Mother of ‘Ursula’ victim says daughter ‘had premonition’ of killer flood

first_imgBY IAN PAUL CORDERO AND RUBY SILUBRICO She was supposed to fly back to Kuwaiton Dec. 26 but returned to Iloilo to attend to the burial of her husband Roelde Asis and their two other children, all of whom perished as Typhoon Ursulabattered Batad town, her husband’s hometown. Two of their relatives, Elgie “Angga” deAsis and Ronilo “Dagul” Evangelio, both 12 years old, also died of drowning.Their bodies were recovered several hours later./PN “Natingalagid ako pagkakita ko sang drawing book ngapuro masubo, ka dark, may mga tubig, may na lunod, ga ulan kagkagabihon ang,” the baffled mother narrated. The body of Roel, 41, their childrenRosa Mae “Meme” de Asis, 15, and Rhiana “YanYan” de Asis, 3, were found hoursafter they were swept by a flash flood at Barangay Pasayan, Batad while theyand several relatives tried to evacuate. “Amona guro ang mga signs nga may ma tabosa ila,” Andrea went on, saying her daughter drew these illustrations weeksbefore the killer flood. Aside from the drawing of her beingdrowned, Rose Mae has also several sketches that have water, rain, midnight anda woman crying on it. Roughly three weeks after the tragicincident, the 36-year-old overseas Filipino worker revealed what she discoveredon Rose Mae’s sketch pad: a seemingly harrowing illustration depicting herdrowning daughter. “Mahiligni ang bata ko mag drawing. Sang na kita namon ang iya sketch pad, may drawing nga nalumos siya sa tubig,” Andrea told Panay News. Thirty-six-year old Andrea de Asis, a native of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, shows her daughter’s illustration. She says Rose Mae has several sketches that have water, rain, midnight, and a woman crying on it. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – Death premonitions: Dothey happen?Distraught Andrea De Asis – who lost four family members during Typhoon Ursula– believes so. Andrea claimed that her 15-year-old daughterRose Mae had premonitions of the day when she, her father and two siblings wereswept away by the raging floodwaters at the height of the typhoon on Dec. 25,2019. Andrea from Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, hadearlier canceled her trip back to Kuwait following the tragic incident thatclaimed the lives of her family.last_img read more

New gov’t body to oversee Boracay Island proposed

first_imgThis rock formation, popularly known as “Willy’s Rock”, is a famous landmark in Boracay Island, and probably the most photographed. This rocky outcrop forms a tidal island with a statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the steps carved into the rock. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN It will also help ensure that the island will continue to exist with a functioning ecosystem under a workable plan for sustainable development. BIATF was created on May 8, 2018 by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order (EO) No. 53 with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Roy Cimatu as chairperson, with Local Government secretary Eduardo Año and Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as co-chairpersons. BIDA’s function would be to promote growth in Boracay for sustainable development, maintain its ecological balance, and protect and enhance the quality of the island’s environment. Another “closure” early this year was effected due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We will continue the unfinished projects with plans already set for the island. The construction of the drainage along the circumferential road shall be continued. The beach and road easement as well as illegal buildings built in forestlands will be addressed by the BIATF this year and to continue with the rehabilitation of the world class destination,” said Cimatu who visited the Boracay Island together with Año and Puyat on June 11. BIDA will operate, administer short- and long-term plans, and manage the rehabilitation and development of Boracay Island; regulate the issuance of permits; order the suspension or cessation of operations of establishments; and address other concerns that are detrimental to Boracay Island. In Executive Order No. 115 recently released, Duterte extended BIATF until May 2021 to allow the completion of critical projects adopted from the Boracay Action Plan based on its four thematic areas, namely: enforcement of laws and regulations, pollution control and prevention, rehabilitation and recovery of the ecosystem, and sustainability of island activities.center_img Boracay Island reopened to local tourists from Western Visayas on June 16. The DENR continue to closely monitor its water quality. KALIBO, Aklan – The Boracay Inter-agency Task Force (BIATF) has endorsed the creation of the Boracay Island Development Authority (BIDA) and already has a draft bill before Congress. “I am glad for the reopening of Boracay Island, the crown jewel of the Philippines tourism industry. The pristine powdery white sand beach will continue as we hope to implement sustainable development through the creation of BIDA,” said DENR Region 6 executive director Francisco Milla Jr. He encouraged all tourists to observe physical distancing, frequent hand-washing and wearing of facemasks. The world-class tourist destination was shut down for six months in 2018 (April to October) by the President for a massive rehabilitation. “Let us keep the island clean and free from the coronavirus,” said Milla. (DENR-6/PN)last_img read more

O’Briens put Ireland on the brink

first_img Press Association Niall O’Brien scored 70, putting on a stand of 125 for the third wicket with opener William Porterfield, who made 79, as Ireland made 236. Kevin O’Brien then returned figures of four for 13 as the hosts slumped to 148 all out in 36 overs in their World Cricket League one-day international in Amstelveen. Ireland now have 19 points from 11 games, four ahead of Scotland with a game in hand. That match is also against Holland on Tuesday and victory would secure World Cup qualification and the World Cricket League title. Brothers Niall and Kevin O’Brien starred with bat and ball to lead Ireland to an 88-run win over Holland and put themselves on the verge of qualification for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.center_img The Dutch had been well placed at 77 for two in just 16 overs, but Kevin O’Brien ripped the heart out of the hosts’ middle order, claiming his best figures in ODI cricket. Kevin O’Brien’s haul included the scalp of Tom Cooper for eight and Holland’s top-scorer Wesley Barresi for 55, ending their hopes of chasing down the Irish total. Paul Stirling (two for 28) had dismissed Stephan Myburgh (22) and Michael Swart (one), paving the way for his team-mate to finish the job. Earlier, Ireland got off to an inauspicious start, losing Stirling (one) and Ed Joyce (22), both to Edgar Schiferli, But Porterfield, who recovered from being dropped on nought, and Niall O’Brien got the Irish motoring before the latter was run out, his 70 coming from 107 deliveries and featuring four boundaries. Kevin O’Brien struck a quickfire 32 from just 22 balls, with three fours and a six, but no one else was able to give Porterfield any noteworthy support. He was the the ninth man out when stumped, his 79 coming from 118 balls and containing eight boundaries, but the Irish total proved more than enough. last_img read more