Under the Sea

Manila and environs literally went “Under the Sea” today with the 24 hour nonstop rains of typhoon “Ondoy”…

It would be ideal and so “above it all” for me to say that I wasn’t affected at all by the flooding of typhoon “Ondoy” [ international code name:  “Ketsana” ].  OF COURSE I WAS.  Although the house is built on high ground, water just came from nowhere at 11:00 a.m. and quickly inundated the basement level, where I had a lot of good things stored for future use.  Antique Filipino furniture, paintings, art books, vintage photographs, cushions, antique textiles, silver, china, crystal, impedimenta, etc. all went underwater for many minutes before they were patiently gathered one by one by the industrious and conscientious househelp.  Surveying the catastrophe hours later, I was happy enough that the things were not lost;  true, several were damaged, but that’s Life!  I was actually more concerned with the health of the staff.

I thought I had it bad, at least until I saw the TV coverage hours later.  Ohmygod!!!  Quel desastre!!!

It was what friends termed an “Equal Opportunity Disaster”:  Poor and Rich alike experienced the leveling effect of Typhoon “Ondoy’s” rains and floods.

Even the poshest enclave in Makati was not spared:  floodwaters entered the ground floor of the elegant home of a society grande dame on Flame Tree Road and damaged her various collections of art and antiques.  Floodwaters also inundated the Banaba Circle residence of a food manufacturing / pharmaceuticals tycoon destroying many important items and personal documents.  Many basement levels of the houses, usually used as garages, became flooded.  According to an authoritative source, the next day, an approximate total of 40 BMWs and 200 Mercedes Benzes from the neighborhood were sent for repair to the best car shops by their distraught owners.  Many new BMWs and Mercedes Benzes in their Makati showrooms also went underwater.

So where were you???

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52 Comments

  1. Ned Belleza Algabre said,

    November 22, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I never had any idea what was happening at that time. We were in my friend’s resthouse in Laguna. There was a brownout with no generator, the area was not flooded,though we could feel the heavy downpour. So we just waited and talked and ate until there was electricity around 2am ( coz its fun to relax indoors during rainy days). But oh my! it was really shocking and bothering when we watched on tv what was REALLY happening in Metro Manila! My first thought was I have to get home, but there was no signal so I can’t call anyone from home. When I finally got home it was such a relief to see that everything is fine. But some of my friends had experienced the storm’s wrath and I felt helpless and could not do more than pray for them( which I think is powerful) and call them every now and then to make sure they are still fine, and to plan what else to do to be able to help.
    Well I guess the hardest part of that situation is not knowing what was really happening and what will happen next. But knowing that you and your loved ones are safe is something to be very thankful for, and then give back that blessng by giving a helping hand.

  2. Jules B. Vergel de Dios said,

    October 27, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Ms. Paz Atienza:

    The feeling is mutual.
    I can tell that
    he is very much ViSiBLE
    most especially in sending home
    abused OFWs…

    XoXo

  3. Paz Atienza said,

    October 20, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Was Villar really an anonymous donor? Just wondering. Sorry, am seeing something else.

  4. Mike V. Jugo said,

    October 1, 2009 at 2:55 am

    ‘GMA used P800-million emergency fund for foreign trips’
    By Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) Updated August 15, 2009 12:00 AM

    MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo used up the government’s P800-million contingency fund for emergencies like calamities for her frequent foreign trips, Bukidnon Rep. Teofisto Guingona III revealed yesterday.

    “She exhausted not only Malacañang’s travel funds but also the P800-million appropriation for emergencies in the 2008 national budget,” he told radio station dzMM.

    He said he based his revelation on a Commission on Audit (COA) report submitted to Speaker Prospero Nograles this week.

    “I have a copy of the report. An assistant commissioner of COA even briefed us on their shocking findings,” he said.

    Guingona said the COA findings show that the 2008 contingency fund was not enough for foreign travels and Mrs. Arroyo had to augment it by P120 million.

    “The augmentation was also exhausted,” he added.

    Guingona also said the President overspent for her foreign travels between 2003 and 2007 by P1.6 billion.

    She has only P1.1 billion under the annual budgets but she spent P2.7 billion over that period, he said………

  5. October 1, 2009 at 12:04 am

    If Noynoy wants to be president, Kris must die. What a concept.

    Isn’t Kris ALREADY a dead product. She CANNOT influence votes. She is a JOKE and many aren’t even LAUGHING anymore.

    Kris HAS to get pregnant DAW next year before it’s too late. Didn’t her DOCTORS WARN her not to consider pregnancy.

