Archive for the ‘Thypoon Frank’ Category

‘RECYCLED’ NFA RICE Eating it is dangerous – exec

July 23, 2008

By MONTESA GRIÑO

ILOILO – A Sangguniang Panlalawigan member warned the public against buying and consuming rice sullied by last month’s flashfloods but are being passed off as brand new by unscrupulous traders.

According to Board Member Macario Napulan of the 1st District, information came his way that some businessmen were “recycling” National Food Authority (NFA) rice that got flooded at the agency’s warehouse in Jaro, Iloilo City at the height of Typhoon “Frank.”

This rice is being mixed with good quality rice, said Napulan, a doctor of medicine.
Eating this rice is deleterious to one’s health, he warned.

“Ang pan-os nga bugas (stale rice) can cause food poisoning,” Napulan said.

The chemical preservatives sprayed to the NFA rice while on storage at the warehouse may also have some ill-effects to one’s health, he added.

“Delikado gid ini (This is dangerous) that’s why we advise the public to discontinue eating this kind of rice if they have bought some,” he quipped.

Napulan urged the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO) to check rice retail outlets in the province.

“Businessmen conducting this illegal activity must be arrested,” he said.

NFA-Iloilo estimated that some 200,000 sacks of its rice worth P271.83 million were damaged by the flood. These were mostly imports from Vietnam and Thailand.

Last week, residents and environmentalists here picketed the NFA office to complain about the foul smell of rotting rice in its warehouse.

The groups scored the NFA for letting the flooded rice rot.

The smell of the rotting rice had made many people living near the NFA warehouse in Brgy. Quintin Salas, Jaro district sick, especially children, according to environmentalists.

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez Sr. whose house is near the NFA warehouse said he had convinced President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to allow the immediate sale of some 188,000 bags of the damaged rice.

“Someone offered P500,000 for it. So at least we made money out of the damaged goods,” he added.

Gonzalez said the damaged rice had begun to smell and affect residents in the area. He said local authorities wanted to bury it, but he objected because it may contaminate the water.

“That’s the danger to the environment,” he said. “It may sift into the soil and contaminate our water supply.”

Meanwhile, NFA Provincial Manager Hedy Jardeleza said the rice supply in the region, particularly in Iloilo, remains sufficient.

NFA has 379,696 sacks of imported rice available aside from commercial stocks already with traders and households.

The imported rice is sold at public markets as well as at Bigasang Bayan and Tindahan Natin outlets in the province so people can have an alternative to more expensive commercial rice stocks.

Iloilo City and the province have a daily rice consumption requirement of 19,760 bags while Western Visayas still has 650,366 sacks of suitable NFA rice available as of June 2008’s end./PN

Editorial Cartoon: Magic

July 21, 2008

Where are the Goods?

Editorial Cartoon: The Promise

July 18, 2008

At least he’s got one word. Teheee!

Pacquiao to stay overnight at Danding’s mansion in Balbina

July 17, 2008

BOXING sensation Manny Pacquiao is set to arrive in Bacolod City Thursday afternoon from Iloilo and Aklan to hand over his million-peso donation to victims of Typhoon Frank last month.

Arroyo Watch: Sun.Star blog on President Arroyo

Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco and wife, Gretchen, is hosting Pacquiao’s visit in Hacienda Balbina in Pontevedra town.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said it was the request of Cojuangco’s wife, Gretchen, to play host to the newly crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion.

“Pacquiao’s donation will be coursed through the Lion’s Club in Bacolod for proper disposition.”

Aside from Bacolod City, Pacquiao will also give a P1.5-million donation to Iloilo City and P500,000 to Aklan, the mayor said.

There will be a motorcade along the main thoroughfares of the city before the ‘Pacman’ will proceed in front of the Bacolod City Hall for a short program where he will be awarded as ‘Bugal sang Bacolod’ as well as for autograph signing.

From Bacolod City Hall, he will proceed directly to Hacienda Balbina.

Leonardia said this is the only time he had asked Pacquiao for a favor. “I asked this (of him) after the last fight. I have not received a single centavo from him except tickets and accommodation. I am thanking him publicly in behalf of Bacolod City.”

Pacquiao’s last stop in Bacolod was on July 17, 2006.(Erwin Ambo Delilan & Gil Alfredo Severino)

Editorial Cartoon: Bad Breath

July 13, 2008

Real Stinky

Editorial Cartoon: Catching Votes

July 8, 2008

Haaaaaay politika!

Princess of the Stars 5th to sink, not 4th

July 7, 2008

MANILA, Philippines – I wonder why the vessel MV Boholana Princess, also owned by Sulpicio Lines, is never mentioned among the Sulpicio vessels that sank. I also wonder why there was no news of the sinking at that time.

I was a passenger on that ill-fated voyage and here’s my first-hand account: MV Boholana Princess left Cebu for Ormoc at 11 p.m. on Dec. 15,1990. Past midnight, the boat suddenly tilted to the left at an angle of 45 degrees. Passengers were startled out of their sleep, wondering what was happening. But there was no announcement through the public address system, or word from the ship’s captain and crew, about what was going on.

The passengers then scrambled to get life jackets. It was so dark outside the boat that jumping into the sea never crossed our minds. We were stranded for hours. Fishermen arrived to rescue us. But up to that point, there was still no announcement from the captain or from any crew member about what was happening. Finally, we started to evacuate the sinking vessel—with help from the fishermen, but none from the crew. Eventually, we all made it out of the ship.

Oh, by the way, before we left the boat, a guy asked us to surrender the vests we were wearing because they belonged to Sulpicio Lines. Yes, this happened many years ago, but everything is still so vivid in my mind because that incident made me scared of riding boats. This may be hearsay: while we were still on board, there was talk that the boat had hit a reef while the crew were in a drinking session. Still, we were all just grateful to God that nobody perished in that accident. It was all that mattered to us then—that we all came out of the accident alive.

In retrospect, we could have filed a suit against Sulpicio Lines because there was no announcement from the captain and crew about what had happened, and there was no rescue effort initiated by Sulpicio Lines.

Maybe the incident was never reported because there was no casualty. But all the passengers felt that the accident was caused by gross negligence. I hope an investigation into this incident will be conducted, because that will establish that MV Princess of the Stars was the fifth—not the fourth—Sulpicio ship to sink.

—GARDENIA LARRAZABAL, via e-mail

We checked this account with the Philippine Coast Guard. It is indeed on record that MV Boholana Princess, among 14 Sulpicio vessels that figured in an accident between 1986 and 1998, ran aground in 1990.—Ed. (A Letter from a PDI Reader)

The Sunken Ship’s List

July 6, 2008

Below are the list of survivors, passengers, and crew of the MV Princess of the Stars.

List of Survivors

List of Survivors as of June 24, 2008
NAMES MANIFESTED
1 JESSIE BUOT JESSIE BUOT
2 REYNALDO LANURIAS REYNALDO LANURIAS
3 JESUS GICA JESUS GICA
4 OLIVER A. AMORIN OLIVER A. AMORIN
5 REY PAGUIN REY S. PADIN
6 DANILO DEPLANAS DANILO TEMPLANZA
7 RICHIE TAYUNGTANG TAYONGTONG, RITCHE
8 GERRY PALENOR PELIMER, JERRY  (TK#258108)
9 PHILIP VASQUEZ VASQUEZ, PAL PHILLIP
10 URIEL LAGUBAN ONEIL S. LUBGUBAN (TK#259570)
11 RALPH ALAIN DELA PEÑA RALPH ALAIN DELA PENA
12 CARLO JASON ARAVIS CARLO JASON G. ARRABIS
13 RODEL LABORTE RODEL LABORTE
14 PHIL GILIG FEL GILIG
15 JOSE MARIE GARBO JOSE MARI P. GARBO
16 NIÑO LAURO NIÑA LAUROS
17 RUPERTA TAN RUPERT TAN
18 CRIACO NUÑEZ CIRIACO NUÑEZ
19 FAUSTO COLIS FAUSTO COLIS
20 FRANCISCO BATULA BATOLA, FRANCISCO
21 VICENTE BERUAS VICENTE BULANTE BURWAS
VICENTE DIAZ BURWAS
22 REYNANTE ARDINA RENANTE  ARDINA
23 EXUPERTO PENDON EXUPERIO M. PENDON
24 JONATHAN PENDON JONATHAN M. PENDON
25 SUSAN LISBO SUSAN  LIFBO
26 MINERVA TOREMUCHA MINERVA TORMOCHA
27 ANTONIO COSEP COSEP, ANTONIO JR.
28 RONNIE RELATIVO JIMMY RELATIVO
29 RUEL LIBOT ROEL LIBUT
30 ESTANISLAO TURA JR. ESTANISLAO TURA
31 NILO DAYGO NILO DAGYO
32 WRESLEY BLANCO JOSE LESLIE BLANCO

