'Smaze' reaches Catanduanes (Philippines Daily Inquirer)

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) here has confirmed that haze from the forest fires in Indonesia is affecting the island of Catanduanes, forcing airport officials to limit plane landings to the eastern end of the runway due to low visibility at the other end. Last weekend, Juan Pantino Jr., senior weather observer…

Party pushes poll boycott (Philippines Daily Inquirer)

THE ANG Kapatiran Party is calling on the Filipino electorate to boycott the 2016 elections owing to what it calls the corruption-stained political system that breeds dynasties, celebrity politics and personality-based polls. The small Catholic lay-based party, which mounted unsuccessful presidential and senatorial bids in two previous elections, Monday launched a new campaign, this time to…

IATA urges heightened measures on passenger safety (Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for deeper partnership among different governments to heighten passenger security measures and improve facilitation processes. IATA director general and chief executive officer Tony Tyler said passenger security is a government responsibility through regulation and information that cannot be obtained from other sources. “Governments have infinitely…