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Gov’t definition of storm casualty: Better not be sick

Strong winds and rain pound the seawall hours before Typhoon Hagupit passes near the city of Legazpi on December 7, 2014.  Typhoon Hagupit tore apart homes and sent waves crashing through coastal communities across the eastern Philippines, creating more misery for millions following a barrage of deadly disasters.      AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

What does it take to be on the government’s list of typhoon casualties?

Posted: December 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ survivors grieve for kin whose bodies were never found

LOST KIN Merlita Cawaja,MirasolDagabi and IraNicole Cawaja visit
their loved ones who died during the typhoon at amass grave at Holy
CrossMemorial Garden in Barangay Basper, Tacloban City. RAFFY LERMA

This year’s observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day was like no other for Emelita Casilan.

Posted: November 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ survivors light candles for lost, dead, pets

A MAN who survived Supertyphoon “Yolanda” visits the grave of a relative who died at the height of the storm in Palo, Leyte province, as storm survivors continue to struggle for their daily survival amid the toughest of conditions and threats to the flow of relief. RAFFY LERMA

Cupping his hands around the flickering candlelight and shivering in an old white sando that was a size too large for his thin frame, eight-year-old Edcel Earl Balaes planted his slim white candle on the pavement along Real Street, one of this city’s main thoroughfares, as his contribution to the massive candle-lighting ceremony held here at dusk on Tuesday.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ death toll reaches 5,818


The death toll in the wake of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) on Wednesday neared the 6,000 mark, nearly three times the initial estimate made by President Aquino days after the strongest typhoon to hit land battered Eastern Visayas.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

2 PCG vessels scour seas off Leyte coastal villages in search for bodies


Two Philippine Coast Guard search-and-rescue vessels — BRP Nueva Vizcaya and BRP Corregidor – have been patrolling off the coastal villages in Tacloban City and neighboring areas in Leyte and Samar provinces to look for bodies of victims of storm surges brought about by “supertyphoon Yolanda” (international name Haiyan), the PCG spokesperson said.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »