Aid from local, foreign donors pours in; Pope, US condole



LIGHT OF FAITH White lanterns glowing in the dark and giving light to the University of the Philippines’ Oblation in Diliman, Quezon City, may also symbolize the undying spirit of people who have suffered the brunt of Tropical Storm “Sendong” in Mindanao. JOAN BONDOC

The spirit of sharing and giving in a time of tragedy is under test in this holiday season.

Barely a week before Christmas, aid from Philippine and foreign donors began pouring in Sunday for victims of last weekend’s devastating Tropical Storm “Sendong” that killed hundreds of people in northern Mindanao and the Visayas.

As Pope Benedict XVI prayed in the Vatican for the victims and the United States expressed its condolences, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) sounded an appeal for cash and other donations to help the victims and their families.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer also announced it was accepting help for those who suffered.

Over the weekend, the PRC was able to raise P10 million in donations. But with the full extent of the tragedy still being assessed, it appealed to corporate partners to provide “Christmas packs” of food, clothing, sleeping materials, blankets, school supplies and footwear for the children.

PRC secretary general Gwendolyn Pang said the most practical donation would still be cash and logistical or transport aid.

“It’s currently difficult to go to the areas because they’re isolated, filled with debris and the damaged structures are still there. Services in the [locales] have been overwhelmed. We ask if companies can [help facilitate the services of] shipping lines, planes,” she said.

How to help

Pang said the PRC donation facilities, including for online transactions and bank deposits, are listed at

One of the easiest ways for people to donate is through the PRC SMS donation facility. Donors need only text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart), in amounts of 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 for Globe, and 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 for Smart.

Deposits can also be made to the PRC’s Banco De Oro peso account 00-453-0018647, dollar 10-453-0039482; Bank of the Philippine Islands peso account 4991-0036-52, dollar account 004994-0103-15; Metrobank account 151-3-041631228, dollar 151-2-15100218-2; Philippine National Bank peso account 3752 8350 0034, dollar account 3752 8350 0042; Unionbank of the Philippines peso account 1015 4000 0201; dollar account 1315 4000 0090.

Donations can also be made to Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshop branches nationwide.

Food, hygiene kits

Donations and pledges have begun pouring in.

The International Committee of the Red Cross is sending in 3,000 food and nonfood parcels and hygiene kits. The Chinese Embassy donated $10,000 while the Smart mobile phone company donated P100,000, along with free mobile calls.

The PRC said the Sulpicio shipping firm had pledged to provide free shipment for the relief goods while PRC governor and former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri donated two water tankers.

“We immediately sent the goods stockpiled in our warehouses, good for 5,000 families, but we need to replenish them,” Pang said. Nearly 500 Red Cross staffers and 143 volunteers deployed in the field were assessing the situation and providing hot meals to the evacuees, she said.

Pang said the Red Cross had set up welfare desks and first aid stations at the evacuation centers.

‘Spirit of Christmas’

The Red Cross said that it welcomed donations in cash for its relief and recovery efforts and that donations may be sent to the PRC headquarters in Manila or to any Red Cross chapters. The Red Cross hotline is 527-0000.

Roman Catholic bishops in Mindanao joined in appealing for help for the victims.

“There are many victims, many lost their homes and we’re helping them,” Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

Diocesan social action directors Fr. Albert Mendez of Iligan and Fr. Bong Galila of Tandag said people in Manila may course their help through Radio Veritas, Caritas Manila and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretary for Social Action.

Mendez said among the items needed were bottled water, medicines, food supplies, like canned goods, and kitchen tools.

Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton Pascual said the charitable institution had formed “Caritas Damay Mindanao,” a fund-raising program to help those in evacuation centers.

“In the spirit of Christmas, I am appealing to our countrymen that if they have excess money, they just give it to our countrymen who were affected by the typhoon,” Pascual said. Those interested in donating can find instructions on

Danger zones

Vice President Jejomar Binay flew to Cagayan de Oro City and handed out relief goods, distributing 2,880 bags of goods to residents staying at evacuation centers in Barangay Macasandig, particularly City Central Elementary School and West City Elementary School.

Binay directed his office to hold separate relief operations in Iligan City.

He also went to funeral homes and extended cash assistance to families who lost their loved ones.

“Let us pray for our countrymen who were stricken by the storm. Let us help them get back to their feet,” he said in a statement.

Binay also discussed with Cagayan de Oro officials the possible relocation of residents living along rivers and coastal areas.

