'Mario' heads out weakened but heavy rains to continue falling till midnight 19-Sep-14, 8:06 AM | InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 10 - 6:25 p.m.) Tropical storm 'Mario' (international name: Fung-Wong) slightly weakened as it crossed the Babuyan Channel late Friday afternoon after making landfall over Cagayan province around noon.

FIRST RESPONDERS | Rescue teams bring to safety people trapped by floods 19-Sep-14, 3:49 PM | Photos by Bernard Testa | Text by Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com Everyone knew a storm was to hit land late Friday, but the steady, heavy monsoon rains it induced caught most people by surprise, leaving many communities in life-and-death flood situations that required rescue.

'BETTER TOGETHER' | Scotland votes to stay in United Kingdom 19-Sep-14, 2:27 PM | Reuters and Agence France-Presse Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout.

La Mesa Dam reaches spilling level, evacuation along Tullahan pushed 19-Sep-14, 9:41 AM | InterAksyon.com UPDATE 12:20PM-With rains still falling, La Mesa Dam has breached its spilling level of 80.15 meters, PAGASA said. The level is now at 80.18 meters, and since La Mesa has no gates through which water can be drained, it is spilling over to Tullahan River, prompting evacuation of affected villages.

Marikina River nears 20-meter level, 4th alarm raised; evacuation centers congested 19-Sep-14, 2:11 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Over a fifth of communities in Marikina City have been flooded, and the water level at Marikina River is about to breach the 20-meter level, Mayor Del de Guzman said Friday, as the 4th alarm - for mandatory evacuation - was raised.

Manila a virtual island: swamped within, all boundary routes flooded as well 19-Sep-14, 4:15 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com The capital city on Monday morning virtually became an island as tropical storm Mario (international name: Fung Wong) combined with monsoon rains flooded huge parts of Luzon and Metro Manila.

STATEMENT | 'A blow to UP's honor': Econ profs condemn student 'hooliganism' vs Butch Abad 19-Sep-14, 4:00 PM| Faculty Members of the UP School of Economics UP economics professors are condemning - and are calling on students leaders to condemn - 'violence perpetrated' by student protesters against Budget Secretary Florencio Abad last Wednesday. The professors call the incident 'a blow to UP's honor.'

PH peacekeepers back from Golan 19-Sep-14, 12:19 PM| Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 3 - 7:28 p.m.) More than 200 Filipino peacekeepers returned from the Golan Heights on Friday, well before the scheduled end of their tour of duty next month.

FOCUS | Pinoy 'Warrior Peacekeepers': More than 50 years building a sterling, battle-scarred record 19-Sep-14, 3:06 PM| Joel Guinto, Agence France-Presse Filipinos bring a unique mix to the UN's peacekeeping missions with their internationally renowned friendliness and battlefield experience. 'We wave, we smile, we shake hands, we greet good morning, good afternoon and good evening and in the local language as well,' says one Filipino commander.

ERUPTION WATCH | Mayon more restive, Alert Level 3 stays 18-Sep-14, 3:08 PM| Philippines News Agency On its third day of its rumbling, Mayon Volcano has become more restive as the seismic network of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded 142 volcanic earthquakes and 251 incidents of rocks falling during the past 24-hour observation period.

TULONG KAPATID | Outreach unit of MVP Group deploys for flood victims, airs call for donations 19-Sep-14, 11:37 AM| InterAksyon.com The Tulong Kapatid outreach unit of the MVP Group of Companies, led by PLDT-Smart Foundation and Alagang Kapatid Foundation, have deployed resources to quickly respond to victims of massive flooding spawned by heavy Habagat rains pushed by tropical storm Mario.

 
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