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Landslide kills 25 in Compostela Valley

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines— A landslide occurred in Pantukan, Compostela Valley early Thursday, and latest reports said at least 25 people were killed and 16 others injured.

In Manila, Philippine National Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr. said a report they received as of 10 a.m. Thursday from the PNP in Region 11 said that all casualties were being transferred to Poblacio Pantukan.

The report also said that two choppers from Cagayan de Oro were available at Pantukan Sports Complex and seven dump trucks have been dispatched to the landslide site to help in the rescue of some 100 people reported missing.

Col. Leopoldo Galon, spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command based in Davao City, said earlier that the landslides occurred following incessant rains.

Maj. Jacob Obligado, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division, said the landslide happened at around 3 a.m. in Sitio  Diat Uno and Diat Palo in Barangay (village) Napnapan. Earlier reports said the landslide took place in the village of Kingking.

“We expect more casualties as it happened in a mining community,” Obligado said,

Civilian officials could not immediately confirm the death toll but said that initial information they received was that the number of people unaccounted for was about 100.

Josephine Frasco, Compostela Valley social welfare official, said the provincial government had sent a team to the area.

In April last year, a landslide occurred in Pantukan, where small-scale miners have been digging for gold. More than a dozen people were killed in that landslide.

Galon said the military was dispatching helicopters to the area to help in the search and rescue operations.

Meanwhile, PNP chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome said that with all the recent calamities that have been happening in the southern part of the country, part of PNP’s agenda for this year is to recruit trainees for the Special Action Force and conduct training enhancement for existing personnel on disaster response.

Bartolome said that PNP is targeting 1,600 recruits this year, where atleast 800 will be intended for SAF.

“We will train and equip them,” Bartolome said.

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  • buddymigs

    Its Barangay Napnapan not kingking. 

  • ExpatSteve

    I thought after the April disaster all these mines were shut down?

  • pulis

    Sana mga NPA yan..

  • http://twitter.com/andalampatuan JunjunAmpatuan

    Bawas na naman sa populasyon ng Pinas

  • dodong1

    talagang ang titigas ng ulo ng mga taong ito.. hindi talaga matuto…ilang beses ng binalaan ayaw parin magsilikas…ayan di meron nanaman namatay….

  • Fulpol

    blame climate change….. or blame the people

    bawal muna ang hahahah hahaha hahahaha

  • resortman

    When you abuse mother nature, it comes back deadly..its people and government toleration and complacency. Why does Pinoys never learn? Wake up people!!

  • generalproblem

    nothing to worry dami pa tao sa pinas makakatulong din yan sa population control. tuloy nyo lang ang pagmimina at sana bukas matabunan uli kayo ng maubos na kayong matitigas ang ulo. i suggest to the local government na pabayaan nyo na mga yan wag nyo dalhin sa ospital di naman sila nagbabayad ng tax.

    • eric_santiago1

      di naman nila siguro ginusto na maging mahirap at mag mining. sino ba gusto ng ganung buhay? madali para sa atin yung maghanap ng matinong trabaho at magandang titirahan. but dun sa lugar nila ano pa ba ang mga opportunities? ano ba pa pwede nila ika buhay. may lupa ba sila na pwede sakahin? (eh lahat ng lupa sa pinas ay sinakop na ng mga mayayaman) may education ba sila na natapos? (eh yung lang nakaka afford ng quality education eh puro mayayaman din). isa pa yung mga below minimum wage earners (na di pa nga sila abot dito) ay exempted sa income tax. kaya di sila kailanagan magbayad ng income tax. pero i’m sure nagbabayad sila ng tax through vat every time na bumili sila ng mga bagay bagay. mali nga yung ginagawa nila na paninira sa environment pero unless na ikaw mismo ay may strategy or plano na bigyan sila ng other opportunities at ng mas magandang buhay, at unless ikaw mismo ay willing pumunta dun at tulungan sila (as opposed to just complaining and doing nothing about it)… in my opinion your comment  is out of line.

