13 Nov 2020
DILG: 14 DEAD, 3 MISSING, MORE THAN 345K IN SHELTERS DUE TO TYPHOON ULYSSES
MANILA Typhoon Ulysses, which battered the capital region and parts of
Luzon this week, has so far left 14 dead, three missing, and more than
345,000 in evacuation centers, the interior department said Friday.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año relayed these figures during a virtual
briefing with Cabinet members aired over state-run PTV.
While a total of 345, 119 individuals or 102,806 families currently in
evacuation centers by the DILG's count, Año said this may not paint the full
picture of those displaced by the Ulysses as others may have chosen to take
"The figures could be higher....as these are based on evacuation centers.
There are the individuals evacuated by our [local government units] but
others did not go to evacuation centers but to their relatives instead," he
said in Filipino.
"Our LGUs always carried out their mandate in saving the lives and ensuring
safety of their constituents," Año said.
DUTERTE CUTS SHORT VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH ASEAN
MANILA President Duterte yesterday begged off from further engaging other
leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at their
virtual summit, saying he had to attend to the concerns of the nation being
battered by a strong typhoon.
If I must tell you, we are now suffering in the midst of the storm of
Typhoon Ulysses. There is a great damage and I may not be around to attend
further in this regard for I have to go around and see what I can do for my
people, the President said in his intervention at the plenary session of
the 37th ASEAN Leaders Summit. The summit is until Sunday.
The President has another scheduled attendance in the virtual ASEAN Summit
aside from yesterdays plenary session. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro
Locsin Jr. represented the country at the summit.
He said that two weeks ago, the country had to bear the onslaught of another
typhoon. He was referring to Typhoon Rolly.
But the typhoon left a trail of destruction in infrastructure and property.
This represents a setback for our development agenda, particularly in the
affected regions. This calamity is yet another stark reminder of the urgency
of collective action to combat the effects of climate change, Duterte said.
Duterte said that ASEAN must therefore further enhance its cooperation on
disaster risk reduction management to reinforce capacities, both at the
national and regional levels.
NOBODY GETS LEFT BEHIND
MANILA As the nation reeled from the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses,
President Duterte said yesterday no one would be left behind as the
government embarked on rescue and evacuation efforts.
Rest assured, the government will not leave anybody behind. We will get
through this crisis. I assure you as one nation, kapit po tayo mga
kababayan, magbayanihan po tayong lahat (hold on compatriots, lets help
each other), the President said in an address to the nation.
I assure everyone that your government is on top of the situation, he
said. The Chief Executive said he would have wanted to be with the people in
distress but had been prevented from going out by his doctor and the
Presidential Security Group.
So thats the situation. Its not that I am at a distance from you. I
wanted to go there swim if I had to. The problem is, they preventing me;
theyre telling me I cant die, because theres only one president, he said
in Filipino and English.
He said various government agencies have mobilized to address the
displacement of thousands caused by Ulysses devastation.
NO PROBLEM SEEN IN OFW HIRING UNDER BIDEN
MANILA The Department of Labor and Employment sees no disruption in the
employment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the United States when
newly elected President Joe Biden assumes power in January.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello believes that Filipino workers are treated
well in the US and does not expect this to change when Biden assumes the
We dont have so much to complain about the treatment of OFWs there. We
havent heard much of OFWs being abused in the US, he said in a virtual
forum Wednesday. And I dont think there will be (any problems) in the
treatment of our country as far as America is concerned.
According to Bello, only those who entered the US illegally are suffering
from abuses and other problems.
The ones being abused there are not OFWs but the illegal entrants, such as
those who supposedly went there to study but looked for jobs, he noted.
MARIKINA UNDER STATE OF CALAMITY AFTER ULYSSES FLOODING
MANILA The city of Marikina, among the worst hit by major floods brought
by Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco), has declared a state of
calamity, Mayor Marcy Teodoro said Friday.
I have declared a state of calamity for the city of Marikina so our
government can have a chance to effectively address the needs of our fellow
residents here in the city, Teodoro told CNN Philippines partly in
He said that the declaration would also allow Marikina residents to access
emergency and calamity loans from government institutions and would let the
local government impose price controls on basic commodities.
