Aquino declares state of national calamity

Proclamation prompted by ‘Pablo’s’ ruinous aftermath



FLATOUT BROKEN The view from the air of Boston town in Davao Oriental province shows the massive devastation wrought by Typhoon “Pablo” on Tuesday morning. The President said he will declare a state of calamity. REY MARFIL/CONTRIBUTOR

President Benigno Aquino III has placed the Philippines under a “state of national calamity” because of the “severe gravity of the damage” wrought by Typhoon “Pablo” in Mindanao, Central Visayas and Palawan this week.

Mr. Aquino signed Proclamation No. 522 late Friday on the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to free up government resources and hasten the delivery of aid to thousands of people displaced by Pablo in Mindanao, Central Visayas and Palawan.

President Aquino has ordered an investigation to determine why so many people died despite early typhoon warnings from the government and widespread preparations for disaster response.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said no one who would be found accountable would be spared.

The declaration also authorized local governments to use their calamity funds for search, relief and rescue operations.

It also put into effect price controls on essential goods, but only in typhoon-ravaged areas of the country. The price controls will be effective for 60 days unless lifted earlier, according to Valte.

The declaration also allowed the disbursement of foreign assistance to help the typhoon survivors rebuild their lives.

Mr. Aquino signed the order after returning from an all-day survey of the typhoon damage in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental on the eastern coast of Mindanao.

The NDRRMC recommended the declaration of a state national calamity after determining the areas that bore the brunt of Pablo: the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte in the Davao Region; Surigao del Sur in the Caraga Region; Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City in Northern Mindanao; Siquijor in Central Visayas, and Palawan in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).

The NDRRMC said the toll from the typhoon in nine regions had reached 456 people dead, 533 missing and 445 injured as of Saturday.

Of the dead, 416 were from Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, the NDRRMC said.

Looting for survival

The declaration of a state of national calamity came as the hungry and homeless typhoon survivors appealed for help and desperate people in the hard-hit town of Cateel, in Davao Oriental, looted shops in search of food.

Local officials monitored the desperate scenes in the early aftermath of Pablo’s onslaught in Cateel, Cedric Daep, a provincial public safety official said.

“The food aid took so long to arrive that the locals broke into whatever building left standing in search of something to eat,” said Daep, a specialist sent to the south by the government to help rescue and relief operations.

Warehouses and grocery stores were broken into in Cateel, a coastal town near where Pablo’s eye made landfall on Tuesday, Daep said.

Officials said damage to roads and bridges by floods and landslides trapped 150,000 people for three days in Cateel and the nearby towns of Baganga and Boston, where they said 97 percent of buildings were flattened or unroofed.

Four days after Pablo struck eastern Mindanao, officials have struggled to bring in food and relief convoys through roads that had been blocked or swept away by floods and avalanches of rock, logs and mud.

Scavenging for coconuts

About 4,000 residents in the destroyed farming village of Maparat in Compostela Valley had eaten the village’s surviving chickens and were left with scavenging fallen coconuts, nursing mother Virginia Dodres, 38, said Saturday.

“I tried to breast-feed Mica, but they’re dry from lack of food. So I gave her coconut water, and now she’s down with colic,” Dodres, who has three other children, said as she comforted her 1-year-old daughter.

All the houses in the village had been carried off by floods and survivors were sleeping 80 to a room on the bare concrete floor of the local elementary school.

The survivors share the toilet’s two stalls and are doing their washing and bathing at a nearby spring, which is also their only source of water.

Dodres said church workers with two big pots of porridge arrived on Saturday bearing the first relief aid to Maparat, located a few kilometers from the devastated town of New Bataan. The survivors gobbled up the food within minutes, Dodres said.

The United Nations, the United States, Australia and Canada pledged assistance to the typhoon survivors on Friday.

On Saturday China joined the international donors, announcing aid of $30,000 (P1.2 million), to be given through the Red Cross Society of China.

Israel expressed sympathies for the families of the typhoon victims and lauded the Philippine government’s preparations that prevented the loss of many more lives. A statement from the Israeli Embassy did not say whether Israel would give aid for the typhoon survivors.

To help the relief effort, the Bureau of Customs will donate seized food and clothing to the survivors of the typhoon.

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said on Saturday that the agency would inventory its stock of confiscated goods and donate those that had been forfeited to the survivors.

