotational brownout between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.:   Cavite Bacoor- Molino VII Dasmarias City- Salawag   Laguna San Pedro- Cuyab, Landayan, Nueva, San Antonio, San Pedro (Town Proper), San Vicente, Sto. Nio   Las Pias Almanza I, Almanza II, Bf Homes, Tindig Mangga   Makati City Poblacion   Mandaluyong City Addition Hills, ...

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9 schools in C. Luzon, NCR sustain quake damage

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 14 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- At least nine schools were damaged following Monday afternoon's magnitude 6.1 earthquake that rocked parts of Luzon, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday.   DepEd's initial situation report said that the quake damaged one school in the National Capital Region (NCR) and eight more in Central Luzon.   Below are the list of schools that sustained damage:   Cupang Senior High School in Muntinlupa City Laukan National High School in Bataan Mabalacat Elementary School in Mabalacat City, Pampanga Malusac Elementary School in Pampanga Pio Elementary School in Pampanga Camias High School in Pampanga S...

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Pangilinan on Sharon Cuneta’s support for Duterte: Families are divided, we are no exception

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 18 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- Divided political views could exist in Filipino families and even the home of Senator Francis Pangilinan is no exception.   "Unfortunately, in the country many families of the country are divided on what is happening in the country and our family is no exception," Pangilinan told ANC's Head Start on Tuesday.   Pangilinan said this after his wife, singer Sharon Cuneta showed support for President Rodrigo Duterte amid the senator's criticisms of the President.   In October 2018, Cuneta even shared the President's video message for her after the President missed the singer's show in Davao and Manila.   C...

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Luckin Coffee, Starbucks rival in China, files for US IPO

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 21 min ago
BEIJING -- China's homegrown coffee chain Luckin Coffee has filed to list publicly in the US as the loss-making company battles to dethrone Starbucks in its home market. Luckin estimated its offering size at $100 million in its Monday filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission but noted the figure was only set to calculate registration fees. Since it was founded in 2017, the chain has built 2,370 stores as of March 31, focusing on offering customers quick grab-and-go service at its small stores or fast delivery to their homes and offices. It uses a variety of coupons like free coffees and discounted cups to rope in customers and get them coming back to its stores....

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China’s Xi urges closer naval ties amid regional tensions

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 25 min ago
  QINGDAO, China - Chinese President Xi Jinping is urging closer ties between the world's navies amid tensions over China's rapid expansion of its naval forces.   Xi made his remarks Tuesday to foreign naval officers attending a fleet review marking the 70th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army Navy.     Beijing is using the event to showcase its growing ability to exert force far from its shores and will feature its sole operating aircraft carrier, numerous surface ships and submarines and a display of naval aviation.   Xi said nations should talk through their differences as equals.   His comments stand in contrast ...

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Civilians, cops foil Church bombing plot in Sultan Kudarat

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 33 min ago
TACURONG CITY -- An improvised bomb was found at the entrance of a Catholic chapel in Barangay Pimbalayan, Lambayong town of Sultan Kudarat on Monday, preventing what could have been another attack on another Catholic church in Mindanao, the police here reported. Lt. Colonel Aldrin Gonzales, speaking for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 12, said a backpack, later found to contain an improvised explosive device, was left unattended in front of the chapel in Purok Rosal at past 10 a.m., prompting civilians to report it to Barangay Pimbalayan chair Musaid Kandatu. Kandatu called the attention of the Lambayong town police who promptly secured the chapel. Bomb experts d...

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Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 34 min ago
  BOSTON - Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and maybe you'll have a better chance of surviving the omnicide.   Translation: Hit the gym and bulk up, put a bunch of stuff essential for survival in an easy-to-carry bag, grab a drink for the road, and perhaps you'll live through a man-made disaster that could wipe out the human race.   Swole, bug-out bag, go-cup and omnicide are just a few of the 640 additions to Merriam-Webster's dictionary added Monday.   Deciding what gets included is a painstaking process involving the Springfield, Massachusetts-based company's roughly two dozen lexicographers, said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-We...

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Democrats may not be learning the right lessons on impeachment

CNN Top Stories - 4 hours 35 min ago
• Trump claims 'nobody disobeys my orders' • Analysis: 13 times people who worked for Trump directly disobeyed him • Warren: Impeachment not about politics
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Central Luzon police on full alert after magnitude 6.1 quake

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 38 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Central Luzon police is now on full alert status following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that killed 11 in Pampanga, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde said on Tuesday.   "Sa Region 3, 'yung hardest hit, they are on full alert status as of this time since yesterday," he said in a press conference at Camp Crame.   Albayalde is also set to conduct aerial survey and inspection of damaged areas in Central Luzon, especially Pampanga province this afternoon.   He is also set to hold a meeting with the Disaster Incident Management Task Group of the regional police under Brigadier General Joel Napol...

