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10/30/12 - GMA News - From typhoon country PHL, prayers for victims of Hurricane Sandy

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Charice-related article - From typhoon country PHL, prayers for victims of Hurricane Sandy
From typhoon country PHL, prayers for victims of Hurricane Sandy
October 30, 2012 3:00pm

The Philippine government has expressed its sympathies and support to victims of Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States.

In a statement posted on the website of the Philippine Information Agency, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who are facing these difficult times, among them the Filipino-American community."

"The devastation caused by the storm continues to unfold, but we are confident that the resolve of the American people to overcome this catastrophe remains steadfast, strong, and unbending,” she added.

Philippine authorities earlier advised Filipinos in the East Coast to stay indoors because of the hurricane.

In an announcement on Monday, hours before Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, the Philippine Embassy in Washington announced it would be closed Oct. 29, Monday, because of the storm.

“The public is advised to monitor the Embassy's website for the announcement of the resumption of normal operations,” the embassy said.

Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Raul Hernandez, on Twitter, said, “Filipinos who may be affected by hurricane Sandy may call the duty officer in Washington DC at 202-368-2767 or in New York at 917-294-0196 .”

The 2010 Stock Estimate of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas said some 3,166,529 Filipinos are residing in the US.

In a text message to GMA News Online on Tuesday, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Raul Hernandez said there are some 460,000 Filipinos in at least 13 states in the US.

Brought transport to halt
A report of the Reuters news agency on Tuesday said Sandy pounded the East Coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign.

More than 5.5 million people were left without electrical power by the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than one million people across a dozen states were ordered to evacuate.

Heavy snows threatened mountainous regions inland, and huge population centers of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. lay in the storm's path.

"We have not seen the kind of flooding problems that certainly could have happened thus far, but we've still got a long ways to go to get through this storm," Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said on local television.

Streets of New York City filled with floodwater, raising fears that the city's subway tunnels could be inundated, and flying debris blew along deserted sidewalks. The city closed down subway, bus and commuter train systems on Sunday night.

In lower Manhattan, firefighters used inflatable orange boats to rescue utility workers trapped for three hours by rising floodwaters inside a power substation.

Manny Pacquiao, other Pinoys

Filipino boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on Monday night (PHL time) said he was praying for those who will be affected by Sandy.

Pacquiao, currently training in the West Coast for his upcoming fourth bout against Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez, said his prayers are with the Filipinos in the East Coast.

“God bless everyone in the eastern US. My prayers are with you,” Pacquiao tweeted.

Also on Twitter, American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez said: “Hope y'all are doing okay in the east coast! :/”

Filipino international singing sensation Charice Pempengco said: “Pray pray pray...”

GMA News Online contributor and boxing analyst Ryan Songalia said: “@TheNoizmaker Thank you, my family and I are thankfully safe here, we're just staying indoors and watching the mess unfold”

Yves Nibungco of Anakbayan NY/NJ and TOFA-NY Awardee for Community Service and Advocacy said in reply to a query: “oo wala nang kuryente.”

Many Filipino citizens also expressed via Twitter their concern for the victims of Hurricane Sandy:

Alaska Young: “Grabe ang balita about hurricane #Sandy. Sana ligtas yung mga kapwa natin Pinoy sa New York. :(“

JanMarkRagubMillana: “East Coas ng US sinasantala ng Hurricane Sandy! Ingat mga Pinoy!”

Nherz Almo: “Grabe ang advance ng prep sa US para sa pagdating ni Hurricane Sandy. Sana ito ang matutunan nating mga Pinoy.”

Rosa Walters: “Thanks for Lord wala tau gani2 kalamidad mahirapan talaga Pinoy!like this Hurricane Sandy weather storm.bagamat 2biglang kinatakutan natin.”
- Andrei Medina, VVP, GMA News

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