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TYPHOON NINA KILLS AT LEAST 6, DISPLACES 380,000
[RELATED UPDATE MONDAY 8 PM MANILA TIME: Typhoon Nina kills six in the Philippines, blows out to sea]


DECEMBER 27 -A man pets a dog along a flooded street caused by rains from Typhoon Nock-Ten in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. The powerful typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day, spoiling the biggest holiday in Asia's largest Catholic nation, where a governor offered roast pig to entice villagers to abandon family celebrations for emergency shelters. AP/Aaron Favila
BATANGAS
, A powerful typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines on yesterday after killing at least six people and spoiling Christmas in several provinces, where more than 380,000 people abandoned celebrations at home to reach emergency shelters and other safer grounds. Typhoon Nock-Ten cut power to five entire provinces due to toppled electric posts and trees, dimming Christmas revelries in Asia's largest Catholic nation. More than 300 flights were delayed or re-scheduled and ferries were barred from sailing, stranding more than 12,000 holiday travelers. Six people died from drowning or by being pinned by fallen trees, poles and a collapsed concrete wall in the provinces of Quezon and Albay, southeast of Manila, after the typhoon made landfall in Catanduanes province Sunday night, officials said. READ MORE...RELATED, Typhoon Nina kills six in the Philippines, blows out to sea...

ALSO: Cyclone warning signals lifted as Nina sets to leave
[RELATED: SWINGS BY CATANDUANES TOO Duterte visits CamSur in wake of Typhoon Nina]


DECEMBER 27 -PAGASA's satellite image shows Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-Ten) over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. PAGASA
— State weather agency PAGASA on Tuesday lifted cyclone warning signals in all areas as Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-Ten) started to traverse the West Philippine Sea. In an early morning advisory, PAGASA said Nina, moving west at 17 kilometers per hour (kph), will possibly exit the Philippine area of responsbility on Tuesday evening. READ MORE...RELATED, SWINGS BY CATANDUANES TOO Duterte visits CamSur in wake of Typhoon Nina...

ALSO: Duterte visits typhoon-hit areas, rejects gift-giving ceremonies
(The firebrand leader skipped the typical ceremonial distribution of relief items to the displaced residents, saying he found the gesture “corny.” )


DECEMBER 27 -In this Dec. 25, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte is greeted by residents upon his arrival in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Christmas Day where he visited the civilians wounded in an explosion near the Sto. Nino Parish in the same town on Christmas Eve. PPD/Kiwi Bulaclac
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the gift giving ceremonies during his visit to typhoon-hit provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines Sur on Tuesday, saying he finds them corny and too dramatic. The president was supposed to lead the distribution of gifts to victims of Typhoon Nina, which hit Southern Luzon including the Bicol region during the Christmas weekend. Duterte, however, said local disaster management officials should be the ones to undertake the activity. "There was supposed to be a ceremonial gift-giving. You know, I'm not really up to it," the president said during his visit to Camarines Sur on Tuesday afternoon. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte announces P50M aid to farmers displaced by ‘Nina’ [RELATED: Relief ongoing for victims of Typhoon Nina]


DECEMBER 27 -President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo
President Duterte flew to Catanduanes and Camarines Sur provinces, on Tuesday, to personally oversee the distribution of relief goods to residents affected by Typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) in the Bicol region and announce a P50-million aid to farmers displaced by the typhoon In his speech in Pili town, Camarines Sur, Mr. Duterte assured the typhoon victims of immediate assistance from various government agencies to help them recover from the disaster. “The thing is, after a catastrophe, war, fire, calamity, we really (have) to go back immediately to the normal ways. We should not wait and wallow in self-pity,” the President said. READ MORE....RELATED,
Relief ongoing for victims of Typhoon Nina...

ALSO: Bicol evacuees return home, difficult rehab starts
[RELATED:
‘Nina’ strongest typhoon to hit Bicol in 10 years]


DECEMBER 27 -Residents of Daraga, Albay evacuate on Dec. 25, 2016, as typhoon Nina threatens their villages. (AFP FILE PHOTO)
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay — As the weather improved in the Bicol region on Tuesday, disaster response and local government officials faced the difficult task of rebuilding from the devastation wrought by Typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten). Survivors of the strongest typhoon to have hit Bicol this year have been pleading for drinking water and food as relief workers try to penetrate hardest-hit communities in Camarines Sur, Albay and Catanduanes provinces. The typhoon toppled electric posts and cut power transmission and communication lines. Water distribution pipelines were also damaged. READ MORE...RELATED,
‘Nina’ strongest typhoon to hit Bicol in 10 years...
 
