Deja vu all over again as Typhoon Mario’s devastation of Metro Manila mirrors Ondoy’s in 2009

Today may as well have been a day in September 2009 when Typhoon Ondoy struck and devastated Manila. Back then I wrote about the Philippine government’s utter failure to step up and provide relief to hundreds of thousands of its victims (a failure to be repeated many more times since), and how Metro Manilans pretty […]

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 […]

Death toll climbs as Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) tears through the Philippines

The death toll in the Philippines has skyrocketed as Typhoon Pablo (international code name “Bopha”) ravages the Philippine island of Mindanao and makes its way through the Visayas. Most tragic is the town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley province where 66 people have been confirmed dead and 230 people remain missing after a mudslide […]