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National, local execs debate mass burial

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SILENT SCREAM This seemingly peaceful seascape is what remains of Bayug Island after rampaging floodwaters from the Mandulog River smashed through it early Saturday morning at the height of Tropical Storm “Sendong.” A settlement of Hinaplanon village, 3.7 kilometers northeast of the Iligan City poblacion, Bayug is considered the first Christian community in Iligan City. Before Saturday, it was home to 341 families. Only 100 families have been accounted for. The rest are missing and feared dead. RICHEL V. UMEL / INQUIRER MINDANAO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Guillermo Uriarte hung on for dear life as he swam then floated on a wave of mud that carried him from his flood-devastated riverside home in Cagayan de Oro to Macajalar Bay off the coast of El Salvador 20 kilometers away.

He was barely breathing when rescuers plucked him from the sea. He told the Philippine Daily Inquirer he had started to swim at 11 a.m. At some point, he said he was carried away by the current and reached El Salvador 12 hours later.

But the extraordinary escape from death’s clutches offered scant comfort to the 32-year-old appliance salesman, as he mounted a frantic search for his wife and three children who got separated from him at the height of the storm.

He was not alone.

On Day 3, as locals continued reeling from the effects of Tropical Storm “Sendong,” which laid to waste vast sections of Northern Mindanao, the focus shifted from ensuring their survival to finding, retrieving and burying the unfortunate scores who did not make it.

“I feel that I was saved only so that I can find them,” a distraught Uriarte said of his wife Rosalyn and their children, Jhean Russel, 11, and Jill Anne Rose, 7. He had not found them yet when he talked to the Inquirer Monday.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) put the death toll from the storm’s weekend onslaught at more than 700 late Monday night, with about 900 others listed as missing. The Department of Health (DOH) officially listed 533 fatalities and 239 missing, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Health officials in Manila and in Cagayan de Oro debated whether they should first help the National Bureau of Investigation identify the bodies before burying them.

“We do not recommend mass burials,” said Dr. Eric Tayag, a DOH director in Manila. “The families should be able to mourn and bury their dead.”

Dumped at landfill

But local officials concerned with health risks from rotting cadavers had begun preparing common graves.

At least 40 unidentified and rotting bodies were dumped into the city’s sanitary landfill to await mass burial, said Senior Superintendent Jesus Vinluan.

He said the bodies had been left lying along a corridor and two rooms of Bollozos Funeral Homes, which announced it could no longer accommodate them.

At Barangay (village) Pala-o, officials began digging up a 45-square-meter concrete grave in the village cemetery where 100 or so unidentified bodies were to be deposited.

Teresita Badiang-Herrera of the city mayor’s office said the local government would ensure that the burial ground would be “dignified.”

She said she understood the qualms of families who did not want their dead buried in a mass grave but the urgency of the situation demanded drastic measures.

“We don’t want a health problem in our hands,” Herrera said.

She said it was not only the community’s physical health they sought to protect but also its psychological state.

“When they smell the bodies in their villages, it will only serve to remind people of the tragedy. And even if it’s no longer the dead that they smell, any rotten smell would evoke sad memories,” Herrera said.

Mass burial in Iligan

A similar move was being undertaken in Iligan City. “Today, we will dig a mass grave and bury the unclaimed bodies as well as those in an advanced state of decomposition,” said Mayor Lawrence Cruz.

Up to 50 of about 300 bodies recovered in Iligan since Sendong struck early Saturday morning will be placed in a common grave, Cruz said in a TV interview.

The bodies awaiting burial were wrapped in white plastic bags bound tightly with tan-colored packaging tape.

The mayor said funeral homes were already crammed with unclaimed corpses and were now turning away newly recovered dead.

But he told reporters later in the day that he had abandoned plans for a mass grave when told of Manila’s position on the issue ahead of a visit by President Benigno Aquino III. He said individual tombs would be built instead.

The Inquirer chanced upon Uriarte on a visit to a funeral parlor in neighboring Laguindingan town.

His trips to 10 funeral parlors in Cagayan de Oro had been for naught, Uriarte said, recalling the pain and discomfort of looking for familiar faces from the sea of bloated, stinking bodies that piled up in memorial centers there.

As a result, city officials arranged for the corpses to be deposited at the sanitary landfill in Barangay Carmen—not to be buried there but to be doused with formaldehyde and embalmed.

A barangay official said villagers could not bear the smell of the corpses in various states of decomposition and worried that the flies they attracted might spread disease.

Helpless

But not Orlando Medrano, who watched in stoic silence as his 16-year-old daughter Nica was treated for burial.

Medrano, a glass installer from Isla de Oro, said it was ironic that he had managed to save four of his female neighbors when he failed to look after his own child.

“We could do nothing. I had my 3-year-old daughter Xyza strapped to my chest, but I could not watch my other children,” he said.

In Upper Hinaplanon in Iligan, Ibrahim Alawi, a 35-year-old family driver, found a solution.

Moments before the walls of water reduced his house to rubble, he hastily tied together long-sleeved shirts, tightened them around his wife and four children and attached them to his waist as anchor.

“We climbed the roof of the mosque where we held on,” he said.

Search continues

Elsewhere, the desperate search for loved ones continued.

