Girl who survived 24 hours in mud dies; DOLE tracing OFW ma



TOO LITTLE, TOO SOON Aimee, 7, (with rescuers) died of hypothermia Friday. Her father and brother are still missing. DENNIS JAY SANTOS /INQUIRER MINDANAO

TAGUM CITY—If help had come earlier, Aimee (not Imee as earlier reported) Kay Sayson may still be alive today.

But the 7-year-old daughter of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who was rescued from muddy waters after Typhoon “Pablo” struck New Bataan town in Compostela Valley on Dec. 5, was pronounced dead on arrival when she was brought to Davao Regional Hospital (DRH) on the same day.

She had been half-submerged in the waters for nearly a day before she was found by the rescuers the next morning.

Sayson had become some kind of a gauge for rescuers hoping to find more survivors of the tragedy, because at her age, she had endured the ordeal for 24 hours.

After she was plucked out of the mud by rescuers, Sayson was wrapped in a heavy blanket and layers of plastic. She was trembling.

Dead on arrival

Rashman Lim, an emergency nurse at the government-run DRH, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer Sayson was “dead on arrival” when she was rushed to  DRH due to hypothermia.

“She was already [in a state of] rigor mortis when she was brought here at 11 a.m.,” Lim said.

He said the girl’s body had already been claimed by a relative, about 12 hours after she was rushed in the hospital.

Sayson was with her father, Rommel, and brother, Ayel, at their house in New Bataan when Pablo was battering the province. Her mother, Inideth Hayana, works abroad.

Rommel and Ayel remained missing to this day, among the 406 individuals who are the subject of search-and-rescue operations all over Compostela Valley.

Looking for Aimee’s ma

Labor officials are trying to locate Sayson’s mother.

“We’re now tracing the mother’s whereabouts,” Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said. She said the OFW could have been deployed in any of three states—Kuwait, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“The one in UAE with the same name is not from Compostela so we already ruled that out. We’re still checking Kuwait and Taiwan,” she added.

Baldoz said President Aquino instructed her, along with the Department of Foreign Affairs, to communicate with the OFW, once identified.

“We will explain to her what happened and convince her to come home. The government is ready to help her with livelihood assistance. Hopefully, we can convince her to come home,” the labor chief said.

“We are still hoping to find more survivors, however slim the chance might be,” Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy said.

Rescue teams were concentrating their efforts in New Bataan town, where at least 398 are still unaccounted for.

Augmentation teams from other areas have also arrived to assist in the search-and-rescue operations, with teams coming as far as from Luzon, according to Compostela Valley first  district Rep.  Ma. Carmen Zamora.

“I was informed that two teams from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are already here to help in locating those still missing,” Zamora said.

She said sniffing dogs from the police were also being mobilized to aid in the search.

Uy said authorities attempted to bring food, medicine and other provisions by helicopters to areas isolated by Pablo on Thursday but the lack of safe areas to land on had forced authorities to abort the mission.

Ground zero


As a result, Uy said residents  had to walk for kilometers to where the choppers landed before they could get their provisions or to bring their injured relatives so they could get medical attention.

But as of Friday morning, he said 4×4 vehicles could already access these areas because rescuers—armed with chainsaws—cleared the roads of downed trees.

During his visit to New Bataan on Friday, President Aquino assured survivors that the government would continue its operations to find those still missing.

“Those who are missing, I want accounted for, preferably alive,” he told some 2,000 people assembled at  New Bataan public grounds.

In Davao Oriental, Gov. Corazon Malanyaon said government agencies had started distributing food stuff to the displaced families.

“The goal is for everyone to get food every day,” she said, adding that there are about 50,000 people affected by the typhoon in the province, considered the “ground zero.”

Malanyaon’s house in Cateel was also heavily damaged during the typhoon.

“But that is nothing compared to what the others have experienced and continue to experience,” she said.

As of 12 noon on Friday, the provincial disaster response office said it had recorded a total of 216 deaths, 59 of which are from Cateel.

The Cateel police office had reported that 101 people had been killed in the town on Thursday.

Telecommunication lines in the towns of Cateel, Baganga and Boston towns remained down as of Friday afternoon.