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ALSO:
Where’s Leni? As 'Nina' pummelled her home region, VP camp defends Leni's US vacation
[RELATED: Thinking Pinoy, Sasot React On PhilStar Writer’s Claim About Robredo’s Christmas Trip To NY]


DECEMBER 27 -As an off-season typhoon pummelled her home region, Vice President Leni Robredo found herself on the defensive for spending the Christmas break away from the Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
As an off-season typhoon pummelled her home region, Vice President Leni Robredo found herself on the defensive for spending the Christmas break away from the Philippines. Amid criticism of her vacation in the United States, Robredo’s camp said she was helping in the relief operations for victims of Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-Ten) in Bicol. Her spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said yesterday Robredo was coordinating relief efforts. Hernandez said Robredo “has been monitoring and directing the Office of the Vice President (OVP) to work with regional officials and agencies in setting up local relief centers for immediate emergency response on the ground.” READ MORE...RELATED, Thinking Pinoy, Sasot React On PhilStar Writer’s Claim About Robredo’s Christmas Trip To NY...


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Typhoon Nina kills at least 6, displaces 380,000


A man pets a dog along a flooded street caused by rains from Typhoon Nock-Ten in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. The powerful typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day, spoiling the biggest holiday in Asia's largest Catholic nation, where a governor offered roast pig to entice villagers to abandon family celebrations for emergency shelters. AP/Aaron Favila

BATANGAS, JANUARY 2, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Bullit Marquez (Associated Press) December 27, 2016 -A powerful typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines on yesterday after killing at least six people and spoiling Christmas in several provinces, where more than 380,000 people abandoned celebrations at home to reach emergency shelters and other safer grounds.

Typhoon Nock-Ten cut power to five entire provinces due to toppled electric posts and trees, dimming Christmas revelries in Asia's largest Catholic nation. More than 300 flights were delayed or re-scheduled and ferries were barred from sailing, stranding more than 12,000 holiday travelers.

Six people died from drowning or by being pinned by fallen trees, poles and a collapsed concrete wall in the provinces of Quezon and Albay, southeast of Manila, after the typhoon made landfall in Catanduanes province Sunday night, officials said.

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Many military camps and outposts in Catanduanes and outlying provinces were damaged and some troops were injured, the military said.

Nock-Ten, locally known as Nina, then blew westward across mountainous and island provinces, damaging homes, uprooting trees and knocking down communications.

After weakening on landfall, the typhoon had sustained winds of up to 120 kilometers (74 miles) per hour and gusts of 180 kph (111 mph) when it blew into the South China Sea after battering the congested provinces of Batangas and Cavite, south of Manila, government forecasters said.

A cargo ship with about two dozen crewmen radioed for help as their vessel started to list off Batangas. It later ran aground and turned on its sided in Mabini town, the coast guard said.

The storm was one of the strongest to hit the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced over 5 million in 2014. But officials in some provinces found it difficult to convince people to abandon their Christmas celebrations and head for the shelters before the storm hit. Some officials said they had to impose forced evacuations.

"Some residents just refused to leave their homes even when I warned them that you can face what amounts to a death penalty," Cedric Daep, a top disaster-response official in Albay, said by phone.

Shopping malls and stores were ordered to close early on Christmas Day to encourage people to remain indoors, "but at the height of the typhoon, many cars were still being driven around and people were out walking," Daep said. "We warned them enough, but we just can't control their mind."

Officials in Albay, where more than 150,000 villagers were displaced by the typhoon, declared a "state of calamity" on Sunday to allow faster disbursement of emergency funds.

About 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year. In the past 65 years, seven typhoons have struck the country on Christmas Day, according to the government's weather agency.

Tens of thousands of villagers, forced to spend Christmas in crowded and powerless emergency shelters, started to return home yesterday to deal with the damage.

