The President of the Philippines has really lost it. He just authorised the early issuance of 13th month pay bonuses to government employees and officials when dead people remained strewn on the street of Leyte because of shortage of body bags.
Does the President spend any time thinking things through? Is common decency beyond him?
Obviously the President has not heard of recession? But then again, Philippines do not do recession as it has millions of cash cows breaking their backs abroad to be able to send remittances to their families back home, thereby propping the Philippine economy.
How can this President face the kind-hearted people from around the world who have bent over backwards to donate monies, relief goods and manpower assistance to what appeared to be a cash-strapped country which has been through the mill? Now they will learn that this country does not know where its priority lies? In the midst of death and destruction, literally, the President is happily authorising a 10 per cent pay bonus!
No wonder it is very hard to find someone who has a kind word for PNOY’s integrity and intentions lately. He is like a fish out of water!
In his interview with CNN, he said that he did not realise the magnitude of disaster in Tacloban and the islands in Leyte; therefore he took it upon himself to do almost nothing and leave protocol to the dispersed officials in Leyte. Despite the BBC, CNN, GMA News, ABS CBN broadcasting news after news on the hour every hour of the dead, the starving, the stranded and the displaced people in Leyte from almost day one; the President remained clueless of what was going on, he said. I am here in London and I knew as soon as it happened. I have never heard of Atom Araullo before but his derring-do in reporting the ferocity of the typhoon made him a hit. Does this mean PNoy missed all these? How bizarre? What planet is he on?
P16.05-B bonus ng mga kawani ng gobyerno, iniutos ni PNoy na ibigay na
November 14, 2013 12:11am
Kasunod ng malawakang pinsala na iniwan ng bagyong “Yolanda” sa ilang lugar sa Visayas region, iniutos ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III na maagang ibigay ang year-end bonus ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan na aabot sa P16.05 bilyon.Sa isang pahayag nitong Miyerkules, sinabi ni Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, na matatanggap ng 1,209,375 kawani ng gobyerno ang balanse ng kanilang 13th month pay at cash gift na nagkakahalaga ng P5,000.Nauna nang natanggap ng mga kawani ang kalahati ng kanilang 13th month pay noong nakaraang Mayo.
Ang bonus ay para sa mga civilian at uniformed personnel sa lahat ng kagawaran at ahensiya, pati na ang mga regular co-terminus employees sa pamahalaan.
“As early as today [Wednesday] after the President authorized it. The allotments have been with the agencies and all they needed is authorization from the President which was secured today,” tugon ni Abad nang tanungin kung kailangan maibibigay ang bonus.
Sinabi ng kalihim na karaniwang sa Disyembre ibinibigay ang nabanggit na bonus.
Sa maagang pagbibigay ng bonus, umaasa si Abad na makatutulong ito lalo na sa mga napinsala ng mga kalamidad.
“With billions in damage already in view – not to mention the irretrievable loss of life in Yolanda-stricken areas – the Aquino administration is tapping all its resources to mobilize relief operations in all affected areas and communities,” ayon sa opisyal.
“But we also need to account for how Yolanda’s survivors will fare in the aftermath, or how their friends and relatives can help in the wake of such a disaster. We hope to address that with the early release of year-end bonuses for all uniformed and civilian personnel in government,” dagdag niya.
Noong 2009, sinabi ni Abad na buwan ng Setyembre nang ibinigay ang year-end bonuses sa mga kawani ng gobyerno dahil naman sa pinsalang idinulot ng bagyong “Ondoy.”
“President Aquino recognizes that with little to no resources, government employees who were affected by the super typhoon will have a very difficult time getting back to their feet,” aniya.
“We recognize, as well, that millions of public servants whose respective cities were spared by Yolanda are only too keen on giving what they can and helping those who survived such a horrific calamity,” paliwanag pa ni Abad.
Maliban sa pinsala ni “Yolanda,” ilan pa sa matinding kalamidad na tumama sa bansa ay ang Zamboanga City seige noong Setyembre, pagtama ng bagyong “Santi” sa Central Luzon nitong Oktubre, at nasundan ng lindol sa Cebu at Bohol kung saan mahigit 200 katao ang nasawi. —FRJ, GMA News
Below is based allegedly on an eyewitness’ account. The friend of the blogger went to Tacloban in Leyte to search for members of family who have been incommunicado even before Haiyan started pummeling Leyte.
YOU KNOW WHAT, I BELIEVE THIS ACCOUNT! I HAD EXPERIENCE OF SOLDIERS COMING TO OUR BARRIO IN THE 70’S DURING MARTIAL LAW.
WHEN THEY CAME TO OUR SLEEPY VILLAGE, THEY STARTED SHAGGING WOMEN, LOL, AND THEN SHOOT DOGS, CATS, CHICKEN IN THE HEAD AS THEIR PAST TIME AND THEY WOULD THEN DEMAND FOR THE VILLAGERS TO COOK THE ANIMALS AS A “PULUTAN” TO GO NICELY WITH THEIR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS!