source: http://www.sulpiciolines.com

LIST OF PASSENGERS

Last Name First Name MI
Aballe Joselito R
Aballe Keisha Amidahla
Aballe Rosalina
Abano Iannah Therese
Abano Jayson
Abano Mary Jean
ABARQUEZ MYLA
Abduhadi Flamima
Abedania Arturo D
ABEJO TRISTAN A.
Abelgas Chona
ABELLA ANNABELLA
Abellana Adoracion
ABREN EMIL
ABUZO JOSA
Acebedo Ricardo
AGNASIN MARY JOY
AGUIPO HELENITA
ALBE WHILMORE
Alberca Jaime
Alburo Almario
Alcalde Antonio
Alcantara Evangeline Y
Alcantara Hannah Mae
Alcayde Petra
Alcazar Erlinda
Alcober Sunday
Alejo Encio
Alindahao Edelito
ALINDAJAO JOHN EMMAN
ALIPIN PETRA V.
Alipin Rogelio
Allagones Roberto
Allmorin Aladin Z
Alon Rusty
ALONZO ALMA
ALONZO ROSARIO
Alvarez Glen
Amacna Ester
Amad, Jr. Antonio
Amancio Jun-Jun
AMOOS MARIA CORAZON
Amorin Oliver A
Amper Janine S
Amper John Nino S
Andradi Vidal
ANGCO LABERNE
ANTINEARO JONATHAN
APAD JR II SIMPLICIO
APAT RAUL
ARAO ARAO FLOR DELINDA
Ardina Renante
ARGANTE RODRIGO
Arrabis Carlo Jason G
Arranchado Maisa
Arregadas Luceno
Arters Johnuel
Artes Justine
Artes, Jr. Sotero
Asuncion Christian
Atienza Rosevelt
Aurestila Cirilo
Autida Eutropio
Auza Lorna
Ayade Alejandro
Bacalanos Cesar
Bacalanos Rubelyn
BACUS ANNABELLE
Bacusa Madelyn
BAGUIO DESIDARIA
BAJADOR MARIA CARMENCITA
BAJADOR MONZA
Bajet Antonio
Balane Roland Jay
Balanga Jelly
Balocos Solomon
Balunan Charito
Bardilas Evelyn
Bardilas Romeo
Baring Roldan
Barret Armand
Bartilec Bon Ryan L
BARUC SHAINA JOY
Basa Marjorie
Basnillo Glen
BATERNA JABEL
Batiancila Sarah
Batola Francisco
Batulan, Jr. Jessie James M
BAUSTISTA LUZVIMINDA
Baya Lourdes
BAYNO IRENEO
BEJOC SR. REYNALDO
Bejona Pablito
Belanizo Vernie
Beretria Antonio P
BERMUDEZ PAUL
Berwas Vicente Diaz
Binaro Edelina P
Binaro Elvira P
BINONDO FLORAMIE
BITOME JENALYN
Biton Vergenia
Biyok Raul A
Blanco Jessie Rey
Blanco Jose Leslie
Blanco Rheafe
BLANCO ROSALINDA
Bohol Pascualito
Boltron Sheena May
BOMOTANO GLORIA
BOMOTANO JAYDER JAME
BOMOTANO JESSICA MAE
Bongato Francisco
Bonghanoy Rogelio I
BONILLA FERDINAND M.
BORIGOR ABEGAIL
Bucag Russel
Bula Democrito
Bulawin Desirie Buen
Bulawin Noche Buena
Bulawin, Jr. Desiderio
Bumarlong Herculano
BUOT JESSY
Burwas Vicente Bulante
Cabalquinto, Jr. Candido O
CABANOS MA. GERTRUDES
Cabansag Geniroso
Cabansag Gerald
Cabansag Rose
Cabucos Delia
CAGADAS JUNNIE
Cajes Jordan
Calago Anastacio
Calago Dondy
Calago Gregorio
Calago Paulina
Calatero Ireneo
Calayag Jonathan
Callelero Mathew F
Callelero Michael John
Caluyo Dann Kean Rai
Caluyo Janwelve
Campumanes Abundeuo
Cañada Randell B
CANAGA CECILE
CAÑETE MELJUDE
CANSON CHERYL
Cantay Rolindo
Cantillas Adelaida
CAPAYAS GLORIA
CARABALE JEFFREY
Caralde Felipe
Caralde Paul
Carano-o Aljun
Carano-o Glory Jean
Caray Jenelyn
CARMONA, JR. ARTURO
Cartonilla Jimmy B
Castillo Arturo C
CASTRO KAREN
Catimbang Jamal S
Catipay Emedito
CAYANAN VERNIE R.
Chavez Fernando
CHAVIT LORIE
CHUA BENEDICTO
Chua Henry
Cinco Aluel B
Cita Nicolas
Clarin Arlene R
COLINA PABLITO C.
Colis Fausto
Colis Vergelio
COLOYAN ALICIA
Compra, Jr. Cesar G
Conchas Roque Y
CONDES DEVINA
CONDRILLON BALTAZAR
CONDRILLON KEVIN
CONDRILLON NAEZAR
CONDRILLON NANCY
Conejos Marblecille
CONTRERAS LORNA
Corpuz Ferdinand
Corsiga Samuel M
CORTON RODOLFO
Cosep, Jr. Antonio
COYOCA ABDEEL
COYOCA JAPET
COYOCA JOCTAN
COYOCA LUZVIMINDA
Cruz Reynaldo
Cueva Orlando
CUTANDA ATILANO
Dagpin Perlita E
DAGYO NILO
Dait Avelina
Damalerio Oscar
Damaso Roycy
Dapatnapo Leandro
Dayanan Rolando
DE GUZMAN MARITES
de Jesus Reynaldo
de los Reyes Dolores
Dejacto Natavidad
DELA CERNA EDWIN
dela Cerna Ricardo
DELA CRUZ ALEX
dela Cruz Eric V
dela Cruz Gregorio
dela Cruz Jan Claire
dela Pena Ralph Alain
Delfino Eno
delos Reyes Rita
Dennis Anit
Desilva Engarcial
Deticio Estelita
Deticio Exequiel
Detiquez John Malcolm
Dicepolo Albert
DIDA SAAD
DIONALDO VICENTE
Docuyanan Ryan Jeff V
Dolera Charito Okaba
DOMINO OMEGA
DOROT MELODY JOYCE
Dumas Arjay Wilson C
Duroy Pearl Grace
EBALLENA JOEL T.
Ebanez Editha
Eltagon Jonnie
Embana Hermenigildo
EMMANUEL ALINDAJAO
Encenso Marichu
Ermac Victor
Escaran Ramil
Escartin Jonathan
Espina Bien Amhet
ESPINA PURISIMA
ESTORIA DANIEL A.
Evarola Felipa
EVELINA GALAMAY
Fabroa Rory Crisostomo
Fajardo Leonides
Fajardo Randy
FAJICULAY QUENNIE
FARIOLEN JORNALYN
Fariolyn Glen
Fausto Antonio
FELIX GIANNE ROSE
Fiel Jerico
Fiel Rose
FLORES RALPH EDISON
FONTANILLA ELIZABETH
FONTANILLA JOSE GHIRLAND
FURIA JOCELYN
GABISON JONATHAN
Gabumpa Anne Liese T
GALANIDA ELESITA
GALDO DHANY
Galdo Hermogenes D
Gamis Stefane Mae
Ganade Cherry Amor
Ganade Joel
Garbo Jose Mari P
Garces Lourdes T
Garces, Jr. Lorenzo E
Garcia Socrates
Garcia, Jr. Herminigildo
Gasilos Ariel
GAUDEL AILEN
GAUDEL BARRY
GAUDEL LUCY
Gemongala Delia
Gemongala Wedelisa
Genovia Susan
Geromo Eddie
Gevero Constancia
GIANGAN JOVENAL
GICA JESUS
Gijapon Eddie
Gilbuena Jessica
Gilbuena Justine
Gipgano Joselito
Gipgano Richard
Gipgano Rosalia
Glabog Michael R
Go Chezel Mae
Go Eugene Ray
Go Iris
GO, JR. ROBERT
Golez Francisco L
Gomez Riza
Gonzales Bob
Gorobat Nolan
GOYENECHEA MICHELLE
GRANADA EVANDER
GRANADA WENEBETH
Guinaling Jay Ann
Guinaling Mary Grace
GUINITARAN MARLON
Gumaling Joselito
Gustilo Josephine
HERMANO EDNA
Hermosilla Maida
Hermosilla Nemesio
HILARIO, JR. RICARDO
Himaya Jerluma
HOYOHOY JAY
Ibarola Arnelia
IGNACIO BERNADETTE
IGNACIO, JR. MACARIO
Illustrisimo Janeth
Illustrisimo Kristine Mae
Illut John Lawrence
Illut Josephine
Ilustrisimo Archelle A
Ilustrisimo Nenita
ILUSTRISIMO STEVEN
Jasper Canoy
Javier Jennifer
Javier Renz Anthony
Jayson Ulyses
Jeyson Espina
JIMENEZ, JR. MIGUEL
JINAYON NELISA
Jocelyn Fariolen
JONAVEL SALINAS
Juanico Marites
JULIUS LABOCA EUFRAN
La Luna Anita
La Luna Jamie Lyn
Labad Cheryl
LABAJO JONATHAN L.
Labang Cesar
Labang Juanita
Labis Cheryl
LABORTE ALVINO
LABORTE EMILIO
LABORTE RODEL
LABORTE TERESITO
LACARA EDGAR
Lacay Allan E
Lacay Maridel E
LAGAHID DEXTER
Lahay Lahay Andrilio
Lanchinebre, Windy
Landero Arnel
Lanit, Jr. Dalmacio
Lapaz Emmieliza
LAPUERTA RODRIGO
