Ph Government pats itself on the back for level of preparedness as Typhoon Pablo batters Mindanao

As bodies recovered in the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) in pile up in makeshift morgues all over Mindanao, the casualty statistics begin to approach the levels hit by Typhoon Ondoy’s flood waters which engulfed Metro Manila in 2009. However, the level of importance the Philippines’ seat of culture and governance seem to be placing on the plight of their southern colonies seems to be not up to scratch.

Even as the astounding scale of the tragedy unfolds, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) still found the gall to trumpet on ABS-CBN News how “more prepared” they were for the calamity…

“There was an improvement in the preparation of local government, national government and our own people. When we said evacuate, they did,” said Ramos.

“It should have been triple the number of casualties if they did not heed our call,” he added.

Ramos also lauded weather bureau PAGASA for their accurate forecast.

“PAGASA did a splendid job. Eight days before it made landfall, PAGASA already informed us,” he said.

The NDRRMC’s official death toll due to typhoon “Pablo” is at 95. “Sendong”, which also hit Mindanao last year, left 1,268 people dead.

NDRRMC also said 61 people were injured due to strong winds and heavy rains brought by Pablo.

Just like in the old days when one could not rely on the local media to report the news, the foreign press becomes the go-to point when searching for the latest uncoloured information, such as this Sydney Morning Herald snapshot of the devastatioon in the Mindanao town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley…

The farming town of 45,000 people was a muddy wasteland of collapsed houses and coconut and banana trees felled by Bopha’s ferocious winds.

Bodies of victims were laid on the ground for viewing by people searching for missing relatives. Some were badly mangled after being dragged by raging flood waters over rocks and other debris. A man sprayed insecticide on the remains to keep away swarms of flies.

A father wept when he found the body of his child after lifting a plastic cover. A mother went away in tears, unable to find her missing children. “I have three children,” she said repeatedly, flashing three fingers before a TV cameraman.


[Photo courtesy CTPost.com.]

President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III was reportedly not impressed. In a statement issued yesterday he emphasised that “every casualty is a cause of distress and that he wants to strive for better performance on the part of government to avoid casualties.” He also called on a moratorium on “disaster politics” and urged local government officials to do the right thing:

In his speech before the League of Municipalities General Assembly held in Manila Hotel, Aquino asked local politicians not to use disasters as opportunities to promote themselves and urged them to ensure that the people’s needs are met.

Note, however, that the President and his entourage of senatorial bets for the 2013 elections had been severely criticised a few months back for mounting what looked to be a premature campaign in the aftermath of devastation wrought by heavy monsoon rains back in August.

As columnist Tyrone Velez observed in a Sun Star opinion piece

But more than disaster preparedness and response, the telling sign on this tragedy is how human-made activities aggravate the disasters. In one TV footage of the floods, tons of cut logs coming from Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte found their way to the rivers in Agusan del Sur. This shows that logging activities are rampant in this side of Mindanao.

In reports last year, logging activities are found to be part of the activities of large-scale mining in Mindanao, this as part of its clearing operations for its exploration and operations. In the two regions hit by Pablo, Compostela Valley and Caraga, eight major mining projects by the government are underway either at exploration or starting to explore.

Indeed, the lessons abound but the learning remains stunted. Considering that the same small handful of feudal clans (including that of the current president) have ruled the Philippine archipelago for more than a century it is likely that the learning challenge is more around a lack of will than a lack of resources.

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RF Garcia
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The NDRRMC keeps talking about zero casualty but as Maceda says in his column today that is unattainable. As of today, the media reports that casualties from Typhoon Pablo may reach 300.Why don’t they just focus on the efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the victims or better still on ways to mitigate the effects of the calamities that befall us regularly? For all we know, BS Aquino will again blame the victims of the calamity for the tragedy that hit them. And of course, he will not fail to blame GMA. Blame her for what? For misgovernance and corruption… Read more »
swagger
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walang kasalanan si pnoy dito. sinabihan niya na ang ibat ibang ahensya ng gobyerno na maghanda mula sa pagalam ng direksyon ng bagyo hanggang sa pagsalba sa mga kababayan nating nasalanta at nakahanda na ang budget para dito.