“In housing, these areas are considered danger zones because they are prone to disasters. We must find a safe place for the residents to stay,” said Binay, concurrently chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

Pope prays, US condoles

At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday offered prayers for the victims and their families.

“I pray for the victims, many of them children, for the people without homes and for the many missing,” the Pope said in an address in St.  Peter’s Square after his weekly Angelus prayer before thousands of pilgrims. “I would like to assure the people of the southern Philippines of my closeness to them.”

In a statement issued in Washington, DC,  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to send my deepest condolences for the devastation and loss of life caused by flooding from Tropical Storm  ‘Washi’ (Sendong) in the southern Philippines.”

Clinton, who visited the Philippines last month, said the US government “stands ready to assist Philippine authorities as they respond to this tragedy.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected,” she added. With a report from AFP

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  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    present na naman ang USA sa pakikiramay sa atin….USA na lagi nating tunutuligsa sa mendiola…sa liwasang bonifacio…..nasaan na yung mahihilig magsalita ng “DOWN to USA”…..yung nagsususnog ng bandila nila?????

    • Ross18

      totally agree with you. puro welga n rally lang sila n no contribution sa Pilipinas kundi abalahin tayo sa oras.

    • Ruben

      Maniwala ka’t hindi kahit sa pagtulong may kapalit iyan.  Nasaan ang tulong?  Pangako lang iyan ni Hilary Clinton.  Baka magpadala na naman ng mga sundalo sa atin kunwari ay medical at civic actions pero mananatili na doon.

      • adgrafed

        Honestly, I welcome the presence of the US military forces to patrol our territorial seas against China. Isipin mung mabuti ang tinuran mo.

    • fav

      dapat di nalang iniintindi yang mga nagrarally na iyan kasi mga bugok ang laman ng utak ng mga iyan…una hindi sila pupunta at makikisali sa mga rally na iyan ng walang kapalit pilipino pa!!!!….. una na ikaw na isang patay gutom at walang makain at walang maipakain sa sarili mo at pamilya mo bakit may time ka pang sumama at lumahok sa mg a rally na iyan…dahil may kapalit yan na pera! bakit bulok ang mga utak ng mga iyan dahil sa nagpapagamit sila sa mga taong may pera at maimpluwensya tao means wala silang sariling pag iisip… tignan mo na lang ang mga mukha ng karamihan sa mga nag rarally mga mukhang kriminal tapos iisipin mo  ang pinaglalaban nila ni hindi mo alam kong alam nila ang mga edolohiyang pinagsasabi nila pweee!!!! kasi karamihan sa mga iyan ginawa na nilang hanap buhay at propesyon ang pag rarally ng may kapalit!!!

    • francisco

      baka nabiktima nung flash flood.. kaya wala ung mga hinahanap mo? hehe

  • Ruben

    US stands ready to assist the Phl?  Where?  Put those words into action…at walang kapalit ha?
    Just like the Pope of the Vatican who as usual could only call for prayer.  Where’s the help?  What’s the CBCP and the Bishops doing?  This is the time for them to meddle in government’s affair yet they’re quite days after the tragedy.  And the Chinese Embassy could only donate $10,000.  That’s too small considering the wealth of China today.  But it’s better than nothing.

    • sanamaybukaspa

      Puro lang salita itong mga Obispo Wala namang pera Pinamigay nila.

    • MariaVaerewyck

      Ruben, wow, what an arrogant ungrateful git you are. Ikaw ano ba ang naitutulong mo ngayon kung di ang magreklamo, ikaw ang klase ng taong kahit anong tulong ang gawin or ibigay sayo ay di ka makontento. Alam mo ba na any help in this time of need or disaster will do, no amount of help is too small, every help counts. Malaki man or maliit ang tulong ay marami nang tulong iyon, me kapalit man o wala ay welcome lahat ng tulong na darating or ibibigay. Kesa sa magreklamo ka ng magreklamo or kesa sa dada ka ng dada ay mas mabuti sigurong tumulong ka rin. Each of us can help in our own small ways, kahit na prayers lang na masyado mong minamaliit, you can also give financial donation if you want kahit na piso lang and if you and anyone you knows have old clothes, blankets and other household stuffs which you no longer use maybe you can donate them for the victims, give them to the PRC or any NGO who are helping the victims in the disaster areas.  That my dear friend is the best thing you can do in this time or whenever there are disasters that hit the country. You will not only be helping the victims you are also helping your country. Don’t wait for others to do something, you can always help in your own way. Help is always welcome in our country, especially in times like this.