Missing fishermen

In General Santos City, relatives of the 396 city-based fishermen, who went missing in the high seas of Surigao del Norte, are anxiously waiting for any information on their kin.

On Thursday, around 500 persons trooped to  Makar Wharf following information that a sea vessel carrying cadavers of some of the missing fishermen was to dock here.

But they found the information to be false.

Fishing magnate Marfin Tan, former president of the Socsksargen Federation of Fishing & Allied Industries  Inc., said a total of 11 mother boats, two carrier boats and 27 light boats, along with the crew, went missing while sailing off Surigao del Norte as Pablo was making landfall.

The figure of 396 missing fishermen was correct, he said.

Three fishermen from Malapatan town in Sarangani province, who were rescued by a fishing boat off Davao Oriental after Pablo made landfall, had arrived home.

Jerome Luchavez, 22; his younger brother Rosvelle, 20; and Lemuel Gomez told reporters that an empty ice box saved them from drowning when winds overturned their boat.

Five of their colleagues, however, were swept away by huge waves and remain missing to this day. With reports from Dennis Santos, Frinston Lim, Nico Alconaba and Aquiles Zonio, Inquirer Mindanao and Tina G. Santos

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  • Isaganilla Gella

    Condolence….”so sad” mother working abroad for sake of family to give a better life and education to her children..”kawawa nman ang bata….”

  • moshki

    Missing fishermen

    …wow they travel that far to fish…from south to north sea…wrong place at the wrong time…hope they’re okay…

  • George Lapulapu

    sad sad …. gusto ko murrain ang mga nagkalbo ng bundok…. yan tingnan nyo ginawa nyo…. bakit di dinala yan sa ospital na may facilties…..

    ..wala man lang kalaban laban ang mga bata!!!!

    • Alex

      even a sophisticated hospital cannot save a person who is already in the state of rigor mortis.

      • batangpaslit

        Bro….ang first aid application yata ang tinutukoy. wala na ngang magawa pag nanigas pati ang puso.

    • Ding

      Sana nakumpleto na ang mga facilities kundi naligaw ang mga pondo ng Malampaya, ng PCSO, the grandmoither of all scams, at iba pa, dapat kumpleto na ang mga facilities, bago dumating ang kalbo.  Disin sana’y pinakikinabangan ang pondo at nailigtas pa ang mga libu-libong buhay ng ating mga kababayan.

      • Lapaz_guardians

        the great-great-great grandmother

    • batangpaslit

      murahin mo na…kahit walang paalam

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Mas kawawa ang OFW na ina dahil hindi pa nakikita ang mag-ama na tinangay ng flashflood at ngayon ay yung anak na babae naman ay patay na. Sana ay hindi lahat ng mahal niya sa buhay ay nawala dahil napakasakit niyan……My prayers goes out to her na sana maging matatag siya na tanggapin ang kanyang sinapit at ang dasal ko sa mga namayapa niya mga mahal sa buhay na sana’y nasa piling na sila ng poon maykapal!

    • batangpaslit


  • akoombulator

    nampucha sang damukal ng kung anu anong papeles bayad at lagay bago maka alis ang ofw tapos hindi nyo ma trace kung saan nakadestino? mga hinayupak kayong lahat sa gobyerno

    • batangpaslit

      alam mo, Bro, ang galit mo sa kaukulang opisina ng gobyerno ay valid.
      malakas lang maningil at humingi ng suhol pero bulakbol sa kanilang trabaho.
      simple record keeping lang ang bagay na ito…

  • Jezzrel

    Ang tanong, naagapan ba agad ng mga rescuers na bigyan ng first aid ang bata, kasi pag ka rescue, binalot lang ng mga blanket, pagtapos non, wala na????? Napakasayang naman…. 