From Iligan City, Rogelio Amado, a government watchman, traveled to Cagayan de Oro in search of the family of his sister Rosa Amado-Varana, 37, who, along with her family of four, had disappeared on Bayug Island.

“Almost everything was wiped out on Bayug. Only a few houses are still standing,” Amado said, shaking his head.

There was no dearth of stories in this city of 100,000, from a pet that helped a family find the body of its owner to a house that became the haven of 30 people.

Imra-Ali Sabdullah, president of a homeowners association in Upper Hinaplanon, recalled how a dog made distressed sounds near a clump of banana trees.

He said the family had been looking for an elderly man whom he could only identify by his surname “Lagrimas.”

“The dog would not move away from that spot. It was shaking its head and whimpering, so I told them ‘look in that area where the dog is,’” Sabdullah said.

They found the man an hour later.

At a subdivision in Barangay Santiago, a pink two-story house served as refuge to more than 30 people whose own homes had been swept away by the swollen Mandulog River.

The owner, Edmund Rubio, 44, said he just kept opening the door to anyone who knocked until 30 people were huddled on the roof of his house.

“I didn’t have the heart to turn anyone away. In times like that we only have each other to turn to,” he said. With reports from Philip C. Tubeza and Jaymee T. Gamil in Manila; and JB R. Deveza, Ryan D. Rosauro, Aquiles Z. Zonio and Bobby Lagsa, Inquirer Mindanao


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  • dannyflorencio

    PANAWAGAN SA PANGULO  !!!!!!!
    SANA NAMAN YUNG CALAMITY FUNDS AT INTELLIGENCE FUNDS MO NA BALAK MO ISUHOL SA MGA SENADOR PARA MAPA-IMPEACH SI CJ CORONA AY SA MGA NASALANTA NA LANG NG BAGYO NINYO GAMITIN. PARA MO NG AWA. PLEASEEEE LANG PO PANGULO

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2WR4C4UEXKKVSJZWDL3FINNRQU Buddha Follower

      He doesn’t care. He was out partying with his supporters, why will he care for mindanaoans.

      www dot tribuneonline dot org/headlines/20111220hed5.html

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2WR4C4UEXKKVSJZWDL3FINNRQU Buddha Follower

    He rode on a wave of mud as the president is happily partying.

    Another good job, Penoy!

  • wilms1963

    GREED.. yun   lang yun…. sa  mga loggers na illegal or legal kuno at sa mga lokal at national government  offficials na nakikipagkutsaba sa kanila ,, kasama na rin dyan ang pagwawalang-bahala ng mga mamamayan…. resulta kalbong kabundukan, tuyo o kung di man polluted na mga ilog…. gusto lang  tayong gisingin ng kalikasan dahil tayong lahat ay matagal ng tulog kahit dilat ang mga mata natin….

  • mochase

    Illegal loggers should be meted with punishment same as that of plunder!  This is worse as we are talking of lives lost for the benefits of the few!  They should even be facing a firing squad!

    • dead_pixel

      also include in the firing squad a hopeless yellow president of yours who has all the powers to use and abuse but instead prefer to party than help the constituents who shamefacedly voted for him.

  • quirinomayer

    THIS IS THE SUPREME IRONY OF A PEOPLE WHO DO NOT CARE FOR THEIR FORESTS: NOT ENOUGH WOOD TO BURY PEOPLE KILLED BY FLOODS IN.

  • Fulpol

    Noynoy:    I hate to walk in a road of mud kaya postponed ang biyahe ko sa CDO at Iligan..
                   Party muna…

    bawal muna ang hahahahhahhahahaha

  • dead_pixel

    the pitiful victims rode on wave of mud while noyAbNoythepartygirlboy rode on wave of alcohol.  

  • RE680

    Where is PNoy when Filipinos needed him the most? Nobody’s blaming him for one of the worst typhoons to hit this nation but at least appear on national media - express sympathy & assure the victims that the gov’t. is doing their best to help them by directing the right agencies. You’re not even expected to be at the scene right away but at least show the people you care. The people who support your anti-corruption/establishment fight will have a hard time defending you if keep on failing to show compassion to the misery of our kababayans. I hope you listen to good advice PNoy for we hate to criticize irresponsibly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5GRTCH676OFEK7ELOJBBA6EMCE Bonifacio Aquino

    WHAT IS THE CLINICAL TERM FOR A PERSON WHO HAS NO RIGHT EMOTION TO A REAL-LIFE SITUATION OR DEADMA LANG SA ISANG TUNAY PANGYAYARI, INCAPABLE OF DISCERNING WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING AROUND HIM; THROWS TANTRUMS EITHER  FITS OF ANGER OR SCREAMS OF JOY AT THE SNAP OF A FINGER? REMEMBER NERO THE DESPOTIC ROMAN DICTATOR WHO ENJOYED DINING, WOMANZING AND WINING TO DRUNKENESS WHILE ROME WAS BURNING – A SIMILAR SITUATION WHEN SOMEONE AT THE HIGH PLACES ENJOYED PARTYING AND MERRY-MAKING WHILE THE HAPLESS PEOPLE OF CAGAYAN DE ORO, ILIGAN AND OTHER PARTS OF THE LAND OF PROMISE (OR CURSE?) WERE SCREAMING FOR HELP AS THEY WERE RAVAGED BY  THE RAMPAGING MUDFLOW AND RUSHING FLOODWATERS BROUGHT BY BAGYONG SENDONG AT THE DEAD OF THE NIGHT!  BAYAN, WHAT DO YOU CALL A PERSON LIKE THAT? WHAT DO YOU CALL A LEADER LIKE THAT? EXPECT THE MISCOMMUNICATION GROUP TO BE VERY BUSY AGAIN FOR ANOTHER FRANTIC DAMAGE CONTROL…NOT FOR THE TYPHOON VICTIMS OF COURSE…BUT FOR THE ONE IN THE HIGH PLACES.