      • generalproblem

        wag natin gamitin ang kahirapan. walang pinag kaiba ang mga yan sa squatter sa manila. inaabuso ang lahat magtatayo ng bahay sa lupa na di kanila pag pinalayas sila pa ang matapang. lets face it maraming matigas ang ulo sa pinas at ginagawang dahilan ang kahirapan.

      • elpobre

        And they force themselves to do that, sabi nga ni Cris, kapit patalim, kahit nga itong ating mga middle class na OFWs kahit mapahamak basta’t mabigyan lang ng maayos na pamumuhay ang kanilang pamilya. Ganyan ang pinoy, at sinasamantala rin ng marami ang ugaling yan, tingnan mo itong pinag-uusapan natin ngayon, alam na alam nating na ang merong resposibilidad dyan ay ang ating autoridad, di kaya kumikita ang iba sa kanila dyan. Hindi mag lakas loob ang mga tao kung walang kapit sa mga matataas sa barangay, municipal etc…. alam natin ang kalakaran, dapat bagohin. Binanggit ang skwaters, naku politiko na naman ang dapat sisihin, nagpapabaya silang sawayin ang mga yan dito kayat malakas ang loob magtayo ng bahay sa public/private properties.

  • kayanatwo

    12jan2012   2100R

    the socio-economic situation of our fellow juan dela cruz  had made him to accept the axioms of “kapit sa patalim”  and “bahala na”.  

    juan dela cruz’ physiological needs for food, shelter and currency would stump every foreseeable dangers that lurks on his daily chores to satisfy his needs.  juan dela cruz would do everything in his power to feed his children and to put roof over their heads.

    in the face of reality, our govt.officials need to be more pro-active in dispensing urgent warnings in reference to juandela cruz’ lacked of concerns for his family and his own safety.

  • jopaks78

    kawawa naman…..

  • James Liston

    I wonder why your politicians fight over in manila for the impeachment of one political person and spend heaps of taxpayers money over it while the people such as the victims of this dreadful human tragedy are neglected. What’s wrong with you people? Have you ever learn? 

    I met and worked with various Filipinos and you are such amasing race and people but how come you can never work together. You only work and start scratching your heads and pointing fingers when things go wrong. 

    Come on, you can do better than that. 

  • kwangkwang

    blood minerals

  • elpobre

    And now they left thier families without breadwinner or put their family in dangerous situation.
    Pobreng kalagayan nang ating mga kababayan, wala manlang ka digni-dignity itong buhay. Samantalang ang ating mga politikos wala manlang ni iisa sa kanila ang nasa ganitong kalagayan, kayat maunawaan pa ba nila ang pangangailangan ng mamamayan? Ganito ang hindi patas na lipunan.

  • patriotic_act

    I want to again reiterate that “poverty” is out of context when used as excuse to things like this.. 

    Mining might be the culprit but we also know that it is a business that also help our economy, its just a plain consequence of our own doing.. the people there probably deserved their fate or already knew what will hit them and they just plain ignored it and waited for it to happen for them to have something to “complain” and “blame” on.

    they also probably dont deserved their fate since our government’s duty is to make sure every community is taken cared of and managed carefully by placing Local Government Units in that place (mayor, governor, councilors etc).. probably the LGU’s didnt do anything about it.. 

    then it all blends down to poverty.. again.. poverty the main source of reasoning among our people that is so broad its easy to use it as an excuse.. without even thinking that poverty can be managed by making sure it wont be repeated by the next generation.. I shared this a hundred times I will share it again.. 

    local people who earn a small living through mining cannot be blamed for it.. we can start blaming them if they wont put their children to school solely because those dozens of children poor people produce will just end up like their poor folks in the future without education.. then they will again blame poverty.. they cant make ends meet with their income les put their “children” to school.. so they just try to live on it, then what? their children will just grow up again to become “like them” and repeat their mistakes again by making more children.. even in poverty.. again and again a cycle of endless mistakes.

    why not poor people just be contented with 1 child? a single offspring where even a mere miner or lavandera can obviously support all through out until college? so that their kid wont just settle being a miner himself and produce more kids of his own even with a poor income..

    so they probably deserved it.. maybe they are already waay too many to be managed effectively.. thus nature did us a favor by eliminating excess baggages in our society.. excess baggage that will continue to produce more excess baggages in the future.. 

    just a thought.. its really easy to change everything, all we need is to be “unselfish” and “responsible”.