Largo Cecilia
Largo Jecelle
Largo Mae
Lariosa Roldan
Laturnas Juneven
Laurel Banjo V
Laurel Dodgie V
Laurel Esther
Laurel Jackie
Laurel Jacknil
Laurel Jonil V
Laurel Nilo
Laurente Debra
Laurente Jacoba
Lauron Gladys
Lauron Kent
Lauron Mark Brian
Lauron Marley
Lauron Shirley
LAUROS NIÑA
Lawas Loel
Ledesma Arceni
Legan Roselyn
Leones Dante
LEONILO SALAVER
Lequigan Esmeralda I
LERIN MARINA
Lifbo Susan
Limboy Rey
Limocon, Jr. Roberto
LOBERO JOROSS
LOBERO ROSEMARIE
Lobredo Antonio
Lobredo Jun Jun
LOGROÑO PATRICK
Logroño Romulo
LORETO, JR. ALIVIADO
Louie Alarde Ivor
Luardo Celerino
Lubguban Oneil S
Lucenara Nestor M
LUNASAN NICANOR
LUZADA NOEL
Macalipay Eliorindo
Macapaz Alan Gabriel
Madredijo Donald Eric E
MAGLASANG MARISSA AGUANTA
MAHINAY JOSIE
Mahusay Roel
Malunes Robert S
MALUYA EDWIN
Manango Jorinda S
Mangguilimotan Hermogena
Mangorale Aric
Mangorale Enrique
Mangorale Erica
Mangorale Mariel
Mangorale Marlou
Mangyao Elizalde
Mangyao, Jr. Santiago
Mangyao, Sr. Eduardo
Manigos Erica Marie
Manigos Filcire Marc
MANLAPAZ MARVIN
Manlunas, Jr. Felomino
Manuel Lumapas
MANUGAS RALPH
Maquilan Dionesia
MARA MARA DANILO
MARA MARA RODEL
MARK DIAZ
MARTIN RAMIRO
MARTINEZ ROMEO
MATIAS ANGELITA
MATIAS ELENITA
MATIAS RENATO
MATIAS WILFREDO
MAUNES ALEJANDRITO
Medrano Robelyn
Mejares Richard S
Mejias Richard
Mendoza Rea L
Mendoza Rica L
MIGUEL JECEL
Mindoro Marlon
MIPARANUM LYDIA
Modelyn Jadena
Molina Dexter
MOLINA RODOLFO
MONGAYA GEMMA
MONGAYA LEONARD
MONGAYA MA. ELAINE
MONTERDE ROGER
Montero Alyn S
Monterona Cristy Marie
Montesclaros Jose Alex S
Mortejo Generosie
Musa Jamal
MYARES JOSHUA
Nacua Aliza
Nacua Cyre Dominic
Nacua Danica
Nacua Liza
Nadela Mary Grace
NARISSA MANIGOS
NAVALES, JR. RODOLFO
Nemil Valentino
Nengasca Bonifacio
Nigparanon Alfredo M
Nunez Cesar
Nunez Lovelle Faith
Nunez Mary Razel
Nunez Roger
Nunez Sarcisio
Nunez Uriel
Nuqui Helen
Nuqui Jennifer
Nuqui Kathlyn
Nuqui Klaris
Nuqui Korine Kate
Nuqui Kyla Mae
Obena, Jr. Conrado
Obenza Celerina
Oca Geraldine
Ocampo Darling
OCAMPO GRACE
OCAMPO IVY
Ocampo Jamaica
OCAMPO JV
Ocariza Leya Mae
Odiada Recto
Okabe Teresita
OLEDAN WILFREDA
Oleo Angelo B
OREJUELA JOCELYN
Orfiano John Lester
ORIAS ROMEO
Ortega Leo
Osabel Eddie
OSORIO SOZETTE
Ouano Annaliza
Oyao Lolita C
OYAO MARICEL
Oyao Ronaldo P
Pacana Jaime
Padin Rey S
Padua Jacqueline
Padua Roy D
Pagalan Arnold
PAGALAN JOSELINO
Pahigdana Jonathan
PALOMADO JAN LAURENCE
Palomado John Michael
PALOMADO JORYN
Pandanon Eliza
PANGILINAN RODA
Pantojan Rogelito
PANTOLLIANA LUCINA
Panugan Michelle
Paradero Teofanis
Paradro Nemesias
Paras Jhoevany
Parba Cupertino E
Paredes Michael
Paris Josephine
Paris Quennie
Patalita Jovane
Patalita Sherlyn P
Payawal Rafael
Pelimer Jerry
Pendon Exuperio M
Pendon Jonathan M
Pepito Reinchel V
Peralta Evelio
Pescante Rinalyn
Pescante Rizalino
Pigar Lorenza
Pitogo Christian Jay
Pitogo Jelhwa Marie
Pitogo Jerily
Planas Jhon Melvin
Planas Joselito
PONCIANO EINSTEIN
Ponpon Narciso P
PORONES MARLON
PORQUIADO, JR. ROMEO G.
PRENCIONA ELLA JANE
PRENCIONA URSULO
Pulgo Alexandre G
Punzalan Virginia
Puson Jeremiah
QUILATON DARVEY
QUINAPONDAN ROGELIO
Quinton Benfedie A
RABE GLORIA
RABE RENATO
Rafols Jopet
Ramirez Jaime Antonio
RAMOS EDWARD
RAMOS LENIE
REAMBONANZA ROLDAN
REBAYA NELSO V.
REBUYON ARNULFO
Refuya Marlon
Relativo Jimmy
RELLIN, SR. NESTOR D
RELOS VIRGILIO
REQUILME JUVELYN
Reyes Froxelle Dane
Reyes Juan
RICO FE
RICO JOY
RICO MAUIE
Rico Sheila
Risma A
Risma Angeline
Risma Maria Merle
Risma Zyann
ROBERT FARIOLEN
Rodriguez Cheryl Q
Rodriguez Jhon Cleo
Rojas Socorro R
Roloma, Jr. Jimmy A
Romo Antonina
Romo Cloy Cloy
Rosales Anita
ROSELL ROSALIE
Rosos Ronald
RUELAN TEODORO
Rulida Anastacia
Rulida Xyron
Rusiana Jolito
Rusiana Jundel
Rusiana Junedie
Rusiana Rodger
SABALANDE GINO
SABALANDE ROSEMARIE
SABALONES NARDITA T.
SABALONES WENIFREDO
SABAN PIO
Sabit Renato T
SABUERO MARY JANE
Sagareno Eduardo
SAMSON ALBERTA S.
Samson Ernesto C
Sanchez Charisse
Sanchez Luis Z
SANCHEZ TERESA
SANGUENZA LUCRECIO
Santiago Anthony
SARCOL ROSENDO
Sardoma Mely
SATOR MA. CORAZON
Satorre Nenita E
Selerio Genelyn
Sepe, Jr. Epifanio
SERENADO DAISY
SERENADO DEMOCRACIO
SERENADO NICOLE SHANE
SEREÑO REYNALDO
SHEILLA RAMIREZ
Silao, Jr. Ricardo
Sillar Aquiles
Sim Annie Marie
Simbaco Abeking L
SINGCO RUSSELL
Sinina Antonio
Sismar Neressa
Sister Fe
Sister Manuel
Solante Terry Joseph C
SONGCO REYNALDO
Sotelliza Jennifer C
Sotto Solomon C
Sotto, Jr. Pepito C
SUN JONATHAN
SUPERALES NOEMI
Suson Marites
SUYAT VICENTE B.
Suzette Dulay
Tabanao Reynaldo I
Tabat Marcelina
Taboada Marcelino
Talaboc Cesar
TAMBIGA CARMEN
TAMBIGA LELAND
TAMILAS, JR. DANIEL
TAMPUS ANALYN
Tampus Girlie B
Tampus Nelson M
TAN RUPERT
TANDAN KIT T.
TANGOAN ANITA
Tangpos Sarah
Tao Ricardo
TAPING DAYLINDITA
TAYONGTONG RITCHIE
TAYONGTONG, JR. EPHRAIM
TE KATHLEEN
TEJERIO JOSEPH
Templanza Danilo
TESADO AILYN
Tibon Bennedict
TIGCOM OPHELIA
Tillano Glenn P
TILLOR HELEN
Timajo Christopher
TINGAL MA. SHIELA
TINIO GERMINITA
TINIO JERIC
TINIO RAUL
TINIO ROWINSON
TINIO, JR. MARCOS
TISSLER LOURDES
Tomara Lucky
TOMORCHA MINERVA
TOÑON JENIFER
Torida Bonie
TOSTON ARNULFO
Traballo Eliza
Traballo Marelen
Tribunalo Rex Vincent
Trinidad Junie
Tudtud Venice A
Tulda Joram
Tulda Neil
Tulda Prescilla
Tumakay Sally Ann
Tunacao Angelo
Tunacao Fe
Tuquib Jose Ramil
UMACOB JERRY
UMACOB TERESITA
Ungsod Jocelyn
Ungsod Karyle Ann
VALDERAMA IZABEL
VALDERAMA VILMA
VALDEZ ROWENA
VALDEZ SHAINLY
Vanessa Bridildo
VANESSA PUGADO
Vasquez Pal Phillip
Velasquez Antonio V
Vergara Amalia L
Vesagas Rany
Vesagas Redgie
Vesagas Richard
Viadnes Julito
Vidal Felomina
VILAS ENRIQUITA
VILLACARLOS LEVI
VILLANUEVA KERT CHRISTOPHER
Villareal Adolfo A
Villarta Rodelio S
VILLARUEL ADELITO
Villaruel Estrella S
Villaruel Rogelio R
Villas Jennelyn
Villauel Adelaine Nicole
Villoria Josefina
Vincent Reinoso
Vitor Alejandro
VITOR JEMAFELYN
VITOR JESALYN
Wilma Carabio
Ybañez Joan
Ycong Ferolino
Ygona Fidel
Ynot Ricardo
Yurong Hermenio
ZIEGFRED, JR. BACHO