    • DannyGane

      Kaw na lang tumakbo presidente next time, tingnan natin kung ano kaya mong gawin???

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

      C’mon this is not the time of politicizing your idea or being bitter using the situation to put the other political party’s agenda above the other, talagang corrupt ang mga nakaraang administrasyon

  • http://twitter.com/sezy_ennoia Ennoia

    it is so painful to see them suffer :(

  • epal_ako

    I remember PNoy cancelled a visit to the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa but was in Boracay the next day to lead the opening of a resort there.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    Nakakahiya ang National Government.  Mas nauna pa ang mga private citizens ang nagbigay ng reflief goods. Nandyan ang GMA-7 at mga air transports.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

      nandoon ka ba are you sure…..o puro ka lang bintang?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Baho-Puwet/100002602908058 Baho Puwet

    this is all Pandak’s and her predecessor’s fault. If hey didn’t kurakot a lot of government funds, those pesos could’ve been used to clean clogged waterways, build infrastructure, etc….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5GRTCH676OFEK7ELOJBBA6EMCE Bonifacio Aquino

      YAN.. SINASABI KO NA NGA BA NA DI MAGTATAGAL  ISISISI NA NAMAN NG MGA BAYARAN NA RAH RAH YELLOW ZOMBIES ANG TRAHEDYA SA MINDANAO KAY GMA. SISIHIN NA NINYONG KASALANAN NG MGA NAKARAANG ADMINISTRASYON KASAMA NA SI CORY, ANG ISYU NGAYON AY NGAYON NA PANAHON! KUNG HINDI SA KAWALAN NG MATUWID NA PAG-IISIP AT TAMANG EMOSYON NG INYONG AMO, SANA NABAWAS-BAWASAN ANG MGA NABIKTIMA NI SENDONG SA MINDANAO! NASAAN SYA NOONG KASAGSAGAN NG BAGYO? GANITO RIN SYA NOON…. NONG PANAHON NG LUNETA HOSTAGE CRISIS….NAWAWALA SYA NOONG PANAHON NA KAILANGANG-KAILANGAN NG KANYANG LEADERSHIP! NAWALA SYA! NOONG PANAHON NG BAGYO! DAHIL MAS MINARAPAT NA NYA MAGSAYA, MAGPAKALASING, MAKIPAGTAWANAN AT MAGLALAWAY SA KATAWAN NI VALERIE (O SA KASAMANG MACHO NI VALERIE?) NOONG XMAS PARTY NG PSG SAMANTALANG NAGTITITILI NA SA PAGHINGI NG TULONG ANG MGA KAWAWA NATING MAMAYAN SA MINDANAO!  MAALAM MO BA SI NERO SA WORLD HISTORY? ISANG MAITIM NA LAHING DIKTADOR SA ROMA, NA NAGPAPAKALASING, HUMAHALAKHAK HABANG TINATANAW ANG NASUSUNOG NA ROMA! ANO NA NGAYON…TATLONG ARAW NA MATAPOS ANG BAGYO PERO PATULOY PA RIN ANG BAHA…BUKAS PA PUPUNTA SA MINDANAO SI PENOY? ANO YON, UPANG MAKIKIPAGLIBING SA MASS GRAVE AT MAGBIBIGAY NA LANG NG ABULOY GALING SA PAGCOR AT TINATAGONG PERA NI SOLIMAN? AT PARANG MAKATA NA MAGTATALUMPATI SA HARAPAN NG MGA PARANG BASANG SISIW AT GUTOM NA MAMAYAN AT IBUBUNTON ANG MGA SISI KAY GMA AT CORONA?!

      • scorpio15

        Anong gusto mong mangyari makipagsuntukan ang Presidente sa bagyo?
        Meron Gobernador/Bise, Mayor/Bise at ang mga konsehales na ando-on sa lugar na yon. Sila ay ando-on para magsilbi sa kanilang lugar.
        Ando-on ka rin ata, kaya lang na-unahan ka sa pagsayaw kay Valerie kaya tumulo ang laway mo sa inggit.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

        C’mon magkano ang bayad ng PR firn sayo?

      • OZpinoyPHD

        your comments are out of place here. it’s just as improper as Pnoy partying at the height of rescue efforts.
        for all we know, your IP address leads to Malacanang or maybe using the Apple laptops that Carandang purchased!