    Kris is a GLUTTON for punishment.

  6. Diego Jurado said,

    September 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Bravo to Villar for the anonymous aid. It is, after all, anonymous and uncelebrated charity that is the purest as it affords the least do-gooder grandstanding, especially on a stage such as facebook, blogs, media etc. Holier-than-thou lip-flapping (or keyboard-tapping) can never be superior to anonymous charity. So if you’ve helped [privately] but are being attacked because people around you don’t like the way you’ve [publicly] said something….f*ck ’em.

    They don’t know Red Cross donations are being collected and assembled at your house. They don’t know you’ve donated via cellphone & MasterCard. They don’t know you’re running the relief detail at the office.

    You didn’t join the rat race and “type the right thing” or said things the “most pleasant way”. That is very noble.

    Don’t suffer for the perceptions of the uninformed. If you really did help. God help you if you claim anonymity for the help you didn’t do.

  7. Babblefish said,

    September 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Did a double-take on this one: Thanks Don E!

    “Before Cory died, Noynoy wasn’t even considered as a candidate. Then she dies and all of a sudden he can be president? Is this a pattern? Does an Aquino have to die before one of them can be elected president? Ninoy’s murdered, Cory wins. Cory dies of natural causes, Noynoy runs.”

    Here’s an idea: If Noynoy wants to be president, Kris must die. He’ll go straight to Malacanang. Heck, baka lumagpas pa!

  8. Lolo B said,

    September 30, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    How old are you kids?

    Ah, I’m old enough as I am in my late 70s. As a child, I saw World War II. My parents and grandparents took me along to the Capas, Tarlac internment camp as they tried to secure the release of my eldest brother after the Death March. They refused to release him; he died of dysentery. My parents and both sets of grandparents were shot and bayoneted by the Japanese soldiers in our house along Taft Avenue in late February 1945. Fortunately, we children had been sent to San Juan to live with our uncle and aunt. I was in my mid-30s when Marcos came to power. I was in my 40s during Martial Law. My youngest brother joined the communist rebels and was killed in action; my younger sister was an activist and was tortured and killed by Marcos’ men. I was already in my mid-50s when democracy was restored in 1986. And they have been relatively good years ever since, Estrada notwithstanding.

    Why I am telling you this? Because YOU are having it good, no matter what you say. There are no Japanese soldiers to shoot and bayonet you during the Death March; there are none of them knocking in the middle of the night to take the men of your family, and yes even the women, away to the point that you will never, ever see them again. There is no Marcos to take away your basic freedoms. There is no METROCOM knocking in the middle of the night to arrest you and imprison you at Camp Crame. There are no compelling reasons to run to the mountains and join the communist rebels. There are no grave reasons to take to the streets and protest to the point of rebellion.

    I fully understand that you are angry with Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, with Jose Miguel Arroyo, and the rest of their family for falling short of being the exemplars of leadership and high moral ideals. You are also angry with the entire Philippine Government, as you think that it has failed you.

    You have every right to think and feel the way you do. But please, don’t ever forget, that what you have now is better than anything we “oldies” ever had. Be thankful for today.

  9. Paz Atienza said,

    September 30, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Two things, first, that comment on FB by that girl from Dubai is apparently a hoax. Someone has been using her name for the past year or so. There is an email circulating that says that the real one is a victim herself. Identity theft of sorts. I read it and she speaks good English compared to that other one with really terrible carabao English.

    Second, as of now, GMA is in Iligan City inaugurating her grandmother’s ancestral home which has been named remodeled and named a historical site; likewise she went to see her Iligan kababayans because it is fiesta. No wonder, the apathetic son looking for some liquor in La Vista is so like her. While all of Luzon is going crazy helping flood victims everywhere, GMA is enjoying herself in a town fiesta!

  10. jjim said,

    September 30, 2009 at 1:24 am

    The entire Philippines hates Gloria for stealing and her arrogant approach at corruption. A couple of wooden bridges doesn’t do it. Don’t even try that city mouse vs country mouse yarn. That’s the divide-and-rule pitch that Ronnie Puno is using to sell his spin. It’s no longer Manila-centric. The entire country hates her. It’s not merely her insensitivity. It’s GMA’s and Mike Arroyo’s unrelenting theft that punishes the entire population. So please don’t even try to play that Imperial Manila crapp and that the provinces love her.

    She is not being tolerated. What she has done is militarized government and used it as her own private army to skewer the people. You prove she stole the elections, she and Puno throw the legislature at you. ZTE kickback of Mike. She’s got the legislature and the judiciary to bitch-slap the population.

