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Absolute outrage: the Ph govt's continued bullshit over #YolandaPH death toll

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I watched a news conference given by Mar Roxas. It, of course, was filled with the usual bullshit responses to questions as has been the case since this band of idiots have taken office. However, what really caught my attention was his (Roxas) explanation of the "body count" and the reason for the difference in "totals". To make his long, torrid and completely ridiculous explanation of this simple (I'll paraphrase here);
'Human remains are NOT considered or counted in the "death toll" tally until they have been through a process which, prior to internment or a return to surviving family member, ends with positive identification of said remains.'It's sort of a twisted view of "Schrödinger's cat". This theory (or experiment) is an interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. You place a cat in a box. The box contains some sort of device, like a hammer attached to a pulley which is controlled from the boxes exterior, which will kil…

Recommended long-term education initiatives post #YolandaPH disaster

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Now After the Yolanda Tragedy, What should the Government Do Next?BACKGROUND SCENARIO: FILIPINO PEOPLE is not ACCUSTOMED on DISASTER MANAGEMENT:1. Most of the Filipino Culture always rely on "BAHALA NA" , "MAMAYA NA" and "BUKAS NA".
2. Most of the Filipinos are NOT AWARE on DISASTER TERMINOLOGIES like "STORM SURGE vs. TSUNAMI , SUPER TYPHOON vs. SIGNAL no. 3 etc.
3. FILIPINO PEOPLE always rely on HELP. THEY ALWAYS CALL FOR HELP. NEVER STAND AND PREPARE FOR WORST.
4. FILIPINO PEOPLE are NOT EQUIP with ADVANCE Warning Systems and Response in Calamity.I mentioned these things because I want that the Government should look on the causes on why these YOLANDA and other Calamity related incidents causes thousand lives lost despite of perceived preparations and efforts.They always recommend to prepare evacuation and relief goods but these preparations is not enough to meet the sudden changing dangers of climate change.RECOMMENDATIONS:Encourage Congressm…

PNoy cannot presume to preach about hunger to #YolandaPH victims

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Aside from the fact that they keep on wearing yellow on TV, they keep on blaming the local government units (each time BS Aquino does this, the international media probably wonder if Tacloban is part of the Philippines).Just a few minutes ago I watched a video of BS Aquino in Tacloban. Yes, finally he is in Tacloban. This was a suggestion made by Ted Failon on DZMM. It's amazing how our cabinet secretaries kiss the ass of Failon. (Crucify me again for listening to that station)Anyway going back to BS Aquino's video, the summary of his message was about working together (FINALLY). I can't really quote his whole idiotic message but this is a line that hit me. According to BS Aquino "….pag nagalit na ako….." (in relation to working with the other local government units in Tacloban) "…..idadaan ko na lang sa sakit (o asim…I'm not sure about that) NG SIKMURA!" but I'm sure he said the word "SIKMURA"Please BS Aquino, that kind of message i…

Comparing to San Francisco: No excuse for lack of disaster preparedness in the Philippines #YolandaPH

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Try this one for size... I'm from San Francisco (Born & Raised). There, so long as I can remember, we experienced Earthquakes very very frequently. Most were "tremors" but one, in 1989, scared the shit out of me. Here's the thing. In the San Francisco Bay Area, because we live in a place which is PRONE to Earthquakes, education on the subject of and what to do during and after is mandatory starting from a very young age. When the Loma Prieta Earthquake struck, the entire population knew exactly what do to during and after.That being said, it was Game-One of the World Series which saved thousands of lives (most poeple stayed home to watch the SF Giants play the Oakland As). SFO experiences far less (significant) Earthquakes and Tremors than the Philippines does Typhoons. So how is it that SFO was, is & will be prepared for "The Big One" yet the Philippines is far from being prepared for any Typhoon (of any size) which occur with such regularity tha…

False climate change reasoning from PNoy and Nadarev Sano following #YolandaPH disaster

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As I keep reading these quotes from interviews and articles which refers to "climate change" and the attempt by this President and Philippine Climate Change Commission's negotiator Naderev Sano to in some way attempt to place blame on "other countries" for there lack of doing something more concrete than as he put it "moving the gold posts" As foreigner and someone who has been living here for almost 3 year snow and who considers himself to be very environmentally conscious, I do take issue with this view that other nations should some how do more so that it will save the Philippines from more horrible storms due to climate change. I do think in some ways it is a bit dramatic and even perhaps a bit hypocritical, after all I live in the Philippines and outside of Metro Manila perhaps, I don't personally see or experience much observance, compliance or enforcement of the environmental laws especially Republic Act 9003 which addresses "Open Bu…

Did @Korina_Sanchez distribute these sandals to #YolandaPH victims?

