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Death toll in strong quake rises to 40

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MAP of the Philippines locating the epicenter of a 6.8-magnitude quake Monday, Feb. 6, 2012.

DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines – At least 40 persons, including a nine-year-old girl, died in Negros Oriental during the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the province and other areas shortly before noon Monday, local authorities here said.

The quake hit 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of the city of Dumaguete on Negros Island at 11:49 am (0349 GMT) at a depth of 46 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.

The Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) measured it as 6.9 at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, centered off the heavily populated central island province of Negros and Cebu.

Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey website placed the epicenter of the earthquake at 46.6 kilometers deep, some 72 kilometers north of Dumaguete City, 74 km west, northwest of Tagbilaran, Bohol and 80 km west, southwest of Cebu City.

The earthquake was the strongest to be ever felt in Negros Oriental, according to several residents here.

Of the latest death count, 29 died in the mountain barangay (village) of Planas during a landslide triggered by the earthquake, Mayor Ernesto Reyes of Guihulngan City said in a phone interview.

Reyes said 10 other persons were also reported to have died due to a landslide at the Guihulngan national road. Earlier, Reyes said that as many as 30 houses were also buried in the landslide.

According to the mayor, about 100 persons were injured and brought for treatment to the Guihulngan District Hospital and neighboring district hospitals.

He expressed fear that there might be more fatalities and injured in other villages. Reyes said their communication with the villages has been cut off.

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo earlier said 9-year-old girl identified as Bernadette Raidan died when a wall collapsed in Tayasan town, Negros Oriental. The Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos earlier said that Raidan was the first confirmed casualty due to the quake. He added that classes in the girl’s school were reportedly suspended due to aftershocks.

Meanwhile, aside from Raidan, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in its 5 pm situation report, have confirmed the death toll to still be at seven, including Raidan. The NDRRMC identified other casualties as Anafe Estrabella, a Grade 6 pupil, of Barangay Mompong in Jimalalud, Negros Oriental, who was pinned to death by a collapsed wall of a chapel and Betty Yap Manzano, 62, of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental. Meanwhile, four other casualties remain unidentified, the NDRRMC said

The quake also triggered another landslide in the mountain village of Solongon in La Libertad town, also in Negros Oriental. An unknown number of people were trapped, said La Libertad police chief inspector Eric Arrol Besario.

“We’re now getting shovels and chain saws to start a rescue because there were people trapped inside. Some of them were yelling for help earlier,” Besario told The Associated Press by phone. Three key bridges in the town suffered cracks and were no longer passable, he said.

A three-story office building also collapsed in La Libertad, but occupants managed to run out.

The quake was felt at Intensity 7 in Dumaguete City, Villahermoso, Negros Oriental; Intensity 6 in La Carlota City and La Castellana, Negros Occidental and Argao, Cebu.

Intensity 5 was felt in: Iloilo City; Roxas City; Dao and Ivisan in Capiz; Ayungon, Negros Oriental; Kanlaon City; Lapu-lapu City; Guimaras; Cebu City; Bacolod City; Sagay City; Tagbilaran City; and Candoni Banalbagan, Negros Occidental.

Intensity 4 was recorded in: Kalibo, Aklan; San Jose de Buenavista, Pandan, Anini-y and Patnungon all in Antique; Sipalay, Negros Occidental, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo; Ormoc City and Dipolog, Phivolcs said.

Intensity 3 was felt in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte; Legaspi City, Albay; Carmen, Cagayan de Oro; Tacloban City; Catbalogan, Samar, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte, Masbate, Masbate; and Cagayan de Oro City.

Intensity 2 was recorded in: Cabid-an, Sorsogon; Boronga, Eastern Samar; and Mambajao, Camuigin. Meanwhile, intensity 1 was felt in Pagadian City, Phivolcs said.

At Intensity 5, the shaking is strong enough to be felt by almost everyone and to awaken a sleeping person and make doors swing open.  At Intensity 4, the shaking is strong enough to be felt by most people indoors and rattle dishes, windows and doors.

Ramos said the violent shaking of buildings in the cities of Cebu and San Carlos led to broken windows and cracks on the walls, but no high rises were believed to have sustained major damage.

