‘Rolly’ further weakens over West PH Sea off coast of Bataan

Tropical storm “Rolly” has further weakened Monday morning as it moves over the West Philippine Sea off the coast of Bataan. (DOST PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN) The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 2 a.m. advisory Monday said there is an “increasing likelihood” that Typhoon “Rolly” will weaken into a low-pressure area “ due to increasingly unfavorable conditions.” “Rolly” was spotted at 155 kilometers (km) West of Sangley Pt, Cavite, or 95 km West Southwest of Subic Bay around 1 a.m. It is moving West Northwestward at…

China on high alert as US presidential elections draw near

Beijing: Beijing is currently on high alert as the US presidential election enters its final stages, with several Chinese Communist Party (CCP) insiders and observers warning that the turbulent relations between America and China have entered one of the most uncertain and dangerous times in decades. The Chinese leadership is making it a priority to avoid confrontation and military conflict with Washington, and are expecting further increase in turbulence between the current situation and the winner’s inauguration on January 20, reports Shi Jiangtao for South China Morning Post. Jiangtao writes…

Millions of Filipinos suffer brownouts at the height of ‘Rolly’

Power consumers in the path of Typhoon “Rolly” area are now groping in the dark due to massive brownouts triggered by damage to power facilities. Residents walk next to toppled electric posts destroyed at the height of super Typhoon Goni after it hit Tabaco, Albay province, south of Manila on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Charism SAYAT / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) Utility companies warned that as the extreme weather disturbance crosses various areas in Luzon and Visayas, millions of Filipino consumers are expected to suffer from power interruptions or…

China’s strategy to divide ASEAN: An Assessment

The world has encountered a crisis several times. In facing a crisis, every nation’s leader will need to strive to prevent the existing disaster from having a major impact on the country’s economy. This is because the economic crisis can have consequences for the reputation and the stability of the political regime itself. Unlike the crises caused by unregulated economic practices such as during the Great Depression in 1929 or the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, the catastrophe that the world currently confronting today is prompted by the COVID-19 virus.…

‘Rolly’ spares Panay Island – Manila Bulletin

‘Rolly’ spares Panay Island ILOILO CITY—While portions of Panay Island were initially placed under storm warnings, typhoon “Rolly” did not have much effect on the island. “There’s no flooding. There’s no landslide. No significant impact on Panay Island,” said Aleth Nogra,  chief of the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) division of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6) for Western Visayas region. The 5 p.m. bulletin of the weather bureau PAGASA lifted storm signals for Aklan, Antique, and Capiz provinces as well as northern Iloilo province.  “While there was no impact, it was…

Barbie Almalbis new take on ‘Umagang Kay Ganda’ goes viral

Barbie Almalbis new take on ‘Umagang Kay Ganda’ goes viral The new music video of singer-songwriter Barbie Almalbis through a beautiful rendition of the classic song “Umagang Kay Ganda” has gone viral. Already the music video has generated over 10 million views and 44K shares on YouTube and Facebook. It is aimed at giving support and honor to our brave front liners, just in time when they appealed for their two weeks of time-out. Barbie shared that the power of music expressed in songs like “Umagang Kay Ganda” has been a great…

Will Pompeo’s Asia trip help arrest China influence? It’s not a one-day match, say experts

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New Delhi Tuesday | Photo: Sajid Ali | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: With stops in India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Indonesia and Vietnam, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Asia this week was perceived as a bid by Washington to bolster Indo-Pacific cooperation and, subsequently, the Quad alliance, and thereby arrest Beijing’s influence in the region.  But experts caution against expectations of quick results, saying American efforts to challenge China in the Indo-Pacific will not play…

Ipo Dam in Bulacan to release water

Ipo Dam in Bulacan to release water The water level in Ipo Dam is expected to further rise, prompting authorities to conduct emergency water discharge from its reservoir starting 4 p.m. Sunday. (MWSS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued a hydrological dam situationer for Ipo Dam, which noted that the water level of Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan has reached 100.58 meters around 8 a.m. Ipo Dam’s water level is anticipated to further increase due to rains induced by typhoon “Rolly.”…