    • batangpaslit

      kulang sa training eh kung ano gawin sa mga specific emergency situations
      may alam nga ako…apoy na, ang tinapon gasolina kasi naka pulot sia ng balde na ang laman ay “liquid”.
      hindi pala tubig….gasolina

  • Patricia Ilagan

    this story of Aimee and all our countrymen who suffered and are still suffering the tragedy of TY Pablo depicts the true Filipino tragedy — our countrymen in allowed to reside in hazardous areas, with the family “broken” by poverty and the need to seek a living in foreign lands… and to top it all, they have been criminally neglected by those sworn to care for their safety and welfare.  

    yet, even from this story alone, the gov’t officials with some heart and mind would easily pinpoint what the neglected poor families are Urgently in Need of.  they don’t even have a secure and strong evacuation center to run to in times of danger. and that is the real catastrophe that the Filipinos face.  “there is no one home” in government.

    • batangpaslit

      Pat…are you from Batangas?

  • Jozz

    Best emergency thing to have done I guess is to give her a warm bath in a tub and also to drink warm water and soup. 

  • raymond

    why where the fishermen allowed to go to unforgiving seas at the height of the typhoon? very sad news indeed…

    • batangpaslit

      tanong ko rin…

    • huseng_batute

       Parang hindi mo alam kung gaano katigas ang ulo ng mga Pinoy.   

      Sumasabog na ang Mayon, pinapalikas na sila pero ayaw pa rin umalis.

      Bawal tumawid.  May namatay na dito.  Pero sige pa rin.

  • watot

    So sad!

  • Darwin

    Politcians there should step down and should not be voted to office anymore. Very irresponsible.

  • efriend

    Two causes of death: Mother Nature and the politicians.  One is uncontrollable.  The other one can be controlled if desired.

  • catmanjohn

    What a painful gut wrenching story that makes any man weep… rest in peace little Aimee, for you will find peace in heaven, where you will surely be. Forgive us who have failed you, for you are every man’s daughter and child, and the pain of your death must never be in vain, for this must NEVER happen again, by God.

    • batangpaslit

      very heartfelt remar
      your heart is made of flesh, not of wood

  • krizzibarra

    tragic and now they want aimee’s mother to come home. To what? family gone, home gone. 

    • Edwin Edwin

      for what? it is called as giving respect to the dead family members….

      pag sa iyo nangyari ito ok lang wag ka na umuwi.

    • batangpaslit

      anong klaseng tanong yan Bok? sabi mo “tragic”, tapos, dimo nakita ang punto kung bakit kailangan ng Nanay na umuwi?
      how arrogant attitude and how insensitive being you are, if you are a human being

  • Jaz

    My heart broke with this sad news:<

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    And I really thought no complication would set it,  because she was lucid enough to ask for food.

    This is really a tragedy.  So many “ifs”.   If only there were enough competent doctors on the scene.  If only there were more dextrose and oxygen tanks going round.  If only there were more choppers.  So many,  and we can’t do a thing about it.

    • delpillar

      tama, dapat sa rescue ay may kasamang doctor.
      the moment na na-rescue  si Aimee ay dapat pinalitan kaagad ng damit plus binalot ng tuyo at makapal na kumot, bago dinala sa hospital.

      Then ang mga doctor lalo na ang pediatrics ay meron isang super injection na ginagamit sa mga na-combulsion na bata with only 10 to 20% of survival. Kahit nangingitim na ang bata at nakataas na ang mga mata dahil sa combulsion, kapag itinurok ang super injection formula ay may 80% na mabuhay.

      Sa hypthermia ay meron ding super injection formula.

      But of course, it so sad. Kahit sa metro manila at malalaking ciudad, hindi basta basta merong pedia at super injection formula

      • batangpaslit

        medical doctor ka, Bro?

        ang mga rescue team sa tulad ng ganitong sakuna, hindi ba sila trained kung ano ang mga first aid steps?

        kung sunog
        kung nakagat ang ahas
        kung nahulog at nabalian ng buto

        ang nababad ng matagal sa tubig?

        i reside in the North Pole….extreme cold. i am not a doctor but i am acquainted with cases of hypothermia.

        tapos, hindi pa mahagilap ang Nanay ng namatay na bata dahil OFW. wala bang accurate records ang OFW ng mga pinayagan nilang lumabas sa bansa bilang contract worker?
        maliban na lamang kung hindi dumaan ang papeles sa office nila?

      • delpillar

        hindi ako medical doctor pero meron akong konting training sa rescue.