    This is that entire system Teodoro has sworn not to prosecute. And to let go scot-free.

  11. Alexandra Laguda Sotto said,

    September 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Manny Villar directed 30 dump trucks to pick up stranded people to safety. He also distributed a lot of food, clothing etc. — all anonymously.

  12. Jules said,

    September 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    30. September
    Yahoo! Philippines headline:
    RP Appeals for Foreign Aid

    – where are the taxpayers’ monies?
    – my fellowmen are dying from hunger…
    – my feelings were even amplified
    (and broke my heart)
    when I watched
    The Correspondence hosted by K.Davila

    That reminded me of Quezon City
    when the local government was turned over
    to SB,
    and the City of the Stars
    was EVEN BANCRUPT!
    …as in NEGATiVE, nada!

    xOxO

  13. Myles Garcia said,

    September 29, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Bravo, Don Escudero!! Excellente! You analyzed and laid it out as clear as a shiny crystal on a sunlit day (of which there are so few I guess in Manila these days).

    Now, if you would only add a blank line in between paragraphs, you’d get the message out even more clearly (makes it that much easier to read).

    And I wish Larry would temper his unbridled “antipathia” for the Arroyos with a little more logic. It’s not going to change things any until next May anyway. “Do as I say; not as I do.” 😉 I know whence I speak of!

  14. Irames said,

    September 29, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Toto,

    Yes, indeed, it takes all kinds…it’s just that people like her need to be reminded of their humanity sometimes – the purpose of my bringing her comments here -much more than being bitch-slapped with a reminder of her actual societal status (back here and where she is presently).

  15. Jules said,

    September 29, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Amen to that idea Larry,
    but I guess she should be given
    a different title, apparently,
    not the next
    only Prime Minister Philippine
    has ever produced
    Cesar Aguinaldo Virata –
    but…
    Prime MONSTER GMA.

    ;-p P E A C E people!

    xOxO

  16. Don Escudero said,

    September 29, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Without having to get into a useless argument with JJim and others who see things very differently and because in no way do I want to seem like an apologist for the occupants of Malacanang, think about this: Noynoy, Mar, Chiz, Gloria herself, even Teodoro to a certain extent and the rest of them are all cut from the same cloth.
    They all feel that they are entitled to whatever it is they want, including public office simply because they are members of one particular family or another. They are treating this country as if they have the God-given right to be President or Senator, or congressman or mayor or even barangay chairman, just because mother was an icon of democracy, father a political martyr, uncle a crony, grand father a dictator or former president or whatever.
    The questions that they should answer are: What qualifications do you have? What do you bring to the table? Pedigree alone might be enough for dog shows, but for the Presidency? You can have all the best intentions, but as that old bromide says, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
    These are people who, no matter what political party they belong to, always seem to be in power in one form or the other. They hijacked Bonifacio’s revolution. They thrived under the Americans, they served and survived the Japanese, they wormed their way back into the good graces of the voters after Liberation. They are the third, even fourth generations in some cases. Generally they are more popular outside their own region or province, having good national profiles but not necessarily much popularity back home where people know them better.
    If you follow Toto’s blog, you know family fortunes generally don’t last longer then three generations. But political dynasties seem to have their fortunes intact for much longer than that. No wonder they feel so entitled.
    Before Cory died, Noynoy wasn’t even considered as a candidate. Then she dies and all of a sudden he can be president? Is this a pattern? Does an Aquino have to die before one of them can be elected president? Ninoy’s murdered, Cory wins. Cory dies of natural causes, Noynoy runs.
    And what can we look forward to? Six more years of Kamaganak Inc.? Ill-considered populist leftist policies that created more problems than they solved? Unbridled corruption where instead of just having to pay 10% to one strongman, everybody in a position to would demand 10% simply because they could but didn’t deliver ? And lest we forget the institutionalization and empowerment of the Church’s political interference which continues up to this day. Cory’s last years were literally dark. Remember the brownouts? Those were the result of well-intentioned but incompetent governance. How quickly we forget.
    As long as we keep going back to the same sources for our leaders, we are doomed to more of the same. Its like drawing water from a well we know is contaminated. They’re all alike, it’s just a matter of degree. At this point in time, we should be so lucky that whoever gets elected next year should at least have a modicum of competence. And while there are many things that are not admirable about the present occupants of the Palace, be a little objective and give credit where credit is due.
    Why do you think she’s lasted this long despite everything that’s been thrown at her? Certain policies her government has implemented since day one have considerably improved the lives of people in areas that the Manila-centric blogosphere would never dream of visiting, much less be even aware of. That’s the real reason she’s survived this long despite all the scandals and allegations lobbed at her. And yes, she can be insensitive and arrogant. Yet she also works hard at her job, unlike the previous occupant. She’s also highly visible. She visits places no other president has ever visited. And that means a lot in places like Crossing Kamatis, Samar, or whatever other godforsaken places she visits. That’s why she is at the very least being tolerated until the end of her term, despite all the rantings of her rabid detractors. That is why the anger at her never reaches the critical mass needed to oust her. Not to mention the fact that yes, she is scheming and manipulative and is a political operator of the highest order. Manila is not the Philippines, and Manila has never liked the president in power, no matter who it was.
    At the moment the only thing I admire about Noynoy is that at least he had the guts to stand up to the church on the matter of the Reproductive Health Bill. And what about the whole issue of Luisita? And is he going to keep this flawed Constitution which was passed without scrutiny because we gave his mother the benefit of the doubt and is now Holy Writ, too sacred to amend? Don’t deny it, but if you were old enough to vote at the time and had all the goodwill towards Cory, as I had, you probably didn’t even read the stupid thing, which was written by a revolutionary version of a ConAss, circa 1986.
    Our poor country is always being put to the test. This once in a hundred years storm is going to be the norm rather than the exception as weather patterns change. Hopefully we learn our lessons and are better prepared next time. Next year’s election should be viewed as a possible catastrophe of a greater scale than “Ondoy” if we make the wrong decisions, with consequences even more far-reaching and dangerous. And this type of storm comes every six years.

