RP pleads for Int’l help, Situation could get worse, Teodoro says

September 28, 2009

By Cynthia Balana, Jocelyn Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Overwhelmed by the devastation caused by Tropical Storm “Ondoy” (international name: Ketsana), the Philippine government on Monday sought aid from the world community.

“We are appealing for international humanitarian assistance… for (relief from) the effects of Tropical Storm Ketsana,” Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said in a nationally televised briefing.

The appeal came some 48 hours after Ondoy struck Metro Manila and a large part of Luzon, as the government struggled to cope with floods that killed at least 140 people and displaced nearly half a million.

The government has placed Metro Manila and 25 provinces under a state of calamity.

Teodoro said the potential for a more serious situation was there and “we cannot wait for that to happen.”

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Netizens help victims via social network sites

September 28, 2009

By Christian V. Esguerra, Jocelyn Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:52:00 09/28/2009

Filed Under: blogging, Disasters & Accidents, Social networking, Weather, Internet, Good news, Flood

MANILA, Philippines—Although marooned in their homes by floodwaters dumped by Tropical Storm “Ondoy” (international code name: Ketsana), many Metro Manila residents still found the means to help strangers and neighbors stuck in traffic or perched on rooftops by turning to social networking sites on the Internet.

Residents posted alternate routes weary commuters could take to avoid the floods, emergency lines to call for rescue and the addresses of families in need of urgent assistance as communication line and power outages engulfed a large swath of the metropolis on Saturday, making it hard for calls for help to get through.

On the hugely popular social networking site Facebook, the majority of the users’ status updates—a feature in which users talk about their current state of mind or recent activity—carried government hotlines people can call for rubber boats and dump trucks.

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Senator Loren Legarda quits race; NPC postpones Chiz’s anointment

September 28, 2009

Senator Loren Legarda, who was expected to be named as Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero’s vice president, both of whom were expected to run under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) will no longer join the race for the 2010 polls.

This was gathered yesterday as Legarda told reporters that, after seeing all the destruction wrought by Typhoon “Ondoy,” she is no longer interested in running for a higher seat, and prefers to focus on legislative work and environmental measures, saying that perhaps it is better not to be a candidate and instead spend the campaign money on humanitarian help.

“Politics and campaigning get in the way of governance, with campaigning proving to be an obstacle to governance and in helping the poor,” she said.

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Flood victim hailed a hero

September 28, 2009

Muelmar Magallanes braved rampaging floods to save more than 30 persons, but ended up sacrificing his life in a last trip to rescue a baby girl who was being swept away on a styrofoam box.

Family members and people who Magallanes saved hailed the 18-year-old construction worker a hero, as his body lay in a coffin at a makeshift evacuation center near their destroyed Manila riverside village.

“I am going to be forever grateful to Muelmar. He gave his life for my baby. I will never forget his sacrifice,” said Menchie Peñalosa, the mother of the six-month-old girl whom he carried to safety before being swept away himself.

Magallanes was at home on Saturday with his family when tropical storm Ketsana (Ondoy) unleashed the heaviest rains in more than 40 years in Metro Manila and surrounding areas.

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Riled Roach: I’m packing my boxing baggage for Baguio

September 10, 2009

Coach Roach says he and Megamanny are on same page for Cotto training camp

He’s still rankled over what he considers interference with his duties by Manny Pacquiao agent Michael Koncz but don’t think loyal trainer Coach Freddie Roach isn’t packing his boxing baggage to report for the Pacman training camp in Baguio.

“I will be there,” Roach said Thursday morning in Manhattan. “I have my great prospect, the Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux, fighting in Miami (ESPN) on Sept. 18. I will leave the next day for the Philippines.”

Roach said all those trembling and quaking with fear in Pacland can relax.

“I don’t read the Internet. But people read it to me and people tell me about it. But everything is getting under control. With training and training camp, one guy needs to be in control.

“And that is my job.”

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Roach: If Marquez beats Mayweather, boxing will turn into Urinetown

September 10, 2009

Coach Freddie Roach doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry about Juan Manuel Marquez claiming to drink his own urine as part of training preparation to fight undefeated Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 19.

“In all my years in boxing, I have heard a lot of ridiculous things,” Roach said speaking to me before Thursday’s Miguel Cotto-Manny Pacquiao press conference at Yankee Stadium. “I mean, it is just ridiculous.

“They don’t call it a body waste product for northing. The key word is waste.”

Then, with his impish Irish sense of humor, Roach decided that the mellow yellow liquid could become the new training rage in boxing.

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LP appeals to Erap to withdraw, endorse Noynoy Aquino

September 10, 2009

Despite claims that the Liberal Party’s standard bearer, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, is a very strong presidential contender with the “Cory Magic” expected to propel him to Malacañang, and saying that the people’s clamor and support for Aquino are very real, LP official and senatorial bet Franklin Drilon yesterday appealed to former President Joseph Estrada again, pleading for him to endorse Noynoy, virtually asking Estrada to drop his presidential bid.

Drilon appealed to Estrada to seriously consider endorsing Aquino.

Appearing as one of the guests at the weekly Kapihan sa Senado, Drilon said the LP and the supporters of Aquino are praying that Estrada would rally behind the move taken by United Opposition president and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay, which is his giving in to Aquino’s presidential bid and Binay even vowing to act as go-between the former leader and LP’s bet “to bring the two personalities together.”

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