MANILA - Bad weather prompted Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to cancel the trip of 301 of its athletes for the Batang Pinoy Sports Competition in Baguio City.
"This is to ensure that the delegates will not be caught stranded in bad weather. We cannot compromise on the safety of the children, coaches, and support staff," Mayor Duterte said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Typhoon 'Mangkhut,' which is said to be the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year, continues to gain strength as it approaches the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Wednesday.
In its 11 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Mangkhut has intensified further, packing 205 kph winds and gusts of up to 255 kph.
The typhoon was last spotted 1,190 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It is expected to enter the PAR Wednesday afternoon and will be named "Ompong."
"Athletes and coaches who will pursue their travel to attend the games shall do so at their own risk," the mayor said.
The Batang Pinoy 2018 national championship will be held from September 15 to 21 in Baguio City.
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