Aquino: It’s a sad Christmas for typhoon victims



President Benigno Aquino III

“It’s sad to think that some of our countrymen will be spending Christmas not around a table filled with food for noche buena but in evacuation centers with other families who had to flee their homes.”

This was what was on President Benigno Aquino’s mind Thursday as the death toll from Typhoon “Pablo” climbed.

At the awards ceremonies in Malacañang for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations, Mr. Aquino expressed alarm at the huge number of missing persons and wondered if the government could have done better to minimize the loss of lives.

The President appealed to youth organizations to make some sacrifice, say a little prayer and share provisions with the victims.

“Christmas is near, and my only request is that we don’t forget the families whose joy will not be complete this Christmas. Let’s include them in our prayers,” he said.

“If you plan to go on a gimmick with your friends this Christmas, your celebration will be more meaningful if instead of spending your money on a movie, you just share clothes, blankets or food with the victims. Let’s light our fellowmen’s lives with hope, and our joy will be doubled,” he said.

Mr. Aquino will fly today to the worst-hit provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

The President said he had been up all night thinking about the high death toll and the wide swath of devastation inflicted by the 16th typhoon to smack the country this year.

“I apologize for coming in late. Our thoughts are in Mindanao, especially on the number of the missing. We want to be certain that our countrymen who are missing  will be found and rescued,” he said.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) morning, when the number of the dead ranged from 30 to 60, we were already wondering: Did we do enough? Is there anything else we could do to save the 30 or 60? As we speak, the estimated number of dead is over 300,” he said.

“Many questions have been bothering us from last night to dawn. Because I want to face every Filipino and be able to say that we did everything possible to save our countrymen. One dead is too many.”

Hours before the landfall, the President appealed to the public on national TV to heed warnings and move to safer grounds.

Mr. Aquino lamented that while the government made the necessary preparations, including preemptive evacuation, and managed to save thousands, more than 300 still ended up dead in the aftermath of the storm.

“We won’t stop in crafting new systems and mechanisms so that in the future, we will not only minimize the number of the victims. Our target is that no life should be sacrificed in times of disasters. Our hope is that Filipino families will always be whole when celebrating Christmas,” he said.

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  • zafirol

    President Aquino and the local government should have done more to prevent these death and I dont think that the people really know how deadly  and devastating what was coming to them.

  • Fulpol

    “If you plan to go on a gimmick with your friends this Christmas, your celebration will be more meaningful if instead of spending your money on a movie, you just share clothes, blankets or food with the victims. Let’s light our fellowmen’s lives with hope, and our joy will be doubled,” he said.

    you have billions in savings, can you spend that to victims? those are taxes paid by the people.. 

    and besides, people still give donations whether you ask it or not…

    just act, and stop talking… 

  • carol

    Bakit ngayon lang pupunta si BS Aquino, matapos marami na ang mga tulong na dumating. Huli na kayo, dapat noong unang araw ng nasalanta ang mga victims. ano pa ang gagawin mo roon, display ka lang kunwari concern?

  • gwenbot50

    nagugutom na ang mga tao doon pero ang bagalng tulong, kuripot kasi ang governong ito eh !  Pero maganda na daw ang economy, pero nasaan ang tulong niyo, marani ang mamamatay kung ang bagal niyo

  • joerizal

    Mabuti nga at 300 at hind 3000 ang namatay. Kung matitigas ang ulo ng mga tao at ayaw mag-evacuate, sagot nila ang sarili nilang buhay o kamatayan. Malungkot ang Pasko nila pero hindi ibig sabihin dapat maging malungkot ang buong bansa sa Pasko. Tumulong kayo kung gusto niyo pero tigilan niyo ang paninisi.

  • EdgarEdgar

    We’ve seen this all before:

    At first, Noynoy was irked because he could not manipulate the fatality figures.

    Then, Noynoy was confused by his own official and unofficial count of fatalities.

