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Trough of Typhoon Paeng affects parts of Visayas, Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

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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#LPA: Trough to bring rains over Visayas, Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2018

Satellite image as of August 31, 2018, 10:10 a.m. | PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines —A low-pressure area (LPA) continues to prevail within Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) which was spotted by PAGASA at 415 kilometers (km) east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

PAGASA said that the trough of LPA, or its extension, will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Visayas and Mindanao.

The weather bureau said that the LPA has a low probability to develop into a tropical depression and may disappear in the next few hours.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms which commonly occur in the afternoon and night time.

Meanwhile, a typhoon with an international name Jebi was last spotted outside the PAR at a distance of 2,500 kilometers (km) east of Northern Luzon.

PAGASA said that it may enter PAR on Sunday, however, it is not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Senators to meet with gov’t security officials on possible martial law extension

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018



Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Senators are planning to meet with officials of the Department of National Defense over the proposed extension of martial law in Mindanao following the bombing in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that killed 3 people and wounded 36 others.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said military officials should update lawmakers on the current situation in Mindanao under martial law.

“Yung military mag-briefing po sila what is happening, what have they done and how come in spite of martial law being still imposed in Mindanao such explosion in Sultan Kudarat still happened,” he said.

However, opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan sees no need for an extension since the existing military rule in the region failed to stop the recent attack.

“While the bombing is deplorable and the perpetrators should be apprehended and brought to justice I do not see the need for a martial law extension,” Pangilinan said.

He also said in a statement that what is needed is a no-nonsense police work to put the perpetrators behind bars. — Nel Maribojoc

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PNP in Mindanao on full alert after Sultan Kudarat blast

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

A full alert status has been raised over Mindanao region following the explosion in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that killed two people and wounded 35 others on Tuesday night.

With vacation leaves cancelled, the entire police force of Mindanao will be on hand for deployment.

PNP chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said the incident can be considered a terror attack, noting that the bomb was placed in a crowded area amid the celebration of Hamungaya Festival, the founding anniversary of Isulan.

In line with this Albayalde has ordered an investigation into the incident especially after the ISIS-linked Turaife Group claimed responsibility for the blast.

“Meron ng grupong nagki-claim doon sa incident na yun and we believe it could be a terror attack although it is still being investigated,” Albayalde said.

Despite the prevailing martial law in Mindanao, the PNP Chief has ordered the strengthening of target hardening measures and police visibility in the area to prevent the infiltration of terrorists.

“Kaya tayo nag declare ng ating full alert status at yung ating checkpoint operations and of course yung kanilang Oplan Sita kailangan talagang pag-igtingin….to pre-empt these kinds of incidents ay kailangan pag-igtingin natin ang intelligence gathering natin,” Albayalde said. — Lea Ylagan

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