        Kung, if and only if, may pera ang gobyerno, without even using autopsy or MRI/CT-Scan-autopsy, they can examine all the dead body if flood water is in the stomach or in the lungs, or both or walang flood water.

        Sometimes, the death of the person submerged n water was not due to drowning, or suffocation.

        Sometimes it was caused by strong hit of hard objects like stones, logs etc.

        Sometimes, if there is no water in lungs but there are lot of water in the stomach, you can see that water plus mud plus some CHEMICAL from the mining site, accidentally drunk by people have a terrible effect which causes death. There are only limited amount of sand and mud which our small intestine could take.

      • batangpaslit

        salamat, Bro, sa feedback
        sana, nakuha ka nang disaster reduction management as director for training para ang mga rescue workers ay magkaroon ng hustong training regarding emergency response like this.
        nangingig ang buto ko reading the news item.
        naligtas na sana ang bata, pero nadulas pa sa kamay ng rescue worker.

  • sowhatifimfilipino

    Heart-breaking.Rest in peace, little girl. 

  • Bagwis

    you are going to heaven little angel..

  • Malik62

    Angels of the Lord receive her soul and take her to God the most high… May she join your ranks in rendering eternal praises to God…  Rest in peace little angel you are going to a place where tears are no more….

  • Jhonny

    Bless the little angel.

  • jawaini

    the rescue should always be with a medical personnel on board….the little angel need some nourishment after 24 hours …some dextrose could have help her survive..kaya una nyang nabangit ay gutom sya…maski sugar in water lang sana pwede na until she reaches the hospital…kasi sa picture binalot lang sya and nothing else..kung bumaba masyado ang blood sugar level nya pwede nyang ikamatay yon…lalo na galing sya sa malamig at nangingnig….sayang isang buhay pa ang nadagdag sa casualty.

    • delpillar

      Tama din yan, una dapat pinalitan kaagad ng tuyong damit at binalot ng tuyong/makapal na kumot.

      General DEXTROSE ay pedeng gayahin or kopyahin with almost similar dosage kapag nasa field na walang original Dextrose formula.

      1000 mL of water plus 30 grams of sugar, plus 10grams of salt is almost the same as DEXTROSE.

      kung dehydration naman, 1000 mL of water plus 10 grams of sugar plus 30 grams of salt is the best substitute for dextrose.

      • Marcos5

        Or they can Use Coconut Water as replacement for IV fluids, since my Lolo during WW2 use them aiding the Americans during height of Bataan peninsula war.

    • batangpaslit

      Jawaini….panukala lang:
      Dahil may alam kayo ni Del Pillar sa rescue operations, ano kaya mag create kayo ng NGO group with sole purpose to provide training for volunteer rescue workers regarding emergency response?
      bibigay ako ng seed money—$1,000.00—for you and Del Pillar to compile your training materials.
      pag nag usap kayong dalawa (are you both based in the Philippines?), i will give you a contact name where to collect my contribution.
      i was in Manila when Ondoy struck. the Vice Commander of the Phil Army was about to send a chopper to extricate me from Marikina; but, I declined. sabi ko mas marami pa ang nangangailangan ng tulong kesa sa akin.
      a month later, i requested a training session with Red Cross…inviting some victims that i was able to organize.
      am a bit disappointed sa “training”.
      kasi, the entire day long session ang pag ladlad lang ng history ng Red Cross at ang fund raising campaign nila ang nabanggit.
      ganun pa man, binayaran ko pa rin ng honorarium ang “trainor” pati lunch, snacks, at pamasahe ng taxi.
      kulang na sa resources, kulang pa sa kaalaman ang mga rescue workers natin.

  • charles

    I hope Governor Arrthur Uy and Corazon Malanyaon step down after this guys are a failure..major failure…

  • Barangkuag

    Sana naman wag ng ipakita ang ganitong larawan ng bata, lalo na at identified sya. Kung ako ang magulang ng bata na ito at makita ko sya sa ganyang kalagayan, mawawalan sigurado ako ng katinuan ng pag iisip. Isali mo pa ang balita na pati ang kanyang ama at kapatid ay nawawala rin, mas nakakabuti ba ang mabuhay pa o kitilin na rin ang sariling buhay?