"They have left the evacuation centers and we're seeing the sun again," Ann Ongjoco, mayor of the town of Guinobatan in Albay, one of five provinces that lost electricity, said by phone.

But she said her town, where more than 17,600 villagers fled to shelters in schools, will not be able to resume the holiday celebrations because of the post-typhoon mess. "Many houses made of light materials were destroyed," she said.

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Typhoon Nina kills six in the Philippines, blows out to sea By South-East Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane, wires Updated Mon at 8:12am


Gloomy weather felt in Sorsogon
PHOTO: Gloomy weather felt in Sorsogon, in the Bicol region of the Philippines, as Typhoon Nina nears landfall. (Supplied: World Vision)

A powerful typhoon has blown out of the northern Philippines after killing at least six people and bringing strong winds, heavy rains and cutting off power.

Key points:

•Typhoon cuts power, mobile networks, major road

•Six people reported dead

•Save the Children says slums likely to be hit the hardest

Nock-Ten, known locally as Typhoon Nina, forced 380,000 people to abandon Christmas celebrations and flee to evacuation shelters as it made landfall over Catanduanes province, on the Bicol peninsula.

A farmer died after being pinned by a fallen tree in Quezon province, south-east of Manila, a few hours after the typhoon made landfall.

Police said three other villagers, including a couple who were swept by a flash flood, died in Albay province. Officials said two others also died when the typhoon hit.


Map showing likely path of typhoon when it passes over the Philippines.
PHOTO: Land, sea and air travel has been suspended in many areas, leaving thousands of people stranded. (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.)

The typhoon reached maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 255 kilometres as it made landfall, weather officials and radio reports stated.

The storm weakened slightly, sustaining winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour as it moved towards the heavily populated provinces of Batangas and Cavite, south of Manila.

World Vision employee Joy Maluyo told the ABC winds had brought down trees and powerlines.

The typhoon made a second landfall over Camarines Sur province, then weakened slightly, according to the Government's weather agency.

It also cut off a major road on the island of Luzon, which charity Save the Children said might hamper aid efforts.


Cars and motorbikes drive through a flooded street in Quezon city.
PHOTO: Vehicles navigate a flood-prone area caused by rains from Typhoon Nock-Ten in Quezon city, north of Manila. (AP: Aaron Favila)

Christmas day festivities hamper evacuation efforts

Christmas is the biggest holiday in the Philippines, making it difficult for officials to get people's attention to heed the warnings and evacuate.

Governor Miguel Villafuerte of Camarines Sur province offered roast pig — a popular Christmas delicacy locally called "lechon" — in evacuation centres to entice villagers to move to emergency shelters.

"I know it's Christmas … but this is a legit typhoon," Villafuerte tweeted on Christmas Eve.

"Please evacuate, we'll be having lechon at evacuation centres."

IN CATANDUANES

In Catanduanes province, Vice Governor Shirley Abundo said she ordered a forced evacuation of villagers, saying some "are really hard-headed, they don't want to leave their houses because it's Christmas".

The thousands of evacuees who were forced to spend Christmas in the crowded and powerless emergency shelters started to return home on Monday to deal with the damage.

"They have left the evacuation centres and we're seeing the sun again," said Ann Ongjoco, mayor of the town of Guinobatan in Albay, one of five provinces that lost electricity.

Nock-Ten, which had a 500-kilometre rain band, was expected to barge westward across the mountainous southern plank of the Philippines' main island of Luzon and blow close to the capital, Manila, on Monday, before starting to exit toward the South China Sea.

Heavy rainfall, destructive winds and battering waves had threatened heavily populated rural and urban regions, where the Philippine weather agency raised typhoon warnings.

Fierce winds and rain knocked down the island's power and communications, forecasters said.

Ned Olney, the Philippines' country director for Save the Children, said the typhoon was likely to hit slum areas hardest.

"It's really the rising waters in the slum areas that causes great threat to human life," he said.

"Most of the structures where people live in these areas are light wooden structures with straw roofs so this type of a storm we'd expect massive damage at the simple household level."

After weakening on landfall, the typhoon had sustained winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour and gusts of 180 kilometres when it blew into the South China Sea, Government forecasters said.

