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Namumuong bagyo sa Pilipinas mararamdaman sa HK sa Martes

Posted on 12 October 2022 No comments


Mapang nagpapakita ng sirkulasyon ng hangin. (HKO photo)

Binabantayan ng Hong Kong Observatory ang dalawang namumuong bagyo sa magkabilang gilid ng Luzon, at mararamdaman ang dalang hangin ng isa sa kanila sa papasok na linggo.

Dahil low pressure area (LPA) pa lang, hindi pa pinapangalanan ang pamumuo ng kumpol ng mga ulap sa kanluran ng Luzon (na ang sentro ay nasa 650 kilometro sa kanluran ng San Jose, Occidental Mindoro), pero inaasahang magsasanhi ito ng paagbugso ng hangin at ulan sa malaking bahagi ng South China Sea sa pag-usad nito pakanluran.


Sa Hong Kong, ang epekto nito ay mararamdaman sa manaka-nakang pag-ulan at bugso ng hangin, at pagbaba ng temperatura sa 21 degrees celsius sa umaga ng Martes, na inaasahan pang bumaba sa 21 degrees sa Miyerkules.

Ang Tropical Depression Maymay naman na nasa 190 kilometro sa silangan ng Casiguran, Aurora, ay inaasahang lalakas din at tatawid sa hilagang Luzon papuntang South China Sea. Pero hindi pa matanto ang epekto nito sa Hong Kong dahil marami itong dadaanan na maaring makaapekto sa direksyon nito sa mga susunod na araw.


Pero bago dito, tag-init muli mula bukas hanggang Lunes, at inaasahan ang temperaturang 24 degrees sa umaga at 30 degrees sa hapon

Nakataas pa rin ang Red (o pula) Fire Danger Warning dahil sa mataas na panganib na magkasunog, lalo na sa mga tuyong damuhan sa gilid ng mga bundok.

Pinaalalahanan ang mga aakyat ng bundok na magbaon ng luto nang pagkain upang hindi na magsimula ng apoy at maiwasang magka-sunog.

Ang parusa sa pagsisimula ng sunog sa mga bundok ay multang $25,000 at isang taong pagkabilanggo.


Pinaalalahanan din sila na maging alerto kapag makakita ng usok, kahit malayo, dahil mabilis kumalat ang sunog sa mga panahong ito.


Peso hits 58 to the dollar: how OFWs will be affected

Posted on 21 September 2022 No comments


Peso denominations. (BSP photo)

Analysis by The SUN

The Philippine peso sank today to its lowest level ever, closing at P58 for each US dollar, fueling fears of a further rise in the prices of consumer goods’.

Analysts said they see no end to further deterioration, which is mainly due to aggressive US anti-inflation policies which have strengthened the American currency against most currencies in the world, sparking fears that the peso could hit P60 to the dollar.

Another reason for the peso losing ground is the higher demand for the US dollar because the Philippines is in the peak of its yearly importation season for Christmas.


So far, the peso has lost 13 per cent of its value.

Of equal concern is inflation, or the rise of consumer prices, and how it will be influenced by the peso’s value, considering that a number of products the country used to export – such as sugar – will now be imported.

Last August, the inflation rate stood at 6.3 per cent, almost a third higher than the 4.4 per cent in August the previous year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.


The Hong Kong dollar also weakened today to 7.85 to US$1, the trading ceiling set by the HK Monetary Authority when it pegged it to the US currency -- down from its latest peak of 7.5 which was set Aug. 24.

This could result in OFWs in Hong Kong hardly benefiting from the peso’s weakness, because the currency they earn is also losing ground.

In the meantime, they also have to meet their families’ increased demand for money because their usual remittances are no longer enough.

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The latest figures from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed that cash remittances sent through banks from around the world went up by 2.3% to $2.92 billion in July, from $2.85 billion a year earlier.

Remittances from Hong Kong reflected the peso’s performance.


In May when the peso started deteriorating from 52.34 to 52.44, Hong Kong OFWs sent home USD50.2 million. By July, when the dollar was lowest at 56.82 on July 18, remittances hit USD59.6 million.

BSP has a scheduled monetary-policy meeting tomorrow.