    Isa  tayo sa iilan sa mga 3rd world countries na nagpapakita ng ganitong larawan sa dyaryo at emedia bago pa man ma inform ang kanilang malalapit na kamag anakan. Sa mga developed na bansa, hindi na uso ito dahil sa epekto sa damdamin ng mga malalapit na kamag anak. 

    Hindi ko kaano ano ang kawawang bata, ngunit hindi ako nahihiya na sabihing tumulo ang aking luha lalung lalo na na buhay pala sya ng narescue. Bakit hanggang ngayun, hindi pa rin tayo natututo? Nandyan ang mga rescuers para maagapan ang pagkamatay, bakit hindi nila magawa ang tama? Kailan pa natin maisatama ang mga pagkukulang na mga ito?  

    • batangpaslit

      ipa barang mo kaya ang mga ganid na nagkalbo ng bukid kaya nagka flashflood.
      kaya lang, mali din ang gawaing ipabarang ang mga may kasalanan.
      kasi, sabi sa Banal na Aklat, hindi maka Diyos na gawain ang mang barang.

  • lescantillal

    Poor little girl! She could have been saved had the right things been done. No use for blaming now, but hopefully, this will be a lesson. 

    • batangpaslit

      napa iyak ka rin ba?

  • JP

    Kung meron lang sana tin foil body-wrap ang gov’t para mapreserve ang bodyheat ng bata baka buhay pa sya ngayon… SOP equipment na kasi yan sa US palaging nasa TV nakabalot sa mga nirescue.

    • batangpaslit

      i grant that the Philippines have no allocated resources for distaster events; but, there is enough billions to pocket money from the national treasury by the powers that be.
      my question, however, is:
      were these regularly paid rescue workers received proper training on emergency response?

  • LuwigVonMises

     to go all through that and to simply die in the end. she was just a little girl.very sad. i can’t stop myself from crying.

    • batangpaslit

      perhaps….to lighten your extreme sorrow, if i may suggest, you may send monetary help to the Mom that the OFW office could not locate

  • Barangkuag

    Where is the money of the people…the money from OFW’s like the mom of this child. Where did you use them? Why are there no rescue supplies and proper first aid kits? Bullshit! And you have the nerve to ask for more pork barrel?  

    Warning of this typhoon was given way ahead before it landed. The local and national government should be blamed for this. The blood of this poor girl and all those who perished unnecessarily are in your hands!!!

  • Marcos5

    Where are the Rescue equipments, Zodiak Boats, flood lights ??? Gobernors still asking for PORK BARREL ? 

  • batangpaslit

    may karapatan ka nang magalit…heroes daw ang mga OFW pero wala namang heroic act na binibigay ang gobyerno

  • simonibarra27

    May massage yang hayop na si Tagle sa mga tao…. Hindi raw sya yung may account sa FACEBOOK HAYOP ka talaga sa Dami dami ng makabuluhang bagay na dapat mong iniintindi para makapag ligtas ng kaluluwa(yun eh kung talagang sa Dios nga ang CBCP!) yung public image mo lang ang concern mo! mas mahalaga ba na maging immaculate din ba ang image mo sa social media? Si Christo nya alam na maraming lalabas na false Christ pero di nya ito ikinatakot dahil he is not after his image. He is after saving souls.Ikaw Tagle kapoporomote mo palang nagmamalinis kana para sa ambisyon mo sa Roma! Tang Inumin mo!
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  • buttones

    Poor little girl- heartbreaking and not the only one- left by her mother to find work in a foreign land she could not find at home? we really have to prioritize our environment, we cannot keep on destroying forests for farmland, there has to be a compromise, and I see pictures of coconut trees, these are poor trees in uplands to hold the soil together, you see it all over the place, there HAS to be a compromise coupled with political will and ruthless execution of laws. We can never stop these events but we should at least be able to mitigate their effects, we have destroyed millions of hectares over the last 60 years, and it will take another 60 years to put it right, IS their political will? Is there money? Is there the expertise as well….

  • oyakloluagm

    What Idiot allowed these fishing vessels out of port knowing a powerful storm was arriving!

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