“WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN LEYTE…”

12 November 2013

Posted by Elise Aguilar on Facebook
11 November 5:30 pm

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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…

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!”

Posted in disasters, yolanda

9 Responses to “WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN LEYTE…”

  1. November 12, 2013 at 1:04 am

    looting of food, water, meds, blankets, and such essentials for immediate consumption is a measure of need and desperation. they are on survival mode after days without food and water. looting of appliances and other non-essentials, i suppose, is for barter purposes, to trade for essentials, a measure of no-confidence in govt’s capacity to sustain relief and rehab operations for all.

    • November 12, 2013 at 4:46 am
      BrianB

      This is not a crime. If it isn’t written in some international law, it should be. It is a crime if you steal food, clothing, etc., from other calamity victims or from red cross, etc.

  2. November 12, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Kiri Dalena’s status on facebook 2 hours ago : Just a thought after watching the news coverage on “looting”

    Julie Lluch: Siguro kung ako taga-Tacloban at may tindahan ididistribute ko na lahat ng laman.
    Me: Oo nga. Tapos pwedeng singilin mo na lang sa gubyerno kung dumating na sila.

    https://www.facebook.com/kiri.dalena/posts/10151724378753038?comment_id=27721425&offset=0&total_comments=3&notif_t=feed_comment_reply

    • November 12, 2013 at 2:08 am

      ako naman was thinking along the lines of, if i owned a mall in tacloban… mamimigay na ako before it gets so bad people are driven to “loot”. di ko naisip yung singilin ang gobyerno kung dumating sila. pero puwede, dapat…

      • November 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm
        baycas

        Politicos may pakyaw the goods then defray their expenses with calamity funds…plus kickback, of course!

    • November 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

      I need help so bad trying to fine Family in Minalin pampanga the names are Edwin and May Gutierrez or the Jones Family Father Eddie St. Monica Parish call Me if You can 804-507-0686 if can tell Him this is Marie from va in the U.S.A God Bless You for Your help

  3. November 12, 2013 at 2:12 am
  4. November 12, 2013 at 2:27 am

    “Are calamities about resilience, or injustice?” by Hyangelo Henry Hao http://davaotoday.com/main/2013/11/10/todays-view-are-calamities-about-resilience-or-injustice/

    • November 12, 2013 at 4:45 am
      BrianB

      There’s also a writeup from a professor in Hawaii that describes how pols take advantage of this resilience.

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