Tag Archive: Southern Tagalog

The Office of Civil Defense in Calabarzon (OCD 4A) has recommended that people living near trees and big structures be evacuated during storms, after typhoon “Glenda” caused many casualties in the region.

“Those living near large structures like billboards, walls, electric and communication posts, as well as trees, should also be warned and encouraged to evacuate,” OCD 4A director Vicente Tomazar said in a report to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who chairs the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Currently, only people living in areas prone to floods, landslides, and storm surges are covered by plans of pre-emptive evacuation.

But it was observed that most of the 66 people killed and 96 injured as of Sunday in Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon were hit by uprooted trees, collapsing walls, and other falling debris, said Tomazar, who also chairs the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

In a full council meeting of the RDRRMC 4A on Friday, it was also recommended that trees along highways and major roads be trimmed, or the planting of trees in such areas be discouraged altogether.

Toppled trees and posts left roads impassable, especially for rescuers, Tomazar said.

Meanwhile, Tomazar recommended that the government also come up with an “emergency communications strategy” that could be used during disasters, as regional authorities were practically cut off from national and local agencies for hours, after Glenda struck.

“The storm crippled telecommunication facilities, disrupting emergency services. Due to this, information at the higher DRRMC was limited,” he said.

As of Sunday morning, the RDRRMC 4A recorded 667,497 affected persons, 106,539 destroyed houses, and P661.37 million worth of damage, but has yet to receive information from some areas in Quezon, Laguna, and Batangas because of communication problems.

Glenda’s effects on the region’s economy “have yet to be fully reckoned,” the council said.

Tomazar cited the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as one of the national agencies inaccessible during Glenda’s onsluaught.

“The forecasting capability of DOST-PAGASA was very much appreciated, it was very accurate. But its accessibility on the website was a major issue during the passage of the typhoon” he said.

Tomazar admitted that current incident management plans and procedures “fell short” and that the local DRRMC system, though well coordinated, was “overwhelmed” by Glenda, which is now considered as one of the most destructive storms that hit Calabarzon.

“Improved operational plans could have better mitigated the typhoon’s tragic effects,” he said. (John Roson)

– end –

The number of fatalities caused by typhoon “Glenda” (Rammasun) surged to 51 Thursday, as authorities recieved more reports of casualties from Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region, where the storm knocked down many power and telecommunication lines.

Storm-caused deaths rose to 33 in Calabarzon alone and three people are still missing, according to a report from the Office of Civil Defense 4A.

Eleven died in Laguna, followed by eight in Quezon, six in Batangas, five in Cavite, and three in Rizal.

Most of the fatalities were hit by falling trees, collapsing walls, and other storm debris, while some drowned and one suffered heart attack while being rescued, according to the report.

One of the fatalities in the OCD-4A report, identified as Mario Moral, was captain of a fishing boat that capsized off Cavite City on Wednesday because of rough sea conditions caused by “Glenda.”

Navy personnel found Moral’s body near their base in Sangley Point past 3 p.m. and rescued his four companions, according to a report from the Cavite provincial police.

“Quezon province is the hardest hit by typhoon ‘Glenda.’ The region is still waiting for reports of local governments whose communication lines were damaged, which resulted in the slow generation and submission of reports,” OCD 4A director Vicente Tomazar said in his report.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, meanwhile, said 18 people died in Metro Manila (2), Central Luzon (4), Mimaropa (5), Bicol (4), Western Visayas (1), and Eastern Visayas (2).

One of the fatalities in Central Luzon, identified as 69-year-old Pacita Janggui, suffered a stroke when the roof of her house in Sto. Tomas, Pampanga, was blown off by the typhoon’s strong winds, according to the NDRRMC.

The fatality in Western Visayas, Felipe Royo, was previously reported as missing. He was carried away by waters of a river that he tried to cross in Janiuay, Iloilo.

One person remains missing in Marinduque, according to the NDRRMC.

“Glenda” damaged 19,257 houses and destroyed 7,002 others in Ilocos region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Metro Manila.

The storm also destroyed at least P1.135 billion worth of crops and livestock in Central Luzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol, and left at least P49.1 million worth of damage to infrastructure in Bataan, Nueva Ecija, and Metro Manila, according to the NDRRMC. (John Roson)

– end –

A barangay chairman and his wife were killed while two others were injured when the pick-up they were riding exploded in Laurel, Batangas, Friday night, police said.

