By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | 
 
MANILA, Philippines - Tropical Depression Domeng (international name Peipah) changed course yesterday and is no longer expected to make landfall in the next three days, the state weather bureau said.
 

 




 

 
Jori Loiz, senior weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said Domeng slowed down and changed its direction from west northwest to northwest due to a high-pressure area.
 
It was earlier predicted to make landfall over Surigao del Sur tomorrow evening.
 
 
Loiz said the disturbance could still regain strength while over the sea.
 
But based on PAGASA’s latest forecast, no areas of the country will be affected by the weather system in the next 36 hours.
 
Loiz, however, said there is still a possibility that it will pass near Samar or Northeastern Mindanao.
 
As of 4 p.m. yesterday, Domeng was spotted at 510 kilometers east northeast of Davao City with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour.
 
It was forecast to move northwest slowly at five kph.
 
It was expected to be at 360 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur this morning; 230 km east of Hinatuan tomorrow morning and 190 km north northeast of Hinatuan by Friday morning.
 
Domeng is the fourth tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.
 
Heightened alert
 
But even if Domeng will no longer make landfall, all Coast Guard districts in southeastern Mindanao are still on heightened alert for possible search and rescue operations in case of disaster.
 
The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) also advised yesterday all fishing companies and local fishermen not to venture out to sea.        – With Jaime Laude
 
 
 (philstar.com) | 
 
In this March 7 photo, television host-comedian Vhong Navarro files a perjury case against businessman Cedric Lee and model Deniece Cornejo before the Pasig City Regional Trial Court. Dane Alegana 
 

 
MANILA, Philippines — The camp of television host Vhong Navarro is expecting another rape complaint to be filed against him.
 
Lawyer Alma Mallonga claimed that the two rape complaints following that of model Deniece Cornejo's are possibly cooked up by businessman Cedric Lee, who is a respondent in the illegal detention case for the mauling of Navarro last January.
 
 
"Please watch out because malakas ang tunog sa amin na merong another complaint ... Iba na naman," she said in an interview with ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda on Monday.
 
Last April 2, a woman who worked as a double in a telenovela starring Navarro filed a rape complaint against the "It's Showtime" star before the Quezon City Prosecutor's office.
 
The 26-year-old complainant said the actor’s driver asked her to go inside the SUV because Navarro wanted to talk to her during a break in their taping. She claimed that the abuse occurred inside the vehicle.
 
 
Mallonga said that the alleged victim claimed the incident happened in 2009 while Navarro was shooting ABS-CBN's "I Love Betty La Fea."
 
She said Navarro is determined to face the legal battles to prove his innocence.
 
"Hindi naman masyado itong nakakaapekto katulad nung mga nauna because this is something he expected .. Hindi po kami magpapadala sa takot at lalaban po kami," Mallonga said.
 
Mallonga earlier claimed that she received a threat from Lee who allegedly asked Navarro's camp to drop the cases against him.
 
Lee, Cornejo and their companions are facing charges for serious physical injuries, grave threats, grave coercion, unlawful arrest, threatening to prevent publication in exchange for compensation filed by Navarro. - Camille Diola
 
 (Associated Press) | 
 
Screenshot of a news report by Italian daily La Repubblica on the arrest of Daniel Bosio, Italian first counselor to Turkmenistan.
MANILA, Philippines — Police say they have filed a complaint for child trafficking against a vacationing Italian diplomat arrested at a resort south of Manila in the company of three street boys aged 9 to 12.
 

 
Senior Supt. Romulo Sapitula said Monday that police arrested Daniele Bosio on Saturday at a resort in Laguna province.
 
Members of the child rights group Bahay Tuluyan were also on an outing in the resort when became suspicious and alerted authorities.
 
 
The 46-year-old Italian is a diplomat in Turkmenistan and was on a holiday in the Philippines.
 
The Italian Embassy did not immediately comment.
 
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