A declaration of a state of calamity would also let the local government
access calamity funds to aid in its response to the disaster.
Teodoro said the city is now focused on rehabilitation efforts, cleaning up
thick mud left by the major flooding that swept across Marikina, where at
least three people died in the wake of Ulysses.
'ULYSSES' WEAKENS INTO SEVERE TROPICAL STORM ON ITS WAY OUT
MANILA 'Ulysses' (Vamco)the powerful cyclone that triggered Metro
Manilas worst floods in yearshas weakened into a severe tropical storm on
its way out of the countrys territory.
The typhoon, the third to hit the Philippines in November and the 21st of
the year, unleashed widespread flooding that brought back painful memories
of the Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana), submerged thousands of homes and forced
residents to wait for rescue on their rooftops.
PAGASA said Ulysses was last seen 415 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales with
peak winds of 110 kph near the center and gusts of up to 135 kph. When it
first made landfall late Wednesday in the vicinity of Patanungan town in
Quezon province, it had maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and gusts of up
to 205 kph.
Heading toward Vietnam at 20 kph, Ulysses is expected to leave the
Philippine Area of Responsibility Friday morning.
DUTERTES OFFICIAL RESIDENCE NOT SPARED
MANILA President Duterte was not spared by the wrath of Typhoon Ulysses
after the nearby Pasig River overflowed to some areas of the Malago
Clubhouse the official residence of the Chief Executive within the
Photos provided by Sen. Christopher Go showed that the covered pathway
leading to the Malago guesthouse was flooded with the rivers murky waters.
But this did not dampen the spirits of Duterte who juggled his video
attendance at the first day of the 37th Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits hosted by Vietnam yesterday and
the inspection of some areas affected by the storm.
After attending the opening ceremony, the President delivered his
intervention in the plenary before taping his message to the Filipino people
who were feeling the brunt of the typhoon that left many areas flooded.
In his address to the people, Duterte said he has been raring to conduct an
inspection of the affected areas in Metro Manila but his security aides and
doctors prevailed upon him.
POWER STILL OUT IN MORE THAN 1 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS IN WAKE OF TYPHOON
MANILA - Meralco said Thursday power is still out for over one million
households, mostly in Metro Manila, which experienced power interruptions
due to Typhoon Ulysses.
Meralco said in a statement that as of 5 p.m., 1.191 million homes or 17
percent of its customers still have no electricity, while power has has been
restored in 1.763 million households.
"While strong winds and heavy rainfall hit the Meralco franchise brought
about by #UlyssesPH, our Meralco linemen have been working round the clock
to restore power at the soonest and safest time," the power distributor
"Sinisigurado muna nilang ligtas para sa mga residente, bago i-restore ang
kuryente sa inyo. Salamat sa inyong pag-unawa at pasensiya."
Meralco earlier reported that 3,803,810 households or 56 percent of its
customer base experienced power outage during Ulysses's onslaught in the
It advised customers to report power outage issues through its official
Facebook Messenger and Twitter accounts or via SMS.
AFTER ULYSSES, MARIKINA WATCHES OUT FOR LOOTING, LEPTOSPIROSIS
MANILA - Marikina City is on guard against possible looting and outbreak of
leptospirosis following massive floods that hit the city brought by Typhoon
Marikina City Vice Mayor Marion Andres told Teleradyo Friday they would be
giving residents prophylaxis antibiotics against leptospirosis, which is
spread in water containing urine from rats and other animals.
The bacteria can enter the body through cuts or abrasions on the skin, or
through the mouth, nose and eyes, according to the World Health Organization
The city government earlier launched a campaign Kampanya Kontra Lepto: Daga
Mo Palit Cash to cull the rodent population during the rainy season.
Residents were offered cash incentive for every rat they catch.
Meanwhile, a resident also called on authorities to secure flood-hit
Provident Village against possible looting.
Gilbert Gaston said a neighbor lost a refrigerator after the flooding.
"Papostehan na lang ng pulis at hingan na lang ng ID 'yung mga papasok para
hindi kami manakawan dito sa loob kasi may mga nagnanakaw na rin po. May mga
nawalan na ng ref," he told TeleRadyo.
