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Clear skies this weekend, says PAGASA

The state-weather bureau said the country will have storm-free and fair weather in most parts of the country this weekend, citing no weather disturbances near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). With this pronouncement Aldczar Aurelio, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the archipelago will remain storm-free up to Sunday. Cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced in most parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila due to the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” affecting Northern Luzon and the tail-end of a cold front affecting the eastern section of Central and Southern Luzon. PAGASA said Bicol region and the province of Aurora will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms while Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos Region and the rest of …

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National Newsbits for January 2, 2016

FEAST OF THE MOST HOLY NAME OF JESUS Catholics commemorate today the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, nine days after Christmas, in honor of the name “Jesus,” which means “God saves.” The Catholic Church dedicates the month of January to the Holy Name of Jesus. In observance of the feast, the Church encourages the faithful to offer novena prayers, to visit the Adoration Chapel, and to recite the Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Church officials said, the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus serves as “a reminder of the countless blessings that we continue to receive from the Holy Redeemer. We should invoke the name of Jesus with confidence and always keep in mind His promise, “If you ask the Father anything in …

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BIFF launches series of attacks in Maguindanao on New Year’s Eve

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) launched a series of attacks against the military in Maguindanao on New Year's Eve. Capt. Jo Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of Army 6th Infantry Division (6ID), said there was no casualty reported from the government forces while up to six BIFF gunmen were believed to be killed during the firefights. Petinglay said that at around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, the group fired a grenade launcher to an Army Mechanized Infantry Company detachment in Datu Piang town. Then at 9:30 p.m., another group of BIFF bandits attacked a military detachment in Barangay Timbangan, Shariff Aguak town. An hour later, the detachment of 40IB located in Barangay Linantangan, Shariff Saydona Mustapha town, was also fired at by the lawless group. But instead of being surprised by the BIFF attacks, Petinglay …

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Death toll in Sulu battle rises

By Reuters, Elena L. Aben, and PNA The death toll in the gun battle between government troops and the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Jolo, Sulu, rose to 11, the military said yesterday. US-trained Philippine army commandos killed 10 members of the ASG, while an army lieutenant died during the clash. Officials initially reported nine deaths in the Sulu fighting. Seven soldiers and 15 Abu Sayyaf militants were also wounded in the firefight, Maj. Felimon Tan, Western Mindanao Command (WMC) spokesman, told reporters. Tan said the wounded troops are now undergoing treatment at the Kutang Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu. All are now in stable condition and will be transported later to the Wesmincom headquarters, Camp Navarro Station Hospital in Zamboanga City for further treatment. PURSUIT OPERATIONS ONGOING “Our troops are …

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Aquino boasts of Daang Matuwid’s achievements

President Aquino expressed optimism that his administration’s “Daang Matuwid” (Straight Path) will be the roadmap that will enable the country to attain First World Status by 2030. In his New Year’s message, President Aquino said he cannot help but be filled with pride for the country’s achievements in the last five years under his administration. “I join all Filipinos as we bid farewell to a historic 2015 and expectantly look forward to a peaceful, prosperous 2016. Our country’s soaring economy, robust democracy, and magnified presence on the global stage not only promise a great start to the coming year but also highlight the Philippines’ ongoing narrative of resurgence under the Daang Matuwid,” Aquino said. “Just a little more than five years ago, we faced a future full of despair and uncertainty; reports of …

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Homeless but not hopeless

By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos They say New Year brings new hope as life presents people with 365, or in this case, 366, days filled with endless possibilities. In the Philippines, celebrating the coming of this new opportunity that the new year brings means smoky firecrackers, colorful fireworks, loud music, and a variety of food set on the dinner table – the typical celebration of a typical Filipino family. But how about the not-so-typical Filipino family? For Maritess Dela Peña’s family of five, being homeless is not supposed to mean living hopeless. “Hindi ako nawawalan ng pag-asa. Kahit ganito ang pamumuhay namin, umaasa pa rin ako na pwede itong mabago (I never lose hope. Even if we live like this, I still hope that this can change),” Maritess, 17, said. Maritess lives with her mother, stepfather, and …

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Looking forward to a peaceful, prosperous 2016

I join all Filipinos as we bid farewell to a historic 2015 and expectantly look forward to a peaceful, prosperous 2016.Our country’s soaring economy, robust democracy, and magnified presence on the global stage not only promise a great start to the coming year but also highlight the Philippines’ ongoing narrative of resurgence under the DaangMatuwid. As I reflect on the developments of our country this past year and those that came before it, I am filled with pride by how far we have come since we began our journey in 2010. Just a little more than five years ago, we faced a future full of despair and uncertainty; reports of plunder, mismanagement, and corruption dominatedour headlines. Today, progress, opportunity, and growthfill news about the Philippines both here and abroad. All these we …

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Safety concerns move Black Nazarene thanksgiving procession ahead of schedule

Thousands of Black Nazarene devotees flocked to Quiapo Church in Manila yesterday for the annual thanksgiving procession that was moved one day ahead of its original schedule in the interest of participants’ safety. Barefoot and clad mostly in their maroon and yellow devotee shirts, the crowd shoved against each other to get near the image that was taken out as early as 4 a.m. but had to be returned to the church due to the huge number of people waiting outside. The image of the Nazareno was taken out again at 5 a.m. and moved toward Quezon Boulevard instead of Evangelista Street due to the huge crowd. There were about 15,000 devotees at the start of the activity that decreased to 3,000 at 10:30 a.m., Superintendent Jackson Tuliao of the Manila Police District …

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Jittery world bids adieu to a year marred by terror

The world yesterday bid a weary and wary adieu to a year marred by attacks that left nations reeling and nerves rattled. In Bangkok, police-flanked partygoers rang in the new year at the site of a deadly bombing that took place just months ago. In Paris, residents recovering from their city's own deadly attacks enjoyed scaled-back celebrations. And in Belgium's capital, authorities, anxious after thwarting what they say was a holiday terror plot, canceled festivities altogether. Still, most places forged ahead with their celebrations as many refused to let jitters ruin the joy of the holiday."We still have this fear but we need to continue to live," said Parisian Myriam Oukik. "We will celebrate." AUSTRALIA In Australia, officials, struggling to contain the threat from home-grown extremists, encouraged revelers to enjoy the evening and assured …

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No year-end ‘bonus’ for public school teachers

Public school teachers yesterday decried the “driest” holiday celebration they had in years as the Aquino government allegedly denied them of their year-end incentives – the first time in over a decade now. Members of Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), a 30,000-strong group, expressed dismay because they were still hoping that the government would grant them some sort of year-end bonus which they traditionally receive before Christmas Day. However, 2016 arrived and yet teachers did not receive what they were hoping for. “The last time that teachers and government employees did not receive a year-end bonus was in December, 2004,” TDC national spokesperson Benjo Basas said. However, Basas stressed that then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo granted two incentives amounting to P4,000 during the first half of year 2005. He was referring to the P3,000 …

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