  • http://twitter.com/Perdition2012 Rey Gan

    Sa dami kasi ng tao sa Pinas wala ng ibang mapuntahan ang iba kundi dun sa mapanganib, dun sa baha-in at di maka-taong pamumuhay.  Kapit sa patalim.  Di naman kalakihan ang bansa at mayaman para matugunan lahat ang kelangan ng halos isandaang-milyon katao.  Kilala na tayo sa buong mundo bilang isa sa pinakamabilis magpadami ng populasyon.  Starter pa lang ito ng 2012.  Lumiliit ang bansa dahil sa global warming, pero patuloy pagtaas ng populasyon.  Kudos to the catholic church(with sarcasm).

  • titolim

    di bali delicado basta may pera bahala, na.

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


    • crab2008

      kasalanan lahat ni gma to dapat lang na nakulong na si gma kc kung wla sya di maglalanslide sa comval… o diba? boni?

  • respectruleoflaw

    Matagal ko na itong sinasabi Talagang may maraming sakuna sa panahon ni Noynoy dahil ginawang diyos ng mga yellow fanatics ang kanilang idolo na si Noynoy at Nagalit tuloy ang totoong Diyos. At marami pang darating na sakuta hanggang hindi magbabago ang pananaw ng mga yellow fanatics…

  • respectruleoflaw

    Matagal ko na itong sinasabi Talagang may maraming sakuna sa panahon ni Noynoy dahil ginawang diyos ng mga yellow fanatics ang kanilang idolo na si Noynoy at Nagalit tuloy ang totoong Diyos. At marami pang darating na sakuta hanggang hindi magbabago ang pananaw ng mga yellow fanatics…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_47URYPNT4OMQBT7S5WCXNHNZWU Jaz

      Ang mga pangyayaring ito tulad ng mga sakuna “disaster” na nararanasan natin ay walang kinalaman sa kulay or kung sino man ang namumuno. Bakit hindi muna natin tanungin ang ating sarili kung anu-ano ba ang nagawa natin sa kalikasan natin. Dahil yan sa kapabayaan ng lahat at pag-abuso sa likas na yaman na sisira ang balanse ng buhay sa mundo. 

    • jurbinsky77

      Ibalik natin ang maka-diyos na si Gloria Arroyo.

      • occlownfish

        oo tama at titigil na ang mga sakuna at magiging pinagpala ang Pinas

      • wehd1nga

        ay tunay ka kabayan maka Diyos nga si Gloria Arroyo, ang motto niya “In God we trust” naka sulat sa $100.00 bill.


    AYAN ANG NANGYAYARI SA NGA MATITIGAS ANG ULO, sige sirain ninyo ang nga bundok dyan at gagantihan kayo ni Kalikasan.    

  • paitoon707

    Right after the CDO tragedy there was a strong call for the government to evacuate all danger zones all around the country.  With another tragedy we can just conclude that this administration is just too busy on GMA and Corona and the safety of the citizenry are being disregarded.  How many more people will die before this government will spring into action?

    • occlownfish

      di mo ba alam ang term na “act of gods”? kahit kung si gma ang presidente i wont blame her for this

  • doodzie

    naku .. asa pa kau .. next week pa pupunt si penoy  dyan … tapos magbbgay lang ng supot ng relief at kakamay at ngingiti na kala mo election nnamn .. 

    • occlownfish

      e diba yan ang gusto nyo?

      • doodzie

        oo yan ang gusto ko ,, makita syang kakatwa… para naman mapangiti nya ang bayan sa kahirapan .. dapat nga nag stand up comedian na lang sya

      • occlownfish

        trabaho ni Willie yan.  :)

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


  • wehd1nga

    God created heaven and earth, no where is it written that he had a chain saw thrown in, take good care of this earth we live in, God didn’t made us a spare…

  • crab2008

    only the victims should be blamed on this and nobody else.

  • jurbinsky77

    Gusto kong sisihin ang mga taong kakampi ni gloria arroyo, ang tunay na kampon ng demonyo.

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