Trough of Typhoon Paeng affects parts of Visayas, Mindanao

admin   •   September 25, 2018   •   3719

Satellite imagery as of September 25, 2018 9:30 a.m. | PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines — Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced over Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, ARMM and Soccsksargen. This is due to the trough of Typhoon Paeng.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country may expect cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

At 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday (September 25), PAGASA has observed the eye of Typhoon Paeng at 740 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

It packs maximum sustained winds of 200 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center of and gustiness of up to 240 kilometers per hour (kph).
It is currently moving west-northwestward at a speed of 10 kilometers per hour (kph).

Gale warning has been raised in the northern and eastern sections of Luzon and eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao. Fishermen are advised not to  venture out into the sea due  to the very rough condition of coastal waters. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PAGASA monitors LPA off Mindanao

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 17, 2020

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), on Thursday (December 17), said it is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) off of Mindanao. 

The LPA was located 820 east of Davao city. The state weather bureau said it is unlikely to become a tropical cyclone but its trough will bring rainfall in several parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Soccksargen, and Davao regions will experience cloudy skies and scattered rainfall today. 

The Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera Administrative Region will also experience cloudy skies due to the northern monsoon or amihan.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon may experience cloudy to partly cloudy skies with isolated rain.

Philippine islands named top favorites in Asia by int’l travel magazine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 7, 2020

The Philippines dominated the Conde Naste Traveler’s (CNT) list of top islands in Asia.

Cebu and Visayas Islands have been named among Top Island in Asia while Palawan, Siargao, and Boracay ranked fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said it will be a challenge for the department to continue advocating sustainable and responsible tourism practices that will help preserve these destinations.

“This latest citation from CNT gives us in the Department of Tourism (DOT) a boost of confidence, as we continuously carry out our strategies to gradually reopen domestic tourism, to once again welcome travelers from other countries when things become better,” she said. AAC

Duterte vows to support military in fight against extremism in Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   August 31, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the candle-lighting and the offering of flowers at the blast site at Barangay Walled City in Jolo, Sulu on August 30, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time since his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte made his public appearance to visit Jolo, Sulu.

Specifically, the President visited the sites of the twin explosions that occurred on August 24 which killed a number of soldiers.

He delivered a short speech before the troops at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters where he vowed to give his full support to the military in fighting and eradicating terrorists activities in Mindanao. 

“Bilang isang Pilipino ibibigay ko sa inyo ang lahat ng suporta na kailangan ninyo para matupad ang inyong misyon dito sa Jolo (As a Filipino, I will give you all the support you need to accomplish your mission here in Jolo),” he said. 

“I commit myself to working with you my dear troops to ensure that these terrorists will have no future in this country,” he added.

During the ceremony, the President commended the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace and order in the province. 

President Duterte said that he regrets the situation in Mindanao and added that if not for the atrocities in the region, it could have attained the progress that the province has been aspiring for decades.

“For decades, Mindanao’s progress has been hindered by the threat of insurgency and extremism,” the President said. 

“Kung wala lang sana itong seed of hatred na nakalagay sa isip from generation to generation, sana ngayon maganda na ang buhay para sa lahat, (If only the seeds of hatred had not been planted in the minds of people from generation to generation, quality of life [in the region]would have improved for everyone by now),” he added.

The President appeals to all government forces to continue the fight against terrorism and work hard to achieve long lasting peace in the country. 

“If we cannot really agree,  then we fight and we fight hard hanggang magkaubusan na (until no one is left). Maybe by that time, kung ubos na ang lahat, wala ng giyera (when everyone is gone, the war would finally end)” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie COZ)

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