Ramos said earlier they were still getting damage reports from other affected areas.

While no immediate damage was reported, Silliman University announced the suspension of all classes and offices for Monday afternoon.

Mark Raygan Garcia, director of the Office of Information and Publication, said class suspensions were a precautionary measure that would give university personnel time to inspect all buildings and facilities.

“This puts premium on the safety and welfare of our students and personnel,” Garcia said.

In Cebu, people and students left the buildings, shopping malls and schools. Classes were suspended in some schools in Cebu City.

Negros Oriental police chief Edward Carranza said the temblor damaged many houses in Guihulngan and he ordered his men to help displaced residents find shelter.

Officials in some areas suspended work and canceled classes. Power and telecommunications were knocked out in several places.

Carranza said police rushed out of his building when the quake struck. “All my personnel ran out fearing our building would collapse,” he said.

“Now it’s shaking again,” he said as an aftershock hit. “My keychain is dancing.”

Philippine seismologists and local residents said there was panic but no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.

Philippine seismologists briefly issued a tsunami alert for the central islands. Five bamboo and wooden cottages were washed out from a beach resort in La Libertad by huge waves, but there were no reports of injuries, said police Superintendent Ernesto Tagle. Elsewhere along the coast, people rushed out of schools, malls and offices.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no danger of a widespread destructive tsunami.

But Phivolcs raised its tsunami warning to the second of a three-stop alert level for coastal areas in Negros, meaning the public is asked to stay away from beaches and “be watchful” for any signs of rising tides.

However, level two does not warrant any evacuation.

Ramos said the chances of a tsunami or a tidal wave were very slim because the quake’s epicenter was located on a narrow strait between two islands.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” — a belt around the Pacific Ocean where friction between shifting tectonic plates causes frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. Dona Pazzibugan, Leila Salaverria, Philippine Daily Inquirer; Inquirer.net

Originally posted at 12:31 pm | Monday, February 06,  2012


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  • http://www.facebook.com/katipunan Andres Bonifacio

    Cguro nagparty nanaman si Simeon kaya ayon another natural calamity! Malas talaga!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4NOA7V6ATNQ754OE7YHVJWWMZU Antonio

      anung klaseng utak mayroon ka..putang ina mu..anay ka sa lipunan….

      • http://www.facebook.com/katipunan Andres Bonifacio

        IKAW DAGA NG LIPUNAN! PALAMUNIN…MAAWA KA SA PAMILYA MO AT MAGBIGTI KA NALANG! MASGAGO KA!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W4PHR2UMQFNROXW36EAKMWKVN4 -o0Mr_Aries0o-

      mahiya ka naman sa pangalan na ginamit mo. gunggong

      • GungGung

        Hoy pangalan ko yan ginagamit mo. Ikaw ang gunggong!!!

      • dodong1

        oo nga naman wag mo siyang tawagin gunggung….lol tanga na lang ang tawag mo mas mabuti siguro. LMAO

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXU2XGAHFDYLAQULE3TMTR6SWU Brando

      Mali ka pare. Huwag haloan ng politics ang ganito na pangyayari. I recommend you withdraw your statement here. People don’t like this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/katipunan Andres Bonifacio

        FU MOTHERfker!

      • Maligalig

        Ang BOBO mo! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CUS4WBMW2EKUIIKF2ES25VUNQ julius

      dinidate cguro ni Abnoy ang front nyang gurlalo kaya lumindol… di kaya naglalamasan sila ni Llamas habang pinapanood ang pirated video kaya yumanig.

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

         bakla ka

    • Mark Suarez

      pinoy talaga hilig manisi. asikasuhin mo buhay mo, hindi ung pati natural calamity isisisi mo sa iba. tinawag mo pang natural calamity bobo mo…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IAQLUSKZ7TH4C2FHOD7SLQONQ4 bong

       What a retarded mind. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O5TQQYPGVHXCQLU4BRQR4FVBNA ramone

      This comment is extremely insensitive to the residents of towns and cities hit by the earthquake. Until now, the people are edgy and such comment of Andres Bonifacio shows his immaturity and lack of solidarity with people whose nerves are being tested.