In the past 65 years, seven typhoons have struck the Philippines on Christmas Day, according to the Government's weather agency.


PHILSTAR

Cyclone warning signals lifted as Nina sets to leave (philstar.com) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 7:53am 2 1 googleplus0 0


PAGASA's satellite image shows Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-Ten) over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines — State weather agency PAGASA on Tuesday lifted cyclone warning signals in all areas as Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-Ten) started to traverse the West Philippine Sea.

In an early morning advisory, PAGASA said Nina, moving west at 17 kilometers per hour (kph), will possibly exit the Philippine area of responsbility on Tuesday evening.

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Nina, weakened while barreling over the Philippines' landmass since Sunday, but has maintained its strength early Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gusts of up to 150 kph.

It was spotted at 4 a.m. 360 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales after leaving a trail of destruction in Bicol and southern Luzon and spoiling Christmas celebrations with forced evacuations in five regions.

Typhoon Nina (Nock-Ten) in the Philippines as of 7:43 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 27, 2016

All tropical cyclone warning signals have been lifted.

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SWINGS BY CATANDUANES TOO Duterte visits CamSur in wake of Typhoon Nina Published December 27, 2016 5:01pm Updated December 27, 2016 5:44pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

 
GMA LIVESTREAMING -DUTERTE SPEAKING IN CAMARINES SUR ABOUT FUNDING ASSISTANCE, CLIMATE CHANGE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND MORE...

No less than President Rodrigo Duterte visited evacuees in Pili, Camarines Sur on Tuesday, a couple of days after Typhoon Nina began to wreak havoc on the province.

"I would like to assure you that we are here to help. Nothing more. Wala na akong pinuntahang ibang dito. Ang aming trabaho lang," Duterte said. "Purely trabaho."

Duterte helped distribute relief goods to people in evacuation centers. He was joined by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año.

He also assured that the government was working to get people's lives back to normal as soon as possible.

"The thing is, after whatever it is, catastrophe, war, sunog, calamity, is really to go back immediately to the normal ways. Huwag na tayong maghintay and wallow in self-pity na nakakaawa tayo. Balik na agad tayo kinabukasan. We return to normalcy ASAP, as soon as possible," Duterte said.

Before going to Camarines Sur, Duterte also visited Catanduanes and distributed relief goods. He did not address the crowd there.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, some 25,959 families were affected by the typhoon in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan said the agency is verifying reports that six or seven people were killed as a result of the typhoon as it continues to receive reports from affected provinces such as Quezon and Albay.

Citing information from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Marasigan said a total of 23,284 families are still in evacuation centers. —JST, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Duterte visits typhoon-hit areas, rejects gift giving By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 6:53pm 0 2 googleplus0 0


In this Dec. 25, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte is greeted by residents upon his arrival in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Christmas Day where he visited the civilians wounded in an explosion near the Sto. Nino Parish in the same town on Christmas Eve. PPD/Kiwi Bulaclac

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the gift giving ceremonies during his visit to typhoon-hit provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines Sur on Tuesday, saying he finds them corny and too dramatic.

The president was supposed to lead the distribution of gifts to victims of Typhoon Nina, which hit Southern Luzon including the Bicol region during the Christmas weekend.

Duterte, however, said local disaster management officials should be the ones to undertake the activity.

"There was supposed to be a ceremonial gift-giving. You know, I'm not really up to it," the president said during his visit to Camarines Sur on Tuesday afternoon.

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"Ayoko yang may mga telebisyon pa-drama, ako na magbigay bigay. Dala yan namin dito. Kung sino disaster dito, ikaw magbigay. Huwag mo itapon sa akin yan. Iba ang trabaho ko (I don't want something dramatic in front of the television. We brought the goods here. The disaster management officials should be the ones to distribute them. Do not ask me to do it. I have other things to do)," he added, drawing applause from the audience.

Duterte said he is not into distributing aid in front of cameras even during the campaign period.

"Tumatayo balahibo ko. Nakokornihan ako (I feel goosebumps. I find it corny)," he said.

During his visit visit to Catanduanes, Duterte said the giving of goods in front of cameras is "bugok na style (passé)."

