A respected and well-known forensic expert in the Philippines whose services were tapped by the Department of Health (DoH) to help identify the bodies in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban but had to pull out after being insulted by her counterparts from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), yesterday lashed out at President Aquino, saying his latest pronouncement on the slow body count had only exposed the extent of his incompetence and ignorance.
In her twitter account which had been going viral, forensic expert, Dr. Raquel Fortun, said Aquino’s statement defending the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for its slow and low “Yolanda” casualty count, had only exposed the President’s gross incompetence and ignorance.
In his statement the other day, Aquino was quoted saying that the NDRRMC had been relatively slow in its body count as it had to make sure of its data before releasing any figure of the dead.
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FYI for those who may not know, Mr. Peque Gallaga is a well-respected director in the Filipino film industry.
From Director Peque Gallaga:
Not since Marcos have we as a people been so polarized. As far as our hearts and minds are concerned it’s like we’re in the edge of a civil war. We are forced to take a hard look at ourselves and what we value.
Because of this, we are fighting friends in coffee houses, on the telephone, and on Facebook. We are a people whose lives have been upended. We don’t know what to do to get things done right and right away. We lash out. We insult our leaders trying to get them to do a lot more than to pose for photo ops – of giving out relief goods on a one-by-one basis. We cry desperately for demonstrable government response – we get almost next to nothing. It is increasingly apparent that local media goes hand in hand with self-servicing Malacañang press releases which…
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“We’ve seen people with every reason to despair, every right to be angry, instead find ways TO LAUGH, TO LOVE, TO STAND UP, and TO MOVE FORWARD… Maraming Salamat for showing us all how to LIVE.” – Anderson Cooper
Charity for dark-skinned supermodel is not a novelty. Naomi Campbell has a private organization Fashion For Relief set in 2005, which is raising funds for the victims of natural disasters.
Naomi Campbell and photographer John-Paul Pietrus, a half-Filipino will hold a charity event in support of the Philippine Islands , recently struck by a devastating typhoon, “the world’s worst ever storm”.
As part of the project they would sell photos of the model taken by the photographer, and the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross .
The idea belonged to JP Pietrus who felt the need to do something to help and he contacted the beautiful model.
“I chose this photo of Naomi as I think she is a very inspirational and beautiful figure, and she looks so peaceful here – something I would like the victims to find, a peace,” Pietrus said. ” I was on the Red Cross website…
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