All 286 members of the House of Representatives have pledged cash donations to help the typhoon survivors in Mindanao, Compostela Valley Rep. Ma. Carmen Zamora said on Saturday.

Zamora said the district representatives and the party-list lawmakers promised to give P5,000 each to help the relief effort.

Some lawmakers promised to give more, including Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Lagdameo Jr., who pledged P500,000, Zamora said.

“It’s their personal pledge, and I am more than grateful to accept it,” Zamora said.

The pledges will come up to P1.4 million. “[It’s] a big help,” Zamora said.

Search for missing

The search for the missing continued Saturday, with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Compostela Valley reporting that 290 bodies had been recovered as of Saturday.

The council said 437 people remained missing, 90 percent of them from New Bataan town alone.

Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy sent chainsaws and heavy equipment to clear blocked roads leading to isolated areas of the province to press the search for missing people.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sent a 15-member rescue team to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley on Friday to help in the search for the missing.

MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino said the agency’s rescuers would work with local civil defense offices in the two provinces in looking for missing people.

“MMDA is ready and willing to help anytime, anywhere. Our services are not limited to Metro Manila,” Tolentino said.

US forces under the Joint US Military Advisory Group (Jusmag) have joined the search and retrieval operations in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said six Philippine Air Force helicopters had been tapped to speed up the search for and retrieval of missing people.

Roxas said more sniffer dogs had been deployed to the two provinces to aid the search for bodies.

Stunned residents

The search and retrieval operations in hardest-hit New Bataan have been hampered in part because many residents of the farming community are too stunned to assist recovery efforts.

“We are having difficulty finding guides,” Marlon Esperanza, a spokesperson for the municipal government, said. “Entire families were killed and the survivors are still in shock. They appear dazed. They can’t move.”

Esperanza said the rocks, mud, tree trunks and other rubble that litter the town have destroyed landmarks, making it doubly difficult to search places where houses once stood. With reports from Nikko Dizon, Tina G. Santos, Tarra Quismundo and Maricar Brizuela in Manila; Frinston Lim, Nico Alconaba, Ayan Mellejor and Judy Quiros, Inquirer Mindanao; and AFP and AP

First posted 2:48 pm | Saturday, December 8th, 2012

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  • delpillar

    As of 3:00PM, Dec 8 Philippine Time, Typhoon PABLO is at:

    Latitude: 17 deg 30 min
    Longtitude: 117 deg 55 min
    This is about 260 km west of VIGAN CITY, ILOCOS
    Category: 2  Strong Typhoon
    Direction moving NORTH-EAST at 20-km/hour
    Pressure: 955Hecto Pascal,

    Max Wind 40 meters/sec
    Gust: 60 meters per sec

    Panatag Shoal is at 15 deg 15min 20 sec LATITUDE. and 117 deg, 46min 48 sec LONGTITUDE.

    • $18209031

      Hit the Ilocanos this time. Let them have it.

      • Ramil Abalon

        yoou are portraying like a mamamal..nag iintriga ka man ng ethnic group…ha ha ha baka tsiness….ha ha ha ang pilipino ay maayos na tao hindi gaya ng lahi mo…magnanakaw na, mandaraya na, sira ulo pa ha ha ha

      • $18209031

        Hindi mo ma swallow , na insulto ka ba ? Mabuti naman.

  • $23257130

    dafat talaga buong bansa state of calamity? ppppwwweeeehhh inuna na naman ang pamumulitika. pati mga taga northern luzones may calamity fund. ang aga ng pasko ng mga dilaw. kadiri.

  • biggydaddy

    it looks like there’s a big probability of Pablo hitting Northern Luzon. If anyone of you knows anyone in that area and warn them., you might be saving their lives.

  • joboni96

    survivor ang pilipino

    rip to victims

    we’ll be better prepared again next time

    ikulong na mga illigal loggers at illegal miners at
    confiscate their assets to pay damages to victims

    • KenKhoy

      firing squad na lang dre puede

  • Malik62

    The greatest calamity in this country is BS Aquino X3 himself!

  • Malik62

    BS Aquino X3 stayed for a short time in Mindanao then flew back to Manila to party in The Fort.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Aquino declares state of national calamity.

    Aquino still in state of denial as to Puno’s involvement in illegal logging, months after Jesse Robredo’s passing.