      • PinoyAko2012

        Tama ka OZpinoyPHD… IP address can be easily detected… not only IP address also phone numbers kaya alam kung saan nangagaling ang mga comments…maganda o mali kahit saan pati yong mga open wifi malalaman din pati cell. peru ang masasabi ko lang naman sa mga comments .. maganda man o mali ay isang freedom of expressions, freedom of speech.. na hanggang dito lamang po.. sana hindi po ito ang pagsimulan ng away-away natin.. kundi isang aral po sa bawat isa sa atin.. ( kung maganda gawing aral kung pangit .. hayaan na lang dahil walang idudulot yan sa atin. kung minsan mga joke at libangan lang namin tong magcomment pagkagaling trabaho..minsan naman walang magawa) maraming salamat po… 
         

      • OZpinoyPHD

        exactly! people should be responsible in what they say in public.
        it’s not because we have the freedom and power to write that we abuse other people and call them names. it does not contribute to healthy discussion kung ganun lang ang gagawin.

  • noelpogi

    Maski ako galit ke GMA hindi ko isisisi lahat na nangyaring ito sa kanya.  Ito ay kagagawan ng mga sumira at sumisira sa kalikasan.  Tignan na lang nyo ang mga troso na bumaba galing sa bundok.  Hindi gawa ni GMA ito.  Dapat lakihan pa at taasan ang kaparusahan ng mga illegal na magtotroso.  Palagay ko pwede siguro isulong ng husto ng gobyerno ang agro-forestry.  Pag meron kang tanim na kahoy pwede mong putulin at palitan agad.  Sa ngayon hindi pwede ang magputol ng kahoy bagkus pa ay dapat payamanin ng punong kahoy ang ating kagubatan.  Magtanim tayo.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

      di nga gawa ni GMA alipores lang niya ang owner ng mga minahan

      • noelpogi

        Hindi lang 9 na taon para masira ng ganito ang kabundukan nila.  Matagal na ito.  At sila na mismo ang nagsabi na 54 year na hindi sila binabagyo ng matindi kaya tuloy lang ang pagpuputol ng kahoy at pagmimina sa kabundukan.  Nagsama-sama ang pangaabuso nila kaya ito ang nangyari.

  • tanzangluma

    I posted this 2 months ago before SENDONG….

    Meron kayang naniwala sa LIFE JACKET………….

    “Loyzaga said 50 million schoolchildren are exposed to earthquake hazards

    while 15 million residents in coastal towns are vulnerable to rising

    sea-levels.”

    Ano kaya ang solusyon?

    out 15 million residents siguro meron mga 8 million dyan may cellphone. average price (P1,000)

    nag lo-load ng 5 pesos per day P150.00/month.

    out 15 million residents siguro meron 1 million TV, Washing Machine, DVD Player, Radio at kung ano-ano pang appliances.

    at ang iba ay naka cable pa at naka broadband.

    PERO ANG WALA SILA. GUEST WHAT ANO?

    LIFE JACKET………..LIFE JACKET…………LIFE JACKET

    magkano ang life Jacket, sabihihin na nating P300.00 each.

    Puwede
    ba lahat ng 15 million residents in coastal towns. Bumili na kayo ng
    life jacket. Para mabawasan na ng disgrasya. Maganda pang invest ito.
    para pag dating ng bagyo, suot kaagad ang life jacket. huwag na kayong
    maghintay na tumaas ng tubig.

    kasi kung maghihintay pa tayo ng
    tulong kong kanino man, sa gobiyerno, NGO o sa ibang tao. tayo na lang
    ang magligtas sa sarili natin.

    testing pa lang quiel at ramon. meron pang bagyo. pati isda malulunod sa lakas.

    WALANG
    PANG BILI NG LIFE JACKET!!!!!!!!WALANG PERA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Mamulot ng
    Styrofoam ilagay sa isang sako viola!!!!!!!!!! lulutang ka pag sumakay
    ka.

    isa pa uso naman ang mineral water yuong mga galong butas tagpian na lang at gawin timbulan.

    sana makatulong sa nawawalang pag-asa sa baha.  

    • PobrengBata

      Huwag lang life jacket na Made In China.

    • zoiloperez

      Ang dapat sa peNoy na abNoy ay STRAIGHT JACKET.  May sakit siyang bipolar disorder.  Yun bang may tama sa utak. Kaya ganyan ang takbo ng isip niya.  Partying with showbiz personalities while people in Mindanao are dying.

      Almost 1,000 people died.  Will they turn into 1,000 yellow zombies as the abNoy’s followers.

  • pinoydinako

    TRUE STORY OF A MODERN DAY PINOY HERO
     
    [At a subdivision in Barangay Santiago, a pink two-story house served as refuge to more than 30 people whose own homes had been swept away by the swollen Mandulog River.
    The owner, Edmund Rubio, 44, said he just kept opening the door to anyone who knocked until 30 people were huddled on the roof of his house.
    “I didn’t have the heart to turn anyone away. In times like that we only have each other to turn to,” he said. ]
     
    Edmund Rubio of Iligan City……salamat po…you are another humble unsung hero of our times.

  • impending_raptor

    We need to rolled out the red carpet before President Abnoy would even dare to walk the grounds of CDO and Iligan city. You are a good-for-nothing president.

  • PobrengBata

    Abnoy: I rode on the spirits of wine.

