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July 31, 2015, Friday
  • Passenger’s disruptive behavior in Cebupac plane from Dubai forced the crew to make an emergency landing in India. 10 minutes ago |
  • Crew of PH-bound Cebu Pacific plane made a Filipino passenger alight from the aircraft after causing commotion & bomb scare. 11 minutes ago |
  • Enrile attends Sandiganbayan hearing on pork barrel scam. 22 minutes ago |
  • DFA to file third diplomatic protest against Canada over trash. 23 minutes ago |
  • Magnitude 3.4 quake jolts Sultan Kudarat. 23 minutes ago |
  • DPWH to conduct road reblocking in parts of Quezon City & Pasig at 10 pm Friday. 24 minutes ago |
  • UNA admits Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Roxas has weight. 25 minutes ago |
  • Binay visits communities in Cavite. 26 minutes ago |
  • Binay says Roxas had been dilly-dallying on his presidential candidacy prior to Aquino’s endorsement. 27 minutes ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe hopes the 2016 election campaign will be about discussions on reforms. 27 minutes ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe congratulates Mar Roxas for getting Pres. Aquino’s endorsement. 28 minutes ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe thanks Pres. Aquino for considering her as among those who can continue his administration’s programs. 30 minutes ago |
  • Roxas on serving gov’t: “Ibubuhos ko ang lahat. Wala akong ititira para sa sarili ko.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas to the Filipino people: “Mga boss, hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwala ninyo.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas on Pres. Aquino: “Pnoy allowed us to imagine again what the Filipino is capable of.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Ako si Mar Roxas at tinatanggap ko ang hamon ng ating mga boss.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Buong tapang at buong paninindigan kong tinatanggap ang tawag ng daang matuwid.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas to Aquino: “I have never met a president who sacrificed so much for the country.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas’ voice breaks as he remembers his brother Dinggoy’s memory. 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas says it was his brother Dinggoy who died in 1993 who should have taken on the legacy of serving government. 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas: Dito sa Club Filipino ko unang sinabing “Bayan, bago ang sarili.” 5 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Ang magtutuloy sa atin sa Daang Matuwid, ang paniwala ko po, walang iba ang taong ito kundi si Mar Roxas.” 5 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Bakit tayo magpapaakit sa ‘baka,’ kung meron namang sigurado?” 5 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “All of us have the obligation to choose the right President.” 5 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino recalls Fmr. Sen. Joker Arroyo used to compare his group as a gathering of people who could fit into a Volkswagen Beetle. 5 hours ago |
  • Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte Mayor Rommel Arnado at Club Filipino praises the peace that Aquino gov’t has put in place in his town. 6 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas enter Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino. 6 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino includes testimonials from Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program’s beneficiaries. 6 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino’s convoy arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan. 6 hours ago |
  • Fire hits a residential area in Laong Laan, Sampaloc, Manila. 6 hours ago |
  • Road in front of Club Filipino in San Juan currently closed to motorists. 6 hours ago |
  • Liberal Party calls the jam-packed event at Club Filipino ‘A Gathering of Friends.’ 6 hours ago |
  • LP Senators Frank Drilon, Ralph Recto, Bam Aquino & TG Guingona as well as DBM Sec. Butch Abad among those present at Club Filipino. 6 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino where LP’s event is being held is also where Cory Aquino had taken her oath as PH President. 6 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino is where Roxas had announced that he was giving way to Aquino for 2010 polls. 6 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan with wife Korina Sanchez. 7 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino in San Juan for Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Mar Roxas’ presidential candidacy begins at 10:30 am Friday. 7 hours ago |
  • Solgen says Manila City Gov’t violated ordinance when it granted zoning & building permits to Torre de Manila’s builders. 22 hours ago |
  • Solgen Florin Hilbay blames Manila City government for the construction of Torre de Manila. 23 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman perpetually bars Ex-ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan from holding public office. 23 hours ago |
  • Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio named new Quezon City Police District Chief. 23 hours ago |
  • Binay says Roxas’ campaign will be backed by government’s machinery. 23 hours ago |
  • Binay says Roxas is not a threat to his presidential bid. 23 hours ago |
  • Fire hits a school in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. 23 hours ago |
  • Malacanang says the 2016 national budget has no pork barrel allocation. 23 hours ago |
  • DOJ files case against the importer of trash from Canada. 23 hours ago |
  • Alma Moreno and Princess Jacel Kiram to run under UNA’s senatorial slate. 23 hours ago |
  • Binay says he has yet to complete his UNA senatorial slate. 23 hours ago |
  • Mar Roxas visits graves of Roxases at Manila North Cemetery prior to Aquino’s pres’l endorsement. 23 hours ago |
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Strongest storm in 25 years

By The Standard | Sep. 22, 2013 at 12:01am
SUPER Typhoon “Odette” (international name: Usagi), the planet’s most powerful storm of the year, battered the Batanes islands on Saturday, bringing torrential rain and ferocious winds, uprooting trees, triggering giant waves and knocking out power as it barrelled toward Taiwan and China.

“This is the strongest typhoon to hit Batanes in 25 years,” Batanes Rep. Dina Abad told Manila Standard Today. “It hit hardest starting at 130am when it was gusting at almost 300 kph.”

Abad said most residents of the province, which consists of 10 islands, had been aware of Odette since Sept. 17 when it first turned into a tropical storm, but they were not expecting the strength of the super-typhoon that hit them midnight Friday.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, the eye of Odette was 170 km west of Itbayat, Batanes, but it was packing sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gusts of up to 210 kph.

“The howling winds began at midnight and they churned up to 8 meter waves that damaged the port and sank moored fishing boats,” she said, quoting Sabtang Mayor Max Babalo.

She said coconut trees were torn in half or were uprooted, while terrified residents couldn’t sleep as the storm battered roofs above their heads.

“The ferocious winds of Odette swirled with fury like a tornado,” she quoted Mayor Reuel Ibanez of the hardest hit town of Itbayat. The aviation tower at the provincial airport was also heavily damaged.

“I think the estimate of the damage will be bigger tomorrow when have a clearer assessment on the ground,” she said.

But Malacañang said assistance will be provided to the families affected by Odette even if the government is also focused on the Zamboanga City crisis.

Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the government allocated enough emergency relief assistance for communities affected and the Department of Social Welfare and Development readied P113.58 million worth of emergency relief, including standby funds.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Odette caused power interruptions in other parts of Northern Luzon.

Electricity was cut in Baguio City; Conner, Apayao; Lagawe, Kiangan, Aguinaldo, Asipulo, Banaue, Mayoyao, Hingyon, Hunduan, Tinoc in Ifugao; and Balbalan, Lubuagan in Kalinga.

The NDRRMC also said floods brought by the bad weather rendered more roads and bridges impassable, including Abusag and Bagunot Bridges in Baggao. Both bridges were impassable with the river swelling its banks.

Also rendered impassable due to overflowed river were Sta. Maria-Cabagan Road in Isabela and Teresita Avenue in Tuguegarao City.

NDRRMC also said a total of 103 families, or 341 people, were affected by floods in Solamague, Paniqui, Tarlac and sought temporary shelter at Bacao Solamague Evacuation Center.

It added five families in CAR also affected due to flood while 13 families or 65 individuals were affected by the tornado incident in Region 6.
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