  • Your_King

    That’s all Aquino does is declare the obvious. He did his photo-op with victims, signed his piece of paper, and now will be enjoying the amazing comforts of his Palace. By next week these victims and damages will be forgotten by Aquino.

    • TinimbangNgunitKulang

      Kung ang inatupag ng idol mong si GMA at mga alipores niya eh ang kapakanan ng bayan at hindi sobrang pangungurakot, marami sanang proyektong nagawa para sa kabutihan ng marami.

      • johnnie r

        At ano naman ang nagawa ng idol mong si PNOY more than two years into his presidency???

      • TinimbangNgunitKulang

        TEN YEARS of plunder vs. two years of Pnoy – can’t you do any better than that?

      • Your_King

        Over a thousand dead and/or missing from Typhoon ‘Pablo’ and you talk about FPGMA. You must definitely be a fan of the showbiz President named Aquino.

      • PAZ

        Walang matibay na ebidensya. Kung honest si Noynoy na kasuhan ang mga corrupt bakit piniyansahan nya ang may kaso na si Padaca? kulang ang timbang mo. Guilty verdict ng senado kay Erap sa Pandarambong o di ba at ka chica chica pa ni Pres. Si Erap ngayon? noongmpinatalsik nina Cory si Estrada o nsgsorry si Cory dahil nagkamali lang daw sila.

      • Your_King

        How terribly insensitive of you. This is not about FPGMA vs Aquino. This is about the victims suffering and needing assistance. Just because Aquino is not doing enough to help the victims don’t deflect the issue to your hate agasint FPGMA.

      • TinimbangNgunitKulang

        You’re obviously a die-hard fan or paid blogger betrayed by how you address her FPGMA. It’s useless to talk sense into you.

      • Your_King

        FPGMA, FPERAP, FPFVR, PNOY, so what? By 2017 PNoy will be FPNOY. it is what it is. Its a shame that you care more about politics than you do about the victims of the typhoon. You’re filled with so much hate that its clouding your judgement. Kinda like PNoy.

  • aldhins

    Sana may natutunan tyo  sa mga kalamidad na tumama sa ating bansa akala natin ligtas na tyo di rin pala  tigilan na pag mimina at pag  putol ng  puno kahit yung mga taong walang malay di naman  nakikinabang  nasira ang  kanilang kabuhayan at nawalan ng mahal sa buhay di kaya ng governo na mag-isa na masawata mga naninira sa ating  kapaligiran makialam po tyo dahil sa huli tyo rin makikinabang.

  • Jon

    Party time!
    Let’s see if and where those calamity funds will actually go. 

    • James P Mulroy

      In the pockets of the Gov’t crooks !!

    • gregory robinson

      Good luck trying to trace the money trail. But be assured it will sooner or later end up in a politicians bank account, offshore or in another country of course.

  • disqusted0fu

    Aquino had to attend an awarding ceremony first before he did his minimal help for the victims and before declaring a state of national calamity. and now he leaves Mindanao immediately for what must be a more important priority… sleeping perhaps?

  • Dennis


  • niceguy60

    Why does it took so long to declare a state of comity? It’s Rey very very obvious from day one that a horrendous calamity had occurred? What were these people thinking?

    • Jack

      pagpasensiyahan mo na sila kasi mahina na ang kanilang mga kukute

  • $18209031

    Ganon talaga ang palakad ng gobyerno sa Luzon. Mindanao ang Visayas are always viewed on the sidelines and out of the limelight.

    • Ramil Abalon

      yoou are portraying like a mamamal..nag iintriga ka man ng ethnic group…ha ha ha baka tsiness….ha ha ha ang pilipino ay maayos na tao hindi gaya ng lahi mo…magnanakaw na, mandaraya na, sira ulo pa ha ha ha

      • $18209031

        Hindi mo ma swallow , na insulto ka ba ? Mabuti naman.

  • leomar101

    Well, the best thing the Visayas and Mindanao people can do is to unite and vote a president coming from the south. Down with sons, daughters and relatives of these dirty politicians.

    • $18209031

      Ka panuod ko lang sa TV, ang mga typical politicians nagpaporma na by giving handouts to victims looking like Hacienderos giving out pamasko  sa mga tapaseros.  Si Jinggoy nagpapacute na doon with his handout bags printed with his happy face. Dios Ko Santisima, kanya kanyang paporma na ngayon.  Pati every politician like VP Binay with his soft speaking voice.  Sila ang may hawak sa pera so ma manipulate nila ang sinong maka tanggap nito.

