The events that transpired in the ill-fated Kidapawan protest, which have taken the lives of at least three rallyists, have captured the attention of the nation.
While conflicting narratives from the rallyists and the government leave much to discuss, only one thing is objectively true as of this moment: North Cotabato is under a state of calamity due to the gripping effects of El Niño, as reported by the Philippine Star.
At least 4 other areas in Mindanao have also declared to be under states of calamity: Maguindanao, South Cotabato, Cotabato City and Zamboanga City.
According to a Rappler report, Mindanao is most susceptible to the effects of El Niño.
In an Rappler interview with Anthony Lucero, officer-in-charge of PAGASA's Climate Monitoring and Prediction Section, the geographical location of Mindanao makes it most vulnerable to the dry spell.
eversal wind situation discourages development of rain-causing weather systems."
(Mindanao is near the equator and during an El Niño situation, reversal wind occurs. That is the reason why it is the first one to be affected. The reversal wind occurs at 5 degrees north and 5 degrees south.)