Nestorio Rodriguez, chairman of Brgy. Buso Buso, and his wife Eusebia died at a hospital in Tanauan City, Laurel Police chief Senior Insp. Ireneo Bajado said by phone.

Rodriguez’s companions, brothers Jimmy and Maximo Sarmiento, were injured, Bajado said.

The explosion occurred past 11 p.m., while the Rodriguezes and Sarmientos were travelling along a road in Brgy. Gulod, on a Mitsubishi L200 pickup (DSL-276).

The blast bore a hole to the vehicle’s underside, near the right side of the gearbox, Bajado said.

“Nung sumabog, napaatras yung sasakyan at tumama sa matigas na putik sa gilid ng kalsada,” he said.

Investigation showed that the Rodriguezes and Sarmientos had just come from the town proper and were on the way home.

The victims were rushed to the Laurel District Hospital and later transferred to the Mercado Hospital in Tanauan, where Rodriguez and his wife expired.

Members of the Explosives and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit and Scene of the Crime Operatives were called in to determine what caused the blast.

“Sabi nung taga-EOD parang explosive daw, parang granada,” Bajado said.

Investigators are still trying to determine who carried out the attack. (John Roson)

– end –

Photo courtesy of Quezon Police Provincial Office

Photo courtesy of Quezon Police Provincial Office

Nine people, including four minors, died after a passenger bus collided with and dragged the tricycle they were riding, along the Maharlika Highway in Calauag, Quezon, early Sunday, police said.

Passengers Natividad Breva, 51; Federico Ebiernas, 44; Letecia Ebiernas, 43; Jackielyn Casabon, 29; Krizel Pera, 14; Glicel Casabon, 9; Daniela Olanda, 9; and Kathleen Casabon, 7, died on the spot while their driver Redentor Olanda, 37, was declared dead at the St. Peter Hospital, Quezon provincial police spokesman Chief Insp. Ediclle Canals said.

The incident occurred around 7:25 a.m., while Olanda was driving the tricycle along the highway’s portion in Brgy. Biyan.

The tricycle was heading towards Calauag town proper when it was hit by the Arandia Bus Line unit (EVN-970) being driven by Albert Oli from Manila to Bicol, Canals said.

The bus dragged the tricycle some 56 meters from the point of impact, he said.

Investigation showed that Oli overtook another bus by using the opposite lane, causing his bus to collide head on with Olanda’s tricycle.

Oli’s bus suffered heavy damage due to the strong impact, while the tricycle was totally wrecked, Canals said.

The fatalities’ bodies have been brought to a local funeral parlor while Oli is now detained at the Calauag Police Station.

Charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property are now being prepared against the bus driver, Canals said. (John Roson)

– end –

Armed men abducted a radio reporter and commentator inside a restaurant in Candelaria, Quezon, early Sunday, police said.

Melinda Jennifer Glifonea, of 103.1 FM Edge Radio, was abducted shortly before 4 a.m., while she was eating at the Lugawan ng Masa restaurant along Argao st., Brgy. Poblacion, Chief Insp. Edcille Canals, Quezon provincial police spokesman, said.

Two men wearing bull caps and had their faces covered with handkerchiefs arrived at the restaurant on a silver Toyota Innova, drew short firearms, and declared a heist, Canals said.

The gunmen ordered everyone inside the restaurant to lie on the floor, forcibly took Glifonea to their vehicle, then fled towards the direction of Brgy. Pahinga Norte and the Candelaria Bypass road, he said.

The incident was captured on the establishment’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera.

The abductors’ vehicle had its registration plate covered, but its conduction sticker 7858 was seen, Canals said.

Members of the Candelaria Police are still tracking down the abductors and the victim as of this writing. (John Roson)

– end –

Two consultants of re-electionist Quezon Gov. David Suarez were found dead after being “ambushed” by armed men in Tiaong on Monday night, police said.

Supt. Laudemer Llaneta, Tiaong Police chief, identified the fatalities as Genesis Castillo and Sharon Matibag, both “rural development consultants” at the provincial governor’s office.

Castillo and Matibag were found dead at a grassy lot in Sitio Dela Fuente, Brgy. Lagalag, around 10:30 p.m.

“Inambush sila, sakay sila ng motorsiklo. Nung unang makita ng mga residente, inakalang regular na traffic accident lang kaya itinayo pa ‘yung motorsiklo nila,” Llaneta said in a phone interview.

Responding policemen found eight spent shells of an M14 Carbine rifle and two slugs of a still undetermined type of firearm at the scene.