Johnny Derp
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Ows? wala raw kasalanan si panot? Kung hindi niya kinansela ang flood control project, hindi aabot sa ganito ang situwasyon gunggong!

swagger
Guest

hindi kasi para sa baha ang proyektong yan at kukurakutin ni arroyo ang malaking bahagi ng gagastusin

swagger
Guest

bawal ang corrupt sa aquino admin

Johnny Derp
Guest

Bawal ang corrupt daw? Eh bakit nahuli si sereno na nagrarailroad ng desisyon? Bakit ilang beses na nahuli ang KKK ni panot? Bakit palaging palpak si aquino hindi ba ang incompetence sign of corruption din?

Johnny Derp
Guest

meh, TROLL HARDER
“fish without any BRAINS”

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

Swanggit,

Ano kamo? Basal corrupt as Aquino admin? Bawal bobo dito as Pilipinas! Mag samba kayo ng bobo niyong Presidente sa is ang barko!

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@swagger

You do know what BS negligence and command responsibility is, don’t you?

swagger
Guest

do your part to aid our fellows in mindanao. Donate to sagip kapamilya

Johnny Derp
Guest

Meh, I would rather donate to the kapuso foundation than your stupid kapamilya crap.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Puro depensa lang ang alam mong gawin. Hindi madaling depensahan ang isang PALPAK na pangulo. Sinasabi mong hindi corrupt eh bakit ang DAMI paring mahihirap sa ating bansa? Wag ka nang magreply kung ang ipopost mo lang ay katarantaduhan na tinituto ng boss mong si carandung.

domo
Guest

Aha nandyan ka na naman at nagiging malikot na bata ha.
*sabay palo ng napakalakas gamit ang sinturon kay vincensus ignoramus 100x*

Johnny Derp
Guest

Let me join you domo
*grabs and revs a chainsaw and starts chasing vincensus anus*

Libertas
Guest

with 600+ expected deaths/casualties i would classify the response as sorely lacking.
no doubt once the danger is over p-noy and his cohorts will be donning yellow shirts for a victory parade, before starting the serious business of christmas parties. what a shambles. couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery

swagger
Guest

isa kang utak wangwang. Isipin mo muna ang kababayan bago ang paninira sa tapat nating gobyerno

Johnny Derp
Guest

MASSIVE BUTTHURT detected. Wala ka lang mapost kaya ganyan nanaman ang ginagawa mo gunggong!

swagger
Guest

ganyan ba mga ulupong ni arroyo?

Johnny Derp
Guest

Ganyan ba ang mga bobong troll ni abnoy aquino? Walang alam kundi propaganda?

Johnny Derp
Guest

Tutal bobo ka rin naman tulad ng idol mong gunggong. Puro sisi lang ng sisi ang alam pag may kapalpakan

swagger
Guest

si gloria naman talaga ang may kasalanan sa karamihan ng problema ng bayan. Biro mo 9 years sya sa pwesto wala pa rin nagbago?

Johnny Derp
Guest

Wala daw nagbago? Sinong nagsabi sa iyo? Si carandung?
Sarap talaga maging UTO UTO

Johnny Derp
Guest

As usual, sisi ka nanaman kay gloria pag wala kang mappst. Sarap talaga maging BOBO no?

Thomas Jefferson
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@swagger

I interpret utak wangwang as concerned people raising the alarm on what is happening. You on the other hand, know only how to kiss yellow ass and promote yellow propaganda lies.

swagger
Guest

ur wrong. Sila ang mga naninira sa aquino admin at sagabal sa pagunlad ng bansa. Para mo na ding ninakawan ang gobyerno

Johnny Derp
Guest

Deny to death talaga ang gunggon na troll. Bilang na ang araw ng panot mo!

Johnny Derp
Guest

What a loser. Di ka ba nagsasawa na palagi kang napapahiya dito fishball?

MidwayHaven
Guest

Swagger is curiously silent on the new Chief Justice’s fake Supreme Court documents.

Gogs
Member

Silent on CJ because Truth Minister Ricky was not able to disseminate the official Palace spin on it to the hired trolls of the MDC. What’s the point of all that new hardware if Noynoy and cohorts waltz through their comedy of errors that only the most yellow do not see?

Johnny Derp
Guest

@Gogs

Writing an article about the current CJ’s latest scandal would be interesting. It might be a way to better annoy swagfag.

