Typhoon Noru expected to affect South China Sea, South China coastal areas

Fishing boats harbor at a port in Qionghai city, South China’s Hainan Province to shield from typhoon Noru on September 26, 2022. Photo: IC China’s National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued a yellow warning for typhoon on Monday morning as Typhoon Noru, previously classed as a super typhoon, entered the central and eastern parts of the South China Sea on Monday morning and is expected to bring gales and rainstorms to the South China Sea and the coastal areas in South China in the following three days as it moves westward.…

Alec Baldwin welcomes 7th child with wife Hilaria – Manila Bulletin

The Baldwin family The Baldwin family is growing! In a heartwarming Instagram reel, Hilaria, 38, shared her journey of giving birth to her seventh child with actor Alec Baldwin, 64. “She’s here! We are so excited to introduce you to our tiny dream come true, Ilaria Catalina Irena 9-22-22 🤍✨ 6lbs 13oz🤍✨ “Both she and I are happy and healthy’ “Her Baldwinito siblings are spending the day bonding and welcoming her into our home. “Much love to you all. We are so happy to celebrate this wonderful news with you✨”…

Solomons ‘Unfairly Targeted’ Since Recognizing China Over Taiwan: Sogavare in UN Speech

The prime minister of the Solomon Islands complained on Friday that his country had been subjected to “a barrage of unwarranted and misplaced criticisms, misinformation, and intimidation” since preferencing diplomatic relations with China over Taiwan in 2019. In an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Manasseh Damukana Sogavare said the Solomons had been “unfairly targeted” and “vilified” in the media. He said such treatment “threatens our democracy and sovereignty.” The Solomons formerly had diplomatic relations with self-governed Taiwan, but switched recognition to Beijing in 2019. Sogavare, who has been unpopular…

5 Seconds of Summer drops highly-anticipated fifth studio album ‘5SOS5’ and new single ‘Bad Omens’ – Manila Bulletin

5 Seconds of Summer Multi-platinum selling pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer has released their highly anticipated fifth studio album, 5SOS5. With 5SOS5, the band has ascended to the next level musically. The 19-track album showcases the band’s multi-faceted artistry and growth over their 10-year career, highlighting their dynamic pop-punk sound paired with reflective and intimate lyrics, with the majority of the new album written by the band and Michael Clifford leading on production. The release of 5SOS5 includes their brand-new single “Bad Omens’’ as well as previously released tracks…

China also vexes Indonesia with nine-dash line claim in Jakarta’s EEZ

First word IT’S not only tradition, proximity and kinship that make Indonesia the first choice of Philippine presidents when they embark on their first state visits following their accession to office. Just as important is the shared experience of vexation, great and small. The state visit of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Indonesia would have been more productive and promising for the future had the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) been knowledgeable enough to brief the president on Indonesia’s analogous problems with China’s baffling assertion of historic rights (courtesy of…

Gatchalian vows to restore NBI’s proposed 2023 budget; urges gov’t to intensify anti-cybercrime efforts – Manila Bulletin

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Monday, September 26 vowed to reinstate the cut in the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) proposed budget for next year in order to boost the country’s anti-cybercrime prevention laws. Gatchalian noted that the NBI’s budget under the 2023 National Expenditure Program (NEP) is down to P1.8-billion from 2022’s actual budget of P2.3-billion. This means that the agency’s budget for its anti-cybercrime enforcement unit to P21.2-million is slashed to almost 20 percent compared to this year’s P26.4-million. The senator warned a reduction in the NBI’s budget could…

Marcos tells officials he wants no repeat of massive Cagayan Valley flooding – Manila Bulletin

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. told irrigation and water officials to coordinate closely when spilling water from dams to avoid a repeat of the massive flooding in Cagayan Valley in the past. Aerial shot of the aftermath of typhoon Karding (Photo courtesy of Malacañang) During a situation briefing on the impact of typhoon Karding on Monday, Sept. 26, Marcos instructed concerned agencies, including the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to ensure that there will be no repeat of the 2020 flooding incident in Luzon provinces. “I saw…

Personal position and geopolitical posture in the Philippines

Author: Editorial Board, ANU At times during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, it seemed that the Philippines’ foreign policy was to not have much of a policy at all. After Duterte’s election in 2016, Manila’s approach towards its most important international relationships was pulled in different directions by personalities, politics, and the tensions between the interests at stake in its relationships with China and the United States. A big variable was the president himself, whose madcap governing style extended to how he handled the management of these two critical partnerships.…

Weekly Covid-19 growth rate nearly doubles in Metro Manila — OCTA – Manila Bulletin

Metro Manila exceeds August peak with 1,600 new Covid-19 cases. (OCTA RESEARCH FELLOW DR. GUIDO DAVID / TWITTER) The number of new Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila continued to rise, after the Department of Health recorded 1,600 new infections on Sunday Sept. 25, which is higher than the peak of 1,502 cases on Aug. 7, the independent OCTA Research Group said in its latest monitoring. The one-week Covid-19 growth rate in Metro Manila also increased to 25 percent on Sept. 25, which is almost double the one-week growth rate of…