Month: November 2013

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Humanitarian Flights Met at Unlikely Fate at Sea

A Hercules crew from RAF Brize Norton, which completed two humanitarian flights on Sunday and were approaching Manila airport to gather more aid equipment, was said to have heard a Mayday distress call from civilian pilots, according to reports from the United Kingdom government website. Flight Lieutenant Jamie Knox, captain of RAF C-130 Hercules, right away abandoned...

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10 Chemicals to Be Cautious of When Cleaning Around Kids

Keeping your house spotless, shining and most of all, clean, with kids around can be a challenge. Somehow, a small handprint appears before you are even finished cleaning the windows. Even with gallant efforts to keep your abode sparkling, know that there can be dangers lurking if you are using products and chemicals that are...

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AFP Activates Multinational Coordinating Center to Integrate Relief Efforts

A multinational coordinating center was activated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and its allies from other countries to integrate relief efforts for the areas that suffered from super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan). Lt. Col Ramon Zagala, AFP Public Affairs Office chief, said on Nov. 19, that this was established to address monitoring...

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Rebel Updates: Agaw Armas in Mindanao, Agaw Relief Goods in Visayas?

While rebels were reported looting of firearms and ammunition in Kidapawan City early November, now the rebels are allegedly after relief goods transported to Tacloban City. Several reports claimed that they attempted to snatch away relief supplies badly needed by locals affected by the super typhoon. It was said to be just a meager portion...

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The City in Rubble and Flood: Days After Typhoon Yolanda

Two days before Typhoon Yolanda slammed into the Visayas region, the weather was calm, according to a few residents in Tacloban City, Leyte. “Mainit pa nung Wednesday the whole day. Nung Thursday naman, ganun din, mainit sa umaga. Sa hapon, paulan-ulan lang…Ang usual namin dito na ano, na bagyo, ordinary kuwan lang ba ang bagyo...

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Scenes on the Road: From Sorsogon to Leyte

Scenes on the Road: From Sorsogon to Leyte

SecurityMatters visited the calamity-stricken areas on November 13 to 15 via land and sea transport to document the mayhem caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) on November 8, 2013. Travel from Manila to Tacloban, Leyte took about 36 hours which included waiting time at the port in Matnog, Sorsogon. It was slightly easier...

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More Police Deployed to Stop Looting in Visayas

  More policemen will be deployed to typhoon-hit areas to aid reports of widespread looting of establishments by victims looking for food and water. Philippine National Police chief General Alan Purisima said at a briefing on Nov. 11 that 883 personnel had been deployed to Visayas to restore law and order in areas where looters...

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20 Kilos of Shabu Seized in Zamboanga Airport

Around 20 kilos of the illegal substance methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, was confiscated from two couriers in Zamboanga City Airport last November 8. Joint elements of Aviation Security Group (AVSEGroup), Zamboanga City Police, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested two illegal drug couriers. The suspects were...

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The Impact of Super Typhoon Yolanda In Images and Words

The Impact of Super Typhoon Yolanda In Images and Words

Described as the strongest typhoon to hit the world this year, typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) slammed the Philippine archipelago, primarily the Visayas region and Palawan province, on November 8. Hundreds of deaths have been recorded, thousands of houses ruined and families displaced, and estimated billions of properties damaged. Others estimate more or less 10,000...