  • pinoyyouth

    Once is enough, two is too much, but for Pnoy is too many times already…. Di talaga nya kayang maging pangulo…. Yung mga alibi nya ay di talaga katanggap-tanggap lalo na sa mga taong nawalan ng mga anak, ina, kapatid at kaibigan…huh! ..Mr.President, you have still 4 years to go, please be a good leader and caring father of this nation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJNTX7T6WXPHBUXJ3COQ4V6BAE Marlyn De vera

    As I said before I am against some policies of PNoy but it doesn’t mean that I am a pro Gloria. In this disaster problem however, I think these spokesmen of PNoy should talk with each other first before they give pronouncement kasi you are speaking in behalf of the president if it comes out the spokesmen are lying it appears that PNoy is lying.

    In time of calamity or disasters, the agencies are formed into a one unit, similar to the military, they have the chain of command. The president is not necessarily present at the calamity area para hindi lumalabas na nag-micro-manage sya but he should be in command and knows who is in charge and be made accountable if papalpak ang rescue or any operations na gagawin sa area.

    During the time of Gloria, the secretary of national defense ang in-charge ng disaster relief operations but kahit na nandun nuon si Gibo, nandun pa rin si Gloria pero nagsusupervise lang. In this administration hindi rin alam kung sino na ang in charge, si VP ba? si Gazmin (sec of defense) or sec of local government, wala e hindi malinaw kasi e.

    • generalproblem

      well malinaw kung sino ang mag supwervise dahil binigyan na sila ng instruction base dun sa gagawing agency na yan na NRRMDC. si hloria kaya anduon dahil photo ops. hindi lahat ng bagay anduon ang presidente dahil makakagulo lang sya. kaya nga may mga agency sa lahat ng bahgay para sila ang mag ayos nun. ngayon kung lagi na lang presidente ang gagawa eh alisin na ang mga agency na yan. ang kailangan ng presidente ay alamin kung sino ang di nag tratrabaho at palitan. eh kung mayor nga mimo sa lugar eh hindi alam ang nangyayari presidente pa kaya.

  • impending_raptor

    It took 4 days before President Abnoy showed his freaking face to the ravage victims in Mindanao, wow galing mong presidente. Where is your sense of urgency, you’re so insensitive to the flight of the victims…NAKAKAHIYA KA ABNOY!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    NAKAKA HIYA KA ABNOY!!!!

    WALANG KWENTANG PRESIDENTE

    NEGLIGENCE AND INCOMPETENCE OF PAGASA, NDRRMC, PNOY….. YABANG YABANG MO PALPAK KA DIN PALA

    • generalproblem

      hay naku ewan koba sa isang ito kakaunti ang natirang utak kaka drugs. pa rehab ka ha.

  • Fulpol

    Panoorin ninyo sa Youtube ang “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid or Glee version….

    Si Noynoy ang unang dapat magtanong sa mga nasalanta sa northern Mindanao, Do They Know It’s Christmas because we just partied all night long?”

    Bloodless President! Ikaw dapat ang i-impeach ng gross negligence of duty… it’s your duty to sympathize, offer consolation and encourage people during calamities, nasaan ka, nagpa-party?  idiot!

    bawal muna ang hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahah

  • FOXTROT7001

    C’MAS PARTY NG 1000 ANG NAMATAYN ANONG KLASENG PANGULO ETO…!

    HALLER’

  • Garote

    I don’t know about the mayor in Iligan city, but I was personally informed that Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano has not done anything to rescue the victims of tropical storm Sendong before, during and after the tragic flash floods. He, his city council members and barangay officials, on the night of the tragedy, could not been seen and never did extend assistance to rescue the drowning residents or even to recover the dead. The harrowing cries of help were heard, but the surviving residents could not do anything because they themselves were victims of the flash floods. All they could do was to shed tears for those drowning knowing soon their cries would turn to silence . . . never to be heard again. All night long, the cries of death  bellowed . . . a glitter of hope for the drowning victims, catching for their last few breaths, dimmed as no local official, nor the city mayor, they expected to come to their rescue, appeared.

    The city mayor’s and his councilors’ presence were not seen in areas affected by the calamity, they were literally hiding in the comforts of their high concrete homes, while the residents were left to drown in the muddy waters of Cagayan river.

    These heartless city officials now want to hurriedly bury the dead, giving unfounded health risks as reasons, just so they can quickly cover their incompetence and inaction. Neither did they earlier provide any precautionary nor safety measures to protect the residents from the deadly effect of Sendong. The national agencies, like the AFP, PNP and other private citizens groups, were the ones doing the rescuing. The city mayor and his city councilors just sat and waited for more survivors to die and went on hurriedly burying them.They did not even use the city’s resources to rescue survivors. They only came out just to be interviewed in radios and televisions and lying to the public that they lack sleep because they had spent all night rescuing the victims of Sendong.

    Knowing now from the DOH that the survivors, and not the dead, are likely to be the source of disease outbreaks, the city mayor and councilors will be too willing to bury the remaining survivors alive. The city mayor Vicente Y. Emano is a stone-hearted public servant, and so too are his city councilors.

    • generalproblem

      sana maalala sila ng mga nakaligtas at wag na iboto sa susunod na election.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    TORON TADO KA PNOY KA 1000 NA TODAS…….. MGA PABAYA….. INUTIL

    TORON TADO YANG PAG ASA MO, YANG NDRRMC MO……. 