  17. September 29, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Irames:

    There will be no need to track back to that frankly stupid comment in that facebook profile. So she is far away from the Philippines and enjoying herself. God forbid that her seemingly prosperous circumstances should change, which it inevitably will, given THAT attitude.

    If that is her opinion, let her be. She brings unimaginable shame to herself that way. In the first place, she is only a third class citizen in the country where she is now.

    Toto Gonzalez

  18. Babblefish said,

    September 29, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Opportunism and bravery all in the same day. I read about that 18-year old construction worker who managed to save 30 people before he himself became too tired to save his own life. And then I witness the opportunism of two Quezon City councilors who watched, eagle-eyed, as church volunteers repack the relief goods raised from other parishioners. Why were they so eager to stand by the action? Later, they insisted that the goods be brought in vans bearing their names, and that they themselves distribute the goods while shaking hands and smiling for the camera.
    So tired.

  19. September 29, 2009 at 3:51 am

    GIBO is *****-whipped by his wife and his fake President.

    PLEASE don’t let him STEAL the presidency.

    DOWN with anyone connected with the ARROYOS.

    I hear he will install her as the prime minister after May elections !!!!

  20. kurdapya said,

    September 29, 2009 at 2:48 am

    For once, I agree with garganta – l*ding you don’t need to flaunt to the world that while my kababayans were either drowning in the flood or shivering in the rain on the roof of their houses, you were eating pate and sipping your french wine just because you can’t sleep. Heck… lambanog na lang sana tinungga mo, mura na, mas epektib pa. Yung natipid mo dinonate mo na lang sa red cross.

    Really….. you people make me puke.

  21. Jules said,

    September 28, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    The aerial view of the aftermath
    showed like a kid who played
    and dipped his matchboxes
    in coffee during his yet-another-playful
    breakfast with his dad…

    Manileños thought that the Ormoc Tragedy
    would never befall in such an Urbanised area –
    que lástima!

    :'[

  22. Irames said,

    September 28, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Compare the above involved personal response to a calamity to this one from a fellow Filipino who not only is so full of herself being physically away from her homeland and could not find any reason to empathize with her fellow human beings :
    http://www.facebook.com/
    “It’s good I’m here in *****! There are so many ******* there! So they really deserve what happened!”

    Divine Lee and ***** *******: the two faces of a suffering nation.

  23. Irames said,

    September 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    That some of us could take an example from one so materially blessed responding to a tragedy that befell those around her, here’s a Sept. 27th blog entry from Divine Lee I came across online:

    Our magical Payatas adventure

    “Yesterday (September 27, 2009), we helped at the relief center and were able to pack 4 truckloads of goods. But today, we wanted to be on the front lines.

    Our day started with a lot of tweets, calls, and texts. We gathered all the goods from among ourselves and from those that donated to LUCA branches. The tweets, retweets, facebook status updates really helped! I was so shocked to see the number of relief goods dropped off at our branches! Our shop was overflowing!