Gogs
Member

@johnny – I appreciate you think I can do it justice. Anyway deadline for another aspect of my life plus I have other stuff brewing. I am sure there are better legal analysts here to tackle the ongoing stuff. I am more when the dust settles kind of person.

Johnny Derp
Guest

@Gogs

Looking forward to another article from you.

Thomas Jefferson
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From the Philippine Star: “200 bodies found, 500 missing in Compostela” This is just a partial report. There should be immediate disaster relief response with the national leadership leading the way. Many areas need food, water, medical supplies and attention. Many structures need repairs. People are out in the open and exposed to the elements. Why is the government of BS Aquino so slow in reacting? Wake up the sleeping president! Your people do not need epal or tagged names and yellow ribbons on relief packages. They need immediate assistance!

swagger
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Antayin muna natin maibigay ni DILG sect. Mar Roxas ang kabuuang ulat ng pinsalang nagawa ng bagyong Pablo bago tumalon sa konklusyon.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Right on the mark, you show your retarded face again. What a loser. You are becoming too predictable ya dumb f*ck!

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@swagger

You are obviously a yellow troll who does not believe in partial reports trickling in. It is very apparent that the news broadsheets are a lot faster than the yellow administration.

swagger
Guest

it is NOT YOU that makes the final decision in government, capiche?

Johnny Derp
Guest

Haha, napipikon nanaman ang bobong troll. Hahahaha asar talo! Iyak ka na lang kasi palpak ka!

Emmy
Guest

antayin ???? why ??? yan ba sabi sayo ni Mar Roxas ?

Johnny Derp
Guest

Im not going to be surprised anymore if he BLAMES GMA AGAIN for this mess.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Im not going to be surprised either with fishball/whatever the hell name he is using showing his retarded face here and posting retarded propaganda.

swagger
Guest

Arroyo inutusang umepal ang kanyang mga “allies” sa biktima ng bagyong Pablo

http://bit.ly/VAnEj7

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@swagger

GMA simply made a call for the representatives to help out in Mindanao. You like black propaganda lies and blame games. You also like to kiss your great yellow leader on the ass every time.

swagger
Guest

i disagree, sa sobrang lamya ng kanilang rating sa bayan gagawin nila ang lahat upang magmukhang MABAIT sa taumbayan

Johnny Derp
Guest

Meh, you still insist on believing your bald president’s lies. What a retarded prick.

RF Garcia
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Ha,ha,ha. Looks like the favorite commentator of GRP, Swagger or Fishball has found more outlandish excuses to shield his boss from any blame. How about blaming GMA for not putting up huge signboards in Mindanao saying “NO ENTRY” for any typhoon planning to pass through Mindanao, or similar reasons that only the yellow mentality can cook up.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Next thing he’ll do is blame GMA for the Ice age

Johnny Derp
Guest

Or he’ll blame GMA for his small shlong. 🙂

Johnny Derp
Guest

His desperation to “protect” his bald president is only to protect himself from getting humiliated AGAIN.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Although, its not really helping fishball since he is an idiot. 🙂

Thomas Jefferson
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I remember Der Fuhrer. swagger must be an “elite” “SS” member of the master nutzi yellow race. LOL!

Johnny Derp
Guest

Elite failure you mean… 🙂

Johnny Derp
Guest

This display of retardedness of fishball/swagfag only shows how much of a failure this government is.

Le Derp
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Sa totoo lang ang cute ng mga tao nag cocomment dito sa GRP kung maka bully sa isang Pro-Aquino. Paminsan iniisip ko nagfifish lang ng reaction ung mga (would be) Pro-Aquino para me mapagtawanan eh ang tindi mag react ng mga ndi pabor kay Aquino dito, batuhan nlng ng putik. (Most emotional country nga naman) On the topic: The NDRRMC was indeed “more prepared” than the previous typhoons you have to at least give them that. However, plastering it all over the media. claiming that they actually did a good job is disgusting. Its like they want to feel good… Read more »
DaidoKatsumi
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I always LOL at swagger a.k.a. FISHBALL’s comments. Keeps on spewing lies. All crap and no substance.

