El Niño affects sugar production

The production of sugar in the country is now affected because of the El Niño phenomenon. According to the data given by Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) the percentage of the sugar production lowered from 5% to 10%. SRA Administrator, Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin confirmed this and many sugar planters are complaining because of the low income this milling season. Tarlac and Cavite will experience El Nino phenomenon together with Pampanga, Batangas, Iloilo, Cagayan and Isabela. The SRA administration is now coordinating with agencies to conduct cloud seeding, build shallow wells and irrigations.


Pope apologizes for series of scandals in Rome and Vatican

Pope Francis apologized from the Catholic Church for the occurrence of series of scandals which have shaken the city of Rome and Vatican. Few of these controversies are the coming out of a gay Polish priest, the leak of the private letter from the rebellious cardinals and the resignation of Rome’s mayor where the Pope has been involved. It was in the beginning of his weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Square where he offered his public apology which he ended with a passage that says, “It is inevitable that scandals happen, but ‘woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!’


Miriam seeks presidency in 2016 elections

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago will run for president in the 2016 elections. In a book signing event of her book titled “Stupid is Forevermore,” she confirmed that she is 100% sure to join the 2016 race, because “she had already defeated the Stage Four lung cancer that kept her from attending sessions of the Senate for more than a year.” When asked if she has a running mate, she refused to identify him, but rather said he has already filed his certificate of candidacy. According to Santiago, she will file her certificate of candidacy on the last day of filing which is on Friday, October 16.


Laguna Lake and South Palawan need stricter policies

Recent findings from the Philippine Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (Phil-WAVES), the study on Experimental Ecosystem Accounts for Laguna Lake and Southern Palawan showed an urgent need to sharpen our national and local policies and strengthen the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations to protect our natural ecosystems, manage competing uses of scarce natural resources, and promote sustainable development.


BOC confiscates cellphones and tablets 

The Bureau of Customs were able to confiscate 43,000 units of cellphones and tablets at the Manila International Container Port. According to BOC, the gadgets were in the container vans of casing thermos and gift boxes from Hong Kong. The gadgets were from the Uranus Enterprises amounting to the value of 60 million pesos. Meanwhile, the Customs were still checking for the separate baggage containing ready-to-wear clothes from Kompong Som, Cambodia.


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