source: http://www.sulpiciolines.com

LIST OF CREW MEMBERS

CREW
1 CAPT. FLORENCIO M. MARIMON, SR. MASTER
2 C/M RICARDO C. PELICANO CHIEF MATE
3 2/M JAY FRANCO LABIAGA SECOND MATE
4 3/M EMILITO AYAPANA THIRD MATE
5 C/E MARIO B. NUÑEZ CHIEF ENGINEER
6 2/E ROSS RILLERA SECOND ENGINEER
7 3/E GILDO R. SABORDO THIRD ENGINEER
8 4/E DIYZON LIBRADO FOURTH ENGINEER
9 RICKY GONZAGA AUXILLARY 4TH ENGINEER
10 SANTIAGO DOROY, JR. RADIO OPERATOR
11 DR. RAYMUNDO QUIROZ SHIP PHYSICIAN
12 JOEL GUIOGUIO BOATSWAIN
13 MICHAEL SUMASAY QUARTER MASTER
14 LEONARDO ACUZAR QUARTER MASTER
15 RUEL LARIBA QUARTER MASTER
16 JEFFREY CENIZA WATCHMAN
17 FRANCISCO CABANGANAN WATCHMAN
18 EDWARD DIMOL WATCHMAN
19 EFREN EDISAN O.S TOOLKEEPER
20 DEXTER PARDILLO ORDINARY SAILOR
21 VICTOR ROSELLO ORDINARY SAILOR
22 VYNER ARANTILLA ORDINARY SAILOR
23 AGAPITO COMETA ORDINARY SAILOR
24 PEDRO YURAG ORDINARY SAILOR
25 GILBERTO SOLATORIO ORDINARY SAILOR
26 ROBERT VINCENT DELA CRUZ ORDINARY SAILOR
27 ALLAN ROSEL FORKLIFT OPERATOR
28 REYNALDO RAVANES FORKLIFT OPERATOR
29 JOHN TOMAS INSO APPRENTICE MATE
30 RUDOLF SABLAS APPRENTICE MATE
31 DENNIS RANAN APPRENTICE MATE
32 JAYSON FONTALBA APPRENTICE MATE
33 LEONILO ANGELO UBALDO APPRENTICE MATE
34 JOVEN HAYLO APPRENTICE MATE
35 JAYSON ALEGRIA APPRENTICE MATE
36 REYNAN BERONIA APPRENTICE MATE
37 WALTER VERGARA ASST. ELECTRICIAN
38 PHILIP RANDY ALAGBAY ASST. ELECTRICIAN
39 DARIO ANO-OS REEFERMAN
40 MARK ANTHONY EULDAN MACHINIST
41 JONATHAN ECONAS OILER
42 CABALLERO VERULO OILER
43 ABNER SANCHEZ OILER
44 RODOLFO TABOADA, JR. OILER
45 FLORWEN PAYUD APPRENTICE ENGR.
46 HERBERT OMALE APPRENTICE ENGR.
47 FEL GILIG APPRENTICE ENGR.
48 ROMEO HARA APPRENTICE ENGR.
49 PABLITO GEMINO HOUSEKEEPER
50 ROMMEL PERALES HOUSEKEEPER
51 SHEVA ROMARATE STEWARDESS
52 ERIC RUBIO SHIP NURSE
53 ENRICO BARTIDO CHIEF PURSER
54 ARMILIA BOHOLITO ASST. PURSER
55 GINO CARLO AVENTURADO ASST. PURSER
56 JOEY AVENIDO APP. PURSER
57 FELIXBERTO LAGURA CHIEF STEWARD
58 AVELINO RECLA ASST. CHIEF STEWARD
59 SANTIAGO DINAGUIT CHIEF COOK
60 CEDRIANO QUIRONG ASST. COOK
61 BARRY LAGUNA ASST. COOK
62 ROEL LIBUT ASST. COOK
63 REYNALDO VULABOS ASST. COOK
64 ROBERTO MONTERDE ASST. COOK
65 ABEL TANTANO ASST. COOK
66 ROSELLER CACAS STOREKEEPER
67 HIPOLITO MONDRAGON MESSMAN
68 GLENN DELA TORRE MESSMAN
69 LYDIO APDOHAN MESSMAN
70 RONALD FANLO MESSMAN
71 FELIPE LINAWAN MESSMAN
72 CRIS SALES MESSMAN
73 RENOIR COMAJIG MESSMAN
74 ADONES QUIÑANCLA MESSMAN
75 NONITO GULFAN MESSMAN
76 RAMIL ENJAMBRE MESSMAN
77 ALEJANDRO BUENAFLOR MESSMAN
78 JOSE SANELITO LANADA MESSMAN
79 JOMER LAURENTE MESSMAN
80 CIRIACO NUÑEZ MESSMAN
81 RICKY TINDOGAN MESSMAN
82 FERNANDO VILLAR MESSMAN
83 OWEN RAAGAS MESSMAN
84 JEFFREY CORTES MESSMAN
85 FELIPE OMANDAC JR. MESSMAN
86 ESTANISLAO TURA MESSMAN
87 MAYO DUALOS MESSMAN
88 DEXIE FELOMINO MESSMAN
89 RICHANEL ARRANGUEZ SANITARY SUPERVISOR
90 RONNIE OSTIA SANITARY PERSONNEL
91 WALTER OLASIMAN SANITARY PERSONNEL
92 ARNEL JALIPA SANITARY PERSONNEL
93 IGNACIO LAVADIA SANITARY PERSONNEL
94 ARCADIO REMULTA SANITARY PERSONNEL
95 ARNIEL CASIA SANITARY PERSONNEL
96 DANNY BANTOLINAO SANITARY PERSONNEL
97 JUNREY ALBARICO SANITARY PERSONNEL
98 NOVAL ANANIAS SANITARY PERSONNEL
99 LEMAR DIAMOS SANITARY PERSONNEL
100 DANILO MALUYA SANITARY PERSONNEL
101 ALLAN COYOCA SANITARY PERSONNEL
102 HENRY TIRO SANITARY PERSONNEL
103 JHONDY CASTRO SANITARY PERSONNEL
104 ELMER LAWAN SANITARY PERSONNEL
105 JIMBEJAIME DESCARTEN SANITARY PERSONNEL
106 RENATO LANURIAS SANITARY PERSONNEL
107 ALBERTO GASTARDO SANITARY PERSONNEL
108 JUANITO UMPAD SANITARY PERSONNEL
109 JAYSON NECESARIO SANITARY PERSONNEL
110 TONY DINGAL SANITARY PERSONNEL
111 SONNY GUIRHIM SANITARY PERSONNEL
112 JULITO ABAÑO VESSEL HOUSEKEEPER
Non-Crew
1 JOEL MOLO Security Officer
2 GIL MARAMARA Security Escort
3 FERDINAND OLISA Security Escort
4 ARNEL BERGADO Security Escort
5 DOMENCIANO ALVARADO Security Escort
6 ROMY ASEVEROS Security Escort
7 DENNIS CERINA Security Escort
8 RONNIE TINIDERO Security Escort
9 GILBERT OLIVA Security Escort
10 BOYET RIVAS Security Escort
11 DANIEL ROMULO JR. Canteen Personnel
12 RENATO OMBRERO Canteen Personnel
13 FELIX VILLARINO Canteen Personnel
14 JERRY PAUTAN Canteen Personnel
15 LEONITO MARAMAR Canteen Personnel
16 JULIE MENDOZA Parlor Personnel
17 JAINA SEPE Parlor Personnel
18 JOJIE ALECHA Parlor Personnel
19 ESTRELLA NAVESIS Parlor Personnel
20 SUSAN BOHOL Parlor Personnel
21 JULIETA ABATAYO Parlor Personnel
22 JON LOUIS AMOLO Videoke In Charge
23 PO1 RICARDO MARAMAG Sea Marshall
24 PO2 REYNALDO MACARAEG Sea Marshall
25 SN1 CHARLON RAMOS Sea Marshall
26 PO1 GERARDO VALLOZO Sea Marshall
27 RAMIL MISA Canteen Personnel
28 MERCEDITA E. ADOLFO SPA Personnel
29 NELIA DEMETILLO SPA Personnel

source: http://www.sulpiciolines.com

Editorial Cartoon: Stealing the Goods, Stealing the Votes

July 5, 2008

Another sign that the election season is on

Nograles opposes gov’t takeover of Sulpicio

July 4, 2008

By Delon Porcalla
Friday, July 4, 2008

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Speaker Prospero Nograles yesterday said the government must make the “disaster-prone” Sulpicio Lines pay for the death of at least 700 passengers of the ill-fated M/V Princess of the Stars, rejecting proposals for a government takeover.

“The government has no business getting into private businesses,” Nograles said in a statement, effectively shutting down the takeover proposal.

Nograles instead suggested that government apply “the full force of the law to punish whoever is responsible for the mishap, which now appears to have been caused by negligence and bad judgment.”

Heads should also roll in the Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Ports Authority and the Department of Transportation and Communications on who allowed the ferry to sail amid the presence of typhoon “Frank.”

“Officials of the agencies that oversee the maritime industry should be asked to step down or resign from their posts,” Nograles said.

He said government must have the resolve to modernize and streamline maritime operations to ensure the safety of all water vessels.

“I don’t think that the government’s takeover of Sulpicio will improve our record on maritime safety. Government has no business getting into private business. Its business is not to make money but to address the basic social needs of the people,” Nograles said.

“The correct supervision, regulation and oversight of the DOTC officials and its responsible agencies are some of the major defects that cause sea mishaps. And their incompetence will be rewarded by allowing them to take over? In other countries, they would be asked to resign,” Nograles said.

As for the management of Sulpicio Lines, Nograles said that the company’s license to operate may be revoked and criminal and civil charges should be filed against the shipping company.

Nograles has endorsed a marathon investigation on the Princess of the Stars mishap.

The main objective of this investigation, he said, will be to craft measures that will improve the country’s maritime industry and, at the same time, plug the loopholes of existing maritime laws.