    SI YUMOL TIGBAKIN MO YANG MAYABANG NA YAN…. 1000 TAO PINATAY MO

    • generalproblem

      hay naku sisihin mo ang mayor at opisyal mo dyan sa inyo hindi si pinoy. kung hindi pumayag ang mayor nyo na maglagay ng squatter dyan sa tabi ng ilog at sa isla di sana wala namatay. kung di pumayag ang mga tao sa lugar nyo mga illigal mining nyo dyan at illigal logging eh di sana wala namatay. sisihin nyo sarili nyo dahil di ninyo pinag aaralan ang kapaligiran ninyo.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        Mga kabayan meron pa isang matalino dito…….. sisihin daw ang mayor at opisyal….
        oo natural, kasama talaga yang mga hinayupak nayan…

        Abswelto na si Pnoy??? Very good All HAIL DEAR LEADER MESSIAH PNOY????

        Kung hindi ka pala taranggago…. kung tunay na leader si Pnoy pinabantayan niya dapat sa pag asa ng mabuti ang bagyo at direktiba sa NDRRMC na bantayan ng mabuti ang bagyo………. diba pinasisante pa ni Abnoy si Nilo dahil sa bagyong Basyang….. hindi daw “nag ingat”………

        Yang tarangago nating Pangulo…. mayabang… ayan ngayon sagutin niya yan.. pinabayaan niya din trabaho niya…. “CHIEF EXECUTIVE DAW AT COMMANDER IN CHIEF”

        ayon nag party……. natutulog nung Sabado habang 1000+ inanod at na today…….

        Pnoy me picture ba kayo ni Jessa at Valerie?

      • generalproblem

        hay naku talagang inutil ka kitid ng utak mo. yan kasi panay ang adik mo kaya utak mo natuyo na. sinabi na nang pag asa kayo yung mayor moa t local na ndrrmc eh hindi nakinig. pangalawa alam ba ng pag asa kung ilang puno na ang pinutol mo dahl sa illigal logging mo. ang presidente iniisip nya yung 90million na tao sa pinas at yung mayor nyo ang dapat nag iisip dun sa 1000 na namatay at sana nakasama kana dun hehehe. sayang dika pa kinuha no lord tarandado ka kasi eh.  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        alam mo tarantado ka……… ang taxes mo at akin, pinambabayad natin sa pagasa at ndrrmc……….
        trabaho nila yan….. bantayan ang bagyo… 

        walang warning to local govt saan mo napulot yan? naniwala ka na agad sa palusot ng gobyernong aquino….. tarantado ka ba? kaya ng local govt mag resolba ng 1000 na patay?? bobing… HUMANITARIAN CRISIS YAN??

        kaka declare lang ng bobing natin presidente ng national calamity….. National Proportions ang tragedy………..

        TANGA… GAMITIN MO UTAK MO, WAG PURO PUSO AT KABOBOHAN……. INUTIL

      • generalproblem

        tanga ikaw ang bobo sino nagsabi sayong humanitarian crisis na ang nangyari dyan sa into alam moba ibig sabihin nyan. may tulong na dumarating kaya hindi yan crisis bobo heheheh. hay naku kaya nga forcasting alam mo ba ang ibig sabihin ng forcast punta ka sa google. 1000 pa lang ang patay di nakaya ng local goverment bakit dahil yung mayor nyo tulog pa. paanong national calamity eh dyan lang sa inyo may calamity at kaya nangyari yan dahil pabaya ang local govt nyo. ako sigurado ako nagbabayad ng tax ng tama diko alam ikaw kung nagbabayad ka nga hehehehe.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        PUTANG INA KA.. MAG BASA KA NG DEFINITION NG HUMANITARIAN CRISIS YOU STUPID POS….

        DISASTERS ARE CALLED HUMANITARIAN CRISES 

      • generalproblem

        mas putang ina ka hindi ka langa bobo anak kapa sa labas bastardo. kung naiintindihan mo sana dapat nagalit ka sana sa mayor hindi sa presidente palibhasa utusan ka ni gma na siraan si pinoy. bobo magkano bayad sayo. pinagkanulo mo ang mga kababayan mo para sa pera sinisisi mo ang presidente yung local govt nyo na tutulog tulog eh dimo nakikita kung ano ginagawa hoy gising kayong mga attack dog ni gma kukunin na kaytyo ni lord hehehe. hay kung katulad mo lahat kabobo ang pilipino walang mangyayari sa atin dahil magaling ka lang mangsisi. mag isip ka muna ha panay kasi adik mo kaya natuyo na utak mo

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        TARANTADO

        ANG PRESIDENTE HEAD NG EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, HEAD DIN SIYA NG MAYOR MO

        TANGA

      • Keicel

        Can you not find a pleasant words to say…..idiot….(nahawa na tuloy ako sa iyo)

      • Keicel

        Guys,guys guys…don’t let your emotions runs by a devil….just think possitive ey…

      • Keicel

        Night, you better Shut-Up…nabubuang ka na yata..words coming out from your big mouth is no longer from a normal person like you..if I were you ,better consult your doctor ASAP ey…

      • Keicel

        Tssssk!!!!!!  Saan ka school nag-aral? Kasi iba ang lumalabas sa big mouth mo ey, puro mababangis at evil words…consult your doctor right away…..hahahahha.   Nega…ey.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NTD5NB75GZFZ2F4NZNMIBNYBQQ Diesel