FVR dies, aged 94

Posted on 31 July 2022 No comments


President Fidel V. Ramos :  Mar 18, 1928 - July 31, 2022 

Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, known to many as FVR, died at the age of 94 on Sunday, Jul 31.

Members of his family confirmed his death but gave no further details.

However, a longtime military aide said the late president had been in and out of the hospital due to a heart condition and had suffered dementia. He passed away at the Makati Medical Centre in the company of relatives.


The Ramos family said in a statement, “We thank you all for respecting our privacy, as the family takes some time to grieve together…We will announce wake and funeral arrangements in the near future.”

Ramos was the Philippines’ 12th president, having served from 1992 to 1998. Before being elected to the top post, he was also chief of the Philippine Constabulary and chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

He gained prominence for helping topple former dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr., his second-degree cousin, from his 20-year rule, in 1986.


Ramos was narrowly elected president six years later, replacing Corazon Aquino who took over from Marcos after the People Power revolt.

Though he won less than 23 percent of the vote, Ramos quickly gained widespread public approval, garnering 66 percent support during his incumbency. His presidency is still remembered for bringing peace, stability and growth to the country.

Marcos’ son, the Incumbent President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., quickly issued a statement of sympathy to the Ramos family.


"Our family shares the Filipino people's grief on this sad day. We did not only lose a good leader but also a member of the family," Marcos, Jr. said.

"The legacy of his presidency will always be cherished and will be forever enshrined in the hearts of our grateful nation."

FVR speaking to HK reporters before heading on to China, where he was a frequent visitor

Before becoming the head of the national police force during Marcos Sr.’s rule, Ramos was a decorated war hero, having fought in wars in Korea and Vietnam.

Ramos was born on March 18, 1928, in Lingayen, Pangasinan, the son of a lawmaker and diplomat and a teacher. He graduated from the US Military Academy in West Point in 1950 and earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois the following year.

According to the Ramos Foundation, he earned two more master’s degrees afterwards: in national security from the National Defense College in 1969; and in business administration from Ateneo de Manila University in 1980.

Through all these, he held every rank in the Philippine army until he became commander-in-chief in 1992.

His six-year administration is well remembered for its policy of opening the country’s economy to foreign investment through deregulation and liberalization, and for breaking up monopolies in the transportation and communications sectors.


Through special powers granted to him by Congress, he rehabilitated the energy sector, ending frequent and hours-long power outages in the country. Journalists also credit him for keeping an open line to them and being tolerant of public criticism.

As a result, the economy surged and poverty rates fell from 39 percent to 31 percent.

While he eventually became a hero to many for defecting from Marcos Sr’s government, others would not forget his role in enforcing iron-fist rule during the dark years of martial law under the dictatorship.


Ramos, the country’s only Protestant president, was well known for being indefatigable, going on daily jogs and playing golf regularly until he was well over 80 years old.

But what most people would remember him for was his habit of going about his daily activities - while chomping on cigars he never lit.

Ramos is survived by his wife Ming and their four daughters. Their second child, also a daughter, passed away in 2011.

Marcos to cut red tape in processing OFW papers, pledges protection

Posted on 25 July 2022 No comments


President Ferdinand Marcos Jr delivers his first State of the Nation address.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. laid out plans today to make it easier for overseas Filipino workers to process their papers, faster for foreign employers to hire them, and for them to be brought home quickly if abused or fall into dangerous situations.

In his first State of the Nation address (SONA) before the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives at the Batasang Pambansa, Marcos said OFWs deserve these and other measures because of their sacrifices for the country.

 “You OFWs represent the fighting faith of the Filipinos as a nation and as a people,” he said. “Let us transform your overseas journey into inspirational stories for all time.”


His mention of OFWs indicates overseas employment will remain a government priority to earn foreign exchange for the economy, a strategy that his father started in the 70s.

In fact, he added, his government has initiated talks with Saudi Arabia for it to reopen to Filipino workers.

“Kaya natin at gagawin natin ang makipagnegosasyon na mabigyan ang ating mga kababayan doon ng tamang pasahod at mapangalagaan ang kanilang karapatan at kapakanan,” he said.

He said Deparment of Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople will go to Saudi Arabia to ensure  adequate staffing to handle the influx of workers there and push the campaign against human trafficking.