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Sri Lanka social media shutdown raises fears on free expression

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 39 min ago
  WASHINGTON -- Sri Lanka's decision to block social media following deadly suicide attacks highlights a growing distrust of online platforms, but critics said the move is likely to restrict the flow of important news and information as well as abusive content. The move comes amid growing frustration by governments around the world with internet platforms over the propagation of misinformation and incitements of violence. According to the digital rights group NetBlocks, Sri Lanka blocked Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, Viber, WhatsApp and YouTube following the Easter bombings targeting churches and hotels.   https://twitter.com/netblocks/st...

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Facebook to hone Filipinos’ digital literacy skills for safer online culture

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 45 min ago
      MANILA, Philippines ---Social media giant Facebook is aiming to develop the digital literacy skills of Filipinos through relevant training programs in order to create a safer and more responsible online culture. Facebook Philippines launched on Tuesday a nationwide digital literacy program dubbed as "Digital Tayo" that offers training and learning resources to help Filipinos who want to learn more or improve their digital skills. "Today we will launch an important task of strengthening a digital Philippines where Filipinos are safe and responsible online," Claire Amador, Facebook Philippines head of Policy, said during the program's launching in Or...

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‘Naia ops normal, quake not an excuse for delayed, cancelled flights’

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 48 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines -- Airlines should not use Monday's magnitude 6.1 earthquake as an excuse for cancelled or delayed flights to and from Manila, Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) General Manager Ed Monreal said on Wednesday .     He also assured passengers using the Ninoy Aquino International (Naia) terminals that it is business as usual and that there should be no cause for alarm following yesterday's earthquake.   Monreal bared that he has receivedreports that a domestic carrier has been cancelling outbound and inbound Manila flights.   Hence, Monreal reminded airlines not to "burden passengers with the inconvenience ...

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LOOK: Coco Martin brings grandmother to Tokyo Disneyland

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 49 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- The "happiest place on earth" knows no age and Lola Matilde, grandmother of actor Coco Martin, can attest to that.   https://www.instagram.com/p/BwjHZ8EJdfC/   https://www.instagram.com/p/BwjgqIRJnp4/   Photos of Martin with Lola Matilde enjoying Tokyo Disneyland were uploaded via Instagram on Monday.   Joining them were somecast of ABS-CBN's action drama series "Ang Probinsyano."   Among the co-stars of Martin who joined the trip were Yassi Pressman and John Prats.   https://www.instagram.com/p/BwjNv3LlkpC/   https://www.instagram.com/p/BwjQAs_J7JD/   Pressman's sist...

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15k cops to be deployed in NCR on May 13 elections

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 49 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A total of 15,000 police personnel will be deployed in Metro Manila on the day of the midterm elections on May 13, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Tuesday.   Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the National Capital Region-Regional Security Control Center Command Conference in Taguig City, NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said that the deployed personnel will maintain the police's anti-criminality efforts on the day of the elections.   "The PNP (Philippine National Police) will be deploying around 15,000 personnel so hindi lang dun sa mga polling centers, hindi lang sa mga canvassing area, to maintain als...

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Tesla eyes ‘robotaxis’ by 2020 with new self-driving technology

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 52 min ago
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla said Monday it is expecting to deploy self-driving "robotaxis" by 2020 as it unveiled its upgraded technology for driverless vehicles. Chief executive Elon Musk told an investor presentation he expected regulator approval in some jurisdictions for autonomous ride-hailing that could use some of the Teslas on the road if their owners agree to share the vehicles. "I feel very confident in predicting autonomous robotaxis next year," Musk told the event, saying he expected the plan to operate on a model similar to that of Uber or Airbnb.   RELATED TOPICS Top 5 areas of life that technology has greatly improved Some professio...

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Over 90 employees of quake-hit Pampanga supermart remain unaccounted for–Pineda

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 53 min ago
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The rest of the more than 90 employees of the ill-fated Chuzon Supermarket in Porac town in Pampanga could not be accounted for, according to Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, who supervised the rescue operation at the collapsed four-storey building on Monday night. What rescuers have so far retrieved were four dead and eight injured workers, he said. "We were informed that Chuzon here employs more than 90 workers. We have no information on how many of them have managed to run to safety or were trapped inside the collapsed structure. We advised the management to tell the survivors to report and be counted as alive," Pineda told the Inquirer by phone. He al...

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