While he was no stranger to disasters after having experienced the effects
of Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009, he said he was surprised by the flood
brought by Ulysses.
Medyo sanay na rin kami sa pagbaha rito pero yung kahapon po hindi namin
ini-expect na ganon kabilis, Gaston said.
He said floodwaters reached the second floor of their house and his family
had to be rescued by Coast Guard personnel.
Ulysses, the 21st tropical cyclone to enter the Philippines in 2020, lashed
parts of Luzon Thursday, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.
COVID-19 CASES IN PHILIPPINES RISE TO 402,820 WITH 1,407 NEW INFECTIONS
MANILA The total number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed to
402,820 Thursday after the Department of Health reported 1,407 additional
The DOH reported that 211 more people have been cleared of COVID-19,
bringing to 362,417 the total number of COVID-19 survivors.
Meanwhile, the death toll due to the disease increased to 7,721 after 11
more fatalities were recorded.
NUNS GIVE OUT FOOD TO MOTORISTS ALONG MARCOS HIGHWAY AMID CALAMITY
Nuns affiliated with the the Prioress of the Community of Benedictine
Sisters gave out food Thursday night to motorists stuck in heavy traffic
along Marcos Highway near the boundary of Pasig City and Cainta town, Rizal,
due to floods caused by Typhoon Ulysses.
Aided by some staff, they distributed canned meals with hot rice, and
Ulysses dumped heavy rains, including in Metro Manila and its surrounding
provinces, as it traversed the main Luzon island from Wednesday night until
VILLAR AMONG FORBES ASIAS HEROES OF PHILANTHROPY
MANILA Manuel Villar Jr., 70, the second richest man in the country with a
net worth of $5 billion, made it to Forbes Asias 14th annual Heroes of
Villar, touted as the brown taipan, is the only Filipino to make it to the
list of 15 altruists committed to issues facing the Asia-Pacific region.
Forbes said that Villar, chairman of Vista Mall and Vista Land & Landscapes,
grew up poor and credits education for shaping his character.
He donated two parcels of land with a combined value of P8 billion to
Manilas Saint Jude Catholic School and the University of the Philippines,
his alma mater, for an innovation campus.
He also contributed to new facilities at four Philippine schools.
Education can uplift our people from poverty. It can provide dignity and
jobs, he said in an email to Forbes.
POLILLO ISLAND FLOGGED BY TWIN SCOURGES: COVID-19 AND TYPHOONS
MANILA Polillo Island in Quezon province is calling for assistance after
it was battered by twin scourges: Typhoon Ulysses and the novel coronavirus.
Polillo Mayor Cristina Encallado-Bosque said the typhoon damaged houses,
toppled trees and knocked down power lines.
Kahit maraming damage, walang buhay ang nawala. Lahat po kami ay ligtas
dito, she told Teleradyos Sakto.
Bosque said her constituents were in need of relief goods and construction
materials. Many fishermen also lost their livelihood after their boats were
damaged by the typhoon.
The island municipality is also grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic after
having the most number of infections among 3rd and 5th class towns in the
To date, Polillo Island has 117 COVID-19 cases, with 3 fatalities.
Ulysses, the 21st tropical cyclone to enter the country this year, made 3
landfalls in Quezon Thursday.
It first hit land near Patnanungan at 10:30 p.m. followed by a second
landfall near Burdeos at 11:20 p.m. It made its third landfall near General
Nakar at 1:30 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE
RABIYA MATEO ALL SET FOR MISS UNIVERSE PH HOMECOMING IN ILOILO
MANILA -- Rabiya Mateo is ready for her homecoming in Iloilo as the newly
crowned Miss Universe Philippines.
"Mapuli na ako Iloilo (I'm going back to Iloilo)," she said in an Instagram
post on Friday morning as she expressed her excitement to return home.
Mateo used the hashtag #PaintIloiloRed, echoing Iloilo City Mayor Jerry
Treñas' call for residents to wear the hue during the homecoming
It can be recalled that Mateo wore a ruby red gown when she was crowned Miss
Universe Philippines 2020 in Baguio last October.