      @Night   he he he… bakit bini blame mo si PNOY sa trahedya na to…sa dami dami ng bagyo na dumadating sa Pinas, alam ba nating 1000+ ang mamamatay sa bagyo na to? kung nakakahula o nakaka pag predict ka ng ganuon ay IKAW ang kailangan namin sa PAGASA…mag apply ka na ng work duon para ma prevent ang kamatayan sa mga susunod na bagyo pa… matalino ka pala e…bopol…he he he…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        Sige….. kapag ako Pag Asa at Penoy………. i force evacuate k kayong lahat basta me bagyo parating………. (ah ginagawa na natin yan sa marikina at sa ibang lugar)……….

        problema sa inyo mga bulag, si Penoy mismo nag mayabang ng “zero casualty” daw…. zero casualty = 1000+ dead….

        tanga, alalahanin mo muna mga pinangako ng Presidente mo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CINKRU6NERUPYHZVGXVMABKC5Q junefer michael

    qouted from above article:

    From Iligan City, Rogelio Amado, a government watchman, traveled to Cagayan de Oro in search of the family of his sister Rosa Amado-Varana, 37, who, along with her family of four, had disappeared on Bayug Island.“Almost everything was wiped out on Bayug. Only a few houses are still standing,” Amado said, shaking his head.There was no dearth of stories in this city of 100,000, from a pet that helped a family find the body of its owner to a house that became the haven of 30 people.correction: iligan city’s pop. as of 2007 listed at 308,046 persons according to NSO…

  • KWITSTAYO

    Prevention is always better than cure. Magtanim, mag-recycle, bigyan ng kaalaman ang mga tao tungkol sa climate change. Iba na ang panahon ngayon, malalakas na ang mga bagyo dahil hindi nagbabago ang mga asal ng tao sa kanilang kapaligiran.

    • generalproblem

      yan ang dapat na ginagawa ng mayor dun sa lugar na nasalanta. kaso malamang mayor ang may pakana ng lahat ng iliigal dun tulad ng logging at mining pati pagpapabaya sa squatting.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    Government agencies should put the affected people to work since their livelihood has been wiped out. By hiring the men or any able bodied person in the clean up and constructions, their dignity will be raised as opposed to just begging for alms to the government and the private sectors.

    DPWH, DSWD and the LGU`s should hire the the local residents…to help them with their mourning and earn money for their remaining surviving family members…this will be therapeutic for the providers of the affected family.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    TANG INA KA AQUINO………………………

    INUTIL………………….

    WALANG KWENTANG PRESIDENTE…………

    WALANG KWENTA ANG GOBYERNO NATIN…..

    PINABAYAAN…. 1000+ PATAY

    NATURAL DISASTER NA PWEDE SANANG MAIWASAN, WALANG GINAWA

    • crab2008

      kaw dapat matiguk ngyun din

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        YAAN MO HIHILAHIN KO ANG PAA MO KAPAG NATIGOK AKO NGAYON DIN

    • generalproblem

      bobo naman nito. sinisisi mo sa presidente hindi mo sinisi yung mayor dun sa lugar. sino ba ang direct na namamahala sa lugar diba yung mayor at mga opisyal nya. pwede ba magopakamatay kana.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    HEY PARTY PEOPLE!!!!!

    PNOY IS IN THE HOUSE!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    PARTY! PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!!!!

    BEER BONGS!!!! BODY SHOTS!!!!!! HOOK UPS!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    SWEET PARTY DUDES!!!!!

  • PinoyAko2012

    Sa akin lamang po ay salamat at nakaligtas si guillermo.. cguro meron ka pang mas malalim na mission galing sa panginoon. Well para sa pangulo kung nagpunta sa party inspite for this calamity kung may time sya para dyan para mapasaya naman ang mga taong nagmamahal sa kanya at ganon din at least sumasaya din sya kahit na papaano. .. hindi naman masama kung pumunta doon dahil invited sya sa isang party na sangay ng gobyerno. Hindi naman lahat ng sangay ng gobyerno namatayan..hindi lang naman ang north mindanao ang nangangailangan sa kanya… halos lahat ng tao.. masaya man o malungkot. OO tama kayo may mabigat syang pasanin ngayon.. peru kong maglulugmok sa loob ng kanyang kuwarto at isubsob ang ulo sa trabaho eh maslalong di maganda yon. Sasabihin ng mga taong naghihintay sa kanya na bias siya at nakatoon ang pansin sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo… Ang trabaho nya ay adminidtrative .. bago sya pumunta doon dapat alam nya lahat ang pangyayari.. ang mga kailangan ng mga tao kung naibigay o naiparating sa kanila..o ano pa dapat ang gagawin pa sa mga darating na panahon. Antayin ninyo darating sya doon.. dahil yan ang trabaho ng pangulo ng maisaayos sa kabutihan ng nakakarami. Ang gusto naman kac ng marami ay punta si pinoy doon sa kasagsagan ng bagyo.. anong gagawin nya doon baka sya pang ang malonod problema toluy ng mga tao (joke). Anong sasabihin ng mga tao sa kanya. Magbibigay siya ng bigas.. kayo naman oo.  Kaya nga nandyan ang disasster units, mga lgus, para ireport sa pangulo kung anong problema.. Nandoon pa ang mga sundalo yan ang nagbibigay maagarang report sa pangulo..Sa report ng mga lgu at militar ang syang basehan ng pangulo kung ano ang dapat gawin.  Dapat nga eh hindi lang ang mga sundalo natin ang nandoon na tumulong sa mga nasalanta .. sana pati yong mga NPA, MNLF,MILF, Abusayaf.. ang tumulong din sa rescue operations kung talagang sincere sila sa kanilang layunin…Sa panahong ito.. tayo po ay magtulongan hindi magturuan.. o magawayaway dahil dito..marami pang susunod na pagsubok sa atin…mga pagsubok para kay pinoy…kaya natin ito…