    • JR

      As of now wala naman talaga tayong choice kundi tanggapin ang anumang tulong na i-ooffer ng ibang bansa. May hidden agenda man sila o wala, ang mga kababayan muna natin ang dapat nating isipin. Aminin man natin o hindi kelangan natin ang anumang tulong ng sinuman lalo na ng Amerika  sa panahon ngayon na may mainit na discussion against China. Kung binomba ng China noon ang kanilang mga kalahing Taiwan, hindi sila mangingiming gawin ang ganun sa Pilipinas. Honestly, para lang tayong langgam na aapakan nila ng walang kalaban-laban kung walang ibang bansang susuporta sa atin. You can’t fight in a battle using a ‘spoon and fork’. Regarding China naman, kahit 1$ na tulong mula sa kanila, still a word of appreciation should be given to them. Hindi mo gugustuhing sindihan ang kahoy na matagal ng gustong mag-apoy dahil sa issue ng Spratley. As for the CBCP/Vatican, ano ba ang dapat nating asahan…they are the worlds ‘worst enemy’, kahit pa nung sinaunang panahon (history tells it). They are Usually the ‘TAKERS, not the GIVERS’. In short, tiis muna kabayan!

    • diktador

      ang narereport lang sa media is kung may scandal sa catholic church. Pero 247 ang simbahan through their various organizations e.g. social action center of each diocese tumutulong sila. kung may proof ka na maipakikita na hindi sila tumutulong maniniwala ako sa’yo. ang media kung ano lang gusto nila ipakita sa public un lng. 

  • mangtom

    Ruben, you may not know it but I am going to inform you: you are the personification of cynicism. Mag-offer na ng tulong questionin mo pa. Ano ka ba tanga? Gusto mo luluhod si Hillary sa iyo ay magmakaawa sa iyo para lang tanggapin mo ang tulong? You are completely out of your mind, my friend. I know a psychiatrist who can clean up the cobweb in your brain if you have one.

    Matulog ka na lang.

  • adgrafed

    Extending condolences are not enough. How about giving financial help to Philippines, Mr. Pope, since you have a lot of Catholics here. Walk the Talk. Put in action your teachings.

    • Guest

      Mag-verify ka muna bago ka magsalita. 

      • adgrafed

        Anu bang alam mo, huh? I know for sure what I am talking about. How about you? Dumadada ka dyan nagbigay k n ba ng tulong?

      • Guest

        Magkanong ibinigay mo?

      • Guest

        Go to disaster area and ask the relief center, bago kayo magaakusa.

  • sanamaybukaspa

    Hindi ba nagbigay nang pera ang CATHOLIC Church?Pera Galing sa POPE or sa Simbahan.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    in a crisis like this we should set aside our differences ….may interest man USA or wala…

  • mangtom

    DarkSide of the Moon2–I second the motion. You are a man of wisdom.

  • James Liston

    It is comforting especially this Christmas to know that many people, Filipinos and foreigners, church and civic members, expressed their support and prayers to our fellow pinoys in Southern Phils. I am sure regardless where they are coming from and who gives it as long as their motivation is clear – that is to extend help, I think it is most welcome. And these help material or financial are being channeled through various GOs and NGOs who directly involved in crisis management – search and rescue; relief and recovery; and rehabilitation projects. To those who are very fond of criticising almost everything – I suppose who also did your share of help before doing it so but if not I think it is time to extend atleast a finger to help. 

    Though maybe the US Secretary or the Pope cannot directly have photo ops with the victimes unlike other politicians, I am sure they are just giving their condolences and prayers – they do help and you just no idea how they operate. E.g Caritas is a church run NGO  – among others. US works with various International NGOs and local NGOs and with the government. Just a thought though: perhaps the money they are budgeting for the impeachment and all these planned political rallies be used to help out fellow suffering pinoys. And perhaps this will be a BIG wake up call to the government and people – that the country is a typhoon alley. They must invest in mitigating the effects of typhoons. It is well known problem – every year, with a well known solution… just wonder why aren’t we learning our lesson???? 

  • WAJ

    Vaticans as well Catholic Churches in the Philippines should donate something equals to material needs of those victims of the Tropical Storm. In practicality, nothing against religious faith and prayers, the victims need material assistance such as; food, clothing, medicines and support. In time of calamity, this where you charitable contributions are needed.

  • Guest

    You’re right. They again use this tragedy to blame USA. Yun lang. 

    • adgrafed

      Huh? Anung relasyon ng USA d2 sa tragedy?

