Disaster watch

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TO THE DISASTERS that have struck the Philippines this year, the latest being typhoon “Yolanda” (International name Haiyan), the Philippine media have responded not only with regular, often by-the-hour reports, but also with the background material needed to enable their audiences to better understand why disasters happen and how to prepare for them.

Even before the advent of the rainy season, which Filipinos correctly identify with typhoons, floods, landslides and other disasters, the major broadcast networks and broadsheets were already watching the weather. As the country’s long rainy season began and deepened, they devoted significant amounts of time and space to reports on the progress of storms and typhoons and their potential and actual impact on the communities.

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His loyal “opposition”

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JOSE “Jinggoy” Estrada is one of three senators of the Republic – the two others are former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Revilla Jr. – being investigated by the ombudsman for possible complicity in the vast conspiracy to defraud the Filipino people through the theft of billions in pork barrel funds.

The Department of Justice wants the passports of all three cancelled so they won’t leave the country to escape the plunder charges the ombudsman may eventually file against them. But because no such charges have been filed, Estrada is free to leave the country for any destination on the planet.

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