    • server.171

      pansin ko nga . pag may masamang nangyayari sa pinas ang tanong ng tao . nasan si Pnoy . anong ginagawa ni Pnoy ng mga oras na yun . at ayun nasa isang komfortableng kasiyahan . 

    • muddygoose

      @facebook-1203124312:disqus - Nice makabayan ka talaga. Wala kang ginawa kundi manisi. I doubt kung may naitulong kang kahit kaunti para sa bansa natin or kahit sa pamilya mo.

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    May the Good Lord spare us from further devastations and sufferings…May He show Mercy and Love to our Country and Countrymen….

  • PublicPolicy101

    We hope that the Local Government Units are preparing as they should.

  • dani77777

    Dadami na naman ang recruit ng Iglesia ni Kristo.

    • batangpaslit

      bakit naman, Bro,dadami recruit ng INC?

  • wilsonmeralco

    I’m still waiting for some words of sympathy from Malacanang or the President, for those living on the affected islands – when will it come?

    • batangpaslit

      bakit sympathy lang….action, positive action.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IAQLUSKZ7TH4C2FHOD7SLQONQ4 bong

    Filipinos resort to lowly comments here.   WE should be grateful that only one was confirmed dead despite the strong earthquake.  It shows that our Building Code is working.  The Structural Engineers assured us that the high rise buildings (5 floors or more) can withstand an earthquake of magnitude 7.  

     

    • Natural Born Citizen

      Lets see if they can withstand an 8.0 or 9.0 before announcing the buildings are earthquake proof. 

    • Natural Born Citizen

      8.0..no building can stand.

      • batangpaslit

        tumpak…pag bumiyak ang lupa, ano ang magawa ng building?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJWHBJLMWPTRUOZMN6JOMHLO2A Banana Na

    lalong lumalakas ang lindol nito sa NEGROS….ang MANILA PLATES sa bi nila ay every 400 years ay lumilindol but 800 years na daw di pa lumilindol, kaya sabi ng researcher na kapag lumindol ang MANILA PLATES ay aabot ng measured 7 to 8…. sa PLATES naman ng PACIFIC ay malapit ang ALBAY, SAMAR at sa may gilid ng MINDANAO…baka itong 2012 ay may malakas na lindol kagaya sa JAPAN last 2011, sana, diyos ko, wag naman sa pilipinas….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HI6EDSSB77MLWSQCJQDWJJDE4A Rubielyn

    God… nakakatokot talaga yun… yung gamit sa bahay namin gumagalaw na talga… im from cebu by the way.. let’s pray guys

  • Zyne

    Sorry at condolence sa mga nasawi…  Btw… 6.8 earthquake?!…yet no high rise building has collapsed.  Kudos to our engineering people.

    • http://ricasrucksack.com/ Rica

      Well, sa case ng Bacolod, wala naman mga sobrang high-rise na building. I’m thankful lang sa ngayon na walang masyadong casualties and damages

  • Fakescthiefjustice

    bastagemusic 1 HOUR AGO in reply to Boy Phenomenon
    ayos lang matapos ang mundo kaysa matapos ang buwan.pag natapos ang mundo quits lahat ang utang,pag natapos ang buwan ang daming bayaran.peace

  • Phat Flava

    Kakahiya kayo inquirer.
    Buti pa ang Associated Press at yahoo, mas marami pang alam kesa sa inyo.  Eh hamak na mas malaki ata kayong news organization dyan sa pilipinas.  Parang wala kayong paki sa mga provincial areas sa pagbabalita nyo.  Kulang na kulang update nyo sa mga balita.  Puro nalang tsismis inaatupag eh.

    • pulis

       Nakatutok po sa impeachment trial ni Corona ang Inquirer kaya huli sila sa balita…Si Pnoy tutok na tutok rin sa trial..Hwag na kayong magtaka kung next week pa sya kikilos…

    • dani77777

      to Phat Flava,

      E di sa  Associated Press at yahoo ka magbasa. Bakit ANDITO ka? Style mo bulok.

      • batangpaslit

        hehehe..

  • gerald fernandez

    God Bless Philippines..