      • Jay

        Yan ang calling card ng mga politico sa pilipinas parang langaw yan…gagawin lang yan puro ngiti,luha,yakap.pero may dalang hand sanitizer ang mga yan..Modus Operandi ng Pinoy politician yan.

      • batangsulpok

        Ang problema kasi ay madaling utuin ang mga kababayan natin kaya ang bansa natin ay walang asenso.

      • $18209031

        Gullible as in gullible.

      • Ramil Abalon

        yoou are portraying like a mamamal..nag iintriga ka man ng ethnic group…ha ha ha baka tsiness….ha ha ha ang pilipino ay maayos na tao hindi gaya ng lahi mo…magnanakaw na, mandaraya na, sira ulo pa ha ha ha

      • $18209031

        Hindi mo ma swallow , na insulto ka ba ? Mabuti naman.

      • $18209031

        Ph D s mga yan sa pagngingti,  magluluha, magyakapyakap, bolerong kwentuhan at promises,  magkabayanihan kuno at ano pa dyan. 

      • Ramil Abalon

        yoou are portraying like a mamamal..nag iintriga ka man ng ethnic group…ha ha ha baka tsiness….ha ha ha ang pilipino ay maayos na tao hindi gaya ng lahi mo…magnanakaw na, mandaraya na, sira ulo pa ha ha ha

      • $18209031

        Hindi mo ma swallow , na insulto ka ba ? Mabuti naman.

      • Ramil Abalon

        yoou are portraying like a mamamal..nag iintriga ka man ng ethnic group…ha ha ha baka tsiness….ha ha ha ang pilipino ay maayos na tao hindi gaya ng lahi mo…magnanakaw na, mandaraya na, sira ulo pa ha ha ha

      • $18209031

        Hindi mo ma swallow , na insulto ka ba ? Mabuti naman.

  • oraman

    ibigay muna kaya ang mga pork barrel ng mga congressmen para relief measures sa mga affected areas…kuripot naman ng mga congressmen 5,000php each..payat….

  • leomar101

    The best thing that the people of Visayas and Mindanbao can do is to vote a president  coming from the south. Voters from visayas and  Mindanao are more  than the voters from Luzon. Down with the sons and daughters of these dirty politicians who wanted to be elected without any qualifications at all.

    • $18209031

      If Visayas and Mindanao can only divorced themselves from Luzon which was the enclave of dirty and racist Kachilas for 333 yrs who ruled Pinas from Manila. They operated inside the Walls of Intramuros and just sent out parties to enforce their colonial rule. To reached far flung areas they employ the Catholic Church and so to convert the locals to ROmani Katolik. And erected churches to declare these areas as pacified and christianized. Also they employed newly converted Malayos into the Spanish Colonial Army to reached far flung areas and began speading katolik faith.

       Since Visayas and Mindanao are physically separated from Luzon , Visayas and Mindanao must now declare its own  independence. It can stand on its own with booming tourist business destinations like Boracay , Apo Island , Bohol, Cebu and those  in Sarangani.  Kayangkaya ng VISMIN mga mag hiwalay sa Luzon and away from dirty Tagaleg-Ilocandio Power Politics. Mactan , Iloilo, Dumaguete, Bohol, Cagayan and Davao can have links to outside airlines to bring in tourist and foreign investments. It can be done.

      • leomar101

        Yes, it can be done, Visayas and Mindanao voters should be united. It’s time to wake up and don’t intrust your future and your destiny with a leader who knows nothing except vengeance, gameboy and karaoke singing estudyante blues.

      • $18209031

        Leaders of VISMIN must come and decide for the gold. Call for a national referendum and stop being stooges of  these  Luzonian tribes who are only for themselves.  The Ilocanos and Tagalegs have manipulated the power reaches of this country for far too long since 1946. If you look at the roster of Phil presidents its basically from Luzon, from oligarchs and long lines of elites dating back into the spanish and american colonial periods. 
        Marcos pushed for his Ilocandio superiority for 20 yrs . Many historians of tagaleg and ilocano backgrounds (commissioned by Marcos) revised  the history of this country to focus more on  their Indo Malayo heritage.   Marcos wanted the mystical idea of maharlika , the fighting spirit of Malayos of the long gone Champa Kingship. And all the BS they could muster to twist truths into half truth s and viceversa, and facts into fiction s and what not to suit their agenda.

