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Transport strike hits Metro – Hundreds stranded

A transport strike has hit the metro since midnight today and hundreds of commuters are already stranded. The strike by the public transport sector includes jeeps, buses, taxis and other forms of transit that are calling for a unification of traffic ticketing (which is being pushed by MMDA but opposed by some cities like Makati). 

Local news is reporting hundreds of commuters stranded along Taft in Pasay and Commonwealth in QC. Number Coding was lifted today by the MMDA to help motorists who might get affected. Public schools and Government offices will have work however universities like UP and PUP have already suspended classes.

More information:
Inquirer.net – Metro-wide transport strike pushes through
ABS-CBN News – Metro-wide strike to paralyze 100% of public transport
GMA News – Transport strike to hit Metro; AFP, police offer free rides

P.I. Jazz Fest 2008

Raul Midon

Are you a fan of jazz? Are you a fan of music?

If you are, then prove it by joining the biggest musical festival in the country this year: The Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival 2008, which started last 29th of February in Manila and runs until the 15th of March. Featured international artists include Lee Ritenour, Kurt Elling, Omar Sosa, Sara Gazarek, Chico and the Gypsies, and Incognito. From local shores we have Johnny Alegre, Bob Aves Group, Toti Fuentes, Gerard Salonga, Manuel Baldemor, and the Brass Munkeys, among others.

The event this year is made more special because the organizer, P.I. Jazz Foundation, is now involved with UNICEF. Efforts are being made to bring jazz to the youth through development programs such as school workshops in Far Eastern University and the University of Santo Tomas, summer music training courses, a talent search contest, and mall tours featuring our top local musicians.

The real reason why I am all hyped up about it, however, is the phenomenal Raul Midón. You’ve simply got to see him! The blind New York City-based singer-songwriter and guitarist will be down at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza to give a free workshop on March 12. And on March 13, he’ll be featured in the main concert with Montreal-based jazz pianist Lorraine Demarais.

For more information, visit the official website at http://www.pijazzfest.com.

Interfaith Rally in Makati City

“Kayo ba’y naniniwalang may bukol ang NBN-ZTE Deal?”

As I write this, Rodolfo Jun Lozada is delivering a speech at an ongoing interfaith rally in Makati City. Lozada is the star witness in the national broadband network scandal who claimed that Arroyo’s husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, and her political and business allies were behind the overpricing of the project that eventually went to China’s ZTE Corp.

Among those leading the rallyists are former president Joseph Estrada, Brother Eddie Villanueva, and Archbishop Oscar Cruz. Estrada’s spanking red sneakers are hot.

For updates, read the breaking news courtesy of Inq7.net.

Too much crocs at the congre…the zoo

It appears that there are too much crocs at Manila Zoo (about 40 or so crocs) and Manila Mayor Lim wants to exchange 20 of the crocodiles for other animals. Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn is among those who are willing to exchange the animals. Now if they can only do the same for congress?

Inquirer.net – Manila Zoo problem: Too many crocodiles

Metblogs World Report: Bhutto Dies in Suicide Blast

Metblogs Islamabad has front line reports of what’s happening right now with the apparent suicide bomb attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazi Bhutto. Check out Islamabad Metblogs for the latest updates.

CURFEW TONIGHT

Due to the incident earlier today which Manila metblogs covered here, here and here. A curfew has been declared in the entire Metro and outlying provinces. Please be advised that only essential personnel are allowed to be on the roads during the curfew from 12AM tonight to 5AM tomorrow.

Warning shots fired; Manila Pen, Ayala buildings evacuated

Warning shots have been fired near Manila Peninsula as the police and SWAT are ready to storm the hotel. Most offices in the area have ordered evacuation including some government offices. Check out this page from the Magdalo group inciting people to come to Ayala ave. and participate in the madness. So anyone still going to Ayala Mall’s midnight madness tonight or… wait, this isn’t part of it?

Inquirer – Special Report on the Makati Standoff

Metro on red alert; Rallyists take over Manila Peninsula

According to the latest reports, Trillanes and the rest of the rallyists are at the Manila Peninsula where they are scheduled to hold a press conference. Police barricades have been put up around Ayala Avenue while the entire Metro Manila is on Full Red Alert. The Armed Forces claim that they do not support the rally nor any coup.

Inquirer – Metro Manila police on full alert
Inquirer – Trillanes, comrades holed up at Makati hotel
ABS-CBN – Arroyo ouster move isolated, says military

Rally in Makati, Army called to withdraw support

The court hearing against Trillanes and Lim has turned for the worse with a rally in Makati. According to this news report from Inquirer, “Trillanes and Lim said they were calling on the Filipinos to withdraw support from the government because the President has corrupted its institutions.” We’re checking for more info on how it’s going to turn out.

Inquirer – Trillanes, rebel officers walk out of court, march in Makati
ABS-CBN – Trillanes, Lim call for Arroyo ouster

Earthquake felt in different parts of Metro Manila

Taken from USGS

Breaking News!

An earthquake has just been reported around different parts of the Metro from Manila, Makati, Alabang and Quezon city. No evacuation orders have been reported yet.

USGS has centered the magnitude 6.0 earthquake near Pangasinan in this map. The Philvocs site is unaccsebile though perhaps from the thousands who are trying to get information on the earthquake.

ABS-CBN News is reporting the quake at 4.2 magnitude with epicenter 77 kilometers from Lingayen in Pangasinan.

Inquirer however is yet to feature more information on the quake.

Watch this news clip from GMA featuring an interview with Philvocs Director Renato Solidum.

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