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Typhoon ‘Rolly’ to be closest to Central Luzon, Metro Manila on Sunday night — Pagasa


MANILA, Philippines — The latest forecast track of Typhoon “Rolly” shows that it would move over Central Luzon — close to Metro Manila — between Sunday night and Monday morning, state meteorologists said. According to the weather report from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on early Saturday morning, Rolly has taken the west southwestern turn as predicted, which means it is likely to traverse land near the National Capital Region. Rolly’s wide diameter — estimated at 500 kilometers — means areas not directly hit by the typhoon’s eye can also experience similar conditions due to its wide reach. “Going from Sunday …

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China now waging ‘gray zone’ war to enforce claim of South China Sea through PH, says ex-AFP chief


MANILA, Philippines—China is now waging a war in what a former Philippine military chief said was a “gray zone” where the fighting goes on without guns but with information, investments, and other tactics to pursue its strategic objectives in the Philippines. Emmanuel Bautista, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III, warned that China is now employing gray zone tactics to establish a foothold in Philippine territory that can be used to fully control the disputed waters. The Philippines, Bautista said, is “being affected not just militarily but in other aspects in what we call the gray zone strategy.” Gray zo…

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For these stars, fond memories keep spirit of ‘Undas’ and their loved ones alive despite pandemic


  Cemeteries closing down on All Saints’ Day this year isn’t too much of an issue for Celeste Legaspi. After all, her house is filled with her dearly departeds’ photographs and mementos with which she prefers to remember them. “I have my father’s (National Artist for Visual Arts Cesar Legaspi) paintings; my mother’s old silk blouse and her favorite bracelet; and my sister’s handbag and a pair of small earrings. This way, I continue to feel close to them. And they continue to be part of my everyday life,” the inimitable singer-actress told the Inquirer in an interview. That said, Legaspi isn’t averse to technology. She’s actually thankful for the availability of video apps,…

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‘Rolly’ nearing super typhoon category, seen growing more powerful


MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon “Rolly” again intensified as of Friday night and is nearing the super typhoon category, the latest updates from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. According to Pagasa’s severe weather bulletin posted at 11:30 p.m., Rolly now has maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness of up to 265 kph. Weather disturbances with wind speeds higher than 220 kph are considered super typhoons by local standards. It was last seen 895 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, and has started to turn west-southwestward at a speed of 15 kph. Pagasa still expects R…

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‘Ninja cop’ transferred from Bilibid to Pampanga jail


MANILA, Philippines — One of the accused in the questionable 2013 Pampanga drug bust has been transferred from the New Bilibid Prison to the San Fernando City Jail in Pampanga. Even while Police Major Rodney Baloyo IV’s case is still pending in a Pampanga Court, he has already spent a year and a month in Bilibid. Under the rules, only those convicted by the courts are transferred to the national penitentiary. Bilibid Spokesman Gabriel Chaclag said Baloyo has been properly turned over to the Pampanga jail at 8 in the evening Friday. On his way, he was escorted by BuCor SWAT personnel, which were well-coordinated with the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Jail Management a…

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Korean fugitive who escaped prison in 2019 nabbed in Laguna


MANILA, Philippines — A Korean national, who bolted jail in 2019, was detained after a confidential informant told police of the foreigner’s whereabouts in Laguna province, police said Friday. In a report, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Major General Debold Sinas identified the suspect as Park Wang Yeol alias Park Zanjo, who escaped jail guards in Tarlac City as he was supposed to attend an arraignment at the Regional Trial Court, Branch 64 in Tarlac City. Sinas said Regional Intelligence Division (RID) Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG)-NCRPO, in coordination with RSOG, and Provincial Intelligence Unit (PIU), Laguna Provincial Police Office (PPO…

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Negros Occidental opens more facilities for health workers, COVID-19 patients


BACOLOD CITY—At least P52 million in facilities were opened on Friday (Oct. 30) in the cities of Bacolod and Silay in Negros Occidental to boost the province’s fight against COVID-19.   The facilities includedquarantine spaces at the village of Alijis, a 32-bed dormitory in the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City and another 32-bed dormitory in the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City.   Vince Dizon, deputy chief implementer of the national plan against COVID-19, was at the opening rites along with Gov. Eugenio Lacson, Rep. Francisco Benitez, Rep. Stephen Paduano and Mayor Evelio Leonardia. &…

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BFAR says at least P5.2 million lost in Buhi Lake fish kill


LEGAZPI CITY—The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Friday (Oct. 30) said the estimated loss in a fish kill in Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur province linked to Typhoon “Quinta” (International name Molave) has reached P52 million.   The Buhi Lake Development Authority (BLDA) report cited by the BFAR said the fish kill hit at least 18 fish cage operators who lost at least 50.2 metric tons of tilapia.   Nonie Enolva, BFAR Bicol spokesperson, said the fish kill was caused by “seiches” or waves whipped up by gusty winds from Quinta when it made landfall in Camarines Sur on Oct. 26.   Enolva, in a phone interview, said losses were being counted …

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