Roque defends late ‘Rolly’ briefing: It was a Sunday

(Philstar.com) – November 2, 2020 – 2:40pm

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 3:32 p.m.) — President Rodrigo Duterte was not in the high-level briefing of government agencies on Super Typhoon Rolly because it was a Sunday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Roque led the briefing of Cabinet secretaries on Sunday morning at the office of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, after Rolly made its first landfall in Bato, Catanduanes at around 4:50 a.m. Duterte, who is in Davao, was not present and did not participate in the briefing, even through videoconferencing.

Asked why the briefing was only conducted on Sunday or days after Rolly entered Philippine Area of Responsibility, Roque said Monday: “Well dahil inaasahan po nga natin yung landfall kahapon at saka sa totoo lang po araw ng Linggo naman po iyon.”

(Well, because we are expecting the landfall yesterday, and honestly, it was a Sunday.)

He said that even if it was a Sunday, Cabinet officials attended the briefing to give updates on government preparations for Rolly, the strongest typhoon in the world in 2020 that hit the country.

Then a severe tropical storm, Rolly entered the Philippine Area of Responsiblity on Thursday night. A day later, at Philippine time, the United States military weather bureau reported that Rolly will likely intensify into a super typhoon as it barrels towards landmass.

“So ang tanong bakit lang kahapon? Kasi kahapon lang pumasok yung bagyo no, at bago po ‘yan patuloy naman po ang briefing na ginagawa ng NDRRMC,” Roque also said, adding that he has been monitoring these briefings.

(So the question, why only yesterday? Because the storm only entered yesterday, and before that, the NDRRMC has been conducting continued briefings.)

Duterte to fly back to Manila

In a separate update, Roque said Duterte will be flying to Manila from Davao on Monday. The president will meet with officials in the afternoon, the STAR also reported.

“En route to Manila, he will be conducting an aerial inspection in Bicolandia and Calabarzon,” Roque said, which are regions that will be flown over in usual air travels to Manila from Davao.

Roque said Sunday that the president ordered the meeting with Cabinet officials and the NDRRMC. He added that Duterteerte has been monitoring and giving instructions amid the onslaught of Rolly.

State weather bureau PAGASA on Monday noon lifted all storm signals over the country as Rolly moves away from the Philippines. 

Weather forecasters however are also monitoring Tropical Storm Siony (international name: Atsani), the 19th tropical cyclone to enter or develop within PAR this year. — Kristine Joy Patag

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LATEST UPDATE: November 2, 2020 – 3:00pm

Follow this thread for updates on tropical cyclone Rolly (international name: Goni).


November 2, 2020 – 3:00pm

Vice President Leni Robredo posts photos of the first signs of devastation brought about by Typhoon Rolly in Camarines Sur.

Robredo says she left Manila before dawn on Monday to visit the typhoon-hit province.

The vice president will also be visiting Albay and Catanduanes.

Left Manila before dawn today. Just arrived CamSur and these were the first signs of devastation we saw. Will be going around Albay and Catanduanes, as well.

Posted by Leni Gerona Robredo on Sunday, 1 November 2020


November 2, 2020 – 1:11pm

Two helicopters of the Philippine Coast guard have been deployed in Catanduanes to conduct damage assessment and emergency response operations.

The coast guard also deployed its BN Islander plane to identify hotspots in the province where immediate rescue and relief missions are needed.

“Let us be God’s instrument in helping the people of Catanduanes,” PCG Commandant Adm. George Ursabia says.

ATM: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) deploys airbus light twin engine helicopters with tail numbers CGH-1451 and…

Posted by Philippine Coast Guard on Sunday, 1 November 2020


November 2, 2020 – 12:38pm

After being away from the public eye over the course of Super Typhoon Rolly’s battering over the weekend, President Duterte will conducting an aerial inspection of typhoon-hit areas in the Bicol and Calabarzon regions of Luzon.

“It’s confirmed that President Duterte will be flying from Davao to Manila today,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque tells reporters.

“En route to Manila, he will be conducting an aerial inspection in Bicolandia and Calabarzon,” he added. — Report by Alexis Romero


November 2, 2020 – 11:54am

Cyclone Rolly, now a tropical storm, is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday morning, state weather bureau PAGASA says at a midday briefing.

On its way out, it is expected to weaken further from a storm to a tropical depression.


November 2, 2020 – 8:39am

Tropical Storm Rolly was 100 km west southwest of Subic Bay early Monday morning and is moving west northwest at 20 km/h.

The storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.

“On the forecast track, ‘ROLLY’ is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tomorrow morning,” PAGASA says. “It is forecast to remain as a tropical storm throughout the forecast period.”



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