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Marikina university exec slain

A university vice president was found dead with multiple knife wounds in the neck inside his house in Marikina City yesterday morning.

Still reeling from the effects of a strong earthquake and equally powerful aftershocks, another calamity is threatening Surigao del Norte.

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THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Pivolcs) denied reports over the weekend that it had warned against a strong earthquake in Metro Manila and nearby provinces between February 24 and March 28. This is supposed to be the long-feared “Big One” expected in the area covered by the “West Valley Fault.”

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources cancelled on February 2 the permits of 23 metal mines and suspended those of five others for various violations of environmental law. The 23 firms had reportedly encroached on watersheds, leaking wastes into rivers.

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Relief team in Surigao strafed with bullets

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr., disclosed that a platoon under 1st Lt. Ryan Layug, the Civil-Military Operations Officer of the Army’s 30th Infantry Battalion were accompanying the relief team of ABS-CBN Foundation where fired upon by suspected rebels while traversing Barangay Linunggaman, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte Tuesday night.

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Reconstruction of bridges and fixing concrete spans that were destroyed during the magnitude 6.7 quake in Surigao del Norte is already underway, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said yesterday.

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