  • WAJ

    To all 200 or so Congressmen and 12 Senators of the Philippines, donate some of your Pork Barrel money to the Victims of the Tropical Storm in the South. Have some generosity for charity.

  • James Liston

    @WAJ:disqus I agree with you that members of the legislative branch should donate but more so do their job in legislating a tougher laws to mitigate disasters like this. Correction: there are 23 senators (as of now).
    However, I do think that the Catholic Church helps out and doing their best – gathering out all their resources to help out the victims. The Church has various networks and organisations that are there now extending help. E.g Try calling Xavier University in CDO and you’ll be amased how they are working all day/night to help. 

  • prangka

    Tayong mga bloggers ng PDI. Kahit magkaiba ang pananaw natin sa nangyari magtulungan tayo dito. Kahit mainit ang pagtatalo natin sa Aquino vs Corona ay tulungan natin ang mga biktima ng badyong sendong sa abo’t nating makakaya. Yung sana ibibili ko ng rubber shoes ay ibibigay ko muna sa kanila. Hindi naman halatang butas. tatagal pa eto ng 6 months. Condolence sa lahat ng mga naiwan ng biktima. 

  • Nisha

    The POPE is the devil reincarnate. The only thing that he can do is offer prayers and perform cannibalized rituals (e.g. blood drinking and soul offerings during masses). He should donate a huge chunk of his money in the Vatican City.

  • labcu

    nasaan na ang mga dapat na maunang tumulong sa mga biktima? nasaan na ang mga marurunong at magigiting? nasaan na ang mga maiingay? saan na po sila?

  • jan_luod

    In the middle of all the
    classic “bayanihan” among civil society groups and various government
    agencies, one key personality was conspicuously absent from the public’s
    eye: President Benigno Aquino III. A curious tweet (which was later
    deleted) from a celebrity may give some clues.

    on my way to Malacañang..ü Will sing 2 songs there.. :) Tapos didiretso
    na ako sa World Trade Center after.. See you there! Booth 814 ;)Valerie Concepcion11 hours agoReplyRetweet
    here na sa Malacañang for the PSG Christmas Party..ü Ms. Jessa Zaragosa
    is here also.. :) 3 kanta pala ako dto.. Akala ko 2 lng.. Hehe..Valerie Concepcion9 hours agoReplyRetweetBefore Concepcion deleted her post about Aquino, Twitter user @MangPandoy was quick enough to catch a screengrab

  • Hfxwst

    I hope the Bishops agree to sell a few million of their shares in SMC to donate!

    Over the years we have sent billions to the Vatican, how much will they donate in our time of need?

    • beauseant

      Maybe they’ve donated already, we don’t know. Kaya siguro may tinatawag na anonymous donations. D naman kelangan ipaalam yun kasi baka iba ang spin ng media, depending on the paper or other medium.

      I’m pretty sure other Christian churches have same or similar investments, even the non-denominational denominations. I hope they also help out. Who knows, they most likely already have.

      • Hfxwst

        The Philippines is 80% Catholic – or so the Bishops keep saying,  The other Christian sect should donate for sure –  however,  the Catholic should be 1st in line and with the largest check.    I will donate to the relief effort for the next several months rather than give to the Church –  the survivors need it far more than the Bishops.

      • beauseant

        I hope its 80%. Its easy to fall for the media trap if you’re nominal.

        Giving to the Church is giving to more causes other than the tragedy in CDO. There are far more worse problems around the world which the Church silently supports.

        Now is the time to be more Catholic.


      • Hfxwst

        Hmmm –  think I will manage my donations myself –  you do not have to give to the Church to be a good Catholic, so will provide my weekly donation directly where it is needed the most.

        God gave me a brain, and am better educated and more socially aware (and more honest) than our local Bishops et al.  so I will take responsibility and accountability for my own donations. 

      • beauseant

        I won’t argue with you as regards your brilliance and honesty. Of course, that’s relative and probably bordering on the opposite of humility.

        To be fair, not all are what you perceive them to be, but hey, as they teach in journalism 101, perception is truth.

        Anyway, keep donating!

      • emajega

        yah you have a brain, pero better educated? nah! hambog ka eh. Sige mag donate ka nalang kailangan talaga yan.

      • Ruben

        The problem is giving to church especially directly to the Priests is no guarantee that your donation would reach the victims…if you know what I mean.

      • shane oy

        lol speaking like a saint. Good luck and thanks for the donations.

