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In just 12 hours, more than half of the average monthly rainfall for September fell over Metro Manila, the state weather bureau said on Friday.

President Benigno Aquino III is not inclined to cut short his foreign trip despite the impact of tropical storm “Mario,” which caused floods that disrupted classes and work in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

Members of the Philippine peacekeeping contingent in Golan Heihts are coming home to the Philippines with the first batch set to arrive Friday.

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The Philippine government has withdrawn Filipino peacekeepers from Golan Heights even before their tour of duty ends in October due to the deteriorating security situation in the area, a military official said today.

A two-year old girl drowned, while over 470,000 individuals were affected by tropical storm Fung-Wong (local name Mario) as enhanced by southwest monsoon, the state disaster management agency said today.

Thousands of families in Metro Manila and nearby provinces were evacuated to higher places due to flooding triggered by heavy rains, authorities said today.

At least one person has been killed while close to half a million people have been affected by Tropical Storm "Mario" which brought incessant heavy rains and triggered floods on Friday, the state disaster response agency said.

Several domestic and international flights were suspended and diverted on Friday morning due to the bad weather brought on by Tropical Storm "Mario."

Malacañang on Friday suspended work in government offices in several areas due to the effects of Tropical Storm "Mario."

Seventeen areas in Luzon were placed under storm alert as Tropical Storm "Mario" intensified further on Friday morning.

Classes in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon were suspended on Friday due to heavy rains caused by the combined effect of Tropical Storm Mario and the southwest monsoon.

There is lack of enthusiasm at the House of Representatives to amend the Constitution to allow President Aquino to have a second term, a leader of the chamber said yesterday.

Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares yesterday challenged police officials to voluntarily undergo a lifestyle check.

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