    We were coordinating with Angel Locsin who set up a relief drive 2 buildings away from our GA SKY SUITES showroom. We all planned to go to Payatas for distribution. I wanted to go to Marikina today but after seeing Angel’s text, I decided Payatas it is! She truly is an Angel!

    Angels’ text about payatas “….Kawawa yung mga biktima dito na never nakatikim nang maginhawang buhay. Wala silang 2nd floor na matungtungan. Estimated 50 ang patay, pero hindi sila mabibigyan nang pansin”

    So we were able to gather the goods at the showroom by 12:30. Some of our friends were already there when we arrived. People from GA (Florence, Theresa, Merla, Mj, Chubby,Rocky, Vanessa and Donny) were in full force; designers such as Martin Bautista and Veejay Floresca, Ino Caluza were there; Stylist Shahani Gania and Pam Quinones; Embassy DJ Mars Miranda; Supreme/LUCA director David Milan; Our Doctor Khaz; Architects Ric Matic, Yong Lansigan, Jay Lumbuan; Saga peeps Mia and Elmer; and sugar artist Olive Chan. Whew… what a list!!

    So here comes the magical part. Since we all finished packing quite late, Angel’s group went ahead. We were able to fill 4 SUVS with relief goods. And i mean PACKED: just the driver, the goods, and no passengers. We made our way to Payatas but since we were such a long convoy of some 7 cars, we lost some of the others along the way. Anyways, while we were trying to look for Angel’s location, the way going there showed us the devastation that Typhoon Ondoy wrought. You could already see how so many people’s houses were destroyed, and how everything was just so muddy. Even the people walking had mud all over them. The roads were tiny and we got lost trying to maneuver from one point to the next. We ended up at one of the basketball courts that had already been converted into a relief center. I went down to check if we could distribute any goods or if we had finally found where Angel and the rest were. They weren’t there. All that i saw was the basketball court divided into 2 sides: left side were for those that had lost their homes, and right side were for those that had lost their lives. There were dead bodies right in front of me. I decided that I wanted to help but i wouldn’t have been able to stop the tears flowing from my eyes had we continued.

    With nowhere to go, i just told my group to go straight but the roads started to get narrower until we couldn’t pass anymore. So we saw an open area: a gate with a ramp that led upwards. We decided we we could enter the gate and make our u-turn. Upon entering the gate, we realized it was a small compound of houses. Then, off to our right, we saw a few people unloading some boxes. I went down to ask if they were Angel’s group but they said no. Then i asked if they were distributing goods. They said yes but they had just run out of food…. SERENDIPITY. We had 4 vans of goods. We decided right then that we were going to stay and join forces. In 30 minutes, everyone was moving. Clothes packages, food packages and with no instructions, everyone knew where to go and what to do! The people we met there coordinated with the barangays and within 30 mins, they were able to gather the victims of the flood. This was not the riot type of gathering – everyone was so nice, polite, and orderly. They even had stubs ready so that they could claim their goods. Organized in a matter of minutes! We saw the line go from short to endless… we were scared that we might run out of food and clothes to give. But just like the 7 loaves of Jesus, we were able to give everyone. It was so magical… Just when the line looks endless, the supplies seemed endless as well. We gave away a total of 800 packages more or less. 800 families! Can you imagine?

    And while we were giving away goods, someone was about to give birth! Unbelievably, one of our friends was a doctor! See? Another magical moment. No, she didn’t give birth, after all. But he assisted her the whole time.

    To top it all off, before we left, we heard the most magical thing. The area where we stayed was nicknamed NOAH’s Ark. It became the the safe refuge for the whole immediate area, as it was the highest point in the vicinity. The place wasn’t big, only about 1000 sqm. So it looked like an island during the storm. It was just so magical that we ended up there, considering the place was pretty hard to find. You wouldn’t have thought it was a compound but rather, just the gate for someone’s house.