      • Datu Suki


      • emajega

        ay nako kitid kc ng pang-unawa mo. kaya nag-iinitiate ang catholic church ng donation dahil madali para sa kanila na makakalap ng maraming donasyon at maidistribute to ng mabilisan sa mga naapektohang mga kababayan natin. Kung nagbubulagbulagan ka at talagang manhid di mo makikita na maraming parishes ang simbahan saan mang sulok ng pinas at for sure sa lugar na binaha may nakatayong simbahan dun at duon ibabagsak lahat ng donasyon. Minsan magnilaynilay ka nga, sa tingin mo ba ibubulsa ng mga pari o obispo ang mga donasyon? eh kanino naman nila ibibigay yun wala naman silang sariling pamilya. Kaya nga di pinag aasawa ang mga kaparian para walang conflict of interest pag sa mga ganitong sitwasyon. 

  • Bansot

    I wish  that those protesters who blocked and kicked the tyres of Secretary Clinton’s diplomatic car will now realize that the US is our best ally every time that disasters come.That,  “A FRIEND IN NEED  IS A FRIEND INDEED. Those rallyist must come out now and show their (alledged) love to our country by helping in the relief efforts !! or they’re just a bunch of show off and BIG MOUTH !!!

  • jan_luod

    We were all joking that the president is playing with his new ip4, while in reality he was partying sunday night where his constituents in cagayan de oro are in the process of identifying remains of their dead children! Nice one penoy! k a p a l mo! 

  • mangtom

    Ruben, isa pa. I will bet one centavo (pobre lang ako) that if the US just stood by and gave nothing to help out the flood victims, naku siguradong galit ka na naman. Sasabihin mo siguro kung talagang mabubuting tao ang mga Kano bakit hindi sila magdonate ng tulong? Yan ang sinasabi na they are damned if they do and they are damed if they don’t. Goodbye and good riddance.

  • JR

    Hindi naman natin kelangang ipangalandakan na tayo ay nagbigay, tumulong at nag-donate pero itong mga arsobispo na ito lantaran talaga na nanghihingi ng donasyon e hindi naman nila trabaho iyan. Ewan ko ba! mahirap na sa akin ang magtiwala sa institusyong ito lalo na at mukhang ni ayaw nilang bawasan man lang ang kanilang kaban ng yaman at talaga naman na sa taong bayan pa rin kelangang manggaling ang kanilang itutulong kuno! Ibenta nyo kaya yung pajero/SUV na bigay ni Mrs. Arroyo para naman medyo gumagaan-gaan ng konti ang konsensya nyo.

    • beauseant

      Pagdasal mo na lang sila pare. Mas kailangan nila yun. Wag mo nang gatungan.

  • waawmali

    One of the easiest ways for people to donate is through the PRC SMS
    donation facility. Donors need only text REDAMOUNT to 2899
    (Globe) or 4143 (Smart), in amounts of 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 for
    Globe, and 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 for Smart.

  • Freddie Mariano

    nagdonate ka na ba Cong. Pacquiao?

  • patawad

    Lumabas na ba si Dick? Di ba siya ang mukha ng disaster?

  • c

    Hfxwst, ang aga-aga ang bitter. Namimigay ka nga, naninira ka naman. Bahala na ibang tao kung anong tingin nila sa kapwa nila. If you must give, just give. Do it whole-heartedly, without rancor in your heart.

    • walangusername

      Hfxwst is entitled also to his own opinion. let him be. 

      dapat bigay ka na rin C.

      ako nagbigay na ko sa redcross. :)

  • dead_pixel

    While nation mourns Sendong’s dead, Aquino partying with actresses in Palace!


    • dressdishdestination

      true. very disappointing. Si Binay na naman ang in action.

    • teffany78

      dead_pixel halatang galit na galit. wala ka namang ginawa. mag presidente ka muna. ;) baka isang boto, hirap kapa bobo abnoy ka din naman ah

      • dead_pixel

        wala akong masabi sa kultong dilaw na sinalihan mo!
        all you can see is the color yellow!

        sa abnoy mong pangulo, walang matuwid na daan. bakit? natabunan na ng putik at baha! hunghang!

      • dead_pixel

        wala akong masabi sa kultong dilaw na sinalihan mo!
        all you can see is the color yellow!

        sa abnoy mong pangulo, walang matuwid na daan. bakit? natabunan na ng putik at baha! hunghang!

      • dead_pixel

        wala akong masabi sa kultong dilaw na sinalihan mo!
        all you can see is the color yellow!

        sa abnoy mong pangulo, walang matuwid na daan. bakit? natabunan na ng putik at baha! hunghang!

