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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, August 22, 2013
Negros Oriental
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‘God told me to resign’

Oil spill affecting
1,000 fishermen

CEBU CITY – The oil spill from the passenger ferry that sank after a collision with a cargo vessel Friday night has affected the livelihood of some 1,000 fishermen in the fishing town of Cordova, Cebu.

Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy said the fishermen have not gone fishing since the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas of 2Go collided with cargo vessel M/V Sulpicio Express Siete off Talisay City.

The death toll in the collision has risen to 71, with 49 still reported missing.

More rain adds to misery
in flooded Manila, Luzon

Heavy rain pounded the Philippine capital and surrounding areas for a third day yesterday, adding to the misery of nearly 300,000 exhausted people displaced from their flooded homes.

Fifteen people have been confirmed killed by the monsoon rains and floods that have battered the country's main island of Luzon.

The government's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the victims mostly drowned, including an 84-year-old woman who perished in a suburb of Manila.

‘God told me to resign’

Benedict XVI has said God told him to resign as pope and that his successor's "charisma" reflected this divine inspiration, Catholic news agency Zenit has reported.

"God told me" to step down, the pope emeritus was quoted as saying by a visitor who met him recently, Zenit said in a report in Italian media yesterday.

The 86-year-old Benedict XVI, who has retained his papal name, now lives in a former monastery inside the Vatican walls and has made no public appearances.

He only very rarely meets with visitors, Zenit said.

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