Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cebu: Gaisano Capital Nasunog!!!

Amid the Christmas shopping rush, a fire of undetermined origin hit a major mall in Cebu City early Friday morning.  The fire hit the Gaisano South Mall in Cebu, ,” the fire has been ongoing for about eight hours.  The Bureau of Fire Protection received the fire alarm at midnight, after a sighting of smoke on one part of Gaisano Capital South Mall.  The guards on duty that night also said they heard an explosion inside the establishment.  The firemen suspect that the fire came from the engine and delivery and stock rooms of the mall, which they can’t get into because it’s already 140 degrees Celsius inside.  Fire trucks from neighboring municipalities have trooped to the mall to help in fighting the fire. They have also broken the glass entrance and windows to allow the smoke to get out.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kris Aquino and Sisters defend Pnoy

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino, Pinky Aquino-Abellada and Ballsy Aquino-Cruz defended their brother, President Benigno Aquino III, who is drawing flak for attending a Christmas party while the country was mourning the deaths of hundreds of people killed by tropical storm "Sendong" (international name: Washi).
On ABS-CBN morning show "Kris TV" hosted by Kris, Ballsy reiterated that the President intends to visit Cagayan de Oro, one of the areas worst hit by the floods.
"Talagang pinaplano na nga [ng Pangulo] na pumunta sa CDO. Alam mo kapag pangulo ka, hindi ura-urada ay gagawin mo 'yon at saka titignan lahat. Pero narinig ko na pinag-uusapan na ng PSG (Presidential Security Group) at PMS (Presidential Management Staff) kung ano ang gagawin," she said.
"Ngayon, 'yun namang party ay matagal nang naka-schedule 'yon. Siyempre, may mga masasamang nangyayari at may malungkot but then, life should go on. Hindi naman pwedeng huminto na lang ang buhay at magmukmok na lang tayo.
"That party was for the PSG, ang mga nag-aalaga sa Pangulo at sa kanyang pamilya. Tradisyon 'yon na talagang every year ay nagsasama-sama. Kasi it's time to thank them for always being there. At saka alam naman nating lahat na binibigay nila ang buhay nila para mapangalagaan ang Pangulo. At talagang nasa Constitution na dapat mapangalagaan ang Pangulo. Kung di man sa Constitution, there's some law."
Pinky, on the other hand, explained that the President does not want his arrival to disrupt rescue operations.
"Pinaghahandaan niya ang pagdating niya, ayaw niyang makagulo nang ganoon. So as early as Saturday, alam na natin na Tuesday ilalatag nila lahat. Sana ay hindi siya makaabala doon sa government agencies na talagang working hard to save as many lives as possible," she said.
Kris, for her part, said critics should give the President and their family a break.
"I think hindi niyo po maiaalis sa amin na gusto naming i-depensa ang kapatid namin. The entire night, also Saturday, when we were together, he was constantly on the phone monitoring everything. I think today ang pagpunta ko although I'm going with ABS-CBN. I'm also representing him. I think in many cases talaga, the three of us were able to do that and also there are a lot of security concerns as well," she said.
"Pero siguro hindi niyo maiaalis sa amin na sabihin namin na it's not like he doesn't care. Give me a break, diba? Siyempre pangulo siya ng Pilipinas at mahal niya ang ating mga kababayan. So siyempre, gagawin naman niya ang lahat.
"Sana huwag napakabilis ng batikos kasi napakaraming ahensiya ang nagtatrabaho na. It's just that a President is not like you or me na we can hop on a plane and go there because there are a lot of national concerns.
Actress Valerie Concepcion said on Twitter that she attended a Christmas party for the PSG, where she performed and rubbed elbows with the President.
She even said that the President laughed at her jokes.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Philippines flash floods, death rises to 521


ILIGAN, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Red Cross says the death toll from storm-triggered flash floods that devastated a wide swath of the country's south has risen to 521.
Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said Sunday that the death toll would most likely rise, with 458 people still missing and many villages remaining isolated and unreached by overwhelmed disaster-response personnel.
Pang says the hardest-hit cities were Cagayan de Oro city, where at least 239 people died, and nearby Iligan, where Red Cross aid workers reported 195 dead, mostly children and women

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