  • Caligmy

    Eto na naman si pope, bakit ba prayers lang ang ipadadala mo dito? di ba ang laki-laki ng regular na PERAng abuloy ng Pilipinas na ipinadadala sa vatican? Bakit kahit konti hindi mo ibalik para makatulong sa mga nadisgrasya?
    Mas makakabuting magpadala ka ng materyal na bagay na makakatulong sa panganga ilangan ng mga kawawang nadisgrasya, at hindi puro prayers lang.
    Ang balita ay napakalaki na ng pera at ginto ng vatican, kaya nga me mga kardinal at obispo yatang nagpapatayan na tungkol dyan. remember yung vatican bank at ang mga naulat na mysteryosong pagkamatay ng mga personalidad sa vatican!

  • Caligmy

    Hoy kailan ka ba ipinanganak? Hindi mo pa ba alam na maraming pari at obispo na may mga pamilya na itinatago lang. Katulad ni bishop bacani di ba idinimanda siya ng mga babaeng inagrabiado niya? Kaso nga lang kababayan ni GMA kaya siguro nawala na ang kaso. St isa pa yung paring pamangkin ni cardinal sin di ba nahuli yun na nang gugulo sa beer o

  • Rocky6076

    Let’s watch if Abnoy will use the excess money from the 2011 national budget,that is more than enough to help the people devastated by the thypoon,not just to go there for pics ops and distribute noodles.

  • Igorotak

    In the spirit of Christmas which is more about sharing and giving, may we ask all Tongressmen and Senatongs to kindly donate 10% of your pork barrels to all the provinces affected by typhoon Sendong. Your donations will be highly recognized as a gift from all the people within your districts to all the people affected by this untimely disaster. This will be unity at its best. SALAMAT PO…!!!

  • susan

    re comments below…kaya yata minamalas ang pilipinas sa mga calamities ay dahil sa mga tao na imbes na tumulong na lang ng tahimik ay nagawa pang manira sa oras sa eto. nakakahiya kayo.

    • windar_einstein

      nope…kaya minamalas ay dahil sa presidente na nagpaparty while some are dying…mas nakakahiya ata yun. tingin mo?

  • Bonifacio Aquino


    • walangusername

      @Bonifacio Aquino, nag donate ka na ba? 

  • Banana Na

    yan, ang yayabang kasi ng mga APO FRATERNITY eh sa UP CAMPUS pa naghuhubad, kung lahat ng grupo ay pwede rin maghubad sa UP CAMPUS…kaya di na nakayanan ang DIYOS sa ginagawa ng ng mga tao sa pilipinas, kaya palaging may trahedya ang pilipinas…

  • tarupam

    At this time, helping is better than your prayers.

  • Coi Hombrebueno

    prayers are good, but I believe that God made you Pope to act. Hope my roman catholic church, including the vatican can really provide help.

  • Coi Hombrebueno

    Another thing, I also hope that MILF, MNLF and the NPA can also help with the rescue and rehabilitation… I still believe that their principles would lead them to act.

  • San Miguel

    Buti pa sila… to the rescue agad…. Mr President where na u? Nauna pa si Binay sau at ang international community…. Could u please postpone the party?

    • Knox

      He was partying with the PSG

  • pepe


  • Pinoydin

    MANILA, Philippines — The partylist group Kabataan on Monday criticized President Benigno Aquino III for reportedly partying as thousands suffer from the brunt of typhoon Sendong.

    At the same time, Representative Raymond Palatino said the President’s veto in the 2011 budget of the P5 billion for disaster preparation has weakened the government’s capacity to respond to natural disasters.

    Late Saturday, Palatino said that television host and actress Valerie Concepcion tweeted about performing in a party in Malacanang. She said Aquino laughed as her jokes and enjoyed her performance.

    “Done w/ work.. Tnx for having me.. :) It was nice to see Pres. P-Noy laughing at my jokes & enjoying my performance..ü #Malacañang #PSGNight,” according to Concepcion’s tweet.

    The twitter post, which quickly spread across various social networking sites, generated criticism against Aquino, who was deemed insensitive for partying as thousands of Filipinos in Mindanao struggle to survive and recover from the tragedy brought about by typhoon Sendong, Palatino said.

  • Oliver82


    • anastaciomamaril

      Well said.

  • pinoynga

    At this point, the only proper and appropriate thing to do is: GOOD THOUGHTS, GOOD WORDS, AND GOOD DEEDS!

    Blaming and pointing fingers will produce ZERO! Either share our bank accounts, send any goods in any kind, or at least say and offer PRAYERS, if we have nothing in our bank accounts!