    Now, Noynoy is just sad for the typhoon victims.

    But, Noynoy was never sad for the Luisita farmers whom he & his clan enslaved for 55 years.

    This is how Noynoy’s feel-good rosy state propaganda and fudged economic numbers were defeated by the stark reality on the ground. Nothing beats the daily grit of everyday life of every Filipino. That’s reality.

    • Seroquel55

       P.Aquino did not go to the disaster immediately on advice of his psychiatrist,  P.Aq’s psychiatrist is afraid that if BS will see all the carnage he might either laugh out loud or go into depression.  So they have to clear the area fist of the carnage so that P.Aq could go.

  • $14334231

    what happened to your CALAMITY FUND, Mr. President????……

    • Jack

      this will be used in the 2013 elections so that his party will not be in a calamity

  • vinzerx

    Pres, share mo rin kaya yung hacienda ng pamilya niyo? May utos na nga ang SC dun e.

  • kilabot

    telling the obvious. a pinhead comment. just go there and bring bodybags, noykapon. talking doesn’t help but spread cough viruses.

  • EdnaSwank

    Well, there’s 13.7 billion na pundo naka-antay para ma-ensure ng gobyerno na maka-experience ng “safe, satisfying, and pleasurable sex” ang mga pro-rh di ba? So, pamigay na ng mga condoms, pills, iud, etc. sa mga typhoon victims! Para naman masaya ang pasko nila!

  • boybakal

    The President said he had been “up all night” thinking about the high death toll and the wide swath of devastation.

    Kawawa naman tong si Pnoy, di pala nakakatulog sa kaiisip sa nangyari dulot ng bagyo.
    Kaya pala nagkakasakit ng dalahit na ubo.
    Now he’s visiting the place,Compostela people should be prepared for the epidemic.

  • boybakal

    Mr. Aquino lamented that while the government made the necessary preparations, including preemptive evacuation,”managed to save thousands”, more than 300 still ended up dead.

    See, Pnoy gov’t should be commended for a job well done.
    More people were saved than dead.
    Yan ang Presidente laging Handa sa salita.

  • marco antonio perez

    let us all celebrate the show of power of our lord, may he kill believers and nonbelievers alike! 
    let us bring him praise for his good works in these world.
    thank you lord for giving us 20+ typhoons each year, giving us false beliefs, blind us from the truth, and lead us to our ultimate demise!
    thank you for bestowing us your wisdom that made the ph one among the most corrupt nation in the world.
    thank you in keeping gloria arroyo and her ilks safe from the hand of justice.
    thank you lord for your church effort to sabotage the rhbill that could have a great impact in lowering down population growth rate, thus in effect lowering down poverty, lowering down instances of hunger, improving education, improving healthcare, improving the general welfare of my countrymen.

    • Jay

      may God forgive you for the blasphemy you made!

      • marco antonio perez

        may god give you a clue!

  • Jack

    Aquino: It’s a sad Christmas for typhoon victims

    you can do something about it if you really want to make them happy. my gulay, you are the most powerful man in our country

  • Bengatibo

    Nobody can escape the force of nature, It is time to pick up the pieces and move on, much faster if our fellow countrymen will help and donate something for those affected by this calamity. Speed up the relief operations as they are suffering from devastation.

  • Seroquel55

    This is pure rhetorics and demagougery. P.Aquino  suffers from Asperger Sybdrome, as such his sense of empathy is distorted.  He cannot adequately connect or relate with a situation. Hence he can be sad during happy moments and happy during sad moments.