      • Ramil Abalon

        yoou are portraying like a mamamal..nag iintriga ka man ng ethnic group…ha ha ha baka tsiness….ha ha ha ang pilipino ay maayos na tao hindi gaya ng lahi mo…magnanakaw na, mandaraya na, sira ulo pa ha ha ha

      • $18209031

        The truth is hard to swallow, right ? Intriga is the wrong word. It is the truth .

      • Ramil Abalon

        hard to swallo excuse me i’m from visayas -bacolod…dapat noon nyo pa ginawa yan…instead na magnakw kayo sa kaban ng gobyerno..ha ha ha

      • bugoybanggers

        Kung Ilonggo ka to, ano ang problema mo? Sige magtagalog ka nalang ha?

      • Ramil Abalon

        yoou are portraying like a mamamal..nag iintriga ka man ng ethnic group…ha ha ha baka tsiness….ha ha ha ang pilipino ay maayos na tao hindi gaya ng lahi mo…magnanakaw na, mandaraya na, sira ulo pa ha ha ha

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Surely there is no shortage of donations of cash and relief goods for the typhoon victims from local and overseas. They would not have to starve and resort to looting if getting these donations to them are given highest priority. If media people can be at these places to take pictures of damages immediately after the typhoon, there is no reason why government agencies can’t do the same. With elections coming, we can just surmise what’s going on.

  • 1Fz20

    The governor along w/ local govt unit heads must all resign! they failed to govern/manage instead allowed neglect, lawlessness and irresponsibility andstupidity to rule in this area!

  • Commentator

    Maybe it will be better to evacuate all the people of New Bataan, Cateel and Boston and housed them in evacuation center of other towns maybe in Davao City where there is food and shelter. Then the government should first rebuild the place before letting them go back. The way I look at the picture above is like a no man’s land.

  • Banana Na

    history keeps on repeating itself…dati kay ondoy, sendong ngayon naman ay si pablo, di mo makikita na maski anong government ang pinapalit ay di nila ma-solves ang problema na ganito…may kanya-kanya problema bakit kapag may malakas na bagyo na darating maraming namamatay na tao…kulang mga plans ang mga government mag-plans bakit nangyayari ito….ang mga congressmen, governor at mayor, military sa lugar na pinagyayarihan ng tradegy ay kulang sila mga plans para sa mga tao nila na sasakupan…dapat din na kapag may typhoon na darating ay ang PAG-ASA ay mag-bro-broadcast kung saan tatama ang bagyo at ilan ang milimeters na rain ang babagsak sa lugar na tatama ang typhoons, dapat one day before na tatama ang bagyo ay alam na nila para ma-evacuated ang mga tao ng mga police at military kung saan mas safe ang mga tao habang papalapit na ang bagyo sa direction sa lugar na yan…poor planning ng mga locals official sa lugar na yan…ang mga tao naman dyan ay di lahat ay may pera o sasakyan para maka-alis kaagad sila sa lugar nila…kailangan talaga ng military trucks para ma-evacuated sila at dapat responsibles dito ang mga congressmen, governor at mayor, sila ang may power at government vehicles or trucks para mabilis maka-evacuated ang mga tao sa lugar na yan para dalhin sa safety area…alam na nila na SUPERTYPHOON ang darating sa lugar nila ay di kaagad kumilos ang mga ito…ang malacanang ang dapat mag-pressures sa mga LGU official na sundin ang utos ng PRESIDENTE…

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Logging tragic consequences,

    Where are the Loggers hiding ?

    Enrile, Consunji and al, Show up, face your responsibility !

    What the government is waiting for to block loggers account !

    Do they need more damages and victim’s to star to open their eyes and hear ?

    • bugoybanggers

      Iyan ang mga iyan. Sila ang mga may ari ng mga legal LOGGING company noon sa kapanahunan ng dekado 70’s. Asan na? nasa MANILA,

  • spider69

    Jinggoy Estrada mahiya ka naman nang kaunti sa bayan at sa sarili mo. nagbigay ka nga ng relief goods pero naka litrato sa supot or bag ang tatay mo. maliwanag na nagsasamantala ka sa mga victim ng bagyo. konting delecadeza kung meron ka. wag kang mangampanya sa mga victim ng kalamidad.