  • Nagagalitna

    God Bless the Philippines!
    Iba pa din talaga pag kahit paano may tiwala na ang tao sa mga namumuno di na mahirap makiusap ng tulong. Sa mga tululong mabuhay kayo lalo na yong nangako na mag transport ng help for free.

    Paala-ala po sa mga mag transport ng goods by land dapat may convoy na sundalo kasi baka harangin ng mga demonyong milf at ipakain lng sa mga tao nila. Para sure buhusan nyo ng dugo ng baboy kada pack maski kunting patak lng para di nila kunin…hehehe.

    Sa mga mahilig lng magpuna na wala naman ginawa si Lord na bahala sa inyo.

  • NoonatNgayon

    while the Pope and US condole with the victims of Typhoon Sendong the President of the Cojuangcos party with valerie concepcion! not insensitive i quess! its an idiot more or less.

  • pangittalagaako

    Thank you Pope Benedict XVI and US Government. I just hope that more aid would come.  I appeal to all artist both local and foreign to please assist us…In times like this we cannot afford to not seek help from our neighboring friends in Asia and the Pacific…Let us continue to create awareness of this tragedy so that help may come-in

  • paitoon707

    bayanihan spirit always exists in times of adversities.  thanks for all those who donated from the local to the international donors.  however strict distribution should be observed to avoid corruption.  money is always a hot commodity so extra care has to be observed

    • AA_bot

      Many of us are doing our bit even as we thrash this government for being slow. Kung di mo sipa-sipain at sigaw-sigawan baka hindi kumilos.

  • pobre0000

    CCT FUNDS you are badly needed in this situation.

    • AA_bot

      Hindi pwede. 2013 campaign funds ng Liberal Party yan. Untouchable.

  • antonioluna

    tuwang tuwa na naman ang mga magnanakaw na matagal ng nakaupo sa mga institusyon, may mga donasyon na naman silang makukulimbat, ang tinutukoy ko po ay hindi ang mga pulitiko kung hindi yaong mga taong kumakatawan sa mga ahensya ng pamahalaan, yong mga taong hindi napapalitan, yong mga taong nananatiling nandiriyan kahit na papalit palit na ang mga itinalagang namumuno. MGA POOTANG NA NYO, HUWAG NYO NG PAKIALAMAN ANG MGA TULONG PARA SA MGA NASALANTA.

  • Anne Torre

    I remember what happened in Baguio City during that strong earthquake that destroyed hotels and houses. The damage was great and donations from abroad poured in. My sister-in-law was one of the victims of that disaster. Their family slept in tents in teh park. Her husband read the news and watched TV where they saw donations of blankets, corned beef and other canned goods coming from Australia, Mah Lings from China, clothings and food from the US and many more. The donors were so generous.

    What happened in the evacuation area was different. The blankets miraculously turned into a thin sheet of lowest class found in Divisoria, the canned goods from Australia and China became “sardinas” from Malabon, and food was short. Sometimes after the disaster victims queued for long hours, they got nothing because the supply was not enough or it got lost along the way.

    Since that day, they never watched news anymore. This is the usual practice of the government in handling donations from abroad. Very resourceful. lol.  

    • JamesBond2

      Anne Torre :Ha ha ha ha ha !  Anne,  that is called relief goods distribution “Philippine Style”.  It happens every time, doesn’t it?  We have laws against those kind of crimes but it seems no one cares to go after those criminals.  The crime is aggravated by reason of the calamity.  A shameless total disregard of the law. Even now the laws are disregarded by the President himself justified by popular support.

      Expect some “kabalbalan” to happen. 

      We’ll see what happens to the relief efforts in CDO.  Baka pati mga kabaong na donated from Pampanga mawala din at ilibing na lang ung nga patay sa lupa.  I’m just joking.  It’s possible but not probable. 

    • antonioluna

      at dahil iyan sa mga ordinaryong taong bumubuo sa sistema ng pagnanakaw sa bawat sangay ng gobyerno, makailang palit ng pinuno nandyan pa rin ang talamak na ganyang gawain, mga walang kaluluwa ang mga taong yan, pero tuwang tuwa sila habang nagkukwento kung paanong nakakuha sila ng ganyan at ganito, nakakasukang mga gawi, nasalanta ka na nanakawin pa ang mga tulong na para sa iyo

      • abnoynoy1

        mga kakampi ni Pangulong Panot iyan..akala ko ba wala ng magnanakaw kasi naka detain  na si GMA?

