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Duterte orders evacuation as Taal threatens eruption

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the evacuation of people living near Taal Volcano.

“Duterte has already given instructions to undertake measures necessary to place the people within the perimeter of Taal out of the danger zone,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Sunday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Sunday raised the alert status of Taal to Level 3, which means increasing the tendency towards an eruption.

Meanwhile, Panelo advised the public to be vigilant.

“Concerned agencies of the national government are now working closely with the Provincial Government of Batangas to ensure the safety of the residents, including their evacuation,” he added.

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