Malacañang urged the public, especially those who will be directly affected by Typhoon “Ambo,” to stay vigilant and cooperate with authorities to ensure safety for people during heavy rains.

Be vigilant: Pinoys told to brace for ‘Ambo’ impact

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang urged the public, especially those who will be directly affected by Typhoon “Ambo,” to stay vigilant and cooperate with authorities to ensure safety for people during heavy rains.

In a statement Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that all concerned agencies are alert and on a standby through “Oplan Listo,” a disaster preparedness program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government at the local level.

“We ask the public, especially those who will be hit by Typhoon Ambo, to remain vigilant and to cooperate with authorities as they implement their disaster preparedness and response to ensure everyone’s safety,” according to Roque.

The secretary said the government is also “closely monitoring” the situation in the country as the country moves from enhanced community quarantine to modified enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine beginning Saturday.

Ambo, which made its first landfall in San Policarpo town, Eastern Samar yesterday, is country’s first tropical cyclone in 2020. It is forecast to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility Monday.

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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