  • Francis81

    Pokrito talaga tong si Pweenoy!  Sino siya para pagsabihan ang mga kabataan na wag na lang gumimik at sa halip i donate na lang ang pang gimik nila sa mga biktima ni Pablo? E si Ochoa nga nagpaparty sa Malakanyang habang binabayo ni Pablo ang Mindanao.  Nuong nakaraang taon habang sinasalanta ni Sendong ang Mindanao nakipag sayawan at nakipaglandian tong si Pweenoy kay Valeri Concepcion sa party sa Malakanyang Park

  • $4612959

    Anong ginagawa ng bilyon bilyong unprogrammed and unaudited pork barrel mo? Gastosin mo naman sa kanila at paligayahin mo. Ibili mo sila ng noche buena. Aba, e, hindi siguro mauubos yang bilyon mo. Huwag mo namang ibulsa yan. 

  • $4612959

    Hindi nila kailangan ang words of sympathy mo. Kailangan nila ang dagliang kalinga. Pumunta ka na roon at damayan ang mga namatayan. Anong ginagawa mo sa Maynila. Noong namatay si Robredo, pumunta ka kaagad sa lugar ng aksidente. Pero pag iba at di kapartido, ang bagal mo. 

  • Your_King

    This is President Aquino’s statement and sentiment? It’s sad to think…? When he says let’s not forget, he should be referring to himself. He sounds more like a regular Juan De La Cruz than a President. He’s the President of the Philippines…he sounds like he’s not planning to do anything other than offer his sad thoughts and to watch a movie. Do something! Visit these places! Act Presidential! Let the country see that you care for the poor and that you have a plan and will offer more than just your thoughts!

    • Harry

      The President’s health is not in top shape, it’ll be a risk for him to go there.

      • Your_King

        Another bologna excuse from President Aquino not to help the poor and the victims of Typhoon ‘Pablo’

  • nparvus1202

    Mr. A.B. Noy: “It’s a sad Christmas for typhoon victims, but ……. not for me! Yeheey!!! Partytime! PS3 PS3, Karaoke Karaoke, dance dance dance.”

  • agustin

    Noong panahon ng Sendong, masaya si Pnoy sa kay Valerie Concepcion sa PSG x’mas party, wala siyang paki alam sa nangyari sa Cagayan de Oro.malungkot na pasko noon sa mga  biktima  ni Sendong.

  • nparvus1202

    Simula ng maupo si Mr.A.B.Noy puro kalamidad na lang ah. Libo na namamatay, ilang daang libo nasasalanta, bilyones ang ang nasisira.  Kampon pala ng kadiliman yan.

    • Jack

      siguro nga totoo na may balat sila sa wetpu, puro kamalasan na lang ang naranasan ng buong bayan mula sila ang umupo sa puwesto, kasama rin ang nanay ng siya rin ang nakaupo dyan sa palasyo, nandyan ang 1990 luzon earthquake, yon 1992 mt pinatubo eruption at mga worst sea tragedies sa bansa natin 

  • Jay

    hindi ko talaga maintindihan ang takbo ng mga pag-iisip ng bloggers dito… instead na constructive ang mga comments lalo na para sa topic about Pablo typhoon victims para maibsan naman ang nararamdaman ng ating mga kababayan sa nangyari nitong nagdaan bagyo, eh puro sisihan, tirahan at siraan ang mga komento… naku, magbago na tayo mga kababayan ko. Iwaksi na ang pagiging utak-talangka!

  • boybakal

    Aquino: It’s a SAD CHRISTMAS for typhoon victims..

    Sad Christmas said the President…Pnoy does not really grow up. He thinks like a child.
    Mr.President Christmas is for kids, a fantasy that there is Santa Claus.
    The last time Pnoy was IRKED, not he’s talking of Christmas…He really is an ELF.

  • ado4625

    When Robredo died, our dear president did everything. Used the extent of his powers to do the unthinkable.
    When more than 300 people died. Our dear president said it’s a SAD Christmas.

  • suns

    Pinoy is a technocrat– a thinker rather than a trapo or traditional politician. He sent Roxas to make an overall assessment and it will up to him what meeasures to be done to allay the unimaginable fsuffering of our fellow country men. Be constructive in your criticism and please grow up for those who have thrown criticism immemsely that  are totally worthless..

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