    Before we left, we said our goodbyes and promised to come back and to never forget our experience. We may have lost Angel trying to find the original relief center, but you know what? All the angels i’d ever need were already with me… my friends. While we were all close to tears and saying our goodbyes, one “lola” asked me again… is your name really “divine lee”, as in the word “divinely” ? They thought it was a joke. No, my name really is divine lee. And this place really is Noah’s ark… for them and us alike. :)”

  24. Presy Guevara said,

    September 28, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    My heart goes to the victims of the flood. The TV coverage is appalling. I have relatives in Metro-Manila who suffered property damage and inconveniences, but thank God they are all accounted for. May I appeal for unity in concentrating on what help can be extended to the needy? Let us avoid attacking each other especially on a calmitous time like this. Due to the magnitude of devastation, the government agencies will be overwhelmed by emergency issues. I echo Dolly B.’s call for Bayanihan. Let us all channel our emotions to helpful efforts. Fund-raising is in momentum where I am. For sure many more are actively doing so among expats around the world. This is a time for kindness and true charity. The task at hand is great even after the clean-up. Infection and epidemic can be an aftermath. Do whatever you can to help especially if you are physically there and able.

  25. fatima153 said,

    September 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    My deepest sympathy and prayers that the bereaved be comforted and that the foodstuffs and blankets from abroad do not end up on grocery shelves after having been replaced with local sardines, noodles and blankets by those in charge of distributing them, who sold the donated goods. This is what happened during Pinatubo’s eruption. Has anyone figured out how to ensure cash and goods get to disaster victims and not in the wrong pockets and bodegas?

  26. Paz Atienza said,

    September 28, 2009 at 11:16 am

    All I can say, it is during times like this when we see the best in the Pinoy and the worst in him. A show of compassion and sympathy would surely be very welcome at this time when everyone’s sensibilities can be hurt by just about anything, due to all the depressing situations that we see around us.

    The insensitivity of some people around us even has a photograph – GMA’s son buying liquor while practically all of Manila was submerged in flood waters. So if insensitivity has for its “image model”, the congressman-son from District __ of Pampanga, well……. need I say more?

  27. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 28, 2009 at 6:40 am

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at l*ding’s comments.

    – “need French wine so I can sleep at night…” Have you heard of sleeping pills?

    – “…underpass at Ayala Avenue flooded…” No kidding. Now why would that not be the FIRST place I would think of that would flood?

    You’re such a jokester, l*ding…or whomever you are.

  28. spendaholic said,

    September 28, 2009 at 6:22 am

    I just feel very disappointed with those who have the means cant help enough. I kow that there is a lot of anonymous benefactors out there. But like the BD* foundation of Henry S* only gave ten million pesOS..???!!!. I think he owes his success to the masses, and He is the richest man in the country..I think he can give more!!!!

  29. jjim said,

    September 28, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Don,

    Gloria nd FG steal to fill the same purse. Don’t even try to differentiate.

    Gilbert progressed politically on his tito danding’s connections and mafiosi ways. A feeding hand he has chosen to bite when he couldnt get what he wanted.

    Noynoy asked his sisters as his political path affects their lives. It’s called being sensitive and conscientious to how one’s decisions and ambitions affect others. A trait lacking in Gloria and her rump-sucking cabal.

    Gilbert doing his job and underperforming is not enough. It’s not enough to show up for work, though that appears to be more than enough for you. I got a job for him in Maccas if that’s all he can do.

    I can hardly be impressed by him. The lack of logistics in this devastating typhoon, all danced away in foreign travel — 800 million pesos worth — by Gloria when they were meant to be emergency relief funds. Yes, the same Gloria that Gibo promises not to touch and will not prioritize in prosecuting should he manage to steal these elections.

  30. Don Escudero said,

    September 28, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Those that can, do. So easy to criticize but hey, at least let people like Gilbert Teodoro do their jobs. Judge them later by what they were able to do or not do. The problem is that so many people are blinded by their prejudice and their narrow, Manila-centric view that finds it easier to gripe, bitch and complain and expect an already overstretched government to do everything for them. Try living in the province for an extended period of time and get a broader perspective than your myopic, Gloriaphobic viewpoints. Which is different from an allergy to FG, which is a chronic situation in many and completely understandable. At any rate, Gilbert Teodoro is certainly more competent and not as *****-whipped as Noynoy, who can’t even decide without asking his sisters (biological, Pink or otherwise) what he should do.

  31. Toffee Tionko said,

    September 28, 2009 at 2:47 am

    No problems for us that live away from Metro-Manila. We were however constantly praying and monitoring friends and family. Facebook was a great way to monitor the situation and watch flood videos. I’m just happy my in-laws, who are both approaching 70, are out of Corinthian and in Rockwell. The 24 hour security and concierge service is great for the elderly that live by themselves.

    My prayers to those suffering terrible losses. There are just so many that lost everything. This is what happens when we get a month’s worth of rain in 6 hours.

