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Same Sex Marriage is About Love and God is Love
— LADLAD Partylist
(January 18, 2012) — "LOVE is universal regardless of your sexual orientation and gender identity," says Ladlad Partylist Chairperson Ms. Bemz D. Benedito.
Benedito's statement is a response to Pope Benedict XVI speech last Monday where he said that gay marriage undermines the family, which he considers as "the fundamental cell of society" The Catholic leader also pronounced it as a threat to "human dignity and the future of humanity itself." READ MORE >>>
One month after Sendong,
nightmares continue haunting children
(January 19, 2012) A month after the Sendong disaster that violently hit the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, some survivor children are still having nightmares that they drowned themselves from the floods.
A 19–year–old man is also seen running almost daily to the site of their house that was wiped out by the flood, still searching for his missing parents. While a 61–year–old woman is now having bouts of severe depression after she lost her husband and daughter and six grandchildren who are all missing until now.
These are just some of the cases documented by Balsa Mindanao's volunteers who conducted psycho–social therapy sessions among adult and children survivors in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan last January 14–15. The volunteers were comprised of psychologists, guidance counsellors, social workers and some psychology and social work student interns
coming from the different Mindanao regions. READ MORE >>>
Pantukan Landslide Left 30 Dead, 44 Missing
By Inside Mindanao News Desk
(January 8, 2012) As of today, Jan. 8, the landslide in Pantukan, Compostela Valley has left 30 dead, 44 missing, and 16 injured, this according to the latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
"Dozens were buried alive while several shanties⁄houses made with light material located towards Diat 2 gold panning area were wiped out," NDRRMC said.
The deadly landslide occurred last Jan. 5 at about 3am at the hilly portion of Sitio Diat 1 to Diat 700, a gold panning area in Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province, the report says.
This incident is reminiscent of the landslide that happened late 2008 in Barangay Masara, Maco, also located in Compostela Valley Province. Click here to view Inside Mindanao's Masara landslide coverage.
Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Tragedy: Caused by
Heavy Rainfall or Sea of Logs Legally and Illegally Cut?
By Inside Mindanao News Desk
(December 24, 2011) As of today, a day before Christmas, according to the Philippine Red Cross, Tropical Storm Sendong (international codename: Washi) death toll has reached 900, while 1,500 others were injured, and thousands more have sought refuge in evacuation centers.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), meanwhile, reported that Tropical Storm Sendong aftermath resulted to 957 deaths, 1,582 injured, 49 missing, 294,610 evacuees, and Php 999,946,415.00 estimated cost of damages to infrastructure, agriculture and school buildings.
In a statement, NDRRMC said Tropical Storm Sendong entered the Philippines last Dec. 15; exited the country last Dec. 18; and the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were badly affected.
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"While it is true that the strength of TS (Tropical Storm) Sendong was on 65 kph, its estimated amount of rainfall (10–20 mm per hour) was heavy and was within the 400 km diameter which caused heavy rainfall in Mindanao areas particularly Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City," NDRRMC said in a statement.
But was the Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City disaster really caused by heavy rainfall? Or was it caused by the sea of logs cut legally and illegally in the mountains nearby these cities?
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