Duterte assured typhoon victims that the government is doing its best to bring back normalcy to their lives.

"Let us not wallow in self-pity… Let us try to return to normalcy as soon as possible," the president said.

Duterte said his administration is ready to provide P50 million in calamity funds to areas affected by Typhoon Nina.

He also ordered the energy department to restore power in typhoon-struck provinces as soon as possible. According to him, the agriculture department is also ready to provide seeds to farmers affected by the cyclone.

"We are here to help, nothing more," the president said.


INQUIRER

Duterte announces P50M aid to farmers displaced by ‘Nina’ President tells Bicolanos: Get back on your feet, help is coming By: Marlon Ramos - Reporter / @MRamosINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 08:50 PM December 27, 2016


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

MANILA - President Duterte flew to Catanduanes and Camarines Sur provinces, on Tuesday, to personally oversee the distribution of relief goods to residents affected by Typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) in the Bicol region and announce a P50-million aid to farmers displaced by the typhoon

In his speech in Pili town, Camarines Sur, Mr. Duterte assured the typhoon victims of immediate assistance from various government agencies to help them recover from the disaster.

“The thing is, after a catastrophe, war, fire, calamity, we really (have) to go back immediately to the normal ways.

We should not wait and wallow in self-pity,” the President said.

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“We should get up the next day. We return to normalcy as soon as possible,” he continued.

The firebrand leader skipped the typical ceremonial distribution of relief items to the displaced residents, saying he found the gesture “corny.”

“I would like to assure you that we are here to help. Nothing more. I did not come here for any other reason. For us, it’s our job,” he said.

Mr. Duterte said Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol had told him that at least P50 million in financial assistance would be distributed “at once” by the Department of Agriculture to affected farmers.

He said he might double the amount “as long as there is no corruption.” SFM

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Relief ongoing for victims of Typhoon Nina By CNN Philippines Staff Updated 17:59 PM PHT Tue, December 27, 2016 5K5

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte joined social welfare department and local government officials in distributing relief goods on Tuesday to thousands of families in Virac, authorities said.

Duterte, accompanied by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, and other officials were in Virac, the capital of Catanduanes.

Catanduanes is one of four provinces under a state of calamity. It was where powerful typhoon Nina (international name: Nock-Ten) first made landfall on Saturday.

"We appeal to all LGUs (local government units) to work hand-in-hand with DSWD and our field offices when it comes to distributing all aid to affected families," Taguiwalo said in a statement.

"We want to ensure that all the assistance meant for calamity survivors go to them," she added.

Early warning from weather forecasters about the coming typhoon allowed officials to store relief goods in the affected areas and preemptively evacuate families in Nina's path.

The social welfare department said 12,000 food packs were pre-positioned in Catanduanes even before typhoon Nina made landfall. NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan said that as weather improved, a flight carrying an additional 1,400 relief packs were flown to the province.

More than 429,000 people comprising 87,000 families were pre-emptively evacuated, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its update Tuesday.

Marasigan said the preemptive evacuation was key to the low number of reported casualties. They are still verifying the number of deaths from the typhoon.

Local officials and CNN reporters on the ground have tallied seven deaths and 18 missing. The missing 18 are members of a crew from a ferry which sank off Tingloy, Batangas, where Nina made landfall on Monday.

Nina cut a swath across the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas and on through southern Luzon and Metro Manila before exiting Central Luzon.

Evacuees in Camarines Sur, another province under a state of calamity, are asking for additional relief goods, as they may be staying in the evacuation centers longer.

In Marinduque, another province in the typhoon's path, the NDRRMC aims for full power restoration there by this week. However, there is no target date yet for the full restoration of power in Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Quezon, and Batangas.

CNN Philippines Correspondent AC Nicholls contributed to this report.


INQUIRER

Bicol evacuees return home, difficult rehab starts Local execs grapple with lack of food and drinking water; power, communication water lines cut; 9,941 houses destroyed, 17,882 damaged
Inquirer Southern Luzon / 07:24 PM December 27, 2016


Residents of Daraga, Albay evacuate on Dec. 25, 2016, as typhoon Nina threatens their villages. (AFP FILE PHOTO)

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay — As the weather improved in the Bicol region on Tuesday, disaster response and local government officials faced the difficult task of rebuilding from the devastation wrought by Typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten).