    • generalproblem

      malamang kasama yung npa na naanod galing bundok. maganda na rin yan at sana namatay na sila lahat.

  • http://profiles.google.com/odredd Dredd Ofalexandria

    Good dog. He knew that a man was in distress. While some others in the thread are fighting like dogs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZDFC34AIQPEYFXVZX672RKMEA PENDAY

    the president has a very difficult job , that some people don’t know, we must try to understand his situation and not to blame him, he  did’nt like that to happen, nagkataon lng n presidente ntin sia during sendong, pro mrming trahedya n ang dmting sa pilipinas sa iba-ibang ppangulo, attending the party w/ the psg during the tragedy?well he is a president, he just wanted to give a joy to his guards..n what’s the problem?let’s see the point nobody liked that to happen, pro niloob ng Diyos n mangyari,,why??because he wants us to see n realize that the earth where we live is not ours , pnahiram nia lang tau, but we abuse, God created this world for us because he loves us, pra tau ay mron mtirhan.. ngunit mrming tao ang hindi nkakaunawa dhil sa ksakiman ng salapi…ang nature ibabalik sa tao, ang gnawa sa knya.. mrami mang tao ngaun ang nagiging aware n sa changes pro mas mrami p rin ang selfish n greedy..anyway this is not the time to blame, let’s hope n pray for the victims, that the good LORD may comfort them, let’s help them in cash or in kind. I biliv n taung mga pinoy sa oras ng mga kalamidad n tulad ng sendong ay hindi nawawalan ng hope..bkit? kc tau ay naniniwala na ang kapwa ntin pilipino ay handang 2mulong aat magbigay… at tau ay naniniwala n sa gnitong panahon makikita ntin si Kristo n buhay sa buhay ng mga biktima at sa puso ng mga tumutulong at nagdarasal para sa lahat. Ang pasko ay sasapit n isantabi o mas mganda klimutan n ang mga alitan..s halip tau ay magpatawaran at magtulungan..ako ay pilipino nasa dugo ko ang pagmamahal sa bawat pinoy. wala p ring maikukumpara sa ganda ng pinas khit ito ay unti unti ng nwawala..hindi pa po huli ang lahat with GOD we can do it better.

    • Keicel

      Hhhhhhhhm…Good thinking. Mabuhay ka…Positive post is very soothing to read ey…

  • antonioluna

    Donate at least P5 to the National Red Cross. It’s so easy:

    via SMS:

    Text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

    via G-Cash

    Text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882

    You can donate the following denominations:

    Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

    Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

  • antonioluna

    huwag na tayong magtalo talo mga katoto, magdonate na lang po tayo para kahit sa maliit na halaga makatulong tayo, kung isang milyon katao ang magdonate ng tig 5 pesos aba 5 million pesos din iyon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    Huwag na tayong mag away-away, let’s start collecting nalang mga lumang damit and donate some amount to the victims. At pabayaan na natin ang LATE BLOOMING president natin to party-party with the sexy MS. VALERIE CONCEPCION, karapatan naman daw yon nang presidente to enjoy xmas….

    (I’m sure Pnoy’s yellow fans will be happy with my above comment…)

  • negicbk

    sad to see na umaabot sa PI at FU ang mga commentator..
    naiiba kasing topic…
    nagiging PRO at against…
    hindi naman komo nag comment ka against NOY e PRO GMA ka na…

  • Keicel

    Well, there are some weather forecast that  can be prevented and there aren’t….but as  SENDONG striked in the middle of the night …..c’mon,  specially at the lower or equal to the sea or river level, it is hard to say……. So Filipino people, STOP BLAMING ONE ANOTHER…STOP BLAMING YOUR PRESIDENT OR ANY AGENCY AS WELL…ALL  WE HAVE TO DO IS TO EMBRACE TO THE SITUATION AND HELP ONE ANOTHER…..It’s the MOTHER NATURE or I should say, It’s a wake up call that the world is coming to it’s end……Yes, it was very devastating situation but it happened already so stop the negativity…..Let’s go and give our contributions ey…MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS KONG MAHAL. 

    • gilok

      korak

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NTD5NB75GZFZ2F4NZNMIBNYBQQ Diesel

    saan na ang donations ng mga PARI? saan na si padre damaso sa trahedya na to? puro TAKE lang ba ang mga pari at walang GIVE? 

    sana naman ay makarinig tayo kahit papaano sa mga PARI na iyung donations ng mga pinoy sa isang simbang gabi ay ibigay sa nasalanta ng bagyo sa CDO at Iligan…

    nagtatanong lang po…



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