Signal No. 1 raised over 3 provinces due to TD Falcon

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2019   •   1633

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA has raised cyclone warning signal No. 1 over Northern Isabela, Cagayan and Batanes on Tuesday (July 16) due to the effects of tropical depression Falcon.

This means winds of up to 60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to take precautionary measures as landslides and flashfloods are possible due to scattered to widespread rains.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies and scattered rainshowers will affect Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to the southwest monsoon or habagat enhanced by the tropical depression.

Metro Manila residents especially in low lying areas are advised to prepare from flashfloods possible during severe thunderstorms.    

Monsoon rains, meanwhile, will be experienced in MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Masbate, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Northern Samar.

These areas will experience light to moderate with occasional heavy monsoon rains with possible landslides or flashfloods.

As of 4:00 a.m., TD Falcon was estimated at 690 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

It is moving west at 30 kph with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 65 kph.

Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone warning signal #1 as well as the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

According to PAGASA, TD Falcon is less likely to make landfall but it may intensify into a tropical storm as it approaches extreme Northern Luzon tomorrow afternoon or evening.

Trough of TD Ineng drenches most of PH

Marje Pelayo   •   August 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The trough or extension of Tropical Depression Ineng is currently affecting most parts of the Philippines on Wednesday (August 21), according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 AM today, TD Ineng is located at 975 km. east of Virac, Catanduanes or 1,245 km. East of Infanta, Quezon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

It is moving towards the North direction at 10 km/h.

Ineng’s trough is brining cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Visayas, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon will prevail over extreme Northern Luzon particularly in Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Likewise, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localize thunderstorms will be experienced in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

According to PAGASA, TD Ineng is unlikely to make landfall in any part of the country but it is expected to intensify into a tropical storm within the next 12 to 24 hours.

Hong Kong leader says she hoped peaceful protest as turning point

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (August 20) she hoped the peaceful protest over the weekend was the start of an effort to restore peace in the city and that the government would speak to peaceful protesters as well as tackle complaints against police.

Lam said the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPPC), had set up a task force to investigate complaints about police actions, whilst also reiterating that there is no plan to revive the controversial extradition bill.

“One is an important fact-finding study in addition to a very robust system to investigate and look at the complaints against police over this prolonged period of confrontations and violence. The other is a more rare arrangement, is for the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Council), which is statutory and independent, to create a fact finding study into the causes and the facts of these incidents. So, I hope that this is a very responsible response to the aspirations for better understanding of what has taken place in Hong Kong,” she said.

“The second area of work that I have announced, which will give us much better basis to address some anxieties and differences in society, is we will start immediately a platform for dialogue with people from all walks of life. So, this is something that we want to do in a very sincere and humble manner. I and my principal officials are committed to listen to what the people have to tell us and we want to reach out to the community as soon as possible,” she added.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied peacefully in the Chinese-ruled city amidst torrential rain on Sunday (August 18) in the eleventh week of what have often been violent demonstrations.

Aside from Lam’s resignation, demonstrators have five demands – complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, a halt to descriptions of the protests as “riots”, a waiver of charges against those arrested, an independent inquiry and resumption of political reform. (Reuters)

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UK PM presents new Brexit negotiation terms with EU

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk to propose conditions on negotiating a new Brexit deal by seeking the removal of the Irish backstop.

In the letter, Johnson said the so-called “backstop” agreement designed to avoid border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland undermines the sovereignty of Britain, which must be removed.

Johnson has proposed to find a “flexible and creative” border agreement to solve the potential problems regarding the Northern Ireland border.

According to the withdrawal agreement reached by the former British Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU, the “backstop” will serve as an insurance policy to maintain an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing an all-encompassing deal.

Some critics believe that this arrangement could trap Northern Ireland inside the EU and cause the split of Britain.

Johnson vowed to bring Britain out of the EU by Oct. 31, and this is his first attempt to reopen Brexit negotiations after becoming the prime minister in July. (Reuters)

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