  32. Jules said,

    September 28, 2009 at 2:38 am

    l*ding and Larry:

    Hmmm…
    that reminded me of
    the very lectures I conduct
    in Psychopharmacology…
    ALCOHOL is a natural Benzodiazepine…
    that Benzodiazepine class of drugs
    are synonymous to (taking in) Valium
    (or Stilnox, Dormicum, Ativan)
    I don’t know this time about the veracity of
    Mike Arroyo’s purchases of Wines and Liquors
    but wouldn’t we want to credit it to
    the Nervous Breakdown of his equally-corrupt parents
    seeing how devastated Mariquina, and Rizal are?
    I don’t wish that thing to happen in La Vista
    or Valley Golf…I guess the area is too high
    but Malacañan’s Administrative Building
    (the late Louie Beltran’s “Borloloy Building”)
    was never spared, destroying pertinent stuff.

    I watched on ABS about the rubber boats…
    all Brand-New
    what is then the Contingency of NDCC
    in times like these –
    even with the champagne errr… campaign logo
    of PGMA on its side.

    xOxO

  33. September 28, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Facebook has given me many pictures, videos and posts on how to help and where to bring relief goods and precious food and water.

    What made my PANTIES twist and shout was a video of MIKE ARROYO buying expensive wine and liquor at Rustan’ Supermarket at the height of ONDOY’S wrath.

    THAT is insensitive.

    Then a Philippine Star post of GMA spends P300 million of EMERGENCY FUNDS on her travels abroad.

    If there was a moment to storm Malacanang, IT IS NOW !

    GIBO is a useless government-appointed official !

  34. isabella said,

    September 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    co-bloggers don’t worry I am doing my part to assuage the misery of my beloved ka Pilipinos. i don’t have to shout to the world what am doing…..for sure I am not just ranting …….

  35. l*ding said,

    September 27, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Hijos y Hijas,

    It is certain that I gave my comment for purposes of answering Toto’s question: “Where were you?”.

    And knowing me, I express myself direct to the point. And its not in my nature to offend either anybody in general. Would people understand me? Maybe yes Maybe no..Well I cannot control how they think but rest assured comadres that while I was nervously trying to calm my nerves with that wine so that I may sleep that night, I was doing my share silently in ensuring that all my employ are in good hands. I sent a truck to pick up 3 employees and their families to safety in Quezon City. Called some friends how to go about donating…I just dont talk without reason…

    I apologize if ever I have offended your sensibilities but the wine helped me soothe my frayed nerves that Saturday night. I thought it was the end…My daughter even told me that the underpass in Ayala Avenue was inaccessible as it was full of water…They had to cross Ayala to buy food…May heavens bless this country…

  36. Irames said,

    September 27, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I am told – in case anyone is interested to know – that It wasn’t that bad in Tangile Road, N. Forbes, save for some gardens and lawns that now need to be re-planned and re-planted. It doesn’t mean however that the folks there are not feeling the pain and misery that the calamity has wrought on this part of the country. This is a time when everyone would and should feel at one with the whole nation and should go all out to help in whatever capacity the less fortunate. If that means sharing pate (no matter if it’s en croute or en terrine) and French table wine – so be it!

  37. Jules said,

    September 27, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    …besides it is what one calls it
    PUBLiC SERViCE,
    let’s just wait and see
    if these politicians doing the ‘relief operations’
    would still be seen being with the Mass
    once in their Positions of Desire.

    Regarding Kri* spearheading the move,
    oh well, Girl Abunda and the
    equally-histrionic Bruneiyuki Ruffa
    are doing it just for the heck of their
    ABS-CBN aftie slot instead of making chizmiz…
    a subtlety more humane way of spending
    the post-stormed devastated Manille.

    The late FPJ was a Great Pledger –
    yet always in
    Anonymity.

    Kalbuhin ba naman ang kabundukan
    ng Antipolo,
    what do you expect to happen
    in the lowlands
    like Mariquina, and Rizal?

    Este l*ding,
    weren’t you one of those in
    PGMA’s Le Cirque Resto party?
    In the midst of chowing your caviar and champagne,
    people were dying from hunger and dehydration…

    xOxO

  38. Dolly B. said,

    September 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Is l*ding a REAL person? or just another entity seeking attention? … “pate and modest french wine”!!! What an insensitive cow!!!! Call me naive, stupid or anything, but the Bayanihan spirit is what I have in my mind everytime I think of our countrymen, especially in a disastrous situation like this.

  39. jjim said,

    September 27, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    issima,

    Is it commendable that gilbert teodoro took the MRT while his other government counterparts did not? Well, that just indicts the government he has chosen NOT to file any cases against should he win and NOT to prioritize punishing.

