Abac Cordero wrote in philstar.com that Manny Pacquiao wanted to pay his final respects to their wedding godfather and his former manager Rodolfo “Rod” Nazario. Instead, the article stated “he (Pacquiao) sent a representative to the wake of his business manager from 1995 to 2005 and a very personal note extending his deepest sympathy to the Nazario family which he (Pacquiao) has learned to love as his own”.
Further on, the said article connotes that Pacquiao offers his upcoming fight to this fallen mentor, “ninong” or godfather.He then stuck up with his training schedule despite still feeling weak of the loss.
Nazario died after a year long battle with lung cancer.
In related article, Abac Cordero wrote that Pacquiao was with Nazario days before his former manager died. And in that meeting, Pacquiao received advises pertaining to his upcoming fight against Cotto among other things.
Pacquiao’s rationale for not having been able to attend the wake of Nazario according to the article is the calamity brought about by typhoon “Ondong” to the Philippines devastating mostly the National Capital Region and sorrounding regions. The said weather disturbance which hit the Philippines from 25 to 26 September 2009 is reportedly unusual due to its large volume of rain water. It dumped 455 millimeters of water in less than a day according to an article by James Mananghaya of philstar.com. The reported volume is more than the volume of water in rainfalls on the whole month of September. With its timing and the volume, at least 25% of Metro Manila was flooded. Imagine a month’s rain in les than a day.
Mananghaya’s article reports that NDCC was able to record “95 people dead, 29 missing and some 247, 555 affected families” as of pres time (September 28, 2009, 12:00 a.m.). The figures could go higher pending the arrival of data from affected provinces.
The government response although obviously deficient in resources to cover all affected localities and citizens as can be gleaned from TV coverages was swift and continuing. State of calamity was declared in many areas not only in Metro Manila but also most provinces in Northern Luzon. Benguet province including Baguio City was included but as it is and fortunately, only strong winds was evident sans the voluminous rainfall.
International support for rescue and rehabilitation was received particularly from US, Taiwan and China.
Pia Lee- Brago in an artcle in philstar.com quoted DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral as saying the “most needed goods are food, water, clothing, bedding” etc. The secretary added the following numbers to contact for donation:
1. Disaster Relief Operations, Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC)- Central Office at 488- 3199 (24 hours);
2. DROMIC- NCR at 931-8101 to 05 local 506, 951- 7119 (24 hours); and
3. Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU)- NCR at 734- 8635 (24 hours).
Typhoon “Ondong” may have sent an urgent call for Filipinos for a united and deliberate efforts towards effective flood prevention and control, waste management, drainage systems among others. We can not always be the survivors that we are, we must be ‘preventers’. As Pacquiao had shown, a loss is not a deterrent but an encouragement to continue to ‘train’ and fight.
1. Abac Cordero, Ninong’s Loss saddens Pacquiao, philstar.com
2. Abac Cordero, Pacquiao Mourns Nazario’s Death, philstar.com
3. James Mananghaya, ‘Ondoy’ leaves 95 dead; 247,555 affected by floods, philstar.com
4. Pia Lee- Brago, China donates 10,000 dollars for flood victims, philstar.com