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Politicians (Vultures)  are very happy again because they have a calamity fund for themselves and they have their logging and mining businesses without being persecuted as murderers after the deadly storm. The situation should be treated like the Ampatuans.

    • gregory robinson

      Unfortunately, you are telling the truth. It appears, that these low life politicians HOPE and PRAY for calamities so that they can steal the monies going to the victims.

    • cute79

      tumpak!lalong kikintab ang ulo at liliit ang mga mata ni Gov Uy

  • James P Mulroy

    People in the USA on the east coast are still dealing with Sandy, and still reach out to the Philippines.

  • gregory robinson

    Where are the donors from the Philippines? There are many wealthy people and corporations here that could set a good example and donate funds to help these storm victims. Filipinos are very fast asking and begging for money, everyone here has something to give to help their neighbor.

  • wawa2172

    State of calamity declaration is just right but how about the state of help coming from the government. Hope Noy wont only visit the area devastated by the typhoon but use all government machinery to support the victims. What is much needed is food and shelter. It would take a long time for those place hit by typhoon to recover from devastation and I am sure the government may not have enough funds unless the lawmakers give up their pork for the victims. Well, its a sad Christmas season for the victims.

  • batangsulpok

    Anong ginagawa ng mga local officials tulad ng Governor, Vice-Governor, Board Members, mga Mayors, Vice-Mayors, councilors, barangay captains?  Dapat alam nila ang kalagayan ng kanilang lugar kung sila ay nag-iikot sa kanilang nasasakupan pero nakikita lang sila siguro kung eleksiyon o di kaya ay may party ang mga kapartido o imbitado ng mga kaibigan na malalakas sa kanila kaya pag may nangyaring ganito ay clueless sila.

    • zeroko

      Hindi ganyan ang nangyari. Either these government people are in connivance or powerless to stop the rape of our environment. Kung pangkaraniwan ka lang na government official katulad ng “Forest Rangers”, ano ang laban mo sa Capgo? Hindi mo ba alam na our military is no longer people’s protector, but lap-dogs of the power in be. Lahat ng malalaking mining, may military body guard. Security raw laban sa NPA ang sabi nila, ngunit, paano ka maniniwala. Itong military ang dahilan sa dozens and dozens of killing of indigenous people in their province for fighting the mining because it destroys their habitat or ancestral lands. Wala ng karapatan ang mga indigenous people natin. Look what happen to that Italian priest. It is the Military who train the para-military who killed that Italian priest. That is the first hand statement of the witness who did not want to murder the priest. He knows more than anyone else how and what happened. 

      Forget it. We are under the Chinese rule if you do are not aware of that. One Mayor in Davao went farther and sterilize the women of feritle age of an indigenous tribe. Thousands of them. He he he. Genocide yan! That tribe can hardly survive because their habitat was destroyed by illegal logging and mining, yet, to make the final “Kill”, he sterilzie the women.”Haypo talaga naman, o!” Our indigenous people are very vulnerable to military and civilian government for the purpose of wiping them out of the surface of the earth. Mga Chinese, why don’t you go back to China. Pati position na Mayor, hindi parin ninyo pinapatawad. In fact, there is another Chinese Mayor in Jolo, Sulu. He he he. Galing kasing mambola ang mga ito……

  • artdz

    Nabigyan kahalagahan naman ang Mindanao. Dapat kung minsan  tawagin MINDANAO,
    VISAYAS at LUZON (MINDAVILUZ) para mapansin man lang.

    Alam naman ni Pinoy kahit anong pahahanda sa
    darating bagyo ang tunay na dahilan ay illegal logging at local mining na hindi
    kaya hintuin. Bakit paimbestigahan pa?? 

    • Albert Einstien

      korek STOP muna AGAD pending investigation…kung sino ang KKK protektor ng mga  mining at  logging operations….

  • joerizal

    We’ve always been in a state of national calamity ever since we had trapos in the government.

  • Henry T. Padilla

    we really need help in BAGANGA DAVAO ORIENTAL….


    We salute the church workers and the military rescuers quietly serving the people and offering their lives.


    In the meantime our politicians are discussing ‘safe and satisfying sex lives’. Talk about priorities.