TO THE KIND HEARTED BRITISH PEOPLE, PLEASE DONATE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN BUT PLEASE, THIS IS IMPORTANT, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THE CASH AND ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO TRANSACT IT. PLEASE CREATE AN NGO THAT WOULD DISPERSE THE MONEY DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE AND ACCORDING TO THEIR SITUATION.
THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT IS A BODY WHICH IS SEPARATE FROM ITS PEOPLE, IT ALWAYS LOOK AFTER ITSELF FIRST!!! ALWAYS WILL AND ALWAYS HAVE DONE!!!
I am translating some parts as it is written in Tagalog.
Finally heard from a friend who left for Tacloban Saturday morning (through the help of her family’s friends in the military) to look for her family members in the towns of Palo and Tanauan whom she hasn’t heard from since Thursday night prior to supertyphoon Yolanda’s landfall. Below are her exact messages to me.
“My family is safe. We are in a spot where we can get signal and we had to walk half a day to get here. Not enough food, water, gas. Our house was completely demolished; we had to stay with my Auntie. We still have a little bit of supply. We are planning to get to Manila next week.
If there are indeed relief goods then it focuses solely in Tacloban City. There are hundreds of towns in Leyte. People are starving. Instead of the Government officials believing opinions of what the media says who congregate only in Tacloban city airport, the Government should widen their area of reconnaissance and venture more to the forgotten barangays; they would see the real situation.
Frustrating! On the first day from the airport, I tried to hitch a ride with a military truck . THEY DID NOT GIVE US A LIFT DESPITE THE TRUCK BEING EMPTY. WHERE IS THE SO-CALLED HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT?!
They should not say anything bad against the people. It the people here are becoming violent, then it is the GOVERNMENT’s own making. Looting is simply caused by the shenanigans of the GOVERNMENT. Where are the relief goods?!Favor please. Kindly write something and post to Facebook to ensure that everyone knows about our useless GOVERNMENT (sorry I am not sure about the English term for lintik, LOL)
RELIEF GOODS ARE NOT BEING WELL DISTRIBUTED. NO RESCUE TEAM. WE DO NOT EVEN SEE A SINGLE SOLDIER HERE, THEY ARE PROBABLY SAT DAYDREAMING AT THE AIRPORT. HENCE, STILL NO FOOD, WATER, GAS AND BASIC NECESSITIES HERE. THAT IS THE REASON WHY LOOTING IS RAMPANT. AGAIN,THERE ARE STILL NO SIGN OF RELIEF GOODS. IT HAS BEEN DAYS AND NO SIGN. PEOPLE ARE STARVING BUT NOT KILLING EACH OTHER, SO Please STOP THAT BULLSHIT NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE GOING BERSERK. IT IS NOT TRUE THAT THEY HURT PEOPLE COMING FROM MANILA WHO BRING FOOD. I’VE BEEN WALKING FOR 2 DAYS NOW, WITH WATER AND FOOD. NO ONE EVER STOPPED ME TO SNATCH MY MEAGRE PROVISIONS. I HAVE TO VOLUNTARILY SHARE MY FOOD AND THEY WOULD THANK ME. SOME WOULD OFFER US A RIDE, THOSE WITH VEHICLES BUT VERY SELDOM NOW AS GAS IS RUNNING LOW.
GOV’T OFFICIALS, STOP BRAGGING THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH RELIEF GOODS AND RESCUE TEAM! THAT IS BULLSHIT!
Elise, I know you and can you please post this in FB so that people are more aware of what really goes on in Tacloban. THANK YOU so much. Later we are going back to Tanauan, we walk again. When it gets dark we just have to stop for the night in the open air and rest. We have to walk for several hours so we get to other towns. My family is okay, both sides, but we need to evacuate or else we might die of starvation as we can only rely for now with what appears to be false promises from our GOVERNMENT.We have to walk to where there is a signal for my mobile phone because we are waiting for confirmation from our contact in Manila who is arranging a lift for us. There is only one spot with signal and it takes half a day to get there.
I only have 1/4 of a 12oz of water left, and we still have a long trek back to Tanaun the entire night. This is how grave the situation is.
Soldiers have ample supplies of food and water; the people – NONE. I had to barter my food for some water.
None! I don’t understand why the media is not here. Where are they? The roads are now passable. I can’t get my head round why they do not distribute goods here.
I’m at the city hall right now. There are plentiful of cartons upon cartons of water. They refused to give us any of the water while the soldiers are swilling on pure natural mineral water. FUCKING GOVERNMENT!!!
HELP ME SHARE THIS!!! PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT STOP LYING YUNG MGA KABABAYAN KO NA MISMO NAGSASABI NG TOTOONG NANGYAYARI SA LEYTE!! PLEASE SHARE :((((NEWS AGENCIES FOR THEM TO KNOW WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN LEYTE RIGHT NOW.Finally heard from a friend who left for Tacloban Saturday morning (through the help of her family’s friends in the military) to look for her family members in the towns of Palo and Tanauan whom she hasn’t heard from since Thursday night prior to supertyphoon Yolanda’s landfall. Below are her exact messages to me.”My family is safe. Nasa isang spot lang ako where may signal and we have to walk half day para lang mkapunta dito. Not enough food, water, gas. Wasak din bahay namin pero na kina tita kami lahat. We have supplies pa. Planning na makapunta dyan Manila this week.