  • albert13

     let us continue to pray for the earthquake affected areas. kung minsan ang aftershocks are more deadly that the original earthquake. let us continue the damayan spirit kahit sa panalangin lang naman. magpasalamat tayo at wala masyado pinsala. earthquake is a natural prenomenon. huwang natin haluan ng politika.

  • delpillar

    MAGNITUDE should not be confused with INTENSITY.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Magnitude is measured from the epicenter (measured in Richter Scale).

    Intensity is measured in each locality, the actual shaking of the ground.
    Based from depth, the rocks or layers/plates formation, 20 km west from the epicenter may have stronger seismic intensity (shaking) than 20 km east or north or south from the epicenter.

    From the SPANISH era until about 1980′s or early 90′s, the Philippines was using the ROSSI-FOREL SCALE of I to IX intensity. Some countries making it I to X.

    Later, the Philippines sometimes using the PES or the Philippine Earthquake Intensity Scale(based on the US MIS or Mercalli Intensity Scale of I to XII. This is sometimes called MMI or Mercalli Modified Intensity Scale

    The severity of an earthquake is described by both magnitude and intensity. These two frequently-confused terms refer to different, but related, observations. Magnitude, usually expressed as an Arabic numeral that is 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0…. characterizes the size of an earthquake by measuring indirectly the energy released. By contrast, intensity indicates the local effects and potential for damage produced by an earthquake on the Earth’s surface as it affects humans, animals, structures, and natural objects such as bodies of water. Intensities are usually expressed in Roman numerals, and represent the severity of the shaking resulting from an earthquake. Ideally, any given earthquake can be described by only one magnitude, but many intensities since the earthquake effects vary with circumstances such as distance from the epicenter and local soil conditions. In practise, the same earthquake might have magnitude estimates typically differing by few tenths of a unit, depending on which magnitude scale is used and which data are included in the analysis.

    Charles Richter, the creator of the Richter magnitude scale, distinguished intensity and magnitude as follows: “I like to use the analogy with radio transmissions. It applies in seismology because seismographs, or the receivers, record the waves of elastic disturbance, or radio waves, that are radiated from the earthquake source, or the broadcasting station. Magnitude can be compared to the power output in kilowatts of a broadcasting station. Local intensity on the Mercalli scale is then comparable to the signal strength on a receiver at a given locality; in effect, the quality of the signal. Intensity, like signal strength, will generally fall off with distance from the source, although it also depends on the local conditions and the pathway from the source to the point.”

    ———————————————————————-
    THIS IS THE ROSSI-FOREL INTESITY SCALE
    ————————————————————————
    I. Microseismic shock. Recorded by a single seismograph or by seismographs of the same model, but not by several seismographs of different kinds. The shock felt by an experienced observer.

    II. Extremely feeble shock. Recorded by several seismographs of different kinds. Felt by a small number of persons at rest.

    III. Very feeble shock. Felt by several persons at rest. Strong enough for the direction or duration to be appreciable.

    IV. Feeble shock. Felt by persons in motion. Disturbance of movable objects, doors, windows, cracking of ceilings.

    V. Shock of moderate intensity. Felt generally by everyone. Disturbance of furniture, ringing of some bells.

    VI. Fairly strong shock. General awakening of those asleep. General ringing of bells. Oscillation of chandeliers, stopping of clocks, visible agitation of trees and shrubs. Some startled persons leaving their dwellings.

    VII. Strong shock. Overthrow of movable objects, fall of plaster, ringing of church bells. General panic. No damage to buildings.

    VIII. Very strong shock. Fall of chimneys, cracks in the walls of buildings.IX. Extremely strong shock. Partial or total destruction of some buildings.

    X. Shock of extreme intensity. Great disaster, ruins, disturbance of the strata, fissures in the ground, rock falls from mountains.

    • batangpaslit

      very scientific…kudos

  • Amihanjr

    sa NZ, after nung 2010 na lindol hindi pa rin tumitigil ang aftershocks. kaya naman marami sa mga buildings, luma at bago, dinemolish na bago pa ito makasanhi ng trahedya. sana wag pairalin ang ugaling “bahala na” sa pagkakataong ito. wag po natin subukan ang power ng nature.