This is what we get from brainwashed people. As long they have payday, they’ll keep doing this. They always say ‘F*CK DIGNITY*

Johnny Derp
Guest

What else would you expect from a bonafide moron like swagfag a.k.a. Fishball?

JEREMY BENDER
Guest

Patting them selves on the back,HA! 500+ so far,and the only reason it wasn’t hire was cause it hit during the day instead of 2AM,like last year. get some infra-structure,stop stealing tax revenue might help.

ChinoF
Member

Obvious disconnect in the Palace statement, it seems they’re just ignoring reality. And I bet that Palace statement was realy pre-written before the actual figures came. PR government is really untrustworthy.

swagger
Guest

mismong evacuation center ang binayo ng bagyo kaya ganon. At ang iba namay ayaw magsilikas.

Johnny Derp
Guest

So sinisisi mo ang mga namatayan imbes na sisishin ang gobyernong nagkulang sa kanila? Sarap talaga maging UTO UTO no? 🙂

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[…] a puzzling juxtaposition: On the same day the news is dominated by the government’s rather odd response to a growing tragedy in Mindanao as well as an impeachment-worthy scandal involving President BS Aquino III’s anointed-by-God […]

Thomas Jefferson
Guest
What I would like to see in the future: 1.Disaster management government MOA with major cellphone service providers to coordinate warning signals of evacuation and storm track all over the archipelago. 2. A genuine fast track system(operations process, flow and procedures) of immediate disaster response and relief operations without epal, name tags, yellow ribbons and/or political tags. 3. Public works infrastructure projects in designing and building typhoon resistant concrete structure evacuation centers with storm windows and steel reinforced concrete roof decks instead of the traditional wood frame and steel roofing materials that will be the source of hazards in strong… Read more »
swagger
Guest

pabayaan na lang nating kumilos ang aquino admin sa mga ganitong kaselan na pangyayari kasi hindi nagkakaisa ang bayan kapag iba iba ang iniisip ng mamamayang gawin.

Johnny Derp
Guest

pabayaan nalang natin magnoynoying ang pangulo tutal wala naman siyang nagagawang kahit ano para sa mga namatayan ngayon.

traffice2000
Guest

yung sense of awareness ng mga tao sa mindanao ngayon eh much better compare before, and they learned a lots from the previous storm they undergo. but sad to say local government preparation was not enough and lack of anticipation sa elevation ng mga relocation sites. dapat maging wise na mga tao sa mindanao kung sino ang dapat iboto at wag ng pauto sa mga namumuno na may bahid dilaw ang pag iisip (dilaw eh nana = salot at pahirap sa bayan)

swagger
Guest

thats true. Straight LP!

swagger
Guest

wag mong siraan ang admin party dahil sila ang nagbigay sayo ng kapayapaan

Johnny Derp
Guest

You still think they gave us freedom? They only gave us more misery and pain.

traffice2000
Guest

utang na loob swagger sukang suka nga ako sa LP pagnakikita ko sa tv mas gusto ko nalang manuod ng CNN, BBC, at Al Jazeera kaysa sa pambobola ng mga idolo mo, takot na mga tao dahil alam nila hindi na sila safe sa lugar nila pagmay bagyo kaya yung sense of awareness nila eh mataas na at dahil wala silang maasahan sa gobyerno kaya kaysa magmatigas eh likas na lang get mo?! yun po yon..

Johnny Derp
Guest

@swagfag
“thats true. Straight LP!”

You completely missed the point of his post. What a retard.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@swagger

Straight “LP” translates to Linlangin Pilipino!

Johnny Derp
Guest

More like LOKOHIN ang PILIPINO

Felipe
Guest

Nakow! Damage control na naman etong mga alipores ni panot!

Hanggang showbiz at pa-pogi lang talaga magaling sila panot. Itinatago ng ABS-CBN yung buong katotohanan–Puro lang pagpapaganda ng imahe nila Roxas at nila AbNoy ang mas importante sa kanila..tsk tsk tsk. Pero pagka nakapunta ka sa ibang news media, tulad ng sa GMA, kitang-kita kapalpakan nila AbNoy.

