Duterte suggests names for tropical cyclones; ‘Zigzag’ draws funny comments
Marje Pelayo • January 7, 2019 • 2918
MANILA, Philippines – Netizens posted funny comments when PAGASA released the names of potential tropical cyclones for 2019.
Some expressed disbelief to see the word (or name?) ‘Zigzag’ included on the list of tropical cyclones likely to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this year.
Netizen, Lyndon Alexis said he once dreamed of having his name on the list.
Meanwhile, no less than President Rodrigo Duterte offered names to be included on PAGASA’s list.
“Mga Bernadette ganun. Leonora. Mga — si Leni ganun ba,” the President said in jest to the amusement of officials present during the situation briefing in Pili, Camarines Sur on Saturday (January 4) on the aftermath of Tropical Depression Usman.
The President made this remark after he observed that the name ‘Usman’ is a strong name for a typhoon.
“Alam mo dapat ang mga bagyo, huwag ninyong pangalanan na mga Usman. Si Randy Usman, Maranao iyan. He’s my brother in the Maranao side. Mga Usman-Usman, ang tindi niyan,” the President said.
President Duterte apparently derived his suggestions from Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and Education Secretary Leonor Briones who were present at the briefing while Vice President Leni Robredo was not in the assembly.
The President made a serious note, however, when someone suggested the name ‘Leila’ referring to Senator Leila de Lima.
“No, we should not take her name in vain,” the President concluded. – Marje Pelayo
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said it would be rainy today (June 21) in Luzon as the southwest monsoon or habagat continues to prevail over the region.
Specifically, the weather system is affecting areas of MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan where cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms is being experienced,
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country are also experiencing the effects of Habagat along with localized thunderstorms which bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.
Weather authorities advice the general public to be prepared as these conditions may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains and in some areas due to severe thunderstorms.
MANILA, Philippines — State weather agency PAGASA forecasts prevailing rains over Luzon due to the effects of the southwest monsoon or habagat.
As of Tuesday (June 15), cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect the entire Ilocos Region.
This may cause flash floods and landslides in areas susceptible to these hazards due to moderate to at times heavy rains.
Meanwhile, the combined effects of habagat and localized thunderstorms continue to bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
These conditions are expected to cause possible flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms thus, residents are advised to take precautionary measures against these hazards.
PAGASA has not seen any brewing storm or weather disturbance to date, though rains will prevail due to the onset of the rainy season.
MANILA, Philippines — Since it is the onset of the rainy season, wet days are expected across the country.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southwest monsoon is now affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.
Specifically, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon as well as Western Visayas will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms which may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate or at times heavy rains.
Meanwhile, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is affecting the rest of the country bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. .
These conditions may cause flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms in areas susceptible to these hazards.
PAGASA advises the public to closely monitor weather updates through the agency’s official website and social media accounts.
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