  • tehot

    where’s aquino? nagpaparty na naman

    • Armi_DXB

      im sure kung ndi nagpaparty, naghahanap sya kung kanino isisi kung bakit lumindol

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

       booooooooooo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJWHBJLMWPTRUOZMN6JOMHLO2A Banana Na

    sana sa pilipinas gayahin ang japan ng may tsunami sila, isang text lang ng NTC nila ay text na kaagad sa buong bansa nila na ng mga cellphone ng tao na naka-lagay na may tsunami na dunadating at mga helicopters nila ay pinupunta nila sa lugar ng earthquake para alamin kung may tsunami or wala, kung meron man ay kung gaano kataas ang tsunami at ang speed ng tsunami…..kahit papaano, you can save many peoples….MAS GRABE ANG CLIMATE CHANGE ITONG YEAR kaysa dati, ang pattern ng mga wind ay nag-iba kaya maraming napinsala sa EU.dahil sa heavy snow……take care na lang mga kababayan

  • rosamistika16

    Let us pray together that no more casualties will be recorded and that no more earthquake or tsunami will be experienced.

    Let us not blame other people.  It is a force majeure that no one can resist.

    May God spare the Philippines from any form of disaster.

  • elpobre

    Palace must coordinate to some local government in affected area and the pres must have a prescon late today to tell the people the update of the casualties and damages. Sundin niyo ang sabi ko, dahil boss niyo ako.

  • Jeremy David Chua

    PDI, can you make up your mind. Is it 5 or 1??

    • typicalpinoy

      or 7?????

  • typicalpinoy

    I think the link is broken or perhaps it just redirects you to the wrong file. I’m quite confused with the numbers now.

  • badetclouds

    @delpillar:disqus  Jeremy—- TAMAAH!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Taperla/100000574385108 Victor Taperla

    dont worry cebuano reported lately na tinanggal na nila ang tsunami allert….. thanks God and of course our beloved patron Senior Santo Nino  for protecting cebu  and all the neighbor town

  • onip pino

    where’s the updated link?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1695291516 Michael B. Villanueva

    update: 9 dead in negros oriental, 29 missing in guihulngan town due to landslide:

  • Rocky6076

    Hindi ba dapat na first hour after the earthquake ang presidente ay nasa TV na agad at nagbibigay na ng report at moral support sa mga nasalanta at Hindi nasalanta ng lindol.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/J4X5RZIRHCGVSXJWSH7DEFN6WI rodger66

      he stick to his principle,”better late than nothing”…reason pagkaguluhan daw siya nang mga tao !!!

    • tokyopalace

      Aquino is busy preparing  and excited for his V-date w. Grace Lee…..what a president!!!!!

      • JK1000

        Non sense comment mo, tulog mo lang iyan anak

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGLQQ2TTZF3BAWUHUWLFWVPZDE Vladymir

        Ba’t di ka na lang magbigti para matapos na yang problema mo kung ano man yan…bastard idiot…kung ano ano sinasabi mo ,wala namang kinalaman sa lindol…

  • Armi_DXB

    sino kaya ang kawawang masisisi kng sino ang maysala sa lindol na ito?

  • Natural Born Citizen

    another quake 3 minutes ago in dumaguete

  • Natural Born Citizen

    The house shook for 15 seconds

  • Natural Born Citizen

    maybe a 4.0 -5.0

  • elly26

    Moderator should delete insensitive comments here.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/J4X5RZIRHCGVSXJWSH7DEFN6WI rodger66

    not anymore, he’s busy with dis-Grace Lay-away !!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RSEFCJ33Y3KG2R774SFMKUJBVY james

      namali ako ng na- click, kabayan palagay ko hindi dito dapat yong ganyang komento, yong mga napinsala ang sentro dito, may oras para sa lahat.

    • Diablo_III

      pathetic comment.

    • magsasakasanayon

       idiot.

  • speedstream2

    Our prayers and thoughts go to the families and friends of the quake casualties. Here’s hoping that the concerned government agencies, LGUs and various groups are in the thick of rescue work, and providing appropriate real-time assistance and support to the victims’ families.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZUPI47EV6XQTS7PBPF5QXXESP4 yahoo-ZUPI47EV6XQTS7PBPF5QXXESP4

    Thank God nothing happened on Us, our ship is on drydocked here in Cebu wen the earthquake struck the only support underneath us is piles of wood and some metal tube…if the earthquake last for 30 secs surely were injured or worse dead by now….