Dapat itambak ang mga bangkay sa ibabaw ni AbNoy habang siya’y natutulog! Mas nabubulok si AbNoy kaysa sa kanila.

swagger
Guest

imbes na magreklamo ka dyan, magdonate ka na lang sa sagip kapamilya para makatulong ka

Johnny Derp
Guest

Wala kaming interes na mag donate sa mga Kupalmilya. Buti pa kapuso foundation nalang para walang bahid ng kulay DILAW.

domo
Guest

I would rather give my donations through Red Cross than your yellow mafia’s.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

There are many ways to donate. But not Sagip Kapamilya. Sorry but don’t shove us with your Yellow Propaganda. 😛

Hyden Toro
Guest

Where is that idiot Aquino, in this time of typhoon disaster. He is again hiding, like when the Chinese Hostages, were murdered in Luneta. When there is a crisis: Aquino hides, and is suffering from Anxiety and Panic Attacks. He is afraid to face crisis. if there is a war, he will be the first to run away…TSOPE AQUINO…

Gogs
Member

Well this time last year, same story with Sendong. The story going around then was there was no way he wanted to be somewhere with corpses in abundance. Oh well, send Jojo.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Aquino might be hiding again in his closet with his yellow teddy bear,yellow pajamas and yellow underwear.

swagger
Guest

you must be in a REEDUCATION CAMP that will enlight you to SHOW LOVE TO YOUR COUNTRY together with you colleagues here

Johnny Derp
Guest

You threaten to put us in a reeducation camp? You just confirmed your president is a dictator you dumbass. Besides, I doubt that you would be able to put us all in your stupid camp ya dumb twat.

Johnny Derp
Guest

How I laugh at your stupidity fishball. Hahahahahahahaha

Johnny Derp
Guest

I would rather chop you head off with a chainsaw than being a yellowtard like YOU.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@swagger

THANK YOU SO MUCH for validating that there is a dictatorship and that your great leader is for re-education camps! If you equate these camps with show love to your country then you have a seriously sick mind. Word of advice. Do not threaten people out in the open. They might take the law into their own hands.

Johnny Derp
Guest

@swagfag
Threatening people to be confined to a nuthouse camp is akin to desperation. Wala ka nang mapost kaya ganyan.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

How about WE should enlight you? We are GRP LOVE THIS COUNTRY. We’re just pointing out the problems and how we can improve them.

Thank you for convincing me that Marcos was a better leader. You just want totalitarianism under the incompetent Aquino administration. Lee Kuan Yew as dictator yet he is the man behind Singapore’s rise.

Sorry, but your efforts to troll are futile. A ‘re-education camp’ means dumbing down the minds of Filipinos. Sarap pala maging BOBO, right? 😀

Johnny Derp
Guest

although his underwear was white when he bought them…. =)

Suibon
Guest

… wait, he’s tasked to appear in person at each disaster zone so you can bash him for the bland photo-ops and generic preening?

If you people are being unduly cynical about all this, I guess I’ll be an ass about it too and point to all the ways Aquino is in a Catch-22 of your making.

Libertas
Guest

The usual platitudes and false promises mean nothing from p-noy and his incompetents.
It is disgraceful that nothing is learnt or done to mitigate the impact of disasters.
Same old, same old.
Less politicking, videoke nights and more working would be a start but everything is so far above his competence level he is about as much use as a blind guide-dog.
even bloomberg has said how badly the govt has responded.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Its only a matter of time before the people decide that they have had enough of this failure of a president.

Libertas
Guest

Politicians are those who have either failed in life, or are too lazy to try. Either way, nothing satisfying or redeeming about them.
The more corrupt the country/system/institutions, then the more the sh!t rises to the top

Libertas
Guest

The p-noy government isn’t working – literally.
People deserve better than officials getting drunk at night, incapable of work in the day, spending their time on building new houses, socialising, free trips abroad.
Malacanan has become party central. What despicable people, and without any shame.

RF Garcia
Guest

Swagger is asking us to donate to the Typhoon victims. I will if his boss will get back the money he donated to the rich country of America for the victims of storm Sandy. If he has so much money(which is actually the Filipino people’s money) to give away he should have some for the victims of Pablo.

Libertas
Guest

the only people to get a pat on the back is oxfam and red cross plus foreign governments donating aid.
as usual this govt can do nothing for itself but stand back and let the 1st world sort out their mess, whilst lawmakers are more interested in going to las vegas on taxpayers money for a boxing match!!

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