  • Make_Progress

    Since our country is a typhoon prone area and the typhoons are growing in strength and damage, I suggest that we develop a simulation software dedicated for the purpose of risk reduction and mitigation, pro-activeness and saving property and lives. The software having the data of typhoon wind speed and gustiness, direction and speed, our country’s geo-hazard map, Philippine terrain, etc. should produce information to concerned agencies for them to act accordingly. I am just suggesting an idea. The experts know more. I know Filipinos are very good in information technology. The government should implement measures forcibly to people who do not want to leave places in the typhoon path.

  • zeroko

    So what’s the point? If our country is within the typhoon belt, why did PNoy allow mining to continue? Doesn’t he know that the lesson from Marinduque mining and Philex mining enough to convince him that mining venture is not practical considering that we are speaking of tons and tons of toxic waste like Mercury, Arsenic, lead, and Sulfur Dioxide?

    It’s so easy to declare of “State of Calamity.” But, what is our government doing about it? Mining destroy not only the flora and fauna (forest and wild animals), it also destroys the top soil, that section of the soil where plants establish their roots. Soil erosion is a scourge by what ever measurement use. It depletes the soil of nutrients and later on it becomes none productive. 

    Every time typhoons occurs, rivers turns red because there almost always is soil erosion which carries these fertile soil to the sea. Besides, it makes our rivers shallow and consequently  if the river bottom is shallow, spill over causes the floods. 

    He he he. These politicians are up to no good. They can explain the cause but they do not make a serious remedy. Our forest is dwindling faster than we anticipate. He he he. And one Senator and his political dynasty, Senator Angara and his clan is responsible for the denudation of forest in Aurora. Pretending that they are interested in ECO-ZONE, they were able to engage in illegal logging that has greatly affected the habitat of our indigenous tribes, the Mangans, who are now hiking towards Manila to voice out their concern in the destruction of their ancestral land. 

    These Mangyan’s territory encompass the whole Colderiara Mountains ranges from Isabela all the way to Bondoc Pininsula in Bicol. Extensive illegal logging is destroying our last forest area in Luzon. This is on top to the logging concession of Enrile in Samar. That Forest Reserve in Samar was made as sanctuary and heritage site by FVR and Corry Aguino. But a twist of even happened, former DENR Mike Defensor sign a weaver and gave these Samar forest area to Enrile as a logging concession to the consternation of those residence in Samar. No wonder, the Samar people are up in arms. And adding insult to injury, or President PNoy allowed mining to florish in those areas. He he he. Double kill ang ginawa nitong mga corrupt na high officials, which is unfair to the people of Samar. The residence there are presently not only subjected to perrenial floods, now, they inherit the toxic waste from Mining which results to poisoning of their farmlands where they depend on, but also poison the sea where they get their fish. He he he. “Anak ng tupa naman itong mga Chinese sa Gobyerno natin, talaga!”

    • 1GeorgeTolentino2

      Mangyans are Indigenous to the Island of Mindoro. The Indigenous Communities affected by the establishment of APECO are the Agta communities of the Sierra Madre.

  • batangsulpok

    State of calamity pero ang mga taong pumila para kumuha ng relief goods ay nanggagalaiti sa galit dahil kailangang magpalista muna at kinabukasan pa raw darating mula sa DSWD ang tulong, anong klaseng gobyerno meron ang Pilipinas?

    • bugoybanggers

      Naniguro baka daw may dagdag bawas.

  • gerp

    japanese people has different story to tell, their country is the most earthquake prone in the world…in average per year they have 100,000 plus quakes. But they simply lived with it by making themselves prepared all the time, including teaching their children on how to act during quaking time. Supplying and providing safety helmets, and even  simulation of earthquakes to test how their people had absorbed their quakedrills programs. Across the globe, another tiny country which is prone to Hurricanes the Cayman Islands…they learned how to deal with this disastrous natural calamity… their people are thought to prepare a pail of variety goods that does not need to cook, with 3gallons of water for each person…put all their documents inside a ziplock plastics, cover all electronic equipments, office equipments by a large garbage black bags…and everyone are asked to go to shelters. These people made themselves accept that natural calamity is part of their life…a reality that they cannot avoid….why whine?…where each one of us can do more…and improve our country!

  • Jose Rizal

    Too slow…too sloth…BS Aquino style…

  • SolidBasketball

    ang bagal ng gobyerno kumilos !!! usad pagong ang reaksyon !!!