Survivors of the strongest typhoon to have hit Bicol this year have been pleading for drinking water and food as relief workers try to penetrate hardest-hit communities in Camarines Sur, Albay and Catanduanes provinces.

The typhoon toppled electric posts and cut power transmission and communication lines. Water distribution pipelines were also damaged.

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On Monday, government records showed 54,053 families (211,140 people) had left evacuation centers spread out in the region.

However, 280 families (1,012 people) living in Barangay Sta. Cruz in Libon town, Albay province had to stay behind in evacuation centers due to flooding in their communities.

The flooding was caused by water overflowing from the Libon-Bato Lake.

“They will stay in the evacuation center probably for three days until the floods subside,” said Ian Secillano, head of Libon municipal disaster risk reduction and management office.

Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) chief, said the province would have to rely on local resources while waiting for assistance from the national government.

Damage to rice, vegetables and coconut in Albay has reached P6.4 million, a partial report from APSEMO showed.

“Right now, our main priority is to determine the needs of those affected,” Daep said.

He said the towns of Polangui, Libon, Tiwi and Malinao were the heavily damaged areas.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Bicol said the typhoon destroyed 9,941 houses and damaged 17,882 others.

Flood waters submerged low-lying villages in the towns of Minalabac, San Fernando and Gainza in Camarines Sur; and Libon, Polangui, Oas, Ligao City and Guinobatan in Albay, said Rachelle Miranda, OCD Bicol spokesperson.

In Catanduanes province, authorities recorded at least 21 landslides along the highway connecting San Miguel, Viga and Gigmoto towns.

In Mimaropa region, Rolando Josue, chief of the Marinduque provincial disaster risk reduction and management council head, said his province was one of the hardest-hit provinces, with the typhoon damaging coconut plantations and agricultural areas.

Josue said their food and water supplies might only last a few more days. Power has not been restored in the province as of Tuesday, while reports said supply of gasoline has been running low.

“Rice fields are destroyed and no one’s sailing out to fish. Our assessment is we will need food supply for three days just for the recovery (period),” he said.

Daep said the four typhoon-related fatalities in Albay were due to “evacuation failure.”

“If we had no preparedness, there would be hundreds of casualties. We should blame the community for not evacuating. If they die in evacuation centers, that’s our failure,” he said.

The latest fatality in Albay was Gregorio Tadeo, 60, who was found dead inside his house in San Roque village in Polangui town. Police said Tadeo was hit by wooden post as the typhoon battered the region.

In Marinduque, an eight-year-old boy from Boac town was so far the lone typhoon-related fatality in the province.

Josue said the child drowned after he tried to retrieve a coconut in a swollen river.

In Oriental Mindoro, Iraya Soledad Likdawan, a Mangyan, was found dead in San Teodoro town.

Officials of the capital Calapan declared the city under a state of calamity on Tuesday morning due to the typhoon damage, Mayor Arnan Panaligan said.

The Oriental Mindoro provincial board convened on Tuesday to tackle the request of Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr. to also declare the province under state of calamity.

The provinces of Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Albay had been declared under a state of calamity earlier. (Reports from Maricar Cinco, Mar S. Arguelles, Ma. April Mier, Rey Anthony Ostria, Madonna T. Virola, Michael Jaucian, Delfin T. Mallari Jr. and Fernan Gianan, Inquirer Southern Luzon) SFM

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‘Nina’ strongest typhoon to hit Bicol in 10 years By: Rey Anthony Ostria - Correspondent / @RAOstriaINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:16 AM December 28, 2016


SCENE OF DESTRUCTION A woman shares a cup of hot coffee with her husband amid the ruins of their house a day after Typhoon “Nina” struck their village in Bato, Catanduanes province. Authorities reported at least seven deaths in the strongest typhoon to hit Bicol in 10 years. —FERNAN G. GIANAN

TIWI, ALBAY—The sight along the highway was anything but merry a day after Christmas: Wrecked houses in pools of mud, toppled electric posts and darkness engulfing the town as evening fell.