      • pepe



  • hinaplanon

    while the pope’s payer for the victims is laudable,  it would be much more impacting if it comes along with a cash donation. after all, it is rumored that the secretive vatican bank owned by the papacy is one of the world’s richest. with 80% of filipinos being catholics, a large sum of offering goes to the church’s coffers. the pope can show his benevolence by directing the powerful and influential CBCB to give back to its own people what they now need. otherwise his prayers will just be rhetoric, in contrast to the lowly man of Man of galillee that he professes to be vicar of. that poor Man went about walking the dusty road of palestine but He was doing good.

  • hinaplanon

    calling the attention of the following to show your benevolence to us, victims of this calamity:
    1. arroyos, marcoses and other rich politicians whose pre-election promises of helping the masses can now be manifested at a time of crisis like this.
    2.  church organizations such as INC, LDS, etc, some of the victims belong to your denomination.
    3. the wealthy chinese community. we know your were always there to help.
    4. top 1000 corporation of the philippines. if you can donate just 0.1% of your NET income, that will amount to so much.
    5. if each filipino gives just P1.00 donation, that will be a total of 90 million pesos. ah.. but perhaps only a fraction of a percent of filipinos will heed this, but, surely there are those who can afford perhaps P500.00, or P1000.00 or more,
    6. members of congress and elected government officials. if the common man can sacrifice a paltry sum from his pocket, how much can you draw from your personal bank account without invoking government aid? surely P50,000.00 or more from each of you will only be pocket money.
    7. we will leave manny pacquaio away from this since he had already given so much in the past, but he is welcome to donate if he so wishes.
    did i miss someone? just donate, please. we need your HELP.
    please send donation to RED CROSS and other refutable private organization with proven record of honesty and integrity.

  • bongbong39

    Ai Mr.Pope..tulung sa pinas may Abnoy na Presidente..bwehehehehe

  • tgm_erick

    just today, i was about to donate a little something to the victims but i was turned off.  i’ll be back na lang tomorrow.
      somebody greeted me at the bank, hi ate

     ah ikaw pala.  anong ginagawa mo rito? (i was withrawing inside, offline sa labas.)
     somebody answered for him, a woman unknown to him, too.
    magdodonate siya sa abs-cbn

    ah ganoon.  pwede na kaya 100 ? 

    100,000 ok na, pero di siya nakatawa.  sa luob-luob ko, mukha ba akong 100,000.  di naman.
    sabi ko sa teller bukas na lang.  babalik ako.  tinopak din ako.

    i’ll be back.  and push true with my plan. 100 pesos.  iyon ang kaya ko.


    the government should help in restoring water services to the affected area , right there is NO AVAILABLE WATER FOR CLEAN -UP ….local govt with the help of other agencies should help in clearing the affected streets of debris….mud and other materials brought in by the flood…cleaning of canal…drainage..should also be done….while people try to restore their life…due to this tragedy..please send help to the people of balulang, cagayan de oro city


    please send loaders and dumptrucks to haul those debris and mud…to the people of balulang, cdo

    • abnoynoy1

      bakit wala bang tulong dyan ang Pangulong Panot…eh kasi busy pa kung paano mapanatili sa kanila ang Hda Luisita.

  • drefaura

    Ang mga paninirang salita ay hindi makakain nga mga biktima ng Sendong, hindi nila maibabalabal sa giniginaw nilang mga katawan, hindi nila magagamit na gamot para malunasan ang kanilang ubo at pagtatae, hindi nila maiinom para maibsan ang kanilang kauhawan, hindi nila magagamit na bubong at dingding para makapagsimula ng bagong tahanan, hindi nila magagamit na pambili ng kabaong para sa namatay nilang kamaganak.

    Hindi sa kung ano pa man, at lalong hindi kami nag-eexpect ng ganti or gantimpala, but as always when disaster hits the Philippines and elsewhere in the world, my friends and I rally and beg for financial support. This time we spent our weekend doing just that, and in two days we collected $12,368.78 which we sent to the Red Cross who is always there.

    I have a lot of things to say about what happened, but I’d rather use my time and energy in some positive and productive means.

  • Ronald

    Siguradong mamamantikaan na naman ang mga nguso ng ating mga pulitiko dahil tiyak na sa kanila na naman dadaan yang mga foreign aid

  • Malik62

    Dear donors, Thank you very much for the aid.  Please I strongly suggest that you channel your aid through the Phil National Red Cross which is chaired by a very competent person with unassailable integrity Richard Gordon.   Never ever give your aid to any government agency especially DSWD.  The head of that agency has a very questionable integrity.

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