Marcos also said all other diplomatic posts will help in finding more work for OFWs, and bringing back those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

In the Philippines, he said the government will cut red tape in the processing of OFW papers so that the three months it took for foreign employers to get their Filipino workers would be shortened to three weeks.

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“We shall automate the verification of contracts and issue secure overseas employment certification (OEC) that you can keep on your smart phone,” he said, adding that the OFW handbook would be simplified and turned into a pamphlet.

“Mahirap na nga ang buhay kaya naman ayaw na po nating makitang lalo pang nahihirapan ang ating mga manggagawang mandarayuhan sa pagtupad sa kanilang mga pangarap,” he said.

Marcos announced the launch of the One Repatriation Command Center (ORCC) which can be reached through the social media platform ng Department of Migrant Workers and a hotline to give immediate aid to OFWs who are abused and those who find themselves in war zones and other dangerous situations.


“Noon, nangungutang pa ang isang ina ng bawa’t OFW upang sumakay ng barko para pumunta sa Maynila at mangatok sa iba’t ibang ahensiya para mapauwi ang anak na inaapi,” he said. “Ngayon, kami na ang tatawag sa mga magulang ng OFW para sabihin sa kanila ang petsa kung kailan nila mayayakap ang at makakapiling ang kanilang mga anak.”

Marcos also thanked former President Rodrigo Duterte, who signed the law that created the DMW, “this new home for our OFWs.”

In a statement responding to the Marcos speech, Dolores Balladares Pelaez, chairpersn of Unifil-Migrante Hong Kong, said: “Bongbong Marcos is out of touch with the reality of overseas Filipinos. Hindi ang intensipikasyon ng labour export program ang sagot sa problema ng OFWs. Ang kailangan namin ay trabaho sa ‘Pinas, maayos na serbisyo, proteksyon sa trabaho at agarang pagtigil sa patong-patong na pwersahang bayarin.”


Observatory, nagbabala sa hangin at ulan ng bagyong Chaba

Posted on 30 June 2022 No comments


Ang takbo ng bagyong Chaba

Nagtaas ng Strong Wind Signal No. 3 ang Hong Kong Observatory ngayong 10:40 ng gabi upang paalalahanan ang lahat laban sa banta ng ulan na inihahampas ng hanging may lakas na 41-62 KPH, na dala ng bagyong Chaba.

Hindi direktang tatama sa Hong Kong ang Chaba, na itinatayang nasa 570 kilometro sa timog ngayong ika-11 ng gabi, at inaasahang umusad palayo habang paakyat papuntang Guangdong, China.


Pero dahil papalakas pa ang Chaba, maaaring itaas pa ang signal sa 8 sa Hong Kong bukas kung kinakailangan, ayon sa Observatory.

Pinaalalahanan ang lahat na mag-ingat sa malakas na ulan at hangin, lalo na sa matataas na lugar.


Nauna rito, apat na oras na nasa ilalim ng Signal No 1 ang Hong Kong.

Nabuo ang bagyong Chaba (na tinguriang Caloy noong nasa area of responsibility ng Pilipinas) mula sa isang tropical depression nitong linggo sa gitna ng South China Sea, mga 1,000 kilometro sa kanluran ng Luzon.


Simula noon, umuusad ito paakyat papuntang China, habang kumukuha ng lakas sa mainit ng hangin na dumadaloy mula sa silangan.

Ilan sa mga paalala ng Observatory:

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  • Linisin ang mga daluyan ng tubig palabas ng bahay.
  • Siguruhing sarado ang mga bintana at pintuan.


  • Maging alerto sa pagbabaha kung nasa mababang lugar.
  • Makinig sa radio at manood ng TV o buksan ang website ng Observatory upang masagap ang pinakabaging balita.

Covid infections jump to 851, but most cases mild

Posted on 11 June 2022 No comments

By Daisy CL Mandap


18 Covid cases have been traced to Rack's City, a bar and pool venue in Central (File)

Health officials reported 851 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday - a jump of nearly 180 from the day before - but assured that the rebound in cases has not led to more people getting hospitalized.

"Fortunately, we have not observed any increase so far in the [hospital] admission figures and the number of serious and death cases," Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said at the daily press conference.

