The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the earthquake, recorded at 4:42 a.m., was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 5 kilometers with its epicenter 9 kilometers southeast of Carrascal town. Phivolcs initially reported that the epicenter was 8 kilometers Northwest of Cortes town.
Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Liza Mazo said, based on the report of the Surigao del Sur PDRRMO, the walls of Agsam Catholic church in the town of Lanuza were damaged, and the ceiling and roofing of Carmen Parish Church in the municipality of Carmen had collapsed.
The municipal hall and the public market in Carmen also sustained cracks.
Old and new public and private buildings, bridges, business establishments, and houses in the towns of Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid and Catillan were also damaged.
As of 6 am on Saturday, 25 individuals with minor injuries were treated at the Madrid District Hospital; while three patients were referred to Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag Municipality for further check up.
MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the eastern part of Mindanao.
Based on PAGASA’s 4:00 AM update Monday (January 13), the LPA was spotted at 735 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
Meanwhile, parts of Northern Luzon are currently experiencing the effects of the tail end of a cold front which brings cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms in areas in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region,and Aurora.
Possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains
Also, cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms will prevail over Caraga and Eastern Visayas as a result of the impact of the trough of the LPA.
This condition may cause possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains.
Meanwhile, volcanic activity is currently affecting the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna.
Hence, cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms may possibly reduced visibility and cause mudflow during ash fall and light to moderate rains.
Residents in the affected areas are advised to take extra caution and heed warnings from authorities.
In Ilocos Region, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains caused by the northeast monsoon will prevail.
This may cause intermittent strong winds especially in coastal and mountainous areas.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
Residents are urged to monitor for possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.
The Women and Children Protection Center–Mindanao Field Unit (WCPC-MFU) has arrested a 22-year-old woman exploiting her younger sisters and daughter in online trafficking.
There were reports about the suspect’s illegal online activities last February this year which prompted an investigation by the authorities.
The WCPC-MFU was granted a warrant by the court to search the suspect’s electronic devices for evidence of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). The suspect’s identity was not disclosed for the safety of the victims.
Investigation showed the suspect offered to sexually abuse her sisters and daughter and livestream it in exchange for money.
Authorities rescued the suspect’s sisters aged 13 and 15 and her 4-year-old daughter from their home in Barobo, Surigao del Sur on Friday (Aug 16).
Chief of WCPC-MFU Col. Christine Tan reiterates their continuous effort to stop the exploitation of children online.
“To those who are doing this crime or have plans to do it for easy money, you cannot hide. We know how to get you,” she said.
The victims are currently in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The suspect will be charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act or Republic Act 9208 (as amended by RA 10364), among other violations. —AAC
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