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Landslide in Cebu Wipes Out 30 Homes, Traps Dozens of People Beneath the Rubble

Residents in the City of Naga in southern Cebu, Philippines, were about to start their day on Thursday morning, September 20, when a rumbling in the mountains just above their homes filled them with fear.

Seconds later, the mountain came crashing down and filled the village with huge boulders and clayish soil. Several homes were wiped out and dozens of residents were trapped beneath the rubble.

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Residents who escaped the landslide scrambled to dig their family and relatives out but many of the homes were covered by rocks and soil several meters deep. There were those who were able to text and call their relatives, telling them to hurry up and save them from beneath the rubble but just minutes later, they were no longer answering their phones.

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Many perished after getting crushed by the boulders but others who were protected by the frames of their own houses were lost due to suffocation.

Actual footage of landslide on Thursday morning, September 20, in Barangay Tinaan, Naga City, Cebu.

Posted by Jurizz InWonderland on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Heavy equipment were quickly brought to the site as the residents and local government officials scrambled to save the trapped residents. But because the ground was unsteady and rescuers feared that the mountain might still move and send more rocks to the location, not all volunteers were accepted on site to ensure everyone’s safety.

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As of press time, over 2 dozen bodies have been recovered and about a dozen survivors saved but dozens remain trapped beneath the rubble and rescuers needed N95 face masks because the area has started to stink due to the decomposing bodies.

Residents are blaming a nearby cement plant for its mining activities in the limestone-rich area but Apo Cement Corporation denies the claim, saying that they are positive that no mining activities had been performed at the affected villages.

Maniago: May mining rights kami pero walang quarrying operation doon

Apo Land and Quarry Corp. Rep. Chito Maniago: May mining rights kami pero walang quarrying operation doon | #CNNPHBalitaan cnn.ph

Posted by CNN Philippines on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Others are also slamming the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 7 for declaring the area ‘safe’ just days before the incident, saying that the cracks found by the residents had occurred naturally.

Weeks before the incident, local resident Jay Lapitan posted several videos and photos of the huge cracks filmed near his home in Brgy. Tina-an.

Hello po sa inyong lahat . Itong video na ito ay kuha dito mismo sa lugar namin sa Tagaytay 2 , Tina-an, City of Naga , Cebu. May mahabang bitak ng lupa. Mahigit sa 20 na pamilya ang nakatira dito. Sa mga makakakita po ng video na ito , paki share nalang po. Ang gusto lang po namin ay masuri ng maayos ang lugar. Nababahala kasi kaming lahat dito baka gumuho ang lupa. Halos isang buwan na ang itinagal nito at lalo pang lumaki ang bitak sanhi rin ng palaging pag ulan.PLEASE SHARE!THANK YOU

Posted by Jay Lapitan on Saturday, September 15, 2018

On the day before the incident, he sought help from Facebook friends if they knew a place they can rent someplace else in the city as he feared for his family’s life. Just 24 hours later, he was among those injured in the incident! Thankfully, as he fell into a hole, his elder brother managed to save him and he was rushed to the hospital where he is now recuperating.

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Due to Unpaid Rent, Landlady Removes Roof of House Rented by Pregnant Woman

Due to unpaid rent, a heartless landlady removes the roof and even the door of the house rented by a pregnant woman! Kind neighbors had to help her out, especially because it was raining when this happened. Tsk. Tsk.

Unpaid Rent Due to Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has affected a lot of people, with many losing their jobs and not being able to pay the rent or amortization for their homes. What is sad is that though the government specifically told landlords to provide a grace period for their renters, many still force them to pay up.

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Photo credit: Czairra Alliyah Cheng / Facebook

There have already been a number of reports of families being forced out of their rented homes because they were unable to pay the rent. But others have a different way of doing it.

One heartless landlady could not forcibly evict her tenants because of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, officially designated as Republic Act No. 11469. However, she did something that is still akin to forcing them out: removing the roof and door of the rented house! Tsk. Tsk.

landlady removes roof
Photo credit: Czairra Alliyah Cheng / Facebook

In a video shared by concerned neighbor Czairra Alliyah Cheng, a family could be seen scrambling to take their things out of harm’s way as the rain poured down inside their house because the roof was gone.

It turned out that the roof was removed by a certain ‘Aling Tess’ who owns the rented house. According to the post by Cheng, the family was unable to pay the rent because the pregnant woman’s husband is stuck by the lockdown and is in Bulacan.

landlady removes roof
Photo credit: Czairra Alliyah Cheng / Facebook

The heartless landlady removed the roof and door, telling Cheng she will also remove her door if she keeps interfering. Cheng and the family already took the matter to the barangay.

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Posted by Czairra Alliyah Cheng on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Posted by Czairra Alliyah Cheng on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Rent Payment in Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

Tenants may enjoy extended deadline to pay rent under the ‘Bayanihan’ law. Under the law, the President is given power to “provide for a minimum of 30-day grace period on residential rents falling due within the period of the enhanced community quarantine, without incurring interests, penalties, fees, and other charges.”

