Isle Filipinos fear for loved ones in...

Isle Filipinos fear for loved ones in Manila - Hawaii News

There are 18 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 29, 2009, titled Isle Filipinos fear for loved ones in Manila - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

When Kalihi resident Sunny Coma, 40, learned of the flooding in the Philippines -- the worst in 40 years -- he tried to call his 27-year-old sister, who lives and works in Metro Manila.

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YES WE CANT

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#1 Sep 29, 2009
Just horrible, unreal flooding, they need our help.
Gross

Kailua, HI

#3 Sep 29, 2009
They need our help without the flood. That whole city is a slum.
Wow

Wailuku, HI

#5 Sep 29, 2009
God hates the P.I. At's what you get for eating his best friends. Forget giving aid. They have got to learn to save money and plan for natural disasters like this. Immature victim mentality. Bet you any money or aid will get stolen or go to corrupt persons.
what it is

United States

#8 Sep 29, 2009
Agree with Wow. I'm sure the money or aid will not go to those in need. In that country they don't even help there own people whos in need, there your all on your own thats how their country work.
alice

United States

#9 Sep 29, 2009
I sent in a small gift...these are very good people and need us now,
WOW

United States

#10 Sep 29, 2009
Lucky we live hawaii...this is what paradise is about "we dont care"....
Awoia

Honolulu, HI

#12 Sep 29, 2009
Its frustrating when you see a corrupted government not help out their own people. Think about Ferdinand Marcos. go figure, buying all that shoes. Change the government and the people will prosper.
Idiot hater

Waipahu, HI

#13 Sep 29, 2009
Wow wrote:
God hates the P.I. At's what you get for eating his best friends. Forget giving aid. They have got to learn to save money and plan for natural disasters like this. Immature victim mentality. Bet you any money or aid will get stolen or go to corrupt persons.
Hey you mofo, what a dumb s--- you are.There are other ways of giving aid, IDIOT!
Greatwall

Honolulu, HI

#15 Sep 29, 2009
Sad yes, unexpected NO. As long as the PI continues to be poor and corrupt, this will happen over and over again. Do you honestly think this would happen in a developed country? I think the whole culture needs to change seems like filipinos are very subservient. If China can rise from the ashes so can the PI. I'm rooting for you filipinas.
Pinoy

Honolulu, HI

#17 Sep 29, 2009
Wow wrote:
God hates the P.I. At's what you get for eating his best friends. Forget giving aid. They have got to learn to save money and plan for natural disasters like this. Immature victim mentality. Bet you any money or aid will get stolen or go to corrupt persons.
I totally agree with you. A friend told me a story of a Filipino woman in Hawaii that once collected canned foods and clothing to be sent to her hometown. After the good were sent, she started hearing stories from her relatives that her donation was not reaching the needy. Instead, the canned foods and clothing were diverted to be sold in the market. The canned foods were replaced by substandard foodstuff considered unfit for human consumption.

Unless you are able to personally hand out the relief goods to those in need, donations will end up in the wrong hands. Forget about it. All you will be doing is contributing in making the rich Filipinos richer.
surfer dude honolulu

Portland, OR

#18 Sep 29, 2009
Greatwall wrote:
Sad yes, unexpected NO. As long as the PI continues to be poor and corrupt, this will happen over and over again. Do you honestly think this would happen in a developed country? I think the whole culture needs to change seems like filipinos are very subservient. If China can rise from the ashes so can the PI. I'm rooting for you filipinas.
This did happen in a developed country....the USA. Can you say Katrina. Looting, graft, corruption, unused FEMA trailers, empty cruise ships to house the homeless that we taxpayers paid for, sub-standard infrastructure...the list goes on.
I do agree with other posters regarding PI corruption. All government officials are on the take there. You send money or food for relatives during this disaster, they will never get it. Their infrastructure is non-existant. Bad air, roads (similiar to Honolulu), sewage, building codes, emergency services....the list goes on.
Even if the country got back some of the billions that Marcos stashed, the people would never see it...the politicians and the uber-powerful would pad their already big bank accounts. This didn't end with Marcos, it actually got worse. From Cory (rest in peace---inept), to Gloria: nothing has improved for the Filipinos.
Thank goodness the death toll was relatively low considering the enormity of this disaster. They lose more lives in one ferry boat sinking (always the result of overcrowding due to corruption) then this flood produced.
LauLau

Honolulu, HI

#19 Sep 29, 2009
Save the charcoal dogs!!!!!!!!
47__XYZ

Honolulu, HI

#20 Sep 29, 2009
surfer dude honolulu wrote:
<quoted text>
This did happen in a developed country....the USA. Can you say Katrina. Looting, graft, corruption, unused FEMA trailers, empty cruise ships to house the homeless that we taxpayers paid for, sub-standard infrastructure...the list goes on.
I do agree with other posters regarding PI corruption. All government officials are on the take there. You send money or food for relatives during this disaster, they will never get it. Their infrastructure is non-existant. Bad air, roads (similiar to Honolulu), sewage, building codes, emergency services....the list goes on.
Even if the country got back some of the billions that Marcos stashed, the people would never see it...the politicians and the uber-powerful would pad their already big bank accounts. This didn't end with Marcos, it actually got worse. From Cory (rest in peace---inept), to Gloria: nothing has improved for the Filipinos.
Thank goodness the death toll was relatively low considering the enormity of this disaster. They lose more lives in one ferry boat sinking (always the result of overcrowding due to corruption) then this flood produced.
400,000 people are homeless. You can donate to the Philippine Red Cross. That is not controlled by politicians.
Babes

Wahiawa, HI

#21 Sep 29, 2009
Mother Nature doesn't discriminate. There are tragic events on all corners of the world and we should show compassion and kindness and help if we can, if not by money then by prayers.

And while we're praying, we should thank God we in Hawaii have mercifully been spared such massive devastation.
tim

Philippines

#22 Sep 30, 2009
a red cross worker near me pays 80k a month rent.(red cross pays) Kinda discourages me giving them cash
timemaster

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#23 Sep 30, 2009
we at KL, Malaysia are collecting thru Garden Int'l School in Mont Kiara. if you have friends in KL do tell them to help. All collections will be sorted and taken to Manila thru Cebu Pacific airlines, who will do this free of charge. rest assured everything collected will be course thru NGOs, civic groups and not the inept gov social service.
alice by proxy

Kailua Kona, HI

#24 Sep 30, 2009
alice wrote:
I sent in a small gift...these are very good people and need us now,
They would lovingly call you "alice butbut" meaning alice our aunt.
alice

United States

#25 Sep 30, 2009
I gave a gift of $40.00 to this cause at Filcom Sunday. These are our brothers and sisters and need help. Now Samoans need help also and I am gonna give again.

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