At least 50 percent of the houses in this town of 50,000 were wrecked by Typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) in what Mayor Jaime Villanueva described as the strongest to strike the Bicol region in 10 years.

“We felt a stronger impact than we did when Typhoon ‘Reming’ hit us in 2006,” he said, referring to the howler internationally known as Durian.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who flew to Virac at noon on Tuesday, said the Catanduanes capital was devastated and it would take the province five to 10 years to recover from the destruction of its coconut and abaca plantations.

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President Duterte made a quick visit to Virac and Pili in Camarines Sur on Tuesday. He refused to participate in the distribution of relief goods. “That style is rotten, I do not like that,” he said.

But he promised to help the typhoon victims and urged them not to despair. “I hope you would recover your bearing,” he said.

Three more deaths were reported on Tuesday, bringing to eight the number of people killed in the typhoon that lashed the Philippines over the Christmas holidays with winds up to 235 kilometers per hour, the government said.

At least 18 others were reported missing after the MV Starlight Atlantic sank off Batangas on Monday, killing one.

Officials reported that Gregorio Tadeo, 60, was found dead in his house in Polangui, Albay; an 8-year-old boy drowned in Marinduque, and another fatality identified as Iraya Soledad Likdawan was reported in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro.

Power outages

Nina took out power in many eastern provinces, with energy officials unsure when electrical services would be restored, said Mina Marasigan, spokesperson for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

“We saw many houses destroyed by the strong winds. Infrastructure like schools and hospitals as well. We are still awaiting the exact figures of how many houses were destroyed, on the exact cost of damage,” Marasigan told reporters.

National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said it had restored nine of the 18 transmission lines downed by the typhoon. It said 10 crews had been mobilized to inspect and assess the damage.

More than 429,000 people were preemptively evacuated from their homes in vulnerable areas, official figures showed.

The typhoon had been expected to bring heavy rains and winds to Metro Manila, but it lost force as it plodded across southern Luzon. Nina had sustained winds of up to 105 kph and gusts of 130 kph when it blew into the South China Sea on Tuesday morning.

STRONGEST SINCE 'YOLANDA'

Nina was one of the strongest to hit the Philippines since Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced more than 5 million in 2013.

But officials in some provinces found it difficult to convince people to abandon their Christmas celebrations and head for the shelters before the storm hit.

“Some residents just refused to leave their homes even when I warned them that you can face what amounts to a death penalty,” Cedric Daep, a top disaster official in Albay, said by phone.

Tens of thousands of villagers, forced to spend Christmas in crowded and powerless emergency shelters, started to return home on Monday to deal with the damage.

“They have left the evacuation centers and we’re seeing the sun again,” Ann Ongjoco, mayor of the town of Guinobatan in Albay, one of five provinces that lost electricity, said by phone.

Operations at Ninoy Aquino International Airport gradually returned to normal on Tuesday, a day after 364 flights were canceled.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said some P9 million worth of damage was inflicted on the airports of Virac, Naga and Legazpi.

There is enough supply of milled rice in areas affected by Nina and stocks are ready for distribution “anytime,” according to the National Food Authority (NFA).

NFA officer in charge Tomas R. Escarez said in a statement the agency had well-stocked warehouses nationwide, especially in the regions of Bicol, Calabarzon and Metro Manila. —WITH REPORTS FROM CYNTHIA D. BALANA, DAXIM L. LUCAS, JAYMEE T. GAMIL, RONNEL W. DOMINGO, JEANNETTE I. ANDRADE, JUAN ESCANDOR, MARICAR CINCO, MAR S. ARGUELLES, MAL APRIL MIER, MADONNA T. VIROLA, MICHAEL JAUCIAN, DELFIN T. MALLARI AND FERNAN GIANAN, AP, AFP


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Where’s Leni? VP defends US vacation By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 12:00am 3 8 googleplus0 0


As an off-season typhoon pummelled her home region, Vice President Leni Robredo found herself on the defensive for spending the Christmas break away from the Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - As an off-season typhoon pummelled her home region, Vice President Leni Robredo found herself on the defensive for spending the Christmas break away from the Philippines.

Amid criticism of her vacation in the United States, Robredo’s camp said she was helping in the relief operations for victims of Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-Ten) in Bicol.