Nograles noted that the overlapping functions of several agencies might have also been the culprit behind the country’s embarrassing maritime safety record, thus recommending the streamlining of agencies involved in the regulation and supervision of vessels in the country.

Even Sen. Pia Cayetano agreed with Nograles that Malacañang should look into the problems of the country’s maritime industry instead of contemplating the takeover of Sulpicio Lines, Inc.

Cayetano stressed that even if the government bases the takeover on a constitutional provision, it would still not address the problem within the agencies responsible for the safety of our seas. – With Christina Mendez

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My Take:

Normally, I would clap my hand in agreement with Nograles.  But something is telling me that this latest Nograles-antic is a no Nograles-regular.

I am posing this question thus: Bakit?  Anong interes ang pinoprotektahan ni Nograles sa Sulpicio lines?

Sana eh “wala” ang sagot dito.  But if anyone out there knows something we dont, you can enlighten us here.

🙂

My prayers to the victims of the mishap.

Quezon execs mull civil suit vs Sulpicio

July 4, 2008

By Perseus Echeminada
Friday, July 4, 2008

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It’s now Quezon’s turn to threaten Sulpicio Lines with a legal case reportedly for the huge damage inflicted on the province’s livelihood by the sinking of the M/V Princess of the Stars.

“We are studying the option of filing a civil suit,” Quezon Gov. Dante Nantes told reporters at a news forum at Danarra Hotel in Quezon City yesterday.

The governor’s pronouncement came a day after Romblon officials announced plans to sue Sulpicio Lines for damages.

Nantes said the province’s fishing industry suffered heavily after the sinking because a health department ban on fishing in Romblon has caused a widespread aversion to fish among consumers.

The government earlier ordered a temporary ban on the consumption of fish caught in Romblon due to possible contamination of endosulfan, a container of which was in the cargo hold of the sunken ship.

Compounding the province’s woes, Nantes said, was its having to deal with corpses washed ashore, particularly in the coastal town of Mulanay.

“The fish scare is affecting the livelihood of the people,” he said. He said the province also lost more than a thousand fishing boats due to the onslaught of typhoon “Frank” (international codename Fengshen).

The governor stressed that fish harvested in Quezon waters – even if they fed on human flesh – are safe to eat.

He also assuaged fears of possible chemical contamination in Quezon’s waters.

“If the eyes (of fish) are red then the fish are exposed to certain chemicals,” he said.

Nantes said the site of the sinking is far from Quezon and that any spillage or chemical contamination would be evident in Sibuyan.

Princess of the Stars sank on June 21 off Sibuyan Island in Romblon while trying to seek shelter at the height of typhoon Frank. It was on its way to Cebu with more than 800 passengers and crew on board when tragedy struck. Only 57 were reported to have survived and hundreds more are missing.

Livelihood assistance

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap will propose to President Arroyo a P35-million livelihood assistance for some 1,500 fishermen affected by the fishing ban in San Fernando, Romblon.

Duque said at a press briefing that he had recently discussed the idea with Yap and that they agreed to propose it to Mrs. Arroyo.

He said the plan involves the distribution of P16,000 to every affected fisherman for three months or just about the time it will take for experts to refloat the sunken vessel.

Duque said they based the amount on the assumption that a fisherman normally harvests 10 to 15 kilos of fish daily which they sell for P40 to P50 per kilo.

But Duque said the proposed assistance program should not stop Sulpicio Lines from extending its own aid package to fishermen.

“Sulpicio Lines, as an expression of its corporate social responsibility, should actually approach the affected fisherfolk and see how it can mitigate the dilemma confronting these fishermen and the threat to their fishing industry,” Duque said.

The DOH will conduct daily tests on San Fernando waters until the ferry’s toxic cargo is retrieved.

Duque reiterated that fish sold in Metro Manila are safe for human consumption because they come from Palawan and not from Romblon.

Speedy help promised

Sulpicio Lines promised yesterday to fasttrack the release of compensation to the legal heirs of the victims in the ferry sinking.

In a statement read by lawyer Arthur Lim, the firm said that SLI would cut down the waiting period from one year to one week. “If we can deliver the check in one or two days’ time so much the better,” Lim said.

He added that they would no longer wait for the authorities to complete the retrieval of the bodies before they hand out the P200,000 check to each of the beneficiaries. If all the 724 victims were compensated, the SLI would be spending P144 million.

“SLI has decided to cast aside technicalities and waive the waiting period of one year within which missing passengers will be compensated,” the statement read. “There is no need to hire the services of a lawyer because the claims will be acted upon with dispatch and with a simple documentation as possible.”

Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos has admitted that Edgar Go, SLI senior first vice president, recently asked for his help in convincing the government not to ground the liner’s vessels.

“I went to Malacañang the other day (June 30) because of the request of the owner of Sulpicio Lines,” Pueblos said in an interview with Radio Veritas. He said Go requested him to make an appeal to Malacañang against the grounding of the firm’s vessels.

He said he relayed Go’s message to a Malacañang official whom he declined to name. The official, he said, responded “positively.” – With Sheila Crisostomo, Evelyn Macairan, Mike Frialde(PhiliStar)

Sulpicio loses court case

July 4, 2008

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CEBU – A Regional Trial Court judge here awarded P6 million to the heirs of one of the fatalities in the M/V Princess of the Orient, another ship owned by Sulpicio Lines Inc., which sank off Batangas in 1998.

Reporters got a copy only last Wednesday of the ruling issued by Judge Estella Alma Singco last Feb. 1. The judge found Sulpicio Lines liable for civil damages for the death of Ernesto Unabia, one of 70 confirmed fatalities when Princess of the Orient sank after being battered by strong waves near Fortune Island in Batangas on Sept. 18, 1998. Eighty passengers and crew remain missing.

Sulpicio Lines is currently facing a possible class suit for the death of more than 800 people after the company-owned liner M/V Princess of the Stars sank off Sibuyan Island in Romblon at the height of typhoon “Frank” last June 21.

Singco ordered the shipping company to pay Unabia’s heirs P6.240 million in compensatory damages for lost earnings, P100,000 for moral damages, P50,000 indemnity and another P50,000 for attorney’s fees and litigation cost.

The case stemmed from a complaint filed by Verna Unabia and her three children over the death of Ernesto, a seaman in an international ship earning $3,000 a month.

Singco, in her 19-page decision, said that Sulpicio Lines’ failure to take disciplinary action against the ship captain, Esrum Mahilum, who also figured in several sea mishaps prior to the Princess of the Orient tragedy, made the firm’s management liable for negligence.

Records of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) showed that the Princess of the Orient touched bottom at the entrance of North Harbor in Manila, sideswiped another container vessel and the engine room even caught fire while berthed at North Harbor, and the vessel was towed from Manila to Cebu then to Singapore for repairs and dry docking.

But, despite all these incidents, Sulpicio Lines retained Mahilum as the ship’s captain until the vessel sank.

The Board of Marine Inquiry that investigated the mishap found that the company lacked the initiative to discipline Mahilum.

“For failing on the part of the defendant to take disciplinary action against Capt. Mahilum relative to those incidents, and allowing him to retain his job, the defendant unnecessarily exposed the vessel and the passengers to the tragic mishap,” Singco said in her decision.

Singco cited investigation reports of the Marina that blamed Mahilum for his incompetence and negligence.

Mahilum, who remains missing until now, failed to supervise his officers and crew in the process of abandoning the ship.

According to the court, while it (Mahilum’s retention as skipper) did not cause the sinking, “such failure doubtless contributed materially to the loss of life.”

Singco said that Sulpicio Lines failed to overcome the presumption of fault or negligence that arises in cases of death or injuries to the passengers.

“Under Articles 2176 and 2180 of the Civil Code, owners and managers are responsible for damages caused by the negligence of a servant or an employee, the master or employer is presumed to be negligent either in the selection or in the supervision of that employee,” Singco said.

The judge added that such presumption may be overcome only by satisfactorily showing that the employer exercised the care and diligence of a good father in the selection and the supervision of its employees, as ruled by the Supreme Court in the case Pestaño vs. Sumayang.

Singco said that based on evidence presented by the complainant, Sulpicio Lines clearly failed to exercise due diligence in the supervision of its employees.

“Hence, the defendant (Sulpicio Lines) is liable for the death of the plaintiff’s husband,” the court ruled.

In awarding the damages to the complainant, the court computed it based on the victim’s gross annual earnings multiplied by the number of years he was supposed to be employed until his retirement. According to the wife, her husband was only 37 years old at the time of the incident, which means he still had 13 years before retirement as a seaman working on foreign vessels.

Seaman Unabia was earning $3,000 a month or P120,000 based on the P40:$1 exchange rate in 1998. Based on the court’s computation, Unabia would have earned P6.240 million until his age of retirement.

Unabia’s case is the first to be decided among the cases filed by other victims of the Princess of the Orient tragedy.

Another civil case is still pending before the RTC branch 23, which is reportedly due for judgment in August.

Unabia’s family is among the very few who refused to amicably settle their claims with the shipping company.

Among the passengers of the ill-fated ship that survived were Cebu City councilor Edgardo Labella and his wife and the late Colonel Napoleon Sesante, who died of cancer.

Labella and Sesante did not join the class suit that some of the victims’ heirs have filed against the shipping company. – Fred Languido/Freeman News Service

Typhoon victims to get P120,000

July 4, 2008

BACOLOD City – A team from the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) currently conducting information dissemination activities here will be turning over P120,000 to the Roxas City government. They money is for the typhoon victims.

CFO Senior Immigration Service Officer Kimberly Joy Dizon said the amount came from “Feed the Hungry,” a non-stock, non profit organization based in Virginia, United States run by Filipinos.