Residents, however, told police that they did not see what actually happened as the area was dark, Llaneta said.

“Sa di kalayuan may isang bahay kung saan may nakadinig daw ng mga putok ng baril pero akala rebentador lang kaya hindi pinansin,” the police official added.

Llaneta said investigators are still studying some “documents” recovered from Castillo and Matibag, in hopes to determine the motive for the killing.

Governor Suarez is seeking re-election under the National Unity Party, according to the Commission on Elections’ list of candidates. (John Roson)

– end –

Public attorney shot in Batangas

Armed men shot and seriously injured a lawyer of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) at the compound of the Bulwagan ng Katarungan (Hall of Justice) in Batangas City early Wednesday, police said.

Atty. Arsenio Hernandez Jr. was brought to the St. Patrick Hospital due to bullet wounds to the different parts of the body, Batangas Provincial Police information officer Insp. Aleli Buaquen said.

The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. at the parking area of the Hall of Justice, located in Brgy. Pallocan West.

Unidentified men shot Hernandez and quickly fled on a motorcycle, Buaquen said, citing initial field reports. (John Roson)

– end –

Two engineers and an employee of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) were killed while two others were injured when the sports utility vehicle (SUV) they were riding figured in an accident in Infanta, Quezon, on Tuesday afternoon.

Killed were engineers Jose Alden Baldovino, of legal age, and Raul Concepcion, 50, as well as Michael Romantico, all assigned at the DPWH 4A’s branch for the 1st District of Quezon, PO2 Benito Nevera, investigator at the Infanta Police, said.

Injured were Jayson Pormalejo, also a DPWH employee, and the SUV’s driver Jose Gonsalez Jr. Both were brought to the C.M. Recto Hospital.

The incident occurred around 4:40 p.m. while the DPWH employees were passing through Sitio Pinlak, Brgy. Magsaysay, on board the government-issued Isuzu Land Cruiser (SAD-803).

The DPWH employees had just conducted a land survey at Sitio Kamagong and were heading towards Infanta town proper, Nevera said in his report.

Gonsalez lost control of the steering wheel while manuevering through a sharp curve, causing the vehicle to swing and tumble down, the police officer said. (John Roson)

– end –

Two police chiefs in Laguna were killed while another policeman was injured when a passenger jeepney rammed the patrol car they were riding in Calauan town early Tuesday.

Killed were Senior Insp. Alex Marasigan, chief of police in Victoria, and Chief Insp. Santiago Cuntapay, chief of police in Calauan, Laguna Provincial Police director Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz said.

PO3 Rodel Cardel, who serves as driver of the Rizal Police patrol car (SGJ-337), suffered minor injuries.

The incident occurred around 5 a.m. while Marasigan, Cuntapay, and Cardel were sitting inside the patrol car, which was parked in front of a police detachment along the highway in Brgy. Bangyas.

A passenger jeepney (DXD-978) driven by Leonilo Resurreccion rammed the patrol car’s rear left portion, killing Marasigan on the spot, Cruz said.

Cuntapay was brought to nearest the hospital but expired while undergoing treatment.

Marasigan, Cuntapay, and other police chiefs were supposed to attend an activity for the crime prevention week along with Cruz, in Calamba City.

“Sama-sama silang mga hepe sa mobile para di maraming sasakyan. Doon (Bangyas detachment) ang hintayan nila on the way going to Calamba,” Cruz said.

None of those in the jeepney were reported injured. Resurreccion, who “may have fallen asleep” while driving, is now in police custody while undergoing investigation, Cruz said.

Cruz postponed the activity in Calamba and called on all policemen in the province to pray for the victims. (John Roson)

– end –

A banana farmer and his wife were killed in an ambush by several armed men while on the way to deliver their goods, in Tayabas City, Quezon, on Friday, police said.

Antonio Dayanan, 58, and his wife, Teresita, 50, succumbed to bullet wounds to the different parts of the body, SPO1 Felicito Labitigan, investigator at the Tayabas City Police, said.

The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. while Dayanan was driving his jeep (VCD-525), which was loaded with bananas, along the barangay road of Brgy. Isabang.

Several armed men waylaid the jeep, repeatedly shot Dayanan and his wife who was sitting next to him, and took a still undetermined amount of cash from the couple, Labitigan said in his report.

Police found at the scene three empty shells and four live ammunition of caliber-.45 pistols. (John Roson)

– end –