    Lots of us take the MRT to work everyday. We hope we make it on your list of people deserving to be president.

    He took the MRT because he couldn’t get his manicured toes wet in the flood, the painful impact and suffering — due to the lack of flood control, not enough life-saving equipment, no preventive mechanisms — caused by the thieving of the powers he bows to and aspires to protect.

    The help so far has come from a MASSIVE group effort by many, many Filipinos who felt the need to help out with no agenda to accumulate political capital.

    If he really wants to be sincere, get all the candidates and their immense election architecture ( people, groups, organizations ) band together and go out there and help… together.

  40. Toronto Gal said,

    September 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    The aftermath photos remind me of the Katrina devastation in New Orleans. The corrupt politicians are probably eyeing the reconstruction as a fantastic opportunity to line their pockets. I pray that everyone of them who does this will get their karma in the worst possible way!

  41. Disgustada mayor said,

    September 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    isabella,

    It is easy to rant on people when you are stuck in your house. At least, Gilbert Teodoro went to do something. What can people say about the other presidentiables? Nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cry all you want, vomit all you want, but do not rant about people who are trying their best to remedy the situation. Inutility? What is a matter of opinion. You did not have to stay stuck in your house and rant.

    I hope you are out helping our countrymen now that the weather is clear!

  42. Garganta Inflamada said,

    September 27, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I commiserate with all my countrymen and friends there. I hope you all come out of this safe.

    l*ding…what’s with all the ************ of where you’re from *rolls eyes*. and what you were forced to have, etc., etc. If indeed that’s what you had… but who cares? I rarely judge people I don’t know but your remarks here, from what I have been reading, are inappropriate at this time.

    And even if it’s true… you might have the noblesse oblige to be TOTALLY discreet about it. I hope the pate and French wine tided you and your “comadres” over until the next flotsam floats into your garden.

  43. JLB said,

    September 27, 2009 at 11:52 am

    It is Kris who should run as president instead of her brother. Kris has all the best qualities to become an effective and efficient head of state.

  44. Jules said,

    September 27, 2009 at 10:54 am

    It still doesn’t impress me
    upon knowing that a few can
    ride on trains or jitneys…
    it’s the best time for these people
    to be more discreetly political.

    xOxO

  45. Babblefish said,

    September 27, 2009 at 7:30 am

    The opportunity just, literally, fell from the skies for Teodoro! What an excellent way to prove himself. Villar, Noynoy and Mar must be shifting in their seats how best to handle this one.

  46. September 27, 2009 at 5:53 am

    UP to the 3rd floor of UERM in Sta. Mesa. Malls with merchandize floating. 20 feet deep in Taguig.

    And Malacanang awash in water lillies and frog eggs.

    DELUDO !

  47. issima said,

    September 27, 2009 at 3:05 am

    isabella:

    At least, Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro had the decency to go to the NDCC office even by riding the MRT. IMHO, that’s commendable.

    He could have chosen, like so many government officials, to direct everything by “remote control,” by cellphone. But he didn’t. That’s one point in his favor, and one more reason for me to consider voting him for President next year.

  48. Sabin Arranz said,

    September 27, 2009 at 2:08 am

    My goodness. I can’t even imagine. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed flooding that bad in all my years growing up in Manila. If it’s that bad in Forbes and the CBD… does that mean that the basements of Rustan’s and SM (if the basements even exist anymore) were completely under water?

  49. l*ding said,

    September 26, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    my daughters had to drag me to our old unit in twin towers just make sure we are all safe. thank heavens for the rustans supermarket across the road…dinner consisted of pate and modest french wine as i instructed all of them to check on close relatives and friends…part of corinthian garden’s wall, the one near lucio tan’s lot got crushed by the strong water…

  50. isabella said,

    September 26, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    am here at home, boiling in anger because of the inability, inutility, and helplessness of our government. I was listening to the dzmm broadcast and I saw how our government officials are so inefficient. They were calling NDCC,and you know – nobody answers.

    Gibo Teodoro was contacted 3:30 and you know where in the world he was? Riding an MRT train to go to NDCC office.

    Boy! I want to cry… vomit? What? I don’t know what to think of…

  51. l*ding said,

    September 26, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    practically the whole of magallanes village is submerged….the pawnshops of my comadres are submerged…the gold jewelries might all be floating now in those vaults…some houses in forbes got affected as welll…is this the end of the world comadres?

  52. larry leviste said,

    September 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

    THIS is the WORST flooding in 50 years.


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