The donation is made possible thru the “Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino” (LINKAPIL) program that coordinates with international Filipino organizations worldwide, encouraging them to help the country.

“Through the LINKAPIL or Link for Philippine Development Program, overseas Filipinos are able to channel their assistance to projects in livelihood/micro-enterprise development, education, health and welfare, small-scale infrastructure and technology transfer,” Dizon said.

CFO maintains links with Filipino associations and other possible donors overseas, as well as local partners in the country. The team is set to conduct series of information dissemination activities in Roxas City this week. (PIA/PN)

Diarrhea cases in province climb to 724

July 4, 2008

By NIÑA JANE A. SOURIBIO

ILOILO – Diarrhea cases in this province have now reached 724, reported the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

The figure could still rise, said Provincial Health Officer Patricia Grace Trabado, as municipalities grapple for potable water.

Respiratory and skin diseases are also being looked into by the PHO, said Trabado.
The town of Barotac Viejo, one of the municipalities devastated by Typhoon “Frank,” has the highest number of diarrhea cases with 43. It was followed by Miag-ao with 23.

Respiratory ailments like colds, on the other hand, reached 1,877 across the province.
There were 1,285 recorded cases of various skin diseases, PHO revealed.

“Health officers were dispatched to evacuation centers to prevent the outbreak of diseases,” Trabado said.

She had one simple advice to Ilonggos: boil their drinking water first.

Diarrhea cases have gone up to 724 cases from the previously 233 cases, respiratory tract infection to 1,077 from 1,029, headache to 1,140 from 628, injuries to 2,045 from 1,048, and skin infection to 1,425 from 448.

Trabado stressed, however, that the situation could not be considered alarming.

She advised people to seek early intervention if they are sick by going to the nearest barangay health stations, rural health units, and even submit to medical missions being conducted in their areas./PN

‘LEPTOS’ KILLS 2

July 4, 2008

City posts two more post-typhoon deaths

By DAVID ISRAEL SINAY

ILOILO City – Two died of infectious leptospirosis in this city, bringing to three the number of casualties since Typhoon “Frank” left.

Jose Militar, former village chief of Brgy. Banuyao, La Paz district, expired yesterday.

The other leptospirosis victim was 28-year-old Severo Villamucho, a resident of Brgy. San Roque, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras but worked and temporarily resided in Mandurriao district.

Villamucho had been hospitalized at the Western Visayas Medical Center since June 27. He died on Monday.

Leptospirosis is a water-borne disease usual in flooded areas. It is caused by the contamination of the flood water with animal urine. Infection begins when the contaminated water comes in contact with broken skin.

Friday last week, this city recorded its first post-typhoon casualty from a water-born disease. The 21-year old Florence Natalie Dagohoy of Brgy. Bolilao, Mandurriao was the first recorded casualty of diarrhea.

Yesterday, Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the release of P20,000 for the procurement of antibiotics – like doxycycline and profilaxis – for the treatment of these diseases.

The medicines will be dispatched to various health centers in the metropolis.

City Health Office (CHO) chief Dr. Urminico Baronda said prone to infection are those with open wounds and treading on murky and contaminated waters.

Treñas urged residents to immediately see a doctor if they think they are sick.

But he admitted that the CHO lacks manpower – doctors, nurses, midwives, etc. – in health centers.

Still, Baronda remains confident that post-typhoon illnesses, especially gastrointestinal diseases, would be manageable.

His office has recorded some 50 cases of stomach problems.

CLEAN WATER
Treñas yesterday said water supplies being distributed by the city’s fire trucks and water tanks are potable drinking water and not other purposes.

Treñas said the local government resorted to water distribution as 75 percent of the city’s 418,000 population are without available drinking water.

The residents’ need for potable should be prioritized and attended to, the mayor stressed.
Thousands of bottled water being provided are not sufficient to the daily demands of city residents, the mayor admitted.

Several water treatment plants are now stationed in critical areas, where water sources and supplies are scarce.

The city has stationed three small water treatment plants from Ayala-Metro Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) compound.

MIWD presently provides free three to five gallons of water to city residents daily.
The water treatment plant the Spanish government donated will be stationed in Jaro district, Treñas said.

The Department of Health and the City Health Office had issued health advisories on water-borne diseases that may emerge – diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever and leptospirosis, among others.

Typhoon “Frank” swamped almost half of the city’s land area with water and mud, contaminating almost all sources of potable water. Even some water refilling stations were not spared by the inundation.

The CHO advised residents to boil first their drinking water./PN

Editorial Cartoon: M/V Princess of the Stars, a Tragedy by Men

July 4, 2008

Kaninong sala?

Int’l Envi Groups Hit Presence of Pesticides in Sunken Ship

June 30, 2008

Two international environmental groups have condemned the presence of a shipment of Endosulfan, a highly-toxic pesticide, aboard Sulpico Lines’ M/V Princess of the Stars, which sank last week with 57 survivors so far out of 895 passengers amid the onslaught of typhoon “Frank.” The shipment was headed for the pineapple farms of the multinational Del Monte Corporation.

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
Bulatlat
Vol. VIII, No. 21, June 29-July 5, 2008

Two international environmental groups have condemned the presence of a shipment of Endosulfan, a highly-toxic pesticide, aboard Sulpico Lines’ M/V Princess of the Stars, which sank last week with 57 survivors so far out of 895 passengers amid the onslaught of typhoon “Frank.” The shipment was headed for the pineapple farms of the multinational Del Monte Corporation in Mindanao.

Manufactured by Bayer Crop Science, Endosulfan is a neuro-toxic organo-chlorine substance that has been restricted in the Philippines since 1994. The Pesticide Action Network-Asia and the Pacific (PAN-AP) has described it as “one of the world’s most dangerous pesticides.”

Various scientific studies have indicated that it endangers the health of farm workers, children, as well as those living in proximate areas – with poisoning symptoms including headaches, nausea, vomiting, seizures; and, in extreme cases, unconsciousness and even death. A suspected endocrine disruptor, it has been linked to autism, male reproductive harm, and birth defects. It also affects the nervous system, causing hyper-excitement and convulsions, as well as the respiratory system and the heart. It can harm skin upon contact and is even more toxic upon inhalation and swallowing. It is feared to cause long-term damage to the aquatic environment.

Cases of Endosulfan poisonings resulting in death or severe disability have been reported mainly in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Effects on survivors include congenital deformities, delayed male sexual maturity, female hormonal disorders, congenital mental retardation, cerebral palsy, psychiatric disturbances, epilepsy, cancers; skin, eye, ear, nose and throat problems; impaired memory, and chronic malaise.

“It is totally scandalous that Endosulfan, which is banned in the Philippines, is allowed for use by cash-crop industries such as Del Monte and Dole!” said Sarugani V. Renjam, PAN-AP executive director. “The Philippine government has failed in its responsibility to protect the people of the Philippines, it should have imposed a total ban on this extremely hazardous pesticide. Why are there exemptions on Endosulfan use for these multinational companies? And it is only due to this tragic event that these issues have come to light!”

“It is outrageous that a shipment of a highly toxic substance was allowed on board a passenger vessel,” Beau Baconguis, Greenpeace campaign manager, meanwhile said. “We demand that Del Monte and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority be made fully accountable for this unfolding chemical disaster, the former for continuing the use of such highly toxic chemical and the latter for allowing multinational companies to use them despite the national prohibition and the scientific evidence of their toxicity.”

“This pesticide has also been found to be highly toxic to birds, fish and other aquatic organisms,” Baconguis added. “This is the reason why the Philippines has severe restrictions on the use of Endosulfan especially near or around bodies of water. The M/V Princess of the Stars disaster has now exposed that a multinational corporation like Del Monte is using tons of banned pesticides on their pineapples meant for export. That it took a tragic disaster to expose another ongoing disaster is infuriating.”

The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) had banned Endosulfan, but exemptions were made for Dole and Del Monte in the Philippines.

“In 1994 the Pesticides Technical Advisory Committee made recommendations to ban Endosulfan to the Philippines Pesticides Authority,” said Dr. Romeo Quijano, a toxicologist at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine and president of PAN-Philippines. “And the exemptions for Dole and Del Monte should only be in place for two years. But after this call for a ban, the Pesticides Technical Advisory Committee has not called for another meeting and has been dormant since!”

Endosulfan has been banned in the European Union and in many other countries, including Sri Lanka. The substance has been the subject of a Campaign for a Global Ban by the Pesticide Action Network, the International POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) Network and other concerned groups. It is being considered for global elimination under the United Nations Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, or the Stockholm Convention – to which the Philippines is a signatory.

Meanwhile, Del Monte, Sulpicio Lines, and the Philippine Coast Guard are pointing fingers at each other as to who should be held responsible for the Endosulfan that was precariously lodged inside the sunken M/V Princess of the Stars. Because of the risk of contamination, search operations have been stopped and the people prevented from fishing in the waters of Sibuyan Sea, thereby depriving them of their primary source of livelihood. Bulatlat

43 bodies from sunken ship reach Bicol waters

June 30, 2008

LEGAZPI CITY—The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol Wednesday has accounted so far 43 dead bodies retrieved from the waters of the region and listed some 54 survivors from a number of sea mishaps at the height of Typhoon Frank, of which MV Princess of the Stars recorded the highest fatalities of over 800 passengers.

Aside from the MV Princess of the Stars that sank in rough seas off Sibuyan Island in Romblon, the OCD Bicol reported that at least eight fishing boats and one cargo vessel also went down under the sea last Saturday.The OCD said that among the fishing boats that capsized from the battering of Typhoon Frank included F/B Mary Eugence, F/B Junar, F/B Nicole Louise 2, M/V Princess Claire, F/B South Seas, a cargo vessel loaded with coal, and Lake Paoay. There were some 129 crew members in the eight fishing vessels.

