Away from national attention, Marinduque suffers in silence

BOAC, Marinduque – This island-province, once known as the Copper Capital of the country and home to the colourful Moriones festival, suffered severely from the devastation of Christmas Day Typhoon Nina with about 21,000 hectares of its agricultural crops destroyed or damaged. Isolated because of the absence of a direct plane flight from Manila and away from the attention of the national media, not very many people knew of the extent of the devastation in the province. In fact, I only learned of the sad state of the province through comments…

Justice Velasco asked to inhibit from Marcos case

An online group is calling on Supreme Court (SC) Justice Presbitero Velasco not to take part in the resolution of the electoral protest filed by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo because of the Velasco family’s close ties to both President Duterte and the former senator. The Silent Majority (TSM) said Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco, the justice’s son, has been flaunting his family’s closeness to Mr. Duterte and Marcos. It expressed fears that this might compromise the magistrate’s position on the electoral protest. Active campaign…

Davao Mayor to request more funds assistance for Marinduque

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The city government here is mulling to extend a financial aid for another province in the typhoon-struck Visayas. The City Information Office said Tuesday that City Mayor Sara Duterte will request an allocation from the City Council for the second batch of financial aid to typhoon-struck Marinduque, which declared a State of Calamity with damage reaching an estimate of P1 billion. “Davao City is no stranger to calamities and we understand the distress that the victims of Typhoon Nina are going through this time,” Duterte-Carpio said.…

Gov. Reyes ng Marinduque, emosyonal sa humanitarian mission ng Isabela

CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela – Emosyonal si Governor Carmencita Reyes ng Marinduque sa pagdating ng rescue team at Humanitarian mission ng Isabela na nagdala ng daan-daang sako ng bigas at mga gamot para sa mga biktima ng bagyong Nina. Sa report ng grupo na ipinadala ng pamahalaang panlalawigan sa Marinduque, sila ang kauna-unahang nagdala ng mga tulong sa nasabing lalawigan matapos ang bagyong Nina kaya napaluha umano si Gov. Reyes sa kanilang pagdating. Agad ipinag-utos ni Gov. Faustino Dy III kay provincial administrator Atty. Noel Manuel Lopez ang pagbuo ng humanitarian…

Typhoon-hit Marinduque asks for aid before local supplies run out

Rolando Josue, the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council head, on Tuesday said they have recommended the declaration of a state of calamity after the typhoon damaged coconut trees and the entire agricultural land. He said the entire population, composed of 52,000 families (about 200,000 individuals), were affected. “Houses were either damaged or destroyed,” he said. An eight-year-old boy from Boac town was so far the lone casualty in the province. Josue said the child drowned after chasing a coconut in a river during the typhoon aftermath. While food…