E.Samar hit by #Hagupit first, winds start to batter coastal areas as residents flee

Dolores, Eastern Samar has been identified as the unlucky town where Super Typhoon Hagupit will first touch the Philippines. According to current forecasts, Hagupit will be packing winds of 180-200 kph near the centre with gusts of up to 220 kph. As of 11 a.m. Philippine time, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration […]

Super Typhoon #Hagupit nears Philippine landfall, tied with 2 others as 2014’s most powerful

Updated forecasts have put Super Typhoon Hagupit (locally code-named “Ruby”) landfall in the Philippines tonight (Saturday evening 06 Dec 2014 Philippine time) and is expected to cross near Manila sometime late Monday, 08 Dec 2014) according to Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reports. Forecast trajectory of the storm is “very close to the ‘multi-model’ consensus” […]

Latest forecasts put Typhoon #Hagupit (Ruby) on a course to hit Metro Manila over the weekend

A “very dangerous situation” is now “evolving” in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Hagupit (Tropical Cyclone 22W locally code-named “Ruby”) approaches the Philippines threatening to impact at least 30 million people according to the latest AccuWeather.com report filed about 0100H 05 Dec 2014 Philippine time… Hagupit rapidly strengthened into a super typhoon on Wednesday afternoon […]

Super Typhoon Hagupit (Tropical Cyclone 22W) on a course to hit Central Philippines!

Tropical Cyclone 22W (Hagupit) is on a course to hit the central islands of the Philipines by the weekend. The storm is currently classified as a Category 4 “super typhoon” but is forecast to weaken to a Category 2 by the time it reaches the Philippines according to a Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) report. […]

BUSTED: JICA Refutes Pnoy’s Claim on Tacloban Airport Move

For all the stupid things President BS Aquino v. 3.0 says to provide fodder for online and offline critics, it is actually rare to catch him in a flat lie. Rare, but apparently not impossible: Among his otherwise-forgettable comments made during his appearance in locations that are not the City of Tacloban to mark the […]

Rehabilitation of #Haiyan devastation report card: Philippine Gov’t FAIL

Even way back on the 24th October this year, Ibon Foundation had already highlighted in a report the unimpressive performance of the Philippine government in the rehabilitation of the disaster zones left by Haiyan. The report quotes numbers from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) which show that the region […]

A country under an inutile gov’t: The #Philippines 12 months since Typhoon #Haiyan struck

The marking of the first year’s anniversary of the visit of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) to the Philippines in November 2013 is a bittersweet one. While the disaster devasted millions of Filipino lives, its most appalling legacy is the vast open wound it left in the Filipino’s collective psyche — the realisation that theirs is an […]

Hall of Bad Taste: Esquire Philippines puts Mar Roxas on its cover!

Apparently not a spoof! The image of the cover of the November 2014 edition of Esquire Philippines is actually posted on the Esquire Philippines Facebook Page. Interesting considering The Manila Times columnist Bobi Tiglao’s latest exposé on the role Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas played in botching the Philippine government’s appallingly […]