Russian troops have started to close in on Ukraine capital Kyiv and other key cities as the number of people killed in the conflict has breached 1,500. And as the steady stream of refugees came from Ukraine, they were welcomes with open arms by other eastern European countries, which were ready to offer them employment.

Meanwhile, it was the hottest so far in the country this year after the heat index rose to 51 degrees centigrade in Dagupan City on Saturday, March 12.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. is also enraged over a report that a DFA worker has been selling appointment slots for passport issuance and renewal.

These are among the top stories this Sunday morning, March 13, 2022.

JOINT OPERATION – Troops from the Philippine Army and Philippine Air Force huddle up during the two branches’ joint exercises at the 80th Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Barangay Pinugay, Baras, Rizal, on Thursday, March 10, 2022.
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