In another post on Instagram Stories on Friday, Mateo shared a photo of her
crown and sash, with the text: "Good morning, Iloilo! Good morning,
Aside from her motorcade, Mateo is also set to take part at a lighting
ceremony at Southpoint, SM City Iloilo at 5 p.m., according to her beauty
camp Aces and Queens.
PH FINISHES 4TH RUNNER-UP IN MISS GLOBE PAGEANT IN ALBANIA
MANILA -- The Philippines remains a pageant powerhouse amid the pandemic as
the country's representative was proclaimed fourth runner-up in Miss Globe
2020 in Tirana, Albania.
Aside from her runner-up finish, Rowena Lucero Sasuluya also won the
People's Choice award.
The Miss Globe 2020 crown went to Lorinda Kolgeci of Kosovo, with
representatives from Siberia, Ghana, and Brazil taking up the first to third
In an Instagram Stories post, Sasuluya gave a glimpse of her fourth
runner-up crown and sash.
"Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat," she said.
Before competing in Miss Globe, Sasuluya was one of the candidates of
Binibining Pilipinas, representing Guiguinto, Bulacan.
With the national pageant indefinitely postponed, the organizer of Miss
Globe decided to handpick and invite Sasuluya to represent the Philippines
Posting a copy of the letter inviting her to take part in Miss Globe,
Sasuluya said in an Instagram post last month: "Just to set things clear...
Here it is! I'm sooooooo excited!"
In her introduction video for Miss Globe, Sasuluya said she hopes to
"promote the beauty and richness of Filipino culture" using her platform as
a beauty queen.
The Albania-based Miss Globe pageant that Sasuluya participated in is
organized by the Deliart Association.
It is different from the one mounted by the Canada-based Miss Globe Group,
which has Stephanie Ricablanca as its Philippine representative.
PBA: GINEBRA, SAN MIGUEL LOOK TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS IN QUARTERFINALS
MANILA -- Top-seeded Barangay Ginebra and defending champion San Miguel Beer
are out to make quick work of their respective opponents when the playoffs
of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup tip off on Friday.
All games are to be held at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Angeles
City, Pampanga, as the PBA goes deeper into a unique season where the
All-Filipino conference has been held in a "bubble."
The Gin Kings emerged as the top seed after putting together an 8-3 win-loss
record. However, they are matched up against one of the three teams to have
beaten them in the elimination round -- the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
ROS had to settle for the eighth seed after bowing to Phoenix Super LPG,
90-88, in their final elimination round game. But they can take comfort in
their 85-82 win over Ginebra last October 27, where Beau Belga played his
best game of the conference to lift the E-Painters to an overtime win.
Still, the edge belongs to the Gin Kings. Not only do they have to win just
once in order to advance to the semifinals, they are also well-rested as
they last played on Monday. In contrast, the Elasto Painters only have one
day to prepare after a grueling game against the Fuel Masters.
"We're the No. 1 seed, we're where we wanna be. We're going to the playoffs
healthy and fresh, and we feel we have a shot," Ginebra coach Tim Cone said
after they wrapped up their elimination round campaign with a 102-80 rout of
the TerraFirma Dyip.
Game time is at 6:45 p.m.
In the first game of the double-header, San Miguel looks to move forward in
its defense of the All-Filipino title against the No. 5 Meralco Bolts. The
Beermen secured the No. 4 seed -- and a twice-to-beat edge -- thanks to
Phoenix Super LPG's slim win over Rain or Shine on Wednesday night.
The Beermen defeated the Bolts, 89-82, in their lone elimination round
meeting. Since then, however, the Bolts have found their groove, winning
four of their last five games.
"What is important for us is the recovery," said SMB coach Leo Austria, who
gave his starters only short minutes in their last game against NorthPort.
Meralco coach Norman Black, meanwhile, is hopeful that his team can continue
its solid campaign. This is already quite an achievement for the Bolts, who
are making a playoff appearance in the All-Filipino Cup for the first time
since the 2014-15 season.
"We've never won seven games in the elimination round of an All-Filipino
before, so this is actually something good for us and something good for the
program, the Meralco program," said Black. "But you know, we still have so
much room for improvement."
Tip off is at 4: p.m.
A second game in both match-ups, if necessary, is scheduled for Sunday,
The semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup are best-of-five affairs, while the
finals will take on a best-of-seven format.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
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