Strong earthquake flattened buildings and claimed lives while the Philippine President went back to sleep

I feel so sad and worried about the people of Davao Sur and other areas affected by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake which destroyed many important infrastructures, claiming innocent lives and of course leaving many people homeless. Of course, LGU’s immediately dispatched their respective disaster response team.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) that the epicenter of the said powerful earthquake is just 9 kilometers west of Matanao town, and with a depth of 3 kilometers. Which as a result. The said shockwave were felt into nearby Matanao and Magsaysay in Davao del Sur with an estimated scale of Intensity VII and then the rest of Kidapawan City; General Santos City; Bansalan in Davao del Sur; Alabel and Malapatan in Sarangani;  and Koronadal City experienced Intensity VI. While Tulunan and Matalam, Cotabato; Cotabato City; Davao City; Glan in Sarangani all felt Intesity V under the Richter Scale.

Here’s the magnitude infographic on the intensity scale of earthquakes so you can compare the intensity level of the shockwave.

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According to government records. There have been 9 or 10 people who who’s been reportedly killed from the quake as of this writing time and that many more bodies might be uncovered as search-and-rescue operations continues on collapsed buildings.

Duterte didn’t seem to care about the plight of his people after the powerful quake

Duterte the currently sitting President of the country, we’re currently at his residence in Davao City when the earthquake struck that afternoon. According to Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Brigadier General Jose Niembra that Duterte went back to sleep shortly after the quake.

Yes, he just slept through it. He was not really worried if people were getting hurt and many structures destroyed by the earthquake. He could have called some people and literally comforted his constituents in Davao regarding the quake.  His presence would have helped eased the worries of the local populace and ensure that proper relief and rescue operations were conducted under his watch.

But nothing. He just slept all through it. Perhaps, with absolutely no inkling of the tragic events which unfortunately befell his people whilst his snoring the day away.

It’s funny how his supporters would belittle and spread disinformation about the previous administration efforts as they help the embattled people of Leyte as they felt the brute force of a super-typhoon Yolanda — the strongest typhoon in world history to date. And yet, despite somewhat sincere concern and unflinching support from officials of the previous admin as they muddled along with the victims of the typhoon and tried to make them feel motivated and of course to strengthen their resolve to fight on another day. Like for example the former DILG Chief Mar Roxas, who actually went out to be with the people of Tacloban and to offer all the support that he can and sympathize with them during and after the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda.

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Unfortunately, Duterte is not Roxas. We all aspire to leadership by example and action, not by mere sham words or misogynistic jokes. Duterte’s behaviour as President who appears to be more concerned and well and wide awake, in fact were keen on intervening between the spat of the Baretto sisters as well attending special events from his cronies or oligarch friends.

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Duterte no longer serves his people, but only to satisfy the whims and caprices of his oligarch friends. His mere strongman bravado of shutting down legit institutions isn’t purely out of retribution, but of course fueled by commercial interest. Of course, many of the people happily sang the same tune that he did even if that eventually isn’t really solving anything. Giving the Villar’s monopoly over the water distribution in Manila and of course, most possibly give ABS-CBN to his campaign donor and friend Dennis Uy, who has since been linked to the Chinese government will only put the Philippines back to square one and possibly even worst than before.

Unless the people would be awakened from this spell and work together in holding him and his friends accountable for their actions, then truly can Philippine democracy revive its reputation of being solemn, peaceful and powerful as it was back in 86.

IMPORTANT : Let’s offer all our help and support to the victims of the deadly 6.9 Earthquake in Davao Sur and surrounding areas.

NDRRMC encourages the donation of the following items:

1. Potable and utility water
2. Water container
3. Tents and shelter materials
4. Shelter and repair materials
5. Sleeping kits
6. Kitchenware
7. Hygiene kits

Where to drop-off

Donations may be coursed through the NDRRMC, OCD Regional Offices, or the affected Local Government Unit. The following are the offices with their contact persons:

National offices
Office of Civil Defense and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center
Contact: Karen Kaye Caballero at 0917-8275743 or Jose Angelo Mangaoang at 0917-6473201

Department of Social Welfare and Development
National Resource Operations Center
Contact: Eunice Angcao at 0967-4007282 or Mark Paul Agner at 0927-4361039

Regional office

Office of Civil Defense Regional Office XII Central Coordinating Center
Contact Jerome Barranco at 0917-7707771

Provincial office
Cotabato Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office
Contact: Mercedita Foronda at 0999-9937361

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