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/J4X5RZIRHCGVSXJWSH7DEFN6WI rodger66

    takot nga yan sa ulan yan pang lindol????

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/J4X5RZIRHCGVSXJWSH7DEFN6WI rodger66

    tulong galing sa private sector muna ang mauna, then darating ang mga iyan kunyari mag-survey…what can we expect from all disasters Johnny comes lately !!!

  • http://asianangelic.blogspot.com/ Angel Divera

    Please remove bad comments here. People are dying and they have the guts of saying things like that.

    • batangpaslit

      pag may kalamidad, dito nasusukat ang tunay na ugali ng tao kung sila ay butihing nilalang, or halang ang bituka

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXU2XGAHFDYLAQULE3TMTR6SWU Brando

    Pro-Pnoy or those on the other side of the fence like me, this is not the time to continue our tirade with each other. Let us be one and united when a calamity strikes our country. There is only one country for us. Kuha niyo?

    • batangpaslit

      ang hindi naka intindi sa sinabi mo ay moron…

  • filipinaskoh

    I hoped the casualties as listed will not increase anymore. It is already painful to lose property, so much more to lose loved one.
    My sincere prayers to those who are affected.

    • Lapaz_guardians

      yes let us pray for them and those missing as well as for the victims of sendong and all other tragedies that have befallen our country and let us help them either financially or in whatever way we can. Most of all let their deaths not be in vain and may those responsible for keeping our country in such a unprepardness state through corruption be held accountable to their crimes against our people

      • batangpaslit

        may punto ka…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TJLBFK6Y4JTVHRRL3PAFMU4VPI Pola

    I hope and pray that the 40th victim would be the last. Its too much. Sendong left thousands of death. By God’s grace makakarecover din tayo. Just be strong.

  • berbayanko_10

    our prayers for the victims and the missing. let us pray real hard for the survivors who are still out there waiting to be rescued and saved.

  • mang_tomas

    our government must prepare and adopt measures to enhance preparedness in times of calamities and unexpected occurrence of events such as earthquake. we have so many things to learn from earthquakes and other calamities indeed. 

    • batangpaslit

      tama…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    The Aquino curse strikes again!

    • magsasakasanayon

       shame on you! this is not the time to make comments like that.

    • BoyPalagitok

      This comment is totally uncalled for.

    • superpilipinas

      seriously? you people should get a life. forget you loss from the elections almost two years ago. 

      speaking of curse…looks like you got the curse of your losing candidate. get over it. otherwise you’ll have it forever… sige ka baka habang-buhay ka maging talangka!

    • JK1000

      Baka sa mga katulad mo ang Earthquake na ito.

    • Rae_E

      According to World Risk Index – the Philippines is the 3rd riskiest country in the world next to Vanuatu & Tonga respectively. Your comment’s uncalled for & exacerbates our problems.

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

       it will actually hit you directly…..mark my word

    • batangpaslit

      Jon, the “curse” you are writing about that struck the old homeland this week had been with us long before Pres Aquino was conceived.
      I construe, you are contributory to the curse occuring lately. The reason is simple:
      You have no respect to the President. GOD detests irreverent people.

    • http://www.crocphotos.com/ Catman John

      to Jon… The sub human mentality of Arroyo Lackeys surfaces at the expense of people’s  suffering with comments like yours. You brains must have stopped developing when you were 7. Anyways, the Devil has a wicked sense of timing. The story of the pimp and the whore reveals such nuance. Times when the whore is doing her job, everything is just great for the pimp, the jon, and even to the whore, although she doesn’t realize the future consequences. In this case, the Pilippines is the whore, and Arroyo is the pimp. As soon as the whore realizes that she has been abused, and her health is infected, and wants redemption, the pimp goes berserk and comes of will every evil imaginable to keep the whore in her place, even getting the goons, like Corona to ‘bend’ her to their wills. The whore gets her freedom, and on her way to redemption, but sometime later, she realizes that she has a deadly disease called ‘corruption’. Arroyo Lackeys, the pimp’s gang, trumpets blame against her doctor, (Aquino) who is trying to heal her and never is it in their little minds that they are the cause. One pays for sins of the past, and now the Philippines must face that painful task. With Justice and Principle, with the Love and Care of Jesus, and the Good People of the Philippines, the nation will prevail in her recovery towards such ‘better life’.