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Photos of yellow-coloured sandals bearing the name of Filipino "journalist" Korina Sanchez (wife of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas) are going viral across the Net.Source:
https://mobile.twitter.com/MethLelis/statuses/401836198940786688

An open letter to CNN on their reporting on the #YolandaPH disaster in the Philippines

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This "open letter" was found making the rounds on social media: * * *Dear Sirs:I just wanted to make some comments on the reporting of the CNN International crew here in Manila, regarding the relief efforts for the victims of super-typhoon Haiyan (which we locally call typhoon Yolanda).First, full disclosure: I am a retired Filipino executive and computer person. I was born in the Philippines and spent all my life here (save for some very short overseas stints connected with my career). I have worked with a large local Philippine utility, started up several entrepreneurial offshore software service companies (when outsourcing was not yet in vogue), and also served as the Philippine country head for a multi-billion dollar Japanese computer company. This diverse work background allows me to always see both the local and global point of view, and to see things from the very different standpoints of a third-world citizen, and a person familiar with first-world mindsets and lif…

DILG Sec. Mar Roxas explains the Philippine gov't shortfall in the #YolandaPH relief effort

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Source of quotes:CNN video on YouTube (except last panel).

Sec. Mar Roxas and CNN's Andrew Stevens debate collection of bodies in Tacloban

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DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and CNN correspondent Andrew Stevens discuss the speed of Philippine Government relief efforts in calamity areas left by Typhoon Yolanda.

Source of quotes: CNN video on YouTube.

We have the right to complain about PNoy's lack of leadership amid the #YolandaPH crisis

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A post from Maricris Bathan-LascoIt's quite FUNNY (and FRUSTRATING at the same time) how some people complain why some of us lambast our government. These people accuse those of us who complain as knowing little and not doing anything.Allow me to shed light on the matter:FIRST POINT: It has been six days since Yolanda hit and yet, as Anderson Cooper of CNN truthfully said, "there is no real evidence of organized relief efforts" in Tacloban where he is. That means if there is no relief effort in a place where media and our national government is SUPPOSEDLY focusing, how much more in the remote towns? Don't you think 6 days is too long for our national government to have already done something despite the "geographic difficulty" so many people fondly call? If private organizations can reach the more remote towns to do their own small-scale relief efforts, why can't the national government who has access to resources (helicopters, ships, planes, military, …

Five points relevant to the post #YolandaPH humanitarian crisis

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1. TOO MUCH POLITICS IS VERY NOYNOYING. It's irritating how P-noy care more of his image and rating than really doing the must-do jobs for T. Yolanda victims. As well as this blog, too much emphasis on presidency. Very classic political write up.2. THE VICTIMS NEED HELP.REALLY! It's a collective effort from all of us. The role of the government is to facilitate and organize. (which they suck!)3. HALF PREPARED IS NOT PREPARED AT ALL. According to P-Noy, the gov't did their job on informing the people to be prepared of the typhoon. To be fair to the administration, they did information dissemination. But to let our kababayans know and understand how strong this typhoon is, no they didn't. I remember Mar Roxas just described it on the news as trees would be cut by the wind. Just like that,shallow description as to what had happened.3. RETRAINING OF THE EMPLOYEES of PHILIPPINES MUST BE DONE INCLUDING THE PRES. P-NOY ITSELF.
Despite of the information before hand regarding…

Filipinos need to raise their kids to be honest!