Her spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said yesterday Robredo was coordinating relief efforts.

Hernandez said Robredo “has been monitoring and directing the Office of the Vice President (OVP) to work with regional officials and agencies in setting up local relief centers for immediate emergency response on the ground.”

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Netizens lashed out at the Vice President for her absence as Nina battered the Bicol region on Sunday.

Robredo and her children are in the US for a family reunion, according to Hernandez. The vacation was planned more than a year ago, she said. “She will be going home to Naga as soon as she arrives,” Hernandez added. She did not give the date of her return.

She said the OVP is also coordinating with the Angat Buhay partners and other private sector groups in Manila for donations, both food and non-food items that can be transported and deployed to Bicol.

ANGAT BUHAY

Launched in October, Angat Buhay is the OVP’s flagship program which seeks to facilitate partnerships between local government units and different stakeholders to address specific poverty-related problems.

Hernandez said the Vice President has been in constant communication with her staff since Friday. The OVP has deployed a team to Bicol to assist in local relief operations, she added.

Robredo said a relief operations center would be set up at the former District Office at the Naga City Hall compound.

According to the OVP, funding for relief operations came from donations from private partners and coursed through the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership.

“While we have faith in the resilience of our people, we still call on the Filipino public to help out in the ongoing relief efforts of all agencies and private sector partners to alleviate suffering in typhoon-hit areas during this very special time of the year,” Hernandez said.

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Thinking Pinoy, Sasot React On PhilStar Writer’s Claim About Robredo’s Christmas Trip To NY By Sandy Ghaz -December 26, 2016080 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter


Thinking Pinoy and Sass Sasot reacted on the claim of a PhilStar writer.

Thinking Pinoy and blogger Sass Rogando Sasot reacted on the claim of a PhilStar writer that Vice Pres. Leni Robredo is spending Christmas in New York as spending it in Naga brings back memories of her late husband.

In a previous news report, it is stated that the netizens have reacted on the expensive dishes on the menu served for dinner in honor of Vice Pres. Robredo. The online community was surprised as to the foods.

Recently, a news report in News Info Learn contained the name of Vice Pres. Robredo once again as Facebook Page Thinking Pinoy and blogger Sass Rogando Sasot have reacted on her Christmas trip to New York.


Vice Pres. Robredo / Photo lifted from Bohol Tribune

Based on the report, a writer of PhilStar News claimed that the Vice President will be spending the holidays in New York as staying in Naga brings back many memories of her late husband, former Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo.


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However, Thinking Pinoy, in reaction to the claim of the writer, cited three reasons against the claim on a Facebook post.

On the post, it stated that the late husband of the Vice President passed away four years ago and that Vice Pres. Robredo has already ‘found a replacement in Cong. Bolet Banal’.

The post also made emphasis on the typhoon that is about to hit Bicol during that time and it stated, “Can Leni realistically tell Bicolanos, ‘Sorry I can’t be your leader today because I’m too heartbroken?'”

Thirdly, the Facebook page cited the ‘cheaper alternatives’ in which the Vice President could consider instead of a vacation in the United States. The post emphasized that the recent vacations of the Vice President are not inexpensive.

It further entailed the possibility that the Ombudsman really needs to question somebody after it investigated Philippine National Police Chief Dir. Gen. Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa.

Moreover, the post highlighted the idea that Vice Pres. Robredo ‘fears’ that the vice presidency would be taken away from her but she has many issues that prohibit her from being the real Vice President of the country.


Someone said Leni Robredo went on a Christmas vacation in the United States because spending the holidays in Naga City brings back too many painful memories of the late Jesse Robredo. B. S. First, Jesse died four years ago and Leni has already found a replacement in Congressman Bolet Banal. Please, cut the crap. ... See More 9.2K 1.1K 4.2K FROM THINKING PINOY FACEBOOK

Blogger Sass Rogando Sasot also reacted to the claim of the writer. She pointed in a Facebook post that Leni was in Naga 2013 and in 2014, they spent the Christmas eve at Jesse’s grave.

Sasot ended her post with a quest to the writer on why Vice Pres. Robredo will be spending Christmas and New Year in U.S. now that she is the Vice President.


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