"So we'll closely monitor the situation to see whether there's any increase in the burden on the health care system."


Chuang said other indicators of the pandemic like the positive rates for sewage and lockdowns and the reproductive rate of the virus have seen a slight increase recently, so they will continue to monitor the situation.

She declined to give an opinion on whether social distancing measures ought to be tightened anew because of the increase in the number of cases.

Of the new cases, 491 were confirmed through PCR tests and the remaining 360 were self-reported rapid test results that were confirmed by laboratories.

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Imported cases made up 74 of the total, and of these, 30 were detected at the airport on Jun 9 and 10; 31 were found at quarantine hotels; and the remaining 13 after the patients had left isolation.

Two outbreaks were again found in bars in Central and Sheung Wan – Racks City on Wyndham Street where 18 cases have been detected, and FLM on Jervois Street where 12 customers have tested positive.

Chuang said the one of those linked to FLM had earlier visited LINQ on Pottinger Street, another Covid-hit bar, and health officials are still looking if there is a link between the two clusters.

Another bar, Shuffle at Lan Kwai Fong, added five more infections, raising the total number in the cluster there to 118, comprising 112 customers and six staff.

Despite it being a weekend, some Covid-19 cases were reported by schools, including another student at class 4B of Po Leung Kuk English Primary School in To Kwa Wan. To date, 14 infections have been reported in this class.


Two more unlinked cases involving the Omicron sub-variant, BA.2.12.1, have been detected. These are a 57-year-old woman who works as a dishwasher at Cathay Pacific’s lounge at the airport and a 61-year-old woman who lives in Wo Che estate in Shatin.

The total infection tally from the fifth wave now stands at 1,205,703 while the death toll remains at 9,177 since no new death was reported yesterday.


There are 373 patients receiving treatment in public hospitals and the North Lantau infection 
control centre. Among them, 12 are in critical condition and seven are in serious condition.

In the past 24 hours, 55 patients have recovered and 50 have been discharged.

Dating DH ipinaaresto dahil hindi sinipot ang hearing

Posted on 26 April 2022 No comments


Hindi sumipot sa Eastern Magistracy sa pagdinig ng kanyang kaso

Inutos ang pag-arresto sa isang Pilipinang dating domestic helper kanina dahil hindi dumating sa Eastern Magistracy sa pagdinig ng magta-tatlong taon na niyang kaso.

Nakalista para dinggin sa korte ang kaso ni Kris Hope Vargas, 31, na “breach of condition of stay – overstay”.


Pero ayon sa mga dokumento sa korte, may isa pa siyang hinaharap mas mabigat na paratang, ang “dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offence”. (Tunghayan ang aming balita tungkol dito noong Pebrero 2021:

Maliban sa pag-utos na arestuhin si Vargas, sinabi rin ni  Magistrate Leung Ka-kie na huwag siyang payagan muling mag-piyansa.


Ang kaso niyang overstaying ay nagsimula noong March 10, 2020 matapos ang 14 araw na palugit para siya umuwi matapos siyang materminate ng kanyang amo dahil hindi na siya pinayagan ng Immigration Department na palawigin ang kanyang pagtira sa Hong Kong,

Inakusahan naman siyang nagpagamit ng kanyang ATM card sa money laundering matapos makantanggap ang kanyang account sa Hang Seng Bank ng $691,059.07, na agad namang na-withdraw,  sa pagitan ng May 3, 2019 at Aug. 11, 2020.

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Ang ganitong kasalanan ay nakalista sa ilalim ng Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance, na nagtatakda ng parusang pagkakakulong ng hanggang 14 taong pagkabilanggo kung dumaan ang kaso sa paglilitis o 3 taon kung hindi, at multang hanggang $5 million kung dumaan sa paglilitis at $500,000 kung hindi.

Samantala, sa isang hiwalay na kaso ay inutos ni Magistrate Leung ang pagsampa sa District Court ng asunto laban sa family driver na si Roland Ducusin, 39.


Nakabanga si Ducusin noong July 28, 2021 ng isang matandang Intsik sa Wan Chai habang pauwi sila ng ina niya galing sa palengke, lulan ang sasakyan ng kanilang amo.

Namatay ang biktima noong araw ding iyon. 

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