INQToday: Magnitude 6.8 earthquake shakes Sarangani, Davao Occidental

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An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit the waters off the coast of Sarangani in Davao Occidental on Friday, state seismologists said.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the tectonic quake occurred 30 kilometers southwest of the said area at 4:14 p.m. and had a depth of 10 kilometers.

The Philippines on Friday (Philippine time) signed the landmark “123 Agreement” on nuclear energy cooperation with the United States.

Agreement 123, or the “Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation Agreement,” provides the legal basis for U.S. companies to export nuclear fuel, reactors, equipment and other specialized nuclear materials to the Philippines.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday (Philippine time) on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit amid rising tensions in the South China Sea.

“We will get the Chinese president’s opinion on what we can do to lower the temperature and not escalate the situation in the West Philippine Sea,” Marcos said.

ACT Teachers representative France Castro clarified that the House leadership is not involved in discussing the possibility of filing an impeachment complaint against Vice President Sara Duterte, saying it is merely a “casual conversation” between lawmakers.

During Friday’s briefing, Castro explained that rumors of impeachment complaints against Duterte began with a statement last August calling out the vice president for having confidential funds (CF) in 2022 when they were not included in the her office’s original budget.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Philippines!

As in previous competitions, birds, animals, leaves and flowers once again dominated the stage of the Miss Universe 2023 national costume show in El Salvador on November 16 (November 17 in Manila). But the Filipino queen Michelle MarquezDee she soared in her airplane-inspired number.

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