  • billygunn23

    “National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in its
    5 pm situation report, have confirmed the death toll to still be at
    seven.”

    Oo nga pala. NDRRMC’s job is to report the situation and confirm death toll. REPORT and CONFIRM that’s all! lol

  • superpilipinas

    just last week, the president is again talking about the costly ffkkngly sttpdd RH. yet we have problems like this that kill a lot of people and there is so little government resource and response to rapidly mount adequate disaster rescue and relief operations.

    we can not prevent calamities but we know we are very prone to them. at least the government should use whatever little resources we have left to improve the response.

    • pinoyjunk

      Well. Some officials don’t care a bit if tens, hundreds, thousands of deaths occur during calamities. They have sold their souls to the devil. They care more about how many tens, hundreds, thousands of dollar bills they will get commissions out of RH every year. RH would be a guaranteed milking cow.

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

         asa kayo sa gobyerno….mga tamad

      • pinoyjunk

        balasubas…magbayad ka ng buwis.

    • http://www.crocphotos.com/ Catman John

      superphilipinas…. No resources left… thats because Arroyo and Corona stole it all. Open up their bank accounts and you will have more than enough to help the victims.

  • joerizal

    Folks – stop pontificating and divert your extra energy to helping.

    • superpilipinas

      Go to website of NDRRMC, Radyo Veritas, or Philippines Red Cross. There’s a link to donations for those who could not physically help.

  • summum

    more aquino curses are in tow…

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

       balik sayo

  • superpilipinas

    I feel for the families affected by the landslides. I hope relief supplies, medical supplies, doctors and volunteers are rapidly airlifted to the heavily affected areas. The AFP corps of engineers to quickly restore communications especially for those who wish to check on their relatives.

  • Rae_E

    Attention: PDI

    Improve your moderating. Ban derogatory commenting & trolling like what Philstar & GMAnews are effectively doing. These insensitive comments are highly inflammatory & destructive especially on tragic events like this. As the nation’s top paper, please work harder on encouraging constructive discussions not disparaging, irresponsible or unhelpful commenting.

    To the victims – we’re praying for you, please remain strong & may God have mercy on you.

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

    tsk tsk

  • angie1875

    I am from Bacolod. The earthquake was really strong but our highest building, 14 floors did not collapse. Even our oldest hospital did not sustain damages. Congrats to the engineers. I read lot of very rude comments here. I guess as a people, we have a tendency to look for blame when tragedy strikes. Let’s be more positive.

  • w33k3nd3r

    These natural phenomena have been more common these days. Let us pray that, at least, no one gets hurt. We would not want the same fate to befall our loved ones, don’t we? Let us also be kinder if not sympathetic to our Earth, it’s the only one we’ve got.

  • murtson

    If you are watching the television reporting the horrendous state of the calamity victims brought by the eartquake, you can also observe how the local governments are into the sludge of corruption but not on the relief funds but on their infrastructures money. Watch the conditions of the roads going to the barrios. These roads had been there, some since Marcos time where the reparation equipments opened them. Until now, the roads’ states are unbearable. A slight rain makes them unpassable. This is true nationwide especially in Mindanao.

    These are what the President should start investigating if he is not disturbed by petty politics and retribution. The rural folks need good roads to get encouragement to produce or farm. Bad roads just make those middlemen with trucks dominate the trading resulting to great loss for farmers.

  • MayOn2012

    hehehe! HE was the strongest quake because the Santo ninyo is now walking on earth! BisDak siya! Roman Catholic dogma won the game, but end-game is how to receive the Holy Spirit in every roman catholic. When you received the Holy Spirit is like a burning fire under your skin! Judgment is on its way! Start in the Phils. because 90% of the total population are Christians but 90% on it are great pretenders! whoaaa!



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