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HAGUPIT WEAKENS INTO TROPICAL DEPRESSION
Hagupit, local name Ruby, further weakens into a tropical depression Tuesday. This comes after state weather bureau PAGASA downgraded Hagupit into a tropical storm Monday night. PAGASA also lowered all storm signals, but areas in Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, will still experience rain. Hagupit is expected to leave Luzon Thursday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council or NDRRMC says Hagupit, which started out a super typhoon, killed at least 11 and affected over 2 million people. The Philippine Red Cross earlier reported 21 died but the NDRRMC said the number was unverified. The Agriculture Department pegs the crop damage at almost P500 million. Government statistics show over 1 million people were housed in evacuation centers the night the storm made landfall.
The United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction calls the preemptive evacuation “one of the largest peacetime evacuations in Philippine history.” This is a far cry from the estimated 125,000 evacuated for Super Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda.
POE SURGES IN NOV PULSE SURVEY, BINAY DROPS BY 5%
Vice President Binay’s ratings go down, while Senator Grace Poe’s go up in the latest Pulse Asia survey on the 2016 presidential race. Binay loses 5 percentage points – from 31% in September to 26% in November. The survey was taken around the time he backed out from his debate with Senator Antonio Trillanes over corruption allegations. In contrast, Poe’s numbers jump from 10% to 18%.
The survey had 1,200 respondents and was conducted from November 14-20.
Poe is in a tie with Binay among the upper and middle class. Poe said she is not interested in pursuing higher office, but some groups are pushing for a Poe-Leni Robredo tandem in 2016.
DOH VIDEO 'PLAGIARIZED' K-POP SONG – SM ENTERTAINMENT
The agency of popular Korean pop group FX accuses the Philippine health department of plagiarism in its latest public service announcement on teenage pregnancy. SM Entertainment says the music of song "Rum Pum Pum Pum" was plagiarized in the video. The health department is expected to issue a statement Wednesday. The DOH video features a song that calls teen sexual intercourse and pregnancy “stupid”, which was called out on social media as “insulting.”
US: CHINA FAILED TO CLARIFY 9-DASH LINE WITH LAW
The US State Department says China fails to clarify its controversial 9-dash line claim over the South China Sea. The US adds China’s 9-dash line claims are inconsistent with international law. In response, China criticizes what it calls US meddling in its disputes with its neighbors. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also claim parts of the South China Sea – a major shipping route believed to hold vast deposits of oil and gas.
US SUPERSTAR WELCOME FOR BRITISH ROYALS
British royalty Prince William and his wife Kate continue their US tour – visiting President Barack Obama, disadvantaged children, and watching an NBA game. William laughed and joked with Obama in the Oval Office Monday while the Duchess of Cambridge greeted disadvantaged children in New York.
Later that evening the couple watched an NBA game featuring basketball legend Lebron James where they were joined by music superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z. William and Kate will be in the US until Tuesday night or Wednesday morning Manila time.
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