Supt. Theodore Reuben Sindac, police provincial director of Masbate, reported that the 43 dead bodies retrieved by fishermen in the waters off Masbate Island and he added that in his province another 14 persons were missing and 15 persons rescued after the sea mishaps.

Sindac said that four crew members of F/B Nicole Louise 2, a 44.33 tonner vessel owned by certain Allan Daniel of Cadiz City, were rescued in Barangay Mahayahay, Cawayan, Masbate.

He identified three survivors from Escalante, Negros Occidental the fishermen of Masbate rescued as Rogelio Ancayos Mermida, 62, of Danao Port, Geronimo Sante Guardiana, 36, and another one from Cadiz City identified as Salvador Marcos Sina, 38.

Sindac said the fishing vessel of the survivors was hit by a tornado at the height of the typhoon in Cebu City and later they were swept to the waters off the coast of Masbate.

He said that the list of missing persons from the sea mishaps included Sandy Guelos, Eusenio Artajo, Victor Nepangue, Freddie Mansan, Antonio Hugasan Jr., Nandy Pasilan, Dondon Nepangue, Junel Sagal, Ronnie Nasic, Raymundo Barellas, Joel Abargues, Joseph Siboyro, Eduardo Bagaporo and Roger Avanud.

The Masbate police director said that a certain Benedicto Tamayo, 47, of Sebunag in Guimaras, Iloilo was also rescued Monday in Barangay Pasig, Claveria, Burias Island. Tamayo was a crew of F/B Mary Eugence.

A day earlier, Jomer Siasco, Antonio Berder and Allan Posadas were rescued while 11 dead bodies were also retrieved in the shores of the towns of Esperanza and Balud in Masbate province.

OCD Bicol chief Bernardo Alejandro told Bombo Radyo-Legazpi Wednesday that officials from the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development and Philippine National Police had accompanied him to the search and rescue operation in the towns of San Pascual and Claveria.

Alejandro said the team went to the coastal towns on board a two helicopters the Southern Luzon Command provided.

He reported that they found 12 decomposing bodies in San Pascual town who were ordered buried after health officials took samples from the cadavers for identification.

In Claveria town, Alejandro said, 20 survivors were sent home after their identities had been recorded and added that six fishermen fatalities were identified with the aid of the fellow fishermen.(BicolMail)

Editorial Cartoon: Campaign Period

June 30, 2008

It officially started.

Editorial Cartoon: SOS

June 27, 2008

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Editorial Cartoon: The Hole

June 27, 2008

Yuckie!

World stops for bereaved; lives are put on hold

June 27, 2008

MANILA, Philippines—The world has virtually stopped for the families of the missing passengers of the sunken MV Princess of the Stars.

Anxious, tired and worried, they have abandoned their regular routines and put their lives on hold for the round-the-clock wait for any word that the next batch of survivors or bodies found could include their loved ones.

Cielo Gaudel, 18, has not reported for work in a restaurant as she keeps vigil in Sulpicio Lines Inc.’s office at the North Harbor in Manila to wait for updates about the search and rescue operations.

Her mother Lucy, brother Barry and his wife Aileen, and her 7-year-old nephew Joshua Mijares were all on the ferry and were supposed to catch another ride to Butuan City after the ship shall have docked in Cebu.

Gaudel has been at the Sulpicio Lines office since Sunday, and the wait has been excruciating, especially since she thinks the shipping company has not been doing enough to help her and other relatives.

“A minute feels like an hour,” she said.

Feelings hurt

Gaudel expressed frustration that Sulpicio Lines had not made good on its supposed promise to bring the families to Cebu to check if their loved ones were among those whose bodies have been recovered. She said many relatives were banking on the shipping company to keep its word.

“Our hurt feelings are being hurt all over again,” she said.

Gaudel said she would accept the news that her loved ones were all dead. All she wanted was to recover their bodies to give them a proper burial. But a part of her was still hoping that they had been recovered.

Acknowledging that she could hardly sleep because of worry, she said she would rather remain at SLI to wait for news.

Gaudel has been asking other family members to bring her clothes and food at the Sulpicio Lines office, which she has made her new home since the tragedy.

Pictures of happier times

Outside the door of the Sulpicio Lines office at North Harbor, the walls and a board were plastered with pictures of the missing passengers, along with the contact numbers of their kin.

Several of the pictures were candid shots showing smiling people, taken during happier times and belying the possibly grim fate that had befallen them.

One colored photo showed four young, smiling girls whose ages range from 4 to 12 years old, and are named Kathlyn, Kyla, Korine and Klaris Nuqui.

Alongside their photograph was that of a 39-year-old woman named Helen Nuqui, presumably their mother.

Another photograph showed the smiling faces of Estrella and Rogelio Villaruel, aged 51 and 58, respectively. On the sides of the photo were the contact numbers of their relatives, who are waiting for word about the couple’s fate.

Legal action

With families despairing from the lack of any word about their missing kin, the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Thursday offered to help them gain access to the recovered bodies to see if any of their loved ones were among them.

PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta met with the worried relatives at the Sulpicio Lines office Thursday and promised to help convince authorities to either bring the recovered bodies to Manila or to at least take pictures of these so that those in Manila could take a look at these.

If there was still no help, the PAO would take legal action against Sulpicio Lines, possibly filing petitions for recovery of bodies, habeas corpus, damages or replevin, a process in which seized items are restored to their owners pending the outcome of an action, according to Acosta.

She also said the PAO would help the victims file the class action suit that they were thinking of resorting to if no adequate help would come from Sulpicio Lines.

She said PAO, through the prodding of the VACC, tapped the help of the University of the Philippines’ independent forensic group to help in identifying the bodies.

VACC chair Martin Diño appealed to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Alexander Yano to provide aircraft for transporting the bodies to Manila.

Diño also criticized Sulpicio Lines for not taking immediate action to preserve the recovered bodies so that these would be identified.

He wondered why Sulpicio Lines did not send a helicopter to Romblon province immediately after news of the capsizing was broadcast to bring formalin, embalmer and body bags so that the bodies immediately recovered could have been preserved for identification.

Diño said pictures could have been taken using the cameras of cellular phones, and implored rescuers to do this.

Bodies first before P200K

He scoffed at the P200,000 reportedly offered to the families of the victims. He said before this was paid, the bodies had to be recovered first.

The presence of PAO and VACC officials seemed to enliven some of the families keeping vigil at the Sulpicio Lines office.

Families pressed around Acosta as she briefed them about what the PAO would do, clinging to hope that she provided. Pictures of passengers as well as contact numbers were pressed onto her hands, along with requests for quick action.

As Acosta advised relatives not to lose hope because there was still the possibility that survivors could be found, whispers of “sana nga” (I hope so) were heard from the crowd.(PDI)

Forensic expert bats for systematic examination of bodies

June 27, 2008

MANILA, Philippines—Dr. Raquel Fortun, a University of the Philippines pathologist, said there must be a systematic and detailed external examination of all the remains recovered while the soft tissues were still there for documentation and proper identification.

Fortun detailed the proper handling of the dead after monitoring—from news reports, photographs and video footage—some slips in handling the bodies retrieved from the sunken ferry.

She said she had seen a video footage of bodies in bags being laid down on a floor. “That won’t serve any purpose. You don’t show the dead to the people looking for their missing relatives because visual recognition is unreliable,” she said.

Retrieved bodies must be collected in one place where there is an examination facility attended by pathologists, or trained doctors, a dentist and a fingerprint technician from a crime laboratory.

The bodies must be separately bagged and labeled inside and out. Where it was retrieved and “which body came from where”—for instance, the body was retrieved from the first class dining area of the ship—must be carefully documented, Fortun said.

The gender and the estimated age (either adult or adolescent) must also be noted.

During the external examination, features must be identified in detail “from head to toe.” These include the color and the style of the hair, the dental structure, the clothing and its size, the presence or absence of birthmarks, scars, moles and tattoos, among others.

Any deformities must also be noted, Fortun said.

“There’s no rush to dispose of the dead. It is disturbing to have these dead people around but it is a misconception that the dead spread diseases,” she said.

Fortun said that before a body was to be buried, it should have undergone an examination for identification purposes.

She advised against allowing grieving relatives and families to directly identify their dead kin.

“It is subjective. Some of them are in denial so they are bound to make mistakes,” she said.

What they could do, she suggested, was to provide authorities with “ante mortem information,” or a detailed description of their missing loved ones. Authorities, would later on compare their notes with those provided by the families,” she said.

The forensic expert also disclosed that she would be flying in to Cebu on Friday to help in the identification of the bodies.(PDI)

Latest figures put death toll from Typhoon ‘Frank’ at 622

June 27, 2008

MANILA, Philippines—Its international name means “God of Wind” and the typhoon unleashed some of the ungodliest winds this country has seen in recent years.

Relief agencies Thursday said Typhoon Frank (international codename: Fengshen) had so far claimed 622 lives while displacing an estimated 2.4 million people in 14 of the country’s regions.

Of the fatalities, 498 were killed mostly in flash floods in 22 provinces, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said.

The other 124 fatalities have been retrieved from the capsized ferry MV Princess of the Stars, the Philippine Coast Guard action center said.

The NDCC report Thursday put the number of missing in Frank’s wake at 263 and the number of injured at 288.

The death count rose sharply compared with Wednesday’s figures after reports came in from areas not previously heard from, officials said.

With more reports trickling in and with retrieval operations still going on near Sibuyan Island in Romblon province, where the ferry capsized, the death toll from Frank is expected to rise.