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Restaurant, Rider Pranked by ‘Blogger’ Who Made Order with Fake Account

A restaurant and a rider got pranked by a ‘blogger’ who made an order with a fake account!

‘Blogger’ Makes Fake Order

These days, a lot of people have so much idle time in their hands that they end up thinking of various ways to entertain themselves. What’s sad is that there are those who end up doing things that make them laugh, but at the expense of others! Tsk. Tsk.

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Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook

The Facebook page of Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon, a restaurant in San Pedro, Laguna, shared the bad experience they had with a fake order they received from someone who claims to be a ‘blogger’.

A certain Reynan Gañete made an order from the restaurant, to be delivered at around 7PM to 8PM. The order was worth Php1,011 and they charged him only Php50 for the delivery fee. This person told them to bring change for Php1,500.

restaurant pranked by blogger
Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook
restaurant pranked by blogger
Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook
Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook

Close to 7PM, the restaurant asked him for the landmark as the rider was already on the way to bring the food to the customer’s house. But the customer told them to cancel the order, saying that his cousins chose to just cook pancit canton instead of the food they ordered from the restaurant.

The restaurant told him the food was already cooked and was even being delivered to his house at the time he was chatting with them. But the guy told them to simply tell the rider that the order was canceled because they’ll be eating pancit canton instead.

Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook
Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook
restaurant pranked by blogger
Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook

Even though the restaurant told him the food was ready and on the way the customer just laughed it off and told them he’s not paying because this is actually a prank! When the restaurant pointed out that they were just trying to make a living, the ‘blogger’ said they were also doing the same thing…

Catfishing for ‘Pranks’

Netizens were angry at the ‘blogger’ guy named Reynan Gañete and they shared his photos, but it turned out the guy’s face was simply used by the fake account!

While catfishing is popular as a means of finding online lovers, it is also being used to make ‘pranks’, such as the one that victimized the restaurant.

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Pinoy Nurse Loses Housekeeping Job in Canada, Becomes COVID-19 Frontliner

A Pinoy nurse lost his housekeeping job in Canada but becomes a COVID-19 frontliner, finally working in a job that’s close to his profession.

Nurse Turned Housekeeper

It is not a secret that many Pinoys dream of finding a job outside the country to give a better life for their families. But landing a job in your profession is a big challenge. That’s why many go to these foreign countries to work as unskilled workers, using this as stepping stone to eventually finding a job in their profession.

Pinoy nurse lost housekeeping job Canada
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Frank Pangan worked for over 10 years as nurse in the Philippines. He dreams to follow his mother and sister in the US, but his visa keeps getting denied. After his fourth try to get to the US, he changed his dream and applied for Canada where he applied as international student.

Pinoy nurse lost housekeeping job Canada
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Pangan finally fulfilled his dream of going to a foreign country to work. As an international student, he was allowed to work part-time. Thus, he found a job as a housekeeper at a hotel, earning $14 to $15 per hour.

Mahirap magkudkod din ng mga kubeta. Tama lang naman ‘yung mga kikitain namin just to pay for the house rent,” Pangan admitted.

A manager at a rehab facility in New Jersey, Pangan’s mom Generosa did not approve of his choice of work.

Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Franklin, hindi ako nagsakripisyo, nagpakahirap para makatapos ka [tapos] ipinagpalit mo bilang housekeeper.’ Masakit sakin ‘yon,” she said.

Pinoy nurse lost housekeeping job Canada
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Pangan was determined to work, despite being a housekeeper. He felt that he was one step closer to his dream. But the COVID-19 crisis hit. The university was closed and Pangan lost his job at the hotel. He didn’t know what to do and thought about giving up, unsure about his future now.

But he weighed his options and decided to try find a job. With the pandemic affecting so many places, there’s a shortage of healthcare workers. Thanks to a friend, he landed a job as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) at a retirement home.

Pinoy nurse lost housekeeping job Canada
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The retirement home had several positive cases but his training as nurse came in handy. As a frontliner handling COVID-19 positive patients, he has to work covered with PPEs. He remains optimistic that he would live through the crisis and see his family again, whom he had not seen in over 8 years.

Pinoy nurse lost housekeeping job Canada
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Nakakapangamba, kasi s’yempre ‘yung paa mo, parang ‘pag papasok ka sa trabaho, ‘yung isa nasa hukay. Pinagpe-pray ko every day, sana matapos na ‘to. Sana matupad ‘yung pangarap ko, nag-iisa lang ‘yun, makasama ko ‘yung nanay ko, makasama ko ‘yung kapatid ko,” Pangan said.

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What’s a Retirement Home?

A retirement home is a facility that is specifically designed for old people. It sometimes has an overlapping function with a nursing home as the healthcare needs of the residents might also be catered to.

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