Kung meron man relief goods, sa Tacloban City nakafocus. There are hundred towns sa Leyte. People are starving. Imbis na maniwala yang mga officials sa mga hakahaka o balita ng mga taga media na hanggang airport lang naman, sila ang pumunta dito para makita nila sitwasyon. Frustrating! On the first day from the airport, pumara ako sa military truck para makisakay. HINDI KAMI PINASAKAY to think that it was an empty truck! ASAN ANG SINASABING TULONG NG GOVT?! Wag nilang siraan ang mga tao dito na nagiging violent. Looting is simply caused ng mga kalokohan ng gobyerno. Asan ang relief goods?!
Favor pls. Kindly write something and post it on FB and make sure maspread to para makaabot sa lintik na gobyerno natin. RELIEF GOODS ARE NOT BEING WELL DISTRIBUTED. NO RESCUE TEAM. NI WALA KANG MAKIKITANG SUNDALO. KUNG MERON MAN, NASA AIRPORT NAKATUNGANGA. HENCE, STILL NO FOOD, WATER, GAS AND BASIC NECESSITIES HERE. YAN ANG MAIN REASON BAKIT RAMPANT ANG LOOTING DITO. AGAIN, WALA PANG MGA RELIEF GOODS NA NABIBIGAY. ILANG ARAW NA WALA PA RIN. PEOPLE ARE STARVING BUT NOT KILLING EACH OTHER, SO PLS STOP THAT BULLSHIT NEWS NA MGA TAO DAW DITO NAGKAKASAKITAN NA AT MGA TAGA MANILA PINAGKAKAGULUHAN PAG MALAMANG MAY FOOD. I’VE BEEN WALKING FOR 2 DAYS NOW, WITH WATER AND FOOD. WALANG HUMARANG SAKIN. I HAVE TO VOLUNTARILY SHARE MY FOOD AND THEY WOULD THANK ME. SOME WOULD OFFER US A RIDE, YUNG MGA MAY VEHICLE, PERO RARELY LANG MANGYARI KASI WALANG GAS DITO. GOV’T OFFICIALS, STOP BRAGGING NA MAY MORE THAN ENOUGH RELIEF GOODS AND RESCUE TEAM! THAT IS BULLSHIT!
Elise, ikaw ang kilala ko na pwede magpost sa FB para malaman ang totoong sitwasyon ng Tacloban. THANK YOU so much. Mamaya uuwi ulit kami to Tanauan, lakad lang. Kung saan abutan ng gabi dun kami magpapahinga. We have to walk for several hours para maabot ang ibang towns. My family is okay, both sides, but we need to evacuate or else we might die of starvation hangga’t hindi tinototohanan ng gobyerno yang mga pangakong napapako.
Nag-aantay kami confirmation ng contact namin sa Manila when kami makakasakay papunta dyan. Ito lang spot na may signal. Half day namin nilakad papunta dito. Babalik din ulit kami to Tanauan. Kung san abutan ng gabi dun kami magpapahinga.
I only have 1/4 of a 12oz of water left, at maglalakad ulit kami pauwi ng Tanaun the entire night. Ganito kagrabe ang sitwason.
Mga sundalo dito ang may supply ng water at food. Mga locals wala. Nakipagbarter na nga lang ako ng food ko in exchange for his water kasi wala na akong tubig..
Wala. Hindi naman nag-iikot and media dito. Ewan nasan mga yun. Passable na ang roads. Di ko gets bakit hindi madistribute yung relief goods.
I’m at the city hall right now. Nakaimbak sa loob karton karton na tubig, pero hindi kami binibgyan. Pero mga sundalo meron. Punyetang gobyerno!”
The above account is further evidenced by a BBC news reporter:
At the scene
Jonathan Head BBC News, Leyte
So where is the aid? That was the question on everyone’s lips in the district of Pawing, outside Tacloban.
Nearly every house has either been flattened or left without roofs or windows. People are living amid the sodden debris that was once their homes.
They are wet, hungry, and increasingly angry. I watched them making the long trek into Tacloban in search of food, and returning empty-handed. One long queue outside a food warehouse quickly broke down into a free-for-all, people grabbing whatever they could.
The local government was pretty much wiped out by the typhoon. That’s why the central government has taken over the running of Tacloban. But it is almost invisible. Without power or phone communications, people have no idea whether anything is being done for them.
The airport, while badly battered, is functioning. Planes come and go, several every hour. But they are not bringing much in, only taking people out. The Philippine army and police are very visible there, much less so in the rest of the city.
By day five of a disaster like this, you would expect to see some preparations for a scaled-up aid programme at the airport. There are still very few signs of that here. Instead, there are still corpses, lying uncollected, at the end of the runway.
LINING UP FOR FOOD Photo by Erik de Castro, Reuters
Typhoon victims queue for food and water outside an airport on Sunday after Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ battered Tacloban City. ‘Yolanda,’ one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, killed at least 10,000 people in Leyte province, a senior police official said.