Forecasters baffled

Frank had followed what the weather bureau said was an erratic course in its sweep through the Philippines. On Tuesday night, it took another surprise turn and slammed on China’s southeastern coast.

Of the 498 fatalities recorded in incidents other than the capsizing of the Princess of the Stars, 221 have been identified, the NDCC said. Another 277 bodies have been recovered but their identities have yet to be established.

The NDCC said 416 of the deaths were registered in hard-hit Western Visayas. This includes the provinces of Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, and Guimaras.

Reason for delay

Explaining the belated field reports, Office of Civil Defense administrator Glenn Rabonza said information on casualties, especially with respect to the identities of the dead, had to be cross-checked at the municipal, provincial, and regional levels before it was passed on to the NDCC.

Power and communication lines were also down in most of the ravaged areas, delaying the transmittal of information to the NDCC headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Rabonza said in a phone interview.

Damage: P5.5B

The NDCC said that of the 2.4 million people displaced, 1.4 million were from Western Visayas.

In Iloilo alone, 673,088 people were affected by the flash floods.

The NDCC said the typhoon destroyed an estimated P5.5 billion worth of infrastructure and agriculture in Ilocos; Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon); Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan); Western Visayas; Eastern Visayas, Western Mindanao, and Northern Mindanao.

Winnie and Reming

Regardless of its name, Frank has become one of the fiercest typhoons to strike the Philippines in recent years.

Typhoon Winnie in November 2004 killed 893 people, with 443 others missing.

In November 2006, Typhoon Reming also battered the country, causing 734 deaths, with 762 missing. With reports from Jocelyn Uy and PDI Research, and Agence France-Presse(PDI)

Editorial Cartoon: Politiko

June 25, 2008

Mga tantarado.

Editorial Cartoon: Flood’s Way

June 25, 2008

Mahigit 2 yrs nang ginagawa, ilang milyong piso na ang nagastos, isang malaking hukay pa lang din ang floodway project ng gobyerno.

Editorial Cartoon: Binaha

June 22, 2008

Nasaan na ang Flood Control Project?

Cebu bears Frank’s wrath in Central Visayas

June 22, 2008

By Mia E. Abellana & Rene H. Martel
Sun.Star Staff Reporters
With Garry Cabotaje & Oscar C. Pineda

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TYPHOON Frank hit Cebu the hardest in Central Visayas.

Strong waves damaged about 100 houses and affected some 300 families in the coastal barangays of Talisay City.

Landslides left roads in Cebu’s mid-north impassable, while power and telephone posts fell from strong winds in many parts of the province.

Power blackouts hit Tabogon, Borbon, Tabuelan, Tuburan, Asturias, Medellin, Daanbantayan, Sogod, Catmon, Carmen, San Remigio and Poro, while Bogo City and Bantayan Island suffered power outages and damaged phone lines.

Disaster coordinators, however, have not received any report of casualties.

The Talisay City Rescue Emergency Action Team (Treat) rushed to the scene after a hut in Sitio Kalubihan, Barangay Poblacion was reportedly swept away by waves at the height of the storm yesterday morning.

The Talisay City Social Welfare Office (CSWO), though, still had to get the identities of the household members. There is no report of any casualty, though.

Poblacion Barangay Treasurer Luna Mae Bacalso said big waves from strong winds crushed more than 30 houses in four coastal sitios: Kalubihan, Mahayahay, Asan and YMCA.

Powerful waves also left knee-deep water and widespread flooding in these areas, forcing CSWO personnel to temporarily put off their inspection and assessment report.

Twelve more houses were destroyed while 50 others were damaged in Sitio Litmon, Barangay Dumlog, said Talisay City Social Welfare Chief Felipa Solana.

Despite constant prodding by authorities, majority of the dwellers, however, refused to transfer to the sports complex, barangay halls and chapels in the two barangays.

“As of Friday night, only 10 families opted to stay at the sports complex in Poblacion, the rest are not keen on leaving their homes,” said Bacalso.

The CSWO and barangay personnel gave food to the storm victims yesterday.

Province

Since Friday, much of the anxiety over typhoon Frank focused on the northern towns, which were placed under typhoon warning signal number two.

But reports from the northern towns in Cebu were hard to come by, said Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Operations Officer Neil Angelo Sanchez. Radio repeaters were affected by the strong winds.

The Cebu Provincial Police Office had the same problem in relaying reports.

However, Sanchez said, they relied on the Federation of Visayas Radio Club to transmit reports to the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council.

Some areas in Barangays Panalipan, Basak and Binongkalan in Catmon town were deemed impassable due to fallen trees, as were the roads in Barangay Lugo, Borbon and Barangay Sagay, Tabogon.

Barangays Paypay, Lanao and Malingin in Daanbantayan town were flooded while a house was reportedly swept by the flood.

A minor landslide occurred in Barangay Cabongahan, Danao City, damaging a house owned by Marcelo Denaem, but his family evacuated unhurt.

The OCD also received a report about a damaged cell site in Medellin, but Sanchez said they were unable to confirm this. However, he said, it is possible because they were having difficulty reaching the mobile phones of social welfare officers in the nearby towns.

The typhoon also blew off the roof of the Bantayan Sports Complex.

A house was damaged in San Remigio town due to strong winds, but no one was hurt, while banana and fruit trees were uprooted in the town, as well as in San Francisco, Camotes Island.

Cebu City

In Cebu City, the typhoon hit farm crops in the mountain barangays. No major incident was reported in the urban areas.

The Cebu City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCCC) reported a landslide in Binaliw, which blocked the road and created a cave-in.

Water level in the rivers rose, but the CDCC received no report of any untoward incident.

Binaliw officials and tanods tried to clear a portion of the landslide to make the road passable.

Cebu City Councilor Gerardo Carillo said a payloader and a dumptruck were sent to the site to clear the road.

The Cebu City Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) was instructed to collected landslide debris to fill up another part of the road that caved in.

“Generally, our city is okay. There’s a small landslide in Binaliw, but with our monitoring, what was worst hit were the crops, corn and banana plantations were damaged by strong winds,” Carillo said.

He said that after the typhoon made landfall in Samar last Friday night, they expected the weather to improve.

Yesterday, though, personnel were sent to the coastal barangays of Suba, Pasil and Sawang Calero to monitor the sea walls battered by huge waves.

Carillo said the Cebu City Government will start draining the rainwater that flooded private properties in Sitio Manggahan, Barangay Mambaling.

“Water level has been high. We’ll drain it again,” the councilor said.

Talisay City

Meanwhile, a Sambag tree fell on three houses and damaged a portion of the Barangay Hall in Lawaan 3, Talisay City.

The tree crushed one of the houses and hit part of the hall where Lawaan 3 Elementary School pupils held their classes.

Barangay residents helped cut the tree in pieces to clear the area. No one was reported injured.

Also, two families in Sitio Tangub, Barangay Lagtang fled to safer grounds following a landslide that covered a portion of the Lagtang-Toledo road.

Solana said the affected families voluntarily transferred to the houses of their relatives in Campo 4, a hilly village in Talisay City.

Using a payloader and backhoe, Talisay City Hall personnel removed the huge boulders and mud that blocked the road, said Lagtang Barangay Captain Celiapo Cabuenas.

The landslide that cascaded from a hillside private quarry of the Aznars occurred past 3 p.m. last Friday, making the road impassable to motorists.

It happened hours after a portion of the riprap wall of the Manipis Elementary School caved in past 7 a.m., spilling sand and gravel on the hallway that separates two school buildings.

No one was hurt in these two incidents.

Mandaue City

No major damage was reported in Mandaue city, except flooding near a quarry site in Barangay Tawason and in low areas in Barangay Cabancalan.

A family also sought shelter in Barangay Labogon Elementary School, said Barangay Captain Damaso Tumulak as wind broke portions of their house.

Mandaue City’s Disaster Coordinating Council convened last Friday and will meet again if the need arises, City Administrator Briccio Boholst said.

In Barangay Tawason, the site of massive quarrying, Barangay Captain Jun Arcilla noted knee-high flooding in Sitio Huyong-Huyong, near the elementary school and in H. K. Plastic.

But the roads remained passable.

Cabancalan Barangay Captain Corregidor Cosedo used pumps to drain waist-high floodwaters in Pilit road. The place is near the river.(SunStarCebu)

Thousands stranded on rooftops in Iloilo City (3:05 p.m.)

June 22, 2008

ILOILO City Vice-Mayor Jed Mabilog said Sunday around 20,000 persons were stranded at rooftops in Iloilo City due to floodwater caused by heavy rains, an ABS-CBN report said.

The mayor said that while the rains have subsided Saturday night, a high tide however occurred.

Half of the city, the report said, was still covered by floodwaters.

The flooding is considered the worst flooding that has hit Iloilo in history.

Relief supplies needed by affected residents include potable water, food, clothes and blankets. (Sunnex)

Update sa Bagyong Frank

June 22, 2008

As of this moment, 155 na ang patay ayon sa Red cross.

101 sa Iloilo

6 sa Antique

45 sa Romblon

tig-iisa sa Cotabato, Capiz at Leyte.

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Nailigtas na rin ang mga sakay ng lumubog na ferry.

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Tinamaan na  ang Metro Manila, Signal 3 na ngayon ang kabuuang maynila.

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Ayn sa mga radio report naman, 60 ang patay sa Iloilo City at province, 16,000 + pamilya ang apektado, 2,000+ bahay ay nasira.

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Cong. Javier of Antique said… 7 ang patay

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Ilang mga ospital naman sa Ililo binaha. sa munisipyo ng Janiuay, at dumangs, hanggang bewang ang baha.