  • $18209031

    Nanunuod pa kasi kay Pacquiao fight  ! Kaya parang turthle ang lakad ng rescue. Si Manny lang ang pag asa nito mag papadala ng tulong sa ating mga mamamayan sa Mindanao.
    Manny should take this opportunity to win and bring home the bacon.

    • virgoyap

       Don’t you know that Pacman had lost his fight against Marquez?

      • itsumo

        Kahit talo siya sa laro, panalo parin sa pera. malaking tulong pa rin ang kayang magagawa sa mga tao sa mindanao. sana hindi na siya mag dalawang isip na umuwi at tumolong kaagad.

  • Vertumnus

    Another sad chapter in Philippine history!  Found some pictures from the devastation but Disqus won’t let me put a link in the comment section.  If anyone is interested, just Google Boston Big Picture.  Really good pictures of the devastation in Compostela Valley.

    • itsumo

      yeah, picture number 4 really makes me cry. Hopefully someone help them immediately.

  • Ommm

    Look up “calamity” in the dictionary and a map of the Philippines is revealed…. 

  • Albert Einstien

    biggest CORRUPTION in history abounds…101.8 billion coa audit report for fy 2011…look what happened …..the comval DISASTER…parang yung SMUGGLING me mga KKK protectors kaya LAGANAP….they should INVESTIGATE who are the KKK protectors of ILLEGAL LOGGING & ILLEGAL MINING…which are the ROOT CAUSE of untimely DEATH of MULTITUDES…..!   double  TALO natin madami na namatay ..talo pa si PACMAN…..

  • AlexanderAmproz

    What doe’s it show ?

    To favor few big time filthy rich gangster’s

    Millions of life are carelessly put at risk at
    same time, an evil land and sea’s definitive destruction,
    driving everybody poorer and poorer day by day, in a gifted land,

    What an irony

  • japan2

    I heard from a rightful source that Mt.Diwalwal in Monkayo,Comval province have more than a thousand peole alive burried by the landslide but the local authorities dont want to tell it to the public…

  • bugoybanggers

    President Benigno Aquino III has placed the Philippines under a “state of national calamity”
    Tama nga naman, ISAMA na ang pagkatalo ni PASTOR Money Pakyaw. Galing talaga ni Chinese President of RP nahulaan agad.

  • bugoybanggers

    Paalala lang para sa mga nakalimot at nagmamagaling! Ang pagkasira sa mga bulobundokin ng Mindanao lalo na sa EASTERN SIDE ay ang pagbigay ng LOGGING Concession (LEGAL LOGGING ITO) kada companya (naka BASE sa MANILA) para mag putol ng PUNO at pang export sa JAPAN, AMERICA at ibpa. Alalahanin ninyo sa panahong dekada 50’s hanggang 70’s na halos ubusin ng mga kompanyang TAGA LUZON ang mga truso para maypagkakitaan. Bakit totoo naman ang sinabi ng Gobernador tungkol sa lugar na iyan, 80% Hazard na? Aba, bakit pa may tao? Saan ba ang taniman ng SAGING ng PILIPINAS na pang export? Alam ba ng mga TAGA LUZON iyan?Bakit naging sagingan iyan? Ilang BILYONG Dolyares ba ang kinikita ng PILIPINAS sa EXPORT? Nasaan na iyon? Sinakripisyo ninyo ang kalikasan ng MINDANAO sabay sisisihin ninyo ang tagaroon? Ang sisihin ninyo yung mga nakaTIRA sa Metro MANILA o LUZON na siyang nag sira sa buong kabundukan para mapaganda ang kanilang LUGAR. Katas ng MINDANAO pinagsamantalahan, sabay sisisihin ang BIKTIMA. Mag aral naman kayo sa HISTORY.. Mag isip kayo.

    • batangsulpok

      Tama ka kabayan dahil noong 1970’s na umalis ako ng Pilipinas, ang binabaha lang ay Manila, kahit anong lakas ng bagyo, walang landslides lalo na sa Visayas at Mindanao. Ia pa, ang may-ari ng mga logging companies ay karamihang pulitiko rin na nasa gobyerno at kamag-anak nila, yun mga OLIGARCH pero bale wala sa kanila kung maraming mamatay kasi ang nasa isip nila ay PERA, PERA.

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