(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 09 December 2021) Shear Line affecting the eastern section of Visayas. Northeast Monsoon affecting Luzon. Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte will have Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Shear Line. Possible landslide during heavy to at time intense rain. Agusan del Norte ug Surigao del Sur will have cloudy skies with scattered raishower and thunderstorm due to shearline. Possible flashflood or lanslide during moderate to at time heavy rain.The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorm due to Localized thunderstorm. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorm The eastern section of Mindanao will have Moderate to Strong winds coming from Northeast to Northwest with Moderate to Rough coastal waters (1.2 to 4.0 meters). While the rest of Mindanao will have Light to Moderate winds coming from Northeast to Northwest with Slight to Moderate coastal waters / (0.6 to 2.5 meters)./span>

Friday, January 29, 2021

Gordon lauds Locsin for filling diplomatic protests against China's aggressiveness at West Philippine Sea

Senator Richard J. Gordon commended Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday for filing diplomatic complaints against China’s aggression at the disputed West Philippine Sea.

“I commend Secretary Locsin for taking a very important and valiant action by standing up for our rights. He did right by our country, and we support him wholeheartedly,” said Gordon.

In a Twitter post on January 27, Locsin wrote that “At 5:17 pm today, the Chinese embassy received two diplomatic protests: 1. On the pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship in PH waters & 2. Declaring parts of Philippine territory as part of Hainan province – both violations of international law & Philippine sovereignty.”

Gordon has been consistently urging the government to take a firm position on dealing with the maritime dispute between the Philippines and China.

At the Plenary on Tuesday, he raised concern over the enactment of a new Chinese law that allows the Chinese Coast Guard to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea.” 

“When another country claims the oceans surrounding us, which we claim, even threatens to demolish our fishing boats or fishing boats of any country that get to that ocean or that sea, this is a serious cause for concern. This is a shot in the bow of all the claimants in the territories,” said Gordon.