19 areas, including Metro Manila, under Signal No. 1; Bicol, S. Luzon expected to take direct hit from ‘Quinta’

At least 19 areas, including Metro Manila, were placed under storm warning Signal No. 1 on Saturday evening, with Bicol and Southern Luzon still expected to take a direct hit from tropical depression “Quinta” in the next few hours. In its severe weather bulletin issued at 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised tropical warning Signal No. 1 over Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, northern part of Masbate (Mobo, Uson, Milagros, Masbate City, Baleno, Mandaon, Balud, Aroroy, Dimasalang), Burias and Ticao Islands, Camarines Norte,…

Temper justice with compassion – Manila Bulletin

WORD ALIVE Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD The heart-rending case of the detained activist Reina Mae Nacino and her three-month-old baby River went viral over the deplorable way she was treated. The poor child after she was born on July 1 was separated from her mother and left to the care of the grandmother. For the absence of proper maternal care, the baby died on October 9. What’s very depressing was that Nacino was given only six hours in two days to attend her wake. Moreover, the police denied…

Manila city gov’t provides food assistance to families of workers with COVID-19

The Manila City government has provided food assistance to the families of public transportation drivers, public market vendors, and mall employees who tested positive for the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) through its free mass swab testing operations. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN) Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced this after some workers expressed concerns about not being able to support their families as they undergo their 14-day quarantine. This concern could convince others not to get tested for the deadly disease so they could continue to…

‘Pepito’ places 21 areas, including Metro Manila, under Signal No. 1

At least 21 areas, including Metro Manila, were placed under tropical cyclone wind Signal No. 1 on Monday evening, as tropical depression “Pepito” continues to threaten Northern and Central Luzon. In its severe weather bulletin issued at 11 p.m., Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has raised Signal No. 1 over Metro Manila, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Metro Manila, Rizal, northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta, Real) including Polillo…

Manila asserts ‘economic rights’ in lifting South China Sea ban

MANILA — The Philippines’ decision to allow its contractors to resume drilling for energy resources in disputed areas of the South China Sea is based on the country’s “economic rights,” Manila’s energy minister said on Friday. Secretary Alfonso Cusi said he expects Beijing to respect Manila’s “unilateral” decision and insisted the move will not affect a possible joint resource exploration by the two countries in the South China Sea, talks for which have been hampered by the pandemic. “We trust China will respect our sovereign decision. I’m sure they also…

What do you think? – Manila Bulletin

THROUGH UNTRUE Fr. Rolando V. dela Rosa, O.P.  Do you know that the constant flapping of a butterfly’s wings can cause a powerful typhoon elsewhere? According to chaos theory, seemingly insignificant and random happenings can have earthshaking effects. If the theory is correct, then even our most randomly stupid decisions may have caused all the maladies afflicting us and our country today. History has shown that the destiny of individuals and nations was sometimes determined, not by elaborate plans and decisions, but by little acts of stupidity, like Adam and…

The sign of Jonah – Manila Bulletin

REFLECTIONS TODAY The people who have heard Jesus preach and who have seen His miracles continue to ask Him for a sign. Even if Jesus considers such request deplorable and absurd, He obliges them with yet another sign. He gives them “the sign of Jonah.” This reluctant prophet of the Old Testament had to spend three days in the belly of a great fish (cf Jon 2:1). Afterwards, when he found himself in Nineveh, he preached repentance for sins that led to the conversion of the entire city. The “sign”…

Mobility Awards bares initial nominees for most bike-friendly places in Metro Manila

Ten cities, 10 workplaces, and 30 commercial establishments have been nominated so far as the most bicycle-friendly places in Metro Manila for the first Mobility Awards. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) In a virtual briefing on Friday, organizers bared the 50 initial nominees, including 10 local government units, namely, the cities of San Juan, Pasig, Caloocan, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Quezon City, and Taguig. For bike-friendly workplaces, those nominated were Gofer, Chinabank Savings (Sen. Gil Puyat Branch, Makati), One Griffinstone Building, Acquire, Grundfos I.S. Support and Operations Centre, Sykes…

Recto airs alarm over Manila Bay reclamation projects

Recto airs alarm over Manila Bay reclamation projects Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) – October 4, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Some China-backed reclamation projects in Manila Bay pose possible threats to national security, according to a senator. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto recently aired his concern over the proposed Sangley Point International Airport and several reclamation undertakings at Manila Bay, which are near the Philippine Navy’s base and headquarters. He noted that among the contractors is state-owned China Communications Construction Co. (CCCC), one of the firms involved in…

Early October’s ‘In’ crowd – Manila Bulletin

For early-October’s streaming picks, we have two from this month’s ‘In’ crowd. Namely, it’s the Boys IN the Band, and Emily IN Paris. One is an iconic play about homosexuality in the late 1960’s, and the other is an earnest, but tepid, chronicling of a young Chicago career girl’s adventures in fashion world Paris. Boys in the Band (Netflix USA) – This 1968 Matt Crowley Manhattan drama about gay life, was turned into a film in 1970, and enjoyed a great Broadway revival three years ago, and now has its…