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I think it is time for all of us to learn to move forward as a community, as a county, as one instead saving and hording for ourselves not thinking or considering what happens to our fellow human beings. I meant this for the victims, politicians and for all of us. The higher power gives us lessons to learn. What are you learning from this tragedy? What are you doing to help?There is a big problem in the Philippines, corrupted officials, stealing and cheating are accepted behaviors. I notice that people who are not happy when they do not benefit from the corruption, but given an opportunity to gain from corruption, many openly "receive". It has to stop and it has to stop now. Stop the corruption. Teach our children to receive and give honestly, teach them to care about other human beings and our planet. Help the children to feel happiness helping others NOT happiness getting the most latest and expensive toys.What goes around comes around? Imagine if we give kindness and hone…

Iconic Filipino film maker Peque Gallaga on the Typhoon #YolandaPH tragedy

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Not since Marcos have we as a people been so polarized. As far as our hearts and minds are concerned it's like we're in the edge of a civil war. We are forced to take a hard look at ourselves and what we value.Because of this, we are fighting friends in coffee houses, on the telephone, and on Facebook. We are a people whose lives have been upended. We don't know what to do to get things done right and right away. We lash out. We insult our leaders trying to get them to do a lot more than to pose for photo ops – of giving out relief goods on a one-by-one basis. We cry desperately for demonstrable government response – we get almost next to nothing. It is increasingly apparent that local media goes hand in hand with self-servicing Malacañang press releases which are more concerned with their showbiz image than confronting, accepting and dealing with the problem. What our leaders tell us is contradicted by the reports from international commentators who are understandably m…

Can Filipinos survive another three years of President Noynoy Aquino?

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Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade and honestly declare that the President was never prepared or fit to lead our country. In fact, the devastation and problems the country has been encountering, one after the other, the Zamboanga siege, that botched hostage crisis, our row with China, the natural disasters, and unresponsiveness of government, they point to terrible leadership or to be on the point, a real lack of it. While blessings are great, I don't think prayers alone will cut it. We should be spared of that man's ineptness. I don't think our country can suffer through 2-3 more years of Noynoy.Also, what good does that credit rating do in the practical, day to day sense? Prices of fuel and goods are up. Infrastructure projects are halted, overpriced, or not present. The so-called rice security that this administration has been touting is a sham. There is no planning going on in the NDRCC (or whatever alphabet soup agency) as witnessed by the slow response of g…

PNoy response to reports of looting at gunpoint in Tacloban: 'But you did not die, right?' #yolandaPH

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"But you did not die, right" - President BS Aquino, quoted from ABS-CBN News report.

How long do we have to coddle and protect Napoles?

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Yesterday, Napoles proved that she is not worth anything. Why does the administration continue to cuddle that useless bloodsucker? It's been two months and a half since our government started protecting Napoles and what do the Filipinos get in return? What is there to justify the government's continued spending for the safety and even comfort of that leech?The DOJ, the Makati RTC and the PNP have conspired to condition the minds of what they see as stupid, easy-to-dupe Pinoys into believing that there is an exigency in doing everything to protect and cuddle Napoles.  Why do these officials protect an obvious liability when their duty and responsibility is to shun liabilities and protect assets?I was also one of those who had hoped that Napoles would be useful in the Filipinos' search for more answers and sanctions on the plundered funds.  Yesterday, Napoles unequivocally demonstrated that she will merely muddle the issue. Napoles exposed herself as nothing but a liability …

Philippine economic growth: mere ILLUSION

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Lets be clear: the rise in the stock market IS NOT AN INDICATION OF ACTUAL INCLUSIVE GROWTH. The phenomenon is based on so-called "hot money" being pumped in to fuel the real estate boom, low-end BPO service jobs, and retail. None of these sectors produce long term sustainable growth. Worse, the money could be pulled out by investors and re-invested in other markets outside the country at any time. The Philippines still lacks the required elements for real growth such as a robust manufacturing sector. WE DO NOT PRODUCE ANYTHING OF REAL VALUE. Instead, the local economy is propped up by consumerism, funded by OFW remittances. It is precisely because of this that the Philippines remains unattractive to foreign investment. Much of the FDI money avoids Manila and finds its way to Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and now Myanmar.Incidentally, the claim that the Philippines is outstripping its neighbors is hogwash. Just take the case of Indonesia. While the Philippines has …